Bachelor of Laws
Michelle joined the team at Daniel Brantley as an Associate in September, 2015 and practices in both areas of civil litigation and general corporate and commercial transactional matters.
She has a client base which includes international banks, corporations, liquidators, high net-worth individuals, trustees, and governments entities. She advises on matters involving various high end real estate transactions and international hotel developments with values up to US$20 million. She has experience in matters ranging from winding up and dissolution of offshore Companies including the appointment of receivers and liquidators some involving companies alleged to have been used as parts of fraudulent schemes, Trust and Estate matters including the registration of Nevis International Exempt Trust, drafting of trusts deeds, appointment and changing of trustees, and advising on employer and employee rights with respect to the labour laws of the Federation.
Michelle also has a thriving practice in the area of Maritime Law and Shipping which includes her regularly advising and rendering opinions on seafarers rights within the internal waters of St. Kitts and Nevis relating to trading, birthing and docking, bareboat charters and, the registration of vessels, registration, amendments and discharging of mortgages in the St. Kitts and Nevis International Ship Registry and preparation of Deeds of Covenants for mortgages. Michelle is the primary contact person at the firm for Family Law matters including divorce, division of matrimonial property and custody.
She appears in matters before the Magistrate Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court St. Kitts and Nevis Circuits, and is known for advocating zealously and competently on behalf of her clients.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree with First Class Honours from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados and a Legal Education Certificate from the Council of Legal Education, graduating on the Principal’s Honour Roll from the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston Jamaica.
Prior to joining the team at Daniel Brantley, Michelle worked at the Legal Department of the Nevis Island Administration as a Legal Assistant, and as an Assistant to the Regulator at the Nevis Financial Services Regulatory and Supervision Department assisting with ensuring compliance in the Financial Services Sector, and assisting with legislative conformity with the recommendations of international standard setting organizations such as the Financial Action Task Force.
Legal Education Certificate
Our litigation team represents a cross-section of entities throughout the world involved in antitrust disputes, commercial and contract disputes, debt collection, employment disputes, fraud and asset tracing, insolvency litigation, insurance disputes, tax disputes, personal injuries and public law litigation. We represent clients effectively in the most difficult and sophisticated contentious matters at all tiers of the Court likewise in alternative media to the Court that is, in mediation and arbitration proceedings. We explore all avenues of dispute resolution so that clients have a full and comprehensive framework of the various methods available to them because resolving disputes with as little interruption to ones business or life is crucial.
Our knowledge and experience allows us provide the best legal services to private, commercial and international clients on all aspects of purchase, sale and development of property within the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis. We guide nationals and non-nationals purchasing or selling property through every step of the process. For clients interested in large developments within the Federation, we are able to offer the highest level of service from the commencement to completion of the project including negotiating various service contracts and presenting concessions and tax exemption packages to Government entities and applications to be approved developments for economic citizenship.
We advise on all aspects of Personal Estate matters inclusive of wealth management. We guide clients in drafting their Last Will and Testament, Trust Deeds, and can offer legal advice on estate management and planning. We are abreast of the most recent Laws governing testamentary succession being equipped to assist clients in applying to the St. Christopher and Nevis High Court for Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration to administer the deceases Estate within the Federation. As it relates to wealth management, we guide clients through the various asset protection options available to them as we help tailor products to suit their needs likewise explore various investment options available in the Federation.
We are versed on all legal aspects of the various financial products offered in the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis providing clients with the right legal and commercial solutions based on their needs. We understand that our clients require more than just the law in black and white, therefore we analyse client needs and tailor advice to suit them. We attend to regulatory and compliance issues, debt and equity financing including project financing and complete legal due diligence for major developments, secured transactions, debentures, securities, restructuring, acquisitions, formulating and negotiating general commercial contracts. Our clientele includes international banks, corporations and real estate developers.
Employment Law (or Labour Law) covers a vast area encompassing recruitment and employment contracts, employment policies, discrimination, discipline and grievance. Employment Law not only protects the rights of employees, but the rights of employers whenever employment disputes arise. The Firm offers full legal services on the application of the various labour laws in the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis including facilitating the drafting of employment contracts, resolution of disputes and restructuring. We are known for our ability to resolve major disputes which includes disputes between institutions and governmental entities as it relates to labour rights likewise, contentious employment matters for corporations.
We advise insolvency practitioners, creditors, and other parties when a company is in financial difficulty. Our team is considered experts in insolvency matters in St. Kitts and Nevis and Anguilla advising companies on local and offshore legislative and regulatory matters. We deal with dissolutions and liquidations including the appointing of liquidators, ensuring legislative compliance during liquidation, collecting and distributing the assets of a company in liquidation to secured and unsecured creditors. Further, our team can assist with various issues that arise in cross-border insolvency matters including the difficulties associated with the realisation of an overseas asset and determining competing claims in respect of goods.
Whether you are a ship owner, charterer, financial institution, insurance or other personnel in the shipping spectrum, we render legal advice and support on shipping in St. Christopher and Nevis. Our lawyers are versed in the operations of the St. Kitts and Nevis International Shipping Registry which includes registration of ships, financing for ship purchases, the recording and removal of mortgages. With the introduction of new marinas to the Federation, we are equipped to guide you on options for docking, negotiating with charter parties and bailment claims. Our attorneys draft charter agreements, attend to vessel arrest and detention as part of foreclosing on ship mortgages and where the option to purchase arises, the sale of ships.