Simone Fitzcharles
Name: Simone Fitzcharles
Firm Name: Lennox Paton
Country: Bahamas
Expertise: Litigation

Telephone: +1 (242) 502 5000
Fax: +1 (242) 328 0566
Email: [email protected]

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Professional Biography:

Simone Fitzcharles 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 judgments, 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 (Bahamas) Limited handling Latin American trust issues.

She has been a Partner at Lennox Paton since 2003.

Simone is a member of The Bahamas Bar, INSOL and the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation.

She is an accomplished speaker and writer. She has been a guest panellist at a number of trust and financial services conferences over the last 7 years, organised by English chambers and solicitors for presentation in The Bahamas. She is also the author of several internationally published articles on aspects of insolvency and trust law for such publications the INSOL World Quarterly Journal, International Law Office and the Global Insolvency and Restructuring Yearbook.

Simone is an enthusiastic supporter of the performing arts in The Bahamas. She acts as corporate counsel and secretary for The Nassau Music Society, a charitable organisation. She is also a tutor for Project Read Bahamas, a Rotary Club-sponsored project for the promotion of adult literacy

Litigation Law Practice:

The Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group at Lennox Paton specialises in chancery and commercial litigation and disputes. The Litigation Group is focused on providing practical solutions to complex problems. Clients benefit from the firm’s vast experience in complex commercial litigation.

By reason of our recognised “proactive and responsive” service, the team is consistently recommended by Chambers Global.

Members of the team appear regularly at First Instance, Court of Appeal and Privy Council level. The team has been involved at all levels in some of the largest offshore cases in recent times.

The depth and experience of our team of lawyers and paralegals, including a presence in London, enables the firm to lead and co-ordinate complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. We have long standing working relationships with many of the leading international law firms and leading firms in offshore jurisdictions in which we do not have a presence.

Equally, our specialisation, flexibility and focused approach allows us to tailor our services to suit individual clients’ needs and resources. The same expertise that we bring to the large cases is applied to the benefit of all clients, regardless of the size of the matter.

Members of the Litigation Group have appeared on behalf of a broad range of clients including bank and trust companies, foreign governments, government agencies, multinational corporations and financial institutions, as well as private clients, domestic companies and individuals

Lennox Paton:

Lennox Paton is a leading offshore commercial law firm with offices in The Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, and London. It is widely recognised for its expertise, professionalism, responsiveness and commitment to excellence. We have a team of multi-faceted lawyers whose diverse backgrounds and talents contribute valuable knowledge, experience and creativity to the firm and its clients.

The firm’s thorough knowledge of the business and legal environment enables it to attend professionally and effectively to its client’s affairs. Lawyers in the firm are frequent contributors to various professional journals, speakers at conferences and seminars, members of Government and industry appointed task forces, committees and statutory bodies and are published authors.

The firm represents numerous financial institutions, both domestic and international, which complements the firm’s large and diversified private client practice.