Lennox Paton > Nassau, Bahamas > Firm Profile

Lennox Paton

Bahamas > Corporate law (including banking, finance and M&A) Tier 1

The highly experienced team at Lennox Paton advises on the full spectrum of corporate, commercial and finance mandates spanning cross-border M&A, regulatory matters, fund work, private wealth and trust structure issues, securitisations, data protection work and fintech matters. The group is particularly active in the financial services sector; it recently advised the Central Bank of the Bahamas on the issuance of a digital currency and the related regulatory issues. Michael Paton heads up the practice and Michelle Neville-Clarke  acts as deputy head; Paton is also deputy chairman of the securities commission of The Bahamas and Neville-Clarke acts for a range of local and international clients. Arthur Seligman  leads the firm’s trusts and foundations group and Castino Sands  is a key contact for fund-related mandates. Clients also praise senior associate Dwayne Whylly for his ‘sophisticated advice‘ and senior associate Laura Harris, who focuses on the shipping sector.

Practice head(s):


‘It’s one of maybe two law firms you would use in the Bahamas to provide advice in the context of cross border transactions.’

‘I engage Dwayne Whylly. The reason I do so is because I know he will respond promptly and give sophisticated advice.’

Work highlights

  • Advised in respect of grant of security and entry into security documents by a Bahamian group company.
  • Advised Steiner Leisure Limited on its private placement investment in OneSpaWorld Limited, a Bahamian company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and advised on the initial listing of OneSpaWorld on the NYSE.
  • Assisted the Central Bank of The Bahamas with the issuance of a digital currency and the development of the corresponding regulatory framework.

Bahamas > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Particularly active in complex, high-profile claims, Lennox Paton’s ‘highly reputable’ litigation and dispute resolution department has expertise across a broad range of matters including trust claims, banking, insolvency and asset tracing litigation; insurance issues, mutual fund disputes, property litigation and director liability proceedings. ‘Incredibly incisive’ senior partner Brian Simms QC heads up the practice and has substantial experience at all levels of the court system. Marco Turnquest is a key contact for banking, shareholder, insolvency and trust disputes, while Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou has a notable track record in complex insolvency cases. Other key individuals include Christopher Jenkins, who has experience in property litigation and shareholder disputes; Metta MacMillan-Hughes , who acts in a range of commercial and civil litigation; and senior associate Chizelle Cargill .

Practice head(s):


‘High attention to the client, quick answers by emails, highly professional and competent lawyers. Definitely the best law firm in the Bahamas, they never fail to deliver.’

‘Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou is a great partner and a rising star in the Bahamas law sector.’

‘Lennox is a reputable firm.’

‘Brian Simms: incredibly incisive and good at drilling down through all the facts: he can unpick a case in an instant.’

‘Lennox Paton (Bahamas) is a pre-eminent firm dealing with heavy-weight offshore litigation. Their partners are up to date on recent legal developments in the Bahamian Supreme Court, particularly as regards matters of civil fraud. Importantly, Lennox Paton are much more responsive than most other firms on the island, with quick turnaround times.’

‘Marco Turnquest – he is an extremely able partner specialising in commercial dispute resolution and civil fraud. He is very clever and diligent.’

‘LP was very thorough and detailed in their research and explaining all the nuances to the legal process in the Bahamas. They left no stone unturned.’

‘Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou stands out by her competence and professionalism.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the Judicial Trustee of the Sir Jack Hayward 1993 Settlement on numerous difficult points and representing him in proceedings.
  • Acting on behalf of Cyprus and Panamanian Companies in legal proceedings concerning a dispute over $30m in frozen funds held in an account at Ansbacher Bank, a Bahamian bank.
  • Representing Bettas in an ongoing claim against HSBC Bahamian branch and its Hong Kong branch for breach of mandate in failing to return over $26m that was deposited with it in 1986.

