According to the 2023 release of Chambers Global, Higgs & Johnson is widely hailed as one of the most prominent law firms in The Bahamas. Maintaining its Band 1 status in both General Business Law and General Business Law: Dispute Resolution, the Firm is noted for its considerable experience overseeing major commercial transactions with the dispute resolution team regularly instructed on some of the jurisdiction’s most significant commercial cases. The real estate team is said to be well versed in assisting with real estate development mandates.
Clients praised Higgs & Johnson saying, ‘As a team they were excellent value for money and their contribution was proactive and positive.’ The Firm was further described as ‘strong’ with the litigation team noted for being ‘very responsive.’
As we celebrate 75 years of providing trusted legal advice and outstanding service, we are proud of the continued recognition of attorneys in all Practice Groups that reflects the depth of experience of the entire Higgs & Johnson team.
Chambers Commentary for Ranked Attorneys
Senior Partner, Philip C. Dunkley K.C., is a veteran lawyer with over 40 years of experience who maintains his standing as one of the leading figures in the Bahamas’ litigation arena. (General Business Law: Dispute Resolution)
Oscar N. Johnson, Jr. K.C., Co-Managing Partner, is a highly respected litigator in the Bahamas with wide range of experience covering corporate, insurance, employment and admiralty disputes, among other matters. (General Business Law: Dispute Resolution)
Partner and Chair of the Commercial Transactions practice group, Zarina M. Fitzgerald, offers clients a wealth of experience in M&A and finance matters of all sizes, with recent experience overseeing high-value bond issuances and is described by clients as ‘meticulous in her work’ while delivering a ‘high level of service.’ (General Business Law)
Stephen J. Melvin, Partner and Real Estate Chair, is held in high regard for his advice on property development, land acquisition and property-related tax and has notable experience of mandates relating to resort and marine development with clients praising his ‘very responsive and practical approach.’ (General Business Law: Real Estate)
Tara Archer-Glasgow operates a diverse Commercial litigation practice. Clients noted that she is a ‘brilliant lawyer with a commercial awareness and acumen which underlies her advice on the litigation strategy’ and that she is ‘attentive to the needs of her clients and provides an exceptional level of service.’ (General Business Law: Dispute Resolution)
Christel Sands-Feaste, Partner and Chair of the Financial Services and Securities practice groups, is one of the most sought-after finance lawyers in the Bahamas and is regularly instructed by borrowers to advise on loan facilities, as well as securities issuances. She is deemed by clients as ‘very knowledgeable, well respected and easy to work with’ and further noted for being ‘very responsive to her clients.’ (General Business Law)
Litigation Partner, Audley D. Hanna, Jr. has a growing reputation in the commercial litigation sphere and regularly handles banking disputes on behalf of leading financial institutions with further experience acting for governmental entities and high net worth individuals. Clients regard him as an ‘excellent litigator who is always prepared to explore all the various avenues.’ (General Business Law: Dispute Resolution)
Surinder Deal is an accomplished commercial lawyer with a particularly distinguished reputation for her counsel on financial matters. As a consultant, she continues to advise a diverse roster of clients on corporate transactions, business structuring, financing and securities. (General Business Law)