November 2019

Lennox Paton ranked as Top Tier Firm in The Legal 500 Caribbean

The Legal 500 Caribbean (2020) has been published and we are very pleased to announce that Lennox Paton have entered the table once again as a Top Tier Firm.

We are delighted that our rankings have increased this year to include an additional 4 lawyers from the Nassau office, as well as a new firm ranking for our team in the British Virgin Islands. 

Well done to all the teams and our ranked lawyers who cover all our key practice areas:  Brian Simms QC, Michael Paton, David Johnstone, Metta MacMillan-Hughes, Marco Turnquest, Scott Cruickshank, Christopher Jenkins, Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou, Michelle Neville-Clarke, Castino Sands, Dr David Hayton and Dwayne Whylly.

The full write up can be seen below

Lennox Paton ‘stands out as one of the leading firms in the legal market. The law firm has unswerving dedication and commitment, top-notch lawyers and the ability to stay a step ahead of the other side‘.

The firm’s financial services department advises financial institutions on banking and trust matters in the Bahamas, while the real estate and resort development group is widely respected for its advice on the acquisition, project financing and planning of large, integrated mixed-use resort and residential developments. The group also has considerable experience in FDIs, fractional and condo-hotel structures, and timeshares.

The litigation department handles commercial litigation involving trust, banking and insurance matters, insolvency and asset tracing issues, property work, shareholder disputes, and director liability and company law. As ‘standout practitioner in the Bahamas‘, Brian Simms QC leads the litigation and insolvency and restructuring teams and is highly rated for complex commercial disputes, David Johnstone heads up the real estate, resort development and private client groups, and Michael Paton leads the firm’s corporate and commercial, investment funds and banking and finance departments.

Other highly regarded litigators include Metta MacMillan-HughesSophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou, Marco Turnquest and Christopher Jenkins, while Michelle Neville-Clarke and Castino Sands are key advisers for transactional matters. Corporate and financing expert Dwayne Whylly is the senior associate to note, and the Nassau office was ‘greatly strengthened‘ in 2019 by the addition of consultant Dr David Hayton, following his retirement from the Caribbean Court of Justice.


The team is praised for having a very strong focus on delivering pragmatic, business-oriented solutions for its clients’ needs‘.

Lennox Paton has longstanding experience advising financial institutions on banking and trust matters in the Bahamas‘.

The corporate team provides straightforward and fast answers, and delivers a great overall work product‘.

The law firm dominates the litigation scene and is invariably involved in all the major cases in the jurisdiction‘.

Quietly efficient and knowledgeable in the residential property sector‘.

It stands out for its strong client focus, responsive and adaptable lawyers, and for being fully committed and involved with its clients and their needs‘.

Michael Paton is one of the most renowned lawyers in the Bahamas and very responsive, practical, knowledgeable and personable’.

Brain Simms QC is a go-to lawyer for any serious dispute‘.

Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou does an excellent job; she is highly recommended for being extremely professional, efficient and experienced. Working with Sophia is like working with some of the top firms in London‘.

Marco Turnquest is a top-class commercial litigator who is renowned for his strategic thinking and creativity, and he has considerable experience in commercial fraud‘.

Christopher Jenkins is always available and responsive‘.

Senior associate Dwayne Whylly is ‘knowledgeable and technically excellent‘.