McGrath Tonner’s family team is a leading family law team in the Cayman Islands. The team has more than 50 years of combined experience dealing with family law issues. The firm has been involved in the majority of, if not all, the significant family and divorce cases in the jurisdiction in the last 20 years.

In 2019/2020 the family team represented parties in what was described as the ‘highest value matrimonial case in the jurisdiction to date.’

The team advises on all aspects of family law including divorce and financial applications, applications relating to children, jurisdiction disputes, pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and applications where parties are unmarried. The firm has considerable experience advising UHNW individuals with complex corporate and trust structures with assets located worldwide. The team has appeared in the Court of Appeal on several occasions.

The team has experience in all aspects of complex children proceedings including applications for permission to remove a child from the jurisdiction and protracted and difficult disputes where allegations have been made against a parent.

The team regularly provides expert evidence in family law matters for foreign law proceedings in a number of jurisdictions.

Since April 2020, Managing Partner, David McGrath has sat as a part-time acting Judge of the summary court of the Cayman Islands. David is also a faculty member of the International Academy of the Family Lawyers and Chairman of the Cayman Islands Family Law Bar Association.

The team is capable of and committed to resolving disputes outside the court arena, where appropriate. Sara Ismail is a trained family mediator and collaborative lawyer. Sara and the wider team also have a huge amount of experience of advising clients who are engaged in court appointed hybrid mediation in the Cayman Islands.

For more information or to book a consultation please contact: or +1 345 623-2740



Managing Partner