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General Business Law — Fiji


Howards - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established commercial firm with noted capabilities in finance and construction work and developing profiles in the handling of capital market transactions and due diligence and compliance support to M&A. Additionally offers niche expertise in the aircraft leasing and tax litigation spheres to both domestic and international clients.

Notable practitioners

Principal William Wylie Clarke is regularly identified as one of Fiji's leading practitioners, being described by one interviewee as a "very good lawyer" who is "very well acquainted" with the Fijian scene in a variety of areas, including aviation, banking and finance and tourist resort development. He is active in both the contentious and non-contentious spheres and represented the Fiji Fish Marketing Group in High Court litigation against Pacific Cement, concerning the latter's clinker dust operations.

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Munro Leys - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Substantial, lately expanded, full-service practice with significant experience in the representation of international clients. Regularly engaged on significant transactional and contentious mandates, especially noted for its activity in the financial services, real estate and tourism sectors and raising its profile in the insurance and taxation spheres.

Strengths The firm commands immense respect among both peers and clients, one of the former calling it "a market leader in Fiji," while one of the latter describes it as "a big firm with the horsepower to deal with complex and large-scale cases."

Munro Leys' tendency to forge close links with its clients is identified by an interviewee who states: "We have a long-term relationship with them - indeed, they're the firm we've worked with the longest - and we rate them very highly."

Notable practitioners

Jon Apted brings to the table extensive experience of work in various legal agencies of the Fijian government, including a stint as a legislative drafter in the Attorney General's chambers. He is particularly active as a commercial litigator, offering expertise in such areas as insurance, intellectual property and media law, and receives particularly strong client recommendations for the excellence of his work in the industrial relations field.

Nicholas Barnes is a "very well-regarded litigator" with a focus on matters of commercial, administrative and environmental law and noted experience in the NGO sector. He is particularly conversant with construction, employment and aviation issues.

Richard Naidu heads the firm's commercial group and advises clients across a broad range of business sectors, including energy and resources, media, property and tourism. He wins praise for his advice on both transactional and contentious issues. One source, who notes that Naidu is "known across the country for his quick mind and wealth of experience," reports that on one mandate "he gave very practical advice and got us through the process unscathed."

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Siwatibau & Sloan - General Business Law Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-staffed younger practice with a broad commercial range incorporating specialised IP and commercial property expertise and notably active in the energy infrastructure, tourism and telecommunications spheres. Extensively praised for its high levels of client service and timely delivery, it also offers substantial experience in the representation of charities and NGOs and is notably developing its oceans law offering, catering to clients involved with climate change and fisheries issues in particular.

Strengths In-depth local knowledge is a key strength identified by referees. One source reports: "Firms that really understand the Fijian legal environment tend to handle situations better and Siwatibau & Sloan have that capacity: they understand the context and the challenges and so provide realistic advice." Another similarly observes: "One of the big advantages of using them, which has helped me to make decisions, is their exploring of what can be done within the given boundaries and identifying of the available options."

"Highly responsive," intuitive client service is another noted attribute. "They guided us through the process, staying with us throughout and understanding inherently what we were asking for," says one referee. Another concurs: "They were always there to provide a sense of direction."

Notable practitioners

Firm co-founder Atu Siwatibau maintains a broad commercial practice, covering, among other responsibilities, M&A and intellectual property mandates and offering an especially noted track record in the handling of transactions in the construction, energy, telecommunications and transport sectors. He is acclaimed by clients as "one of the best commercial lawyers in the country," one client noting: "On any commercial question, we pick up the phone and give him a call."

James Sloan receives a wealth of positive client feedback, characterising him as a "very strategic and client-focused" practitioner whose "in-depth understanding of Fiji's legal system and great sensitivity to its people and culture" help make him "a leading voice in the areas he specialises in," these including a focus on the interaction of commercial and political factors in the jurisdiction and deep familiarity with environmental, fisheries and not-for-profit issues. "He clearly understood what I needed," says one client, "and gave a very clear steer."

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Parshotam Lawyers - General Business Law Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Deep familiarity with the Fijian business and legal environment, based on long-term residence and hands-on experience and augmented by good working relationships with official bodies. Acts for a domestic and international clientele across a full range of transactional and contentious requirements, with noted strengths in the banking, company law and commercial property spheres.

Notable practitioners

Subhas Parshotam handles both transactional and contentious mandates across a wide range of sectors, commanding great respect for his thorough familiarity with the Fijian legal and business scene and his banking and finance and property expertise. He is also especially "highly recommended for his really good grasp of company matters."

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R Patel & Co - General Business Law Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service coverage of transactional and contentious matters, including foreign investment, taxation, employment and IP issues. Attracts particular notice for the strength of its litigation offering.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Ramesh Patel has more than 35 years' practice experience and is highly respected in the market for his transactional experience, particularly in the property sphere. He is also highly active in the banking and finance space, where he has represented many of Fiji's leading service providers on highly complex transactions.

