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Conyers Adds to Growing Offshore Litigation Practice

May 2009

Offshore law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman (“Conyers”) today announced the addition of litigation lawyers to its Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands teams, as the financial landscape continues to fuel an increase in demand for offshore litigation expertise. Former Cayman Islands Complaints Commissioner Dr. John Epp joins as attorney-at-law in the firm’s Cayman Islands litigation practice, while barrister Monique Peters has joined the British Virgin Islands (“BVI”) office.

Nigel Meeson QC, head of Cayman Islands Litigation, commented: “As clients look to firms with superior strength and depth of expertise, our reputation for delivering responsive, timely and thorough advice has seen our litigation practice gain continued momentum. Our Cayman Islands litigation team has trebled in size over the past 2 years as we continue to expand our reach. John has considerable trial and appellate advocacy experience and we are proud to have him join us.”

Mark Forté, head of BVI Litigation, added: “BVI is a major offshore litigation centre, and we anticipate the number of complex and substantive disputes involving sophisticated clients to continue to grow, particularly in light of the newly established BVI commercial court. We plan to double our BVI team by the end of this year, building on the successes we have achieved in our already prominent commercial litigation practice in BVI. We are pleased to welcome Monique to the team.”

John Epp has significant advocacy experience. Prior to joining Conyers, John was the first Cayman Islands Complaints Commissioner, appointed by the Governor and reporting to the Legislative Assembly. In this position, he established the Office of Complaints Commissioner, interpreted and applied the Complaints Commissioner Law, and assisted in writing regulations clarifying certain matters under the Complaints Commissioner Law (2006 revision).

John started his legal career as a civil litigation specialist in Saskatchewan, Canada. He holds a BA in Political Science, an LLB from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Comparative Jurisprudence from the University of Texas, a PhD in Law from the University of Liverpool, and a National Institute of Trial Advocates Teaching Certification. John was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 1983 and as attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands in 2004.

Monique Peters has practised international commercial law from BVI for the last 3 years. She holds a BA and an LLB from the University of the West Indies and obtained her legal education certificate from Hugh Wooding Law School. Monique joins leading BVI litigators Mark Forté, Richard Evans and Jerry Samuel at Conyers as it expands its “top tier” ranked commercial practice*.

The current economic climate has seen a wave of litigation, driving rapid growth in client demand for Conyers’ litigation services. Conyers continues to strategically expand its litigation practice in anticipation of a further influx of litigation matters, and in line with the continued growth of its global client base.

*PLC Which Lawyer named Conyers Dill & Pearman the top Dispute Resolution firm in BVI in its latest rankings.

 

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