Heather Thompson is a seasoned expert with a wealth of experience in advising on private trust companies, estate administration and will planning.
Heather L Thompson is a recognised leader in the private client sector, advising individuals, trustees and beneficiaries in international trust and company creation and ownership structures. She counsels trust companies on the development of new services and issues arising in trust administration, and advises a diverse clientele on all aspects of wills, probate applications, estates administration, foundations, private trust companies, issues in company law and international commercial contracts.
A sought-after conference speaker and contributor to the STEP Journal, Heather has received the STEP Founder’s Award for Outstanding Achievement (2009) and the Bahamas Financial Services Board Executive of the Year Award (2003). She is ranked by Chambers Global (2010–2019) and the Chambers High Net Worth Guide (2017–2019). Heather has been named to the CityWealth Leaders List (2012–2013); the Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law (2012); and the IFC Power Women Top 200 list (2012–2018).
Heather is a founding member and past chairperson of the STEP in the Bahamas and a former member of STEP’s council. Heather has served as a consultant on several important pieces of financial services legislation, including Acts relating to trusts, purpose trusts, foundations, private trust companies and executive entities.
Heather was educated in the United Kingdom at the University of Lancaster (BA) (Hons) and University of London (LLB) (Hons), and qualified as a member of the Law Society of England and Wales (non-practising). She attained the Chartered Institute of Bankers’ trustee diploma in 1981 following a year-long secondment to National Westminster Bank’s trustee department (West End branch, London), and was called to the Bahamas Bar in 1994.