Bar Council of the Turks and Caicos Islands
Bar Council of the Turks and Caicos Islands
The work of the

Turks and Caicos Islands Bar Council

The functions of the Bar Council are:

  • To maintain the honour and independence of the Bar Association.

  • To promote and encourage proper standards of practice and conduct among members of the Bar Association.

  • To promote and encourage the development and dissemination of legal learning, education and training.

  • To encourage the improvement of the administration of justice and procedure.

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The Bar Council is entitled to levy an annual fee on members of the Bar Association for the purposes of covering expenses properly incurred by the Bar Council in discharging its functions.

The Bar Council is responsible for receiving complaints of professional misconduct from any person made in respect of the conduct of an attorney. Please see our page regarding making a complaint.

The Legal Profession Ordinance

The Legal Profession Ordinance CAP 2.10 is the statutory framework of the Bar Association and the Bar Council, including qualification for admission to, and regulation and discipline of, the legal profession in the Turks and Caicos Islands. A copy of the Legal Profession Ordinance may be downloaded here: 

Membership of the

Bar Council

The Bar Council consists of five members, including an elected President and Vice-President. Three of the members of the Council are required to be Turks and Caicos Islanders who have been in legal practice in the Islands for not less than two years. One member of the Council is required to have been in practice in the Islands for not less than seven years and one member is appointed by the Attorney General from among members of the Bar Association who are Crown Officers holding legal appointments in the public service of the Islands.

Meetings of the Bar Council are presided over by the President or the Vice-President or (in their absence) some other member. The quorum of the Council is three members.

The current members of the Bar Council are:

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Oreika Selver

President

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).

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Sarah Knight

Vice President

Sarah Knight

Sarah Knight is a graduate of the University of Leicester and was admitted to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1998. Her practice area is primarily in real estate and development and she is a Partner at Misick & Stanbrook.

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David Cadman

Member

David Cadman

David is a graduate of Durham University. After graduation, David worked for the Inner London Magistrates’ Courts Service and acted as a legal advisor to magistrates at Bow Street, Marlborough Street and Horseferry Road Magistrates’ Courts.

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Jerwina Taylor

Member

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.

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Desiree Downes

AG APPOINTED MEMBER

Desiree Downes

Desiree Downes 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.

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Louise Malcolm

BAR COUNCIL TREASURER

Louise Malcolm

Louise is a Turks and Caicos Islander and has been an Associate with Miller Simons O’Sullivan since 2007. After graduating from Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 2003 with a degree in Political Science and French

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Kerchelle E. Bain

SECRETARY OF THE BAR COUNCIL

Kerchelle E. Bain

Kerchelle E. Bain is a graduate of BPP University London and is a practicing Attorney of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Her areas of practice are mainly litigation, family, commercial and probate. She currently serves as Secretary to the TCI Bar Council and also to the TCI Junior Bar Committee.

Past Presidents of the Bar Council

The following Queen’s Counsel and attorneys have served as President of the Bar Council:

Ariel Misick QC OBE
Conrad Griffiths QC
Richard Savory QC
Clayton Greene
Sarah Knight
George Missick
Bianca Harvey
Jonathan Katan

Desiree Downes 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. Ms. Downes began her legal career in the Attorney General’s Chambers, Guyana as State Counsel. She also served for a brief period in the Attorney General’s Chambers, Bahamas as Senior Legislative Drafter.

Ms. Downes holds a Degree in Public Management obtained in 1994 from the University of Guyana, Guyana; a Bachelor of Laws Degree obtained in 1997 from the University of Guyana, Guyana; a Legal Education Certificate obtained in 1999 from the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad and Tobago.

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.

Sarah Knight is a graduate of the University of Leicester and was admitted to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1998.Her practice area is primarily in real estate and development and she is a Partner at Misick & Stanbrook.

Sarah has served in various capacities on the Bar Council for most of her career starting as the Secretary and working up to the President. She is currently the Vice President and a sitting member of the Council’s Legislative Committee.

David is a graduate of Durham University. After graduation, David worked for the Inner London Magistrates’ Courts Service and acted as a legal advisor to magistrates at Bow Street, Marlborough Street and Horseferry Road Magistrates’ Courts. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1996 where he was a Lincoln’s Inn Scholar. He undertook pupillage at Goldsmith Chambers and Bridewell Chambers. He became a tenant at the Goldsmith Chambers in 1997.

In 2003 he accepted an invitation to join the Chambers of Peter Collier QC (subsequently Sovereign Chambers, now Park Square Barristers). David practiced at the Bar in England for 15 years. In 2005 he was admitted as an attorney in Turks and Caicos. In 2012 David co-founded Griffiths & Partners with Conrad Griffiths QC, where he is a partner. He practices in commercial litigation.

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.

Louise is a Turks and Caicos Islander and has been an Associate with Miller Simons O'Sullivan since 2007. After graduating from Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 2003 with a degree in Political Science and French, Louise obtained her Law Degree in 2006 at the University of Bristol in Bristol, England and subsequently completed the Legal Practice Course at University of the West of England, Bristol.

Louise was called to the Bar in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) in 2008. In 2009 Louise was admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

Louise is a member of both the TCI Bar Association and the Law Society of England and Wales. Louise was previously an ad hoc member of the Labour Tribunal in the TCI from 2010 until 2016. Louise has also held the position of Treasurer of the Bar Council of the TCI since 2009.

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.