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Global Guide

General Business Law — Jamaica


DunnCox - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

DunnCox has been established in Jamaica for over 70 years and remains a highly significant player in the market. It is frequently engaged to handle big-ticket matters in the jurisdiction, advising on the full gamut of commercial transactional work, from joint ventures and acquisitions to project and real estate finance. It is also well placed to provide guidance on intellectual property law. The team is often sought out by international firms to act as Jamaican counsel on high-profile deals, and its impressive roster of clients includes domestic and regional financial institutions, as well as several major property development and construction companies.

John Vassell QC is renowned for his litigation prowess. Interviewees continue to rate him as "a force to be reckoned with." His experience spans insolvency, banking and insurance disputes, in addition to several other specialist areas.

Peers regard Jerome Lee as "one of the top commercial practitioners" currently operating in Jamaica. He is especially noted for his expertise in real estate and banking matters, with his broad experience covering the financing, construction and purchase of numerous large-scale commercial and residential developments.

Market sources attest to Janice Causwell's expertise in real estate law. Her experience includes acting on significant leasing and sale transactions for clients in the tourism and hospitality sectors, as well as mandates pertaining to trusts and estates.

Veteran lawyer Christopher Bovell continues to advise on high-stakes corporate and finance matters. In the course of his long career, he has acted on many significant transactions and financings, with particularly notable expertise in the mining sector. Sources highlight his practical advice.

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Hart Muirhead Fatta - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

This respected full-service practice advises on a broad range of M&A, securities and banking mandates. Its wide-ranging expertise also encompasses matters arising from Jamaica's insurance, real estate and mining laws. Work highlights include advising on notable acquisitions in the natural resources industry, as well as high-value loan facilities for tourism and hospitality projects. Sources rate the quality of the firm's advice as "very good," noting that the team is "extremely helpful" in potentially difficult situations.

Patrick McDonald maintains a strong reputation in the market, being viewed by interviewees as one of the firm's standout lawyers. Admitted in both Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands, his practice spans securities, banking and finance and M&A work, with notable specialisms in mining and telecoms matters.

Mark Golding returned to private practice in 2016 after several years as Jamaica's Minister of Justice. He advises on real estate and trade matters in addition to banking, securities and M&A. He remains a senator for the People's National Party.

Managing partner Donovan Walker possesses extensive expertise in the M&A and corporate/commercial spheres. He also advises on shipping and a wealth of other areas.

Hugh Hart's long experience in the Jamaican market continues to be a major asset for the firm. He is well versed in the requirements of major corporations, having served in high-level roles for a number of significant organisations. He has particular expertise in tax, real estate and mining matters.

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Myers, Fletcher & Gordon - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Sources particularly note the strength of this firm's dispute resolution offering, which sees it offer assistance on litigation, debt recovery and insolvency matters. One impressed client enthused: "They were very organised, disciplined and responsive to our needs." It also provides guidance on the full range of corporate governance and transactional issues. The firm regularly acts as local counsel on cross-border instructions, and is cited by international firms as a sound choice in that regard. It is a member of the LexMundi legal network, and clients also benefit from the team's strong relationship with its sister firm in London.

Sandra Minott-Phillips QC is a key figure in the firm's litigation department. Peers acknowledge her considerable abilities in this field, with sources highlighting her diligence and impressive advocacy skills.

Stephen Shelton QC has experience advising on complex contractual disputes, with particular expertise in construction matters. Sources praise his pragmatism and commercial approach: "We found him to be very sensible, and very aware of the commercial reality of the situation."

Managing partner Peter Goldson is noted for his expertise in intellectual property law, having advised numerous well-known brands on their trade mark prosecutions in Jamaica. He is also active on a wide range of commercial transactional matters.

Hilary Reid is well known for her finance and M&A work. Her commitment continues to impress market sources, one of whom said: "I have plenty of time for her. She's bright, and she accelerates when acceleration is needed."

Seasoned practitioner Noel Levy is now a consultant at the firm, having previously been a partner for more than 35 years. He remains an active adviser on construction, tax and mining matters and is well respected in the Jamaican legal community.

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Patterson Mair Hamilton - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Peers unanimously rate this firm as one of the major players in Jamaica's commercial law arena. Sources affirm that it "remains one of the market leaders" and is a significant competitor for high-end work. It advises on high-value acquisitions and syndicated loan agreements, and has counselled international banks in connection with the financing of domestic infrastructure projects. The litigation team is also well regarded.

Trevor Patterson has an impressive reputation in the market. Peers and clients alike regard him as an outstanding commercial lawyer who is "great to work with" and "focuses on what needs to get done." Clients describe him as "very strong, extremely knowledgeable and very sharp." Corporate finance, securities and tax matters form a large part of his practice.

Arthur Hamilton is praised as "very efficient and responsive" by market sources. He is best known for his advice on banking and finance matters, typically counselling financial institutions on lending transactions. He also represents clients in M&A and construction matters.

Lynda Mair is best known for her strengths in conveyancing, and real estate law more generally. She also advises on a wide range of commercial matters.

Andrea Kinach is noted for her securities expertise. A partner since 2011, she has considerable experience advising on IPOs, and remains a particular authority on issues relating to the junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

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Livingston, Alexander & Levy - General Business Law

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

This firm garners considerable acclaim for its litigation offering, as well as for its abilities in non-contentious intellectual property matters. The team's highlights include assisting well-known international brands with trade mark issues in Jamaica, as well as acting as counsel on numerous high-value litigation and arbitration cases. On the transactional side, the team has advised on a number of major real estate sales.

Allan Wood QC is renowned for his commercial litigation practice, and is widely viewed as "a leader at the Bar." He has appeared as counsel in several major insolvency, public law and Securities Act cases, representing clients in the courts of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands. He also represents clients in arbitrations, and is the current chair of Jamaica's General Legal Council.

