Mrs. 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, real estate and construction claims, banking, intellectual property, 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, Pfizer Limited v Medimpex Jamaica Limited, NMF Pharmaceuticals Limited and Lasco Distributors Limited [2017] JMSC Civ 162 (Counsel for Pfizer; Judgment presently subject to appeal by the Defendants);Palmer (deceased) v. Cornerstone Investments & Finance Company Ltd (Jamaica) [2007] UKPC 58; American Jewellery Company Limited and others v Commercial Corporation Jamaica Limited and others [2013] UKPC 5; Paymaster Jamaica Limited v. Grace Kennedy Remittance Services Limited et al (Unreported Court of Appeal decision delivered in September 2009); 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.

Notably, Denise 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.

Since 2010, Denise has been appointed as a member of the General Legal Council and chairs its Information Technology sub-committee and the Accreditation Committee.


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