Trevor Patterson, the Senior Partner of the Firm, has practiced in Jamaica for more than 30 years within a wide range of commercial law areas including shipping, insurance, banking, telecommunications and taxation.
In recent years, Trevor has focused his practice in the areas of corporate finance, securities law, foreign direct investment and taxation. He has been the lead lawyer in several IPOs and in major take-over transactions involving both public and private companies.
LL.B. (Hons), LL.M.(University of London), J.D., LL.M. (Taxation) (University of Miami, School of Law); A.C.I.I. (Associate of the Chartered Institute of Insurance, Lond.)
Aircraft Finance (contributor): Sweet & Maxwell, London
Aircraft Liens & Detention Rights (contributor): Sweet & Maxwell, London.
Lynda Mair was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in 1979. She carried on a highly successful corporate/commercial law practice at one of the largest law firms in the English-speaking Caribbean before accepting the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel at one of the then largest private sector conglomerates in Jamaica with significant business interests in housing development, manufacturing and trading and financial services.
She has developed expertise in the areas of Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestments; Take-overs; Financial Instruments; Financial Sector Regulation; Unit Trusts; Loan Documentation; Securitisation Transactions; Capital Raising Issues (Private Placements, Rights and Bonus Share Issues, Debt, Executive Stock Option Plans and ESOPs); Company Secretarial work, Mass Housing Development and General Conveyancing (i.e. dispositions of property generally).
Practice Areas: Banking, Financial Services & Securities, Business/Commercial, Construction & Construction Financing, Corporate, Restructuring & Insolvency; Mergers & Aquisitions, Housing Development & Conveyances.
LL.B. (Hons)(University of the West Indies); Certificate of Legal Education Certificate of Merit, Norman Manley Law School.
Arthur Hamilton was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in 1982, the Ontario Bar in 2002 and the Cayman Islands Bar in 2003. He has carried on highly successful corporate/commercial law practices in each of the above mentioned jurisdictions.
Arthur has wide corporate/commercial law experience in mergers, take-overs, asset sales, financing transactions (conventional and structured), project finance transactions, banking documentation, construction agreements and construction financing arrangements, capital raising issues and conveyancing matters. He also has significant expertise in the drafting of a broad range of corporate/commercial documentation.
Arthur is also a Notary Public for Ontario (Canada) and Jamaica.
Practice Areas: Business/Commercial, Corporate, Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Services & Securities, Construction & Construction Financing
LL.B. (Hons)(University of the West Indies); Certificate of Legal Education, Norman Manley Law School
Sharon Neil Smith
Sharon was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in 1991 and has acquired a wide range of commercial law experience providing advice to different types of businesses across a gamut of industries in Jamaica.
Prior to joining the firm in 2005 she held legal and managerial positions with a statutory body and a large private sector conglomerate in Jamaica with substantial business interests in housing development, manufacturing, distribution and financial services. Her diverse corporate client base is testimony to the strength and depth of her commercial law knowledge.
Sharon has significant experience in the area of Employment Law, specifically: drafting employment related documentation, training management and supervisory staff. Preparing advice and drafting opinions on employment regulatory issues; termination and disciplinary matters, all employment related aspects of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and reorganizations as well as contentious employment matters supported by the Litigation Department.
Her other core practice areas include: Commercial Law; Real Estate, Estate Planning and Administration and Information Technology.
She is currently the Firm’s Managing Partner.
University of the West Indies – LL.B. (Hons). 1989
University College London – LL.M. (Merit) 1996;
Certificate of Legal Education Norman Manley Law School, 1991
Admission – Jamaican Bar in 1991
Jerome was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in 2003 and holds a LL.B (Hons), from the University of the West Indies. He previously practiced with a major Kingston law firm before joining the Attorney General’s Chambers as Acting Crown Counsel in the Litigation Department. He joined the Firm in 2008 and now heads the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Department.
Jerome has considerable experience in relation to commercial litigation matters and dispute resolution processes and appears as advocate or as instructing attorney, in each case before the Jamaican courts or mediators
Practice Areas: Corporate and Commercial Litigation.
LL.B. (Hons.)(UWI) .
Andrea maintains a diversified corporate and commercial practice with emphasis on financing transactions (traditional lending, public offers of securities and stock exchange listings, and private placements) and regulated services inclusive of securities, other investment products and insurance.
Andrea is a technical advisor to the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) on new product offerings, including the Junior Market trading platform which was established in April 2009. She has advised over 20 companies on their initial public offers and admission to the junior and main markets, and advised listed issuers on further fundraising’s conducted on the market and elsewhere.
Prior to joining the firm, Andrea gained practical experience working in London, England, for two leading firms. Thereafter she worked as a regulator for the London Stock Exchange’s official list and in the General Counsel’s Division of the UK Financial Services Authority where she specialized in financial services inclusive of insurance and re-insurance, banking, securities and their regulation.
