Awards and Recognition

AWARDS & RECOGNITION
 

DunnCox has received accolades and recognition in independent research studies and international awards for its representation of governmental institutions, individuals and businesses locally and internationally. Recent awards and recognition include:

2016

 

The 2016 edition of Chambers Global again ranks DunnCox in Band 1 for Business Law in Jamaica. The independent publications states:

 

"This is one of the longest-established and largest firms in Kingston and is said by sources to "dominate the market." The firm excels in commercial matters, and possesses experience in property law, dispute resolution and estate administration. The group acts for sizeable local and international clients in a variety of sectors including financial services, manufacturing and commodities as well as public authorities.

The "excellent and tenacious" John Vassell QC is highlighted as one of the most respected litigators in Jamaica. Sources describe him as an "amazing guy, careful, methodical and extremely effective." Jerome Lee is described by sources as an "outstanding corporate practitioner," and he is also a key contact for banking and real estate mandates. Commentators' remark: "He is a fountain of knowledge. What distinguishes him is his ability to focus on getting a deal done, and not being hung up on a position." Janice Causwell maintains a diverse commercial and real estate practice, earning recognition from a cross-section of the market. Market veteran Christopher Bovell maintains a specialised practice dealing with banking and corporate law as well as mining. Sources describe him as a "superb lawyer."

IFLR100 Leading Lawyers - 2016

 

The list of international brands entrusted to the stewardship of DunnCox is as long as your arm, and includes household names such as McDonald’s, Shell, Merck and Capri-Sun. The group’s enduring popularity is underpinned by its straightforward, clear advice that eschews overly legalistic language. IP practice chief JOANNE WOOD RATTRAY always puts clients’ business interests first, focusing on what they want to achieve rather than simply telling them whether something can or cannot be done within the law. She has been busy with prosecution over the past year, but has also handled some pressing oppositions, showing a deft touch in securing favourable resolutions.

 

 

2015

‘This local powerhouse is one of the largest firms in the jurisdiction and provides services spanning a broad range of practice areas including corporate, finance, real estate and litigation. The six-partner team has a wealth of experience in the financial services sector, and assists clients with loan and capital markets transactions, commercial agreements, M&A and bankruptcies. Clients include international lenders and government bodies.

The firm also has an active IP department. Key partner Jerome Lee is heavily involved with the firm's most significant real estate matters, as well as general commercial mandates. Respondents say that he "collaborates very well with in-house counsel" and is "good, solid, thorough and detailed." Seasoned advocate John Vassell QC is a formidable opponent in the Jamaican courts. He handles a range of work across the commercial spectrum. Sources praise "his quick mind and attention to detail." Janice Causwell has a strong background in property work and is widely recognised for her expertise in conveyancing. The vastly experienced Christopher Bovell is praised by peers for his strong communication skills and depth of knowledge. He frequently acts for international lenders on transactions and also has experience on renewable energy projects.’

 

 

2014

“DunnCox is known in the market as one of the oldest and largest firms in the country. "They are a traditionally well-regarded firm," one competitor says. Partner Jerome Lee is singled out for praise by peers, with one noting: "Jerome stands out as a very good attorney. He is very bright and has a wide range of experience.”

 

 

With renewed confidence in the Jamaican market fuelling its practice, DunnCox has become one of the busiest trademark service providers in the country. Prosecution and opposition are fortes, while the firm has also adapted its corporate and commercial skills to advise on large transactions with significant IP components. Joanne Wood Rattray is one of the Caribbean’s most respected trademark experts. She handles matters quickly and directly, and has won a loyal following of the most demanding international patrons.

2014 Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year in Jamaica

Corporate INTL Legal Awards - 2014

2013

“THE FIRM This excellent firm continues to provide a wide range of commercial law services to a client base of international and local businesses. It also has a thriving dispute resolution practice, which offers mediation and arbitration expertise in addition to handling litigation … KEY INDIVIDUALS Jerome Lee maintains his strong reputation in commercial law circles. Sources describe him as "very good, and very easy to work with." Janice Causwell heads the firm's conveyancing department, and is commended for her extensive knowledge base. Consultant Christopher Bovell handles a variety of high-profile work … . John Vassell QC leads the firm's litigation expertise and is known for his excellent courtroom performance.”

“DunnCox is known in the market as one of the oldest and largest firms in the country. "They are a traditionally well-regarded firm," one competitor says. Partner Jerome Lee is singled out for praise by peers, with one noting: "Jerome stands out as a very good attorney. He is very bright and has a wide range of experience.”

