Commercial Law in Guyana
2 Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown, P.O. Box 10109
Cameron & Shepherd was established on 4 April 1901, by two English solicitors, Edward Cameron and Charles Shepherd. Cameron was a resident of then British Guiana, a British colony, and Shepherd, his nephew, migrated from the United Kingdom to join him in starting the firm. They rapidly became regarded as the leading corporate law firm, and over the years the firm built a clientele among the commercial, insurance, banking, manufacturing, and other large businesses in British Guiana.
The firm recruited other lawyers from the UK but in time began taking on leading Guianese practitioners, and reliance on the former declined as the Guianese legal profession came into its own. By the time Guyana gained its Independence in 1966, there was no need for Cameron & Shepherd to look to the United Kingdom for lawyers.
Maintaining its pre-eminent role in providing commercial and corporate services, Cameron & Shepherd is well placed to continue to offer services of a high quality. The firm continues to represent a wide and expanding range of clients from the business community, agricultural, financial and industrial conglomerates and statutory bodies and from the now rapidly expanding oil industry, in both contentious and non-contentious matters.
With the confirmed and prospective discoveries of oil offshore, Guyana, with a population of less than 800,000, will join the ranks of top oil producers in 10 to 15 years. Production is due to start in 2020 at 120,000 barrels a day and increase to 750,000 barrels in 5 years at the current rate of discoveries. Observers expect this to increase to at least 1,000,000 barrels a day or more. Guyana is becoming one of the leading destinations for investment from around the world and Cameron & Shepherd is meeting the additional demand for legal services.
The firm has among its five partners over 125 years of legal experience in a wide range of corporate and commercial and contentious and non-contentious matters. Its former partners have been among Guyana’s leading lawyers, and the current partners, three of whom are Senior Counsel, have appeared in Guyana’s highest courts, including the Caribbean Court of Justice, which is Guyana’s highest court, and the Privy Council of England.Show more +
Kamal Ramkarran became a lawyer in Guyana in 2002 and since then has worked mainly as a litigator in general civil practice, especially in the areas of banking, bringing and defending claims for banks, personal injuries and employment law, defending claims for companies and banks, and in judicial review and constitutional law, generally for public authorities and the State. Over a dozen cases in which he appeared as counsel in the Guyana Court of Appeal and the Caribbean Court of Justice have been reported in the West Indian Law Reports and the Law Reports of the Commonwealth.
In 2006, Kamal was awarded a Master of Laws degree in Commercial and Corporate Law by the University of London and in 2018 he obtained a further Master’s degree from UL, this time in Banking and Finance Law and with Merit. Kamal was president of the Bar Association of Guyana from 2017 to 2019 and was elected vice president in 2019, being ineligible to stand for a third consecutive term as President. From 2006 to 2018, he was appointed by successive Ministers of Health as a member of the Medical Council of Guyana.
Kamal has been a partner in the firm since January 2007.Show more +