Placed Lawyer Interview





Guy Williamson

Associate, Corporate

Maples & Calder

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Why did you choose this location and is it living up to expectations?

I was looking for a jurisdiction that provides interesting work and an inspiring place to live as well as complementing the skill set that I had built up in London. Yes, it is living up to expectations.

How did you go about meeting new people when you arrived on island?

It’s very easy to meet people when you arrive out here. Although comparatively small, there is a lively expat scene here that it would be more difficult to avoid than involve yourself in. There are plenty of social and sporting events.

Were there any nasty shocks that you were not prepared for when you arrived on the island?

The admin involved in setting yourself up out here is pretty laborious, especially given the ‘Caribbean pace’ that everything can work at. Organising a house, a car, a Caribbean driving license, a work permit etc. can all take a lot longer than you think.

Were there any nice surprises?

When the weekend rolls around, it really feels like you are on holiday, every weekend.

What was the most noticeable difference about your new role when you first arrived?

In London, you tend to take a lead role in most transactions; out here you often take on more of a supporting role which takes some getting used to.

What’s the best thing about your job?

(Aside for the location) The interesting, varied work and the great lifestyle that it allows you to lead.

What’s the most interesting matter you have worked on since you’ve been here?

There are many. I work with a lot of high profile, multi-national clients, so getting to understand them and their structures is really interesting.

What car do you currently drive?

A Jeep Wrangler - you need a 4x4 out here.

Which is your favourite beach on the island?

Lava Flow on Tortola. It’s a little off the beaten track but is your archetypal Caribbean setting.

Which is your favourite restaurant or bar on the Island?

Coco Maya on Virgin Gorda.

If you weren’t a lawyer, which other job would you like on the island?

A charter boat captain.

What’s the best advice that you would give someone considering the move offshore?

Go and visit for a week or so first and speak to as many people as you possibly can who live out there or have lived out there.