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Attorney Profile

Jonathan Walker

Head of Dispute & Risk Management Department

Jonathan Walker, Head of Dispute and Risk Management Department at M. Hamel-Smith & Co.
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Phone: 868 299 0981
Mobile: 868 387 2693

Bar Admissions

1996: Trinidad & Tobago

Areas of Practice

  • General Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Energy
  • Employment and Labour Law
  • Construction
  • Tax Litigation
  • Tax Appeals
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Medical Negligence / Malpractice
Leading Individual Global Chambers

Profile

Jonathan Walker’s core practice is in the area of litigation. He is trained in mediation and negotiation, and has experience in Constitutional and Administrative law. He has practised as an Advocate before the High Court, as well as before various tribunals such as the Controller of the Intellectual Property Office and various Commissions of Enquiry.

Current Involvement

Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution including mediation and negotiation; commercial disputes – particularly matters involving issues in Insurance, Torts, Employment, Intellectual Property, Finance and Contract, Constitutional and Administrative Law.

Practising as an Advocate before High Court, Court of Appeal, and Industrial Court.

Assisting in the mentoring, training and development of Associates.

Rankings and Accolades – Chambers Global 2011-2017: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Jonathan Walker is featured with a No. 2 Ranking among the corporate/commercial lawyers in Trinidad & Tobago. A sample of the commentaries reported by Chambers Global include:

“draws praise for ‘his general strategic acumen in dealing with matters and his ability to understand and dissect agreements’.” – 2017

his knowledge is very crisp, and he is easy to get along with.” – 2016

“described as “a standout lawyer“. – 2015

“very, very bright, a hard worker and a very shrewd tactician.” – 2014

“described as “incredibly responsive, extremely intelligent and diligent.” – 2013

Experience includes

  • Represented the owner in arbitration proceedings in respect of disputes concerning the construction of a hospital in Tobago.
  • Represented the owner in 5 arbitrations in respect of disputes concerning the construction of 5 football stadia for the FIFA Under 17 World Cup.
  • Representing the owner in arbitration proceedings in respect of disputes concerning the construction of a $400m hotel.
  • Representing a consortium of leading construction professionals in a dispute against the owner in respect of design services rendered on the construction of a University Campus.
  • Advising the main contractor on a condominium project in respect of its dispute with the owner (dispute successfully negotiated without the need for arbitration).
  • Representing a contractor in High Court proceedings against the owner in respect of claim for payment for works performed on one of the largest apartment complex projects undertaken in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Junior to the Honourable Michael Beloff QC in judicial review proceedings brought by the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago against the Commission of Enquiry into the Construction Sector chaired by Professor John Uff QC.

Publications

Author: “Enforcement of Judgements”

Co-Author: “Alternative Dispute Resolution”; “Employment and Industrial Relations”

Professional Memberships

The Law Association of Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Commerce

Queen’s Park Cricket Club, Trinidad & Tobago

Reported Cases

Crane v. Rees & Ors (2000) 60 WIR 409

Peters & Chaitan v. The Attorney General (2001) 62 WIR 244

Education

1996: L.E.C. (Legal Education Certificate) Hugh Wooding Law School

1994: LL.B. The University of the West Indies