Fred Gilkes was admitted to practise law in Trinidad and Tobago in 1988. He was also admitted to practise in Antigua and Barbuda in 1994 and in Grenada in 2006. In his 13 years as a partner of Trinidad and Tobago’s oldest and largest legal practice, and then as its Chief Executive Officer, Fred has had extensive exposure to the wide range of legal services that such an organization offers and has acquired considerable experience in a number of areas.
Employment Law - Mr. Gilkes has practised before the Industrial Courtof Trinidad and Tobago since 1989 and has represented many large employers in proceedings before that Court. He has been involved in numerous Court sponsored mediation sessions as well as mediation sessions before the Ministry of Labour in Trinidad. Although he has litigated extensively in the areas of dismissal, severance and workmen’s compensation, he has, over the years, placed considerable emphasis on guiding his clients towards out of Court settlements of their employment disputes.
Intellectual Property Litigation – Since the mid 1990’s Mr. Gilkes haslitigated in this area both before the Intellectual Property Office in Port of Spain and before the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago, the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago and before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London, which is the highest court in Trinidad and Tobago’s judicial system litigation experience in trade mark law, patent law, copyright law and unfair competition.. He has advised extensively in this area and has acquired considerable.
Civil Litigation – Fred has practised as a litigation attorney since his admission to practise in 1988 and has appeared before the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago, before the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago and before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. His areas of specialty are banking and commercial litigation, defamation, personal injury, insurance and land disputes. He has also litigated before the High Court of Grenada and before the High Court and Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean. Fred has developed close working relationships with attorneys practising in these areas in Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada.
Banking, Commercial, and Securities Law – Almost 30 years ofexperience in an intense litigation environment have provided an ideal foundation for practical advice in these areas with a view to the resolution of disputes outside of the litigation process. Mr. Gilkes has developed close working relationships with attorneys practising in these areas in the jurisdictions in which he has been admitted to practice and in Barbados.
Estates –Mr. Gilkes has led the Probate Department of one of Trinidadand Tobago’s largest law firms and has accordingly accumulated significant experience in this area which he shares with the junior attorneys in the Chambers.
Admiralty –Mr. Gilkes has extensive experience in ship arrests and inthe various property issues that arise in this area
Mediation – Mr. Gilkes is a certified mediator and has also represented anumber of large corporate clients in mediation exercises.
Fred is the holder of the Bachelor of Laws degree (Upper Second Class Honours) awarded by the University of the West Indies in 1986. He has tutored and lectured at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad since 1986 and currently lectures in Criminal Law and Contract Law at the St. Augustine Campus. He was awarded the Legal Education Certificate by the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad in 1988 and received the Law School’s Most Outstanding Student award in that year. Fred has presented papers at the Intellectual Property Office in Trinidad on litigation procedure in proceedings before the Intellectual Property Office and on employment issues at the Employers’ Consultative Association in Trinidad and the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago.