Mrs. Thalicia K. Blair-Foreman
Founding LawyerBlair Foreman & Co.
Suite 11, Mannings Hill Commercial Centre
27 Mannings Hill Road, Kingston 8
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Mrs. Thalicia K. Blair-Foreman - Founding Lawyer, Kingston, Jamaica
Lawyer's ProfileThalicia is the Founder and Head of Chambers of Blair Foreman & Co. She has been admitted to practice in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), a leading offshore jurisdiction and also in Jamaica. She graduated from the University of the West Indies having obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree with First Class Honours and Bachelor of Laws Degree with Upper Second Class Honours.
Thalicia was an Associate in the Commercial Law Department at O’Neal Webster, BVI a Top Tier Law Firm. She also provided litigation support to the Senior Partners of the Firm on inter-jurisdictional corporate and commercial law disputes and personal injury matters. Her practice in the BVI included the provision of legal advice to major financial centres of the world on the general aspects of offshore corporate law, bilateral and syndicated loan agreements, commercial law and the establishment of Mutual Funds.
In Jamaica, Thalicia specializes in Tourism and Travel Law. She assists clients in the tourism industry with obtaining hotel licenses, beach front licenses and domestic tour company licenses. She also assists investors with hotel leasing and acquisition, obtaining work permits, drafting employment contracts for their senior executives and drafting their business agreements. Thalicia also supports the tourism industry by advising potential investors on Gaming and Casino Law.
Thalicia also represents major international companies in several industries such as business consulting, construction, mining, tobacco and telecommunications. She assists those clients and other corporate clients with intellectual property law matters, incorporating local companies, registering overseas companies in Jamaica, drafting and negotiating commercial agreements and providing advice on general aspects of Jamaican corporate, energy, mining, employment and construction law.
Thalicia also has significant experience in Real Estate or Property Law and has developed a very strong reputation in Jamaica for not only completing her clients’ Real Estate matters in an effective manner but also for completing her clients’ divorces, international adoptions and general family law matters with efficiency.
Thalicia is also very involved in programmes in Jamaica which focus on educational development at the primary and secondary school levels. She is a member of the St. Francis Primary School Board.
Bar AdmissionBritish Virgin Islands and Jamaica
Lawyer's Areas of Practice
PublicationsJamaica, An Offshore Banking Option?
“An exploration of how the Jamaican Individuals and Businesses could benefit from using Offshore Financial Centres to Structure their Affairs generally, their Tax Liability and their Succession Planning”.
By Mrs. Thalicia Blair-Foreman
Published in The Jamaica Business Journal-Volume 3 No. 2 www.jamaicabusinessjournal.com
On Monday, September 17, 2007 in Tax-News.com (London), Amanda Banks in her article Jamaica Looks to Join Caribbean Offshore Club stated that Jamaica's newly sworn-in Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, has ambitious plans for turning around years of economic stagnation and under-investment, with proposals to develop an offshore financial centre, and new tax and regulatory policies to attract the "right kind" of foreign investment. The Labour Party's election manifesto pledged to: "Establish Kingston as a choice location for offshore financial services to exploit the benefits currently being enjoyed by countries such as the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. This financial centre will be located in downtown Kingston as a fulcrum for the much needed redevelopment of that part of the city. There are other islands in the Caribbean that have done very well in their offshore activities," Golding told the UK's Financial Times in an interview. "We believe that it is an area that Jamaica can secure benefits from."
With such utterances, offshore financial centers and offshore law became ‘buzz words’ and there were a lot of public discussions as to how offshore law could benefit the Jamaican economy.
The purpose of this article is therefore to explore the ways in which the Jamaican business community could benefit from offshore financial centres, even though an Offshore Regime has not been established in Jamaica.