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McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes
PO BOX N-3937

Bahamas > Dispute resolution Tier 1

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes‘ litigation and dispute resolution practice fields a team of specialists which handles the full spectrum of contentious work including arbitration proceedings. Within its commercial and trust disputes caseload, the group is notably active in insolvency and restructuring matters, private client work, IP claims, corporate disputes, tax litigation and cross-border claims. John Wilson KC  heads up the practice, which also fields Sean Moree KC, who acts for ultra-high-net-worth families and multinational companies; insurance and personal injury expert Genell Sands; tax litigator Kevin Moree; Michelle Deveaux, who handles competition litigation; and Vanessa Smith, who specialises in trust and insolvency claims.

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‘Accessibility to the Managing Partner and responsiveness are key attributes of the case management of the team at MBH. Even under the pressure of a global pandemic and shortage of hands on deck their professional posture and performance has been impeccable.’

‘John Wilson KC and Berchel Wilson provide excellent legal services all round, especially when it comes to dispute resolution and litigation. Their business oriented insight is paramount in terms of knowledge, especially when dealing with matters in The Bahamas.’

Key clients

The Private Trust Corporation limited

Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited

EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Limited.

Executors of the Estate of James Martin

Butterfield Trust (Bahamas) Limited

Windermere Island North Development Limited

Adlard Holdings Limited

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Ltd.

Pictet Bank & Trust

Bamont Trust Company

RAV Bahamas Ltd.

Kikivarakis & Co.

J. S. Johnson & Company Limited

Qamea Stanley Limited

Bahamas > Real estate Tier 1

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes’ real estate practice covers the full spectrum of commercial and private real estate issues including handling the sale and purchase of hotels, resorts, private residences, vacation homes and investment properties. Transactional and development specialist Kimberley Rolle heads up the group alongside practice vice chair Alexander Christie, who handles real estate transactions and asset protection structures. Other key individuals include Timothy Eneas KC , who acts in real estate disputes and conveyancing matters; newly promoted partner Gia Sands, who excels in the tourism and leisure sectors; and associate Vanessa Hall, who assists with developments and estate planning issues.

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‘Very experienced, responsive law firm.’

‘Personable, very detail orientated to what we are seeking to achieve.’

Key clients

Pineapple Grove Limited

Newworld One Bay Street

Terralaw Ltd.

Sandy Ground Development Ltd.

Mylor Caribbean Development Limited

Bahamas > Corporate law (including banking, finance and M&A) Tier 2

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes‘ corporate and commercial transactions practice advises on a broad range of mandates including international financing projects, M&A, loan agreements and share purchase agreements. The group is also particularly highlighted for its offshore trust and private client work and excels in cross-border transactions, where it benefits from its Lex Mundi membership. Kimberley Rolle leads the practice and Alexander Christie acts as vice chair to the group; Rolle focuses on commercial, corporate and project finance work, while Christie has additional tax expertise. Other key names include Sean Moree KC, who leads the firm’s trust and private client group; senior partner John Wilson KC; Campbell Cleare, III who heads up the foreign and local investment practice; April Turner, who has experience in financial services matters; financial services and regulatory expert Kevin Moree; competition specialist Michelle Deveaux; and newly promoted partner Gia Sands.

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Key clients

RAV Bahamas Ltd.

Mitsubishi Logistics Corporation

Neworld One Bay Street Limited (One Particular Harbour at the Pointe Condominiums)

Tropix Shipping Ltd.

Oasis Marketplace Ltd.

Crowe Bahamas

Mylor Caribbean Development Ltd

The firm: McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes is one of the largest and oldest firms in The Bahamas and conducts an extensive international and domestic practice from its offices in the cities of Nassau and Freeport. Established in 1945, the firm’s philosophy of delivering superior levels of service by industry specialists was established by its founding partners, Donald McKinney, Sir Oswald Bancroft and Sir Leonard Knowles. Dr Colin A Hughes joined the partnership in 1947 following the departure of Sir Leonard Knowles and the firm was restyled McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes.

Since its inception McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes has grown from a small practice of three attorneys with a support staff of three to a team of over 30 attorneys with a support staff of more than 100.  Originally housed in a single office in the Boyle Building, downtown Nassau, in 1990 the firm moved to offices located on George Street in the heart of Nassau. McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes also has offices at Lyford Cay in Western New Providence and in Freeport, the nation’s second city, on the Island of Grand Bahama.

Each client of the firm is the responsibility of an individual lawyer, through whom the collective expertise and resources of the firm become available. While each client’s work is handled on a personal basis, the high degree of interchange of information and cooperation between individual attorneys ensures that the client’s work is effectively supervised and guided within the firm to the appropriate areas of expertise.

The firm is The Bahamas member of Lex Mundi, a Global Association of over 160 independent law firms that represent over 60 countries. High professional standards of performance and quality representation are the main membership selection criteria. Through the effective and efficient professional association of Lex Mundi, the firm is able to respond to requirements for legal services throughout the markets of the world and virtually every country.

Founded principally as a corporate and commercial firm, today McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes is engaged in the general practice of law and services its clientele through the expertise of its attorneys in over 35 practice areas.

