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Lennox Paton

3 BAYSIDE EXECUTIVE PARK, WEST BAY STREET & BLAKE ROAD, PO BOX N-4875, NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Tel:
Work +1 242 502 5000
Fax:
Fax +1 242 328 0566
Email:
Web:
www.lennoxpaton.com
Nassau, Tortola

Brian Simms QC

Tel:
Work +1 (242) 502 5017
Email:
Lennox Paton

Work Department

Litigation

Position

Brian Simms QC is the Senior Partner of the firm and the head of its Litigation and Insolvency and Restructuring Groups.  Brian is one of the Bahamas’ leading advocates and he has vast experience in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal in addition to having appeared a number of times in the Privy Council. 

He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 2009 and is instructed in the most substantial Bahamian and international offshore cases.  

The legal directories continually rank Brian as a tier one litigator and praise him for the quality of his work and expertise in commercial litigation, trust disputes, insolvency and fraud cases.  Brian has been described by clients as “A top offshore Silk” and “The best litigation lawyer in the Bahamas”.

Career

  • Brian attended both McGill University and Exeter University.
  • He is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of for International Legal Studies.
  • Appointed Queens Counsel in 2009
  • Acting Judge of the Bahamas Supreme Court 2015

Member

  • Member of the Bahamas Bar Association
  • Previous Member of the Bahamas Bar Council
  • Member of the Bahamas Constitutional Commission
  • Overseas Member of the English Chancery Bar
  • INSOL


Bahamas

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As 'a highly organised and professional firm', LennoxPaton is 'always positive and supportive', 'provides a welcoming atmosphere to clients' and 'has deep local knowledge paired with a practical approach'; its key departments are litigation, financial services and corporate law, and real estate. The litigation team, which 'gives clients a sense of increasing confidence that cases have a high chance of success whatever missiles might come from the opposition' and is 'one of the strongest litigation teams in the Bahamas', focuses on commercial litigation, including expertise in trust matters, banking, insolvency, asset tracing and property litigation, as well as mutual fund and shareholder disputes, director liability and company law, and insurance. Highlights included the team acting for Deloitte (Hong Kong and Bahamas), as the joint receiver-managers of the secured assets of the Baha Mar Resort, on numerous matters, one of which produced a ruling that clarified the practice of conveyancing pursuant to new limitation legislation in the Bahamas. In transactional matters, the practice is well known for general business law, with a particular focus on the financial services industry; complex cross-border M&A; regulatory advice in relation to the cross-border issue of securities and banking services; establishing investment funds for institutional and private wealth management clients; and complex trust structures. The team advised Frontera Energy, as Bahamian counsel, on its issuance of senior secured notes that were to be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Senior partner and 'one of the best litigators on the island' Brian Simms QC is the head of litigation and is well known for complex, high-net-worth commercial disputes. Deputy chairman since 2017 of the Securities Commission of The Bahamas, Michael Paton, who has 'exceptional knowledge and an ability to quickly understand the information sought and provide the necessary feedback', heads the firm’s corporate and commercial, investment funds and banking and finance groups; and David Johnstone, who is highly rated for master-planning mixed-use resorts with subdivision, condominium, condohotel and timeshare components, leads the real estate, resort development and private client groups. Other notable partners are litigation specialists Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou (who clients praise as 'responsive and a pleasure to work with') and Marco Turnquest, and banking and finance group partner Castino Sands, who is 'thorough, careful and precise'.

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