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.

Sir Trevor Carmichael KA, LVO, QC

Founded in 1977, Chancery Chambers is one of the more diversified law firms in the Caribbean. Based in Barbados, it provides a full complement of legal services to national and international clients. Its’ pillars of practice are international business law, environmental law, real estate law and the law relating to charities domestically and internationally. Although independently focused on their particular areas of expertise, the firm’s professionals work collectively in cross-disciplinary practice groups to access information and advice to the advantage of clients and the development of the firm’s expertise. The firm’s stature is enhanced by its substantial public and private sector experience at the national and international level, and its own very strong charitable focus.

International Expertise:

The firm has developed substantial experience internationally and its’ Chairman serves as a Panel Member for the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes of the World Bank. It has provided legislative support and drafting to jurisdictions in the Caribbean and Indian subcontinent and has also been engaged as a member of Joint Ventures Model Contracts Committee of the International Trade Centre of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The firm’s client base includes large companies, banks, insurance companies, public and supranational institutions conducting cross-border business, as well as some national governments. Its’ founder sits on the Legal Affairs Committee of the International Council of Museums in Paris, France.