Frederick R.M. Smith QC
Frederick Smith QC
Fred Smith took Silk in 2009 having been in practice since 1977.
He was called to the Bahamian Bar as well as the Bar of England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn) and has built up an extensive commercial practice.
He has appeared before civil courts, administrative boards, various tribunals, the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, The Court of Appeal of The Bahamas and The Privy Council.
He also appeared in front of the Human Rights Commission of the Organisation of American States, sitting in Washington DC in the mid-1980s. The case concerned an action against the Government of The Bahamas alleging breaches of human rights against the general Haitian population living in The Bahamas.
He has provided expert testimony on the law of The Bahamas in courts in the UK, USA and Canada.
He has been Chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the Bahamian Bar Association and has also chaired the Constitutional Law section of that association.
He is a past President of the Freeport Law Society and is currently President of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association, a non-governmental organisation he helped found 25 years ago.
He has particular expertise in offshore trusts and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on matters arising under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement in The Bahamas.
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