THE Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Bahamas branch held its second annual Moot competition at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel on Thursday, March 29, 2012.
The participants were McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes (the defending champions from the previous moot) and Higgs & Johnson. The competition was judged by former Court of Appeal Judge, Lorris Ganpatsingh, who served as president of the Moot Court, and Thomas Evans QC.
The Moot question, which was drafted by Sean McWeeney QC, related to the question of how, if at all, a power of amendment should be used to change trust beneficiaries in a way that may possibly be contrary to the original design of the trust. Well-researched arguments were advanced by both participating firms, but Higgs & Johnson emerged as the victor.