Hector George Robinson

What was your first-ever job?
Clerk at the office of the Collector of Taxes in Morant Bay, Jamaica.

What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?
Being chased out of a judge’s chambers because I was wearing my wig and gown.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
Undoubtedly you speak to Ruth the receptionist.

What time do you usually leave the office?
Work-life balance is ­something I take seriously and there are so many activities to enjoy in the Cayman Islands that I try to leave between 6pm and 7pm.

What do you do at weekends?
Play cricket, cook Sunday breakfast, play music – or work.

What’s your favourite ­restaurant?
Calypso Grill, Grand ­Cayman.

What’s your favourite film?
The Godfather: Part II.

What was the first record you ever bought?
Kaya by Bob Marley & the Wailers.

Who’s your hero and why?
Mr Stanley Parkins, my high school principal. He was capable of finding the good in even the most apparently ­hopeless ­students and managed to get them to maximise their potential.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Trying cases – read on for more details…

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
A tie between managing receivables and ­compliance.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
No mistakes that I can think of. Or at least none that I can admit to.

What car do you drive?
A gas-guzzling Chevy ­Avalanche pick-up truck.

What book are you currently reading?
A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time, by Howard M ­Sacher.

What’s your favourite ­children’s book?
The Hardy Boys, by Franklin W Dixon.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on?
Ahmas Hamad Al Gosaibi Brothers (AHAB) v Saad Investments, which is still ongoing.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what two ­luxury items would you take?
My computer containing my music collection and a battery or other source of electricity to keep it charged.

What’s the worst partner ­conference location you’ve attended and why?
The benefit of living in the Cayman Islands is that people want to travel to you for conferences.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
Twenty-one hours.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Will Smith, because we look alike.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
My grade six maths teacher. Who would want to do a quiz at a time like that?

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order)…
I am fluent in French. Law was never my first career choice. My longest period without vigorous exercise within the past 18 years was five weeks.

: Hector George Robinson
Firm: Mourant du Feu & Jeune
Title: Partner
Lives: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Education: 1985-88: LLB, University of the West Indies
1988-90: Legal education certificate, Norman Manley Law School, Kingston, Jamaica

Work history: 1990-93: Litigation associate, Gaynair & Fraser, Kingston, Jamaica
1993-95: Litigation associate, ­Broderick & Graham, Kingston, Jamaica
1996-97: Litigation associate, ­Patterson Phillipson & Graham
1999 -2000: Partner, Patterson Phillipson & Graham
2000-05: Litigation associate, Quin & Hampson, Cayman Islands
2005-07: Partner, Quin & Hampson (which merged with Mourant du Feu & Jeune in July 2007)
2007-present: Commercial litigation partner, Mourant du Feu & Jeune, Cayman Islands