Willa Tavernier

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T: + 284 393 5800

Practice areas: Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, Admiralty and Business Practice

Willa Tavernier joined O’Neal Webster in 2004. She is Of Counsel to the firm in the areas of corporate and commercial law, insolvency, contentious and non-contentious real estate law, and business litigation.

In her current role, she handles property and business matters, including real estate and employment issues, corporate and commercial transactions, and contracts and business advisory work. She is instructed by statutory corporations, hoteliers, large commercial enterprises, domestic and international BVI business companies, as well as individual clients.

Prior to joining O’Neal Webster, Willa served as a Senior Legal Officer of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, dealing with banking and securities regulation, and development finance. She was admitted to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in St. Kitts in 2002, BVI in 2004, and Antigua & Barbuda in 2009. She pursued legal studies in Barbados, Jamaica, the United States, and Europe.

She has also served as course developer for the University of the West Indies for Law for Banking and Finance, as an adjunct lecturer in Business Law at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College of the Virgin Islands, and a lecturer for the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Banking.

Privy Council Applications:

Bryon Smith v BVI Electricity Corporation JCPC/2009/0097 through Privy Council Agents Myers, Fletcher & Gordon

Cases heard at the Court of Appeal and High Court:

Chiverton v Scrub Island Development Group Limited BVIHCVAPP 2009/028

Betteto Frett v Flagship 2009/026

Bryon Smith v BVI Electricity Corporation 2008/010

Ray George v BVI Ports Authority 2006/028


Through The Open Window – Leveraging Cross-Jurisdictional Opportunities For BVI Property Transfers

Dealing with shares of a deceased shareholder in a BVI company

Court of Appeal solidifies its position on fact-based appeals

When Inspection Fails

Selling Property 101

Own a Home? Join the Club

Across the Divide – Real Estate Representation in the Virgin Islands

Investing in ONE Virgin Islands – A Practical Guide for Potential Purchasers

A Country of Proud Landowners

Owning Property in the BVI


LL.M. (Hons) 2002 Washington College of Law at American University
CLE (Hons) 2001 Norman Manley Law School
LL.B. (Hons) 1999 University of the West Indies at Cave Hill

Legal Directories

“Recommended Lawyer” – Legal500

fantastic ethos in terms of service levelLegal500

‘Citywealth Leaders List’

Citywealth IFC Power Women’

” Willa is, in my opinion, knowledgeable, takes her clients instructions seriously, advises on complex issues in a clear, concise and in a manner which my lay clients find they are able to readily understand. She is user-friendly but possesses a steely determination to see her arguments through to a satisfactory conclusion. She responds in a timely manner and it is a pleasure to do business with her and I would certainly recommend her to third parties.” Citywealth, 2015 

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