Stephen M. Wilson KC

Leaders in Law endorses Stephen Wilson KC as our exclusively recommended Litigation and Disputes Resolution expert in the Turks and Caicos Islands (‘TCI’). If you wish to get in touch with Stephen, please use the contact information provided above.

Managing Partner, Stephen Wilson KC, was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1990 and practiced successfully from chambers in London for 11 years before moving to TCI in 2001.

At the London Bar he had a general civil and commercial practice, specialising in employment law, and developed a reputation as a fearsome cross-examiner with a voracious appetite for work.

In 2012, Stephen was asked to open the new Turks and Caicos Islands office of the long-established and highly regarded Bahamian law firm of GrahamThompson, the firm’s first office outside the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. For 11 years, he was a partner and head of that firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group in the TCI.

Stephen was appointed one of His Majesty’s Counsel, Learned in the Law (King’s Counsel) in 2013 and has served as a Commissioner of the Turks and Caicos Islands Integrity Commission since 2020.

Stephen has appeared in many of the TCI’s headline cases involving disputes in the tourism and hospitality, banking, real estate, insurance and construction/building sectors. He has a broad range of experience dealing with matters in the Banking and Finance, Corporate and Commercial, Employment and Labour, Insurance, Intellectual Property, and Property and Development sectors.

Stephen’s Corporate and Commercial dispute resolution work has included complex corporate and commercial disputes comprising multi-jurisdictional claims, multi-party actions, international and domestic arbitrations, liquidations involving local and international parties, shareholder disputes, and corporate reorganisations and restructurings.

Stephen is recognised by the prestigious London-based Chambers and Partners directory as a top ranked attorney in the Chambers Global, General Business Law – Dispute Resolution sector. He holds the distinction of a Band 1 ranking, which is the highest individual ranking and has done so for the past 12 years. He has also been recognised by Chambers Global with their rankings for “Foreign Expertise” and “Expertise Based Abroad” for his work in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Born in Liverpool, Stephen is a die-hard Liverpool F.C. fan, a passion that he shares with partner Christopher Wells. He also loves travelling and experiencing new foods and cultures.

Chambers Review: Stephen Wilson KC is a well-respected and formidable practitioner in the Turks & Caicos Islands. He is regarded as a stellar litigator with a broad-ranging practice. He regularly handles cases in the real estate and tourism sectors. He boasts further expertise in banking, corporate and employment disputes.

Recent engagements include:

  • Representing a Bahamian company that successfully obtained an order for the winding-up of a TCI company that is the majority shareholder of a Haitian company that owns the largest privately held commercial port in Haiti. This complex private international law dispute involves aspects of Bahamian and TCI law, as well as Haitian Civil Code that is based on the Napoleonic Code used in France.
  • Advising and representing equitable receivers appointed by the High Court of England & Wales in tandem with a team of English solicitors and barristers as part of enforcement proceedings to collect a judgment debt of over $300 million made in favour of an international bank against an ultra-high net worth individual, his TCI company and others.
  • Leading counsel for the liquidator and major creditors of a collapsed SMART Fund in proceedings before the Supreme Court of the Bahamas against the Fund’s administrator (well-known international bank) and nominee directors and officers.
  • Advising the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board in connection with its winding-down and transition to a new Destination Management and Marketing Organisation.
  • Counsel to the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority in connection with various matters.
  • Representing one of the TCI’s leading resort development and management groups in judicial review proceedings challenging the grant of outline development permission for a new luxury condominium development and resort.
  • Advising and representing one of the TCI’s largest homeowners’ associations in connection with the enforcement of restrictive covenants against a property owner.
  • Advising developers and operators of major hotels and resorts in Providenciales and representing them in commercial and labour disputes.
  • Advising the Canadian receivers of a bankrupt in connection with recovery of assets located in the TCI.
  • Representing a Turks and Caicos Islander in proceedings brought by the Attorney General of the TCI in connection with the purchase and sale of Crown land.
  • Leading counsel for the victim of an investment scam, and successfully recovering the majority of her losses after forcing the sale of property indirectly held by the defendant investment advisor.

