John S. Bain

John Bain is our exclusively recommended Accounting Services expert in the Bahamas on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact John directly using the contact details listed above.

John earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Northcentral University, Arizona. He is an FCCA, and has an MBA in Finance from Alliance Manchester Business School and the University of Whales, United Kingdom.

He holds Diplomate status with the American Board of Certified Forensic Examiners. He is also a MAFF sponsored by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, a CMA, sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants, a CFM sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants, a CFE sponsored by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and a CSAR, sponsored by the International Association of Asset Recovery. He is a member of the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals, sponsored by INSOL International, and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. He is also a licensed Public Accountant and Insolvency Practitioner by the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants.

John has more than 33 years of post-qualification experience in auditing, beginning at Ernst and Young, and the Forensic and Litigation Partner with HLB Galanis Bain, a member of the Forum of Firms International Accounting Network.

He is proficient in investigative accounting, risk assessments, systems analysis, computer auditing, data science, data analytics, digital strategies, and advising large and medium-sized law firms and companies. He has extensive experience in forensic accounting, computer security, business litigation, fraud investigations, insolvencies and bankruptcies, calculation of economic damages, and business valuations.

His experiences include providing attest and consulting services to both public and privately held companies. These companies range in size, from start-ups to hundreds of millions in revenues.

He is a member of UHY’s Special Interest Group on Auditing and is certified by the ACCA in International Auditing. John is also an Adjunct Professor in Advanced Accounting and Accounting Information Systems at the University of The Bahamas.

He is the founder of UHY Bain and Associates, and has served in many client-facing management and leadership roles. He works closely with his clients as a quality resource, coordinating the services of UHY- Bain and Associates to deliver timely and proactive advice.

John’s experience includes five years with a Big Four firm. John has considerable financial services experience, including having served as a CFO of two substantial publicly traded financial services institutions, Lloyds Bank and Trust, and the National Bank of Canada.

He is the partner in charge of business development and served as a Board member in both public institutions and a not-for-profit charity.

John Bain has assisted attorneys in litigation matters, and has worked with most of the QCs in The Bahamas in matters including Economic Damages, Business Valuations, Insolvencies, Partnership disputes, Shareholder Disputes, and Forensic examinations, including Fraud, Receivership, and Liquidations. He also worked with renowned British QC Edward Fitzgerald on a matter taking place in a United Kingdom overseas territory.

Firm Overview:

UHY Bain and Associates is a part of UHY International, a global network providing audit, accounting, tax, forensics, data analytics, litigation support, and business consultancy services worldwide. The Firm was started in 2010 in Nassau, The Bahamas.

The network offers an exceptional competitive advantage–national capabilities, attentive personal services, and a presence across major business centres globally.

UHY professionals pride themselves on their abilities to combine local knowledge with national, regional, and international expertise.

This Firm can help your business compete effectively locally, internationally, or cross-border. Our client receives Big Four experiences from a smaller, nimbler firm of talented accountants.

Our customers are guaranteed a high-quality professional standard through UHY’s membership to the Forum of Firms. Our work is peer reviewed through both the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants, and the UHY network.

UHY Bain and Associates is a multi-disciplinary firm of professional services with over 40 years of experience providing tailor-made solutions to our clients.

UHY International is currently amongst the top 15 leading firms internationally of professional services.

Internationally, through our global network UHY, we have access to offices in 325 business centres in 100 countries, and 8,750 professionals. UHY allows us to help you achieve your business objectives effectively and seamlessly around the world.

Jacy Whittaker

Jacy Whittaker is our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation expert in the Bahamas on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jacy directly using the contact details above.

The Bahamas, known officially as the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is a sovereign country within the Lucayan Archipelago of the West Indies in the Atlantic. It takes up 97% of the Lucayan Archipelago’s land area and is home to 88% of the archipelago’s population.

For Jacy the key to winning cases is being abundantly overprepared. Jacy gears up for war on everything. The litigator never walks into a courtroom without more research, more evidence, and more potential angles than warranted.

This over-preparation allows him to think on his feet, building confidence—and the court’s regard—through each winning application, writ, submission, and hearing. Rather than being exhausted by sheer volume, the youthful lawyer becomes even more invigorated. After all, he lives to argue—and win.

Jacy enrolled in law school, then joined Callenders & Co., where he worked side-by-side with a legendary Queens Counsel on multiple matters—including one of the Bahamas’ most monumental matters. Six years later, he and partner Arthur K. Parris, Jr. left to form ParrisWhittaker.

Jacy has since added commercial transactions, probate law, admiralty law, and corporate structuring, re-structuring, and formation to his list of capabilities. He acts as local counsel for a handful of international companies.

In addition to his practice, Jacy is one of the most active members of the Grand Bahama business community. He is director, advisor, or committee chair for numerous boards, including the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, Freeport Law Society, and Salvation Army. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, and Bahamas Bar Association and a member of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Bar.