 

 

With renewed confidence in the Jamaican market fuelling its practice, DunnCox has become one of the busiest trademark service providers in the country. Prosecution and opposition are fortes, while the firm has also adapted its corporate and commercial skills to advise on large transactions with significant IP components. Joanne Wood Rattray is one of the Caribbean’s most respected trademark experts. She handles matters quickly and directly, and has won a loyal following of the most demanding international patrons.

 

 

 

 

Conveyancing Law, Firm of the Year in Jamaica

 

 

 

2012

   


Chambers Global 2012 – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business

THE FIRM This corporate heavyweight is known for its broad range of skills, which attracts banking, M&A and litigation mandates in a range of sectors, including tourism, telecoms and financial services. Highlights in the securities arena include representing the National Road Operating and Constructing Company in a notes issue valued at USD275 million, and in a related total return swap with Credit Suisse International. The firm’s client roster features global entities such as the IFC, which was one of the lenders providing a loan of nearly USD100 million to West Kingston Power Partners.

Sources say: "Their credibility in the international arena opens doors." "They’re very proactive, work well as a team, and ensure that they are available to clients."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Consultant Christopher Bovell has a wealth of experience, and his caseload includes advice on local power regulations and project finance matters. Clients are highly impressed by Jerome Lee’s outstanding abilities in the corporate field, and his “incredible command of the facts.” Head of conveyancing Janice Causwell is well known for her very active practice and her broad knowledge base. Peers have very high regard for John Vassell QC, who handles a variety of civil litigation for high-profile local and international clients.

  2012 Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year in Jamaica

Corporate INTL Legal Awards - 2012

 

   

2011

   

 

IFLR1000 2011 – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

"The corporate and commercial team at DunnCox is led by senior partner Lincoln Eatmon who remains a respected figure in the Jamaican market..."

One of the firm's key deals last year saw it advise on the $275 million issue of notes by the National Road Operating and Constructing Company, which constructs and maintains Highway 2000, the first toll highway in Jamaica. The firm is also advising on a total return swap transaction with Credit Suisse. The notes will be issued with the Government of Jamaica as guarantor of the company's obligations under the notes.

The firm also counselled the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as one of the lenders in a $98.8 million loan to West Kingston Power Partners, for an energy development project. Other lenders included Corporation Andina De Fomento, The Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica and Deutsche Investitions-Entwicklungsgesellschaft. The deal closed in February 2011.

Leading lawyers
Lincoln Eatmon
Jerome Lee
Janet Morrison
 


 

Chambers Global 2011 – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business

    The 2011 edition of Chambers Global states that DunnCox ‘houses the best commercial practice’ in Jamaica, as reported by one source. The firm maintains its position as a leader capable of handling ‘a wide range of users’ and is credited for having ‘practitioners who are not just fixed on procedure, but actually find solutions’. Managing Partner, Jerome Lee is singled out for his securities and M & A experience and his knowledge of international trade. W. John Vassell, QC is also said to top the list for commercial litigation and Chris Bovell is recognized for his banking, corporate and mining work as a consultant.


     

    2011 Law Firm of the Year in Jamaica

      Corporate INTL Global Awards 2011 Winner

       

      Full Service Law Firm of the Year Award

        Global Law Experts 2011 Award Winner
         

           

        2010

           
         

        2010 Caribbean Peer Awards

        Voted Best Website

           
        2009    

         

         

        Chambers Global 2009 – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business

        The publication describes the firm as an ‘inarguably top-tier firm’ with an experienced team which offers the full range of services to its broad domestic and international clientele. Practice areas include banking and finance, corporate, shipping, real estate, IP, litigation, tax and telecoms.

        “Highly respected and prominent” consultant Christopher Bovell is one of the most knowledgeable figures in the Jamaican legal community. His presence and influence at the firm draws in top-class clients such as hotel chains, manufacturing companies and major property developers, says the publication. Mr. Bovell received a ‘Senior Statesman’ ranking, a category which only includes exceptional individuals.

        Managing partner Jerome Lee is “highly esteemed in commercial circles,” report sources. He has been involved of late in major restructurings out of New York, and in significant foreign investment transactions and M&A work.

        W. John Vassell, QC who spearheads the firm’s litigation team is a widely experienced litigator with specialist expertise in shipping, insurance, defamation and insolvency work.