Hélène Anne Lewis is a national of Trinidad and Tobago and English qualified lawyer of more than twenty-five years who has been practising in the BVI since 1990. She is the Founding Partner of SimonetteLewis a boutique law practice that serves as BVI legal advisers on property, trust, probate and corporate matters involving BVI structures. With her Litigation Partner, she has also appeared in several high value trust and civil litigation matters in the Commercial Division of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. She has presented to several conferences on Trust, Compliance and Corporate issues and is a member of the organising committee of one of the trust industry’s most successful conferences – the STEP Caribbean Conference which she has chaired twice in her capacity as Chairman of the BVI Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”).
After admission to the Bar at Gray’s Inn, England the former Hélène Anne Simonette returned to Trinidad where she was at various times, State Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers, Legal Advisor to the Ombudsman and to the Leader of the Opposition. After having been the Senior Crown Counsel and sometimes Acting Attorney General of the Turks and Caicos Islands, she joined a prominent BVI law firm in 1990 and established her own practice (SimonetteLewis) in February 2007. Mrs Lewis has served as President of the B.V.I. Bar Association, of which she was previously Secretary and Vice President. She also served as Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President of the OECS Bar Association, a regional association of the Bar Associations of the nine countries which comprise the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. She has served as a member of the Council and Board of Directors of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and has the distinction of being elected in November 2012 to be Worldwide Chairman of STEP. She was re-elected to the post in November 2013 and stood down in November 2014. She currently serves as a Vice President of STEP Worldwide, Chairman of the STEP Worldwide Branch Development Committee, a director of BVI Finance Limited, the BVI Ports Authority and Family Support Network of the Virgin Islands. Mrs. Lewis is also admitted to practice in St. Kitts & Nevis.