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Asia Guide

General Business Law — Fiji


Howards - General Business Law

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: William Wylie Clarke
- 1 principal
- 2 other qualified lawyers

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 markets 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.

Strengths The team is widely regarded as being among the "main leading lights" where local practices are concerned, one interviewee characterising Howards as "a go-to, commercial, outward-looking firm that's easy to deal with and understands issues quickly."

Notable practitioners

Principal William Wylie Clarke receives universal endorsement from interviewees as a "very well-known, popular and very experienced" lawyer who has practised in Fiji for over 15 years. His wide-ranging expertise extends across a variety of industries, including aviation, natural resources and financial services, and he advises on the full range of corporate transaction types.

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Munro Leys - General Business Law

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Jon Apted, Nicholas Barnes and Richard Naidu
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Substantial, full-service team 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 Munro Leys enjoys an excellent reputation for its adherence to traditional standards of service and performance, one interviewee identifying it as "definitely the leading law firm in Fiji," another observing: "I rate their professional credentials extremely highly; it's where I'd go if my life depended on it."

Notable practitioners

Jon Apted acts extensively on contentious issues, one interviewee remarking: "He's the best commercial litigator in the country, without a doubt, and his ability to grasp complex commercial and legal issues and convey them in a very succinct way is world-class." He is particularly well versed in Fijian law, having worked as a legislative drafter in the Attorney General's chambers before entering private practice.

Nicholas Barnes focuses on matters of administrative, commercial and environmental law and enjoys a notably high reputation as an "extremely good commercial litigator." His work for international corporations and insurance companies attracts particular notice.

Richard Naidu heads the firm's commercial group and is characterised by sources as a "good commercial guy" with "a phenomenal brain on him." His versatile and highly varied practice covers the natural resources, tourism and media sectors, and he is especially commended for his work on contractual, financing and taxation issues.

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Siwatibau & Sloan - General Business Law

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Atu Siwatibau and James Sloan
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-staffed younger practice with a broad commercial range incorporating specialised IP and environmental expertise. Notably active in the energy infrastructure, property, tourism and telecommunications spheres. Also extensively praised for its high levels of client service and timely delivery.

Strengths The firm's "focus on customer service and the delivery of excellent legal advice in a timely manner to clients" is remarked upon by several referees, one of whom testifies: "We found that Siwatibau & Sloan could dedicate more time to our issues, completed them quickly and provided practical advice at an excellent price point."

More than one contributor identifies a distinct forward-looking ethos at the firm. "They are very modern and progressive and are actively growing their presence in the legal community, with more lawyers joining their practice," says one, whilst another simply opines: "Siwatibau & Sloan are by far the most modern and up-to-date firm in Fiji."

Notable practitioners

Atu Siwatibau heads the firm's commercial team and is especially active on M&A and transactions in the construction and energy sectors. Referees characterise him as "very analytical and able to provide a quick response on all commercial matters" and also find him to be a provider of "clear, realistic, adoptable solutions."

According to one client, James Sloan "never fails to impress: he is very professional, responsive, smart and clearly committed to the clients and issues he is supporting." His ability "to provide quick advice based on his wealth of experience" is also praised. A specialist in environmental matters, he also advises on business start-up, foreign investment and employment issues.

Artika Prasad heads the firm's IP practice and is described as "excellent in terms of intellectual property advice," winning further praise for her swift and efficient processing of the assignments she receives.

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Parshotam Lawyers - General Business Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Subhas Parshotam
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths Interviewees identify Parshotam Lawyers as a "highly competent" firm whose key advantage in the market is "the extensive legal and commercial experience and knowledge of the principal partners."

The firm is also noted for a reputation and network of established relationships which facilitates the efficient transaction of business. As one interviewee states, "they're well connected within Fiji by strong commercial and governmental links and are well regarded in both the government and private sectors."

Notable practitioners

Subhas Parshotam maintains a wide-ranging practice which embraces both litigation and transactional work. One source observes that "so far as company law, finance and property issues are concerned, you wouldn't find too many other lawyers who have his skills or his encyclopaedic knowledge of the rules."

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R Patel & Co - General Business Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ramesh Patel
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

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

Founder and partner Ramesh Patel is a "transactional lawyer of considerable experience" who has practised in Fiji for over 35 years and commands "a lot of respect" among his peers. He acts extensively for leading Fijian financial institutions and is also described as "very effective" in his handling of contractual and conveyancing matters.

