Fred Smith

Mr. Frederick Roy Smith, QC was born in 1956.   He graduated from law school in London. He is a member of Lincoln’s Inn. Mr. Smith has been admitted to practice at the Bar of England, Wales, and the Bahamas and has been in active private practice since July 1977. He was admitted to the Inner Bar of The Bahamas and appointed one of Her Majestie’s Queens Counsel in 2009. He has had an extensive practice in human rights, constitutional and administrative law, personal injury, regulatory litigation relating to the Hawksbill Creek Agreements, criminal and civil litigation practice. In addition, he has had a wide-ranging and extensive practice in commercial and transactional fields.

He is the managing partner of the oldest law firm in The Bahamas, Callenders & Co in Freeport. His practice is currently exclusively in civil litigation matters as described above and selects transactional matters.Mr. Smith has practiced before the lower civil and criminal courts, administrative boards, various tribunals and at the bars of the Supreme Court, The Court of Appeal and the Privy Council in London, England. He has also appeared before the Human Rights Commission of the Organization of American States in Washington in the mid-1980’s against the Government of the Bahamas on a petition alleging breaches of human rights against the general Haitian population in the Bahamas.  He has appeared in the courts of and provided expert testimony regarding matters of law in the Bahamas in cases conducted in England, the USA and Canada.

In the course of his practice, he has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Bahamas Bar Association.  He was Chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the Bar Association and Chaired the Constitutional Law section.  He acted as an examiner for the local Bar Examination for 10 years.  He was the President of the Freeport Law Society.  He is the President of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association, an NGO which he helped to form 25years ago. Mr. Smith is certified as an Arbitrator and a Mediator from the Harvard Law School. For several years now Mr. Smith has been very active in environmental protection litigation.His home has been in Freeport for the last 33 years.  He is fluent in French, English, and Creole