Firm Profile > McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes > Nassau, Bahamas

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes
MAREVA HOUSE, 4 GEORGE STREET
PO BOX N-3937
NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Bahamas

Bahamas > Real estate Tier 1

At McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, Kimberley Rolle heads up the real estate practice, which advises on transactional, contentious and private client real estate mandates including entity establishments, management issues, trusts, estate and tax planning work, and regulatory mandates. In a recent highlight, the team advised developer Mylor Caribbean Development on the construction of 121 high-end luxury condo residences at Love Beach, Nassau. Rolle focuses on real estate transactions and also handles development matters, while practice vice chair Alexander Christie has notable expertise in asset protection structures. Timothy Eneas is the primary contact for property litigation and conveyancing work; Gia Sands made partner in 2021 and works closely with tourism and leisure sector clients; and associate Vanessa Hall acts for developers and high-net-worth families.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Quick to respond with in-depth solutions.’

‘Campbell Cleare, Gia Sands, April Turner – speed of response with clear well thought out solutions.’

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

The corporate and commercial transactions group at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes is a key name in the jurisdiction for offshore trust and private client work, and works closely with the firm’s litigation team on commercial disputes. The team is also particularly active in advising on liquidations and insolvencies, regulatory matters, contractual work, financings, investment management and fund work, and restructuring mandates. Key names in the practice include group chair Kimberley Rolle, who handles commercial, corporate, real estate and project finance work; practice vice-chair Alexander Christie, senior partner John Wilson QC, Campbell Cleare III, who leads the foreign and local investment practice group; Sean Moree, who heads up the trust and private client team, and Michelle Deveaux, who is also part of the firm’s competition practice. Clients also praise senior associate Gia Sands, who handles foreign and local investments and corporate transactions; and Kevin Moree, who has notable expertise in the Commercial Entities (Substance Requirements) Act.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Very quick to respond to queries, very knowledgeable solution providers.’

‘Quick to response with detailed solutions. – Campbell Cleare, Gia Sands, April Turner are key names to note.’

‘Promptness and efficiency in dealing with all corporate matters, especially time sensitive filings with the Regulatory authorities.’

‘Responsiveness and precision more or less sums it up. Under the coordination of Managing Partner John Wilson, both Berchel Wilson and Michelle Deveaux are stand out names when it comes to getting the job done.’

‘Very dynamic and professional team. Have the precise answer to your problems.’

‘Beatrice Miranda is always there with the good answer and she is very proactive. Always available. Amazing professional.’

Key clients

RAV Bahamas Ltd.

Mitsubishi Logistics Corporation

Lyford Holdings N.V. (majority shareholder of Lyford International Bank)

Neworld One Bay Street Limited

Tropix Shipping Ltd.

Oasis Marketplace Ltd.

Crowe Bahamas

Mylor Caribbean Development Ltd

Bahamas > Dispute resolution Tier 2

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes fields ‘a very knowledgeable team of local attorneys’, which has ‘a good spread of expertise’ encompassing commercial and trust disputes, insolvency and restructuring work and financial services, private client, IP and corporate cases; the team is also regularly involved in alternative dispute resolution. John Wilson QC heads up the practice and also leads the trust and private client groups, while Sean Moree focuses on insolvency, restructuring and banking disputes alongside an active arbitration practice. Michelle Deveaux heads up the firm’s competition practice group, Vanessa Smith is vice chair of the trust and private client group, and Kevin Moree handles tax disputes. At associate level, Erin Hill , Knijah Knowles and Berchel Wilson are key individuals.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Accessibility to the partners, responsiveness and efficiency of results.’

‘John F. Wilson, Managing Partner of MBH is what makes the difference when it comes to litigation and dispute resolution.’

‘Very knowledgeable team of local attorneys. Multidisciplinary team. Professional. Offices that provide service throughout the Bahamas.’

‘Its been a pleasure to work with Genell Sands on a variety of insolvency related matters. She is very knowledgeable, courteous, professional and responsive. ’

‘Well known firm with good connections. Good spread of expertise to cover range of areas.’