Firm Overview:

ParrisWhittaker is a local law firm founded by two top lawyers: Arthur Parris, real estate/commercial expert, and Jacy Whittaker, a litigator with extraordinary energy and an outstanding track record. With the addition of partner Kenra Parris-Whittaker, the firm has a combined 70 years of experience, and brings a new level of energy and commitment to the Bahamian legal market.

Vivienne M. Gouthro

Vivienne Gouthro is our exclusively recommended Shipping & Maritime Law expert in the Bahamas on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Vivienne directly using the contact details listed above.

Vivienne is a corporate and commercial lawyer with extensive experience in chambers. She is chair of the firm’s Maritime and Aviation Practice Group and specialises in ship and international finance, acting primarily for financial institutions and providing legal advice on complex international finance matters and commercial acquisitions and sales. She also assists ship owners with the registration of pleasure yachts and large commercial vessels on the Bahamian Register of Ships.

Vivienne is also a part of the law firm’s Commercial Practice, Real Estate and Development Practice, Private Client and Wealth Management Practice and Intellectual Property Practice Groups and counsels clients in the sale and purchase of real estate and related financing as well as on matters relating to Wills, Probate and Administration of Estates, Intellectual Property and Immigration Law. She acts for some of the major local banks and local hotels and has assisted in the purchase and financing of large developments.

After four years at Higgs & Johnson’s Nassau chambers, Vivienne moved to Freeport to reopen the firm’s offices in Freeport, Grand Bahama. She became a Partner of the firm in 2002 and currently serves as the managing partner of the Freeport office. Her practice extends to provide a full range of corporate services to clients through the firm’s affiliate, H&J Corporate Services Ltd., including the incorporation and licensing of local companies.

Vivienne Gouthro earned an LL.M. from Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London and a B.A. in English and Spanish Law from the University of Kent in England and Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1993 and completed her pupillage in Gibraltar. In December 1995 she joined Higgs & Johnson’s Nassau office as a Registered Associate. Vivienne was called to the Bahamas Bar in September 2007.

Diane Stewart

Diane Stewart is our exclusively recommended Trusts & Estates Law expert in the Bahamas on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Diane directly using the contact details listed above.

Diane is an experienced litigation partner, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, whose areas of expertise include Commercial and Civil Litigation, Liquidations, Banking, Trusts, Insurance and Family Law.

Following her education at York University in Toronto, Canada and the University of the West Indies, Diane entered articles of clerkship with Mr. Winston Saunders and was called to the Bahamas Bar in 1985.

Diane regularly advises the firm’s institutional as well as individual clients in domestic and cross border disputes and on administrative and public law matter. She has frequently appeared before the Courts of first instance and the Bahamian Appellate courts in a broad range of commercial and civil matters. Mrs. Stewart also has an extensive family law practice.

Diane Stewart is an Associate Lecturer and Tutor at the Eugene Dupuch Law School. Further she has regularly been throughout her career the guest speaker and presenter of papers on varied public and private law issues.

Firm Overview:

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes is one of the largest and oldest firms in The Bahamas and conducts an extensive international and domestic practice from its offices in the cities of Nassau and Freeport.

Each client of the firm is the responsibility of an individual lawyer, through whom the collective expertise and resources of the firm become available. While each client’s work is handled on a personal basis, the high degree of interchange of information and cooperation between individual attorneys ensures that the client’s work is effectively supervised and guided within the firm to the appropriate areas of expertise.

The firm is engaged in the General Practice of Law and is well equipped to advise on and deal with the widest range of legal matters and services.

Simone Fitzcharles

Simone Fitzcharles is our exclusively recommended Litigation expert in the Bahamas on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Simone directly using the contact details listed above.

Simone is a Partner in the Litigation and Insolvency and Restructuring Groups. She specialises in commercial law and is regularly instructed by leading international law firms and diverse clients to handle matters involving the law of trusts, contract, company, insolvency, banking, enforcement of foreign judgements, civil aspects of commercial fraud and asset recovery. When required, she acts in multi-jurisdictional cases which call for careful coordination of talents with foreign legal or other professional teams.

Simone commenced her studies at Florida Memorial University in Miami, Florida where she graduated in 1989 with a First Class Honours B.A. degree in Criminal Justice in 1989. She went on to earn an LL.B. degree with Honours from the University of the West Indies, Barbados. Thereafter, she did Bar School training and in 1994 obtained a Certificate of Legal Education with top academic awards in Trial Advocacy from the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad. In 1994 Simone was admitted to The Bahamas Bar.

Before joining Lennox Paton in 1998, Simone worked at another Bahamian firm with a wide practice range encompassing both civil and criminal aspects of the law. She also worked at Cititrust Limited handling Latin American trust issues.

Simone Fitzcharles has been a Partner at Lennox Paton since 2003.