In December 2019, health officials in Wuhan, China informed the World Health Organization ("WHO") of a strain of "pneumonia" affecting members of its population.1 This "pneumonia" was later identified as a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 ("COVID-19"). On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Approximately one week after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, Barbados recorded its first two cases of COVID-19 and on March 26, 2020 the Government of Barbados implemented Stage 3 of the National Preparedness Plans when a public health emergency was declared. The Emergency Management Act, Cap...
Clarke Gittens & Farmer was formed on April 15, 2002 when Clarke & Co., which was founded in 1976 combined its practice with the practices of Messrs. T. David Gittens and Stephen W. Farmer, formerly Partners in the firm of Evelyn, Gittens & Farmer. The name of the firm was changed to Clarke Gittens Farmer (the Firm) in 2008.
The Firm is one of the principal law firms in Barbados with 23 lawyers. The jurisdictions in which some of the Firm's lawyers are qualified to practice include Jamaica, Trinidad and the OECS. The Firm is a commercial law firm, providing legal services for both domestic and international corporate and private clients.
The Firm has developed a reputation for high quality work in banking, corporate, commercial and business law areas. Corporate and commercial services include advising international lawyers and clients in connection with banking and financial transactions, securities law and insolvency issues. The Firm advises on corporate mergers, acquisitions and take-overs, engages in commercial litigation, advises in the area of construction law and practice and provides domestic and international clients with advice on the purchase and sale of residential and commercial property in Barbados.
The Firm has a significant trademark and patent registration practice and advises in connection with the establishment of international business companies, international societies with restricted liability and exempt and qualifying insurance companies and contractual arrangements in the offshore financial services sector.
Year this Office was Established: 2002
Lawyers Worldwide: 26
Areas of Practice
The Long Arms of the Financial Services Commission – Its Powers Reaching Beyond the Regulated Entity
The Financial Services Commission (“FSC”) which was established on April 1, 2011 under the Financial Services Commission Act, 2010-21 (the “Act”) has been mandated to, amongst other things, supervise and regulate the operations of the financial services sector other than the banking services. This sector includes: (a) exempt insurance companies; (b) insurance companies; (c) pension plans; (d) securities and capital markets; (e) mutual funds; and (f) credit unions (these regulated entities together referred to as the “entities”)...