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Shantae Francis

I am currently the Treasurer of the TCI Bar Association. I am a graduate of the University of Leeds where I obtained a Bachelors of Laws LLB (Hons.) I have also attended BPP University where I received a Postgraduate Diploma in the Bar Professional Training Course. I am also an accredited Civil - Commercial Mediator which I obtained from ADR-ODR International. I am also currently completing a Master’s Degree in Law with Business.

I am member of Lincoln’s Inn and was called to the bar in England and Wales in 2017 and in Turks and Caicos Islands in 2019.

SELVYN HAWKINS

Selvyn Hawkins is a proud Turks and Caicos Islander. He possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science (International/Comparative Government) from Savannah State University; an LLB (Hons) from the University of Buckingham; a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice from the City Law School (London); a Masters in International Law (MIL) from the University of Sydney, Australia (focus on Int. Human Rights/ Int. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution / Law, Justice and Development); and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Alphacrucis College via Hillsong College (Australia). He is currently converting his Master of Arts degree to a Master of Divinity (MDiv) with Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, with specific focus on church planting and growth, missiology, black and contemporary theology. He is also a certified Court Assisted Mediator, trained as such by the University of West Indies.

Selvyn is called to the Bar of England and Wales as a Barrister by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and is admitted to the Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands as an attorney-at Law. He currently serves as President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Bar Council, Deputy Chairman for the Board of Governors for the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, and Chairman for the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority.

Tremmaine Harvey

Tremmaine is an attorney   with 15 years of experience in the areas of corporate and commercial law, real estate l aw, tourism and resort development, and banking and finance. She advises clients on all aspects of corporate and commercial law, business structure and investments, draft contracts and various legal documents. She acts for  clients in high value  land transactions and have been involved  in tourism  development projects  from  the idea phase to construction to completion, obtaining requisite operational licenses to completion, sales and  ongoing  daily  management  legal  advice.  She has been engaged  as counsel  to  various commercial   banks  throughout  her  practice  in  drafting  securitization   documents,  leading foreclosure and recovery proceedings and providing legal advice.  She believes in providing clients with superior service and have earned a reputation for efficiency which manifests in repeat and new clients. Tremmaine has served in various leadership capacities including Chair of the 2012 Electoral Boundaries Commission, Deputy Chairman of the Invest TC Agency (2015-2018), Commissioner of the Turks and Caicos Islands Integrity Commission (2019-present), current Chair of the Turks and Caicos Islands Medical and Dentistry Professions Council and current member of the Turks and Caicos Bar Council.

KERCHELLE E. BAIN

Kerchelle E. Bain is a practising Attorney and Certified Mediator in the Turks and Caicos Islands. She has experience in a variety of practice areas but currently focuses on Family, Property and Dispute Resolution matters. She was appointed Secretary to the Bar Council in 2018 where she served until her election to member in April 2021.

DESIREE DOWNES

Desiree Downes hails from Guyana. She is an Attorney-at-Law called to the Guyana Bar on 22 October 1999.

Ms. Downes holds a Degree in Public Management and av Bachelor of Laws Degree, both obtained from the University of Guyana, Guyana; a Legal Education Certificate obtained from the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad and Tobago; and a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Drafting Legislation, Regulation and Policy from the University of London, School of Advanced Study (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies), United Kingdom.

Desiree is the Principal Legislative Drafter in the Attorney General’s Chambers, Turks and Caicos Islands, where she bears responsibility for the work of the Legislative Drafting Division. She began her legal career in the Attorney General’s Chambers, Guyana as State Counsel in 1999. She also served as Senior Legislative Drafter for a brief period in the Attorney General’s Chambers, Bahamas. In 2013 Desiree received an honorary MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) award from Her Majesty the Queen for her services to legislative drafting in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

She is a Caribbean Financial Action Task Force trained anti-money laundering and prevention of the financing of terrorism assessor.

Ms. Downes serves as the Attorney General’s representative on the Bar Council.

JERWINA TAYLOR

Jerwina Taylor is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University,where she obtained her law degree (LLB Hons) in 2012. She was admitted to the Turks and Caicos Bar as an Attorney in 2014. Jerwina is an Associate at Karam & Missick Attorneys, where her principal areas of practice include debt recovery, personal injury, employment, family and probate. She is an elected member of the TCI Bar Council for the term 2018/ 19. Jerwina also serves as Chair of the TCI Junior Bar Committee.

OREIKA SELVER, LL. B (HONS.)

Oreika Selver, LL. B (Hons.), qualified Barrister & Attorney-at-Law, Member of Middle Temple Inns of Court (2007); Admitted to the Bar of England & Wales (2008) and the Turks & Caicos Bar (2009).From 2011 – 2016 she was engaged as a criminal trial attorney, appearing before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal with the Director of Public Prosecutions; Ms. Selver has had regular speaking engagements at local high schools and she has lectured at the TCI Community College in Hospitality and Intellectual Property Law. Ms. Selver is currently In-house Counsel/Legal & Compliance Officer at the Invest Turks and Caicos Agency – an investment promotion agency, that is responsible for inward and local investment to the Islands.

