Hon. Sir Patterson Cheltenham, K.A has over forty-two (42) years of experience as a
He received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the
University of the West Indies in 1975. He attended University College London,
graduating in 1976 with a Master of Laws degree in Taxation and Corporate Law.
Thereafter, he attended the Hugh Wooding Law
School. He earned his Legal Education Certificate and was admitted to
practise in Barbados in 1978. He was also admitted to practise in St.
Lucia, St. Vincent, Antigua and St. Kitts & Nevis.
For well over three decades, Sir Patterson served
as one of the principals of a leading law office in Barbados, Charlton
Chambers. He has represented both corporate and private clients before several
tribunals, the High Court, Court of Appeal, Privy Council and Caribbean Court
of Justice. An eminent practitioner in the areas of insurance and personal
injury law, he also earned a sterling reputation for his proficiency in other
areas such as public law, employment-related claims, takeovers and mergers.
Although he established himself as a formidable
civil litigator, Sir Patterson consistently pursued out-of-court negotiations
and other forms of non-litigious dispute resolution. His ability to adapt to
emerging alternatives to dispute resolution led to him becoming an Accredited
Meditator and a Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), as
well as the Education Co-ordinator of CIArb (Caribbean Branch) in June, 2016.
Over the years, Sir Patterson served on several
boards and tribunals. These include seventeen years as the Chairman of
Barbados Revenue Authority's Value Added Tax Appeal Tribunal and a
twenty-seven-year stint as Chairman of the Board of Management of his beloved
alma mater, The Lodge School. He also served as a lecturer and tutor at the
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in the Faculty of Law and the
Faculty of Social Sciences. His unwavering commitment to education, the legal
profession and public service led to his admission to the inner bar in 2001 and a conferment of the National Award of Gold Crown of Merit in 2012.
Sir Patterson became a Knight of St. Andrew in
November, 2020. He continues his public service and contribution to the legal
profession through his appointment as President of the Caribbean Community
Administrative Tribunal (CCAT) in 2019 and, more recently, his appointment to
the post of Chief Justice of Barbados.