Michael Paton is "certainly one of the best lawyers in the Bahamas," notes a fellow practitioner, adding: "The market holds him in the highest regard." A market insider says Paton is "extremely knowledgeable and has a wide breadth of experience. He has a high-level legal expertise but always understands the bottom line from a commercial perspective." Peers particularly comment: "He will have a real following in the market, and both clients and onshore lawyers will turn to him for Bahamas-related advice. He is very good, especially for investment funds and the financial aspects of trusts."