Adrian R. Thompson

Adrian Thompson was called to the Bar in the Republic of Guyana 1996 and is admitted to practice law in the Republic of Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Barbados.

Adrian has worked as a university law tutor, Counsel to the Attorney General Chambers in Guyana, Legal Advisor to Bank of Guyana (Central Bank), and Magistrate and Counsel to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Barbados. Adrian has also worked for a leading law firm in the island of Nevis specializing in offshore banking, wealth management, citizenship, and asset preservation.

Adrian entered private practice in 2006 and offers multi-jurisdictional legal services to a diverse base of clients.

Our Aim: To deliver efficient, high quality legal services in St Kitts Nevis.

Our Values:

Client Satisfaction: Our aim is to satisfy our clients when attending to the most simple matters or the most complex transactions.

Excellence: We pride our self in delivering excellence in service

Our Commitment: Client goals become our vision, We put intense effort into our work and actively look for ways to deliver the best results for our clients and for our firm.

Gregory J. Sheppard, OBE, CSM

Greg Sheppard became the Managing Partner of Maladinas Lawyers in 1994, and continued in that role after the merger of Maladinas with Young & Williams Lawyers in 2004.

He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1990. He is also admitted to the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Queensland. He was admitted to practice in Papua New Guinea in 1990.

He was a Principal in private practice in Kalgoorlie, West Australia for a number of years. Thereafter, he practiced as a Crown Prosecutor in Queensland, Australia.

Greg is a very successful advocate and has appeared as Counsel before Courts and Administrative Tribunals at all levels in a variety of jurisdictions including Appellate Courts. He has acted for a number of prominent clients in Papua New Guinea, including Prime Ministers, Ministers of State and businessmen. He is experienced in negotiating, drawing and settling resource based corporate and commercial documentation. He has wide knowledge of public law and judicial review of administrative decisions.

He is an expert in the technical and complex law relating to the pleading and trial of Election Petitions, and has acted in these matters subsequent to every National general election since 1992. He has appeared for clients in Leadership Tribunal hearings on many occasions.

Greg acts as a Consultant when required, advising law firms in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji.

He has been previously the Chairman Board of Governors Murray International School, Port Moresby and chairman Interim Board of Governors of Murray and Ela Beach International School, a Board member of the International Education Agency of Papua New Guinea, and a former member of the PNG Lands Board.

Firm Overview:

Young & Williams Lawyers is a national firm and has a long history in Papua New Guinea. The firm’s roots can be traced back to the 1960s at the old United Church Building, Ela Beach. Partners have come and gone but the reputation of Young & Williams Lawyers will live on. In late 2004, another chapter was added to the life of Young & Williams Lawyers when the practices of Messrs Maladinas Lawyers and White Young & Williams Lawyers merged and consolidated their various practices under the Young & Williams Lawyers banner.

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Mary Mahabir QC

Mary Mahabir is the founder of Lex Caribbean, the formation of which created the first and only pan-Caribbean law firm in the CARICOM region. She is the senior partner of the firm and its former managing partner. Mary currently heads the Corporate Commercial and Finance Group. She has been practicing at the Bar in Barbados for over thirty years, and is also called to the Bar in Trinidad & Tobago. Her vast experience in both the local and international business sectors, spans across the areas of corporate and commercial law, corporate finance, trusts and real estate. She had led major transactions in all of these areas.

In the area of corporate law, Mary has extensive knowledge in dealing with restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, share and assets sale and purchases, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, shareholder rights and corporate governance. She has worked in various sectors and advises on a broad range of commercial issues, including employment, pensions, insurance and commercial contracts, and her clients include major local and international companies.

She has a depth of experience in the area of corporate finance, advising on major capital market transactions and government financing transactions, including bond issues, commercial paper, complex loan arrangements, participations, inter-creditor arrangements and security sharing arrangements. She is well-versed in regulatory issues and requirements concerning both local and offshore lending institutions.

In the area of real estate, Mary has advised developers on effective structuring arrangements for both commercial and residential developments and has represented vendors and purchasers in various types of real estate structures. She has also represented major companies in complex lease arrangements.

Mary is a former member of the Ernst & Young Global Legal Network and a former director of Trust Services at Ernst & Young Trust Corporation.

She has written and edited a number of articles in the areas of corporate law, trusts, tax planning and property law, including “Parity with NAFTA and other Opportunities and Challenges Confronting Barbados and the Caribbean” (co-edited), and the regulation of mergers and joint ventures for the publication “Getting the Deal Done”. She is a member of the International Bar Association, the Foreign Lawyers Forum of the American Bar Association and an associate member of the Canadian Bar Association.

Mary’s involvement in the business and wider community is extensive. She is a member and former Vice-President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry, a member and former director of the Barbados International Business Association and a member and former secretary of the Barbados Chapter of the International Fiscal Association. She sat for a number of years on the Council of the Barbados Bar Association and established its group health insurance plan. Among her many other accolades, Mary is a member of the Barbados National Trust and the Royal Commonwealth Society and is also the legal adviser to the Barbados Arts Council and the Barbados Council for the Disabled.

Firm Profile:

Lex Caribbean was founded in 1997 and is a leading law firm practising the laws of multiple jurisdictions in the Caribbean. We operate from three offices in Trinidad and Tobago and from single office locations in each of Barbados, Jamaica and London, advising on the laws of Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. We also coordinate legal advice from several other jurisdictions in the region, working closely with strategic partners that we know and trust. Our local cultural affinity and the seamlessness of our deployment across multiple Caribbean territories differentiate us from all other law firms in our markets.

Collectively our lawyers combine diverse ethnicity and a shared Caribbean heritage with training and experience gained in several financial centres around the world. We cultivate productive relationships across all sectors with key agencies and stakeholders in our local environments and leverage a global network of professional firms to deliver quality, integrated cross border legal solutions at competitive prices.”

Martin Codd

Martin leads the firm’s property entrepreneurs team. He joined Penningtons in 2011 from Dawsons Solicitors and deals with a wide variety of work in the residential/commercial property sectors. His practice includes the acquisition and disposal of investment properties, as well as advising clients on Landlord and Tenant law.

He acts for a range of clients including institutional investors, private property companies, property funds, individual investors, property traders and owner occupiers.

Martin has considerable experience in dealing with difficult and complicated enfranchisement claims and has been a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners since its inception. Martin is also accredited to the Law Society’s CQS scheme for residential conveyancing.

Recent Work Highlights:

– Bringing a claim and acting for a commercial tenant against the Howard de Walden estate under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967.
– Acting for a private investor on the acquisition and disposal of 110 houses.
– Advising a private property company on the acquisition, lease-back and disposal of numerous commercial properties.
– Creating an institutional fund for residential investment and managing its assets and subsequent realisation.
– Acting for a major London estate in connection with dealing with all enfranchisement claims brought against them.