Tuesday, August 30, 2005

New entrants sustain Isola law firm tradition

Thursday was a memorable day for the firm of Isola & Isola in which it celebrated the call to the Gibraltar Bar of three young lawyers who have joined the firm.

At a drinks party at the Caleta Hotel the Partners of the Firm entertained family and guests of Joseph P Garcia, Adrian M Pilcher and Jamie Trinidad, two of whom were called to the Gibraltar Bar on Thursday and the third, a short time ago.

Jamie Trinidad, who is a member of Lincoln’s Inn, was called to the Bar in London in 2001. He was educated at Bayside School, Gibraltar, subsequently obtaining an Honours Degree in English and French Law at Exeter University, a Maîtrise in European Law at Rennes University and a Masters in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University.

Prior to taking up his appointment at Isola & Isola he was earlier this year visiting Professor of Law at Tsinghua University, Beijing and at the National Judicial College of China.

Adrian Pilcher was educated at Bayside School, Gibraltar and subsequently obtained an honours degree in English Literature at Kingston University. He then did a conversion to law, obtaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Law before completing his Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law, London.

Joseph P. Garcia is the grandson of Peter J. Isola, the Senior Partner of the firm. For him and for the firm it is a unique occasion in that he is the first of the fifth generation of lawyers in the family. He was called to the Bar in England in 2004 and is a member of the Inner Temple. He was educated at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire following a family tradition that dates back to 1885. He obtained a joint Honours Degree in Philosophy and Spanish in Bristol University and then converted to law with a Post Graduate Diploma before completing his Bar Vocational Course at the BPP Law School.

The Call to the Bar in Gibraltar of Joseph Garcia represented the fifth generation of family lawyers in the firm.

Horace Parodi, the great-uncle of the present Senior Partner was called to the English Bar in 1891 and began to practise in Gibraltar in the following year. He practised on his own until he was joined by his nephew, Albert R. Isola the great-grandfather of Joseph Garcia in 1920.

Although the Bar in the first half of the 20th century was significantly smaller than it is today, it is clear from the account of the funeral of Horace Parodi reported in the Gibraltar Chronicle of the time that Mr Parody was very much a respected member of the Gibraltar community.

Following his funeral, a tribute was paid to him by the Members of the Bar and the Judiciary in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar and the Chief Justice at the time, Sir Daniel D Tudor KC, associated himself with the remarks made from the Bar. He knew, he said, that he could also speak for his predecessor, Sir Bartlel Frere who had for many years maintained a warm friendship with Mr Parodi. The many tokens of sorrow shown at the funeral convinced him that the late Mr Parodi must have been a man respected by all and endeared to many.

“The firm of Isola & Isola is obviously proud of its long history but is now very much a firm of many lawyers, and specialities and geared to the challenges any progressive form must meet in the modern world.

Although the traditional family basis is important to all members of the firm it looks forward to a future based on its extended basis as a family of lawyers with many varied specialities and expertise” said Mr Isola.

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