BVI Festival 2020
We wish everyone a safe and happy BVI Festival 2020!
The annual festival is a celebration of the abolition of slavery and showcases the culture and history of the BVI people in grand style.
Our BVI office will be closed from Monday 3 - Wednesday 5 August, in celebration. All our other offices will be open as usual.
This week we are featuring Bonnie Sin, manager of Corporate Services in our Hong Kong office, as part of our Women in Business Series.
With over twenty years of experience in the corporate services industry, she has extensive knowledge of the organisation and administration for both offshore and onshore companies across a wide range of professional firms.
This week we are featuring Monica Chu, a partner in our Hong Kong office, as part of our Women in Business Series.
Monica specialises in the BVI and Cayman Islands aspects of a wide range of secured and unsecured finance transactions. Her clients include local and international financial institutions and onshore law firms.
This week we are featuring Laura De Heer, a professional support lawyer in Hong Kong, as part of our Women in Business Series.
Having been a fee-earner in the team for nearly seven years before moving into the role of professional support lawyer, Laura has a solid legal background with a genuine understanding of the pressures and issues facing clients.
Thank you to Linda and Annet for their 30 years of loyal service with our BVI office!
BVI Litigation and Insolvency practice
Kimberly Crabbe-Adams and Romane Duncan, members of our BVI Litigation and Insolvency practice, were adjudicators for the Inter-Secondary School Debate.
Cayman recruitment drive
As part of our Cayman recruitment drive, our Cayman HR team along with staff members of different levels and areas of the business participated in two career expos over the past few weeks.
We support the International Women’s Day campaign, #EachforEqual, on this day and every day.
Congratulations to our Senior Associate Gareth Murphy who was recently admitted to the BVI Bar.
This week we are featuring Ellie Crespi, a partner in our BVI Corporate, Banking & Finance team, as part of our Women in Business Series.
Ellie advises on all aspects of corporate, capital markets, and banking law. Whilst the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands law are the mainstay of her practice, she also advises on Anguilla and Bermuda matters.
This week we are featuring Macia Payne, who is responsible for our Incorporations, Company Administration, and Funds Services teams, as part of our Women in Business Series.
Having joined Harneys Fiduciary in 1987, Macia has a wealth of corporate services experience and has helped shape significant improvements throughout the practice.
STEP Cayman Conference
Congratulations to Lynette Taylor of SMP Partners who won our raffle at the end of this year’s STEP Cayman Conference!
Cross Island Relay
Our Cayman office entered Team Transactional and Team Litigation in the Cross Island Relay yesterday.
Congratulations to our Associate Joshua Shuardson-Hipkin who was recently admitted to the BVI bar.
Chinese New Year
Our Singapore office went all out to celebrate Chinese New Year by inviting a traditional lion dance performance up to our office at CapitaGreen with the hopes of ushering happiness, prosperity, and abundance this year.
Here’s wishing for more success, more fortune, and more luck for everyone in the Year of the Rat!!! Huat Ah!
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
We are proud to sponsor the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Youth Parliament programme in Cayman for the fourth year. The event, which invites high school and college students to debate on issues facing the jurisdiction, is due to take place in March.
FLPS "Winners Read and Readers Win"
Our BVI office celebrated over 50 student participants at the annual FLPS "Winners Read and Readers Win" - Reading Competition, on 20 January 2020 at the Francis Lettsome Primary School.
This week we are highlighting Rachel Graham, a partner in our London Corporate practice group, as part of our Women in Business Series.
Rachel regularly advises on all aspects of corporate and commercial law including AIM listings, corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures.
FSN BVI food drive
Our BVI office held their annual holiday FSN BVI food drive. Our Chairman Peter Tarn delivered the food and essential items to FSN on behalf of the firm.
NCVO Children Services Programme
On 16 December our Cayman team participated in the NCVO Children Services Programmes Annual Toy Drive for the fifth consecutive year, by embracing the spirit of giving.
Warmest wishes from everyone at Harneys this holiday season!
Francis Lettsome Primary School
On 9 November, Harneys visited Francis Lettsome Primary School to read folktales and holiday stories to the students. We also donated eight Whisper Phones to the school, which is a device used to assist children with their phonological awareness, a crucial step in learning how to read.