Practice Areas

  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Employment & Labour
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Education

  • University College London, London, United Kingdom
  • Inns of Court School of Law, London, United Kingdom

Admissions

  • The Inner Bar (King’s Counsel), 2013
  • Bar of England and Wales, 1990
  • Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands, 2002

Awards and Recognitions

  • Appointed one of His Majesty’s Counsel (King’s Counsel)
  • Chambers and Partners, Chambers Global Band 1 Ranked Attorney, General Business: Dispute Resolution (2013 to 2024)

Firm Description:

Our team of experienced attorneys has a track record of delivering results for our clients, whether they are facing complex legal disputes, require comprehensive advice on resort and hotel planning development, navigating the intricacies of business law, or simply needing representation on a straightforward property transaction. We understand that the legal landscape can be daunting, and we’re committed to making the process as smooth and stress-free as possible for our clients.

Instead of adopting the approach taken by most lawyers of addressing what they see as clients’ ‘legal issues’, we understand that our clients actually come to us with business or personal problems. As a result, we approach every case with a focus on finding practical, cost-effective solutions that meet our clients’ goals. We work closely with each client to understand their unique needs and tailor our approach accordingly. Our goal is to help our clients achieve their objectives in a way that minimizes risk and maximises value.

Whether you are looking for assistance with a one-time legal issue or ongoing legal counsel, we are here to provide the solutions you need. Feel free to contact us to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals.

 

Christopher Wells

Leaders in Law endorses Christopher Wells as our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Turks & Caicos Islands. If you wish to get in touch with Christopher, please use the contact information provided above.

Christopher Wells specializes in real estate transactions and conveyancing, sales and structuring for both high-end and private client matters and large commercial transactions.

His practice covers mortgage-backed financing and loans, property title due diligence and opinions, title insurance, subdivision, resort and hotel planning development and operation, commercial and residential leases and related tax matters and issues and in advising on and applying for all governmental and requisite approvals. He is based in the firms Turks and Caicos islands office and works on both Turks and Caicos and Bahamas based matters.

Christopher Wells is recognised by the prestigious London-based Chambers and Partners with their Chambers Global 2020 “Up and Coming” rankings distinction, in the area of General Business Law.

Recent engagements include:

  • Representing the developer of a planned residential gated community (258 lots and 80 townhouses) in all matters of master planning and sales.
  • Representing a major international debt fund as local counsel in a debt-for-equity swap of approximately US$ 170 million, concerning a major Bahamian resort property and related joint venture interests, which included obtaining requisite multi-departmental Bahamian Government approvals for the acquisition, the assumption of casino management licenses, and a numerous relevant operating licenses.
  • Advising investors and developers on the acquisition and sale of exclusive developments throughout the Bahamas.
  • Providing advice to global financial institutions on commercial loan transactions, including numerous multi-jurisdictional transactions involving groups of international banks.

Practice Areas

  • Banking & Finance
  • Property Development

Education

  • University of Kent Law School, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • The College of Law, Guildford, United Kingdom

Admissions

  • Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands, 2016
  • Bar of England and Wales, 2005
  • The Bahamas Bar, 2005

Awards

  • Chambers and Partners, Band 3 Attorney, Chambers Global – General Business Law: Real Estate (2023)
  • Chambers Global “Up and Coming” ranking, General Business Law (2022, 2021 and 2020)
  • Named to Citywealth Magazine‘s “Bahamas Future Leaders” List, 2014

Community Involvement

  • Avid martial arts enthusiast holding instructor certificates in both Krav Maga and Kali

Memberships

  • The Turks and Caicos Bar Association
  • The Bahamas Bar Association

Firm Description:

Our team of experienced attorneys has a track record of delivering results for our clients, whether they are facing complex legal disputes, require comprehensive advice on resort and hotel planning development, navigating the intricacies of business law, or simply needing representation on a straightforward property transaction. We understand that the legal landscape can be daunting, and we’re committed to making the process as smooth and stress-free as possible for our clients.

Instead of adopting the approach taken by most lawyers of addressing what they see as clients’ ‘legal issues’, we understand that our clients actually come to us with business or personal problems. As a result, we approach every case with a focus on finding practical, cost-effective solutions that meet our clients’ goals. We work closely with each client to understand their unique needs and tailor our approach accordingly. Our goal is to help our clients achieve their objectives in a way that minimizes risk and maximises value.

Whether you are looking for assistance with a one-time legal issue or ongoing legal counsel, we are here to provide the solutions you need. Feel free to contact us to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals.