Campbells awarded high international ranking

Cayman law firm Campbells Attorneys at Law have faired extremely well in a broad range of areas of their practice, in the latest global law rankings for 2009 produced by legal research company Chambers & Partners. The Journal reports.

Investment Funds, Corporate & Finance and Dispute Resolution are divisions within the firm singled out as providing an excellent service to clients, with Campbells rated in the top five for Cayman law firms in each category.

Chambers has a team of 100 highly qualified full-time researchers who conduct thousands of interviews with lawyers and their clients worldwide. Working with their editors, they identify and rank the world’s best lawyers who are currently providing the best technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery and value for money.

Within the Investment Funds practice, Robert Searle, a Partner at Campbells (and formerly a fund attorney with London-based law firm SJ Berwin) was singled out by clients as “an extraordinarily good, attentive attorney with expert drafting skills”, while Corporate and Commercial Head Partner John Wolf was similarly praised for “his skill and hard work; he has good grasp of the field.”

Further praise was given to the Corporate & Finance team, with clients valuing the team’s responsiveness, multidisciplinary capability and reasonable billing, all of which contributed to overwhelmingly positive experiences. John Wolf recently advised on Eurobond listings worth US$500 million and was dubbed “an approachable and skilled adviser” by interviewees. His flexibility and practical approach to complex matters also marked him out from others in the sector.

With regard to Dispute Resolution, Chambers noted that “This firm has developed a high-quality, respected and prolific litigation practice over the years, attracting recommendations from sources throughout the market for its efforts in the field. Its experienced team of litigators services a client list that includes international banks, insurance companies, multinational corporations and regulatory authorities. The team also has extensive expertise in trust matters.”

Joint Head of Litigation Ross McDonough takes on a broad range of work, including trusts disputes, insolvency and asset tracing. Peers recommended him as “a perennial favourite on the island – he is good at fighting for his clients and is a safe pair of hands with a wealth of experience.”

Fellow joint head Shaun McCann is a well-respected figure in the litigation community who is particularly adept at insurance work. Managing Partner Alistair Walters was similarly lauded for the consistently high quality of his arguments and reasoning in court. Peers are keen to keep on eye out for Kirsten Houghton, “an experienced and well-prepared” former UK barrister who is quickly making a name for herself in the area.

Alistair Walters states: “Campbells has clearly established itself as a key player in the Cayman Islands legal services market and will continue to provide the best service to its clients. With the turbulence in the financial markets and recent international fraud cases our litigation and restructuring department is particularly busy. On the corporate side, growth has slowed but we are still seeing a good flow of new work and hope that by the end of 2009 we will have a much better idea of the length and depth of the global recession.”



From left, Campbells partners John Wolf, Shaun McCann, Ross McDonough, Alistair Walters, Robert Searle