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The appointments of Nigel Meeson, QC, as head of litigation and Fraser Hughes as an associate has launched the litigation practice of Conyers Dill & Pearman in the Cayman Islands and strengthened the Bermuda-based offshore law firm's fast-growing corporate practice, which is centred on funds work.

Meeson, considered one of the top barristers in the UK, and Hughes, an experienced Canadian litigator specialising commercial litigation, insolvency, bankruptcy and restructuring, joined the Cayman practice on June 19.

Meeson, who joins Conyers from Quadrant Chambers, has been in practice for 25 years and a Queens Counsel since 2002, and has built up an international practice focused on the maritime and insurance industries. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and qualified mediator who has sat as a recorder in both crime and civil cases, he is also admitted in California. Hughes articled with Blake, Cassels & Graydon in Toronto, was admitted to practice to the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and then joined Bennett Jones, also in Toronto.

Conyers notes that Cayman offer a sophisticated and challenging litigation environment focusing on areas such as cross-border insolvency, corporate restructuring, general corporate issues and trust litigation.

Says Richard Finlay, managing partner of the firm's Cayman office: 'We are extremely proud to have landed a barrister of the calibre of Nigel to lead our litigation practice in the Cayman Islands, and the appointment of Fraser provides us with a very strong, experienced and capable team. We have consistently built our presence in Cayman by ensuring we have the highest quality and most appropriate people on our team.'

Conyers' long-established Bermuda litigation practice is headed by Narinder Hargun, while in the British Virgin Islands, under the stewardship of Mark Forté, the firm has become one of the most respected commercial litigation practices in the jurisdiction. The Cayman office now has a dozen lawyers and the firm's expansion has prompted Conyers to move offices to the Boundary Hall building in the Cricket Square complex of George Town.

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