Parris Whittaker, Attorney at Law

Full-Service Law Firm in Freeport, Bahamas

Parris Whittaker, Attorney at Law

Suite 10, Seventeen Centre
Bank Lane

Freeport F-43018
Bahamas

Phone(242) 352-6110
Fax (242) 352-6114

Website parriswhittaker.com
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Law Firm Overview

Parris Whittaker, Attorney at Law, located in Freeport, Bahamas, is a full-service law firm with over 40 years of experience in commercial transactions and litigation. We’ve designed our practice to accommodate both non-Bahamas businesses that need sharp local expertise, and local/regional businesses that want a trusted hand and 24/7 attention.

Our firm's array of services is broad. As real estate, banking and litigation experts, we've built legal specialties around our strengths and your needs. We often price our services based on your value, not maximizing our fees.

Doing business in the Bahamas isn't as easy as you might think. It’s governed by arcane laws, complex systems and local politics that can prove baffling—and unproductive—to outsiders. That’s why so many global and regional businesses look to Parris Whittaker for their legal needs.


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Additional Areas of Law: Conveyances & Mortgages; Commercial Property Transactions; GBPA License Applications; Incorporation & Restructuring; E-Business.


Areas of Law Description

Parris Whittaker provides legal representation and services in the following areas of practice:

- Conveyances & Mortgages

Our experience and precision allows you to run your Bahamas-based transaction without a hitch. We provide all essential conveyance and mortgage services, offering the benefit of wisdom gained through hundreds of successful conveyances.

- Corporate Services, Incorporation & Restructuring

Whether you’re forming or acquiring a company, reissuing shares, resolving a shareholder dispute, or simply ensuring in compliance with local laws, we have decades of experience with corporate law in the Bahamas and are active members of the Bahamas business community.

- Real Estate & Commercial Property Transactions

Whether your project involves a shopping center, condo complex, mixed-use development or subdivision, ParrisWhittaker will perform your due diligence. We will shepherd your transaction attentively, so that you get the full benefit of your investment.

- Litigation (Civil, Commercial & Trust)

We have experience with virtually all the rules of law, and excel in research, oral argument and thinking on our feet. We’re so experienced that we can frequently offer beneficial billing arrangements driven by an informed estimate of the time and resources required to prevail.

- E-Business & E-Commerce

With our strategic help, you’ll find the Bahamas to be an excellent solution for ebusiness and ecommerce companies. ParrisWhittaker is on the cutting edge of ebusiness and ecommerce law in the Bahamas and will leverage this knowledge on your behalf.

- Employment & Immigration

If your company is shackled by a labor-union dispute or needs to bring an employee from overseas, or if you find yourself on either side of a wrongful dismissal claim, ParrisWhittaker gives you the best possible representation across employment and immigration law categories.

- Estates, Probates, Wills & Trusts

Without an attorney experienced in estates, probates, wills and trusts, you may lose control of your hard-earned money, or be deprived of the inheritance that’s coming to you. ParrisWhittaker can protect you and your beneficiaries—or help you obtain your due.

- Family & Matrimonial Law

We offer an efficient solution, with reasonable rates, superior representation, and a sense of humor to boot. Our experience in the courtroom defuses frayed nerves, and our humanistic approach provides perspective during a time of great stress.

- Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) License Applications

This is one of the primary reasons to do business in Freeport. Whether local or international, your company can profit greatly from having a Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) license. At ParrisWhittaker, we know all the ins and outs of GBPA licensing.

- Intellectual Property, Trademarks & Trade Names

ParrisWhittaker registers your trademark, patent or copyright efficiently and cost-effectively. Or, if you incorporate a company in the Bahamas, ParrisWhittaker will guide you through the essential process of applying for a trade name.

- Professional Negligence & Medical Malpractice

We believe it’s only right to hold professionals to the highest legal standards. At ParrisWhittaker we will vigorously pursue your claim against negligent professionals of all kinds.

- Maritime & Shipping Law

At ParrisWhittaker, we move with lightning speed to arrest vessels or resolve vessel arrests. We leverage our deep relationships with the local port authorities on your behalf. ParrisWhittaker offers a comprehensive array of maritime law services.



