SIR MICHAEL BARNETT RETURNS TO GRAHAM THOMPSON OF COUNSEL
Graham Thompson is pleased to announce that Sir Michael L. Barnett, who recently retired as the Chief Justice of The Bahamas, has returned to the Firm as consultant counsel. Sir Michael was a Partner in the Firm for more than 25 years, when he left in 2008 to be appointed to the Senate and became a member of the Cabinet of The Bahamas as the Attorney General. In August 2009, he was appointed the Chief Justice of The Bahamas, and served as the head of the judiciary for more than 5 years.
Prior to his appointment in 2008, Sir Michael had a distinguished career both at the Bar and in public service. He served as the Registrar of Examinations for the Bahamas Bar Association from 1980 to 1985, Examiner in Law of Civil Procedure for the Bahamas Bar Association from 1985 to 1990, Acting Stipendiary and Circuit Magistrate from 1985 to 1988, President of the Bahamas Bar Association and Chairman of the Bar Council from 1989 to 1991, Chairman of the Industrial Relations Board from 1993 to 1997, and a Member of the Financial Services Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister of The Bahamas from 1998 to 2000. He has further served on the boards of directors of a major commercial bank and of several international financial institutions.
Robert Adams, Chairman of Graham Thompson's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group states, “We are immensely proud to have Sir Michael re-join our practice. He embodies the very essence of what we value so highly at Graham Thompson, and what we continue to foster among the members of our team - excellence at the Bar in all respects and a true dedication to public service. Sir Michael is a powerful addition to our practice and will continue to serve as a mentor to us. He will also be available to accept appointments to serve as a mediator or an arbitrator to assist in the resolution of disputes.” Adams continues, “The response of private and institutional clients to Sir Michael’s return has been tremendous, and speaks not only to his acumen but also to the wealth of knowledge that he brought in the past and can continue to bring to both litigation and transactional-related issues.”