• Admiralty law
  • Alternative dispute resolution, mediation & arbitration
  • Asset recovery
  • Banking law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Chancery
  • Commercial & civil litigation
  • Criminal law
  • Defamation
  • Divorce & matrimonial matters
  • Family law
  • Franchise litigation
  • Industrial relations
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Labour & employment
  • Maritime law
  • Personal injury
  • Trust litigation

Lady Justice

The Commercial and Civil Litigation Practice Group is regularly engaged in a broad spectrum of international litigation, and is accustomed to working with lawyers from other jurisdictions to coordinate cross border litigation strategies for client success in both novel and complex matters.

Commercial Litigation

The Group has been involved in some of past decade’s most notable international cases, including the BCCI and Grupo Torras cases. The firm was also instructed by the liquidators of Oracle Fund Limited (in liquidation) – a Bahamian Mutual Fund in liquidation – and represented the Fund in litigation against Fortis (the Fund Administrator) and the former directors of the Fund, who settled the claim at the steps of the courthouse.

Trust Litigation

The firm is able to advise on all facets of trust law:

  • representing individuals and fiduciaries (private and institutional) in trust and estate litigation, including: claims of breach of trust, allegations of incompetence and undue influence, claims of creditors against estates, claims of heirs, legatees and charities to distribution of certain assets from estates and trust and will construction
  • advising international and local institutional clients in the creation of trusts, ancillary trust documentation drafting, administration and management of Bahamian trusts.


Higgs & Johnson attorneys have significant experience in contentious banking, finance, fraud and regulatory matters, and have acted in complex financial disputes for domestic and global blue chip banking clients. Group members have managed cases relating to commercial loans, asset finance, letters of credit, security, insolvency, fraud, asset recovery, anti-money-laundering, capital markets, financial regulation and bank payments.

Asset Recovery

Our Asset Recovery team has been skilled in recapturing hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, which typically include corporations, financial institutions (including banks and trusts companies), and private individuals. We continue to be successful in offering first class, results-oriented service to locate and recover assets lost due to misappropriation, negligence or fraud.

Labour & Employment

The Firm has extensive experience in all aspects of labour and employment relations law and has advised leading Bahamian corporations concerning matters involving:

  • recognition of unions
  • negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements
  • trade disputes
  • strike management, corporate closings and acquisitions
  • pensions and employee welfare benefit schemes

The Firm has acted as counsel in trade disputes before the Industrial Tribunal, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. We also have substantial experience in preparing employment contracts and reviewing personnel policy manuals and practices.


Our litigation practice regularly counsels clients on matters relating to admiralty accidents. A highly specialised area, Admiralty Litigation requires in-depth knowledge of the unique circumstances, policies and laws governing boating and water activities in The Bahamas. We are well equipped to secure impressive financial recovery for our clients.

Alternative Dispute Resolution & Arbitration

Higgs & Johnson litigators understand that Arbitration has become an important first step in the dispute resolution process and are well versed in the field of alternative dispute resolution and arbitration (ADR).

ADR typically includes:

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Early Neutral Evaluation
  • Conciliation

The team intuitively recognises and effectively articulates when settling a dispute outside of court might be the best course of action. A partner of the firm serves on the editorial board of Dispute Resolution International, a publication of the International Bar Association.

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Our specialists

Philip C. Dunkley, Q.C.
Oscar N. Johnson, Jr.
Philip S. Boni
Karen S. Brown
Vann P. Gaitor
John Harris
N. Leroy Smith
Jade Fowler
Audley D. Hanna, Jr.
Adrian M. Hunt
Godfrey V. Perpall
Allyson Speirs
Jo-Anne Stephens
Ximena Thompson

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