The highly experienced Afeef Lazarus is a well-known practitioner on the island. He has advised numerous household-name clients on high-profile commercial transactions in the course of his career.

Roald Henriques QC is one of Jamaica's most experienced and respected silks, having appeared as counsel in a wide range of commercial disputes. This includes several notable cases relating to intellectual property, investment funds and employment issues.

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Nunes, Scholefield, DeLeon & Co - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Market commentators view this well-established firm as a strong player in the commercial litigation arena. Its expertise in contentious matters spans insolvency, labour and employment, intellectual property and shipping disputes, and the firm is also acknowledged as a sound choice to handle real estate transactions and financings.

Senior partner Patrick Foster QC draws praise from sources, who regard him as a leading litigator within the firm. He is a former Solicitor General of Jamaica, and his recent caseload includes representing a major rum distillery in a case arising out of allegations of environmental contamination.

Interviewees agree that practice head Maurice Manning is "an excellent litigator," highlighting his proactive and solution-oriented approach. His practice spans intellectual property, personal injury and contractual disputes.

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Senior Statesmen

Christopher D R Bovell

DunnCox

From the Chambers Global guide

Veteran lawyer Christopher Bovell continues to advise on high-stakes corporate and finance matters. In the course of his long career, he has acted on many significant transactions and financings, with particularly notable expertise in the mining sector. Sources highlight his practical advice.

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Senior Statesmen

Hart Muirhead Fatta

From the Chambers Global guide

Hugh Hart's long experience in the Jamaican market continues to be a major asset for the firm. He is well versed in the requirements of major corporations, having served in high-level roles for a number of significant organisations. He has particular expertise in tax, real estate and mining matters.

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Senior Statesmen

Myers, Fletcher & Gordon

From the Chambers Global guide

Seasoned practitioner Noel Levy is now a consultant at the firm, having previously been a partner for more than 35 years. He remains an active adviser on construction, tax and mining matters and is well respected in the Jamaican legal community.

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Star Individuals

Patterson Mair Hamilton

From the Chambers Global guide

Trevor Patterson has an impressive reputation in the market. Peers and clients alike regard him as an outstanding commercial lawyer who is "great to work with" and "focuses on what needs to get done." Clients describe him as "very strong, extremely knowledgeable and very sharp." Corporate finance, securities and tax matters form a large part of his practice.

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Patterson Mair Hamilton

From the Chambers Global guide

Arthur Hamilton is praised as "very efficient and responsive" by market sources. He is best known for his advice on banking and finance matters, typically counselling financial institutions on lending transactions. He also represents clients in M&A and construction matters.

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Hylton & Hylton Attorneys-at-Law

From the Chambers Global guide

The "enterprising and tenacious" Lance Hylton of Hylton & Hylton Attorneys-at-Law has an enviable reputation for transactional work. His clients include major insurance companies, hotel operators and high net worth individuals.

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DunnCox

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers regard Jerome Lee as "one of the top commercial practitioners" currently operating in Jamaica. He is especially noted for his expertise in real estate and banking matters, with his broad experience covering the financing, construction and purchase of numerous large-scale commercial and residential developments.

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N Patrick McDonald

Hart Muirhead Fatta

From the Chambers Global guide

Patrick McDonald maintains a strong reputation in the market, being viewed by interviewees as one of the firm's standout lawyers. Admitted in both Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands, his practice spans securities, banking and finance and M&A work, with notable specialisms in mining and telecoms matters.

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Band 2

Clinton Hart & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Richard Ayoub of Clinton Hart & Co is highly recommended for his knowledge of Jamaica's energy sector regulations, with his major clients including several domestic utilities providers.

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Band 2

Hart Muirhead Fatta

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Golding returned to private practice in 2016 after several years as Jamaica's Minister of Justice. He advises on real estate and trade matters in addition to banking, securities and M&A. He remains a senator for the People's National Party.

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Band 2

Myers, Fletcher & Gordon

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Peter Goldson is noted for his expertise in intellectual property law, having advised numerous well-known brands on their trade mark prosecutions in Jamaica. He is also active on a wide range of commercial transactional matters.

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Band 2

Livingston, Alexander & Levy

From the Chambers Global guide

The highly experienced Afeef Lazarus is a well-known practitioner on the island. He has advised numerous household-name clients on high-profile commercial transactions in the course of his career.

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Band 2

Patterson Mair Hamilton

From the Chambers Global guide

Lynda Mair is best known for her strengths in conveyancing, and real estate law more generally. She also advises on a wide range of commercial matters.

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Band 3

DunnCox

From the Chambers Global guide

Market sources attest to Janice Causwell's expertise in real estate law. Her experience includes acting on significant leasing and sale transactions for clients in the tourism and hospitality sectors, as well as mandates pertaining to trusts and estates.

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Patterson Mair Hamilton

From the Chambers Global guide

Andrea Kinach is noted for her securities expertise. A partner since 2011, she has considerable experience advising on IPOs, and remains a particular authority on issues relating to the junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

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Band 3

Myers, Fletcher & Gordon

From the Chambers Global guide

Hilary Reid is well known for her finance and M&A work. Her commitment continues to impress market sources, one of whom said: "I have plenty of time for her. She's bright, and she accelerates when acceleration is needed."

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Band 3

Samuda & Johnson

From the Chambers Global guide

Milton Samuda of Samuda & Johnson "has the respect of the profession," say sources. He has a very active practice advising on significant commercial transactions.

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Band 3

Hart Muirhead Fatta

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Donovan Walker possesses extensive expertise in the M&A and corporate/commercial spheres. He also advises on shipping and a wealth of other areas.

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