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Practice areas: Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, Admiralty and Business Practice
Date joined: 2004. Partner since 2011
Willa Tavernier joined O’Neal Webster in 2004. She is a Partner and Head of the Property and Business Practice group. Willa has worked in the firm’s commercial and litigation departments, in the areas of corporate/commercial law, insolvency, contentious and non-contentious real estate law and commercial litigation.
This background serves her well in her current role where she has principal responsibility for property and business matters which include contentious and non-contentious real estate and employment issues, corporate and commercial transactions, and contracts and business advisory work. She is regularly 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. Prior to this 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
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
“Recommended Lawyer” – Legal500, 2014
‘fantastic ethos in terms of service level’ – Legal500, 2014
‘Citywealth Leaders List’ – 2013-2015
‘Citywealth IFC Power Women 100′ – 2013 – 2015
” 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