Courtenay Coye LLP’s attorneys have developed a wealth of experience in Belize constitutional law as well as the administrative laws in Belize. We have appeared in several landmark cases in Belize and are among the leaders in this field with an enviable track record in public law cases. We often advise on and appear in successful challenges to decisions made by ministers, public officers and regulatory bodies.
We offer a full range of Belize civil litigation services in contentious disputes in the Courts in Belize including the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the Caribbean Court of Justice which is the highest appellate court for Belize. We also represent our clients before various tribunals (including tax tribunals) and statutory bodies as well as in arbitral proceedings concerning various commercial disputes.
Our experience in Belize civil litigation includes complex multijurisdictional asset protection and recovery cases, commercial litigation, constitutional and administrative relief, judicial review, extradition, admiralty (including arrest and detention of vessels), legal challenges to tax assessments, environmental and petroleum law, telecommunications and broadcasting and real estate.
As a common law jurisdiction, many of the remedies which are available in England such as injunctions, search orders, and Norwich Pharmacal orders which are used to aid substantive proceedings are also available in the Belize Courts. These orders are powerful tools particularly in multijurisdictional fraud cases where clients require assets to be traced and protected pending litigation.
Along with a wealth of experience, our attorneys are known to be fearless, tireless and forceful in the courts in advancing our clients cases. We have a drive to find innovative, cost effective and efficient solutions for the positive resolution of our clients’ legal disputes.
We provide a wide range of services relating to Belize commercial law including providing corporate advice and representation on both domestic and international transactions.
Our experienced corporate attorneys have developed their areas of expertise to meet the complex issues that confront our clients in a fast-paced global marketplace. We aim to find the most suitable tax structures and benefits for our clients and provide advice on the most favourable corporate structures. We are able to establish local and international business companies, local and international foundations, partnerships and other corporate and trust entities and advise on the efficacy of each.
Our attorneys provide expert advice on commercial and corporate law in Belize to a wide range of clients, including individuals, local and international corporations, international law firms, accounting firms, trust companies, banks and other financial institutions.
We advise on trading arrangements, agency and distribution agreements, arbitral matters, and contracts for the sale of goods and services and other commercial transactions.
Courtenay Coye LLP is the leader in fraud and asset recovery in Belize.
Our attorneys have considerable experience in asset recovery and have collaborated with foreign solicitors in high profile and complex multijurisdictional frauds with a Belize dimension. We have successfully procured Norwich Pharmacal/Banker’s Trust Disclosure Orders, Freezing Orders in aid of local and foreign proceedings, and the appointment of Receivers in aid of local and foreign proceedings.
We also have experience in the enforcement of foreign judgments, the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, the recognition of foreign receivership orders, and in asset tracing.
What sets Courtenay Coye LLP apart from other firms in Belize is our willingness to take on the challenge of a new case, no matter how complex and to design a strategic plan that is ably executed. We provide innovative solutions that have resulted in continued success in all areas including fraud and asset recovery.
Our team is well versed with the Belize real estate laws. We represent individuals, corporations, lending institutions and private sector developers in the acquisition, disposal, financing and development of real estate. We regularly prepare and settle loan and security documentation and we also advise on compliance with environmental, planning and land use laws and regulations. We are registered as approved real estate attorneys with First American Title. Our Belize real estate lawyers ensure that our clients obtain clear title and valid security instruments in the most tax efficient way.
Personal and corporate tax planning in Belize has become increasingly complex in a more integrated globalized commercial environment. We advise our clients on the creation of tax efficient structures and carefully develop plans to avoid Belize tax liabilities. We have a keen understanding of the interplay between the various tax structures in Belize and how they can benefit our clients in their personal and business ventures. We also provide advice on indirect tax matters including sales tax, stamp, customs and other duties which are particularly important in domestic and international trade.
Our attorneys are versed with the Belize banking laws and regularly act for the largest local and international banks in Belize. We have also represented and advised numerous international banks (both state and private) and multilateral lending institutions on loans made to Belizean entities or in relation to assets or other investments located in Belize. We advise on all types of lending including trade finance, debt restructuring, property and acquisition finance. We act for both borrowers and lenders, in respect of secured and unsecured loans, and more complex financing arrangements.
We have represented the major telecommunication service providers in Belize in a variety of telecommunication matters, including corporate and contractual matters and civil litigation.
Like several other Caribbean jurisdictions, Belize has modernized its telecommunications industry-moving from a single service provider to a competitive environment. This has driven the need for advising and representational work to industry players particularly in the evolving regulatory environment.
We have developed expertise in Belize Public Utilities regulation and have routinely provided advice and appeared in litigation for major players in regulated industries including cable television, broadcasting and television stations, water suppliers and telecommunications service providers. Our litigation experience includes not only contractual matters with private parties but also challenges to decisions by regulators.