Partners

Arthur Parris Mr. Arthur K. Parris
Partner
Advertising, Aerospace Law, Agency and Distributorship, Asset Protection, Aviation Accidents

Kenra Parris-Whittaker Ms. Kenra Parris-Whittaker
Partner
Accident, Administrative Law, Admiralty and Maritime, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Animal Bites

Jacy Whittaker Mr. Jacy A. Whittaker
Partner
Accident, Admiralty and Maritime, Adoption, Advertising, Agency and Distributorship


Affiliations

  • Bahamas Bar Association
  • British Virgin Islands (
  • Freeport Law Society
  • Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce

More Information on Parris Whittaker, Attorney at Law

Real Estate & Commercial Property Transactions
Litigation (Civil, Commercial & Trust)
E-Business & E-Commerce
Conveyances & Mortgages
Intellectual Property, Trademarks & Trade Names
Family & Matrimonial Law
Corporate Services, Incorporation & Restructuring
Parris Whittaker, Attorney at Law News and Publications

Articles Published by Parris Whittaker, Attorney at Law

 Freezing Orders in UK Maritime Case: Third Party Creditors

The courts will be sympathetic to third parties who are seeking to enforce their security in respect of property subject to a freezing order.

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 Commercial Contracts and Changes in Circumstances in the Bahamas

A failure by a contractual party to anticipate a change in circumstances before entering into a contract, could adversely affect their contractual rights should a dispute arise.

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 Commercial Contracts: Are Oral Discussions Binding in The Bahamas?

Negotiations are a vital part of the process of agreeing the terms of a commercial contract, but when will such discussions have a binding effect on the parties?

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 Bribery: How the UK Bribery Act Affects Bahamas Businesses

How is bribery in the commercial context dealt with by the courts, and how is it relevant to businesses in The Bahamas? Prosecutors are taking a much stricter stance with individuals and organisations convicted of bribery offences since the UK’s major bribery legislation came into force.

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 Termination of Contracts in the UK: Will Reasons Later Argued Suffice?

Commercial contracts can be broken by either party in certain circumstances, but when can a party justify termination by a new reason given later - after the termination has taken place?

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 Company Shares and Forgotten Agreements in the Bahamas

The sale of company shares where an agreement in relation to those shares had been forgotten, was found to be valid in an important ruling in the UK’s Court of Appeal.

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 Arbitration Clauses: Do They Trump Other Requirements?

A recent ruling in the UK’s High Court highlights the importance of arbitration clauses and agreements in commercial disputes, and clarifies when they take precedence.

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 Commercial Contracts: Beware Signature Blocks

Correct execution of commercial contracts is an important step to ensure the terms of the contracts are legally binding on the parties. How will the courts decide whether or not a contract is binding where there is a dispute over how the contract terms have been accepted - other than with a signature in the contract itself? A recent ruling of the High Court in the UK provides useful guidance to commercial lawyers and their clients on the signing of legal documents.

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 Compulsory Marine Liability Insurance

If you are involved in the maritime and shipping industry, you will be only too familiar with the wealth of legislation and regulation with which you are obliged to comply. When it comes to business at sea and in port, it is essential to ensure that you are fully compliant in order to protect you, your employees, your clients and your business.

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 Shipping Contract Disputes

A recent contract dispute demonstrates the need to secure expert shipping law advice as soon as possible, particularly if the contract in question contained a jurisdiction clause, which can affect both the outcome of the case and any damages awarded.

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 Shipping Arbitration Agreements

Drawing up effective contracts is an essential part of carrying out a thriving and successful shipping business. But even with the best intentions and the most rigorously drawn up agreements, contentious issues may arise.

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 Implied Contract Terms: Leases and Rent Refunds

Parties to commercial leases should appreciated and understand the extent of their rights and responsibilities to commercial landlords, to minimize the risk of disputes.

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 Need an Enduring Power of Attorney?

Are you becoming elderly or suffering a serious illness; or are your mental faculties failing? Do you need to appoint someone to deal with your affairs on your behalf?

