Ms Metta MacMillan-Hughes > Lennox Paton > Nassau, Bahamas > Lawyer Profile

Lennox Paton
3 BAYSIDE EXECUTIVE PARK
WEST BAY STREET & BLAKE ROAD, PO BOX N-4875
NASSAU
Bahamas

Work Department

Position

Metta’s is recognised as a leading commercial and civil litigator in the Bahamas. Held in high regard by the judiciary and her peers, her submissions in several cases have precipitated amendments to the law. She regularly appears before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal and has also appeared before the Privy Council in the UK.

Although her experience and practice covers the full spectrum of civil and commercial litigation Metta is particularly well known in the Bahamas legal arena when it comes to insolvency, especially in relation to trust assets held by insolvent companies, in which her approach in the leading Bahamian case – Dominion Investments – was approved by the Court and incorporated in the Bahamian Insolvency legislation.

In addition to insolvency she has developed particular expertise in Proceeds of Crime Act and Mutual Legal Assistance proceedings; Insurance litigation involving high value catastrophic injury, death and property claims, professional negligence indemnity claims; Asset recovery and all forms of Interlocutory relief including injunctions (including Worldwide Freeze orders) disclosure orders (including Norwich Pharmacal orders; electronic discovery); as well as in many less well known areas such as issues involving the Computer Misuse Act and Listening Devices Act in the context of civil proceedings.

Recognised as a leading Family law specialist she is frequently instructed for high net worth international clients who have retired to The Bahamas or have assets here. She deals with divorces, financial provision claims, custody and access disputes and is frequently engaged to negotiate and prepare Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements.

Career

  • Admitted to practice at the Bar of England & Wales (1984)
  • Admitted to practice at The Bahamas Bar (1986)

Memberships

  • Member of the English Bar
  • Member of The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn 
  • Member of the Bahamas Bar
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Former long serving member of the Bahamas Bar Ethics Committee
  • Member of the Family law Rules Committee

Education

  • Bachelow of Laws (LLB), Birmingham University, UK (1983)

Lawyer Rankings

Bahamas > Dispute resolution

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 .