Callenders & Co. Counsel & Attorneys announced today six new associates have joined the firm with offices in the heart of Nassau, western New Providence and Freeport. “Callenders, the country’s oldest legal practice, was founded in 1903 and celebrated continuous service to local and international clients for more than 100 years over a decade ago. During all that time and for the next decade and more, there was a member of the Callender family at the helm. Sadly, Mr. Colin Callender passed away in December, for the first time leaving Callenders without a member of the founding family in either Freeport or Nassau. Although Mr. Callender’s death was untimely, he and the firm’s partners had been seriously recruiting the brightest and best new talent, an exercise that resulted in identifying a number of well-educated, high energy, thoughtful and diligent younger legal minds,” said Chad Roberts, Managing Partner, Nassau. “We are now pleased to announce that six associates have proved themselves and have been named to the firm, each bringing a singular strength in a current area of demand among our client base.”
Attorneys Adrian Gibson, Crispin S. Hall and Pearline Y. Ingraham joined the Freeport firm headed by Fred Smith, QC, though Gibson works out of the Nassau office. Syneisha Bootle, Garth Philippe and Marissa Pyfrom have joined the Nassau office. According to Mr. Roberts, it was the first time in the history of the firm that nearly every new associate had received at least part of his or her pre-law or legal education in The Bahamas, either at The College of The Bahamas or at the Eugene Dupuch Law School or a combination of the two.
In Nassau, Syneisha Bootle who spent six summers interning at Callenders, returned with degrees from Keele University, (LLB), Staffordshire and Northumbria, both in the U.K. She holds a Masters in Marine Insurance, and is an Accredited Mediator at a time when The Bahamas is moving toward becoming a neutral centre for mediation worldwide. Marissa Pyfrom specializes in Probate, Estate Planning and Real Estate and quickly earned a reputation for accomplishment after resolving a contentious probate matter in months that had been pending for years, bringing together parties who had previously refused to negotiate or cooperate. Rounding out the new Nassau offices associates is multilingual Garth Philippe, who studied law in Spain, France and The Bahamas and is a former advisor to the United Nations, is a member of the New York Bar and the Bahamas Bar. He holds a graduate level Diplome de Relations Internationales in Public International Law, worked with a tri-state (New York) private lending firm and has negotiated numerous contracts with Chinese companies based in Hong Kong and mainland China. Philippe speaks fluent French and Spanish and is conversant in Mandarin and Dutch.
Adrian Gibson, assigned to the Nassau office, has been dubbed the firm’s youngest Renaissance man – lawyer, educator, journalist and mass communications specialist. Gibson pens the popular Tribune column, A Young Man’s View, spent 10 years teaching in government schools and his alma mater, College of The Bahamas, before earning his law degree, maintains a schedule of symposium and presentation speaking engagements and appearances and has been called on in a number of high profile legal matters in civil and commercial litigation including judicial reviews. Crispin S. Hall was selected to represent The Bahamas twice at mooting competitions and though trained in corporate law, maritime and civil litigation while serving in the Nassau office, he elected to take a post in Freeport to follow his passions – environmental law, human rights, employment, immigration and judicial reviews as well as contract litigation. Like Hall, Pearline Ingraham was drawn to the Grand Bahama office of Callenders for its strong stance in human rights, civil litigation and the firm’s overall strength in insolvencies. She has been a member of the Bar of England and Wales and the Bahamas Bar for more than a decade and continues to practice civil litigation, commercial law, conveyancing and real property and condominium disputes.
“As the laws of The Bahamas continue to evolve, so must the country’s legal firms and this exhaustive exercise on the part of Callenders & Co. in Grand Bahama and in Nassau is an indication that despite our awards and recognition, no firm can stand on yesterday’s laurels,” said Fred Smith, QC, Senior Partner, Callenders, Grand Bahama office. “I am particularly pleased to know that some of the most capable young lawyers want to join Callenders because of our commitment, especially in Grand Bahama, to fighting for human rights and environmental protection and preservation.”