OUR TEAM

The Partners

“I feel fortunate that our team has succeded in creating an environment that celebrates the values that I believe in and that enables me to do what I enjoy. Those values are: integrity, excellence, service to others and a profound belief in the limitlessness of human potential. We plan to use this platform to achieve great things locally and regionally.” ~ Lorna Phillips

“I (mainly) practice law in a jurisdiction where the law, economy, social and political institutions are either developing dynamically or are at an embryonic stage of development: the opportunities are boundless. I enjoy the challenge of guiding my clients through it all to success.” ~ Manley Nicholson

Manley Nicholson and Lorna Phillips are commercial attorneys. Mr. Nicholson specializes in civil & commercial litigation (disputes) and Ms Phillips in commercial transactions (deals). Both share a common vision: growth and prosperity for their firm, their team, their clients, Jamaica and the Caribbean region.

These partners owe much of their success to their commitment to principles that have developed into what they now describe as core values. The partners’ unique gifts have served their respective clients well and resulted in the development of distinct areas of expertise. Because of their skills and synergies, they adopt a holistic approach to meeting their clients’ needs.

Together, the partners are continually searching for new ways to produce impressive results, negotiating settlements in ways that are principled and effective. They also reach out into the wider community to see how improvements can be made to serve us all in our businesses and our lives.

Lorna Olivia Phillips

Lorna Olivia Phillips, LL.B., LL.M.

Managing Partner & Head of the Commercial Group

Lorna Phillips is a solicitor, mediator, facilitator and lecturer who has practiced commercial law in the UK and in Jamaica. She heads the Commercial Group of Nicholson Phillips.

Lorna holds a bachelor’s degree in law (Birmingham University) and a master’s degree in international development law (Warwick University). She was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1993 and called to the Jamaican Bar as an attorney-at-law in 1995. She is also a mediator and business coach.

Lorna spent two years at Wragge & Co., a leading provincial corporate/commercial firm of solicitors in England before migrating to Jamaica, where she continued her practice in corporate and commercial law. In a co-operative association with Ernst & Young (Jamaica), she advised business clients in commercial property, company law, and commercial law. She is a past lecturer of Nova Southeastern University and the University of the West Indies.

As head of the Commercial Group, Lorna advises on a variety of commercial matters. She currently specializes in:

  • Investment and business transactions
  • Commercial matters
  • Property development and investment in land acquisitions, planning, construction
  • Lending and security arrangements with financial institutions

Lorna is a member of the Jamaican Bar Association and the Law Society of England and Wales. Lorna Phillips is a founder member of the Real Estate Reform Consortium, member of the consumer protection tribunal of the Consumer Affairs Commission, Chairman of BACK2LIFE FOUNDATION, board Trustee of the Temple of Light Centre for Spiritual Living and recent past Deputy Chairman for Jamaica Mortgage Bank A forward thinking innovator and advocate for the advancement and development of both social and legal systems, she writes on business law matters for overseas interests, is published by the Center for International Legal Studies, and is a regular contributor to the World Bank publications on doing business in Jamaica.

Manley Anthony Nicholson B.A., LL.B

Development Partner & Head of the Dispute Resolution & Litigation Group

Manley Nicholson is the Dispute Resolution & Litigation partner as well as the partner with responsibility for the firm‘s practice development. He has practiced law in Canada as well as Jamaica.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Political Science and Economics from York University, Toronto, Canada and his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Canada.

Admitted to practice by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1995 he has been a consistent advocate at the private bar; he remains a barrister and solicitor in Ontario, Canada and a member of the Canadian Bar Association.

As head of the Dispute Resolution & Litigation Group, Manley has direct supervisory responsibility for many complex cases in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. In addition, he deals with all areas of case and claims management, liability and quantum issues, pre-court procedures, resolution strategies and Third Party contractual issues. His successes in achieving client satisfaction range from out-of-court settlements from skilful negotiations in court appointed mediations or arbitration tribunals to winning sizeable awards through the courts. He has appeared before the Ontario’s License Appeal Tribunal where he successfully appealed a suspension and termination application under the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act.

