KAMALA BHOOLAI joined the firm as a Consultant in 2004. She is a commercial lawyer with international experience and an expert in certain aspects of the petroleum and energy sector.
She is a member of the core team working on the development of the intra Caribbean Pipeline Project and is the legal coordinator for the project.
From 1986 - 2002 she was Special Adviser (Legal) in the Economic and Legal Services Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, in London, England and Acting Head of that Division from 2001 - 2002. In those roles, she was involved in a range of projects in various countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean. She has advised on the legal, policy and strategic aspects of investment projects and the review and design of regulatory/fiscal/contractual frameworks, with particular emphasis on projects relating to development of the petroleum and mining sectors of various countries.
She assisted the Government of Zimbabwe with negotiations and preparation of the first petroleum agreement and the first mineral agreement for that country and has been involved in negotiating agreements between governments and major international companies for the exploration and development of petroleum and mineral resources and with the preparation of the relevant agreements.
She provided assistance with preparation of bid documentation, analysis of bids, review of feasibility studies and drafting of various types of petroleum and mineral agreements and licences, petroleum and mineral legislation and related tax and fiscal legislation. She prepared the first LNG licence for Trinidad and Tobago. She was also involved in the initial stages of the Bugagali hydropower project.
She has played a key role in the petroleum and energy sectors in Trinidad and Tobago. As General Counsel/Company Secretary of the National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (NEC) from 1979 - 1986, she participated in negotiation of the agreements between the NEC and international companies relating to the establishment of two major fertilizer complexes, a urea plant, a methanol plant, and the gas pipeline and infrastructure to support these industries, and prepared the relevant agreements. She served as Secretary to the Tenders Committee of the NEC, Company Secretary/Legal Adviser to the Trinidad and Tobago Methanol Company Limited and the Trinidad and Tobago Urea Company Limited and as Secretary/Legal Adviser to Trinidad and Tobago LNG. She was one of the Directors appointed to the first Board of Fertilizer of Trinidad and Tobago Limited and the first Board of the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited.
She prepared, and participated in negotiations of, the first Production Sharing Contract (PSC) for Trinidad and Tobago. She had responsibility for preparation of various licences required under the petroleum legislation and agreements. As a member of the senior management team and cabinet appointed committees, she contributed to the formulation of policy including a policy for natural gas, and preparation of petroleum and related fiscal legislation.
She was also involved in projects in other areas including projects to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism, development of stock exchange projects, a telecommunication project and National Housing Development construction projects.
She is a Barrister at Law of Lincoln’s Inn, London, a member of the International Bar Association and a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago.
WENDY HOYTE is a Consultant with expertise in all areas of civil practice and procedure, including civil litigation, corporate and conveyancing law. She is a sole practitioner and also lectures in Company Law at the Academy of Tertiary Studies to students preparing for the London University Bachelor of Laws Degree programme.
She was an Associate and then a Partner of one of the larger Law Firms in Trinidad and Tobago. Thereafter, she was the Group Corporate Attorney at Ansa McAl Limited the largest conglomerate in Trinidad and Tobago for 3 years, Lecturer in Business Law in the Department of Business Management at NIHERST for 2 years and an Associate Tutor in Contract Law at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies. She served as Manager, Legal Services at Evolving Technologies and Enterprise Development Company Limited (“eTeck”), a State Enterprise, for 4 years providing legal advice and negotiation support for the Company’s business development and investment promotion initiatives, preparing joint ventures, shareholders’ and lease agreements and providing corporate secretarial services to the Company and its affiliates.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (Honours) from the University of the West Indies and the Certificate of Legal Education from the Hugh Wooding Law School. She was admitted to practise in Trinidad and Tobago in 1981.
ANTHONY D. VIEIRA has been practising law since 1983. He handles all aspects of general practice and is an experienced litigator, negotiator and mediator.
He has been involved in several high profile cases dealing with judicial review, banking, defamation and international corporate and commercial litigation.
He joined Mair and Company in 1996 with a view to strengthening its litigation arm and has successfully achieved this aim while, at the same time, practicing extensively in commercial transactions, intellectual property and telecommunications matters. He has represented and advised actors, musicians, artists, designers, film-makers and writers. He is an experienced Mediator and has assisted clients in avoiding potentially serious litigation.
During the period 1983 to 1993, he was in full time practice in private chambers as an advocate attorney. He appeared in all courts handling criminal, civil, family and industrial relations matters. During the period 1993 to 1995 he served as Senior Crown Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers, British Virgin Islands. There he prosecuted serious and complex criminal offences at the Magistrates Court, Assizes and the Eastern Caribbean Circuit Court of Appeal. He worked closely with the Inspector of Banks and Trust Companies in the regulation of offshore financial services. He advised and litigated on matters involving public law and claims made against government ministries and departments. He also negotiated and drafted a broad range of contracts.
He has a special interest in medico-legal matters and represents a number of doctors and dentists. He was responsible for reviewing the laws and regulations pertaining to education when he was legal consultant to the Minister of Education (1989 – 1991). He served as a director of the Reinsurance Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (1990 – 1993); and he helped train officers of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs on Consumer Legislation and Practice (1996).
Mr. Vieira is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies (LLB Honours) of the Hugh Wooding Law School (LEC) (Joint Winner of Chairman’s Prize). He also holds a Diploma in International Relations (Honours) of the University of the West Indies and is a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago.