Having celebrated 105 years of doing business, Hamel-Smith is recognised as a leader both in the Trinidad & Tobago business community and its legal profession. We serve a large number of the local and international companies that do business in Trinidad & Tobago. Hamel-Smith provides services across all areas of practice which are relevant to our business clients. We are proud of the key role that we play in helping new enterprises to grow and international companies to enter the Trinidad & Tobago market
Hamel-Smith is a member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms.
Hamel-Smith has extensive experience with cross-border transactions. We have worked with several of the world’s leading law firms on world class energy-based projects in Trinidad. Hamel-Smith has been engaged in almost all of the major oil, gas and energy-based projects in Trinidad, either on the project side or in connection with the financing aspect of these transactions. We have also been involved in many financings and transactions throughout the Caribbean.
Hamel-Smith is distinguished from the competition primarily by:
Quality and depth of resources
The quality of Hamel-Smith’s lawyers and service is independently confirmed by Chambers Global which has consistently ranked Hamel-Smith at #1 in Trinidad.
Based on client interviews, Chambers Global has reported the following comments about Hamel-Smith:
"You get service from them that you would expect to find in any of the major business centres in the world."
"If I have a very difficult transaction, this team is who I call".
“The best in the Caribbean from a technical point of view.”
“Knowledgeable, responsive, and everything you want in outside counsel.”
“Undoubtedly one of the leading firms in the country – its reputation precedes it and it never disappoints.”
“We’ve never needed to go anywhere else.”
Hamel-Smith’s unparalleled depth is also confirmed by the fact that eight Hamel-Smith partners (more than any other law firm in Trinidad) are individually ranked in Chambers Global’s 2014 edition.
Working together to achieve each client's business objectives
Some lawyers see legal problems as requiring purely legal solutions. At Hamel-Smith, we see things differently. We know that our clients are business partners who need practical solutions that help them to pursue opportunities, while managing legal and other commercial risks. Hamel-Smith lawyers are committed to understanding our client's business. We work in a collaborative manner with our clients to achieve their busines objectives, while managing their risks.
Hamel-Smith’s focus on providing practical solutions that meet our clients’ business objectives is emphasized in the comments recorded by Chambers Global in client interviews, including:
“really step into the shoes of the client and try to understand the issues we are trying to address.”
“sees both the legal and the commercial dimensions, however complex.”
“has a keen sense of the business and delves into the law, guiding people to get what the client wants.”
“looks out for the solution that is best suited to the client even where that is low-key and low-profile.”