Real estate in Bahamas

Lennox Paton

The real estate and resort development group at Lennox Paton excels in the acquisition, project financing and planning of large resort and residential development projects alongside handling condo-hotel structures, time shares and investment mandates. David Johnstone leads the practice with Chelon Carr-Newbold; Johnstone is a key contact for resort developers while Carr-Newbold also advises high-net-worth private clients and residential developers. Newly promoted partner Nateisha Anderson-Bain is recognised for her transactional expertise and associate Jamie Liddell has a growing planning practice, particularly relating to out-islands projects.

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes’ real estate practice covers the full spectrum of commercial and private real estate issues including handling the sale and purchase of hotels, resorts, private residences, vacation homes and investment properties. Transactional and development specialist Kimberley Rolle heads up the group alongside practice vice chair Alexander Christie, who handles real estate transactions and asset protection structures. Other key individuals include Timothy Eneas KC , who acts in real estate disputes and conveyancing matters; newly promoted partner Gia Sands, who excels in the tourism and leisure sectors; and associate Vanessa Hall, who assists with developments and estate planning issues.

Practice head(s):

Kimberley Rolle


‘Very experienced, responsive law firm.’

‘Personable, very detail orientated to what we are seeking to achieve.’

Key clients

Pineapple Grove Limited

Newworld One Bay Street

Terralaw Ltd.

Sandy Ground Development Ltd.

Mylor Caribbean Development Limited

Higgs & Johnson

With broad experience at a domestic and international level in real estate transactions, Higgs & Johnson counts a range of Bahamian and global developers on its client roster alongside financial institutions and private clients. Other key areas of strength encompass advising on resort and cruise ship port developments, conveyances, use agreements, master leases and regulatory matters. Stephen Melvin heads up the group and specialises in foreign direct investment work, while firm co-managing partner Sterling Cooke is highly regarded for his transactional and financing expertise. Vivienne Gouthro, who leads the maritime and aviation practice group, also contributes, as do Sandra Lightbourn, development expert Lori Nelson, and senior associate Ja’Ann Major.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Melvin

Other key lawyers:

Sterling Cooke; Vivienne Gouthro; Sandra Lightbourn; Ja’Ann Major; Lori Nelson