Mr Stephen Melvin > Higgs & Johnson > Lyford, Bahamas > Lawyer Profile

Higgs & Johnson
Lyford Crescent, Western Road

Work Department

Real Estate


Stephen has significant experience in the representation of local and international property developers and cruise ship companies with private island developments & ports. He specialises in:- foreign direct investment; the sale and acquisition of hotels, marinas and resort developments (mixed use projects) and all aspects of project/development finance. He has been involved in all aspects of the master planning of a number of resorts and mixed use developments as well as all legal services related to Bahamas Government negotiations, advice on investment regulations and applications, including Heads of Agreements and Hotel Encouragement Act Concessions. Stephen also services high net worth clients with all matters related to real estate investments and advice in regard to structuring for estate planning purposes and tax efficiency.

Stephen is also the Nassau head of the firm’s Abaco office and has been involved with a number of Abaco’s resorts and developments.


Partner since 2006
Sitting Member, Subdivision and Development Appeal Board


The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Bar Association of England and Wales
Bahamas Bar Association


Bentley University (B.Sc.), Boston, Massachusetts
University of Westminster (LL.B. Hons); London, England

Lawyer Rankings

Bahamas > Real estate

(Leading individuals)

Stephen MelvinHiggs & Johnson

The real estate and development group at Higgs & Johnson acts for a roster of national and international clients including developers, financial institutions and private clients on real estate transactions, developments, financing issues and regulatory mandates. The team has been notably active on resort and cruise ship port developments, property sales and lease work. Stephen Melvin leads the practice alongside newly promoted partner Ja’Ann Major. Other key names include firm co-managing partner Sterling Cooke, who handles transactional work, maritime and aviation practice head and Freeport office managing partner Vivienne Gouthro, development and conveyancing expert Sandra Lightbourn, and development specialist Lori Nelson. Renai Martin is the key name at associate level.