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

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.