The members of the Caribbean Community Administrative Tribunal have elected Patterson K.H. Cheltenham QC as the first President of the CCAT. Pursuant to Article VI of the CCAT Statute, the members of the Tribunal shall elect its first president for a term of two years; thereafter the presidency shall be held on rotation every two years on the basis of the order of seniority of its members according to their order of appointment. In the absence of the President the next most senior member shall serve as President of the Tribunal.
Patterson Cheltenham is a Queen’s Counsel, Mediator and Arbitrator in active practice in Barbados. He holds a law degree from the UWI Cave Hill (1975), an LL.M. in taxation law from the University College London (1976) and is a graduate of the Hugh Wooding Law School in 1978. He was admitted to practise in Barbados that same year. He is also called to the bars of Antigua & Barbuda, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and St. Lucia.
He is one of the principals of Charlton Chambers, a leading Chamber in Barbados and primarily practises in the areas of civil litigation, insurance and personal injury law, employment law, and corporate and commercial law. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2001 and was admitted as a Fellow and an Accredited Mediator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in June 2016. He is presently the education co-ordinator of the CIArb (Caribbean Branch).
He has served as a member of the CARICOM Competition Commission and a lecturer and tutor in company and commercial law at the UWI Cave Hill Campus. He was awarded the Gold Crown of Merit by the Barbados government in 2012 for his contribution to the legal profession and public service and was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for outstanding public service by the UWI Cave Hill Campus in 2018.