8 Nov 2015

CHANGES TO IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE

How do I get status in the Turks and Caicos Islands? Obtaining status in the Turks and Caicos Islands (“TCIs”) is governed by the new Turks and Caicos Islander Status Ordinance 2015, which obtained assent on 30th September 2015. The Ordinance has not yet come into force, but shall do so once announced in the Gazette. In essence, a person entering into the TCIs to live or to partake in gainful occupation[1] is required to …

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18 Oct 2015

HARD TIMES LOOM FOR TCI SMOKERS

The TCI Government has just passed the Tobacco Control Ordinance 2015, to regulate tobacco use, and to protect individuals from the exposure to tobacco smoke. The Ordinance, though passed, has not yet come into force. It will come into force on a date to be announced in the Government Gazette. Of primary interest is:- A prohibition on smoking or holding lighted tobacco products in an enclosed public place, an enclosed workplace, on public transport or …

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18 Feb 2015

DIVORCE JURISDICTION IN THE TCI

I am not originally from TCI but I live here. Can I get divorced here? Divorce in TCI is dealt with by the Matrimonial Causes Ordinance 2012. In that respect:- The court has jurisdiction if, and only if, either of the parties to the marriage (i) is domiciled in the islands on the date when the proceedings are begun or (ii) was ordinarily resident in the islands throughout the period of one year ending with …

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30 Dec 2014

ARIEL MISICK QC AND JAHMAL MISICK SUCCESSFULLY SECURE ACQUITTAL

Ariel Misick QC and Jahmal Misick of Misick & Stanbrook successfully defend the Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Turks and Caicos Islands, who, in a unanimous verdict was acquitted of recklessly allowing his private interest to improperly influence his conduct in the performance of this duty as a public official, on 17th November 2014. The Acting Deputy Commissioner was originally charged with five counts of corruption, but after successful legal arguments put forward …

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14 Sep 2014

DATA PROTECTION IN TCI

Aside from a passing reference to data protection in the Electronic Transactions Ordinance (see below), TCI has no data protection statute. However, a number of other areas of local law are applicable or, in the context of the advice sought, ought to be considered in relation to data protection, confidentiality, and privacy matters. In that respect:- a. Data protection, privacy, and confidentiality at common law TCI is a British Overseas Territory and is a common …

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28 Aug 2014

LEGAL GUIDE TO BUYING PROPERTY

Introduction This is a simplified guide to the process of buying a property in the Turks and Caicos Islands. While all reasonable endeavors are taken to ensure that it is correct at the time of print it does not purport to be an exhaustive analysis of the relevant laws as may be applicable to you. We trust that it will; however, provide you with sufficient background information on the law in the Turks and Caicos …

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8 Apr 2014

KAREN WILLIS – CALLED TO THE BAR

Misick & Stanbrook are delighted to announce that Karen Willis was called to the Turks & Caicos Bar in March 2014 before CJ Goldsbrough – Chief Justice, and welcome her as the newest member of the Misick & Stanbrook team of attorneys. Prior to being called, Karen worked closely under the guidance of Owen Foley to complete her pupillage, and has been actively involved in the negotiation of a development agreement for a Latin American …

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1 Mar 2014

“TURKS AND CAICOS” AIRED IN THE U.K.

The desirability of the Turks and Caicos Islands being used as a film location has been further strengthened by the latest production of a spy thriller entitled “Turks and Caicos” The major motion picture is the next installment from David Hare and follows on from his previous production “Page Eight” and proceeds “Salting the Battlefield”. Filming of “Turks and Caicos” has taken place over the past 12 months on the island and boasts a stellar …

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20 Feb 2014

DOING BUSINESS IN TCI 2014

A Q&A guide to doing business in Turks and Caicos Islands. This Q&A gives an overview of key recent developments affecting doing business in Turks and Caicos Islands as well as an introduction to the legal system; foreign investment, including restrictions, currency regulations, and incentives; and business vehicles and their relevant restrictions and liabilities. The article also summarises the laws regulating employment relationships, including redundancies and mass layoffs, and provides short overviews on competition law; …

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12 Nov 2013

FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP COMES TO TCI

Condominium and villa investors will have a more affordable, flexible and attractive opportunity to invest in the Turks and Caicos Islands’ (TCI) real estate following the enactment of the Fractional Ownership Ordinance. The Ordinance has not yet come into force but shall do so once a notice has been published in the Gazette, to this effect. The Ordinance allows investors to buy a fractional interest, akin to schemes elsewhere in North America, in a property …

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