Philippa Gilkes is Counsel in the Cayman Islands Corporate practice. Philippa advises clients on a wide spectrum of regulatory, commercial and transactional matters, with her practice focusing on the insurance and reinsurance sphere. Philippa acts for international insurance institutions, captive insurers and commercial (re)insurers, advising on all aspects of Cayman Islands insurance and reinsurance law and regulation.

Philippa is recognised as a Rising Star by The Legal 500 (insurance and reinsurance) in the 2023 and 2024 Caribbean editions.

An insurance client recently commented, “There are a lot of lawyers out there but actually only a few that are truly smart, talented, credible and thorough. Philippa certainly meets all of those points.”



Professional Background

  • Associate, Gadens Lawyers, Melbourne, Australia
  • Judge’s Associate, County Court of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
  • Trainee Attorney, Minter Ellison, Darwin and Adelaide, Australia


  • Australian National University, Grad. Dip. of Legal Practice, 2012
  • University of Adelaide, LLB and B.Media, 2011

Bar Admissions

  • Cayman Islands, Attorney-at-law, 2019
  • Registered as a Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Australia, 2014
  • Admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Australia, 2012

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised as a “Rising Star” in the 2024 edition (and since the 2023 edition) of The Legal 500 Caribbean (insurance/reinsurance)