Profile - Debra Thompson - M. Hamel-Smith & Co.
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Attorney Profile

Debra Thompson


Debra Thompson, Partner at M. Hamel-Smith & Co.
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Phone: 868 299 0981
Mobile: 868 350 5050

Bar Admissions

1987: England & Wales

1987: Trinidad & Tobago

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Negligence / Malpractice
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Construction
  • General Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Litigation Percentage

  • 90%


Debra Thompson is a member of the firm’s Dispute & Risk Management Department. She has had considerable litigation experience, in particular, the areas of insurance, medical negligence, commercial litigation and arbitration and has been involved in several arbitrations involving construction contract as well as medical negligence. Debra Thompson also has oversight of the Corporate Secretarial Practice Group.

As an Instructing Attorney of over 30 years, she has extensive working and practical knowledge of the Civil Proceedings Rules and also possesses management skills in a commercial environment. She relates to and understands clients’ needs on a practical level, including commercial demands for prompt and solution-oriented results.

She is comfortable with matters involving voluminous documentary evidence and the use of local and international expert witnesses. Using good communication skills, she offers solid response and feedback. A firm believer in ADR, she is particularly skilled in providing excellent support to clients throughout the duration of a matter.

Professional Memberships

The Law Association of Trinidad & Tobago

Utter Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn

Past Employment Positions

Royal Caribbean Insurance Ltd.

1989-1991:  Supervisor, Claims Department

1991-1997:  Assistant Claims Manager – Legal

1997-1999:  Claims Manager

May – Dec 2000: Pioneer Insurance Claims Services – On contract: Run Off Insurance Portfolio


1987: Utter Barrister, Lincoln’s Inn, London, England

1986: LL.B (Hons) University of London, England


Presented at the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute (CCGI) Governance Week 2020,  Governance in an age of Disruption – Changing Regulatory Environment-29th June 2020.

Presented: Global Leadership Program: CIMSME / AMCHAM; Legal Framework for getting Business Started in Trinidad and Tobago – 6th July 2020.

Presented at the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute (CCGI) and AMCHAM Conference on “Corporate Secretarial Services” – August 29, 2019.


Author: “It’s Okay to Get ‘CROS’: The New Company Registry Online System” featured in the T&T Guardian newspaper in February 2023;

Author: Directors Duties, Hamel-Smith Forum, Vol 11 Issue 1, August 2019, also featured in the T&T Guardian newspaper;