Ms Michelle Neville-Clarke > Lennox Paton > Nassau, Bahamas > Lawyer Profile

Lennox Paton

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Michelle is a Partner in the firm’s Banking and Finance, Corporate and Commercial, Investment Funds, Private Client Groups. She has considerable experience in the areas of investment funds, securities law, corporate and commercial matters, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, immigration, probate, private client and wealth management matters.

Michelle’s portfolio of work in financial services in the past year saw her act as lead counsel for the Special committee of directors of a publicly listed utilities company in advising s to the necessary steps for sale of the company’s shares and delisting of such company from the Bahamas International Stock Exchange.

Michelle has written numerous articles and is frequently asked to present at both local and international conferences on her areas of expertise and is ranked by both the International Financial Law Review and Chambers Global.  

Michelle routinely works with both international and local clientele ranging from large financial institutions and international law firms to private individual clients and works closely with the various regulators in The Bahamas.


Michelle was also the recipient of the Financial Services Development & Promotional award for her contribution to the development of the Investment Condominium and the Ministers Award for outstanding support to the sustainability of the sector.


Michelle was a director of the Bahamas Financial Services Board for the period 2006 – 2010 and again commencing 2017.

Michelle serves on the committees for investment funds, securities, foundations and ease of doing business and immigration, and most recently for the Fintech Working Group, playing an integral part in the review of proposed legislation.


Michelle studied Law at the University of Kingston Upon Thames where she graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (with Honours) in 1998 and attended the Inns of Court School of Law where she passed the Bar Vocational Course with a Very Competent in 1999.

Michelle was called to both the Bar of England and Wales and the Bahamas Bar in 1999.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

Michelle Neville-Clarke  – Lennox Paton

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.