jonathan walker


Head Of Dispute & Risk Management Department


1996: Trinidad & Tobago


  • General Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Energy
  • Employment and Labour Law
  • Construction
  • Tax Litigation
  • Tax Appeals
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Medical Negligence / Malpractice
Walker, Jonathan


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.


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.


Jonathan Walker is featured with a No. 1 Ranking among the corporate/commercial lawyers in Trinidad & Tobago. A sample of the commentaries reported by Chambers Global include:

“Jonathan Walker is a really sophisticated lawyer and significantly adds value to challenging commercial projects. I value his input and assistance very, very much.” – 2024

Jonathan Walker leads the dispute and risk management group at Hamel-Smith, where he is regularly called upon to assist with some of Trinidad’s largest commercial disputes. – 2023

Clients affirm that Jonathan is “… is a very pragmatic individual who understands the legal issues but is also able to communicate them very effectively.” “His ability to be both forthright and reachable is much appreciated.” – 2022

Jonathan Walker is well versed in High Court litigation and appellate proceedings, with experience covering areas such as contractual disputes, insurance claims and constitutional law proceedings. Sources declare him to be “an outstanding litigator” who is “very technically competent and has a great command of the court.” Further commentators add that he “approaches matters with a very strategic focus and an eye on achieving the best outcome for his client.” – 2021

Jonathan receives multiple plaudits for his work in disputes. Commentators praise him as “an outstanding, incredibly organised lawyer, and a structured and insightful thinker.” Other sources applaud him for being “extremely knowledgeable and able to think of workable solutions that cover different angles.” – 2020

“is a well-respected dispute resolution practitioner who undertakes cases ranging from insurance and intellectual property to constitutional law.” – 2019

“very knowledgeable in his field,” noting that “he always provides a   good perspective on local and international matters. – 2018

“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

“Well-respected head of litigation Jonathan Walker works extensively on commercial finance and issues relating to the energy industry. He is described as “a standout lawyer” in this jurisdiction.” -2015

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

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


  • 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.


Interview: Risk and Reward in the Trinidadian Market; The Energy Year: Oil and Gas Industry; February 6, 2024

Interview: Mitigating Risks for Trinidad’s Producers; The Energy Year: Oil and Gas Industry; July 20, 2023

Co-Author: “Stop Holding Me Back! Exposure to Withholding Tax in Cross-Border Contracts” Hamel-Smith Forum, Vol. 10 Issue 5, November 2018

Author: “Enforcement of Judgements”

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



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

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


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

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


2023: Civil Procedure Rules Practical Training, Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers


1996: Trinidad & Tobago


  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Corporate and Securities
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Capital Markets
  • Secured Lending
  • Foreign Investment
  • Project Finance
Walker, Jonathan