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Rene M. Baptiste (Senior Partner)
C.M.G LL.B (Hons.), L.E.C. ACIArb
“Reason is the life of the law, nay the common law is nothing else but reason.” – Sir Edward Coke
Rene M. Baptiste is the managing partner of Baptiste & Co. She has been practising at the Bar of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bar for over 40 years. She has also been called to the Bars of Antigua and St. Kitts.
Rene M. Baptiste began her undergraduate studies at the then one-year-old faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies to read Law at the Cave Hill Campus, Barbados as the recipient of a prestigious WSIA Scholarship in 1971. She graduated with an LLB(Hons) degree in 1974. She then proceeded to the newly established Hugh Wooding Law School where she received her Legal Education Certificate in 1976.
Michaela Ambrose (Senior Associate)
Law is order, and good law is order.”– Aristotle, Politics
Ms. Michaela N. Ambrose was born in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago to Dr. Rosalind Ambrose and Mr. Dennis Ambrose. The elder of two children, Michaela grew up in St. Vincent & the Grenadines in the capable hands of her maternal grandmother and aunt, Ms. Beryl Baptiste and Hon. Rene M. Baptiste.
Michaela attended the Petersville Primary School at an early age from 1988 – 1996. At Petersville, she was the Head Girl for two consecutive years before sitting the Common Entrance examinations with a passing grade to attend the St. Vincent Girls’ High School.
Mikhail Charles (Barrister)
Mikhail Charles is an experienced litigator across the Caribbean Region with a broad cross-border commercial disputes practice, including insolvency and regulatory litigation. He is intimately involved with the representation of companies and high–net worth individuals globally, in matters relating to trusts, cross– border insolvency, international judgment enforcement and asset recovery.
He has litigated to a successful conclusion several reported cases.
He has substantial international comparative legal experience and consultancy having worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat (headquartered out of London on specific aspects of regulatory and legal reform across many parts of the world. This has included delivery of anti-corruption and related forfeiture training) and the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (as in-house Counsel and sole support lawyer).
Dr Jason K. Haynes (Door Tenant / OF COUNSEL)
“Success through faith and discipline.”
Dr Jason K. Haynes is National Scholar, 2011 British Chevening Scholarship recipient and a 2012 Commonwealth Scholarship recipient. He holds a first class honours degree from the University of the West Indies (LLB) as well as a Master of Laws (with distinction) from the University of Nottingham and a Postgraduate certificate in Academic Practice from Durham University in addition to a Doctorate in International and European Law from Durham University. He was awarded the Durham University Teaching and Learning award for excellence in teaching.
Dr Jason K. Haynes is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Authority and has contributed to several journals, including the Journal of International Dispute Settlement, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, European Human Rights Review, European Intellectual Property Review, and the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, amongst others.
Our Support Staff
Joan Cunningham (Chief Clerk)
Joan Cunningham joined the law firm in March 2011. She holds the position of Chief Clerk. Her duties extend to include the preparation of conveyances, mortgages, lease agreements, bills of sale, alien landholding licences, and probate.
Lakita P. Harry (Legal Assistant)
Lakita Patricia Harry serves the firm as a Legal Assistant and Social Secretary. She enrolled into Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Cadet Force in her early years as a secondary school student and in Mijé Personal Development and Advertising Agency. There she learned to utilise her confidence to the best of her ability when dealing with customers, poise, dependability, commitment, and ability to overcome obstacles.
Rayshawn Adams (Office Assistant)
Rayshawn Adams joined the law firm in November 2014. He currently holds the position of Office Assistant. His duties include filing documents at the high court and providing process service.
Susan Barbour (Filing Clerk)
Susan Barbour has been with the firm from its initial inception in 1986 as Rene Baptiste’s Law Chambers. She originally served as a messenger and was later promoted to her current position of Filing Clerk.