Higgs & Johnson celebrates 10th anniversary in the Cayman Islands
Higgs & Johnson is pleased to celebrate 10 years of service in the Cayman Islands. The Grand Cayman office is a full service legal practice with particular expertise in mutual funds, offshore investment vehicles, insolvency, civil litigation and real estate.
In 2009, the well-established Caymanian law practice of Truman Bodden & Company merged with Higgs & Johnson of The Bahamas, signaling the entry of Higgs & Johnson to the Cayman Islands. The merger was built on a strong foundation as both firms were founding members of TerraLex — a highly ranked global network with affiliates/correspondent firms from the leading law firms in G20 countries, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Global Managing Director Oscar N. Johnson Jr. noted, “As the first Bahamian law firm to expand outside of The Bahamas, we are very proud to celebrate our ten-year anniversary in the Cayman Islands. Over the last decade, our attorneys have earned the position as trusted advisors to leading edge domestic companies and some of the world’s most respected corporations and individuals. As we look to the next 10 years and beyond, we aim to adhere to our philosophy of delivering measurable value for our clients, and helping them achieve their business and personal goals.”
Significant events over the last decade include the firm’s appointment of its first female country managing partner in the person of Gina M. Berry; strengthening of the insolvency practice with the arrival of UK solicitor John Harris who has primarily been responsible for mentoring the firm’s young Caymanian attorney, Allyson Speirs; relocating to new premises at Willow House having outgrown its former location; instituting the Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship; active participation in the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) of the Cayman Islands; and embracing numerous synergies to provide enhanced convenience and quality of service to its clients.
Berry stated, “We would like to thank our loyal clients and trusted colleagues for their patronage and support over the last ten years. Our vision is to be a world-class offshore provider of legal and professional services, while being very grounded in our responsibility to the Caymanian community. Our ultimate goal is to exceed the expectations of every client. It has been an exciting journey and we are all very pleased with the progress we have made.”
In its 10th anniversary year, the firm has strengthened the Cayman platform with the addition of commercial attorney Francine Bryce to the partnership; expanded the private client & wealth management team with the arrival of seasoned trusts attorney Wendy Stenning; and has been singled out by Chambers and Partners in its annual publication Chambers Global (2019) for providing “a real business partnership” ranking the firm in the area of real estate and highlighting the team as being “very responsive and thorough” and “able to deliver amazing results on seemingly impossible deadlines.”
Berry further commented, “The Higgs & Johnson Cayman office comprises a strong team of talented attorneys who are committed to providing sound legal advice as well as dedicated business service professionals who assist them; together we will continue to make the Cayman office a success in the years to come.”