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 Anton Piller Injunctions Can Protect Evidence

Do you suspect a defendant or potential defendant in your legal claim is hiding critical information that could be valuable evidence in support of your claim? The experienced commercial litigation lawyers at Parris Whittaker are experienced in successfully applying for court orders such as Anton Piller orders on behalf of its clients to ensure such evidence is identified and obtained.

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 Do You Have a Consumer Protection Problem?

The courts and legislative bodies are increasingly erring on the side of the consumer on issues relating to consumer protection. The message is that misleading or unscrupulous practices by businesses that take advantage of consumers will not be tolerated.

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 Facing a Shipping Mortgage Dispute in the Bahamas?

Ship registration is relatively new business here in The Bahamas and since the 1976 Merchant Shipping Act was passed, more than 1500 vessels have been registered here including Maersk Line, Exxon International Holland-America Cruises.

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 The Advantages of Trading Through a Limited Company in the Bahamas

Is your business trading in the most cost effective way and is your legal status adequately protected? Choosing the best legal ‘vehicle’ through which to operate your business is perhaps the most important decision you can make as a business owner – particularly with the advice of an expert companies lawyer.

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 Have You Lost a Loved One After a Fatal Accident in an Industrial Accident or Traffic Collision - Bahamas

The media often covers the tragic death of someone at an industrial workplace, in a traffic collision or at sea. In June this year, a US cruise passenger drowned in the Bahamas during a cruise visit whilst snorkeling; and a Carnival passenger was killed last year on a jet ski rented in Nassau.

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 Age-Related Issues in Employment Situations in the Bahamas

Discrimination in the work place is often a high profile and issue, whether relating to sex, race, religion, disability or age. And it’s the issue of age and the potential for discrimination and unfairness in relation to redundancy and retirement that has recently attracted judicial attention. Whether you are an employee or an employer - if you have concerns relating to age discrimination in the workplace, contact our experience employment lawyers at Parris Whittaker for prompt advice.

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 Applying for a Mareva Injunction to Freeze your Debtor’s Assets in the Bahamas

Do you suspect there a risk your debtor will disperse his assets to frustrate a future judgment in your favour and prevent settling his debt? If the answer is ‘Yes’, you need urgent legal advice so that an application for a temporary injunction freezing those assets (a Mareva injunction) can be made to the court. The experienced commercial litigation lawyers at Parris Whittaker are experienced in successfully applying for Mareva Injunctions on behalf of our clients.

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 Maritime Liens and Ship Arrest by Crewmembers in the Bahamas

Shipping claims frequently require immediate, aggressive action. If you need urgent legal advice in relation to arrest of a vessel or exercising a maritime lien, our experienced maritime lawyers will take prompt action against the opposing party on your behalf. We have a wealth of expertise gained from years of experience acting for clients in The Bahamas - a major international transshipment center.

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 Defamation and the Internet in the Bahamas

A defamatory comment can destroy both a person’s character and professional reputation. But a ruined reputation can be salvaged with expert legal advice. Online defamation is a clearly damaging and untrue statement that is published online. The twenty first century internet has vastly multiplied the avenues through which comments are published and spread.

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 Security for Costs in Litigation - Bahamas

Are you defending a legal action, or do you anticipate court proceedings may be commenced against you in the near future? If so, you may be justifiably concerned that should you succeed in defending the claim you won’t get your costs back from the other party. The expert dispute resolution lawyers at Parris Whittaker can take prompt action on your behalf to protect your financial interests by obtaining an order for security for costs.

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 E-Business and E-Commerce in the Bahamas

The law has had to adapt and change to meet the needs and demands of businesses and consumers as modern technology has advance. And it will keep on changing as technology continues to develop. If you are considering setting up in business with a measure of reliance on the internet and associated technologies, you will need expert advice from lawyers experienced in e-business law.

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 Wills: Avoiding DIY Wills - Bahamas Probate Issues

None of us can avoid life’s eventual certainty of death, but you can avoid substantial problems arising on death by making a Will. One of the most important things you can do for your loved ones in relation to your assets is to make a Will - and to ensure your Will is properly drawn up. You will, of course, want to ensure your money and assets pass to your chosen beneficiaries; and you will need to adequately provide for your loved ones such as your spouse and children on your death.

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