Hugh Small, QC joined the firm’s litigation department in July 2008 when Michael L. Barnett, the former head of the litigation team, took a leave of absence to serve as Senator, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs of The Bahamas.
Hugh has practiced as an advocate before the courts of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, including appearances before the Privy Council. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1985. Hugh sat as a Justice of the Bahamas Supreme Court from 2001 to 2006.
In addition to his legal and judicial experience, Hugh has held Cabinet portfolios for Finance and Planning, Industry and Commerce, Mining and Energy, Education and Youth, Sports and Community Development in the Government of Jamaica. His international experience includes several law-related consultancies funded by the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and development agencies of governments of the United States of America and the United Kingdom including, in 2000, an appointment by the Secretary General of the Commonwealth to advise on the reorganization of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force. He has acted as an arbitrator in commercial disputes and in August 2009 the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution of England certified him as a mediator.