@pawbvi Corporate quiz
On 10 December our team of quizzers won the @pawbvi Corporate quiz for the fifth time in a row!
BVI Financial Services Week Committee
The BVI Financial Services Week Committee hosted a wide range of activities that Harneys team members took part in.
This week we are highlighting Marisa Efstathiou Petevi, a fiduciary associate in our Cyprus office, as part of our Women in Business Series.
Marisa graduated from Coventry University with an LLB Law degree and went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Bristol. After 4 years in the UK, she moved back to Cyprus in 2014 and immediately joined our team.
Crisis Centre Jingle Bell Run
On 1 December 2019, Harneys Cayman sponsored a water stop at the annual Crisis Centre Jingle Bell Run. All of the proceeds go directly to the Cayman Crisis Centre.
BVI Half Marathon
Harneys staff participated in the BVI Half Marathon ,organized in accordance with international competition regulations of the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) under the supervision of the BVI Athletics Association.
Corporate Service Provider of the Year
Harneys is proud to announce that we have been named Corporate Service Provider of the Year, Litigation Practice of the Year, and Tech Savvy Firm of the Year, at the BVI Financial Services Gala Awards Dinner.
Harneys is proud to announce the appointments of two Caymanians to our Articles of Clerkship Programme - Natasja Levy and Moesha Ramsay-Howell.
This week we are highlighting Elkie Rose, Global General Counsel to Harneys Fiduciary, as part of our Women in Business Series.
Elkie aims to provide as many internship and scholarship opportunities for Cayman’s youth as she can. Elkie also works with Katie Pearson on the ACT Programme as a mentor.
Cayman Compass' Women in Business feature
Harneys is proud to be taking part in Cayman Compass' Women in Business feature, highlighting our professional women across our legal, fiduciary, and support teams.
First in the spotlight is Katie Pearson, an experienced attorney and a partner in Harneys’ litigation team. Click to learn more about Katie.
Gifts of Joy program
On 4 November 2019, our Harneys team in Singapore participated in the Gifts of Joy program which is organized by the CapitaLand Commercial Trust Community Activities.
This program involves spreading joy to underprivileged youths, this year they are aiming to involve a total of 781 students.
Manatees Corporate Cup
Harneys BVI office participated in the Manatees Corporate Cup on 2 November, organized by the Manatees Youth Football Program. There were a total of 16 players from Harneys, making up a total of two teams.
Reading is Fun week
Harneys staff participated in Reading is Fun week by reading to the students of the Francis Lettsome Primary School. The children actively listened to and even engaged in a Q&A segment. To encourage reading and literacy, Harneys has also launched the "Winners Read and Readers Win competition" at the FLPS.
Congratulations to Paula Gibbs, Stuart Rau, and Richard Parchment who were recently admitted to the British Virgin Islands bar!
Hong Kong Blue Tie Ball
Harneys was proud to be a gold sponsor of the Hong Kong Blue Tie Ball on Saturday 7 September 2019.
National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands
Harneys BVI volunteered with the National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands at the J. R. O'Neal Botanical Gardens on Saturday 24 August. The staff helped by clearing debris, raking, collecting garbage, replanting, and assisting with the overall revitalisation of the Gardens. #communityservice
Steve Higgins & Friends "Evening of Excellence" concert
Harneys was a silver sponsor for the fourth annual Steve Higgins & Friends "Evening of Excellence" concert in Cayman. Funds were raised and donated to the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens and the @c.i.c.s.
Congratulations to Diana DeMercado, who has been selected as the recipient of Harneys’ three-year scholarship to complete her Bachelor of Laws at the Truman Bodden Law School in Grand Cayman.
Each summer Harneys rolls out a variety of internship opportunities to students who are currently enrolled in either secondary education or in a university or postgraduate-level law course.
Congratulations to our Senior Compliance Administrator Taniese Clarke who is the recipient of the BVI Association of Compliance Officers Harriette Skelton Scholarship Award.
BVI Autism Centre
For the month of July, Harneys staff engaged with the summer students of the BVI Autism Centre through interactive story and poetry, lunch-time readings.
Congratulations to our Associate Alexandra Clynes who was recently admitted to the Cayman Islands Bar.
