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  • Richard Halsall is an associate tenant of Gray’s Inn Square and practices in the Isle of Man. He is an Advocate of the Manx Bar and specialises in Isle of Man Litigation. The Manx legal profession is fused with Advocates undertaking the role of both Solicitor and Barrister.

    He is experienced in litigation in all levels of the Manx courts from the Staff of Government Division (the Appeal Division), the High Court, Summary Courts, Coroners Inquests to Tribunals in areas as diverse as agricultural tenancies, work permits and public enquiries.

    For the last 7 years his practice has focused on commercial and international cross border litigation including large Trust disputes.

    He has dealt with a number of Petitions of doleance (Manx Judicial review).Richard is a former partner in an Isle of Man general legal practice and set up his own firm in 2002. He merged his practice with Andrew Bridson in 2006 and is a director of BridsonHalsall Advocates. He has experience of most areas of Isle of Man law.

    In addition to his civil practice he has represented clients in respect of the majority of offences including white collar crime, money laundering, manslaughter and murder. He acted for a Department of Transport chargehand who successfully defended a charge of manslaughter by gross negligence. He has been engaged in various sensitive international cases including extradition proceedings and serious fraud matters.

    Richard is former Treasurer for the Isle of Man Law Society and has sat on several committees of the Isle of Man Law Society including the Legislation and Education committees. He is a Notary Public.

    Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine is Professor of Labour Law and Offshore Financial Law, and was Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies. She is also Commissioner of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Washington. Winner of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research, Professor Rose-Marie Antoine’s diverse and pioneering publications reach beyond regional borders and have been applauded by leading international scholars. Professor Antoine received her LLM from Cambridge University and DPhil from Oxford University. She has lectured at DePaul, Illinois and Case-Western Reserve universities in the USA, consulted for governments and international organizations, including the governments of Canada,UK, USA, several Caribbean governments, IDB, EU, World-Bank, CARICOM, UNICEF, ILO, UNIFEM, UNDCP and PANCAP, drafted the Labour Code of Saint Lucia, several statutes on diverse areas of law.

    She is the author of the well-known CARICOM Harmonization in Labour Law Report 1992, which formed the basis of the Commonwealth Caribbean’s (CARICOM) model labour laws and the blueprint and catalyst for labour law reform in the Commonwealth Caribbean, including reforms on equality of opportunity and industrial relations rights. She has authored several articles and books including:

    Confidentiality in Offshore Financial Law (Oxford University Press), Trusts and Tax in Offshore Financial Law (Oxford University Press), Commonwealth Caribbean Law and Legal Systems (Routledge-Cavendish, London); co-authored the Unfair Dismissal Digest, ILO, Legal Issues in Offshore Finance; contributed chapters to Legal Systems of the World, USA, Industrial Relations in the Caribbean, ILO, Human Resource & Workplace Governance; and Labour Law and Development, McGill.

    Professor Antoine has served as senior legal advisor to virtually all of the governments of the Commonwealth Caribbean and to governments outside of the region, such as the UK, Venezuela, USA and Canada, and to several international and regional organisations. These include the European Union, OAS, IADB, the World Bank, CARICOM, OECS, UNICEF, ILO, UNIFEM, PanCap and UNDCP. She is the author of well-known Reports on regional issues including Discrimination, Constitutional Reform, Public Service Reform, Children’s’ Rights/Juvenile Justice, Mutual Legal Assistance, Women’s Rights, Labour Law, Free Movement of Labour, HIV, Financial Law and Anti-Corruption. As ILO consultant, she drafted a Labour Code for Saint Lucia and as EU Team Leader, has drafted a number of important statutes on diverse areas of law including on the financial sector, health, education, child justice, labour, human trafficking and trusts. She has therefore contributed an impressive share in the practical realisation of the aims of Caribbean legal development and policy by leading various projects and studies, including issues of immediate social relevance such as human rights, judicial review of state action, HIV policy and equality at the workplace.

    Tim Prudhoe is a partner in the specialist global litigation firm of Kobre & Kim LLP and works predominantly out of their British Virgin Islands and London offices. He is a Barrister in England & Wales since 1994. He is also admitted in the Turks & Caicos Islands, the British Virgin Islands and Bermuda.

    Professor Andrew Morriss is D. Paul Jones, Jr. and Charlene Angelich Jones Chairholder of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. Professor Morriss is the author or coauthor of more than 60 book chapters, scholarly articles, and books. He is affiliated with a number of think tanks doing public policy work, including the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, the Regulatory Studies Center at George Washington University, the Institute for Energy Research, and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In addition, he is a Research Fellow at the New York University Center for Labor and Employment Law. He is chair of the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review. His scholarship focuses on regulatory issues involving environmental, energy, and offshore financial centers. Over the past ten years he has regularly taught and lectured in China, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, and Nepal.

