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Daniella R. Gentles-Silvera KC

Partner

Daniella is one of the Firm’s three King’s Counsel and is ranked by Chambers Global for general business law dispute resolution. She practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, commercial law, banking and finance. Daniella has a broad range of experience in litigation matters such as medical negligence, contract, shareholders disputes and corporate insolvency, property disputes including contested restrictive covenant modification applications by developers and others, mortgage and banking claims, and judicial review applications. 

For many years Daniella has represented and continues to represent the regulator of the telecommunications and electric power industries, a few of the main financial institutions in Jamaica, and one of the world's leading protection organisations for doctors and healthcare professionals with respect to medical claims. 

She appears for clients in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Jamaica and has also appeared in the Privy Council in England. Some of her more recent cases are:

  • Paulette Francis v Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Ltd [2023] JMCC Comm 08- exercise of mortgagee’s power of sale. 
  • Rickie Davis et al v Wellesley Stokes and Riviera Insurance Agency [2023] JMCC Comm 01. - shareholder’s claim under the Companies Act for oppressive and/or unfairly prejudicial conduct.
  • Lot 417A Barbican Heights (Millsborough Crescent) [2023] JMSC Civ 208. -application to modify restrictive covenants to permit a development.
  • George Neil v The Attorney General of Jamaica, Office of Utilities Regulations [2022] JMIC Full 06 - claim that the constitutional rights to equality and fair treatment and freedom of association had been infringed.
  • Wayne Reid v Jentech Consultants Limited and Curtis Reid (consolidated with) Curtis Reid v Cable & Wireless Jamaica, Jentech Limited and Wayne Reid [2020] JMCA Civ 26. - breach of employment contract and measure of damages and r the implied term of mutual trust and confidence. 
  • Symbiote Investments Limited v Minister of Science and Technology and Office of Utilities Regulation [2019] JMCA App 8 – Judicial review concerning, the revocation of a telecommunication licence. 
  • Jade Hollis v the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council [2015] JMCA Appeal 46 - A stay of disciplinary proceedings in the face of existing criminal proceedings arising out of same facts and issues.  

On the commercial side, Daniella prepares and reviews banking and security documentation and other contracts such as shareholders and joint venture agreements and sale of business.

Daniella was admitted to Practice in Jamaica in 1994 and in 2002 as a Solicitor in England and Wales. She is also called to the Bar of Antigua and Barbuda. Daniella graduated from the University of the West Indies where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree and thereafter from the University of Dundee in Scotland having obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Honours. 

Daniella is the current chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council and is the former chairman of the Advertising Committee of the General Legal Council. She is a member of the Jamaican Bar Association and the Law Society of England and Wales. 

Notwithstanding her busy schedule, Daniella finds time to present papers to the medical and legal profession pertaining to the ethics of both professions such as her paper; ‘Reflections on Ethical Breaches by Attorney” and “I do not want Dialysis or Transplant, whose life is it anyways? Does a child have a right to refuse lifesaving treatment?”. She is also a contributor to the Insolvency 2023 Law and Practice in Chambers and Partners.