The regulated public utilites industries remain dynamic and competitive and with the likely entrance of new players there will be an on-going need for strong representation in this specialized area.
Courtenay Coye LLP has a vibrant practice in offshore related issues and engages in both non-contentious legal assistance and litigation involving offshore corporate entities. Our attorneys are experts in Belize Offshore Company Laws and regulations.
A steadily growing practice area is the recovery of assets in fraud and tax cases which is complemented by our team’s solid knowledge of offshore company law and remedies in asset recovery cases. The Norwich Pharmacal relief coupled with freezing orders are particularly important in this area of the law due to the closed nature of offshore entities for which minimal public information is available.
Our firm provides competent legal service in matters regarding Belize Family Laws. Courtenay Coye LLP provides a complete array of non-contentious and contentious services to clients in Belize family law, including legal advice, preparation of family agreements and representation in divorce and matrimonial property, maintenance, alimony and custody matters.
We also appear in both domestic and international adoptions and our attorneys are familiar with the Hague Convention on International Adoptions and have successfully represented international clients with the adoption of children in Belize.
Courtenay Coye LLP has developed a strong reputation in both contentious and non-contentious matters relting to the Belize Intellectual Property laws.
We act as trade mark, service mark, design and patent attorneys and agents, and provides a full range of services in all aspects of trade mark, design and patent law. We offer integrated advice on all aspects of the protection and exploitation of intellectual property. Our intellectual property services include registrations of trade-marks and patents, and renewals and assignments of trade marks.
We also provide representation in intellectual property disputes including copyright infringement, trademark and patent litigation. We have led the field in trademark litigation under the modern trademark legislation by successfully representing major international corporations.
While our aim is to avoid litigation to minimise client costs, we forecfully represent clients who need to defend their intellectual property rights.
Courtenay Coye LLP has a vibrant Belize environmental law practice with its advocates successfully advising and appearing for clients in courts. Whether environmental legal issues arise as a result of regulation of corporations by governmental entities, the interplay between corporations and non-governmental environmental groups, or pro bono environmental legal assistance to non-governmental organizations, our attorneys have developed a solid understanding of these legal issues and provide clients with competent legal advice and representation.
Our attorneys are highly experienced in the Belize strata corporation law and the varied legal issues surrounding the development and management of strata corporations. This experience has become vital to our clients who experience many legal issues either as members of or management committees of strata corporations which currently number over 100. These issues range from collection of homeowners fees, drafting of property management and rental management agreements, development of appropriate by-laws and related agreements and applications for hotel licences.
Courtenay Coye LLP’s attorneys have maintained a high level of competence in providing legal advice and services in the administration of estates both in contentious and non-contentious matters. We draft testamentary instruments, and advise on the administration and probate of estates and where necessary appear in litigation in estate disputes.
Courtenay Coye LLP has a strong complement of Belize tort lawyers who have solid experience in providing advice and in conducting Tort litigation particularly in highly complex matters. Our attorneys also provide expert advice to our clients in Belize personal injury and medical negligence claims. We emphasize results that provide full compensation as quickly as possible.
Courtenay Coye LLP has a highly specialized practice in Belize contractual matters which includes drafting, advice, mediation or other dispute resolution, and litigation. This is a core area of practice for our attorneys who have a keen understanding of the various laws which govern contractual terms and conditions and relations, including the Sale of Goods Act and tax legislation.
Pro Bono Publico, latin phrase meaning “for the public good”, encapsulates the work that Law Firms conduct voluntarily, ordinarily for nominal or no compensation, as a service to members of the public. Our Firm recognises that Pro Bono work allows us to provide legal assistance to marginalized people or charitable and non-governmental institutions which that normally cannot afford such legal services and by virtue of that fact are denied access to justice. Our services cover many areas of the law including advocating for human rights and fundamental freedoms, civil liberties, government accountability, and legal rights sounding in both private and public law.
Since the establishment of our Firm, the issues we have taken on through our pro bono work have ranged from the most basic of needs to the most fundamental of rights. For instance, our services range from assisting, a domestic violence shelter for women in Belize, to obtain a breach of contract judgment against a local contractor for failure to complete a building contract, to obtaining an important Supreme Court decision in 2014 for the Indigenous Maya Communities recognizing the rights of indigenous Maya People to free, prior and informed consent with respect to any contract or permit (oil drilling or otherwise) that falls within the Maya People’s lands.
As the needs of our various social partners in our community evolve, so will their need for relevant and timely legal solutions. Providing those social partners with legal assistance and access to justice is not only a social responsibility, but a tool for having a meaningful impact on the lives of Belizeans.