Bahamas > Real estate Tier 1

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):


‘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

Lennox Paton is a leading offshore, full service commercial law firm providing services to clients in relation to Bahamian and British Virgin Islands law. As one of the Bahamas’ largest law firms it provides a comprehensive range of legal services including litigation, insolvency and restructuring, investment funds, trusts and foundations, banking and finance, real estate, resort development, corporate and commercial, private client, wealth management and shipping. The success of long-term client relationships and landmark cases has earned the firm recognition as one of the top firms in The Bahamas. Members serve on governmental and statutory bodies. Additionally, many of the firm’s lawyers are continually ranked amongst the best in this region.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The litigation team at Lennox Paton consists of dedicated and highly experienced individuals specialising in business disputes and complex commercial litigation. The team is well-known for representing clients in high profile and complex cases in The Bahamas and is regularly instructed in complex multi-jurisdictional matters, working with many of the leading international law firms globally in cross-border proceedings. The team represents a broad range of clients including bank and trust companies, foreign governments, government agencies, multinational corporations and financial institutions, as well as UHNW private clients, domestic companies and individuals.

Banking & Securities:
Lennox Paton has the leading financial services practice in The Bahamas and advises on the establishment and licensing of banks, trust companies, investment advisors, broker-dealers and ongoing regulatory matters associated with these structures. The team regularly advises on cross-border offerings of securities by international financial institutions, in addition to all aspects of banking and financial transactions including note issuances, derivatives, securitisation including special purpose vehicles and structures. The team’s approach to regulatory matters is unmatched. It’s lawyers offer practical advice and attain efficient and effective resolutions.

Insolvency & Restructuring:
The firm’s insolvency and restructuring team represents a range of clients in relation to complex insolvency matters and it is widely acknowledged as a market leader in the region. The team is often involved in complex cross-border proceedings and is skilled in advising clients in relation to local insolvency laws or in relation to ancillary proceedings with a Bahamian component. Members of the team act on behalf of receivers, creditors, administrative receivers, directors, trustees in bankruptcy, fiduciary claimants, liquidators, and companies in connection with insolvency issues, including securing assets both domestically and internationally. The firm has also been involved in applications for the recognition of foreign court-appointed office holders and just and equitable winding up petitions on behalf of shareholders of investment funds with a master-feeder fund component.

Investment Funds:
The team is highly experienced and well regarded in this area. It handles every aspect relating to the establishment (and where applicable, the licensing) of unregulated and regulated investment funds. Keeping on top of the ever-changing legal and regulatory environment, the team is able to simplify this complex area and meet the demands of a diverse range of clients including asset managers, investment managers and advisors, investors, custodians, family offices and agents.  The team also helps clients to obtain licenses to establish and operate investment funds, including investment fund administrator licenses, and advise them on the legislative requirements for physical presence, business conduct and ongoing reporting obligations.

Private Client & Trusts:
This specialist team regularly acts for high net worth individuals and their advisors worldwide in relation to all aspects of estate planning in order to establish structures to protect and manage assets. It also represents numerous trust companies and advises regularly on the drafting and construction of trust, foundation and corporate documentation. In addition to these services the team is frequently involved in handling disputes concerning trusts, foundations, and family matters in connection with divorce and ancillary relief proceedings involving international clients, as well as Inheritance Act claims.

Real Estate & Resort Development:
The real estate and resort development group of Lennox Paton is known as an industry leader in the acquisition, project financing and master planning of large integrated mixed use resort and residential developments. Members are well-known for their considerable experience with fractional and condo-hotel structures, time-share, sales programmes for residential offerings, foreign direct investment and investment incentives. The team is routinely involved in all the major resort, residential and commercial development projects happening throughout The Bahamas. The firm acts as legal advisor for projects such as Baha Mar (in receivership), Bimini Bay, Baker’s Bay, Cocodimama Resort, French Leave, Harborside Resort, Hurricane Hole, Norman’s Cay, Ocean Terrace, One Cable Beach, South Cat Cay and Sky Beach Resort.

