Diane Stewart

Diane Stewart is an experienced litigation partner, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, whose areas of expertise include Commercial and Civil Litigation, Liquidations, Banking, Trusts, Insurance and Family Law.

Following her education at York University in Toronto, Canada and the University of the West Indies, Mrs. Stewart entered articles of clerkship with Mr. Winston Saunders and was called to the Bahamas Bar in 1985.

Mrs. Stewart regularly advises the firm’s institutional as well as individual clients in domestic and cross border disputes and on administrative and public law matter. She has frequently appeared before the Courts of first instance and the Bahamian Appellate courts in a broad range of commercial and civil matters. Mrs. Stewart also has an extensive family law practice.

Mrs. Stewart is an Associate Lecturer and Tutor at the Eugene Dupuch Law School. Further she has regularly been throughout her career the guest speaker and presenter of papers on varied public and private law issues.

She currently serves as a Director of FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited and FirstCaribbean Finance Corporation and is a former member of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission of the Bahamas.

About McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes:

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes is one of the largest and oldest firms in The Bahamas and conducts an extensive international and domestic practice from its offices in the cities of Nassau and Freeport.

Each client of the firm is the responsibility of an individual lawyer, through whom the collective expertise and resources of the firm become available. While each client’s work is handled on a personal basis, the high degree of interchange of information and cooperation between individual attorneys ensures that the client’s work is effectively supervised and guided within the firm to the appropriate areas of expertise.

The firm is The Bahamas member of Lex Mundi, a Global Association of 118 Independent Law Firms that represent over 60 countries. High professional standards of performance and quality representation are the main membership selection criteria. Through the effective and efficient professional association of Lex Mundi, the firm is able to respond to requirements for legal services throughout the markets of the world and virtually every country.

The firm is engaged in the General Practice of Law and is well equipped to advise on and deal with the widest range of legal matters and services.

Gary Maitland Crosland

Graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1976 and 1978 with degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. He was admitted as a partner in Atherstone & Cook in 1982 and specialises in company and commercial work, both litigious and non-litigious. He has had considerable experience in drafting commercial contracts.

He is also very experienced in dealing with trusts, wills and the administration of deceased estates, and has much expertise in property law and in the conveyance of immovable property; and latterly, with mining law. He also deals with matrimonial matters

Atherstone & Cook:

We have a reputation for rendering high quality legal service, advice and representation. We strive to add value in our diverse areas of expertise. Our relationships with clients are founded upon mutual trust, respect and understanding. As such, we are favoured with instructions by several leading companies and high-profile individuals, and have enhanced our portfolio with many landmark transactions, cases and matters. Our client base includes diversified commercial and industrial conglomerates, entrepreneurs, local and multinational banks, trade unions, media houses.

The firm has a commercial bias, but also provides advice and services in other fields of law. Each partner has considerable specialist expertise. The firm has corresponding attorney associations with some law firms based outside Harare; and associations with law firms in South Africa. We regularly receive instructions from leading firms of solicitors in London. Chambers Global have for 2013 ranked us in Band 1 (highest) for General Business Law (we had same ranking for 2012). They “publish the leading guides to the legal profession” by “identifying and ranking the world`s best lawyers and law firms”.

David G. Forbes-Jaeger

David Forbes-Jaeger is the owner of DFJSWISS LLC and specialises in Trusts Law.

Bar Admissions:

• Florida (1984)
• Switzerland (1997)

Education:

• Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität, Bonn, Federal Republic of Germany: 1976-1977
• University of Florida: 1974-1978
• B.A. (summa cum laude): 1978
• M.A., Phi Kappa Phi: 1979
• Juris Doctor: 1982
• The Hague Academy of International Law: 1985

Experience:

• Managing Partner, DFJSWISS LLC, 2011 – present
• Partner, Secretan Troyanov, Geneva (Switzerland) 1996 – 2010
• Of Counsel, Law Offices Maurice M. Diliberto, Miami, Florida, USA: 1984-1988

Memberships:

• STEP Society of Trust and Estate Practioners
• ITPA International Tax Planning Association
• Geneva Association of Business Law
• Swiss Association for Foreign Policy
• Swiss Forum for International Affairs
• Geneva Bar Association Foreign Lawyer Section

Languages:

English, French and German.