Profile - Catherine Ramnarine - M. Hamel-Smith & Co.
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Attorney Profile

Catherine Ramnarine


Catherine Ramnarine, Partner at M. Hamel-Smith & Co.
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Phone: 868 299 0981
Mobile: 868 355 7732

Bar Admissions

2006: Trinidad & Tobago

Areas of Practice

  • Employment and Labour Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Commercial Debt Collection
  • Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
  • Insurance Litigations
  • General Commercial Litigation
  • Construction


Catherine joined the firm in September 2006. One of the primary focuses of her current practice is labour and employment law. She has significant knowledge and practical experience in this area including industrial relations disputes, termination, discrimination and employee injury claims. She also maintains a significant practice in personal injury litigation, insurance disputes, civil and commercial litigation, debt collection, enforcement of foreign judgments and construction disputes.

Current Involvement

  • Helping clients to manage labour and employment issues, including issues relating to:
    • Recruitment – data protection, privacy and discrimination
    • Drafting employment contracts
    • Managing employee benefits and entitlements – overtime, injury and sick leave, maternity leave, health and safety requirements, implementing changes to the terms and conditions of employment, interpreting Collective Agreements
    • Performance management – attendance, punctuality, poor performance
    • Promotions
    • Disciplinary investigations and hearings
    • Redundancy and retrenchment
    • Transfers of business
  • Advising and representing clients in alternative dispute resolution processes including negotiation, mediation, judicial settlement conferencing and conciliation (including conciliation at the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Court and Equal Opportunity Commission)
  • Drafting Court documents including Pleadings, Evidence and Arguments, Applications, Affidavits, Witness Statements, Skeleton Arguments and Submissions.
  • Practicing as Second Chair/Instructing Attorney and First Chair/Advocate in matters before the Industrial Court, High Court and Court of Appeal
  • Helping clients to proactively and preemptively manage potential disputes and claims

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • Speaker at the AMCHAM T&T 26th Annual HSSE Conference & Exhibition “Re-Imagine HSSE”;  on the topic “Workplace Health & Safety – The Laws All Employers Should Know” – November 2, 2022
  • Hamel-Smith webinar focused on “Getting Back to Business”. – May 22, 2020
  • Webinar on Navigating HR & IR Issues During the Pandemic – AMCHAM T&T – 28th April 2020
  • One day training workshop on Employment Law Fundamentals-Employers Rights and Responsibilities – T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Tobago Division – March 10, 2020
  • Health and Safety At Work, Director and CEO Liability – 23rd Annual AMCHAM T&T HSSE Conference and Exhibition – 23rd October 2019
  • Panelist on the Draft National Policy on Sexual Harassment – T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce – September 8, 2018
  • One day training workshop on Employment Law Fundamentals-Employers Rights and Responsibilities – T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce – March 28, 2018


2008: Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshop

2006: L.E.C. (Hugh Wooding Law School)

2004: LL.B (Hons.) University of the West Indies