Misick & Stanbrook is one of the longest-established firms in the Turks and Caicos Islands, having been set up by Ariel Misick OBE KC in 1981. Misick & Stanbrook is a multi-service law firm, with a strong team of attorneys who provide its clients with a renowned level of service in all areas. Misick & Stanbrook is best known for its abilities in litigation, corporate and commercial, tourism and resort development and real estate.
On the litigation side, Misick & Stanbrook has a long record of success in major Turks and Caicos Islands litigation including at first instance, before courts of appeal and have appeared on numerous occasions before the Privy Council. Misick & Stanbrook’s litigation team are widely seen as tough and committed advocates with an ability to focus on the critical points in any litigation.
The Turks and Caicos Islands’ economy has grown dramatically in the last 20 years as the jurisdiction has changed from being a sleepy backwater to a thriving centre of luxury tourism and a major regional centre for foreign direct investment. Misick & Stanbrook’s corporate and commercial team, has become a go-to source of advice for a variety of international investors and their advisers, both in relation to matters having a Turks and Caicos Islands element and for cases and transactions of a purely offshore focus (the latter typically involving a Turks and Caicos Islands company or trust). The corporate and commercial team is responsive, accurate, sophisticated and is noted for negotiating hard on the client’s behalf. The corporate and commercial team is also noted for the quality and clarity of its legal drafting.
Much of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ recent economic growth has derived from resort development and Turks and Caicos Islands has become a mecca for luxury tourism in the region. Misick & Stanbrook’s resort development group has acted for several of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ largest mixed-use resort developments in recent years and as a result its expertise in that area is wider and deeper than its competitors.
As tourism and resort development have grown in the Turks and Caicos Islands, so has the firm’s real estate team. The Turks and Caicos Islands sees extensive levels of acquisition by foreign high-net-worth clients of expensive Turks and Caicos Islands real estate, primarily in luxury villas and condominiums. The real estate team has acted both for condominium and villa developers on the one hand and the purchasers of luxury villas and condominiums on the other. The team members are known to be astute, hard-headed and focused on the core points of such transactions without becoming unnecessarily bogged down in irrelevant minutiae.
Misick & Stanbrook is the Turks and Caicos Islands’ member of a number of highly reputable international legal networks, namely Lex Mundi and Terralex whose members have set themselves apart as centres of excellence. Misick & Stanbrook is also the exclusive Turks and Caicos Islands’ law firm member of World Services Group, a leading network of independent elite professional services firms and companies. Much of Misick & Stanbrook’s work comes either directly or by referral from international advisers.
Misick & Stanbrook also has a corporate services subsidiary, Caribbean Management Services (CMS) which provides company formation and domiciliary services to an international clientele, and an insurance management affiliate, Caribbean Insurance Management Services (CIMS), which is the Turks and Caicos Islands’ leading provider of insurance management services.