As one of the region’s most respected law firms, clients from all over the world call upon the team for guidance in shipping matters. The firm’s comprehensive and responsive legal advice on matters including provisional and original ship registration, transfer ship registration, inbound and outbound bareboat registration and ship mortgage registration. Members also act as special counsel to leading international financial institutions and ship owning groups on the financing of shipping groups offering the shares of Bahamian flag vessels as security.

Litigation; Insolvency & Restructuring; Brian Simms QCBSimms@lennoxpaton.com
Investment Funds; Banking & Financial Services; Securities; Corporate & Commercial Michael Patonmpaton@lennoxpaton.com
Real Estate; Resort Development; Private Client David JohnstoneDJohnstone@lennoxpaton.com
Trusts & Foundations Arthur Seligmanaseligman@lennoxpaton.com
Shipping Laura Harrislharris@lennoxpaton.com
Managing Partner BVI Office Scott Cruickshankscruickshank@lennoxpaton.com
Marketing Manager & New Business Enquiries Courtney Spectorcspector@lennoxpaton.com
McFalloughn Bowleg photo McFalloughn BowlegMcFalloughn is an Associate in the firm’s Litigation Group. He has experience in…
Chizelle Cargill photo Chizelle CargillSenior Associate
Chelon Carr-Newbold photo Chelon Carr-NewboldPartner
Mr Wilfred Ferguson Jr. photo Mr Wilfred Ferguson Jr.Wilfred is an Associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, working directly under…
Mr Ramonne Gardiner photo Mr Ramonne GardinerRamonne is an Associate in Lennox Paton’s Litigation Department. He is highly…
Mr Dwight Glinton photo Mr Dwight GlintonDwight is a Senior Associate in Lennox Paton’s Litigation Group. His experience…
Ms Laura Harris photo Ms Laura HarrisLaura is a senior associate in our Nassau office, working in the…
Dr David Hayton photo Dr David HaytonDr David Hayton LLD (Cantab) LLD (Newcastle Univ) TEP (Hon) ACTAPS (Hon),…
Mr Christopher Jenkins photo Mr Christopher JenkinsChristopher is a Partner in Lennox Paton’s Commcercial Litigation department. His work…
Mr David Johnstone photo Mr David JohnstoneDavid Johnstone heads the firm’s Real Estate, Resort Development, and Private Client…
Ms Nateisha L. Anderson-Bain photo Ms Nateisha L. Anderson-BainNateisha is an Senior Associate in the Real Estate Group in the…
Mr Jamie Liddell photo Mr Jamie LiddellJamie is an Associate in the firm’s Real Estate Group in Nassau.…
Ms Metta MacMillan-Hughes photo Ms Metta MacMillan-HughesMetta’s is recognised as a leading commercial and civil litigator in the…
Mr Valdere Murphy photo Mr Valdere MurphyValdere is an Associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department in Nassau.…
Ms Michelle Neville-Clarke photo Ms Michelle Neville-ClarkeMichelle is a Partner in the firm’s Banking and Finance, Corporate and…
Mr Michael Paton photo Mr Michael PatonBased in Nassau, Michael is a partner and head of the firm’s…
Ms Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou photo Ms Sophia Rolle-KapousouzoglouSophia is a Partner in Lennox Paton’s Commercial Litigation department in Nassau,…
Mr Castino Sands photo Mr Castino SandsSince joining the Banking and Finance Group at Lennox Paton in 2006,…
Mr Arthur Seligman photo Mr Arthur SeligmanArthur is the Head of the firm’s Trusts and Foundations Group and…
Mr Brian Simms photo Mr Brian SimmsBrian Simms QC is the Senior Partner of the firm and the…
Mr Marco Turnquest photo Mr Marco TurnquestFor the last 18 years, Marco has specialised in representing clients in…
Dwayne Whylly photo Dwayne WhyllySenior Associate
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AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
INSOL - International Association of Restructuring
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
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