Harneys appoints two newly qualified lawyers to Professional Development Programme

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Only programme of its kind in British Virgin Islands provides launchpad for young lawyers

Two join Harneys' PDP

Rhonda Hodge-Smith, left, and Kisha Frett, second from right, are photographed with their supervisors, partners Tanya Cassie, second from left, and Jacqueline Daley-Aspinall, right.

Since its inception in 2000 Harneys' Professional Development Programme has provided 24 newly-qualified lawyers with a strong foundation on which to build their legal careers.

Leading British Virgin Islands law firm Harneys is pleased to announce the appointments of newly qualified lawyers Rhonda Hodge-Smith and Kisha Frett as 2012 entrants to the firm’s prestigious Professional Development Programme.

Rhonda and Kisha will spend the next two years rotating through each of the firm’s departments in order to gain exposure to the full breadth of BVI and international legal practice and develop their own areas of specialization. The Professional Development Programme also involves regular in-house training workshops and mentoring by partners and senior associates within the firm.

Managing Partner Richard A Peters said he is extremely happy that Harneys was able to recruit two such promising BVIslander lawyers to join the firm. “Our professional development programme is built on the understanding that academic training is only the first step in equipping a lawyer to operate at the extremely high level required by leading global businesses. I am extremely pleased that Rhonda and Kisha have accepted both the challenge and opportunity that participation in this programme represents.”

Rhonda joins Harneys after completing her legal education at Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University in 2011. She was called to the Bar in England and Wales in November 2011 and in the British Virgin Islands in December 2011. She also holds a master’s degree from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland and a bachelor’s degree from Inter-American University in Puerto Rico. Before joining Harneys Rhonda was a pupil at the chambers of J.S. Archibald & Co.

Prior to entering the legal profession Rhonda had a 12-plus year career in higher education at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College culminating in the post of Registrar and Director of Enrolment. She continues to serve as an adjunct lecturer in business law. Earlier in her professional career Rhonda worked at the Deputy Governor’s Office and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico. She is also a former ambassador for the BVI in the capacity of Miss British Virgin Islands.

Kisha earned her legal qualifications at Cardiff Law School at Cardiff University in Wales, having previously initiated her pursuit of higher education with an associate’s degree at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. She was called to the Bar in England and Wales in July 2011 and in the British Virgin Islands in December 2011.

No stranger to Harneys, Kisha first worked with the firm during a summer job placement in high school. She returned in 2009 for an internship. Kisha’s professional experience also includes a year as a judicial assistant at the Supreme Court and internships and summer employment with Ogier BVI, the BVI Financial Services Commission and Samuels Richardson & Co.

Harneys’ Professional Development Programme was established in 2000 and is the only legal training programme of its kind in the BVI. Modelled after the English system of training contracts, the programme has since its inception provided 24 newly-qualified lawyers with a strong foundation on which to build their legal careers. Several PDP graduates have gone on to become partners at Harneys and other law firms in the territory.

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