JOHN MAIR is the senior partner in the firm and has been practising law for 35 years in Trinidad and Jamaica. He founded the firm in 1982. He has a broad company/commercial law and conveyancing practice. He advises banking, merchant banking and trust institutions on all types of lending transactions, and debt restructuring, on mergers and acquisitions, commercial conveyancing, joint ventures, prospectus issues, private placements, receiverships and family business issues and employment issues. He has been involved in many complex commercial negotiations and company re-organizations.
He has served on several Trinidad and Tobago Committees and Task Forces (privatisation of ISCOTT, establishment of an urban development corporation) and most recently on a Legal Working Group which made recommendations (accepted by Government) for the modernization of the information communications and technology sectors of Trinidad and Tobago.
He served as a director of Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd. (Udecott) and is currently a director of United Independent Petroleum Corporation Ltd (Unipet). He was a member of the Curriculum Committee of the IOB for the establishment of the Executive MBA program and developed the legal module and was a past director of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He is a graduate of Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics and received his legal education under articles in Jamaica. He is admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and is also admitted to practice as an Attorney at Law in Jamaica as well as in Trinidad and Tobago.
He is a Member of the Law Society of England, the Jamaica Bar Association and the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago.
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.
LUCILLE MAIR has been practising law for 30 years. She joined the firm as a partner in 1997. She specialized in financial regulatory matters. She was the Senior Legal Advisor and Corporate Secretary to the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and served in the legal department of the Central Bank for over 23 years. Her experience in addition to specialist assignments for Central Banks in the region includes company, commercial, construction law, financial and regulatory matters. She was involved as leader of the legal team in the restructuring of three failed banks and their merger to create First Citizens Bank Ltd now the third largest bank in Trinidad and Tobago. As a consultant to the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago she was engaged in a review of the laws that affect the payments system and guidelines governing financial institutions. She was a consultant to the Central Bank of Barbados working on the legislative framework for the introduction of deposit insurance in that country.She was a member of a joint consultancy team for the World Bank which carried out a general review of the deposit taking institutions in Trinidad and Tobago.
As a member of senior management at the Central Bank, she accumulated a wealth of experience in financial and capital markets regulatory issues. She was at the helm of the project in the nineties for modernising the legislative framework for banking supervision and various other regulatory matters in the financial services sector. She was part of a multi-disciplinary team, appointed to oversee the closure of failed financial institutions, managing the liquidation and payout arising from the closure of those institutions.
She has organized and conducted seminars on legal and banking regulatory issues and has presented a number of papers at regional and international seminars. She prepared for the Caribbean Law Institute a report titled A Banking Law Reform for the Commonwealth Caribbean June 1993, the recommendations of which formed the basis of a model uniform banking law adopted by the Caribbean Countries.
She is a Barrister at Law of Lincoln’s Inn, London and a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago. She is a director of the Home Mortgage Bank and a Fellow of the Institute of Banking of Trinidad and Tobago, Chairman, Election Committee, Caribbean Academy of Sciences, Member, UWI Development and Endowment Fund. She is a Notary Public of Trinidad and Tobago. Until recently she was Deputy Chairman of First Citizens Bank Limited and served as Corporate Secretary of the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. She is a former director of Ansa McAL Limited and of the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange.
L. SAMUEL HARRISON is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Courts of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and the Eastern Caribbean. He has been practising for over 20 years. He is an experienced litigator, concentrating on commercial litigation. He has successfully represented clients in the High Courts and Courts of Appeal in Trinidad and Tobago, the Eastern Caribbean and Jamaica as well as the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in matters such as banking and financial law, intellectual property law and defamation.
He joined Mair and Company in 2004 and is Head of Litigation. He was a Partner with one of the leading law firms in Jamaica, DunnCox where he was in charge of its team of Case Managers / Instructing Attorneys. He served as a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council of Jamaica and was a member of the Civil Procedure Committee of the Jamaican Bar Association, where he assisted in the drafting of the rules for Jamaica’s Commercial Court. He is an Associate Tutor at the Hugh Wooding Law School, where he tutors in the Civil Procedure and Practice Course.
Mr. Harrison is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, UWI (LLB) and the Norman Manley Law School (LEC). He is a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago and is a Rotarian.