Ms Sheila George

Sheila George

Lawyer biography

Sheila George is Head of the Private Client Department at Harneys and has been a Partner since 1997. She specialises in all aspects of British Virgin Islands and Anguilla property law and has extensive experience in commercial property acquisition and disposal. She acts for developers and handles all aspects of property financing, management and leasing. She provides advice to foreign nationals on acquisition of property in the British Virgin Islands for private or commercial use, on establishing businesses in the British Virgin Islands, and on various immigration and labour issues. Ms. George is a Notary Public in the British Virgin Islands.

Location: British Virgin Islands

  • Norman Manley Law School (Legal Education Certificate) 1991
  • University of the West Indies (LLB Hons) 1989
  • Admitted in the British Virgin Islands 1991
  • Admitted in Anguilla 1999
  • Partner since 1997

Updates

Employment & Benefits

Legislation to change work permit fee calculation enacted
British Virgin Islands | 09 August 2017

The government recently enacted a measure regarding the fees payable for work permits in the British Virgin Islands. The amendment order replaces the employee flat fee system with an incremental calculation based on salary bands, which now generally assume a higher gross salary. It also replaces most exceptions to the previous scheme, keeping only those for domestic workers.

Immigration

BVI exempts certain categories of people from work permit requirements
British Virgin Islands | 08 September 2017

The government recently enacted the Labour Code (Work Permit Exemption) Order 2017, which excludes certain categories of people from the need to obtain work permits. In particular, the exemption for directors visiting the British Virgin Islands for board meetings supports the territory's position as the leading corporate domicile in the global economy.

Private Client & Offshore Services

BVI exempts certain categories of people from work permit requirements
British Virgin Islands | 07 September 2017

The government recently enacted the Labour Code (Work Permit Exemption) Order 2017, which excludes certain categories of people from the need to obtain work permits. In particular, the exemption for directors visiting the British Virgin Islands for board meetings supports the territory's position as the leading corporate domicile in the global economy.

Government raises charter cruising permit fees
British Virgin Islands | 17 August 2017

The government recently enacted two measures regarding the cruising permit fees that each charter boat must pay while carrying paying passengers in the British Virgin Islands. Under the Cruising Permit (Amendment) Act, boats will now be classified as either home-based or foreign-based charter boats, with set fees for each classification. The Statutory Rates, Fees and Charges (Amendment of Schedule) Order 2017 confirms these fees for internal government purposes.

Legislation to change work permit fee calculation enacted
British Virgin Islands | 10 August 2017

The government recently enacted a measure regarding the fees payable for work permits in the British Virgin Islands. The amendment order replaces the employee flat fee system with an incremental calculation based on salary bands, which now generally assume a higher gross salary. It also replaces most exceptions to the previous scheme, keeping only those for domestic workers.

Government increases taxes on tobacco, alcohol and hotel accommodation
British Virgin Islands | 02 February 2017

The government recently enacted two revenue-increasing measures: the Customs Management and Duties (Amendment of Schedule 4) Order 2016 and the Hotel Accommodation (Taxation) (Amendment) Act 2016. The order raises the duty on alcohol and tobacco, while the act seeks to increase the existing hotel accommodation tax to bring the British Virgin Islands into line with other premier holiday destinations in the Caribbean, although the rate is still less than that in many US destinations.

Unlicensed Private Trust Companies Now Permitted
British Virgin Islands | 08 November 2007

As of August 1 2007, unlicensed private trust companies are now permitted in the British Virgin Islands. The statutory provisions are contained in the Financial Service (Exemptions) Regulations 2007. The regulations have expressly revoked the Banks and Trust Companies (Application Procedures) Directions 1991.

Coming Into Force of Merchant Shipping Order 2005
British Virgin Islands | 22 September 2005

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) recently took another step towards realizing its aim of achieving category 1 vessel registration status with the coming into force of the Merchant Shipping (Adoption of UK Enactments) Order 2005. The effect of this new statutory instrument is to adopt British legislation in the context of merchant shipping, subject to relevant modifications.

Shipping & Transport

Government raises charter cruising permit fees
British Virgin Islands | 16 August 2017

The government recently enacted two measures regarding the cruising permit fees that each charter boat must pay while carrying paying passengers in the British Virgin Islands. Under the Cruising Permit (Amendment) Act, boats will now be classified as either home-based or foreign-based charter boats, with set fees for each classification. The Statutory Rates, Fees and Charges (Amendment of Schedule) Order 2017 confirms these fees for internal government purposes.

Coming into Force of Merchant Shipping Order 2005
British Virgin Islands | 21 September 2005

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has taken another step towards realizing its aim of achieving category 1 vessel registration status with the coming into force of the Merchant Shipping (Adoption of UK Enactments) Order 2005. The effect of this new statutory instrument is to adopt British legislation in the context of merchant shipping, subject to relevant modifications.