To contain the spread of COVID-19, the Office of the Prime Minister of The Bahamas (“the Competent Authority”) has extended the state of public emergency to the 31st May, 2020. New regulations have been introduced to minimize spread of the virus while allowing for a phased re-opening of the economy. This update summarizes those measures to date. Suspension of Filing Obligations – During the state of public emergency and for an additional 30 days after, the obligation to make filings with a government agency or regulatory authority has been suspended...
GrahamThompson (GT) prides itself on its unique combination of expert legal skills and real-world experience in working out effective solutions to complex problems. With 70 years of continuous history and a first-rate balance between seasoned practitioners and dynamic young lawyers, GT is excellence-driven in every way.
Producing and sustaining clientele drawn locally and from across five continents is the focal point of the Firm's efforts. Integrity, hard work, understanding the "bigger picture" that frames the specific legal needs of clients, creativity, rigorous ethical restraint in the charging of fees, and uncompromising loyalty to the client, are key ingredients of the GT ethos.
The Firm, well known as the largest commercial law firm in the Bahamas, has successfully expanded from its main downtown Nassau location in recent years to better serve its broad range of corporate and private clients. In 2000, the Freeport, Grand Bahama office was opened, followed by the launching of licensed affiliate GTC Corporate Services in 2001, and the Lyford Cay, New Providence office in 2011. In December 2012, GT expanded to Providenciales, in The Turks and Caicos Islands, where it already enjoys a reputation as one of the leading firms for civil and commercial litigation, and more recently, for transactional real estate matters.
The Firm has an enviable reputation both domestically and globally in a variety of important legal disciplines. Our attorneys are sought after by leaders in the real property, resort development, banking and capital markets, and Domestic tax and Regulatory sectors. We are highly regarded for our expertise in trust and estate planning, commercial matters, civil litigation, family law, securitization, employment and immigration matters.
The Firm is consistently ranked a tier one law firm by the leading international ratings publications, including CHAMBERS AND PARTNERS, IFLR 1000, and CITY WEALTH LEADERS LIST, among others.
Unique among law firms, GT has all through the years made notable contributions to high public service. GTï¿½s former Partners have played critical roles in the Bahamasï¿½ judiciary including three of the nation's past Attorneys-General, the former Chief Justice, several Justices of the Bahamas Supreme Court, and Court of Appeal, and the Chairman of the Judicial Review Commission. Other Partners have served the Bahamas government as Senators, a Minister of Labour & Housing, a Gaming Board Chairman, a Water & Sewerage Corporation Chairman, a Broadcasting Corporation Chairman, and the Vice-Chair of the College of The Bahamas. Presently, our Partners serve as Chairman of the National Insurance Appeals Tribunal, Deputy Chair of the National Health Insurance Authority and as Directors of the Central Bank of The Bahamas and the National Insurance Board. This record of service to successive governments and the judiciary is wholly without parallel in the history of the legal profession of the Bahamas.
Year this Office was Established: 1950
Lawyers Worldwide: 38
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Estate Planning Vehicles for Vulnerable Clients
There is no statutory definition or guideline as to who ‘vulnerable clients’ are. As such, for our purposes, vulnerable clients can include (but are not limited to): The elderly (persons over the age of 65). Children (persons under the age of 18). Individuals who are incapacitated. Individuals at risk of physical harm (e.g. in domestic violence scenarios). Pregnant women. Individuals with mental or physical disabilities. Individuals with significant health issues (including those with terminal illnesses). Individuals who are illiterate. Individuals with cultural or language barriers...
Burrows Authors "Doing Business in" The Bahamas Global Practice Guide
Graham Thompson Partner Theo Burrows provides a comprehensive review of the "Law and Practice" of Doing Business in The Bahamas. The writing appears in the 2019 Chambers Global Practice Guide for doing business in countries and territories around the world. The guide provides an overview of the country's legal system, and delves into key areas related to conducting business and investments in The Bahamas...