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

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.