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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.

Turks & Caicos Islands Bar Association

Complaint Form

Information Sheet

The Turks & Caicos Islands Bar Council (“TCIBC”) is the regulatory body for the legal profession in the Turks & Caicos Islands (“TCI”). The TCIBC has authority to review the conduct and competence of attorneys practicing in the TCI, including attorneys in private practice, or employed in a private establishment in the islands, or employed as a law officer in the public service of the islands. The TCIBC can also review the conduct of an attorney outside practice of law if the conduct reflects badly on the legal profession.

 

We cannot help you with all of your concerns. For example the Turks & Caicos Bar Council is not able to assist in the following matters:

  • We cannot provide you with legal advice, you will need to refer your matter to an attorney.
  • We cannot intervene in, or change, the decision of a court.
  • We cannot intervene in or delve into merits of ongoing legal proceedings.
  • We cannot review complaints about Judges.
  • We cannot insist that an attorney take a case, remain on or withdraw from a case or do something specific in a case.
  • We cannot reduce your fees. If you believe the fees charged by your attorney were not reasonable please contact the Supreme Court Registrar. For more information please visit the TCI Bar Association website at tciba.tc.
  • We cannot pay you money or make an attorney pay you money because of an attorney’s mistake. If you believe an attorney has made a mistake concerning your matter you may wish to seek legal advice about your remedies.

If you have questions or concerns about your attorney’s conduct, a good first step is to talk to your attorney or another member of the attorney’s firm. Misunderstanding can arise because of a lack of communication. You may be able to resolve the matter by simply discussing your concerns. If you are unable to reach a resolution, or if you are concerned about an attorney other than your own, you may then wish to contact the TCIBC.

The TCIBC cannot guarantee the information that you or any other person has provided will remain confidential because:

  • The TCIBC will need to share some (or all) of the information and copies of documents received from you (and any other person) with the attorney complained about;
  • The TCIBC may at its discretion communicate with any third party who may have relevant information concerning the matter(s) raised in your complaint.

Complete and sign the Complaint Form then attach all documents that are relevant to your complaint. You should then send the completed form with copies of documents to:

The Secretary
Turks & Caicos Islands Bar Council
Turks & Caicos Islands

 

You should also scan and email the completed form and documents to secretary@tcibc.org

After receiving your complaint we will send you confirmation of receipt via email. Your complaint will then be reviewed and may be assigned to one of our staff attorneys who will keep you informed about the status of your complaint.

Please make sure you read the Information Sheet above before completing the below complaint form. If complaining about more than one Attorney, a separate form is required for each one.

  • 1
    About You
  • 2
    Regarding the Attorney You Are Complaining About
  • 3
    Your Complaint
  • 4
    Acknowledgement Signature

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