Firm Profile > Lennox Paton > Nassau, Bahamas

Lennox Paton

Leading firms Tier 1

Lennox Paton 'stands out as one of the leading firms in the legal market. The law firm has unswerving dedication and commitment, top-notch lawyers and the ability to stay a step ahead of the other side'. The firm's financial services department advises financial institutions on banking and trust matters in the Bahamas, while the real estate and resort development group is widely respected for its advice on the acquisition, project financing and planning of large, integrated mixed-use resort and residential developments. The group also has considerable experience in FDIs, fractional and condo-hotel structures, and timeshares. The litigation department handles commercial litigation involving trust, banking and insurance matters, insolvency and asset tracing issues, property work, shareholder disputes, and director liability and company law. As 'standout practitioner in the Bahamas', Brian Simms QC leads the litigation and insolvency and restructuring teams and is highly rated for complex commercial disputes, David Johnstone heads up the real estate, resort development and private client groups, and Michael Paton leads the firm’s corporate and commercial, investment funds and banking and finance departments. Other highly regarded litigators include Metta MacMillan-HughesSophia Rolle-KapousouzoglouMarco Turnquest and Christopher Jenkins, while Michelle Neville-Clarke and Castino Sands are key advisers for transactional matters. Corporate and financing expert Dwayne Whylly is the senior associate to note, and the Nassau office was 'greatly strengthened' in 2019 by the addition of consultant Sir David Hayton, following his retirement from the Caribbean Court of Justice.


The team is praised for having a very strong focus on delivering pragmatic, business-oriented solutions for its clients’ needs‘.

Lennox Paton has longstanding experience advising financial institutions on banking and trust matters in the Bahamas‘.

The corporate team provides straightforward and fast answers, and delivers a great overall work product‘.

The law firm dominates the litigation scene and is invariably involved in all the major cases in the jurisdiction‘.

Quietly efficient and knowledgeable in the residential property sector‘.

It stands out for its strong client focus, responsive and adaptable lawyers, and for being fully committed and involved with its clients and their needs‘.

Michael Paton is one of the most renowned lawyers in the Bahamas and very responsive, practical, knowledgeable and personable’.

Brain Simms QC is a go-to lawyer for any serious dispute‘.

Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou does an excellent job; she is highly recommended for being extremely professional, efficient and experienced. Working with Sophia is like working with some of the top firms in London‘.

Marco Turnquest is a top-class commercial litigator who is renowned for his strategic thinking and creativity, and he has considerable experience in commercial fraud‘.

Christopher Jenkins is always available and responsive‘.

Senior associate Dwayne Whylly is ‘knowledgeable and technically excellent‘.

Key clients


Hong Kong Zhong Qing Development

FirstCaribbean International Bank

UBS Bahamas

Banque Havilland

Clico Bahamas



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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation; Insolvency & Restructuring; Brian Simms QC
Investment Funds; Banking & Financial Services; Securities; Corporate & Commercial Michael Paton
Real Estate; Resort Development; Private Client David Johnstone
Trusts & Foundations Arthur Seligman
Shipping Laura Harris
Managing Partner BVI Office Scott Cruickshank
Marketing Director & New Business Enquiries Naomi Shogbola
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr McFalloughn Bowleg  photo Mr McFalloughn Bowleg
Ms Chizelle Cargill  photo Ms Chizelle Cargill
Ms Chelon Carr-Newbold  photo Ms Chelon Carr-Newbold
Ms Lenthera Culmer  photo Ms Lenthera Culmer
Ms Al-Leecia Delancy  photo Ms Al-Leecia Delancy
Mr Wilfred Ferguson Jr.  photo Mr Wilfred Ferguson Jr.
Mr Ramonne Gardiner  photo Mr Ramonne Gardiner
Mr Dwight Glinton  photo Mr Dwight Glinton
Ms Laura Harris photo Ms Laura Harris
 David Hayton photo David Hayton
 Christopher Jenkins photo Christopher Jenkins
Mr David Johnstone  photo Mr David Johnstone
Ms Nateisha L. Anderson-Bain  photo Ms Nateisha L. Anderson-Bain
Mr Jamie Liddell  photo Mr Jamie Liddell
Ms Metta MacMillan-Hughes  photo Ms Metta MacMillan-Hughes
Mrs Renai Martin  photo Mrs Renai Martin
Ms Wendawn Miller  photo Ms Wendawn Miller
Mr Valdere Murphy  photo Mr Valdere Murphy
Ms Michelle Neville-Clarke  photo Ms Michelle Neville-Clarke
Mr Michael Paton photo Mr Michael Paton
Ms Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou  photo Ms Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou
Mr Castino Sands  photo Mr Castino Sands
Ms Kharin Sears  photo Ms Kharin Sears
Mr Arthur Seligman  photo Mr Arthur Seligman
Mr Brian Simms QC photo Mr Brian Simms QC
Mr Marco Turnquest  photo Mr Marco Turnquest
 Dwayne Whylly photo Dwayne Whylly
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AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
INSOL - International Association of Restructuring
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
American Bankruptcy Institute