When the doors of the University of Cambridge welcome new law students this fall, Dante Frett will be there, thanks to his outstanding academic work and financial support from family and private organisations in the British Virgin Islands.
With its reputation for academic excellence and traditional scholarly values, the University of Cambridge, established in the thirteenth century, ranks among the very top universities in the world for teaching, research, and international outlook.
“This is not only an incredible opportunity to study at one of the most prestigious universities in the world,” notes Dante, “but it is also an opportunity to help shape and further augment the human resources of the Virgin Islands, as well as enable me, when I return home to the Virgin Islands, to encourage and serve the persons within my community in a positive manner and with excellence.” Tentatively, Dante plans to pursue a practice in civil and commercial litigation upon the completion of his legal studies.
Getting accepted to attend Cambridge University in pursuit of his B.A. in law is an exceptional achievement, however such an academic pursuit bears heavy financial burdens. For this reason, he is grateful for the support rendered. He notes, “I remain tremendously grateful to local private organisations, such as O’Neal Webster, who have continuously been making contributions to the BVI community at-large. The firm’s generosity and willingness to render assistance in supporting my academic endeavours at Cambridge just serves to exemplify one of O’Neal Webster’s most recent examples of giving back to the community,” Dante explains. “This investment in the ‘youth’ and human resources of the BVI is highly commendable and sincerely appreciated.”
When asked about extracurricular pursuits while at Cambridge, he said he is interested in engaging in debate and moot competitions and would like to be involved in one of Cambridge’s law journals.
“O’Neal Webster is very pleased to be part of Dante’s educational and professional journey,” says Vanessa King, O’Neal Webster’s managing partner. “He is a deserving young man and we are certain he will excel in his studies and make a valuable contribution on his return to the BVI.”
“We wish Dante all the best in his studies,” adds Paul Dennis, QC, senior partner and head of O’Neal Webster’s civil litigation practice. “His talents and dedication to his studies will take him far in life, and we look forward to welcoming him back to the BVI to serve our community after completing his legal training.”
Dante earned a BSc (Hons) in Natural Sciences, Biomedical Science and History and Philosophy of Science, from University College, London (UCL). Before attending UCL, he earned his secondary education in Trinidad & Tobago, and his primary education here in the BVI at the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School, where, notably, he graduated as the Valedictorian of the Class of 2011.
BVI-based O’Neal Webster has proudly served the legal needs of enterprises, families, and individuals for over thirty years. It is also widely recognized and appreciated for its many contributions to local and global non-profits and activities. The firm’s lawyers and staff give back to the local BVI community, volunteering their time not only to civic and cultural non-profit projects, schools, sporting activities, and charities, but also to pro bono representation for those less fortunate who cannot afford legal counsel when needed.
Dante Frett and Paul Dennis, QC (Photo Credit: O’Neal Webster)