    Professor Morriss earned an AB from Princeton University and a JD, as well as an MA in Public Affairs, from the University of Texas at Austin. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After law school, Professor Morriss clerked for US District Judge Barefoot Sanders in the Northern District of Texas and worked for two years at Texas Rural Legal Aid in Hereford and Plainview, Texas. Prof Morriss was formerly the H. Ross and Helen Workman Professor of Law and Professor of Business at the University of Illinois College of Law and the Galen J. Roush Professor of Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

    Deborah Barker Roye was called to the Bar in 1994. Deborah is currently a member of the Attorney General’s Chambers in the Cayman Islands and Assistant Director of Legal Studies at the Cayman Islands Law School. Prior to this, she was Head of the Post-graduate Professional Practice (Bar) Course at the Law School, having formerly been Course Coordinator and founding co-designer of the Bar Vocational Course at the College of Law in London.

    Deborah is a door tenant at 25 Bedford Row. She is an IATC and NITA qualified advocacy trainer and has been involved for over 14 years in training advocacy, and related evidence and procedure, to legal trainees, skills trainers and lawyers on Professional Practice Courses and Continuing Professional Development Courses. Deborah also delivers training to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Force in relation to police powers and evidence, most recently in connection with changes to the right of silence. In 2003, Deborah was appointed by His Excellency the Governor of the Cayman Islands to the position of Chair of Tribunal for a number of Public Service Commission disciplinary tribunals.

    Deborah is the author of two leading texts on Cayman Islands Law and Procedure: Criminal Litigation in the Cayman Islands and Civil Litigation in the Cayman Islands (CILS Academic Press).

    Shaun McCann was born in Scotland in 1961. He received a BA in Economics in 1983 and a LL.B in 1986 from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1986 and spent five years practising at the Bar both in the High Court and Court of Appeal of New Zealand specializing in commercial and insurance litigation, corporate insolvency and asset recovery. He was admitted as Attorney at Law in the Cayman Islands in 1992 and is Senior Partner at a leading independent law firm, where he has been described by the international professional guides as ‘very talented’, ‘well established’ and having ‘a solid market reputation’. Chambers and Partners highlighted him for his ‘extensive expertise in corporate insolvency and asset recovery litigation’. Chambers Global has described him as ‘a well-respected figure’, and ‘one of the most respected litigators’ in the Cayman Islands. He experience includes appearances before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in appeals from the Cayman Islands.

    Jane O’Rourke was called to the Bar of Middle Temple in 1982 having completed her LLB degree at Manchester University. She studied in Pennsylvania USA for her Masters degree in competition law and having completed pupillage, worked in industry in London (Royal Ordnance and Babcock International).

    On moving to the Isle of Man with her young family she worked as a Registered Legal Practitioner with Advocates, Simcocks (in the field of commercial law specialising in Employment and Data Protection) and thereafter held positions on statutory bodies being a lay member of the Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading and Commissioner, then Chairman, of the Isle of Man Gambling Control Commissioners (now the Gambling Supervision Commission).

    In 2010 she became the CEO of the Isle of Man Law Society, the Regulator and Professional body of Manx Advocates, where she heads a small executive team supporting the Society’s Council of Advocates. As a member of the Island’s Appointments Commission she assists in making appointments to Tribunals and other quasi statutory boards. A passionate believer in the potential of youth and education, she sits as a committee member with Junior Achievement Isle of Man.

    Susan Dickson accepted the invitation to join the advisory board, and her details will be added soon.
    Hadyn-John A Gadsby is Senior Associate at the firm of JD Sellier & Co in Trinidad. He took his Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of the West Indies. He was admitted as Attorney-at-Law in Trinidad and Tobago in 2003 and is a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago. His practice areas include Banking and Finance, Corporate and Commercial, Energy and Regulated Industries, Telecommunications and Entertainment Contracts. He has advised many local and international clients on a wide range of commercial matters and transactions including mergers, acquisitions, share sales, distribution agreements, commercial lease agreements, signage contracts, employment contracts, internet streaming agreements, and commercial services agreements. Hadyn-John also has significant experience in work permit applications, employment law, and corporate governance transactions including incorporations, amalgamations and the registration of external companies. Hadyn has also worked with the JDS team on various large corporate finance and capital market transactions.