Practice groups

...receives plaudits for his extensive experience advising on complex tax, trusts and estate planning issues
Who's Who Legal: Private Client 2017

Stephen Melvin is a Partner in the firm’s Real Estate & Development practice group and specialises in foreign direct investment and the sale and acquisition of hotels, marinas, and resort developments (mixed use projects). In this niche, Stephen’s clients are international Bahamian property developers, and he has been central to some of the most exciting and largest new projects of this kind presently under construction in The Bahamas. His experience includes involvement in all aspects of the master planning of cruise ports as well as all legal services related to Bahamas Government regulations and applications, including all aspects related to the successful negotiation of Heads of Agreements and obtaining Hotel Encouragement Act Concessions.

On individual sales and acquisitions, Stephen has over the last 20 years acted on behalf of numerous high net worth private clients in respect of their acquisition of private islands and cays, private homes and condominium residences.

Stephen has provided corporate and trust advice on asset structuring through IBCs, PTCs and family Trusts. He also has been involved in numerous matters related to the restructuring of assets for estate planning and tax purposes.

He has acted in matters involving complex real property tax issues and carried out appeals related thereto and has successfully negotiated with the Government on clients’ behalf. He has experience in the administration of local and international estates, specialising in the resealing of Grants issued out of both common law and civil jurisdictions. He also specialises in immigration law with an emphasis on permanent residency and work permit applications.

Stephen joined Higgs and Johnson as an Associate in 1998 and became a Partner in 2006. Based in Nassau, he currently oversees the firm’s Abaco office and has been involved with a number of resorts and developments completed on that island. He is a sitting member of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.

Education

  • Bentley University (B.Sc.), Boston, Massachusetts
  • University of Westminster (LL.B. Hons); London, England

Bar admissions

  • England and Wales, 1996
  • Bahamas, 1997

Professional memberships

  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
  • Bar Association of England and Wales
  • Bahamas Bar Association

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish (Conversational)

Recognition

  • Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 Caribbean (2019)
  • Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global (2018-2019)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Private Client (2017)
...receives plaudits for his extensive experience advising on complex tax, trusts and estate planning issues
Who's Who Legal: Private Client 2017

Stephen Melvin is a Partner in the firm’s Real Estate & Development practice group and specialises in foreign direct investment and the sale and acquisition of hotels, marinas, and resort developments (mixed use projects). In this niche, Stephen’s clients are international Bahamian property developers, and he has been central to some of the most exciting and largest new projects of this kind presently under construction in The Bahamas. His experience includes involvement in all aspects of the master planning of cruise ports as well as all legal services related to Bahamas Government regulations and applications, including all aspects related to the successful negotiation of Heads of Agreements and obtaining Hotel Encouragement Act Concessions.

On individual sales and acquisitions, Stephen has over the last 20 years acted on behalf of numerous high net worth private clients in respect of their acquisition of private islands and cays, private homes and condominium residences.

Stephen has provided corporate and trust advice on asset structuring through IBCs, PTCs and family Trusts. He also has been involved in numerous matters related to the restructuring of assets for estate planning and tax purposes.

He has acted in matters involving complex real property tax issues and carried out appeals related thereto and has successfully negotiated with the Government on clients’ behalf. He has experience in the administration of local and international estates, specialising in the resealing of Grants issued out of both common law and civil jurisdictions. He also specialises in immigration law with an emphasis on permanent residency and work permit applications.

Stephen joined Higgs and Johnson as an Associate in 1998 and became a Partner in 2006. Based in Nassau, he currently oversees the firm’s Abaco office and has been involved with a number of resorts and developments completed on that island. He is a sitting member of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.

Education

  • Bentley University (B.Sc.), Boston, Massachusetts
  • University of Westminster (LL.B. Hons); London, England

Bar admissions

  • England and Wales, 1996
  • Bahamas, 1997

Professional memberships

  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
  • Bar Association of England and Wales
  • Bahamas Bar Association

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish (Conversational)

Recognition

  • Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 Caribbean (2019)
  • Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global (2018-2019)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Private Client (2017)