Tributes have poured in for respected QC Richard de Lacy who passed away Monday, July 24, at Health City, Cayman Islands.
According to a close friend de Lacy and died as a result of a complications after a short illness.
Originally from Kingston-Upon-Hull, U.K, friends and colleagues have described him as a highly intelligent man who was knowledgeable on a vast array of subjects.
De Lacy was a graduate of Clare College Cambridge University and was called to the Bar, Middle Temple, in 1976. He became a QC in 2000. He was the former partner and head of dispute resolution at Ogier Cayman Islands, 2012-2015, and since then had been a barrister and attorney in private practice.
Fluent in a number of languages, Mr. de Lacy achievements were many, including serving as a visiting professor at Queen Mary University, a tribunal member and chair of the Accountancy and Actuarial Disciplinary Board, a member of the Bar Council and Chancery Bar Association, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Chairman, of the British Kazakh Law Association. He was also Chair of the Education Committee, Cayman Islands chapter of INSOL.
An active member of the Cayman National Orchestra and the Cayman Drama Society, Sheree Ebanks of CDS said he would be sorely missed.
“Richard became an active member of the CDS when he first arrived, and really loved theatre and music,” Ms. Ebanks said. “He could be seen playing either his viola or violin with the Cayman National Orchestra, or joining Chuck and Barrie’s band. Richard appeared on stage in CDS musicals and comedies and always brought something different. Extremely talented, he was also an intellectual who would impart his knowledge and opinions when asked. It was certainly an honour to work with him both professionally and artistically.”
Alasdair Roberts, president of the Cayman Islands Law Society, said in a statement released to members: “I am sorry to have to pass on the very sad news of the passing of Richard de Lacy QC yesterday evening. I am sure many of you will have fond memories of Richard.”
James Bergstrom, managing partner at Ogier, said: “Richard was well liked by all the staff at Ogier and all have very fond memories of working with him,” Mr. Bergstrom said. “We are all very sad to hear the news of his passing.”