Tapley Seaton QC named St.Kitts-Nevis Governor General’s Deputy

Tapley SeatonFormer St. Kitts-Nevis Attorney General (1980-1995) Attorney Samuel Weymoth Tapley Seaton Q.C. has been appointed Governor General’s Deputy of the Federation of St.Kitts-Nevis.
It is widely felt and speculated that QC Seaton will likely be the federation’s next Governor-General .
Seaton will deliver the Throne Speech at Thursday’s historic Opening of Parliament. Governor-General Sir Edmund Lawrence is reported to be on leave and will be unavailable for Thursday’s event.

QC Seaton has had a long and distinguished career of service to the people of the federation of St.Kitts-Nevis and is credited as being one of the Architects of our Constitution
The Noted Attorney received his primary and secondary education at the Epworth Junior School, the Basseterre High School, and the St. Kitts-Nevis Grammar School. His tertiary studies at the University of the West Indies resulted in his earning a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Upper Second Class Honours – a sound footing for what was to become an illustrious career in the legal profession.

Among his major career feats are the following: (A) Crown Counsel, Attorney General’s Chambers and Acting High Court Registrar (1975-1980); (B) St. Kitts-Nevis Attorney General (1980-1995); and (C) Appointment as one of Her Majesty’s Counsels (Queen’s Counsel) in 1988. He also has the distinction of being named Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 1985.

The Past Preseident of the OECS Bar Association Mr. Seaton has served on a plethora of various Boards, National Committees and Organisations. Some of these include Director of SSMC, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and Frigate Bay Development Corporation; President of the St. Christopher Heritage Society (now The St. Christopher National Trust), the St. Kitts-Nevis Bar Association and the OECS Bar Association; and Vice President for the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Society. During the period 1985-1995 he also served as Chairman of Cable & Wireless (formerly SKANTEL).

Mr Seaton also possesses a keen acumen for legislative drafting. To his credit are such works as Income Tax Amendments for St. Lucia; the 2001 Securities Act; Aliens’ Landholding Regulation Acts in nine (9) ECCU member territories; the National Trust Bill for St. Kitts and Nevis, and the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College Bill. He has also rendered yeoman’s service in the consultation, design and drafting of our very own Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Bill, which eventually became the Small Business Development Act (Number 24) of 2009. This achievement is the result of a three-year, ILO-funded SME Development project with the St. Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Mr Seaton is a partner in the local law firm Seaton & Foreman. He currently serves as Vice President of the St. Christopher National Trust.

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