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(L-r) Anthony Partridge – Senior Counsel and Deputy Chairman – Walkers’ Trainee Committee, Antonia Hardy – Cayman Managing Partner, Nadine Watler – Articled Clerk, Philip Paschalides – partner.

Nadine Watler, an Articled Clerk with Walkers, will complete a portion of her Articled Clerkship in Singapore, gaining a new perspective on the practice of Cayman Islands law.

Ms Watler transferred from Walkers’ Cayman Islands headquarters this week, to the firm’s Singapore office where she will complete two months training under the guidance
of Walkers partner David Collins, who heads the Finance practice in Singapore.

Ms Watler is spending 18 months rotating through all of the firm’s practice areas, including Finance & Corporate, Investment Funds, Trusts and Insolvency & Corporate Recovery.  Twelve months through the training period at present, Ms. Watler is scheduled to be called to the Cayman Islands Bar in March 2013.

Although the Legal Practitioners Law states that Articled Clerks must be trained by an attorney in the Cayman Islands with a current Cayman Islands practising certificate, the special approval granted by the Legal Advisory Council means the two months Ms Watler will spend in Singapore – as part of her five month Finance & Corporate seat – will constitute valid legal training. This will be the first time that a Caymanian trainee attorney will complete a part of their Articled Clerkship outside Cayman.

“We are delighted and extremely grateful that the Legal Advisory Council has approved this novel training secondment. Nadine’s experience in Singapore should help to give her a sense of how our clients in Asia use Cayman Islands legal services, as well as an understanding of the important role played by our overseas offices in selling the Cayman Islands as a jurisdiction to clients in the region,” Mr Collins said.

“Alongside our commitment to developing the next generation of Caymanian legal talent, Walkers is always looking at ways that we can invest in the personal development of our staff,” said Antonia Hardy, Managing Partner of Walkers’ Cayman Islands office.  “Training opportunities in our international offices are an excellent mechanism by which our Trainee Attorneys can receive new perspectives and multi-jurisdictional experience at an early stage in their legal career.”

Having never travelled to Asia before, Ms Watler is excited and looking forward to experiencing that part of the world. “I have always had an interest in countries with a rich and diverse culture so I am very excited about working in the Asian market. I also look forward to the opportunity in the future to work in other jurisdictions where the firm has an office, such as Dubai, Hong Kong or Ireland,” she said.

While in Singapore, Ms Watler will gain exposure to a range of financing transactions, including bilateral  and syndicated lending, acquisition financings, aircraft and vessel financings and other secured and structured financings. “The Singapore office is smaller than our office in Cayman so with fewer attorneys I expect to get broader exposure to a larger volume of transactions,” Ms. Watler said. “I look forward to being involved in financing transactions from beginning to end, to gaining an appreciation for the Asian market and to participating in the office’s business development activities.”

Ms Watler began her Articles with Walkers in September 2011.  She holds an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Liverpool, and in 2011 she completed the Cayman Islands Professional Practice Course with a Distinction.  She was awarded the Attorney General’s Trophy for the best performance in the Qualifying Examination as well as the O.L. Panton Memorial Prize for the best overall performance in the Professional Practice Course.

Walkers was the first firm in the Cayman Islands to establish a comprehensive ‘Articled Clerk Training Programme’ and Walkers’ methods have developed and been refined over nearly 30 years to benefit Caymanians seeking a career in the legal profession.

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