Manley currently represents several multinational corporations and local financial institutions. In addition, he represents insurance companies and private clients in personal injury, breach of contract and large debt action claims.

Manley’s practice ranges from all aspects of commercial litigation and real estate disputes for large financial institutions ‘ including banks, insurance companies and government agencies to private clients, both local and overseas. He has successfully represented clients in all the courts in Jamaica, winning sizeable awards for personal injury claimants, including:

  • A multi-million dollar award for a double leg amputation against Metropolitan Parks & Market (MPM) a Jamaican corporation
  • The largest ever personal injury settlement in the history of Florida, resulting from a paralysis from a diving accident at a major hotel resort in Jamaica.

Manley is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Jamaican Bar. He is a former Director of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) and Past President of the Rotary Club of Kingston. As a legal writer, he is a contributor to the International execution against Judgement Debtors published by Oxford University Press.

Manley Anthony Nicholson
Manley Anthony Nicholson

Manley Anthony Nicholson B.A., LL.B

Development Partner & Head of the Dispute Resolution & Litigation Group

Manley Nicholson is the Dispute Resolution & Litigation partner as well as the partner with responsibility for the firm‘s practice development. He has practiced law in Canada as well as Jamaica.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Political Science and Economics from York University, Toronto, Canada and his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Canada.

Admitted to practice by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1995 he has been a consistent advocate at the private bar; he remains a barrister and solicitor in Ontario, Canada and a member of the Canadian Bar Association.

As head of the Dispute Resolution & Litigation Group, Manley has direct supervisory responsibility for many complex cases in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. In addition, he deals with all areas of case and claims management, liability and quantum issues, pre-court procedures, resolution strategies and Third Party contractual issues. His successes in achieving client satisfaction range from out-of-court settlements from skilful negotiations in court appointed mediations or arbitration tribunals to winning sizeable awards through the courts. He has appeared before the Ontario’s License Appeal Tribunal where he successfully appealed a suspension and termination application under the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act.

Manley currently represents several multinational corporations and local financial institutions. In addition, he represents insurance companies and private clients in personal injury, breach of contract and large debt action claims.

Manley’s practice ranges from all aspects of commercial litigation and real estate disputes for large financial institutions ‘ including banks, insurance companies and government agencies to private clients, both local and overseas. He has successfully represented clients in all the courts in Jamaica, winning sizeable awards for personal injury claimants, including:

  • A multi-million dollar award for a double leg amputation against Metropolitan Parks & Market (MPM) a Jamaican corporation
  • The largest ever personal injury settlement in the history of Florida, resulting from a paralysis from a diving accident at a major hotel resort in Jamaica.

Manley is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Jamaican Bar. He is a former Director of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) and Past President of the Rotary Club of Kingston. As a legal writer, he is a contributor to the International execution against Judgement Debtors published by Oxford University Press.

 Marlon Z. Gregory

Marlon Z. Gregory, LL.B

Marlon Gregory is an Associate of the Firm, called to the Bar in 2017. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) with Honours at the University of West Indies in 2015, and his Legal Education Certificate (LEC) at the Norman Manley Law School where he graduated on the Principal’s Roll of Honour in 2018.

Marlon joined the firm for 6 months as a Legal Intern in 2015 and returned in 2017 having successfully completing Law School. Marlon primarily focuses on civil and commercial litigation as well as commercial transactions. However, he remains interested in complex legal issues with his constant goal being “to simplify complex constructs so that the layman can have an insight into what his lawyer is doing”. During his time with Nicholson Phillips Marlon has appeared in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and Parish Court.

As an attorney Marlon is very committed to and enjoys thorough research and interrogation of legal issues. He is also passionate about advocacy and always seeks to hone his skills in this arena; to this end Marlon is an active member of the Sagicor Life Jamaica Toastmasters Club.

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