Trusts & Private Client John F. Wilson (242) 322-4195
Competition Law Michelle Deveauxmideveaux@mbhbahamas.com1 (242) 322-4195
Family Law Justine A. (242) 322-4195
Real Estate Kimberley A. Rollekarolle@mbhbahamas.com1 (242) 362-7723
Admiralty, Shipping & Aviation John F. Wilson (242) 322-4195
Banking & Finance John F. Wilson (242) 322-4195
Tax & Trade Beatrice E. (242) 322-4195
Immigration Kimberley A. Rollekarolle@mbhbahamas.com1 (242) 322-4195
Litigation & Dispute Resolution John F. (242) 322-4195
Corporate & Commercial Kimberley A. Rollekarolle@mbhbahamas.com1 (242) 322-4195
Foreign & Local Investment H. Campbell Cleare, (242) 322-4195
Labour & Employment Genell K. Sandsgksands@mbhbahamas.com1 (242) 322-4195
Financial Services & Regulation April N. (242) 322-4195
Peteche Bethell photoMs Peteche BethellAssociate
Alexander Christie photoMr Alexander ChristiePartner, Vice Chair of Firm’s Corporate & Commercial and Real Estate Practice…
Brenford Christie photoMr Brenford ChristieConsultant
Campbell   Cleare, III photoMr Campbell Cleare, IIIConsultant, Chair of Foreign & Local Investment  and Immigration Practice Groups, Vice…
Michelle Deveaux photoMrs Michelle DeveauxPartner, Chair of Competition  Law Practice Group
Timothy Eneas KC photoMr Timothy Eneas KCPartner, Vice Chair Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group
Demi Forbes photoMiss Demi ForbesAssociate
Vanessa Hall photoMrs Vanessa HallPartner  
Erin Hill photoMrs Erin HillSenior Associate Erin M. Hill is a Senior Associate of the firm…
J. Oliver Liddell photoMr J. Oliver LiddellOf Counsel
Richard Lightbourn photoMr Richard LightbournConsultant
Beatrice Miranda photoMrs Beatrice MirandaPartner 
Kevin Moree photoMr Kevin MoreePartner and Co-Chair: Tax & Trade and Financial Services & Regulation practice…
Sean Moree KC photoMr Sean Moree KCPartner, chair of the Trust & Private Client Practice Group and  a…
Hartis Pinder photoMr Hartis PinderOf Counsel
Kimberley Rolle photoMs Kimberley RollePartner, Chair of Real Estate and Corporate & Commercial Practice Groups, Vice…
Alexandria  Russell photoMs Alexandria RussellAssociate
Ashley Sands photoMs Ashley SandsSenior Associate
Gia Sands photoMrs Gia SandsPartner  
Genell Sands photoMrs Genell SandsPartner, Chair of Labour & Employment Practice Group
Justine Smith photoMrs Justine SmithPartner, Chair of Family Law Practice Group
Lourey Smith photoMrs Lourey SmithConsultant
Andrew Smith photoMr Andrew SmithAssociate
Vanessa Smith photoMrs Vanessa SmithPartner
G. Andrew Smith II photoMr G. Andrew Smith IIAssociate
April Turner photoMrs April TurnerPartner in the firm and Chair of the Financial Services & Regulation…
Berchel Wilson photoMs Berchel WilsonAssociate
John Wilson KC photoMr John Wilson KCSenior Partner, Chair of MBH Executive Committee
Lex Mundi
The Legal 500
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes is ranked as a Tier 1 Firm for Financial & Corporate in IFLR1000 2023

We are delighted to share that McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes has once again been ranked as a Tier 1 firm in Financial & Corporate by IFLR1000, and included in its latest edition amongst the world’s leading financial law firms.

Insolvency & restructuring in The Bahamas – A case study on costs in insolvency proceedings

Recently the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas handed down a comprehensive Ruling on the issue of costs in liquidation proceedings - In the Matter of Rural International Bank Limited – 2013/COM/bnk/0088. This helpful decision clarifies the position relating to the taxation of costs in insolvency proceedings in The Bahamas, the entitlement to costs of the attorney of the Liquidation Committee and the treatment of Calderbank  offers within the context of insolvency proceedings.

Our Trusts & Private Client Team is Top Ranked in Chambers’ High Net Worth Guide for 2022

We are delighted that Chambers & Partners, one of the leading industry guides to law firms globally, has ranked our trusts & private client team in the prestigious top tier.

John F Wilson QC, Senior Partner at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes

We are delighted that our Senior Partner John F Wilson QC has once again been named as one of the top Wealth Management lawyers in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas by Chambers & Partners High Net Worth (HNW) Guide.

Having a BABY and WORKING from home during COVID

For most of us, the pandemic has been a time of change. Many switched to working from home with little or no notice; we were mandated to stay inside for most of the day and could not see the friends and family we rely on for support. But for three of the attorneys at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, there was an extra challenge in the form of a new baby.

Having a BABY and WORKING from home during COVID 2

For most of us, the pandemic has been a time of change. Many switched to working from home with little or no notice; we were mandated to stay inside for most of the day and could not see the friends and family we rely on for support. But for three of the attorneys at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, there was an extra challenge in the form of a new baby.

Having a BABY and WORKING from home during COVID

For most of us, the pandemic has been a time of change. Many switched to working from home with little or no notice; we were mandated to stay inside for most of the day and could not see the friends and family we rely on for support. But for three of the attorneys at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, there was an extra challenge in the form of a new baby.