Heather L. Thompson

Bahamas

Higgs & Johnson
Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore
East Bay Street, P. O. Box N-3247
Nassau, Bahamas

Tel: +1 242 502 5200
Fax: +1 242 502 5250

Email: hthompson@higgsjohnson.com
Web: www.higgsjohnson.com

Ms. Heather L. Thompson has had extensive experience in international trust and company administration which gives her a unique perspective in counselling individual and corporate clients on the creation of trusts and ownership structures. She also gives advice to trust companies on the development of new services and issues arising in trust administration. Her practice includes wills, applications for probate, estates administration, foundations, private trust companies, issues in company law and international commercial contracts.

Heather has received numerous awards including the Bahamas Financial Services Board ‘Executive of the Year’ (2003); STEP Founder’s Award for Outstanding Achievement (2009); a recommendation by Chambers Global in General Business Law (2010 – 2017); the International Law Office Client Choice Awards in Offshore Services (2012); Cityweath Leaders List (2012 – 2013); listed as a leading practitioner by the Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law (2012); and included on the IFC Power Women Top 100 list (2013).

Heather is a founding member and past chairperson of the STEP in The Bahamas and a former member of STEP’s Council. She qualified as a member of the Law Society of England and Wales (non-practising). Heather has served as a consultant on several important pieces of financial services legislation, including Acts relating to trusts, purpose trusts, foundations, private trust companies and executive entities.

Heather was educated in the United Kingdom at the University of Lancaster (B.A.) (Hons) and University of London (LL.B.) (Hons). She attained the Chartered Institute of Bankers Trustee Diploma in 1981 following a year-long secondment to National Westminster Bank’s Trustee Department, West End Branch, London, and was called to The Bahamas Bar in 1994.

Higgs & Johnson has over 40 years of experience in offshore and onshore trusts and Foundations. We have been the counsel of choice for many leading trust companies in The Bahamas, and have been a part of the formation of several of the initial foundations (which legislation was recently enacted).

In addition to trusts, the firm offers probate and estate administration services which include:

  • preparation and execution of wills and codicils
  • applications for probate and letters of administration
  • resealing of foreign wills
  • contentious probate applications
  • estate planning and administration

Clients of Higgs & Johnson are assured of having their matters handled by highly qualified counsel, as several of the firm’s attorneys are members of STEP, an international organisation of trust practitioners. In 2006, the firm was the only Bahamas-based law firm short-listed for the STEP Private Banking Awards in the “Best Offshore Legal Team” category. In 2007 the team was recognised as “Best in Inheritance & Succession Planning” by Euromoney Magazine’s Private Banking Survey.

Higgs & Johnson, a leading law firm in The Bahamas, is also one of the country’s oldest and largest, with an international reputation for sound legal advice that spans more than half a century. Distinctive among top Caribbean law firms, Higgs & Johnson is a full-service commercial practice that gives personal and reliable service to our clients built on exceptional experience, insight and excellence.

On 1 January 2009, Higgs & Johnson became the first Bahamian law firm to expand outside of The Bahamas through its merger with the Cayman law firm Truman Bodden & Company. This merger showcases the first law practice to straddle both The Bahamas and the Cayman Islands. The Cayman office is a general legal practice and has particular expertise in mutual funds, offshore investment vehicles, captive insurance and capital markets transactions, insolvency, civil litigation and real estate.

Since its independence from Great Britain in 1973, The Bahamas has been governed by a written constitution that proclaims it a Sovereign Democratic State, establishes requirements for citizenship and guarantees fundamental human rights. The Bahamas is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. The system of Government is based on the British Westminster model. The Constitution provides for an independent judiciary, including a Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, with final appeals to Her Majesty’s Privy Council in England.

The firm’s affiliates, H&J Corporate Services, Ltd., H&J Corporate Services (Cayman) Ltd., H&J Management Services Ltd., and H&J Fiduciary Services Ltd. provide a full range of company formation and estate management services, respectively.

“Heather Thompson is highly respected for her in-depth understanding of trusts issues. Now a consultant at the firm, she continues to advise private trust companies and high net worth individuals on the establishment and operation of international trusts and other ownership structures”
Chambers & Partners, 2017