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Nigel Porteous

Maples and Calder Cayman Islands
work PO Box 309, Ugland House South Church Street George Town Grand Cayman KY1-1104 Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands
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Nigel is co-head of Maples and Calder's Cayman Islands Trusts practice.  He advises on all aspects of trusts law including those concerning private trusts, public trusts and trusts used for commercial purposes, in particular unit trusts.  His practice encompasses technical and practical advice for private individuals as well as for the world's leading multinational banks and trust companies.  Nigel is regularly consulted by corporate trustees on matters concerning management of trust business, the formulation of precedents and the mitigation of risk; all fields in which he has over 20 years of experience.  Nigel's advice is also frequently sought on the formulation of complex trust structures, solutions for trust structural and validity issues, and the resolution of trust disputes.

Nigel provides tailored training for corporate trustees around the world, in the form of seminars focussed on technical issues and practical trust management.  He is also a frequent speaker at international conferences.

Professional Background

Nigel joined Maples and Calder in 2004 and was elected as a partner in 2008.  He was previously a partner at Eversheds in London.  Prior to that, Nigel practised with the firms of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff and Bischoff & Co.  He has been recommended in Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal.

Professional / Civic Activities

Chairman of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP) Council in the Cayman Islands.
Past secretary of the City of London branch of STEP.
Freeman of the City of London.
Member of the Law Society of England and Wales.
City of London Solicitors Company.
Member of the International Tax Planning Association.

Nigel has assisted the Financial Markets Law Committee of the Bank of England through participation in a working party focussed on trustee exoneration under unit trust arrangements.

Bar Admissions

1989 - Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (does not practise as an English solicitor)
2004 - Admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands
2005 - Admitted as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands)

Areas of Expertise


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