Sir Anthony Smellie KC KCMG joins 3VB as Associate Member

Members of Chambers are delighted to announce that Sir Anthony Smellie KC has joined 3VB as an Associate Member.

A former Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands, Sir Anthony was admitted to practice as an attorney-at-law in Jamaica in 1977. He accepted an appointment as Principal Crown Counsel for the Cayman Islands where he relocated in 1983. He was appointed Solicitor-General in 1987 and acted as Attorney General for the Cayman Islands on several occasions until he accepted appointment as a Judge of the Grand Court in February 1993. Sir Anthony was appointed as Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands in June 1998. While Chief Justice, he also served as the Mutual Legal Assistance Authority under the Cayman – United States MLAT.

In August 1991 Sir Anthony was appointed as Queen’s Counsel. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal of Bermuda in March 2018. In December 2023, Sir Anthony was appointed to the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal.

In his capacity as a law officer of the Crown, Judge, and Chief Justice, Sir Anthony represented the Cayman Islands at many international conferences, speaking on topics as varied as Judicial Leadership, Youth Justice, Restorative Justice, Judicial Independence, Money Laundering control, Trusts, Human Rights, Corporate Insolvency and Re-organisation and the Forfeiture and Recovery of the Proceeds of Corruption.

He is an alumnus of the International Development Law Institute, Rome, the IDLO Italy and of the London Business School (Executive Education Programme).

As an associate member of 3VB, Sir Anthony will focus his work on international arbitration and mediation, and will be closely involved in the ongoing work of 3VB’s International Advisory and Dispute Resolution Unit (IADRU), assisting 3VB to meet its corporate social responsibility objectives in the international arena.

Ali Malek KC, Chair of 3VB, said, “We are delighted to extend a warm welcome to Sir Anthony Smellie as an Associate Member of 3VB allowing him to focus on his work as an arbitrator and mediator following his distinguished tenure as Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands.  Sir Anthony’s exceptional legal expertise and his unwavering commitment to excellence will contribute to our commitment to these important areas of law.” 

Joint Head of Chambers, David Quest KC, commented, “It is a pleasure and an honour to welcome Sir Anthony as an associate member. After a highly distinguished judicial career, notably as Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands, he will bring enormous experience to the arbitration, mediation and international work he will be pursuing in Chambers. We look forward to working with him.”

Please contact our Senior Practice Managers, Stuart Pullum or Stephen Penson, with any enquiries relating to Sir Anthony’s practice at 3VB.

Winner: UK Bar Awards 2023
The Lawyer Awards 2022: Chambers of the Year