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Darcel G. Smith-Williamson is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Litigation practice group and has some 12 years of experience in civil and commercial litigation.

Darcel has assisted in numerous litigation matters with a particular focus on share dispute and receivership actions, asset tracing and recovery, construction disputes, employment law, debt collections, insurance, admiralty and family law. She is also trained in specialist legal areas such as Judicial Review, constitutional law, multifaceted interim applications, state involved liquidations & cross-border disputes, arbitration proceedings and a range of other actions. Prior to joining Higgs & Johnson, she was Senior Counsel for the Crown within the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Legal Affairs and has appeared at all levels of court and opposite Counsel at varying levels up to the designation of QC.

Darcel holds a Bachelor of Law Hon. Degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the UK, completed the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria Law School in Newcastle England achieving the designation of “Very Competent” for her post-graduate Diploma. Earlier in her legal matriculation, she earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Law and Criminal Justice from the College of the Bahamas (reconstituted University of the Bahamas).

In 2000, Darcel was the recipient of the Rotary sponsored Diplomatic Travel Award for the 55th Session of the United Nations General Assembly ‘Millennium Declaration’ in New York. In 2014, she received certification as a coach for the 21st Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot inclusive of training under the UNCITRAL rules; and this as a result of being invited to assist a novice student Arbitration team from the University of the West Indies that traveled to Vienna, Austria to compete for the Moot. In 2015, she received the United Nations Diploma Certificate for her participation in the 51st Session of Training for the International Law Seminar (“ILS”).

Darcel is a proud member of Rotary since 2017, which she joined through her local club chapter, The Rotary Club of New Providence. She has been recognized as her club’s “Rising Star and Rotarian of the Month” (2018); and this in addition to being selected a Club Board Member in her capacity as Membership Chair for tenure throughout 2018-2020.

 

Education

  • LL.B. (Hons.), University of Kent Canterbury, England
  • PDGL (Bar Vocational Course), Northumbria University, Newcastle, England
  • A.A. (Law & Criminal Justice with Hons.), The College of The Bahamas (reconstituted University of the Bahamas), Nassau, The Bahamas

Bar Admissions

  • Bahamas, 2007
  • England & Wales, 2007

Professional Memberships

  • Bahamas Bar Association
  • The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • STEP
  • International Law Seminar Alumni Network

Community

  • Rotary International
  • Rotary Club of New Providence
  • Junior Achievement Alumni Association

Experience

  • Lead Counsel successfully defending a government ministry against a claim for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages for alleged breach of a family-island bussing contract.
  • Lead Counsel successfully defending a law enforcement agency in a claim for Writ of Habeas Corpus and constitutional claim for damages.
  • Leading a successful tri-party interlocutory application in a judicial review on behalf of the government for security for costs against an environmental group.
  • Leading a Crown Amicus brief concerning the liability of insurers and statutory indemnification of third parties; and also acting as Junior Counsel in a Crown Amicus brief on statutory interpretation in trust law.
  • Assisting in a major port receivership matter concerning a contentious dispute of shares between owners.
  • Assisting Lead Counsel in obtaining a novel settlement for the government against ship owners for damages caused by a collision resulting in an oil spill causing damage to the reef.
  • Acting as Junior Counsel assigned to challenge Recognition Proceedings emanating from a Delaware Court Bankruptcy Order; and affecting the government’s interest as creditors.
  • Acting as Junior Counsel on a cross-border team of lawyers defending winding up petitions in the liquidation of several subsidiary companies affiliated with the restructuring of a luxury hotel resort valued at 3.5 billion; and defending the government’s interest as a creditor in the sale and restructuring thereof.
  • Acting as Junior Counsel in a challenge to fundamental rights pursuant to the Constitution and challenges to parliamentary privilege.
  • Acting as junior counsel in a high profile constitutional challenge to immigration law & an application for Habeas Corpus; successfully overturned on appeal.
  • Advising various Government Ministry’s over the years with respect to matters concerning interdiction in public service, issues arising out of law enforcement agencies, aviation and settlement of damages in multiple high-profile plane crash incidents et al.

