W. A. Branville McCartney
LLB (Hons) / Founding Partner
Tel: 242 393 4551 or 242 393 4555
William Arthur Branville McCartney was born in Nassau, The Bahamas and is the founder of Halsbury Chambers. A 1985 graduate of Kingsway Academy, Branville read law at Holborn Law Tutors in London, England, where he graduated in 1989 with an LLB Honors Degree. He is a Barrister of the Inner Temple and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in 1990. Branville commenced his legal career with Dupuch and Turnquest and later joined Harry B. Sands and Co., where he became a partner. Throughout his career Branville served as an Acting Stipendiary and Circuit Magistrate for the Civil and Traffic Division of the Magistrate's Court and as a part-time lecturer in Business and Banking Law at the College of The Bahamas.
In December 2000, Branville founded Halsbury Chambers. The Firm is dynamic and known for hosting an annual free legal clinic, the only one in the country, open to the general public. In 2003, the Firm achieved membership with the International Lawyers Network (ILN), an association of 91 high-quality, full-service law firms with over 5,000 lawyers world-wide.
Branville started his political career when he was elected Member of Parliament for the Bamboo Town Constituency at the Bahamas' General Elections of May 2007. He was subsequently appointed Minister of State for Tourism and Aviation by the Right Honorable, Hubert Ingraham, Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. One year later, Branville was appointed Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration, in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, until March 1, 2010 when he resigned his position and returned to his Practice while fulfilling his role as Member of Parliament for Bamboo Town.
Other recognition and community involvement came through the Toastmasters International Club 1600, in 2002 when they honored him for leadership and communication excellence in the field of law. Branville is a former Director of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and a former Chairman of the Chamber's Crime Prevention Committee.
An Anglican, he is married to Lisa Sawyer, Miss Bahamas 1989 and the proprietor of the Meridian School at Unicorn Village and they have three children. During his spare time, Branville enjoys reading, tennis, traveling and cooking.
Email Branville at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Halsbury Commercial Centre
P.O. Box CR-56766, Suite 548
Nassau, The Bahamas