March 2018

LXP win the Annual STEP Moot

We are very proud of our LXP Moot Team who defeated Graham Thompson in the annual STEP Moot last week.

On Thursday, 22nd March, 2018, STEP Bahamas Branch in collaboration with the Commercial Financial Services Law Clinic of the Eugene Dupuch Law School held its annual Moot. The Moot Question conceived and prepared by Sean McWeeney QC, concerned the possible effects of the so-called “Two-Party Rule” where the sole trustee of two or more related trusts purports to contract solely with itself as trustee of the respective trusts.

Lennox Paton represented the Plaintiffs in this Moot and the defending champion, Graham Thompson, represented the Defendants. The moot competition was judged by three well-respected names in the trust industry: Brian Moree QC, John Delaney QC, and Earl Cash Ph. D. The Lennox Paton team was led by Chizelle Cargill who eloquently presented the submissions and stood up well under pressure by the judges. Chizelle was assisted by Valdere Murphy, a second year law student at EDLS, who gave reply arguments to the Defendant’s case, and Ainsa Hepburn another EDLS student. Litigation Associate Ra’Monne Gardiner assisted the team with research, and Partners Marco Turnquest, Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou and Lorris Ganpatsingh  served as the team’s advisors.

After a lengthy deliberation, the judges found in favour of Lennox Paton’s team and crowned LXP the champion of this year’s moot competition. The judges were extremely impressed with the outstanding oratory skills, submissions and rebuttal arguments put forth by the Lennox Paton team and commended Lennox Paton on presenting such a compelling argument.

We are extremely proud of all the team and look forward to defending our title at next year’s STEP Moot.

Some pictures from the event: