The independent law firm guides Legal 500 and Chambers Global have completed their 2018 reviews of Cayman Islands law firms and attorneys based on independent research among specialist professionals and clients. As in previous years Solomon Harris is recommended as a firm and individual attorneys are recognised as specialists in their field.
Corporate and Commercial
The Legal 500 research team found Solomon Harris has particular expertise in corporate, banking, insurance and real estate transactions, and our attorneys’ ‘understanding of issues is superb’. Chambers Global recognises Solomon Harris’s impressive list of clients, including major banks, corporates and global accounting firms and reports that the firm is “considered by peers to be a leading authority on the Cayman insurance market and especially acknowledged for its expertise relating to captive insurance companies”. Further client recommendations during their research, include: "It is a very well-rounded and commercial firm. We are very happy with them and that's why we stick with them.", whilst another source added: "They certainly have met our demanding expectations and have always come back to us quickly." The Legal 500 includes Managing Partner Sophia Harris for her “significant domestic corporate and commercial law experience” and both guides recommend Partners Ian Jamieson and Richard Addlestone and Consultant Paul Scrivener.
The Legal 500 research found that Solomon Harris advises on the set-up, structure, restructuring, regulation and termination of Cayman Islands insurance vehicles. It recognises Partner Richard Addlestone as focused on transactional insurance work and ILS, and Partner Ian Jamieson’s principal focus on lending and collateral arrangements regarding captives. It also recommends Consultant Paul Scrivener (described in Chambers Global research as “He knows the answer to every question; his expertise is dynamite.").
Both guides recognise the firm’s investment fund work as including formation, restructuring and downstream transactional matters, with Chambers Global also mentioning our work for start-up managers. Chambers Global quote an interviewee as saying: "They were outstanding in every way. The service was excellent. We would certainly use them again and our clients were thrilled with the end result - especially the fact that they met all the relevant time constraints". Another added: "They know what they're doing; they are sensible and down to earth and provide excellent service." Their research highlighted Partner Richard Addlestone as "amazingly responsive and always very thoughtful.", whilst another source said that "He gives very practical advice and that's exactly what we want". Richard was also recommended in the Legal 500 which also recognised associate Rob Humphries and Consultant Paul Scrivener.
Both guides recognise Solomon Harris for its insolvency and major banking and commercial litigation practice. Chambers Global quotes a source as saying: "They have some interesting work, acting on behalf of some serious clients. They act for billionaires and large corporates; these are the sort of major clients who trust the firm." Once again the researchers received recommendations for partner and practice head Partner Laura Hatfield, who Chambers Global found was recognised as "a very fine lawyer with solid experience in this field." Partner Kai McGriele and associate Tom Wright are also recognised as the department’s key senior attorneys.
The Legal 500 research found Solomon Harris is known for its advice on real estate finance, acquisitions, developments, portfolio management, including leasing, and sales; it also has hospitality and tourism sector expertise. It recognises Partner Ian Jamieson as a real estate finance specialist who is ‘very commercial, knowledgeable and helpful’; Adam Johnson is ‘extremely knowledgeable, pragmatic and reassuring to deal with’; and Managing Partner Sophia Harris is also highly rated. The research found Solomon Harris ‘offers extremely good value for money and deep levels of knowledge’.
Once again independent research confirms our reputation as a firm whose attorneys are not just technically skilled, but people who take a positive, ‘can-do’ approach to help our clients get the best advice available as quickly as possible. If you would like advice on any matter of Cayman Islands law, please contact us on email@example.com.
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