Darcel G. Smith-Williamson is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Litigation practice group and has some 12 years of experience in civil and commercial litigation.

Darcel has assisted in numerous litigation matters with a particular focus on share dispute and receivership actions, asset tracing and recovery, construction disputes, employment law, debt collections, insurance, admiralty and family law. She is also trained in specialist legal areas such as Judicial Review, constitutional law, multifaceted interim applications, state involved liquidations & cross-border disputes, arbitration proceedings and a range of other actions. Prior to joining Higgs & Johnson, she was Senior Counsel for the Crown within the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Legal Affairs and has appeared at all levels of court and opposite Counsel at varying levels up to the designation of QC.

Darcel holds a Bachelor of Law Hon. Degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the UK, completed the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria Law School in Newcastle England achieving the designation of “Very Competent” for her post-graduate Diploma. Earlier in her legal matriculation, she earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Law and Criminal Justice from the College of the Bahamas (reconstituted University of the Bahamas).

In 2000, Darcel was the recipient of the Rotary sponsored Diplomatic Travel Award for the 55th Session of the United Nations General Assembly ‘Millennium Declaration’ in New York. In 2014, she received certification as a coach for the 21st Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot inclusive of training under the UNCITRAL rules; and this as a result of being invited to assist a novice student Arbitration team from the University of the West Indies that traveled to Vienna, Austria to compete for the Moot. In 2015, she received the United Nations Diploma Certificate for her participation in the 51st Session of Training for the International Law Seminar (“ILS”).

Darcel is a proud member of Rotary since 2017, which she joined through her local club chapter, The Rotary Club of New Providence. She has been recognized as her club’s “Rising Star and Rotarian of the Month” (2018); and this in addition to being selected a Club Board Member in her capacity as Membership Chair for tenure throughout 2018-2020.

 

Education

  • LL.B. (Hons.), University of Kent Canterbury, England
  • PDGL (Bar Vocational Course), Northumbria University, Newcastle, England
  • A.A. (Law & Criminal Justice with Hons.), The College of The Bahamas (reconstituted University of the Bahamas), Nassau, The Bahamas

Bar Admissions

  • Bahamas, 2007
  • England & Wales, 2007

Professional Memberships

  • Bahamas Bar Association
  • The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • STEP
  • International Law Seminar Alumni Network

Community

  • Rotary International
  • Rotary Club of New Providence
  • Junior Achievement Alumni Association

Experience

  • Lead Counsel successfully defending a government ministry against a claim for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages for alleged breach of a family-island bussing contract.
  • Lead Counsel successfully defending a law enforcement agency in a claim for Writ of Habeas Corpus and constitutional claim for damages.
  • Leading a successful tri-party interlocutory application in a judicial review on behalf of the government for security for costs against an environmental group.
  • Leading a Crown Amicus brief concerning the liability of insurers and statutory indemnification of third parties; and also acting as Junior Counsel in a Crown Amicus brief on statutory interpretation in trust law.
  • Assisting in a major port receivership matter concerning a contentious dispute of shares between owners.
  • Assisting Lead Counsel in obtaining a novel settlement for the government against ship owners for damages caused by a collision resulting in an oil spill causing damage to the reef.
  • Acting as Junior Counsel assigned to challenge Recognition Proceedings emanating from a Delaware Court Bankruptcy Order; and affecting the government’s interest as creditors.
  • Acting as Junior Counsel on a cross-border team of lawyers defending winding up petitions in the liquidation of several subsidiary companies affiliated with the restructuring of a luxury hotel resort valued at 3.5 billion; and defending the government’s interest as a creditor in the sale and restructuring thereof.
  • Acting as Junior Counsel in a challenge to fundamental rights pursuant to the Constitution and challenges to parliamentary privilege.
  • Acting as junior counsel in a high profile constitutional challenge to immigration law & an application for Habeas Corpus; successfully overturned on appeal.
  • Advising various Government Ministry’s over the years with respect to matters concerning interdiction in public service, issues arising out of law enforcement agencies, aviation and settlement of damages in multiple high-profile plane crash incidents et al.