Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister
the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham today announced the appointment of John
K. F. Delaney as Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs.
The Prime Minister also announced the appointment of Mr. Delaney to
will be sworn in by Governor General His Excellency A. D. Hanna on Monday,
23 November, in a ceremony at Government House.
of Attorney General has been held temporarily by Minister of Foreign
Affairs Brent Symonette since the resignation of former Attorney General
Michael Barnett who was appointed Chief Justice.
to the usual matters in the portfolio of the Attorney General and Minister
of Legal Affairs, Mr. Delaney’s portfolio will also include Relations
with the Financial Services Industry and the Bahamas Financial Services
Board as well as responsibility for Promotion and Development of Financial
Mr. Delaney received his early education at St. Augustine’s College
in Nassau and earned his LL.B. degree from the University of Birmingham
and a Master of Laws degree from the University of London, England.
He was admitted to the English Bar in 1987 as a Barrister of Lincoln’s
Inn. Later the same year he was called to the Bahamas Bar.
Prior to these
appointments, Mr. Delaney was a member of the law firm of Higgs &
Johnson and managing partner since 2007. He specializes in commercial
litigation and financial services law and has for years been cited by
international legal directories as a leader in his field.
He is a past
Vice President and Vice Chairman of the Bahamas Bar Association and
its Council, and a member of the International Bar Association, the
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) and the Society of Trust
and Estate Practitioners.
This will be
Mr. Delaney’s second stint in the Senate as he served in the Upper
Chamber as an FNM Senator from 2005 to 2007.
He has also
served as a director of the National Insurance Board, a director of
the Bahamas Financial Services Board, a member of the Road Traffic Authority
and evening lecturer at the College of The Bahamas. He is presently
Co-Chairman of the Bahamas Trade Commission.
is married to the former Daphne Dean and is the father of a son, Amorae
and twin daughters Dana and Maya.
JOHN K F DELANEY was born 19 April
1964, the seventh of eight children of Remona Delaney (nee Burrows)
and the late John F Delaney, businessman.
Educated locally at Palmdale Primary
School and St. Augustine’s College, Mr. Delaney, a lawyer, was trained
in the United Kingdom where he earned a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from
the University of Birmingham, a Master of Laws from the University of
London, and was admitted to the Bars of England & Wales in 1987
as a Barrister of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. The
same year he was admitted a Counsel and Attorney of the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas.
Mr. Delaney has practised continuously
at the law firm of Higgs & Johnson of which he is a partner since
1994, Managing Partner since 2007 and, as of 2009, Global Managing Partner
with oversight of the firm’s combined Bahamas and Cayman operations.
Mr. Delaney specializes in commercial litigation and financial services
law and has for years been cited by international legal directories
as a leader in his field.
Mr. Delaney is a member of The Bahamas
Bar Association of which he is a past (1995-1997) Vice President, and
Vice Chairman of The Bahamas Bar Council. He is a member of the
International Bar Association, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- London, and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Mr. Delaney formerly served as: Senator
(FNM) 2005 – 2007; Director of the National Insurance Board; Director
of the Bahamas Financial Services Board; member of the Road Traffic
Authority; and evening lecturer at the College of The Bahamas and the
Bahamas Institute of Bankers. He is presently Co-Chairman of The
Bahamas Trade Commission.
John Delaney is married to the former
Daphne Dean. He is the father of one son, Amorae, and twin daughters
Dana and Maya.