Devanesh Sharma co-founded the practice and practises principally on contentious issues, offering litigation experience of both first instance and appellate cases at all levels of the Fijian court system. Described by one source as "the number-one courtroom lawyer in Fiji - the go-to for that," he lately represented the editor of the newspaper Nai Lalakai/The Fiji Times in court proceedings brought by the Director of Public Prosecutions on the alleged grounds of incitement of communal antagonism.

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Senior Statesperson

Cromptons Solicitors

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Peter Knight of Cromptons Solicitors is a deeply respected practitioner of over 45 years' standing, highly recommended by sources both for general legal advice and for conveyancing matters.   

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Munro Leys

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Jon Apted brings to the table extensive experience of work in various legal agencies of the Fijian government, including a stint as a legislative drafter in the Attorney General's chambers. He is particularly active as a commercial litigator, offering expertise in such areas as insurance, intellectual property and media law, and receives particularly strong client recommendations for the excellence of his work in the industrial relations field. 

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Munro Leys

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Nicholas Barnes is a "very well-regarded litigator" with a focus on matters of commercial, administrative and environmental law and noted experience in the NGO sector. He is particularly conversant with construction, employment and aviation issues.

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William Wylie Clarke

Howards

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Principal William Wylie Clarke is regularly identified as one of Fiji's leading practitioners, being described by one interviewee as a "very good lawyer" who is "very well acquainted" with the Fijian scene in a variety of areas, including aviation, banking and finance and tourist resort development. He is active in both the contentious and non-contentious spheres and represented the Fiji Fish Marketing Group in High Court litigation against Pacific Cement, concerning the latter's clinker dust operations. 

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Munro Leys

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Richard Naidu heads the firm's commercial group and advises clients across a broad range of business sectors, including energy and resources, media, property and tourism. He wins praise for his advice on both transactional and contentious issues. One source, who notes that Naidu is "known across the country for his quick mind and wealth of experience," reports that on one mandate "he gave very practical advice and got us through the process unscathed."

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Siwatibau & Sloan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Firm co-founder Atu Siwatibau maintains a broad commercial practice, covering, among other responsibilities, M&A and intellectual property mandates and offering an especially noted track record in the handling of transactions in the construction, energy, telecommunications and transport sectors. He is acclaimed by clients as "one of the best commercial lawyers in the country," one client noting: "On any commercial question, we pick up the phone and give him a call."  

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Siwatibau & Sloan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

James Sloan receives a wealth of positive client feedback, characterising him as a "very strategic and client-focused" practitioner whose "in-depth understanding of Fiji's legal system and great sensitivity to its people and culture" help make him "a leading voice in the areas he specialises in," these including a focus on the interaction of commercial and political factors in the jurisdiction and deep familiarity with environmental, fisheries and not-for-profit issues. "He clearly understood what I needed," says one client, "and gave a very clear steer."     

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AK Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

A.K. Narayan of AK Lawyers is a noted commercial litigator who practises prominently in the property and personal injury spheres, enjoying a particularly high reputation for his handling of insurance-related matters. His courtroom advocacy is also much admired. 

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Band 2

Parshotam Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Subhas Parshotam handles both transactional and contentious mandates across a wide range of sectors, commanding great respect for his thorough familiarity with the Fijian legal and business scene and his banking and finance and property expertise. He is also especially "highly recommended for his really good grasp of company matters."

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R Patel & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Founding partner Ramesh Patel has more than 35 years' practice experience and is highly respected in the market for his transactional experience, particularly in the property sphere. He is also highly active in the banking and finance space, where he has represented many of Fiji's leading service providers on highly complex transactions.

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Band 2

R Patel & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Devanesh Sharma co-founded the practice and practises principally on contentious issues, offering litigation experience of both first instance and appellate cases at all levels of the Fijian court system. Described by one source as "the number-one courtroom lawyer in Fiji - the go-to for that," he lately represented the editor of the newspaper Nai Lalakai/The Fiji Times in court proceedings brought by the Director of Public Prosecutions on the alleged grounds of incitement of communal antagonism.

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Band 2

Haniff Tuitoga

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Tomasi Tuitoga of Haniff Tuitoga is a "very good and busy" litigator who handles cases across a broad range of dispute types and business sectors, the former including creditors' remedies and personal injury cases, the latter including the construction, insurance and property sectors. He acted for the publisher of Nai Lalakai/The Fiji Times in extensively reported High Court litigation concerning the newspaper's alleged incitement of communal antagonism.

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Young and Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Chen Young of Young and Associates in Lautoka is a "very good, very straightforward and very commercial" litigator whom sources recommend especially highly for cases with a western Fiji connection.

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