Smith To Launch Judicial Review Over Oban Heads Of Agreement

FRED Smith, QC, attacked the government yesterday for a deal prohibiting it from terminating the heads of agreement with Oban Energies whatever an environment impact assessment may find, insisting he will launch judicial review proceedings within weeks to challenge the legality of the provision. He said “dozens” of Grand Bahama residents have asked him to do so. A persistent critic of administrations that push developments before consultation and environment assessments are completed, he said this is the first heads of agreement he

Callenders & Co. Names Martin Lundy Jr. Partner

Callenders & Co. Names Martin Lundy Jr. Partner Callenders & Co., the nation’s oldest law firm, today announced environment and human rights attorney, Martin Lundy II, as its newest partner. “Callenders is proud to name Martin Lundy a junior partner,” said Chad Roberts, managing partner, Nassau. “With the firm’s history dating back more than one hundred years, Callenders’ partnerships have symbolized the best in the profession, excellence in work ethic and sterling integrity, all characteristics which Mr. Lundy has demonstrated consistently since

Residents sue govt over landfill fires

One-hundred and eleven Jubilee Gardens residents have filed a class action lawsuit against the government and Renew Bahamas, claiming their health and that of their families, and the enjoyment of their homes, have been impacted by fires and hazardous smoke from the New Providence Landfill for years. In a writ filed by Fred Smith, QC, who represents the group, the residents claim they have all been “injuriously affected by the continuous fires; thick, black smoke; unbearable stench and dangerous, toxic and

Activist: Cry For Help By Bimini Residents Is Going Unanswered

ONGOING environmental issues in Bimini will persist unless the government enacts the necessary legal framework to protect Family Island communities, Save The Bays legal director Fred Smith, QC has warned. In an interview with The Tribune Mr Smith said he was shocked by the level of help being provided to the residents of Bimini, likening their pleas for government intervention to an unnoticed cry for help. The environmentalist said he feared Bimini was finally succumbing to years of “social, economic and environmental discombobulation” at

Callenders Maritime lawyer to LJM Conference ‘Bahamas has potential to be hemisphere leader as maritime one stop shop’

Callenders Maritime lawyer to LJM Conference ‘Bahamas has potential to be hemisphere leader as maritime one stop shop’   A top maritime lawyer told international experts and cadets gathered for a conference in Nassau this week that The Bahamas has the potential to be the Western Hemisphere leader serving as a maritime one-stop shop, calling the possibilities for The Bahamas “infinite.”   The projection came from Callenders law firm attorney Syneisha Bootle who was addressing the two-day LJM Maritime Academy Conference 2017 at Melia

Aviation Lawyer Boyer-Cartwright: ‘Sign Cape Town Treaty to Enable Int’l Airline Registry for Bahamas While Industry Booming’

Aviation Lawyer Boyer-Cartwright: ‘Sign Cape Town Treaty to Enable Int’l Airline Registry for Bahamas While Industry Booming’   The Bahamas is well poised to becoming the world’s newest international aircraft registry, a move that holds “immeasurable long-term economic benefits,” according to a leading aviation attorney. “The Bahamas is closer than ever to the establishment of the long sought-after Bahamas International Aircraft Registry,” said Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright, a partner at Callenders & Co. law firm. “Last year the government passed the Civil Aviation Act, creating

New Environment Bill Ia ‘An Empty Promise’

The promised Environmental Planning and Protection Bill was yesterday slammed as “an empty and vacuous promise” by Save the Bays’ legal director, who argued it could have prevented the current landfill inferno if implemented earlier. Fred Smith QC, the Callenders & Co attorney partner, told Tribune Business he had little faith the Government was serious about greater environmental protection given the timing of the Bill’s unveiling. The draft Bill, unveiled by Kenred Dorsett, minister of the environment and housing, last week, comes

Green Economy Gives ‘Opportunities Galore’

The Government would help create a “far greater” number of “meaningful” Bahamian jobs if it abandoned its current development approach in favour of the ‘green economy’, a well-known QC believes. Fred Smith QC, the Callenders & Co attorney and partner, said such an economic model would help to attract investors and visitors from the United States and elsewhere, many of whom were attracted to environmentally-friendly destinations. He argued that it would also create many more sustainable, high-paying jobs, than the current development

Smith worried govt blocking ‘public interest’ litigation

A prominent Queen’s Counsel (QC) yesterday accused the government of “erecting artificial barriers” that would – if upheld by the courts – prevent litigation of matters of extreme public interest. He made the charge after government counsel demanded $100,000 in security for costs in a legal challenge of the government’s Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) consultations.

Smith demands removal of protection for heads of agreement in draft FOIA

The government must remove powers protecting heads of agreements from public disclosure from the 2015 Freedom of Information Bill if it wishes to rid itself of a “recipe for corruption and abuse”, according to a local lawyer. Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) President Fred Smith, QC told Guardian Business that while the draft legislation demonstrates a degree of improvement over the 2012 bill in promoting government transparency, he urged the government to draft another act taking into account recent suggestions