GrahamThompson ("GT") prides itself on its unique combination of expert legal skills and real-world experience in working out effective solutions to complex problems. With 65 years of continuous history and the first-rate balance between seasoned practitioners and dynamic young lawyers, GT is excellence-driven in every way and accordingly, well known as a leading Bahamian law firm.
Producing and sustaining a satisfied clientele drawn locally and from across five continents is the common focal point of the Firm's efforts. Integrity, hard work, understanding the "bigger picture" that frames the specific legal needs of clients, creativity, rigorous ethical restraint in the charging of fees, and uncompromising loyalty to the client, are key ingredients of the GT ethos.
The Firm, well known as the largest commercial law firm in the Bahamas, has successfully expanded from its main downtown Nassau location in recent years to better serve its broad range of corporate and private clients. In 2000, the Freeport, Grand Bahama office was opened, followed by the launching of licensed affiliate GTC Corporate Services in 2001, and the Lyford Cay, New Providence office in 2011. In December 2012, GT expanded to Providenciales, in The Turks and Caicos Islands, where it already enjoys a reputation as one of the leading firms for civil and commercial litigation, and more recently, for transactional real estate matters.
The Firm has built up an enviable reputation both domestically and globally in a variety of important legal disciplines. Our attorneys are sought after by leaders in the real property, resort development, banking and capital markets sectors. We are highly regarded for our expertise in trust and estate planning, commercial matters, civil litigation, family law, securitization, employment and immigration matters.
The Firm is consistently ranked a tier-one law firm by the leading international rating publications, including CHAMBERS AND PARTNERS, IFLR 1000, and CITY WEALTH LEADERS LIST, among others. Currently, two of the Firm's Partners have been appointed Queens Counsel (QC).
Unique among law firms, GT has all through the years made notable contributions to high public service. GT’s former Partners have played critical roles in the Bahamas’ judiciary including three of the nation's past Attorneys-General, the former Chief Justice, several Justices of the Bahamas Supreme Court, and the Chairman of the Judicial Review Commission. Other Partners have served the Bahamas government as Senators, a Minister of Labour & Housing, a Gaming Board Chairman, a Water & Sewerage Corporation Chairman, a Broadcasting Corporation Chairman, and the Vice-Chair of the College of The Bahamas. Presently, our Partners serve as Chairman of the Utilities Regulatory Commission and the Chairman of the Constitutional Commission. This record of service to successive governments and the judiciary is wholly without parallel in the history of the legal profession of the Bahamas.Show more +
Tony Gruchot is an Associate in the Turks and Caicos office, where he has worked since 2012. His primary focus is the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group, but he also handles a broad variety of other legal matters for his clients.
Within the Litigation & Dispute Resolution group, Tony's experience includes complex corporate and commercial disputes in industries ranging from construction to banking to insurance. He has worked on multi-party actions, contract breaches, and insolvencies and liquidations involving local and international parties.
He has many years of experience with debt recovery, enforcement of security and judgments, and receivership appointments. He has assisted clients with shareholder disputes as well as corporate reorganizations and restructurings. Tony's approach includes arbitration and alternative dispute resolution techniques when appropriate.
Within the Admiralty, Shipping and Aviation practice group, Tony's experience includes admiralty litigation, arrest of vessels, marine cases and maritime law. Tony also works on related environmental issues including coral reef damage and other natural resource claims.
In the Insurance sector, he has experience with a wide variety of litigious matters including professional liability, professional negligence claims, personal injury and product liability.
Tony has a specialty in family law matters including divorces, matrimonial disputes, child custody and child access agreements and co-habitation disputes.
Tony has successfully worked on a variety of complex litigious Employment and Labour matters. He represents employers in unfair/wrongful dismissal cases, layoffs, redundancies, discrimination and sexual harassment situations. He understands the challenges of disciplinary and discharge issues, layoffs and redundancies, overtime and service charges.
In the Real Property sector, Tony has worked on mortgages, private and commercial leases, landlord and tenant matters, strata titles and trespass claims. He has a special interest in boundary and easement and title disputes.
He regularly represents his clients in Court at all levels.
Representative work includes:
- Advising an international banking corporation on disclosure of information and successfully resisting a document production subpoena;
- Representing the owner of a multi-million dollar property in an international title dispute;
- Advising on the solvent winding up of a banking corporation;
- Negotiating a major divorce settlement;
- Advising a large resort developer in relation to latent defect claims; and
- Representing a major American insurance company with successful civil recovery of a stolen vessel following the collapse of a criminal investigation.