Maples and Calder litigation partner Colin McKie has been appointed as Queen's Counsel (QC), following recommendations from the local judiciary to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Only seven private-sector attorneys have been appointed to QC in the Cayman Islands, including Andrew Jones QC, the former head of Maples and Calder’s 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.
McKie (pictured) graduated from Corpus Christi College, Oxford and was admitted as a solicitor in England in 1994. He joined Maples and Calder in 1998 and was called to the Bar in the Cayman Islands in 1999. He was elected as a partner in 2007.
His 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. joined 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," says 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."