Camille A. Cleare
Called to the Bar:
1997, Gray’s Inn, London;
1997, Nassau, Bahamas
LLB (Hons.), (University of Kent at Canterbury, England)
Areas of Practice:
Employment Law, Contract Law, Negligence and Personal Injury Law, Property Law, Public and Administrative Law, Commercial Law and Insurance Law.
Camille was taken on as an associate at Harry B. Sands and Company in December 1998 following the successful completion of her pupilage under Ferron Bethell K.C. She became a partner in Harry B. Sands, Lobosky and Company in 2003 and has been the Managing Partner since 2013.
Camille’s practice has been exclusively as an advocate in civil matters before the Courts. She has acquired considerable experience by regularly appearing before the Commercial, Common Law and Equity and Public Law Divisions of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the Industrial Tribunal as well as in both Court appointed and voluntary mediations and private binding arbitration proceedings.
Camille frequently represents the interests of employers in the hotel industry, banking and private sectors as well as public corporations in disputes before the Industrial Tribunal and Courts involving both limited disputes concerning wrongful dismissal, discrimination, unfair dismissal, interpretation of employment contracts as well as general disputes and declaratory actions with respect to collective bargaining and industrial agreements.
She provides regular advice to human resource managers on layout of policies, handbooks and contracts of employment as well as specific issues involving termination for misconduct, incompetence, insubordination, reasonable notice, maternity rights, age discrimination, redundancy, pension benefits part-time workers rights, disability discrimination, demotion, many aspects of wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal and breach of contract. Camille has also represented and advised management on many aspects of collective bargaining as well as individual and collective rights with regard to several of the largest unions in the country.
Camille has also led modules on employment law courses provided by The Bahamas Institute for Financial Services for human resource managers and appeared as a guest lecturer at the Eugene Dupuch Law School.
Negligence and Personal Injury Law
Camille continues to act for several insurance companies and several of the largest resort developments in resolving, quantifying and defending numerous claims of negligence resulting in personal injuries and death. She has also advised on professional negligence and malpractice cases as well as compulsory pilotage.
Camille has acted for developers and appeared in many cases before the Supreme Court for both documentary and possessory title holders to land in title investigations concerning large tracts of land in the family islands and New Providence. She has also advised and acted in cases of trespass, adverse possession, boundary disputes, priority and partition as well as commenced declaratory actions for the determination of rights of title.
Camille has gained considerable experience of a broad range of commercial contract disputes. She has had carriage of a number of cases involving breaches of lease agreements, claims for specific performance, condominium disputes, debt collection, joint venture breaches, partnership disputes, construction contracts, and public licence interpretations as well as real estate commission disputes. This experience includes all stages of claim including interlocutory injunctions, strike outs, asset freezing and search and seizure orders and appeals.
Public Administrative Law and Commercial Law
Camille has advised and represented public regulatory bodies and service providers on aspects of telecommunications law, public and administrative law. She was also part of the advocacy team for a South American Central Bank in pursuing its case arising out of an international banking fraud which was ultimately won in the Privy Council and culminated in an award of over US$580M. This case brought her invaluable experience in aspects of fiduciary duties, constructive trusts and dishonest assistance.