Mandisa Regrello was admitted to practice in 2003 and began her legal career in the Firm’s Litigation Department in that same year. She acted as instructing attorney and as advocate in various matters, including debt collection, mortgagee actions, insurance subrogation claims, securities regulation and enforcement proceedings such as bankruptcy.
Upon her return from securing a Masters Degree in Law (commercial designation) from Cambridge University in 2008, Mandisa joined the Firm’s Corporate/Commercial Department and became a Partner in 2011. Mandisa now focuses on Banking and Finance and her primary clients are domestic and international financial institutions, lenders and other significant investors.
She regularly acts for borrowers and lenders in preparing documentation and advising on matters involving debt restructuring, new financings, syndicated loans, bond and equity financing and other associated regulatory issues arising from such transactions. She also advises on events of default, crystallization and enforcement, creditor priorities and on the regulations relating to the securities, financial and insurance industries.
Mandisa is able to combine her initial practical experience in litigation with the business knowledge obtained in her Masters Degree (which involved courses on International Commercial Litigation, the Law of International Disputes, Commercial Equity and International Banking and Financial Law) to provide her clients with well-rounded and insightful advice.
- Trinidad and Tobago – 2003
- University of West Indies – LL.B.
- Hugh Wooding Law School – LEC
- Cambridge University – LL.M.
- Trinidad and Tobago Law Association
The Firm is one of the oldest and largest commercial law firms in Trinidad and Tobago and traces its origins to the practice of Oliver Fitzwilliam who first started practicing in 1912 after a gift of $5000 was bestowed upon him by his great uncle, Jules Larry.
Oliver Fitzwilliam was later joined by Stanley Stone in 1919 after the end of World War I and this two man operation began carrying on their practice as “Solicitors and Conveyancers” under the name “Oliver Fitzwilliam & Co”. Their practice was one of the first firms in Trinidad and Tobago to formally register its business name in 1923 (its business name certificate is numbered forty four), pursuant to the passage into law of the then Registration of Business Ordinance in that same year.
Oliver Fitzwilliam & Co. was later succeeded by “Fitzwilliam, Stone & Alcazar” which, in 1979, was then renamed “Fitzwilliam, Stone, Furness-Smith & Morgan”. The Firm has steadily grown both in size and expertise over the course of its existence and today enjoys a well-established and enviable reputation in the legal profession.
The Firm has a large client base which includes numerous international corporations and financial institutions, as well as domestic clientele across multiple sectors. It is a full service commercial firm with expert capabilities in all major commercial areas of practice and is broadly organized into five practice areas, these being, Commercial, Real Estate and Land Development, Advocacy and Litigation, Intellectual Property and Estates and Trusts.
The Firm’s departments and internal administration is generally overseen by its Managing Partner, which position is currently held by Kurt Miller, with each department having a further specific Partner head.
The Commercial Department is also headed up by Kurt Miller and perhaps covers the widest range of practice areas. It has extensive resource centres in banking and finance, energy, oil and gas, downstream industries, foreign investment, non-contentious tax, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, securities, employment and labour, marine and other general commercial areas of law.
Tara Allum heads up the Real Estate and Land Development Department which addresses a variety of real property matters ranging from traditional conveyancing and trustee work to complex property development, finance and condominium schemes.
The Advocacy, Litigation and ADR Department, which is supervised by Mark Morgan, encompasses all types of commercial matters, from significant money claims, personal injury and fatal accident insurance claims to complex commercial disputes (including contentious tax, employment and admiralty matters) before the courts, specialist tribunals, arbitrators and mediators for international and domestic clients.
Olive Ramchand heads the Intellectual Property Department which advises on all areas of intellectual property, including trademarks, patents, industrial designs, geographical indications and copyright.
Our Estates and Trust Department, also led by Olive Ramchand, advises generally on estate planning, trusts, applications for grants of representation and the administration of estates.
The Firm’s deep commercial know-how and commitment to quality service has led to its being consistently listed in Band 1 of “Chambers Global, The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business” since 2003.
Over the years, the Firm’s clients have consistently commended the quality of its legal services and client reviews published in Chambers Global praise the Firm for its “highly commercial approach”, “extremely efficient advice”, its “promptness of response, thoroughness and attention to detail, legal acumen and good business sense” as well as its “unparalleled expertise in navigating clients through complex business issues in Trinidad”.
Clients have also cited the Firm as being a “local powerhouse” that is “the go-to firm for clients in the energy sector and has excellent experience in upstream and downstream mandates” and also as having “outstanding finance and commercial practices with expertise in large-scale projects”. The 2017 edition of Chambers Global notes the Firm as “a stellar law firm” and a leader in commercial and corporate law. It cited the Firm especially for its prowess in financing arrangements and syndicated loan deals.