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Robert Lindley

Counsel, Head of Cayman & BVI Private Client & Trust

British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands   +1 345 814 7360

Robert Lindley

Legal 500 Caribbean 2019  

Robert Lindley, Counsel, is Head of the Private Client & Trust practice in both the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands offices of Conyers Dill & Pearman.

Robert’s practice covers all aspects of Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands trust law advice and trust litigation. He regularly advises trustees, beneficiaries, protectors and other office holders on a variety of contentious and non-contentious trust and private client related matters. He has a broad range of experience in estate planning and administration of estate issues for high net worth individuals and families. Robert also advises on the establishment of private trust companies and trust structures in both jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Conyers in 2016, Robert worked in the private client and trust department with another offshore law firm in the Cayman Islands and in the Isle of Man where he Qualified as a Manx Advocate, as well as in the commercial dispute resolution department for a leading firm in the UK.

Robert has authored several chapters for leading industry publications. He is also recognised in The Legal 500 and Chambers High Net Worth guides as a “very hard-working and good litigator” and “very capable, measured and personable,” as well as “very knowledgeable in what he does and calm in his demeanour”.  Who’s Who Legal recognises Robert as a “First-Class lawyer” and having a “strong grasp of what matters to the client, allied with a forthright and direct but charming manner”.

Experience Highlights

  • Acted on behalf of numerous trustees and beneficiaries before the Cayman Islands Grand Court in respect of applications for directions and Beddoes-type relief relating to HNW individuals involved in foreign matrimonial proceedings, and also in relation to Court approved variations and rectification applications.
  • Represented beneficiaries and trustees in relation to Public Trustee v Cooper applications.
  • Represented the trustee in an application to set aside a transfer of assets on the grounds of mistake in Schroder Cayman Bank and Trust Company Limited v Schroder Trust AG (2015)
  • Represented the beneficiary of a large Cayman Islands trust in relation to an application to establish the validity of the trust’s administration and obtaining court approval to the appointment of private trust companies.
  • Acted for the beneficiaries of a Cayman Islands trust in relation to matters concerning the validity of the removal of the protector company.
  • Acted for trustees, beneficiaries, protectors and other office holders on a variety of BVI and Cayman Islands non-contentious trust and private client related matters.

Professional Background

  • Appleby, Cayman Islands
  • Simcocks, Isle of Man
  • Walker Morris, England, UK


  • Lancaster University, Master of Science, 2008
  • College of Law, Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, 2000
  • College of Law, Postgraduate Diploma in Law, 1998
  • University of Edinburgh, Bachelor of Science (Hons), 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Cayman Islands, Attorney-at-law, 2013
  • British Virgin Islands, Solicitor, 2012
  • England & Wales, Solicitor, 2005 (non-practising)
  • Isle of Man, Advocate, 2003

09 Sep 2019
Six Conyers lawyers make Private Client Global Elite list

29 Aug 2019
Private Client & Trust Brochure

12 Jul 2019
Conyers Recognised as Top Ranked Offshore Trust Advisors

14 Jun 2019
Changes to the Cayman Islands’ Trusts Law take effect

04 Jun 2019
Death in Paradise

04 Jun 2019
Conyers to have Significant Presence of Leading Trust Lawyers at the Transcontinental Trusts Forum

31 May 2019
In the Matter of A Trust

28 May 2019
Changing with the Times: The Cayman Islands’ Trusts Law gets a Revamp

01 May 2019
Conyers’ Cayman office welcomes new Private Client & Trust attorney

23 Nov 2018
Conyers wins Offshore Firm of the Year at Chambers HNW Awards

23 Jul 2018
Conyers awarded top ranking as offshore trust advisers

18 Jul 2018
Six Conyers lawyers make Private Client Global Elite list

12 Jul 2018
Dealing with the Death of a Sole Director/Shareholder of a BVI Company

04 May 2018
Art in Trusts

24 Apr 2018
Deadline Looming to Register as a Non-Profit Organisation in the Cayman Islands

16 Mar 2018
Of Sound Mind and Memory: New Guidance for Trustees Regarding Settlor Capacity in the Cayman Islands

01 Dec 2017
Change is afoot: suggestions for legislative reform in the Cayman Islands

17 Nov 2017
The Foundation Companies Law

08 Nov 2017
Getting the Deal Through – Private Client 2018: British Virgin Islands

06 Nov 2017
Getting the Deal Through – Private Client 2018

24 Oct 2017
Cayman Islands Foundation Companies Law Now in Force

19 Sep 2017
Conyers Maintains Band 1 Ranking for Offshore Trusts

18 Sep 2017
Conyers’ BVI Update

12 Sep 2017
Conyers’ BVI Legal and Professional Services are Operational Following Hurricane Irma

07 Jun 2017
New Legislation for Non-Profit Organisations in the Cayman Islands

06 Jun 2017
Cayman Islands Confidentiality – Secrets and Isles

30 May 2017
The Paralysed Trustee: A Cayman Approach

24 Apr 2017
Families and firewalls—new trusts case law in the Cayman Islands (In the Matter of the A Trust)

30 Mar 2017
A New Foundations Law for the Cayman Islands

06 Mar 2017
Firewalls, Families and Fiduciaries: New Cayman Case Law

27 Feb 2017
Shares in BVI Business Companies – Avoiding a Succession Problem

01 Dec 2016
Improvements to the Cayman Islands Trusts Law

26 Sep 2016
Conyers Lawyers Named on Citywealth’s Leaders List

19 Sep 2016
Conyers Hires Robert Lindley as Head of Private Client & Trust Practice in Cayman and BVI

  • Recognised in the 2019 edition (and previous editions) of Legal 500 Caribbean (trusts/private client)
  • Recognised in the 2019 edition of Legal 500 Caribbean (dispute resolution)
  • Recognised in the 2018 edition of Who’s Who Legal (Private Client)
  • Recognised in the 2018 edition (and previous editions) of the CityWealth Leaders List
  • Recognised in Legal Week’s The Private Client Global Elite 2017
  • Recognised in the 2017 edition (and previous editions) of Chambers HNW (Offshore: Trusts)
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)