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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8 Nov 2013

HOTEL AND RESTAURANT (TAXATION) ORDINANCE 2013

On October 15th, 2013 the New Hotel and Restaurant (Taxation) Ordinance 2013 came into effect. This ordinance amends the former Hotel and Restaurant (Taxation) Ordinance which was into effect prior to October 15th. There is a wide range of new provisions which clients should be aware of. PREMISES TO WHICH THE ORDINANCE APPLIES The first and far-reaching effect of the new Ordinance is that the provisions of the Ordinance apply to any premises used for …

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28 Oct 2013

DAVID WHITFORD TALKS ABOUT CORPORATIONS & CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IN THE TCI FOR LAWYERS MONTHLY

Misick & Stanbroook’s senior Corporate and Commercial attorney David Whitford has written an article published in this month’s edition of Lawyers Monthly regarding Corporations and Corporate Governance. The driving force behind the article is the ongoing interest in the registration and governance of TCI companies and no tax offshore financial centers. In the article, David provides an overview of corporate governance considerations for international business corporations registered in the TCI in answer to various questions …

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