Roland Jones

Roland Jones is the Founder of Axebridge Corporate Services Limited and has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of Banking, Trusts, Accounting, Wealth Management and International Financial Services. As CEO and Managing Director for the Group, Roland is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of the Group. Roland sits on the board of the Axebridge Group of Companies and STEP Caribbean Conference Limited.

He is a chartered accountant, banker and a professional trust professional. Roland is a member of the Certified General Accountants of Canada (CGA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados (ICAB), the Institute of Canadian Bankers (ICB), the Canadian Tax Foundation. Roland is the Regional Chair of STEP Caribbean and Latin America and was a recent recipient of the STEP Founder’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. Roland has published several articles on trusts and corporate issues for the STEP journal.

Firm Overview:

The Axebridge philosophy is to become a global partner for our clients through various initiatives including structuring and wealth management corporate and private client solutions based on respect, risk management and a thorough understanding of each client’s business and planning model.

We understand that our international clients are driven by the need to continuously grow and understand, creating and sustaining wealth for their families and shareholders and are willing to examine alternative, sometimes out-of the-box solutions to achieve cost efficient and reliable efforts in this regard. We also understand that a partner means not only sharing the successes but helping to resolve some of the failures where is most needed.

Shane Thompson

Shane Thompson provides innovative solutions for complex legal problems in Barbados. If you require Shane’s services, please use the contact details which are listed above.

Experience:

Principle Attorney
Self employed (Capital Law Chambers)
March 2017 – Present

Attorney at Law
Holder & Co
June 2009 – March 2017 (7 years 10 months)

Education:

The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus
Bachelor of Laws – LLB, Legal Studies, General
2004 – 2007

Queen’s College, Barbados
CAPE Spanish, Literature, History
1997 – 2004

About Barbados:

Barbados is a sovereign island country located in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It is known around the world for having a strong educational system and a literacy rate near 100 percent, one of the top in the world. It is one of the leading tourist stops in the Caribbean and is one of the region’s most developed islands, so it is no wonder that this is the island of choice for those looking to pursue legal training who want to enjoy the island lifestyle.

The legal system in Barbados follows the British common law legal system. It has a Supreme Court of Judicature as its highest court, and under the Supreme Courts sit magistrate courts. The courts ensure due process is followed in criminal proceedings and help enforce civil rights for the people of Barbados.

Shane Thompson

Shane Thompson provides innovative solutions for complex legal problems in Barbados. If you require Shane’s services, please use the contact details which are listed above.

Experience:

Principle Attorney
Self employed (Capital Law Chambers)
March 2017 – Present

Attorney at Law
Holder & Co
June 2009 – March 2017 (7 years 10 months)

Education:

The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus
Bachelor of Laws – LLB, Legal Studies, General
2004 – 2007

Queen’s College, Barbados
CAPE Spanish, Literature, History
1997 – 2004

About Barbados:

Barbados is a sovereign island country located in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It is known around the world for having a strong educational system and a literacy rate near 100 percent, one of the top in the world. It is one of the leading tourist stops in the Caribbean and is one of the region’s most developed islands, so it is no wonder that this is the island of choice for those looking to pursue legal training who want to enjoy the island lifestyle.

The legal system in Barbados follows the British common law legal system. It has a Supreme Court of Judicature as its highest court, and under the Supreme Courts sit magistrate courts. The courts ensure due process is followed in criminal proceedings and help enforce civil rights for the people of Barbados.

Hal Mc l Gollop, QC

Mr. Hal Mc Laren Gollop, QC was admitted to the Bar in 1994.

General practice (or general law practice) typically encompasses a broad range of practice areas by an attorney. It means that the attorney does not limit their law practice or specialty to one particular area of law. Instead the attorney will practice law in several areas such as criminal law, accident and personal injury law, bankruptcy, business law, family law, estate planning, insurance law, litigation, and real estate.

Many younger attorneys will open a “general practice” until they settle into an area of law in which they intend to specialize. You will also see general practitioners in smaller communities when business may be limited, so a lawyer must practice in multiple areas. Attorneys are not required to specialize. However, in larger cities, “boutique” law firms have developed over the last several years that specialize in only one or two practice areas. The philosophy is to do one area of law extremely well, thereby justifying a premium “boutique” fee.

When you are looking for a lawyer, you may want to consider an attorney who specializes in one area of law instead of a general practitioner so that you get more specialized advice. Many states have procedures where an attorney can become board certified in a particular area of law. To become specialized, board certification requirements generally include:

  • A set number of years in practice.
  • Have handled a certain number of cases and appeals involving the specialized practice area.
  • Completion of specific continuing education related to the specialty.

If your situation is very specific to one area of law, a board certified attorney may be a better avenue for a concise resolution of your case. However, if your situation involves an on overlap of multiple areas like family, criminal, and probate, you may want a general practitioner instead. Because they are used to handling overlapping issues, a general practitioner may be able to give you a broader picture of the options and consequences you are dealing with.

In addition, if you have regular legal issues such as those that sometimes plague small businesses, you may find that a general practitioner who can help in all the areas may get to know you and your business better than a new lawyer every time you have some sort of problem. Keep in mind that a general practice lawyer (or any lawyer for that matter) has a responsibility to seek assistance from lawyers of a certain specialty where such specialization is needed. Your general practitioner will be in a position to assist and manage and call in expert assistance whenever and whatever may come your way.

Regardless of whether you select an attorney who is in general practice or one who is board certified, you should double check their credentials on your state bar website. Many states will now provide on-line access to former complaints against attorneys. You can also verify any state board certifications or practice areas that will be the most helpful to your situation.

Rita Evans

Rita Evans was admitted to the Bar in October, 2000. Rita practices Criminal Law, Wills & Estates, Conveyancing and Mortgages, Family Matters, Personal Injury Matters, Civil Litigation (Magistrates & High Court), Company Incorporation and Small Business Registration, Debt Collection.

Education:

The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Law
1995 – 1998

Harrison College, St. Michael, Barbados
1984 – 1990

Wills & Estates Law Practice:

A term used by the law to describe that part of the law which regulates wills, probate and other subjects related to the distribution of a deceased person’s estate.

Although the term ‘estate’ is not restricted to the law of property; it relates to the deceased, the term ‘estate law’ has evolved to refer, primarily, to the law as it relates to:

– The property of the deceased;
– Of persons who cannot manage their affairs because of age (child), physical or mental infirmity and who would have their estate extracted from their person and managed separately; or
– The management of property which is being held beneficially for a person (trusts).

A law firm which professes to specialize in estate law is one who deals mostly with wills, probate and trust cases.

Distinguished from real estate law which focuses on the law as it relates to real property.

Kareen Charmaine Cole

Ms. Kareen Charmaine Cole was admitted to the Bar in 2004 and attended Norman Manley Law School.

Practice Areas:

– Civil Litigation
– Commercial and Insurance
– Competition Law
– Maritime Law

Competition Law Overview:

Competition law is a law that promotes or seeks to maintain market competition by regulating anti-competitive conduct by companies. Competition law is implemented through public and private enforcement.