Higgs & Johnson is a proud member of TerraLex (a worldwide network of independent law firms) in both The Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.
Indeed, the history and leadership of TerraLex are closely interwoven with the firm’s own history and development. Truman Bodden & Company in Cayman and Higgs & Johnson in The Bahamas were both founding members of TerraLex, with respective join dates of 20th December 1990 and 16th August 1991. The professional respect and friendships developed through TerraLex probably had much to do with the subsequent merger of the firms in 2009, with our member firm status as “Higgs & Johnson” continuing thereafter in both jurisdictions. Truly a TerraLex success story!
During this period, members of the Cayman and Bahamas firms have also served in various leadership capacities within the TerraLex organisation. In the early years, Peter Higgs, a former Bahamas partner, devoted countless hours and served as the Regional Co-Vice Chair for the Caribbean & Central America from 1995-2003. Higgs & Johnson therefore undoubtedly owes a huge debt of gratitude to Peter for its strong TerraLex foundation.
Peter’s good friend, Barry Smith of Truman Bodden & Company in Cayman, a popular face at TerraLex meetings, took up the mantle of leadership when Peter demitted office in 2003. Barry served as the Regional Co-Vice Chair for the Caribbean & Central America from 2003-2004 and his energy and dedication to TerraLex will long be remembered.
How fitting that the leadership baton should then be passed back to The Bahamas from Cayman when Barry demitted office in 2004; and to Partner, Surinder Deal, whose stellar service and hard work over the many years since that time have taken the firm’s relationship with TerraLex to greater heights. Surinder has served as Regional Vice Chair for the Caribbean & Central America from 2005 to 2014; and has also served on the Executive Committee / Nominating Committee in 2005; the Governance Review Committee (alternate) in 2009; and the Meetings Committee from 2009 to 2014. At the November 2014 Global Meeting in New Delhi, India, Surinder was named TerraLex Lawyer of the Year, and was also appointed Director Emeritus.
The networking opportunities afforded to the firm over the many years have allowed for synergies to be established and friendships to be formed with many other member firms across the globe. TerraLex is currently comprised of more than 155 top independent law firms and more than 17,000 attorneys in 100 countries. This allows TerraLex member firms, like ours, the ability to provide the legal resources and expertise needed to conduct seamless business worldwide. It is a good feeling to be able to refer work and clients to persons you like and trust.
The significant benefit to our clients through the seamless global network of legal experts afforded by TerraLex is also indisputable. Our clients can be assured that wherever in the world they need top quality legal assistance, we can collaboratively work with our TerraLex partners (who are familiar with local laws and customs) to meet their needs.
Therein lies the magic of TerraLex; and Higgs & Johnson remains committed to investing heavily…as with any relationship, the rewards are always greater!