Cayman’s Legal Recruitment Market – What’s Happening?

October 30, 2020

A short update on current trends in the Cayman Islands’ legal recruitment market.

The legal recruitment market has certainly picked up since Cayman’s COVID lockdown came to an end. While some firms still have recruitment freezes, I have seen an increase in recruitment activities in both transactional and contentious practices, and pre-COVID overseas hires who were previously unable to travel to the islands are now arriving due to the semi-reopening of Owens International Airport.

Perhaps the increased recruitment activity is not surprising, as recruitment freezes for the majority of law firms meant months of not being able to make any hires, even if new fee-earners were needed.

Litigation and insolvency has been an impressively busy area for recruitment. This could be due to the downturn in the global economy, which normally leads to an increase in litigation in the offshore market, and we have seen numerous on-island and overseas fee-earner hires made by a variety of law firms, and vacancies still exist.

On the legal support side, recruitment activity remains quiet. Numerous firms made redundancies throughout the COVID lockdown, and there are no signs of recovery just yet. We are still seeing a high number of candidate registrations so demand remains high, and any future vacancies that arise will be competitive.

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