Cayman firms stay put in wake of Hurricane Ivan

Plans to evacuate scores of lawyers and staff from the Cayman Islands have been scrapped as law firms today (22 September) restart operations in the wake of Hurricane Ivan that devastated the island.

Firms were planning to restart their Cayman operations in either London, the US, and neighbouring Caribbean islands unaffected by Ivan.

However, with power and water supplies returned to the Caymans well ahead of schedule, evacuated lawyers are in the process of being flown back to the island.

The Jersey-based Ogier Group, which shares a Caymans office with associated firm Boxalls, and Walkers predict they will be fully operational in the Caymans by the weekend.

Appleby Spurling Hunter, the only large firm in Cayman which did not institute an evacuation, report that almost all staff have already returned to work.