Areas of Practice:
- Wills, Estate Planning & Probate
- International Maritime & Admiralty
- Family Law
- Arbitration & Mediation
- Commercial & Civil Litigation
From its inception more than a century ago when goods, supplies and people moved by sea and the waters of The Bahamas were critical to trade in the Western Hemisphere, Callenders has been recognized for its strength in Maritime Law. Today that tradition of maritime legal expertise is maintained by Senior Partners and ambitious, dedicated Associates like Syneisha Bootle.
Ms. Bootle, who earned her LLM (Dist.) in International Maritime Law from IMO International Maritime Law Institute, Malta, is one of a small handful of lawyers in The Bahamas in private practice graduating from the distinguished institute. Her plans: to work continually to drive the attractiveness of the country’s maritime industry, in particular the ship registry by ensuring that maritime interests are protected and highest flagging standards maintained. Where that requires updated or upgraded legislation, particularly in maritime insurance matters, Ms. Bootle will be at the forefront. Where treaties and conventions have been signed but remain unsupported by required local legislation, she will be negotiating for attention in order to maintain and grow the reputation of the nation. That is her national objective.
On an individual basis, Ms. Bootle guides corporate and individual clients seamlessly through the Shipping or Yacht Registry process as defined by tonnage and length, whether commercial or non-commercial use. Registered vessels receive Bahamas Maritime Authority bulletins along with Callenders’ updates.
Her attention to the details of security and safety measures, dockage facilities, inspections, navigational aids, dumping and disposal restrictions, Customs and Immigration procedures are components that she recognizes as making one flag or jurisdiction more desirable than another.
“The Bahamas is well-respected in the maritime arena around the world and I want to ensure that we maintain that position while I join the other maritime law experts at Callenders to bring our expertise in this highly specialized field to our clients,” says Bootle.
Syneisha Y. Bootle began her tertiary educational at The College of The Bahamas where she attained an Associates in Law and Criminal Justice in 2010. She then attended Keele University, Staffordshire, UK where she successfully obtained her LLB. Ms. Bootle completed the LLM in Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) with a Very Competent classification at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK in 2015. While completing the Bar, Ms. Bootle, also obtained a Master’s Degree in Marine Insurance from Northumbria University. She was awarded the Ede and Ravenscroft Prize for the best Masters Project. While studying in England, Ms. Bootle attained the qualification of Accredited Mediator through the London School of Mediation.