Cayman GAA League Finals Sponsorship
Harneys sponsored the Cayman GAA League Finals, which took place on Saturday 22 June. A special congratulations to Nick Yale: Man of the Match, Dylan Bell: Men's Winning Captain, Cassandra Bodden: Ladies Player of the Match and Heather Thompson: Ladies Winning Captain.
Congratulations to the Harneys London team for taking on the 10K London Legal Walk yesterday.
Francis Lettsome Primary School
Harneys staff visited the Francis Lettsome Primary School and participated in their annual Career Day!
Harneys was pleased to participate in the first Volunteer Week organised by local community group Volunteer Konect.
Congratulations to Sharika Nair, Chiara Deceglie, and Rob McIntyre from our Luxembourg office for completing the ING half marathon in Luxembourg on Saturday.
Cayman Islands Gaelic Football Club 2019 League sponsorship
We were proud to sponsor the Cayman Islands Gaelic Football Club 2019 League. Congratulations to the winners, Cathal McGrath and Jess Everard!
Harneys BVI Aquathon-athletes
Congratulations to Harneys BVI Aquathon-athletes George Weston and Ian Chambers! Our swim-duo represented Harneys as they participated in the Unite BVI /Eustatia Aquathon. They finished in third place (men's team division) and were presented their prize from Sir Richard Branson.
Isle of Wight Challenge
Congratulations to Sophia Pittaway from our London office who took on the Isle of Wight Challenge, walking 106km around the Isle of Wight in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Harneys Hong Kong office is continuing to find innovative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic. This week the office reduced the number of office bins by 50% and saved the use of 41 plastic bags every day.
Colin Riegels Stepping Down
Harneys has announced that the British Virgin Islands’ Managing Partner Colin Riegels will step down on 30 June 2019 to return to full-time academia. Partner Tanya Cassie-Parker will become the new BVI Managing Partner from 1 July 2019.
Tortola Torture race
On Saturday, April 13, the annual @tortolatorture race was held in the BVI. The gruelling route of 33.74 miles (54 kilometers) circumnavigates Tortola.
Our London office gifted Easter baskets filled with chocolates and goodies to the children on the Acorn Ward at Whipps Cross Hospital.
#givingback #feelgoodfriday #communitysupport
Congratulations to our Partner Jayson Wood and Associate Mark Burrows who were recently admitted to the Cayman Islands Bar.
Virgin Islands Search and Rescue donation
We are happy to assist Virgin Islands Search and Rescue in their mission of saving lives at sea. Harneys donated $6735.00 towards purchasing equipment for VISAR.
Harneys raised funds that assisted with the @green_vi_bvi Composting Workshops held in the first week of March, 2019.
Shelter from the Storm
We are excited to announce our partnership with the @caymanislandsredcross to support their “Shelter from the Storm” project by pledging $10,000 over two years.
Harneys Goes Green Day
On Friday 15 March we held our first annual Harneys Goes Green Day. #TeamTeal organised a group of green-minded local businesses to come to the office and promote their good works.
27th annual 5K Irish Jog
Hundreds of runners hit the road on Friday evening for the 27th annual 5K Irish Jog, a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and a fundraiser for local charities.
Harneys' very own Olivia Shanks placed first in the women's division.
Happy International Women’s Day
From all of us at Harneys, Happy International Women’s Day! We believe a balanced world is a better world.
Congratulations to Harneys' very own Olivia Shanks, who came first place at the 2019 Off the Beaten Track 50K Ultra-Marathon!
Harneys sponsored this year's event, which took place on Sunday 24 February 2019.
2019 Cross Island Relay
Our Cayman Litigation team competed in the 2019 Cross Island Relay on Sunday. The team placed 30 out of 92 teams.
William Peake, who was the fourth quickest in his group, ran 6.4k in 26:28 minutes and Olivia Shanks ran leg 4 for her team – South Sound A.C. in 24:30 minutes.
Happy Chinese New Year
Happy Chinese New Year - kung hei fat choi - gong xi fai cai - from all of us at Harneys! We wish you a healthy and prosperous year of the pig.
Please note that our Shanghai office will be closed 4-8 February; our Singapore office will be closed 5-6 February, and our Hong Kong office will be closed 5-7 February.
2019 Ladies’ and Men’s Gaelic Football League sponsorship
Harneys is excited to announce its sponsorship for the @caymangaa 2019 Ladies’ and Men’s Gaelic Football League.