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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.

The work of the

The Bar Association

The Bar Association is the association of the single profession of lawyers in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Every person admitted as an attorney under the Legal Profession Ordinance CAP 2.10 (other than a person admitted by the Chief Justice for limited admission) shall be a member of the Bar Association (s.15(2) Legal Profession Ordinance CAP 2.10). Every member of the Bar Association who ceases to be enrolled shall thereupon cease to be a member of the Bar Association.

The Bar Association meets annually for its Annual General Meeting for the purpose of considering issues affecting the legal profession and legal practice in the Islands, including proposed legislative changes. The Bar Association also elects a President, a Vice-President and members of the Bar Council at its Annual General Meeting.

Legal Aid Work

The Legal Aid Rules made by the Chief Justice of the Turks and Caicos Islands pursuant to Section 16(2)(g) of the Supreme Court Ordinance CAP 2.02 came into effect on 1st June 1999. The Legal Aid Rules provide for the provision of legal representationat public expense of persons committed for trial before the Supreme Court on criminal charges, subject to financial means.

The Legal Aid Rules provide for representation by any attorney of the accused’s choice or for the Registrar of the Supreme Court to assign any attorney willing to represent the applicant. The Bar Council is committed to maintaining legal aid with reasonable renumeration for attorneys undertaking legal aid cases and the rights of an accused to be represented by an attorney of their choice. The House of Assembly of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the executive branch of government have a Constitutional obligation to ensure that adequate funds are provided to support the judicial administration in the Islands(s. 83(2) of the Constitution). The Bar Council is committed to ensuring that government continues to meet that Constitutional obligation.

Pro Bono Work

The Bar Council is committed to encouraging members of the Bar Association in their undertaking pro bono cases for the assistance and representation of those who are unable due to means otherwise to obtain legal advice or legal representation in court proceedings in addition to those matters covered by Legal Aid.

Roll of Attorneys

The Registrar of the Supreme Court of the Turks and Caicos Islands has a statutory duty to keep a register of attorneys in which is entered the name of every person admitted to practice as an attorney. The Roll of Attorneys may be inspected by any person during office hours.

Below is a list (in alphabetical order) of those attorneys whose names appear in the Roll of Attorneys who currently hold a practice certificate issued by the Registrar of the Supreme Court and who are in good standing with the Bar Council.

Below is a list (in alphabetical order) of those attorneys whose names appear in the Roll of Attorneys who currently hold a practice certificate issued by the Registrar of the Supreme Court.

The Code of Professional Conduct

The Code of Professional Conduct is made pursuant to Section 16(5) of the Legal Profession Ordinance CAP 2.10. The Code imposes professional duties on every attorney:

  • to comply with the provisions of the Code;
  • not to engage in conduct (whether in pursuit of the attorney’s profession or otherwise) which is dishonest or which may otherwise bring the profession of an attorney into disrepute, or which is prejudicial to the administration of justice;
  • to observe the ethics and etiquette of the attorney’s profession; and
    to be competent, diligent and efficient in all the attorney’s professional activities.

An attorney has a duty under the Code to uphold the interest of the attorney’s client without regard to the attorney’s own interest or to any consequence to the attorney or to other persons, subject always to the attorney’s duty to the court and to the law.

A copy of the Code of Professional Conduct may be downloaded here:

Committees of the

Bar Association

Legislative Review Committee

The Bar Council is committed to its statutory duty to encourage the improvement of the administration of justice and the independence of the Bar Association. Proper consultation on the part of Government in the formulation of laws is essential in a democratic society and the Bar Council and the Bar Association have an important role in informed debate regarding legislative changes in the Islands.

The Bar Council fulfils an important function in the public interest as an independent statutory body assisting the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the formulation and implementation of laws in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

In recent years the Legislative Review Committee of the Bar Association has made a major contribution to the formulation and drafting of legislation including the Companies Ordinance 2017 and the Insolvency Ordinance 2017.

TCI Junior Bar Committee

With effect from 30th June 2018, this new committee of junior attorneys is intended to assist newly qualified professionals to become acquainted with the legal environment in the Turks and Caicos Islands in their early practice and to assist them in their transition from academic student, paralegal or other non-legal occupation, to practising attorney.

It is also hoped that the Junior Bar Committee will become the conduit for training opportunities in core areas of practice in the Turks and Caicos Islands and to promote awareness about legal issues affecting Turks and Caicos in an informal social context. Through the Committee, it is hoped that there will be a platform for the opinions, ideas and concerns of the junior members of the profession to be communicated to and heard by the Bar Association.