Mauritius: Appleby Continues To Grow Mauritius
Last Updated: 17 January 2017

Three new lawyers join firm in December, two poised to join in early 2017

Leading offshore law firm Appleby announces today the continued expansion of its dispute resolution team in Mauritius, with the addition of three new lawyers.

The new lawyers are Counsel Yahia Nazroo, who joined 15 December, Senior Associate Melissa Virahsawmy, who joined 12 December, and Associate Yantee Hurnaurn-Calcutteea, who joined 7 December. Their arrivals continue the growth of Appleby's local dispute resolution group, which in 2015 saw the addition of Senior Associate Dushyant Ramdhur and Senior Clerk Goolam Calloo, as well as the promotion of Sharmilla Bhima to counsel.

"We are fortunate to have brought on three talented lawyers in Yahia, Melissa and Yantee," said Gilbert Noel, partner and head of Appleby's Mauritius dispute resolution group. "They stand out not only for their skills, but for their familiarity with the Mauritius courts and the dispute resolution matters that face the international clients and local corporations we represent."

Appleby's Mauritius dispute resolution team is part of a global department that acts on a full range of high-level cases and legal issues including commercial litigation, fund disputes, trust litigation, insolvencies and restructurings, regulatory matters, professional negligence and insurance disputes.

Mr. Nazroo, who holds an LLM from the University of Leeds, regularly acts for both claimants and defendants in all courts of Mauritius, including having appeared in high-profile cases in the Supreme Court and at the Intermediate Court. He also has an employment and public law practice, which focuses on issues such as unfair dismissal, breach of health and safety laws, matters under the Local Government Act and issues of consumer protection. For the past five years, Mr. Nazroo has been very active as secretary to the Bar Council in Mauritius.

Ms. Virahsawmy, who earned her LLB from the University of Buckingham in the U.K., provides a wide range of legal advice in civil matters, including corporate, securitization, labour, contract, tort, tax, trust, court procedures, divorce and recovery of debt. She also advises boards of directors and works on corporate restructurings, financings and transactions.

Mrs. Hurnaurn-Calcutteea focuses her practice on civil litigation, corporate law and arbitration. She earned her LLB from the University of Nottingham in the U.K.

Appleby's Mauritius dispute resolution team is expected to continue to grow at the beginning of 2017, with the arrival of two recently qualified lawyers, Karishma Beegoo and Deepti Nawjee. Both have completed their law professional examinations and training and are scheduled to be sworn in before the Supreme Court of Mauritius.

"It is expected that by the end of February, when we will have the new team members in place and the newly qualified attorneys would have been admitted, we will be the largest team of attorneys in Mauritius," Noel said.

Ms. Nawjee graduated from the University of Mauritius with an LLB (Honours) and completed her Vocational Examinations at the Council of Legal Education, Mauritius in November 2015. She has recently completed her training as an attorney and will join the team as an associate in 2017.

Ms. Beegoo graduated from the University of Mauritius with an LLB (Honours) and joined Appleby as a Law Graduate in July 2012. She was a beneficiary and scholar of Appleby under the Appleby Legal Education Scholarship Scheme, a merit-based scholarship program the firm launched in Mauritius in 2008 as part of its global commitment toward quality education and training.

Appleby's Mauritius office specialises in corporate and commercial work for international clients, as well as advising on corporate administration, trust and funds administration services and management services.

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