Mrs Gia Sands > McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes > Nassau, Bahamas > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Real Estate, Foreign & Local Investment, Immigration, Corporate & Commercial, Admiralty, Shipping & Aviation and Labour & Employment

Position

Gia R. Sands is developing a reputation for collegiality in addition to knowledgeability in her legal practice, which focuses on real estate transactions, foreign and local investment, corporate and commercial transactions, immigration matter, admiralty, shipping and aviation and labour and employment. She works closely with her clients in the important tourism and leisure sectors of The Bahamas while cultivating a close network of contacts with the future leaders of the government, business, and legal communities. Her clients appreciate her expediency in facilitating solutions to their problems, even when working under short deadlines. Gia is adept at securing approval from the Bahamas Investment Authority and drafting and negotiating Heads of Agreements and Hotel Encouragement Act Agreements.

Gia also undertakes complex conveyancing, business and immigration issues and the day-to-day practice of helping clients purchase homes, helping businesses establish themselves and securing the relevant immigration status documents required for non-Bahamians to work or reside in The Bahamas.  Gia is affable yet professional and is known to be attentive and responsive to the needs of her clients. She is kind yet firm and operates with caution to ensure that her clients receive well considered and sound advice.  Gia provides realistic and reasonable expectations and keeps her clients updated and informed throughout all stages of the relevant transactions.

Gia has developed a strong professional relationship with officers of the Bahamas Maritime Authority as she is frequently engaged by clients to assist them in registering and discharging vessel mortgages.

Career

Gia was admitted to the bar of england and wales in july 2011, and the bahamas bar in september, 2011. Gia joined the firm in november, 2011 and was made senior associate in 2019.

Languages

English

Memberships

Member of The Bahamas Bar since 2011
Member of The Bar of England and Wales since 2011
Member of The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Education

MASTERS OF LAW DEGREE – UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, LONDON ENGLAND 2010 – 2011
BAR VOCATIONAL COURSE –  BPP LAW SCHOOL, LONDON ENGLAND 2009-2010
BACHELOR OF LAW DEGREE – UNIVERSITY OF LONDON (SOAS) LONDON, ENGLAND 2006-2009
HONOURS BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE – UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, TORONTO CANADA 2002-2006

Leisure

Spending time with my family, reading a good book (preferably on the beach) and cooking

Lawyer Rankings

Bahamas > Real estate

(Rising stars)

Gia SandsMcKinney, Bancroft & Hughes

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes‘ real estate practice attracts praise for its ‘responsiveness and thoroughness‘ and has expertise in handling matters ranging from residential deals for high-net-worth individuals and families to high-value development projects including luxury hotels and large-scale condominiums for multinational developers. Kimberley Rolle, who is a key real estate lawyer at the firm, focuses on transactions in the hospitality and tourism sectors. Other names to note include senior associate Gia Sands and Timothy Eneas, who has extensive experience in conveyancing and property litigation, specifically title issues and property rights work.

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

(Rising stars)

Gia SandsMcKinney, Bancroft & Hughes

Working in conjunction with the firm’s litigation department, the corporate team at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes has considerable experience across a range of commercial and corporate law matters. In addition to day-to-day advice including assisting with entity establishments and management issues, the group handles regulatory compliance matters relating to liquidations, estate and tax planning work, credit facilities, bond reductions, debt restructurings and corporate restructuring. Names to note are senior partner John Wilson QC, transactional specialist Campbell Cleare III and Kimberley Rolle, who sits as chair of the corporate and commercial transactions practice. The team’s client roster ranges from ultra-high-net-worth individuals and domestic corporations to large multinational companies. April Turner, who leads the financial services and regulation practice, and senior associate Gia Sands are also key names to note.