July 2018

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

The new Chambers HNW Guide 2018 has now been published and we are delighted at this year’s rankings.  In particular, Arthur Seligman enters the table for the first time this year in listed in Band 2 for Offshore Trusts.

The full write up for Lennox Paton is shown below, and you can view the full listings for The Bahamas online here: https://www.chambersandpartners.com/26/1476/editorial/21/1



Lennox Paton is well regarded in the Bahamian market, with sources describing it as an “important firm, involved in a lot of trust litigation,” and a “well-run, slick, professional outfit.” The firm’s trust and foundations group advises individuals and institutions on a wide range of trust matters and assists with complex estate planning.

The firm also has a reputation for its international capability, with one local client reporting: “Their knowledge goes beyond our jurisdiction.” The team works with clients from Europe, Latin America, the USA and the Far East. Clients say: “They are extremely professional, responsive and proactive in dealing with clients’ issues.”

Ranked Lawyers (Band 1)

Michael Paton advises individuals and trust companies on all areas of trusts law. “He is very competent, experienced, available and to-the-point,” says a market insider; “he gets things done and is very enjoyable to work with.” One source notes that “he is very good on investments,” explaining: “He has been actively involved in improving the investment funds law. He is a man of considerable experience. He has very good clients and is technically gifted.”

Brian Simms QC is “the best litigation lawyer in the Bahamas,” states one interviewee, explaining: “He prepares well and is excellent in court.” Another adds: “He really understands clients’ objectives, he is very familiar with the legal framework and is very good at marrying the two skills of client handling and legal expertise.” A legal market source comments: “I have been very impressed by the extent of his knowledge and the thorough preparation he has put in. He get his point across well and ensures he gets to the heart of the matter.” Peers further describe him as “focused, tenacious, and an all-around great lawyer.”

Ranked Lawyers (Band 2)

Arthur Seligman heads the firm’s trusts and foundation group. He advises local and international clients on a wide range of non-contentious and contentious trust matters. A source enthuses: “Mr Seligman is outstanding in all aspects of his representation of clients. He is smart, insightful, experienced, diligent and very professional.” Another interviewee says: “He is a pleasure to work with, very responsive, and knowledgeable.”