Lawyers (Barristers & Solicitors), Notaries Public and Trademark Agents
We, at Charles & Associates, practice in the following areas:
- Banking and Finance matters
- Business and Commercial matters (registering businesses and company incorporation)
- Contentious civil litigation (breach of contract, negligence, personal injury, insurance claims, debt recovery, wrongful death)
- Civil settlements
- Company searches and apostilling of documents
- Corporate Governance and Compliance
- Corporate Secretarial
- Environment and regulatory
- Estate Planning and Probate
- Family and matrimonial matters
- Financial Services regulations and investigations
- Intellectual Property (patents, copyright and trademarks)
- Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute resolution
- Personal Injury
- Real Estate and conveyancing
- Citizenship by Investment (St. Kitts and Nevis)
Attorney-at-LawDerriann P. Charles, our Principal Attorney, was born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She is admitted to practice in Trinidad and Tobago and St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis. Practice areas include Family law, Divorce, Intellectual property, corporate and commercial law, construction, hotel and real estate law, civil litigation, probate, and real property matters. C&A also does a lot of work in apostilling documents for foreign use and registering foreign judgments.
Ms. Charles attended the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus initially and thereafter the Cavehill Campus, graduating therefrom with a Bachelor of Laws Degree (Hons). She then proceeded to the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad, where she completed and acquired her Legal Education Certificate.
Later, she read for a Master’s of Law in International Business Law (with Distinction) at the Robert Kennedy College in collaboration with the University of Cumbria. Ms. Charles is also the holder of a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, in Psychology with a minor in Gender and Development studies (Hons). She also specialises in corporate governance, compliance and corporate secretarial matters, having held and continuing to hold the position of Corporate Secretary for many companies.
Ms. Charles is also a Notary Public within the Federation of St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis. In addition to the above diverse areas of practice, she has an advanced understanding of the Spanish language.
St. Kitts and Nevis Office: (869) 466-7162 // St. Kitts and Nevis Mobile: (869) 667-7162
Suite No. 77(B) Ambassy Shores,
Trinidad and Tobago Office: (868) 232-4089 // Trinidad and Tobago Mobile: (868) 762-1008
C/O D. Allison Prowell and Co. Richmond Suite 6,
Mezzanine Floor, Government Campus Plaza Parkade,
Port of Spain.
Legal ConsultantWith the view to ensuring that the Firm remains competitive, with high levels of efficiency and client case management, the Firm has onboarded the services of Consultant, Ms. Christiane S. Prowell. Ms. Prowell provides legal support services to the Firm, by effectively managing the Firm's strategy, in both litigation and non contentious matters.
Ms. Prowell has extensive experience practicing at both the first instance and appellate levels of the court system and is often commended for routinely employing innovative and non-conventional strategies, to advance the cause of her clients. Ms. Prowell's analytical skills and knack for employing logical deductive reasoning techniques often renders the preparation of quality and focussed pleadings, adequacy and thoroughness of evidence and delivery of pointed advice to clients. Amidst the number of notable dimensions of Ms. Prowell is that, in addition to being an efficient result oriented Attorney, Ms. Prowell is a licensed private pilot.
IT ConsultantThe firm prides itself on offering its clients and potential new clients alike, technological means of communicating with both offices. These range from branded collaborative client portals for the secured exchange of documents and information, online legal billing and payment solutions, automated appointment scheduling which allows clients to choose meeting times around the firm’s calendar, electronic workflow and case management and automated client intake and onboarding. Electronic access to the firm and matters have allowed clients to receive real time updates and remain in contact during downtimes, such as those occasioned by COVID-19. Therefore, a central member of the firm’s team, is its IT Consultant, Mr. Enoete Inanga, through his firm Wifi Doctors. Wifi Doctors is a technology solutions company that provides a myriad of technology solutions for corporate clients such as our firm, with a penchant for wireless solutions that simply makes our clients happy, based on the notion "Happy Wifi, Happy Life". Wifi Doctors specializes in network security, Telecommunications solutions (Voice Over IP), Systems administration & management, IT Auditing and business continuity & disaster recovery solutions Mr. Inanga and the Wifi Doctors team have been critical to the firm’s ever evolving technological endeavors aimed at ensuring seamless collaboration between the firm and its clients, during the life of a matter and even after through newsletters and regular updates to content on the firm’s website. The firm’s clients have the priviledge of contacting the Wifi Doctor’s team directly when they experience any technological challenges in interfacing with the firm. Email: Info@charlesandassociateslaw.com email@example.com Contact: +1-869-668-4883 (by phone and whatsapp)
Senior Paralegal [Trinidad and Tobago]Our Senior Paralegal [Trinidad and Tobago office], Ms. Akilah Bowen, provides support in the delivery of quality legal services to clients. The Firm has seen a tremendous improvement in the workflow and management of matters since the onboarding of Ms. Bowen. Ms. Bowen has extensive experience and substantial knowledge in the field of law. She takes detailed instructions in a wide range of matters and is often complemented for her professionalism and no nonsense approach to the overseeing of matters. Her organization and time management skills ensures that court deadlines are never missed and in the unusual event of a delay, the relevant applications are made to the court, to ensure that the clients are not subject to sanctions. Ms. Bowen’s strong oral and written communication skills are an added bonus in preparing preliminary drafts of documents, for review by the Attorneys. Ms. Bowen is a very valuable members of the Firm’s team and a priceless member of its Litigation Department. Both the Firm and clients alike sing continuous praises to Ms. Bowen not only to her relentless contribution to the efficiency of the management of matters, but to her commitment to excellence and high quality outcomes
