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Eastern Caribbean Litigation and Transactional Services - SVG, SLU, GRN, BVI 

 

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BIO

 I have a broad cross-border commercial disputes practice, including insolvency and regulatory litigation. I am currently based out of the Turks & Caicos Islands (where I am not admitted to the Bar) as part of a team of specialist litigators operating across the Caribbean Region and beyond. Delivery of fast, effective and commercially-driven litigation solutions is our focus.

I have previously worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat headquartered out of London on specific aspects of regulatory and legal reform across many parts of the world. This has included delivery of anti-corruption and related forfeiture training.

I have also held the position of Legal Counsel to the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority.

I have litigated to a successful conclusion several reported cases.

 

SELECT ENGAGEMENTS:

 

  • Antonio Gellizeau v The State SVGHCRAP2013 / 0058: determining the width of the anti-money laundering offence in defended proceedings concerning USD$2 million in cash found in the hull of a yacht; considering the weight of circumstantial evidence in money laundering matters and the probative value of financial experts who are qualified by experience.

 

  • Digital Wings Limited v Diliana Roussev SVGHCM2016 / 0214: Ongoing matter re construing the proper law applicable to a company’s director and shareholder register of a foreign domiciled company.

 

  • Martin Trott (RHSW BVI Limted) SVGHCM 2017 / 0190: Ongoing matter re recognition of a foreign liquidator in defended insolvency proceedings

 

  • Counsel defending proceedings pertaining to share issuance of a Vincentian offshore company

 

  • Counsel representing the efforts of 10 small depositors in the liquidation of the largest offshore bank in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

 

 

 

CREDENTIALS:

 

Admissions

  • England and Wales (2012): (non – practicing – and not completed Pupillage)

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (2013) – Barrister and Solicitor

  • Saint Lucia (2015): Barrister, Solicitor and Notary Royal

  • Grenada (2015): Barrister and Solicitor

  • British Virgin Islands (2018): Barrister

 

Education

 

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Boys Grammar School (Premier Selective school in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)

  • University of Wales LL.B (Hons) 2:1 Division A

  • City University Law School – Bar Professional Training Course

  • Nottingham Trent University / Nottingham Law School LL. M Corporate and Insolvency Law

  • STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes (pending)

 

 

 

Languages

 

  • Spanish (Competent)

 

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

  • Cybersecurity in the OECS – Your Duties as a Practitioner (June 2018 – Presentation to the Saint Lucia Bar Association for their CPD)

 

  • Evaluator of the Seychellois Anti-Corruption Commission (Legislation and associated Infrastructure, 2017)

 

 

  • Judicial Bench Book on Violence Against Women in Commonwealth East Africa, Contributor on Chapter re Directions in Court of Superior Record (Commonwealth Secretariat Publication 2017) ISBN: 978-1-84929-161-3

 

  • Common Law Legal Systems Model Legislative Provisions on Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing, Preventative measures and Proceeds of Crime, Contributor (Commonwealth Secretariat, UNODC, IMF, 2016) ISBN: 978-1-84929-150-7

 

  • Changing the Law: A Practical Guide to Law Reform (Contributor, Commonwealth Secretariat, 2017) ISBN: 978-1-84929-174-3

 

  • Commonwealth Legislative Drafting Manual (Roger Rose, Commonwealth Secretariat (Contributor) 2017) ISBN: 978-1-84929-169-9

 

  • Contributor, Brooke’s Notary  (Chapter on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 14th Edition, Sweet & Maxwell ISBN 9780414028388)

 

INVOLVEMENT

 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Founding Member Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)

  • Associate Member Certified Fraud Examiners (USA)

  • Ex Officio Member of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Bar Association

  • Ex Officio Member of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Taekwondo Association

  • Founding Member of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Young Professionals Association

 

 

 

At the Bar

  • Member, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

  • Member, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Bar Association

  • Member, Saint Lucia Bar Association

  • Member, OECS Bar Association