Higgs & Johnson

Offshore: Trusts Department

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Higgs & Johnson is "certainly one of the leading names in the region," says a US private client lawyer; "they have a long-standing reputation in the Bahamas legal industry." A market insider adds: "They are a strong firm and know their way around trust matters."

The private client team is "very good" and recognised in particular for advising trust companies. Its expertise includes the creation and management of private trust companies, as well as wills, probate and immigration matters.

Notable practitioners

Earl Cash , chair of the firm's private client and wealth management department, has "lots of private client and wealth structuring experience," say peers, adding: "He has a very international outlook and understands how cross-border trusts work. He is well known to the market." Cash has a "good book of clients," whom he assists with the establishment and management of trusts.

Heather Thompson is "highly regarded and certainly a first-rate lawyer," says one of her peers, adding: "She has a loyal following in the market." Others say she is "really excellent," noting: "She is very smart, thoughtful and has tons of experience."

Philip Dunkley QC specialises in commercial and chancery disputes. He is a "well-established name in the market and brings real clout to the Higgs & Johnson team," says a market insider. One of Dunkley's peers adds: "He is a strong advocate and a savvy negotiator. He is impressive."