Emile G.R. Leiba

Emile Leiba is a Partner of the firm and a member of the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Department. Emile is a member of the Council, Executive and Social Affairs Committee of the Jamaican Bar Association and Chairperson of the Industrial Relations and Labour Law Sub-Committee. He has also served as Honorary Counsel to the Little Theatre Movement of Jamaica. Emile is a member and former President of the Jamdammers Running Club, a primary organizer of the internationally known Reggae Marathon and an avid marathon runner and triathlete who has participated in several international events. Emile is also an Associate Tutor in Civil Procedure and Practice ll at Norman Manley Law School.


Emile Leiba was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in 2002 and is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and the Norman Manley Law School.


Emile has practiced in Property and Commercial law prior to specializing in Litigation. He currently practices Employment Law and Civil Litigation specializing primarily in Commercial Litigation. Emile has acted for international and local clients in providing general labour law advice, drafting and reviewing policy manuals and contracts of employment, advising on claims for bargaining rights by unions and acted in contested dismissal claims in the Industrial Disputes Tribunal, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.  He has also acted for maritime clients and litigated contested ship arrest applications at the Supreme Court and Appellate levels in addition to other substantive maritime claims. Additionally, Emile has presented at Seminars and published articles on labour and maritime law.

Articles Published & Papers Presented

  • Public-Private Partnerships, published, in The Gleaner, Wednesday, September 7, 2016
  • Fexitime – Present and Future  – Paper presented at Seminar on ‘The Changing Face of Employment Law – What Employers Need to Know’ held on May 19, 2015 at the Knutsford Court Hotel, Kingston Jamaica.
  • Amendments to the Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act – Is the Labour Code Now Binding Law? - Paper presented at Seminar on ‘Labour Relations & Industrial Disputes – A New Paradigm?’ held on September 13, 2011 in Kingston Jamaica