Denise E Kitson














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Denise Elizabeth Kitson was admitted to practice in 1982 and has been the Firm's Managing Partner since 1998. She is also the current Head of the Litigation Department providing extensive and comprehensive experience in representing several local and international corporations in court disputes and has had admirable success in this sphere of practice. She practices mainly in the area of complex commercial litigation and has extensive experience in telecommunications, construction claims, banking, intellectual property, public sector procurement tenders and disputes, corporate schemes of arrangement and large debt recovery. She was admitted to the Inner Bar on March 14 2013. Denise has appeared as Counsel and Co-Counsel in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, and the United Kingdom Privy Council. Some of the more notable cases in which she has appeared are, inter alia, Palmer (deceased) v. Cornerstone Investments and Finance Company Ltd (Jamaica) [2007] UKPC 58; Caribbean Steel Company Ltd v Price Waterhouse (a Firm) [2013] UKPC 18 (09 July 2013) American Jewellery Company Limited and others v Commercial Corporation Jamaica Limited and others [2013] UKPC 5 and [2014] JMCA App 16 delivered Friday, June 20, 2014; Pfizer Ltd v Medimpex Jamaica Ltd and Anor [2014] UKPC 20 (2 July 2014) Paymaster Jamaica Limited v. Grace Kennedy Remittance Services Limited et al (Unreported Court of Appeal decision delivered in September 2009) and [2015] JMCA Civ 20 delivered Friday, March 27, 2015; Digicel Jamaica Ltd and Anor v Fair Trading Commission and Anor [2014] JMCA Civ 48 Friday, delivered December 19, 2014; Jade Overseas Holdings Ltd v Palmyra Properties Ltd and others [2014] JMCA Civ 9 delivered Friday, February 14, 2014 Zim Israel Navigation Company Limited v SGS Supervise (Unreported Supreme Court decision delivered in January 2010); Granville Gordon et al v. Vickers (1990) 27 JLR , 60; In the Matter of the Jamincorp International Merchant Bank Limited and in the matter of the Companies Act and Re: The Minister of Finance and Jamincorp International Merchant Bank (1986) 23 JLR, 522; and Rodeo Holdings Limited v The Proprietors Strata Plan No. 88 et al, (1988) 25 JLR, 513. She also has considerable experience in complex real estate and commercial transactions having represented several local and international clients in this area of practice. She also handles real estate and commercial transactions for several local and international clients. Denise studied at the University of the West Indies where she obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree (Upper Second Class) in 1980. She then completed her professional qualification by obtaining the Certificate in Legal Education in 1982 from the Norman Manley Law School. She has however since 2002, returned to the Law School, in a part time capacity, to tutor Civil Practice and Procedure. Denise is a member of the Jamaican Bar Association (JBA) and served as a member of its Executive for six years. During five of those years she was the Honourary Secretary. She also continues to serve as a member of the Commercial Law Committee, Legal Reform Committee and Social Affairs Committee of the Association. She has also served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the National Land Agency as the nominee of the JBA. More recently since 2010, she has been appointed as a member of the General Legal Council and chairs its Information Technology sub-committee. She also now serves as a member of the Board of the Devon House Development Limited and the Architects Registration Board of Jamaica.