Created Date:
13 February 2020

Carey Olsen's Caribbean offices enjoy Chambers Global recognition

Fifteen lawyers from Carey Olsen's offices in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and the Cayman Islands have been featured in the 2020 edition of Chambers Global, a leading reference and ranking guide for law firms and lawyers based purely on client feedback.

Carey Olsen Bermuda is newly ranked in both the corporate and finance, and insurance categories, adding to its pre-existing recognition in dispute resolution. The insurance practice, which enters the rankings in Band 2, is commended for its 'focus on technical accuracy' and how it 'consistently delivers comprehensive and thoughtful advice'. The firm's dispute resolution practice is described as 'a go-to legal team that gives accurate, practical and easy-to follow advice', while the corporate team 'knows its stuff and applies it in a practical, solution-oriented manner'.

Partner Keith Robinson has moved up to Band 1 for dispute resolution and hailed as 'the best litigator in Bermuda 'with sources describing him as 'excellent… thoughtful and collaborative' and as someone who has 'got the full package'. Managing partner Michael Hanson is also ranked for his dispute resolution expertise and regarded 'as the gold standard for employment law matters'.

Corporate partners Mary Ward and Gavin Woods both feature in the insurance rankings, with Mary praised as 'a heavy hitter with legal accuracy and exceptional practical guidance', while Gavin is considered 'exceptionally smart, with an unbelievable breadth of knowledge'.

Carey Olsen's Cayman Islands office is recognised in each of the dispute resolution, corporate and finance, and investment funds categories.

Clients praise the Cayman Islands dispute resolution practice for its 'solid core of well-known and successful lawyers' that 'are bright, responsive and competitive'. Jan Golaszewski, who leads the practice area in the Cayman Islands, is praised for 'his knowledge of the law coupled with his ability to deliver practical commercial solutions', while fellow partner Sam Dawson is considered 'a really good operator' as well as 'responsive and proactive'. Counsel Denis Olarou is noted for his expertise in commercial litigation matters.

The Cayman Islands corporate team is considered 'first rate' with team members 'all very experienced, knowledgeable, responsive and easy to work with'. Cayman Islands managing partner Nick Bullmore is praised for his ability to 'always provide a business-minded solution to each engagement', while fellow partner Richard Munden is considered a 'leading Cayman lawyer and our first choice for asset finance'.

The Cayman Islands investment funds practice is commended for being 'excellent on price and very, very service-oriented'. Partners Jarrod Farley and Nick Bullmore are both ranked individually in this category, with Jarrod described as 'outstanding and extremely responsive'.

London-based partner Jasmine Amaria is recognised in the 'Foreign expertise based abroad' section of the Cayman Islands rankings for both her corporate and finance work and investment funds expertise. She is considered to be a 'very responsive, highly commercial and practical lawyer who provides exceptional client service'.

The BVI corporate and finance team is described by clients as 'knowledgeable and experienced', while its 'strength is its holistic approach and participation in your business'. Sources regard Clinton Hempel, BVI managing partner and head of the corporate practice, as an 'excellent professional', while there are also first appearances in the rankings for counsels Elizabeth Killeen and Sharon Mungall. Elizabeth is described as a 'first-class lawyer' who is 'very effective and pleasant to deal with'. Sharon is praised for her 'always excellent work' and how she 'is detail-oriented and always well prepared'.

Carey Olsen's BVI dispute resolution and litigation group is noted for its 'good-quality work' and its experience in handling 'complex and high-value cases'. Ben Mays, partner and head of the practice area in the BVI, is hailed as 'absolutely outstanding' and a 'highly competent operator who is very professional and knows the BVI inside out'.