Chairman: Brian Simms QC (Senior Partner & Head of Litigation)
Managing Partners: Michael Paton (Head of Financial Services), David Johnstone (Head of Real Estate/Foreign Investments), Arthur Seligman (Head of Trusts), Scott Cruickshank (Managing Partner & Head of Litigation, BVI)
Number of partners: 12
Number of attorneys (total): 30
Languages: English, French
Founded in 1986, Lennox Paton is a leading offshore, full-service commercial law firm providing services to clients in relation to Bahamian and British Virgin Islands law. It is one of the Bahamas’ largest law firms and covers a comprehensive range of practice areas including: litigation and dispute resolution, insolvency and restructuring, investment funds, private client, trusts and foundations, real estate, resort development, banking and finance, corporate and commercial and shipping. The firm has a strong reputation both domestically and internationally for handling complex and large-scale matters for a range of clients, from major organisations to HNW and UHNW individuals. The success of long-term client relationships and landmark cases has earned the firm recognition as one of the top firms in The Bahamas. Members belong to a number of professional associations (including the IBA and STEP) and serve on governmental and statutory bodies.
Main Areas of Practice:
Litigation & Contentious Trusts:
The department is made up of well-respected counsel who regularly appear before all levels of the Bahamian and BVI courts, including the Privy Council. The litigation team is well-known for representing clients in complex multijurisdictional matters and is instructed in the most substantial cases. The department receives regular instructions in all areas of chancery and commercial work but is especially strong in trust law, corporate and commercial disputes, asset tracing and insolvencies of offshore funds.
Contacts: Brian Simms QC (Nassau), Scott Cruickshank (BVI)
The firm is recognised as having the leading financial services practice in The Bahamas and is particularly strong in the area of investment funds. The firm is regularly instructed to establish investment funds and advise on offering documentation. It also advises fund administration companies.
Contacts: Michael Paton (Nassau), Michelle Neville-Clarke (Nassau)
Private Client/Trust Administration:
The firm has substantial experience in acting for high-net-worth individuals and their advisors worldwide in relation to estate planning using trusts, foundations, private trust companies and holding companies. The firm represents numerous trust companies and advises regularly on the drafting and construction of trust, foundation and corporate documentation. Contacts: Michael Paton (Nassau), Arthur Seligman (Nassau) Real Estate: The firm has a leading real estate practice and regularly acts in the purchase and sale of residential real estate and private islands in The Bahamas by international clients.
Contacts: David Johnstone (Nassau), Chelon Carr-Newbold (Nassau)
Lennox Paton has an international client base from the United States, Europe, South America (in particular Brazil) and Asia. The firm acts for many international banks and trust companies, financial institutions, investment funds, foreign governments, multinational companies and individuals who wish to utilise the expertise of the firm in the jurisdiction in which it practices. The firm is regularly instructed by leading law firms from other jurisdictions.