Rachael Reynolds, global senior partner at Ogier, has been appointed to the distinguished rank of Queen's Counsel.
The award-winning dispute resolution lawyer has led Ogier's Cayman litigation team on some of the largest and highest profile cases in the Cayman Islands over the last decade, including acting for investors in respect of the collapsed Abraaj Group (previously the largest Private Equity structure in the Middle East), acting for beneficiaries and trustees in several of the leading cases considering the Cayman 'firewall' legislation, and acting as advocate for the provisional liquidators in one of the largest contested schemes of arrangement in the world.
The title of QC - or "Silk," as it is known informally - is awarded to senior, long-serving and respected members of the legal profession who have demonstrated particular skill and expertise in the conduct of advocacy. It comes at the end of an intensive process of consultation and vetting undertaken by Hon. Anthony Smellie, Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands, and the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
"I’m incredibly grateful to those who have supported and helped me reach this point in my career. It’s an absolute privilege to be counted among this group of esteemed practitioners, and a very proud moment for me to receive this special honour," said Rachael, who was also named Advisor of the Year in the Wealthbriefing European Awards 2020 and Litigator of the Year at the Citywealth IFC Awards 2020.
Global managing partner Edward Mackereth said, "This is a huge achievement and we are absolutely delighted for her. Rachael has made an exceptional contribution to Ogier and she has played a pivotal role in the growth of the Cayman office and our dispute resolution and private wealth service lines. It's fantastic to see her recognised in this way and it is also a testament to the members of our Cayman disputes team who have supported Rachael's advocacy over the years."
Rachael is one of five Cayman-based attorneys and office holders to be appointed to the new Queen's Counsel at a formal ceremony on Friday 3 September.