Richard Addlestone is a retired lawyer with almost thirty years of professional experience, the last eighteen of those being in Cayman working as a partner with Walkers, Appleby, and Bedell (formerly Solomon Harris). Whilst in private practice Mr. Addlestone focused primarily on private equity, investment funds, and transactional work with a secondary focus on banking and finance, as well as captive insurance and reinsurance. Prior to relocating to Cayman Mr. Addlestone practiced as an English solicitor at Paisner & Co (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner), LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae (subsequently, Dewey & LeBoeuf) and Denton Wilde Sapte (now Dentons).
Mr. Addlestone is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, a past member of the executive of the Cayman branch of the Alternative Investment Management Association and a former member of the Financial Services Legislative Committee’s Sub-Committee for the Companies Law. He was recently appointed to the Cayman Islands Attorneys Regulation Authority. During his professional career Mr. Addlestone was heavily involved in training Caymanian attorneys and educating Cayman school children about the legal world as part of a programme sponsored by the law firm he was working with, and with university students visiting from Elon University about how the Cayman Islands operates as an Offshore Financial Centre.
Throughout his time in the Cayman Islands he has participated in community charitable, cultural, and civic affairs ranging from financially supporting various bodies such as Red Cross, CCMI, the National Trust, the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, the Cayman Islands Arts Festival, and others. He has played the violin with the Cayman Islands National Orchestra and other musical ensembles for charitable fundraising events, delivered meals for Meals on Wheels, and volunteered in lionfish culls in Little Cayman, and for the Sister Islands Rock Iguana Preservation Programme.
Mr. Addlestone was appointed as a Member effective 1 May 2021 for a four year term.