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Robert Lindley

Counsel, Head of Cayman & BVI Private Client & Trust

Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands  +1 345 814 7360

Robert Lindley


Robert Lindley, Counsel, is Head of the Private Client & Trust practice in both the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands offices of Conyers Dill & Pearman.

Robert’s practice covers all aspects of Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands trust law advice and trust litigation. He regularly advises trustees, beneficiaries, protectors and other office holders on a variety of contentious and non-contentious trust and private client related matters. He has a broad range of experience in estate planning and administration of estate issues for high net worth individuals and families. Robert also advises on the establishment of private trust companies and trust structures in both jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Conyers in 2016, Robert worked in the private client and trust department with another offshore law firm in the Cayman Islands and in the Isle of Man where he Qualified as a Manx Advocate, as well as in the commercial dispute resolution department for a leading firm in the UK.

Robert has authored several chapters for leading industry publications, including Cayman Finance and Getting the Deal Through. He is recognised in Chambers HNW and The Legal 500, with one client noting that: “I was very impressed by him, he seems to have a very sound grasp of private client adviser’s work as well as being fully equipped to assist with litigation”.

Experience Highlights

  • Acted on behalf of numerous trustees and beneficiaries before the Cayman Islands Grand Court in respect of applications for directions and Beddoes-type relief relating to HNW individuals involved in foreign matrimonial proceedings, and also in relation to Court approved variations and rectification applications.
  • Represented beneficiaries and trustees in relation to Public Trustee v Cooper applications.
  • Represented the trustee in an application to set aside a transfer of assets on the grounds of mistake in Schroder Cayman Bank and Trust Company Limited v Schroder Trust AG (2015)
  • Represented the beneficiary of a large Cayman Islands trust in relation to an application to establish the validity of the trust’s administration and obtaining court approval to the appointment of private trust companies.
  • Acted for the beneficiaries of a Cayman Islands trust in relation to matters concerning the validity of the removal of the protector company.
  • Acted for trustees, beneficiaries, protectors and other office holders on a variety of BVI and Cayman Islands non-contentious trust and private client related matters.

Professional Background

  • Appleby, Cayman Islands
  • Simcocks, Isle of Man
  • Walker Morris, England, UK


  • Lancaster University, Master of Science, 2008
  • College of Law, Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, 2000
  • College of Law, Postgraduate Diploma in Law, 1998
  • University of Edinburgh, Bachelor of Science (Hons), 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Cayman Islands, Attorney-at-law, 2013
  • British Virgin Islands, Solicitor, 2012
  • England & Wales, Solicitor, 2005 (non-practising)
  • Isle of Man, Advocate, 2003
  • Recognised in Legal Week’s The Private Client Global Elite 2017
  • Recognised in the 2017 edition (and 2015) of Legal 500 Caribbean (trusts/private client)
  • Recognised in the 2016 edition of Chambers HNW (Offshore: Trusts)
  • Recognised in the 2016 edition of the CityWealth Leaders List
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)


Change is afoot: Suggestions for legislative reform in the Cayman Islands – Trust & Trustees Journal (December 2017)

Getting the Deal Through - Cayman jurisdiction analysis (November 2017)

Trusts & Estates Law & Tax Journal - 30 years’ flaw: Absent or defective protector consent (August 2017)

Secrets and Isles – Changes to the Cayman Islands’ confidentiality laws – STEP Trust Quarterly Review (June 2017)

Trust Mistakes: a Cayman Islands Analysis – Practice Law Company (April 2017)

Families and Firewalls - Analysis of new Cayman case law regarding firewall legislation – LexisNexis (April 2017)