Deborah Barker Roye

Counsel Cayman Islands
Deborah Baker Roye
She was a pleasure to do business with. She was very pragmatic Client feedback


Deborah has a wealth of expertise in Cayman Islands law and legal procedure particularly in the area of dispute resolution and contentious trust and estate matters.
  • Background & experience

    Deborah has particular expertise in contentious trusts and estates matters regularly acting for beneficiaries, trustees, executors, protectors and other fiduciaries in relation to high value, multi-jurisdictional trust structures and complex estates.

    Deborah is part of Ogier's multi-disciplinary Restructuring and Corporate Recovery team.  She specialises in illiquid or insolvent trusts, negligence and breach of duty claims, with experience in distressed Funds and Private Equity.  Her experience includes working in a team advising one of the largest investor groups in relation to the Abraaj Group collapse.

    Deborah is the author of two leading practitioner text books on Cayman Islands Law; 'Civil Litigation in the Cayman Islands' and 'Criminal Litigation in the Cayman Islands'  both of which are used extensively by Cayman Islands attorneys and the members of the local and visiting judiciary.

    Deborah joined Ogier from the Attorney General's Chambers within the Cayman Islands Government Portfolio of Legal Affairs. In her role as Deputy Director of Legal Studies and Head of the Cayman Islands Professional Practice (Bar) Course at the Truman Bodden Law School, Deborah has taught litigation and legal skills to students and legal trainees for eighteen years, and continues to do so on a pro bono basis whilst working with Ogier.

    Deborah was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994 and remains a door tenant (non-practicing) in London Chambers, 25 Bedford Row. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Small Jurisdictions Service at Oxford Brookes University and a member of the Cayman Islands Criminal Justice Reform Committee. As a member of the Sentencing Guidelines Sub-Committee, Deborah has taken a leading role in drafting Cayman Islands Sentencing Guidelines. She has contributed to the Cayman Law Reports and Cayman Islands Law Journal.

    Deborah was appointed as a member of the Human Rights Commission in 2020.

    Admitted in:
    1994 - England and Wales (non practising)
    2017 - Cayman Islands


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  • Recognition

    She was a pleasure to do business with. She was very pragmatic Client feedback
    Rising Star Legal 500 Caribbean, 2021