Jacy Whittaker

For Jacy Whittaker, the key to winning cases is being abundantly overprepared. Jacy gears up for war on everything. The litigator never walks into a courtroom without more research, more evidence, and more potential angles than warranted.

This over-preparation allows him to think on his feet, building confidence—and the court’s regard—through each winning application, writ, submission, and hearing. Rather than being exhausted by sheer volume, the youthful lawyer becomes even more invigorated. After all, he lives to argue—and win.

Jacy enrolled in law school (University of Buckingham, and later Inns of Court School of Law), then joined Callenders & Co., where he worked side-by-side with a legendary Queens Counsel on multiple matters—including one of the Bahamas’ most monumental matters. Six years later, he and partner Arthur K. Parris, Jr. left to form ParrisWhittaker.

Jacy has since added commercial transactions, probate law, admiralty law, and corporate structuring, re-structuring, and formation to his list of capabilities. He acts as local counsel for a handful of international companies.

In addition to his practice, Jacy is one of the most active members of the Grand Bahama business community. He is director, advisor, or committee chair for numerous boards, including the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, Freeport Law Society, and Salvation Army. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, and Bahamas Bar Association and a member of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Bar.

Firm Overview:

ParrisWhittaker is a local law firm founded by two top lawyers: Arthur Parris, real estate/commercial expert, and Jacy Whittaker, a litigator with extraordinary energy and an outstanding track record. With the addition of partner Kenra Parris-Whittaker, the firm has a combined 70 years of experience, and brings a new level of energy and commitment to the Bahamian legal market.

Saifullah Khan

Saifullah Khan, an international trade lawyer, has more than fifteen years of practical experience in the areas of international trade advisory. trade remedy laws (Antidumping, Subsidies & Countervailing Measures, Safeguards), General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), TRIPS, Anti-trust and Competition Law, E-Commerce, Trade Agreements, Dispute Settlement and issues relating to para-tariff & non-tariff barriers.

Mr. Khan is engaged in providing a wide range of services covering every aspect of the Competition Law to safeguard the business interests of local as well as international clients. The professional services includes conducting a competition compliance training for advising clients ways and means to comply with the relevant provisions of the law, carrying out a competition compliance review/audit, providing consultancy on day to day competition issues, evaluating strategies against competitors, evaluation of contracts/agreements with suppliers, distributors, dealers, customers and suggesting necessary revisions, Mergers & Acquisitions, evaluation of product promotional strategy and material in light of competition law and rules and protecting the interests of businesses through invoking the provisions of the law and pleading their case before the Competition Authority to avoid any adverse action against the clients.

Mr. Khan has developed expertise and engaged in the advisory activities in the legal, policy and regulatory framework for e-commerce. He is currently advising Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan in connection with devising policy frame work for e-commerce in Pakistan in line with the guidelines and model laws framed/adopted by UNCITRAL. Mr. Khan also assists online businesses to maintain a compliant online business by offering legal services including contracts drafting, reviewing and negotiating, privacy and data protection, consumer protection, intellectual property and advertising etc. His firm is one of the contributors of Business for etrade development – a private sector arm of the “UNCTAD-led etrade for all initiative”. The firm is also a trust partner of safe.shop (a global trust mark) for Pakistan and UAE.

Mr. Khan is also working as Chairman of the Standing Committee on WTO Affairs of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) for the years 2017 & 2018. In the beginning of this year, Mr. Khan has been awarded ‘Special Achievement Gold Medal’ by FPCCI in recognition of remarkable contributions over the last year as Chairman of the Standing Committee of WTO Affairs. Mr. Khan has an extensive and global advisory portfolio in development of International Trade Management System, International Trade Agreements, Foreign Trade Development. Recently, Mr. Khan has been awarded a certificate of completion for the Mastering Trade Policy program, August 17 – 26, 2018, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education.

Mr. Khan is a practicing lawyer and member of Islamabad Bar Council, management accountant and fellow member of the Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) from the Institute of Internal Auditors – USA, Fellow Member of the Pakistan Institute of Public Finance Accountants (PIPFA) and Member Rawalpindi-Islamabad Tax Bar Association (RITBA). He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), United Kingdom.