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Halsbury Chambers Partner Nerissa Greene Speaks on The Best Interest of the Child

Since the introduction of the UN Convention on the rights of children, countries the world over have adopted the international laws as part of efforts to protect the rights of persons under the age of 18. While human rights apply to all age groups with children having the same general human rights as adults, world leaders sought to ensure that the world recognized that children have human rights too. The convention takes into account the special care and protection which children, unlike their adult counterparts, often need. More…

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Halsbury Chambers Attorney Jayson Romer Attends Best Practices and New Developments in High-Stakes Litigation and Arbitration Conference

High-Stakes disputes are here to stay. The age of technology has given rise to a number of global advancements including the growth and expansion of international commerce. In recent years, the speed of information technology has forced both major and minor business entities to contend with the issues born out of these advancements, among them, cases of instant liability occurring in local and international jurisdictions.

“In an age when information is available instantaneously and what happens thousands of miles away impacts everyday decisions affecting business plans, Halsbury Chambers invests in resources, time and energy to ensure that every member of the firm is informed,” says the firm’s founder Branville McCartney. Clients benefit from the dedication to a combination of basic tradition and immediate response to evolving law and jurisprudence.” More…

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Conveyancing and The Law of Real Property

The questions may be asked what is Conveyancing and why is it attached to the Law of Real Property.

When dealing with the Law of Real Property there are two fundamental points which must be understood‐‐‐

(i) You acquire knowledge of the rights and liabilities attached to the interests of the owner in the land and

(ii) The foundation of the Rules of Conveyancing. More…

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Freedom of Information Bill Part 2

The Freedom of Information Bill was drafted to do away with secrecy in the public arena. It aims to reinforce and give further effect to certain fundamental principles underlying the system of constitutional democracy, namely: governmental accountability; transparency and public participation in national decision making. This article is a follow up to my earlier article and will focus on recent events which highlight the need for the act to be implemented and enforced as ever now than before. More…

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A Look at the Construction Contractors Bill 2011

Did you know that according to the Construction Contractors Bill, any unlicensed person performing construction shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of ten thousand ($10,000.00) or imprisonment; or to both?” This is only one of the many new penalties the bill seeks to address in an attempt to ensure regulation with the industry. For far too long, contractors, especially building contractors, were providing shoddy work to the unassuming homeowner without any short term recourse. The Construction Contractors Bill is intended to act as a catalyst for change in the way contractors approach openness and manage their affairs. The Bill is designed to protect both contactors and consumers. It is intended to cover all construction disciplines ranging from electrical contractors to road contractors. More…

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Adoption in The Bahamas – Part 2

Not only Bahamians are allowed to adopt Bahamian children or children from abroad. Non Bahamians are also allowed to adopt children from The Bahamas; however all applicants must firstly be approved by the Department of Social Services. Before non Bahamian applicants are approved they must be deemed eligible to adopt under the laws of their country. For instance, American applicants must apply to the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Further, the applicants must meet additional requirements in order to adopt and to bring that child to the United States, which are as follows: More…

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Adoption in The Bahamas – Part 1

Many children throughout the world and even in The Bahamas are raised by their adoptive parent or parents. Some are adopted from birth while others are adopted at other ages. However, it becomes more difficult for children  to be adopted as they get older as prospective adoptive parent or parents prefer newborn babies or toddlers.

There are boys and girls that are waiting to be adopted in The Bahamas, and if they are never adopted, they remain in the children’s homes until the age of 18. Presently there are 8 residential care facilities, 6 in New Providence and 3 throughout the other Islands. More…

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The Bahamas signs the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

On the 24th September, 2013, the Bahamas became a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international human rights treaty of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. As a result of the Bahamas being a signatory to the Convention, it is now required to provide, protect and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities and ensure that they enjoy full equity under the law and to promote respect for their inherent dignity. More…

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Changing or Revoking a Will

It is not only important for you to make a Will, but it is equally important
to keep your Will up to date.

You made your Will, time has passed and you have acquired additional assets, you want to change the executor, trustee or a beneficiary named in your Will for whatever reason; or maybe you fell in love and were married or fell out of love and divorced. How does this affect your Will? Life changes do affect your Will and according to the Wills Act Chapter 115 of the Statute Laws of The Bahamas, a Will may be changed and/or revoked by one of the following situations as long as the Will maker (testator) has the mental capacity to make a Will. More…

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Immigration – Entry Requirements for Business & Client Meetings

In the Bahamas, the Ministry of Financial Services is Working Together with The Department of Immigration to Ensure Efficient Entry into The Bahamas for Business and Client Meetings.

The Ministry of Financial Services and the Department of Immigration are committed to maintaining The Bahamas as a world class international
financial centre. In this regard, the movement of foreign persons through and within The Bahamas to facilitate international business, finance and trade is expected and encouraged. It is further highlighted that it is the duty of the Department of Immigration to facilitate this movement of persons in accordance with Bahamian immigration laws and policy. More…

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