Andrea was first admitted to practice as a Solicitor in the United Kingdom in 2000 and in 2008 she moved to Jamaica, re-qualified as an Attorney-at-Law and joined the firm. She was appointed Partner in 2011. Andrea holds a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College, University of Toronto as well as an LL.B (First Class), from the University of Kent, Canterbury, England where she received the Sweet & Maxwell Clive M. Schmitthoff Commercial Law Prize and a Faculty Award for the highest achievement in law examinations.
Andrea has contributed to the UK Financial Services Authority Handbook, Conduct of Business Sourcebook, Permitted Links (rules for linked long term life insurance business) and to Halsbury’s Laws of England and Wales, Admiralty Volume, Civil Procedure (edited by E.J.D. Hill)(contributor).
Practice Areas: Banking, Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Services & Securities, Capital Markets, Insurance, Commercial / Business Restructuring.
B.A. Economics (Hons), Trinity College, University of Toronto; LL.B ( Hons), University of Kent.
Kimberly was admitted to practice in Jamaica in December 2010. She holds a LL.B (Hons) from the University of the West Indies (2010) and is a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School
Since joining the firm in August 2010, Kimberly has been involved in a variety of corporate/commercial matters and has worked with most of the partners of the firm for scheduled practice rotations. She has assisted Andrea Kinach with several IPOs and listings on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange. Her current practice concentration is in financial services working with Arthur Hamilton in relation to conventional and structured financial arrangements, but her work extends to corporate/commercial law matters generally.
Practice Areas: General Corporate Commercial
LL.B. (Hons)(UWI); Certificate of Legal Education, Norman Manley Law School.
Roumelia was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in 2010. She holds a LL.M in Corporate/Commercial Law (with distinction) from Queen Mary, University of London and an LL.B (Hons) from the University of the West Indies. She is also a Graduate of the Norman Manley Law School where she was admitted on the Principal’s Honour Roll and was awarded several prizes for excellence in various subject areas.
Since joining the firm in June 2011, Roumelia has worked on a number of corporate/commercial transactions, with Trevor Patterson.
Practice Areas: Corporate and Commercial Law
LL.B. (Hons.) (U.W.I.), Certificate of Legal Education, Norman Manley Law School
Damien DaCosta joined the firm following his admission to the Jamaica Bar in December 2012. He holds a B.Sc. (Physics) (Hons) and an LL.B (Hons) (First Class) both granted by the University of the West Indies, in 2001 and 2010 respectively. He is also a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School where he distinguished himself by admission to the Principal’s Honour Roll.
Since joining the firm, Damien’s practice has been in the areas of Corporate and Commercial Law, working in relation to significant commercial law matters, with Trevor Patterson
Practice Areas: Corporate and Commercial Law
Mr. Patterson holds a B.A. degree in Economics and International Relations from Cornell University, LLB (First Class Honours) from the University of London and M.Sc. (Oxon) in Tax Law & Finance, awarded jointly by Oxford University and the Saiid Business School.
He was called to the English Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 2013 and to the Jamaican Bar on July 24, 2014 after being awarded the Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School.
Mr. Patterson’s practice will focus on corporate finance and taxation.
Jan was admitted to practice in Jamaica in December 2014. She holds a B.Sc. (Management Studies) (Hons) and a LL.B. (Hons), each granted by the University of the West Indies. She is also a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School.
Jan began her career as a Legal Officer for the Land Titles Division of the National Land Agency. She has been a presenter at several National Land Agency’s Land Registration and Conveyancing Workshops. Her practice focuses on Commercial and Conveyancing matters under the guidance of our Partner, Lynda Mair.
Practice Areas: Commercial and Conveyancing
Stephan was called to the Jamaican Bar in July 2016. He holds a LL.B. (Hons) granted by the University of the West Indies and is a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School. He also holds an MBA degree (with distinction) granted by the IPAG Business School in France, where he was the recipient of the International Student’s Scholarship in 2014. Stephan interned at several United Nations organisations in Geneva, Switzerland before returning to Jamaica and joining the firm in May 2017.
Stephan’s practice focuses on Corporate and Commercial Law and he currently supports our Partner Andrea Kinach with private and public offerings of debt and equity, mergers and acquisitions, business restructuring, and corporate governance matters.
Practice Areas: General Corporate and Commercial
Vanessa was admitted to practice in 2015 and holds a BSc. (Hons) in Political Science, an LL.B. (Hons) granted by the University of the West Indies and a graduate of Norman Manley Law School.
Vanessa began her career as an Assistant Crown Counsel in the Litigation Department at the Attorney General’s Chambers before joining the firm in January 2017. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation and dispute resolution. She is a part of our Litigation Team, reporting to our Litigation Partner, Jerome Spencer.
Practice Areas: Commercial Litigation.
Kimberley was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in 2017 and holds an LL.B (Hons.) degree from the University of the West Indies. She is also a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School where she gained recognition on the Principal’s Honour Roll and was awarded several prizes for excellence in various subject(s) as well as for her involvement in law school activities.
Kimberley’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and dispute resolution. She is an associate within the firm’s Litigation Team, reporting to our Litigation Partner, Mr. Jerome Spencer.
Practice Areas: Commercial Litigation
LL.B. (Hons.) (U.W.I.), Certificate of Legal Education (2017), Norman Manley Law School (2017)