Maples Partner Appointed to Silk
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced on 6 August the appointment of local attorney, Colin McKie, as Queen's Counsel (QC), following recommendations from the local judiciary.
Mr McKie is a partner in the Litigation department at Maples and Calder. Only seven private-sector attorneys have been appointed to QC in the Cayman Islands (including Andrew Jones QC, the former head of the Litigation department, and now a judge).
Conferment of silk is based on merit and primarily regarded as a measure of the regard in which one is held as an advocate. Candidates must be invited by the Court and approved by the Chief Justice. The Governor makes the appointments by warrant in the name of the Queen on the recommendation of the Chief Justice. The official admission ceremony is expected to take place later this year in open court, before Chief Justice Anthony Smellie and judges of the Grand Court, on a date to be announced.
Speaking on his appointment, Mr McKie said, "It is an honour and privilege to be appointed as Queen's Counsel and be counted among a distinguished class of attorneys in the Cayman Islands. I must acknowledge that this achievement was only possible through the support of the partners, associates and support staff in the Litigation team at Maples and Calder. Much hard work and team effort goes into our many cases behind the scenes, and I appreciate that my success has been built with their assistance throughout."
Mr McKie is a graduate of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He was admitted as a solicitor in England in 1994 and as a Cayman Islands attorney-at-law in 1999. Mr McKie joined Maples and Calder in 1998 and was elected as a partner in 2007.
Mr McKie's extensive experience includes a range of international disputes including, corporate rescues, rehabilitations and restructurings, trusts disputes, and shareholder disputes. His notable expertise also includes fraud, asset tracing and recovery, professional negligence and intellectual property. Mr McKie regularly appears as advocate in the Grand Court, the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands and on appeal to the Privy Council. He has been a consulting editor of the Cayman Islands Law Reports since 2002 and a member of the Grand Court Rules Committee and of the Insolvency Rules Committee since 2010.
"We are delighted that one of our partners has once again been granted this prestigious honour," said Global Managing Partner, Henry Smith. "It truly speaks to the calibre of our people at Maples and Calder. Colin has played an integral part in the firm and our success, and we are very proud of him on this momentous milestone in his career."