Expertise and Professional Background
Henry Mander is an experienced trust practitioner and head of Harneys' Cayman and BVI trusts practice. He advises both private and institutional clients (including banks and trust companies) on all aspects of Cayman and BVI trust law. Henry has a broad range of trust and estate planning experience, including the creation, administration and termination of complex international trusts and advising on the mechanics for effective succession planning for high net worth individuals and families.
Henry has a particular expertise in the use of STAR trusts and Vista trusts for clients in emerging markets, specifically Latin America, the Far East, Russia and the CIS. Recent instructions have also involved sophisticated planning involving Private Trust Companies in both Cayman and BVI. The majority of Henry's practice involves working with clients' onshore advisors, especially lawyers and accountants, to ensure that the most advantageous Cayman or BVI trust vehicle is established.
Henry joined Harneys in the BVI in January 2011 before relocating to the Cayman Islands later that year. He previously worked in the private client departments of London firms Boodle Hatfield and Farrer & Co for 5 and 2 years respectively. Henry is a full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is one of the contributing editors to British Virgin Islands Commercial Law, Sweet & Maxwell, now in its third edition. Henry is also a contributor to Bermuda Commercial Law, the authoritative guide to Bermuda’s commercial laws.
Henry is recognised as being amongst the world’s leading private client lawyers by Chambers HNW, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and Citywealth.
College of Law (Legal Practice Course) 2000
College of Law (Common Professional Examination) 1999
University of Oxford (MA) 1998
England & Wales 2003 (non-practicing)
British Virgin Islands 2011
Cayman Islands 2011
Chambers HNW Guide: Henry is ranked by Chambers HNW Guide for his expertise in both the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Henry is recognised for his "really good technical knowledge". Clients find him "very easy to work with", "enthusiastic about the work he does", and "responsive and proactive". "He's very bright and has good commercial understanding of the transaction. His response time is excellent," one client said. "He is responsive and proactive, he is able to explain complex matters in a simple way. I particularly appreciate the responsiveness and timeliness of the work," said another.
Legal 500: Henry is ranked as a Leading Lawyer by Legal 500 in both the Cayman Islands and the BVI, and is described as a lawyer who is "one of the most knowledgeable advisers in the industry", “extremely efficient” and very responsive". " Almost always available to deal with client matters, gives undivided care to his clients and is very knowledgeable" was another comment; the guide has previously recognised Henry's "supreme promptness and in-depth, practical and reliable knowledge". Henry has also been noted for "valuing his relationship with clients, his integrity and always providing good advice". The Trusts and Private Wealth teams which Henry leads are also ranked in Band 1 in the British and Cayman Islands guides.
Citywealth: Henry is recognised as a leading lawyer and commended as “a leading Cayman non-contentious trust lawyer whose commercial and highly knowledgeable advice is invaluable to clients".
Who's Who Legal: Henry is recognised as a leading lawyer in the private client space.