July 2021

Lennox Paton ranked top in Chambers High Net Worth

Lennox Paton maintains its top ranking in the latest Chambers High Net Worth Guide (2021). The firm’s Offshore Trusts practice received a Band 1 ranking, the highest recognition bestowed by the publication, and 4 partners have been named in the guide. Marco Turnquest joins Brian Simms QC, Michael Paton and Arthur Seligman in this year’s rankings table.

The Offshore Trusts rankings table identifies the leading professional advisers to the Private Wealth market in Bahamas.

Lennox Paton also contributed an in-depth practice area overview for High Net Worth guide. You can view the overview here: BAHAMAS: An Introduction to Offshore Trusts.

Chambers Review:

Lennox Paton has a deep bench of highly experienced lawyers who advise on contentious and non-contentious trust matters for clients such as high net worth individuals, family offices, trust companies and other institutional clients.

One market commentator says: “The team is highly competent. There is a wide range of subject matter experts in the firm.” An industry source comments: “They provide a very good quality of service to clients, I really enjoy working with them.” Another source is impressed by the firm’s group of attorneys, saying: “They are reachable, responsive and practical in their approach, and they all demonstrate very good expertise in their practice area.”

Notable practitioners:

Senior partner Brian Simms QC is “brilliant and one of the top-dog litigators on the island,” according to one market commentator. Simms has extensive experience in all aspects of Bahamian trust law, with a noted ability in major trust litigation. Another source says: “He is very capable, very creative and very good technically.” 

Michael Paton advises high net worth individuals, trust companies and other institutional clients on a wide range of non-contentious trust matters, including the establishment, administration and restructuring of trusts. A lawyer states: “If you are talking about trusts, Michael has a very good reputation locally. He speaks the lingo.” An adviser notes that Paton is “very knowledgeable on the funds side.” 

Arthur Seligman leads the trusts and foundations team and advises individual and institutional clients on contentious and non-contentious trust and probate matters. An industry source says Seligman “has an excellent knowledge of his craft. He is very easy-going and I can always reach out to him with whatever question I have.” 

Commercial litigator Marco Turnquest has in-depth expertise in advising beneficiaries and trustees in high-value trust disputes. An interviewee says: “He has been very practical in trust litigation matters.”