Devanesh Sharma is best known as a "prominent and busy commercial litigator" of extensive experience in civil and commercial cases. He has advocated at all levels of the Fijian court system and is identified as a "very effective trial room lawyer."

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Senior Statesmen

Cromptons Solicitors

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Peter Knight of Cromptons Solicitors is a "very well respected and trusted" veteran practitioner who continues to be regarded as a thoroughly "safe pair of hands," particularly where "good general legal advice" or conveyancing issues are concerned.

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Senior Statesmen

Mitchell Keil Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Walton Morgan of Mitchell Keil Lawyers has practised in Fiji for nearly 40 years, acting on a comprehensive range of commercial and corporate, conveyancing and family estate matters. He is regarded as an especially experienced and "safe pair of hands" where commercial contract, estate and property matters are concerned.

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Band 1

Munro Leys

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Jon Apted acts extensively on contentious issues, one interviewee remarking: "He's the best commercial litigator in the country, without a doubt, and his ability to grasp complex commercial and legal issues and convey them in a very succinct way is world-class." He is particularly well versed in Fijian law, having worked as a legislative drafter in the Attorney General's chambers before entering private practice.

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Band 1

Munro Leys

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Nicholas Barnes focuses on matters of administrative, commercial and environmental law and enjoys a notably high reputation as an "extremely good commercial litigator." His work for international corporations and insurance companies attracts particular notice.

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Band 1

William Wylie Clarke

Howards

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Principal William Wylie Clarke receives universal endorsement from interviewees as a "very well-known, popular and very experienced" lawyer who has practised in Fiji for over 15 years. His wide-ranging expertise extends across a variety of industries, including aviation, natural resources and financial services, and he advises on the full range of corporate transaction types.

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Band 1

Munro Leys

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Richard Naidu heads the firm's commercial group and is characterised by sources as a "good commercial guy" with "a phenomenal brain on him." His versatile and highly varied practice covers the natural resources, tourism and media sectors, and he is especially commended for his work on contractual, financing and taxation issues.

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Band 1

Siwatibau & Sloan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Atu Siwatibau heads the firm's commercial team and is especially active on M&A and transactions in the construction and energy sectors. Referees characterise him as "very analytical and able to provide a quick response on all commercial matters" and also find him to be a provider of "clear, realistic, adoptable solutions." 

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Band 2

AK Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

A K Narayan of AK Lawyers is a "well respected" London-qualified practitioner of over 35 years' experience who is singled out by sources as a "solid commercial litigator" and "good presenter in court." His handling of insurance matters receives particularly extensive praise and he is also recommended for personal injury and property issues.

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Band 2

Parshotam Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Subhas Parshotam maintains a wide-ranging practice which embraces both litigation and transactional work. One source observes that "so far as company law, finance and property issues are concerned, you wouldn't find too many other lawyers who have his skills or his encyclopaedic knowledge of the rules."

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Band 2

R Patel & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Founder and partner Ramesh Patel is a "transactional lawyer of considerable experience" who has practised in Fiji for over 35 years and commands "a lot of respect" among his peers. He acts extensively for leading Fijian financial institutions and is also described as "very effective" in his handling of contractual and conveyancing matters.

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Band 2

R Patel & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Devanesh Sharma is best known as a "prominent and busy commercial litigator" of extensive experience in civil and commercial cases. He has advocated at all levels of the Fijian court system and is identified as a "very effective trial room lawyer."

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Band 2

Siwatibau & Sloan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

According to one client, James Sloan "never fails to impress: he is very professional, responsive, smart and clearly committed to the clients and issues he is supporting." His ability "to provide quick advice based on his wealth of experience" is also praised. A specialist in environmental matters, he also advises on business start-up, foreign investment and employment issues.

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Band 2

Haniff Tuitoga

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Tomasi Tuitoga of Haniff Tuitoga is characterised by sources as a "good litigator and really solid performer who can be relied upon to get stuff done." He also acts extensively in an advisory capacity and has experience in numerous areas of practice, including construction, employment, insurance and property. 

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Band 2

Young and Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Young Chen of Young and Associates in Lautoka enjoys widespread respect as a "senior and experienced" and "extremely good" commercial litigator. One source observes: "If I had a matter in western Fiji I needed help with, I'd go to him first." 

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Associates to watch

Siwatibau & Sloan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Artika Prasad heads the firm's IP practice and is described as "excellent in terms of intellectual property advice," winning further praise for her swift and efficient processing of the assignments she receives.

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