Real estate in Bahamas

Lennox Paton

Lennox Paton’s real estate and resort development group handles a broad spectrum of real estate mandates including property acquisitions, project financings and master planning issues relating to mixed-use resorts and residential developments across Nassau and the Family Islands. The team’s client roster encompasses companies in the hotel, resort and timeshare industries as well as financial institutions and lender groups. David Johnstone heads up the practice, which has Chelon Carr-Newbold as deputy head; Johnstone is a key contact for resort developers and has notable experience handling all aspects of development work, while Carr-Newbold primarily acts for high-net-worth individuals and luxury residential and resort developers. Other key individuals include senior associate Nateisha Anderson-Bain, who advises purchasers and vendors on property transactions; and associate Jamie Liddell , who handles the legal master planning of mixed-use developments.

Practice head(s):

David Johnstone


‘Professional service from David Johnstone and Nateisha Anderson-Bain.’

‘Strong communication, negotiation skills with other side was very strong. Was very diligent in getting the project complete.’

‘Nateisha Anderson-Bain was instrumental in helping the completion of an assignment that had many complicated moving parts.’

Key clients

Elmwood Hill Landholdings Ltd

McPike Global Family Office

Sterling Montage Ltd

London & Regional Hotels

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes

At McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, Kimberley Rolle heads up the real estate practice, which advises on transactional, contentious and private client real estate mandates including entity establishments, management issues, trusts, estate and tax planning work, and regulatory mandates. In a recent highlight, the team advised developer Mylor Caribbean Development on the construction of 121 high-end luxury condo residences at Love Beach, Nassau. Rolle focuses on real estate transactions and also handles development matters, while practice vice chair Alexander Christie has notable expertise in asset protection structures. Timothy Eneas is the primary contact for property litigation and conveyancing work; Gia Sands made partner in 2021 and works closely with tourism and leisure sector clients; and associate Vanessa Hall acts for developers and high-net-worth families.

Practice head(s):

Kimberley Rolle


‘Quick to respond with in-depth solutions.’

‘Campbell Cleare, Gia Sands, April Turner – speed of response with clear well thought out solutions.’

Key clients

Pineapple Grove Limited

Newworld One Bay Street

Terralaw Ltd.

Sandy Ground Development Ltd.

Mylor Caribbean Development Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Mylor Caribbean Development Limited as developer of the beachfront-facing property on the construction of 121 high-end luxury condo residences at Love Beach.

Higgs & Johnson

Handling a wide variety of real estate transactions, Higgs & Johnson primarily acts for international and Bahamian developers on resorts, cruise ship developments, mixed-use developments, condos and marina properties. The team also counts financial institutions and private individuals on its client roster, which is advises on property sales and acquisitions and the related title work, and also leverages the expertise of the firm’s in-house search department, which handles conveyancing issues. Stephen Melvin now leads the real estate and development group, taking over from Sterling Cooke, who is now co-managing partner of the firm: Cooke still maintains an active real estate practice. Other individuals include Vivienne Gouthro, who leads the maritime and aviation group; and senior associate Sandy Lightbourn.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Melvin


‘Higgs and Johnson has a sound reputation for professionalism, knowledge and experience. Their team understands the real estate market and is thorough in their documentation and opinions.’

‘We normally work with Sterling Cooke who is always accessible. He makes himself available to talk to clients and other law firms if warranted. We appreciate his understanding of the local real estate market.’

‘Probably one of the best real estate legal teams in The Bahamas – very experienced and knowledgeable and high levels of service.’

‘Stephen Melvin is an outstanding lawyer ably assisted by Sandy Lightbourn. Their work is of the quality we need in a complex environment.’

‘Higgs & Johnson is a well respected legal firm that puts the best interests of their clients first at all times on a timely basis. They are a very knowledgeable, professional and welcoming firm.’

‘Vivienne Gouthro has thorough knowledge of all legal aspects of the law and she is able to relay this knowledge to her clients. She is very patient and takes the time with her clients to ensure they understand completely. Very honest and hardworking individual who promptly responds to all issues no matter how trivial.’