Clients' Services ManagerAnnette Y. Charles, our Clients’ Services Manager, receives great commendation from the clients about her efficiency in managing their affairs. Ms. Charles provides administrative assistance to the Attorneys and Consultant of the Firm and coordinates appointments and (Zoom) meetings between interested parties of and to the Firm. Ms. Charles also manages the schedules of all the stakeholders in the Firm, including the dates for hearings, trials and court deadlines for filing of relevant documents. The exchange of information through the Firm’s secure client portal and electronic data management of legal files are also facilitated through Ms. Charles, who prides herself on ensuring that the client has an optimum experience with the Firm. Ms. Charles’ case management skills and ability to close out matters is particularly noteworthy. She is often referred to by the Attorneys and Consultant as a shrewd overseer, who ensures that all administrative tasks are undertaken in a timely manner. Should you have any questions or concerns in relation to an existing matter or enquiries about a potential new matter, please do not hesitate to contact our Clients’ Services Manager via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal Assistant The Firm’s Legal Assistant is very critical to the efficient running of the St. Kitts and Nevis office. She is often commended for conducting herself in a highly professional manner, whilst undertaking all the clerical and support services to ensure the Attorneys-at-Law look good. She assists the Attorneys, by engaging in such tasks as conducting legal research, drafting documents, sending electronic mails, managing the Attorneys’ calendars, preparing [electronic] trial bundles and other administrative tasks. The Legal Assistant’s support of the Attorneys is invaluable and allows for the Attorneys to undertake their substantive jobs with ease and assurance that the administrative tasks are being properly handled. Such tasks include but are not limited to the scanning of documents, sending Attendance notes, issuing reminders of upcoming court dates or court deadlines, calling the court for updates and/or court dates, calling opposing Counsel and/or parties, scheduling Zoom calls and other all parties conferences.
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Should you require administrative assistance in relation to any matter at the Firm, please do not hesitate to contact the Legal Assistant via email at: email@example.com
Legal Intern/Attorney-In-WaitingThe Firm takes great pride in creating an environment in which Interns and/or Attorneys-In-Waiting can learn whilst on the job. It allows persons who are studying Law or who have just completed their studies to get some real life experience in the drafting and preparation of documents, taking instructions from clients, attending court [whether virtual or in person] and applying the theoretical knowledge they have acquired, to the real world. Students and/or Attorneys-In-Waiting get the added privilege of attending court alongside the Firm’s Attorneys-at-Law and/or attending consultations with the Attorneys or very experienced Paralegals.
Persons interested in interning can send an electronic mail expressing their interest, together with their resume to the email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Administrative Assistant [Corporate/Legal]Zillda Martineau, Executive Administrative Assistant [Corporate/Legal], was born and raised in Tobago. Ms. Martineau provides solid and leading-edge administrative support to the team. She is the brainchild of the Firm’s systems for improved efficiency and productivity. Ms. Martineau has extensive training in Project Management and IT, both of which skills she uses to manage and manipulate the fast paced, demanding environment of the Firm. This versatility extends to overseeing the Firm’s calendar and that of several of the Firm’s corporate clients.
Ms. Martineau’s continuous quest for knowledge, self-improvement and professional development brings great delight to the Firm, which continues to be a direct beneficiary of her learning, that manifests itself in Ms. Martineau’s ideas and recommendations, all aimed at fostering improved workflow and efficiency.
The Charles and Associates team continues to take great pleasure in calling Ms. Martineau a team member and looks forward, with bated breath to her continued contributions to propelling the Firm forward.
Setting the Bar High in Multiple JurisdictionsThe Law Office of Charles & Associates was born out of the desire of Ms. Derriann P. Charles to provide reliable and timely legal services, at a price that is affordable to clients in both Trinidad and Tobago and St. Kitts and Nevis. The law office boasts of over eight years of experience of practicing in both jurisdictions. This has proven to be an added benefit, especially for corporate clients, who then do not have to undertake the hassle of searching Attorneys across the islands.
What our office represents
VISION - To deliver HIGH QUALITY SERVICE and PRODUCTS to each client, in a timely manner.
MISSION STATEMENT – To treat EACH CLIENT, regardless of the nature of their matter or their social and/or financial standing, as if they are our ONLY CLIENT; thereby dealing with their matters judiciously, comprehensively and in a timely manner, keeping as our guide their instructions as well as their best interest, whilst still ensuring that fees are affordable.
VALUES – Transparency, Client focused, Respect (for rights), Excellence, Service oriented, Integrity and Honesty, Reliability, Trustworthiness, Commitment to fairness, honor, and truth and Team oriented (collaborates with colleagues and other stakeholders to seek and secure diverse perspectives).
OBJECTIVE – Client satisfaction through favourable resolution of matters.