Melanie Garrett-Bailey is an Associate in the Property Department. She was born in in New York City, U.S.A., to Barbadian parents, and lived in New York City, South Florida, St. Vincent and Barbados during her formative years.
She was admitted to practice in Barbados in 2006 and joined the firm of Clarke Gittens Farmer in 2007 after a stint in west coast real estate management. Since joining Clarke Gittens Farmer she has specialised in real estate law with a focus on residential real estate developments and commercial banking, and recently has developed a niche in security review.
Melanie has developed significant experience in secured lending and conveyancing, and has carried out in depth research on complicated real estate matters involving mixed use condominium buildings and disputes with respect to accretions and derelictions to the foreshore and the consequences for owners of property abutting the sea. She has also been responsible for developing precedents for lending institutions, conducts training seminars with her supervising partner Savitri St. John, and has served as relationship manager for a significant lender client.
Melanie’s experience has in recent years broadened beyond real estate to include commercial transactions such as sponsorship contracts, share sales and sales of businesses.
Always with an eye to the future, Melanie has a keen interest in intellectual property and entertainment law which she is avidly cultivating to further her professional development. But Melanie’s concerns do not end with her own career. A natural extrovert, she has a strong interest in helping others grow and to this end she has tutored both current and aspiring real estate agents on real estate law for the Barbados Community College, is legal advisor to the Barbados Estate and Valuers Association and assists with the training of interns at Clarke Gittens Farmer.
- Hotels, Resorts and Condominiums
- Secured Lending
- Residential, Commercial and Agricultural Leases
- Commercial and Residential Developments
- Joint Ventures and Partnership Agreements
- Asset Transfers
The Barbados Bar Association
LEC. – Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad, W.I. – 2006
LL.B. (Hons,) – University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, W.I. – 2004