In 2017/2018 Ms. Selver served as Acting Deputy Magistrate in the Turks and Caicos Islands and has been a member of the TCI Bar Council from 2012 – 2018. Ms. Selver was elected as President of the TCI Bar Council on 17th March 2018.

TCI BAR ASSOCIATION

BURSARY FUND

The TCI Bar Association wishes to assist students currently enrolled in legal programs in the Caribbean or the United Kingdom by creating a Bursary Fund. All interested applicants are asked to download and complete the application form posted below. Please then submit the completed form to the Secretary of the Bar Association before the beginning of each academic year. Each application will be reviewed and assessed individually. For further information about the Bursary Fund, please contact the Secretary – secretary@tcibc.org.

All successful applicants will receive a portion of the allotted funds. Please note that in order for selected applicants to remain eligible for assistance, applications must be made each year of the academic program.

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application form!

STUDENT BURSARY GRANT

Application Form

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I declare that the above particulars are true in all respects and that it is my intention to practise law at the Turks and Caicos Islands Bar upon the completion of my stated course.

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Student Bursary Grant Policy

The TCIBA Bursary Grant is a monetary award offered to students who are Turks and Caicos Islanders enrolled in full-time legal education at tertiary level.  The student’s programme of study must lead to a qualifying law degree permitting the student to further enroll onto a vocational law program geared towards the practice of law in accordance with section 5(1)(a) of the Legal Profession Ordinance.

For students applying for the bursary grant at undergraduate level and some postgraduate courses such as the Graduate Diploma in Law Conversion Course, the applicant should demonstrate an intention to progress onto the vocational study of law thereafter.  For example, students enrolled in the United Kingdom may progress from a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) to  a course approved by the Bar Standards Board for the training of Barristers or the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for Solicitors.  For the purposes of the bursary grant a student reading for a Master’s Degree in Law (LLM) without an intention to complete a vocational course simultaneously or immediately thereafter will not be eligible to receive the bursary grant.

For students applying at the vocational level, the applicant should demonstrate an intention to return to the Turks and Caicos Islands and commence training upon successful completion of their chosen course.

Applicants need only complete the TCIBA bursary form and submit together with the requisite supporting documents within the application time period to be considered for the bursary grant.  Successful applicants will be notified by email and the bursary grant will be paid via wire transfer.

The bursary grant can either be applied to a student’s tuition or accommodation costs.  The bursary grant is paid directly to the student’s university (or course provider) or their housing agent (or landlord).  It is the responsibility of the Student to provide the Bar Council with the correct wiring instructions and reference prior to payment being made.


Payment information should be sent by the student to the Bar Council promptly upon notice that his/her application has been successful.

Applications for the bursary grant can be submitted to the Bar Council Secretary from 1st April to 15th August each year.  Applications may be submitted via email or in hard-copy to the Bar Council’s office address.

Hard-copy forms are available for collection from the Council’s office or an e-form may be requested via email by a request made to secretary@tcibc.org.


Applications must be fully completed and submitted with all supporting documents.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application period closes on the 15th day of August each year and the Bar Council will only consider complete applications during the period 16 – 30 August.  Successful applicants will be notified and payments arranged within the first week of September.

Successful applicants will be notified via email from the Secretary that they are a recipient of the bursary grant and of the amount which they will be paid.  The Treasurer will further contact the Applicant to request information for payment.  The applicant should ensure this information is promptly sent to the Bar Council’s Treasurer with copy to the Secretary.


Payments to successful applicants will usually be made within the first week of September of each year.

The bursary grants are capped at 1 award per student per undergraduate qualification (or law conversion course which makes the student eligible to enroll onto a vocational law course) and 1 award per student per post-graduate/vocational qualification (i.e. BPTC or LPC or its equivalent).


Therefore throughout the course of their academics a student may be eligible for maximum two bursaries.

The bursary grants are capped at a maximum of Two Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars (USD$2,500) per award.  The precise amount will be determined during the consideration of an application.

The Bar Council budgets some Twelve Thousand United States Dollars (USD$12,000) for bursary grants per annum.

There may be instances where this amount may need to be reduced or increased accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

The TCIBA Bursary Grant is a monetary award offered to Turks and Caicos Islander students in full-time legal education at tertiary level. The student’s programme of study must lead to a qualifying law degree permitting the student to further enrol onto a vocational law program or be enrolled in such a vocational programme, leading to a qualification under section 5(1)(a)(i)-(iii) of the Legal Profession Ordinance (i.e. a programme geared towards the practice of law).

If you are a:

  • Turks and Caicos Islander; and
  • In full-time legal education (undergraduate or postgraduate qualification*)
    Feel free to submit a completed form together with the supporting documents.
*For the purposes of the bursary grant a student reading for a Master’s Degree in Law (LLM) without an intention to complete a vocational course simultaneously or immediately thereafter will not be eligible to receive the bursary
grant.

Application period runs from 1st April to 15th August each year.

If you are a successful applicant you will be contacted after 30th August of the respective application cycle requesting your payment information. Payments are usually made within the first week of September.

The bursary is paid directly to your university/course provider or to your landlord/housing agency.

If you received the bursary grant during the course of your undergraduate law program, you may be eligible to apply for an additional bursary grant during your post-graduate law program.