‘Sean Moree – a bright and enthusiastic partner with a good sense of humour. Works well in a team and respectful of others.’

‘Vanessa Smith – hard working, committed partner. She can be depended on to pick up all matters and works well in a team.’

Key clients

The Private Trust Corporation limited

Lyford International Bank Limited

EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Limited.

Executors of the Estate of James Martin

Butterfield Trust (Bahamas) Limited

Adlard Holdings Limited

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Ltd

Crowe Bahamas

Lervoss International Limited

RAV Bahamas Ltd.

Kikivarakis & Co.

FIRM OVERVIEW

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes is one of the largest and oldest firms in The Bahamas

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 thirty attorneys with a support staff of more than one hundred.  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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Trusts & Private Client John F. Wilson jfwilson@mckinney.com.bs 1 (242) 322-4195
Competition Law Kimberley A. Rolle karolle@mckinney.com.bs 1 (242) 322-4195
Family Law Justine A. Smith jasmith@mckinney.com.bs 1 (242) 322-4195
Real Estate Lourey C. Smith lcsmith@mckinney.com.bs 1 (242) 362-7723
Admiralty, Shipping & Aviation H. Campbell Cleare, III hccleare@mckinney.com.bs 1 (242) 322-4195
Banking & Finance J. Oliver Liddell joliddell@mckinney.com.bs 1 (242) 322-4195
Tax & Trade Beatrice E. Miranda bmiranda@mckinney.com.bs 1 (242) 322-4195
Immigration H. Campbell Cleare, III hccleare@mckinney.com.bs 1 (242) 322-4195
Litigation & Dispute Resolution John F. Wilson jfwilson@mckinney.com.bs 1 (242) 322-4195
Corporate & Commercial Lourey C. Smith lcsmith@mckinney.com.bs 1 (242) 362-7723
Foreign & Local Investment H. Campbell Cleare, III hccleare@mckinney.com.bs 1 (242) 322-4195
Labour & Employment Justine A. Smith jasmith@mckinney.com.bs 1 (242) 322-4195
Financial Services & Regulation April N. Turner anturner@mckinney.com.bs 1 (242) 322-4195
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Peteche Bethell  photo Ms Peteche Bethell Pupil
Mr Alexander Christie photo Mr Alexander Christie Partner Specializes in commercial transactions, and is particularly experienced with matters involving…
Mr Miguel Darling  photo Mr Miguel Darling Associate – Trusts & Private Client
Mrs Michelle Deveaux photo Mrs Michelle Deveaux Partner, Trusts and Private Client, Competition Law, Labour & Employment Law
Miss Demi Forbes  photo Miss Demi Forbes Associate
Mrs Vanessa Hall  photo Mrs Vanessa Hall Associate in areas of Real Estate, Private Wealth Client, Corporate and Commercial,…
Mrs Erin Hill  photo Mrs Erin Hill Associate Erin M. Hill is an associate of the firm who is…
Miss D'Andra Johnson photo Miss D'Andra Johnson D’Andra is an Associate at McKinney Bancroft & Hughes. Her practice focuses…
Mrs Beatrice Miranda photo Mrs Beatrice Miranda Partner (Working in the above-mentioned practice areas).
Mr Sean Moree photo Mr Sean Moree Partner Sean N.C. Moree chairs the Trust & Private Client Practice Group…
Mr Kevin Moree photo Mr Kevin Moree Partner Co-chair of Tax & Trade practice group: Advise clients on issues…
Mrs Gia Sands photo Mrs Gia Sands Gia R. Sands is developing a reputation for collegiality in addition to…
Mrs Vanessa Smith photo Mrs Vanessa Smith Partner – Commercial and Civil Litigation, Trust law, General Business Law and…
Mrs Justine Smith  photo Mrs Justine Smith Partner – Family Law, Labour  & Employment
Mr John Willson photo Mr John Willson Senior Partner, Chair of MBH Executive Committee
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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.

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.