Mr David Johnstone > Lennox Paton > Nassau, Bahamas > Lawyer Profile

Lennox Paton
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Work Department

  • Real Estate
  • Resort Development 
  • Private Client


David Johnstone heads the firm’s Real Estate, Resort Development, and Private Client Groups.

He is the clear industry leader in representing resort developers in all aspects of resort development, including acquisition, financing, regulatory approvals, development, master planning and sales programmes. He has extensive regulatory experience, including drafting applications to the Bahamas Investment Authority, drafting heads of agreement, and drafting and negotiating subdivision and utility agreements with Government.

David has established himself as the go-to legal adviser in master-planning mixed-use resorts with varied residential and amenity components, including subdivisions, condominium, condohotel and timeshare components. He has structured complex condohotel programmes for homeowners’ associations, and advised on structuring golf club and marina club programmes for many of the county’s largest resorts.

Additionally, David has established himself as an expert in representing high net worth private clients in real estate acquisitions and economic permanent residency matters. He has extensive experience in secured financing transactions, construction and mezzanine financing, securitisation and residential and commercial lease transactions.


  • The Bahamas Bar Association
  • Society of Trust and Estate of Practitioners (STEP)


  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Simon Fraser University (B.B.A), Canada
  • Admitted to the Bahamas Bar in 1988

Lawyer Rankings

Bahamas > Real estate

(Leading individuals)

David JohnstoneLennox Paton

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.