PATTERSON K. H. CHELTENHAM QC (Barbados)

PATTERSON K. H. CHELTENHAM QC (Barbados)

President
Patterson Cheltenham, QC  is a 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(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, one of the leading Chambers 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.

LISA M. SHOMAN SC (Belize)

LISA M. SHOMAN SC (Belize)

Lisa M Shoman, SC  is an Attorney-at-Law from Belize who also serves as a Court-certified Mediator and as an Arbitrator and an Umpire in Arbitrations. She holds an LL.B. and an LL.M. from The UWI Cave Hill.

Her practice includes Constitutional and Administrative Law and Human Rights issues. She served for seven years as Belize’s Ambassador to the United States and as Permanent Representative to the OAS; High Commissioner to Canada and as Belize’s Foreign Minister. Shoman has served as the Lead Opposition Senator in the National Assembly of Belize. She is a member of the Bar Association of Belize and has served as President and on the Disciplinary Committee.

Ms Shoman is also the current Vice-President of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Administrative Tribunal

J EMILE FERDINAND QC (St Kitts & Nevis, Commonwealth of Dominica)

J EMILE FERDINAND QC (St Kitts & Nevis, Commonwealth of Dominica)

J Emile Ferdinand QC, is a  citizen of St Kitts-Nevis (by birth) and of the Commonwealth of Dominica (by marriage). He holds an LL.B. from The UWI Cave Hill, an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge and is a 1983 graduate of the Norman Manley Law School. A partner in one of the Caribbean’s oldest law practices (Kelsick, Wilkin & Ferdinand), his expertise embraces employment law, public law and international law.

He has served as: President of the St Kitts-Nevis Bar Association, Vice-President of the St Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce; Chairman of the Caribbean’s Council of Legal Education; Vice-Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the St Kitts-Nevis Bar Association and an Acting Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. He has also served for over a decade as an employers’ representative on the National Tripartite Committee in St Kitts-Nevis.

DANCIA PENN OBE, QC (The British Virgin Islands)

DANCIA PENN OBE, QC (The British Virgin Islands)

DANCIA PENN, OBE, QC is an Attorney, Arbitrator and Mediator in active practice in the Virgin Islands.

 

She is a graduate of the Faculties of Arts and Law of The UWI Cave Hill, and The Norman Manley Law School.  Mrs Penn has had an extensive career in the private and public sector. As a lawyer, she has practiced in the Courts at all levels and has appeared in The Privy Council. She regularly advises clients from all over the world on a range of legal matters. Mrs Penn was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996.

 

She has served in the three branches of government, having held office as Attorney General, Deputy Governor, Deputy Premier and a Minister of Government in The Virgin Islands. She has also been an Acting Justice of Appeal of The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. In 2018, she was a recipient of The Pelican Award, the highest Peer Award of The Alumnae of the University. She has also been recognized as a Caribbean Luminary by The American Foundation of The University of The West Indies.

 

Mrs Penn is also a member of The Panel of Arbitrators of The BVI International Arbitration Center and of the BVI Arbitration Center Support Group and is on the Roster of Mediators of The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

WESTMIN R.A. JAMES (Trinidad and Tobago)

WESTMIN R.A. JAMES (Trinidad and Tobago)

Westmin R. A. James is a Lecturer, former Deputy Dean at the UWI Cave Hill Campus and an Attorney-at-Law from Trinidad and Tobago. He lectures Constitutional Law, Commonwealth Caribbean Human Rights Law, Caribbean and International Labour Law at the UWI Cave Hill Campus. Mr. James holds an LLB. (First Class) from the UWI Cave Hill and an LL.M. (Hons) from the University of Cambridge and a graduate of the Hugh Wooding Law School (Honour Roll). Mr. James is admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Courts of Trinidad and Tobago, Belize and Barbados. He is the consultant litigation partner at Bynoe, Martinez & Co in Barbados. His expertise embraces constitutional law, human rights, employment law and international law.  Mr. James is also the Litigation Specialist for the UWI Rights Advocacy Project (U-RAP) whose objective it is to promote human rights and social justice in the Caribbean through human rights litigation. He is also an Electoral Justice Specialist for the OAS and the co-author of Commonwealth Caribbean Law and Procedure: The Referral Procedure under Article 214 RTC in the Light of EU and International, Routledge, 2019.