Maples and Calder's Co-Founding Partner Passes

12 June 2012

Maples and Calder regrets to announce the passing of its co-founding partner, Lord John Maples, a stalwart who helped shape the face of the legal industry in the Cayman Islands.

Educated at Marlborough College as well as Cambridge University, Lord Maples read Law at Downing College and received an MA in 1964. He studied at the Harvard Business School and was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1965.

Lord Maples first partnered with fellow lawyer, James MacDonald, in the 1960s and later with Douglas Calder to form the partnership of Maples and Calder, now a leading international law firm. His contributions and impact on the legal profession in the Cayman Islands were notable.

Lord Maples' influence in UK politics was as equally impressive and widely respected. Following his retirement from the firm in 1975, Lord Maples returned to his native England, eventually taking up the honourable post of Deputy Chairman of the British Conservative Party, and held such prestigious positions as a member of Parliament, including Parliamentary Private Secretary, Treasury Minister responsible for Debt and International Issues and various Shadow roles including Health, Defence and Foreign Secretary.

"The partners and staff of Maples and Calder are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of one of our founding partners, Lord Maples, and we wish to extend our most heartfelt condolences to his family," said Global Managing Partner, Henry Smith. " He was indeed the cornerstone of the Maples and Calder legacy and his integrity and work ethic continue to be the core principles from which we set all standards within the firm."

Lord Maples passed away on 9 June 2012.

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