For the last 20 years, the firm has built a name in Antigua and Barbuda by offering the most complete and personalized legal services in the country.
Richards & Company is a full service boutique law firm that specializes in commercial law while focused on excellence and exceeding client expectations. The Richards & Company advantage among law firms in Antigua and Barbuda is its ability to effectively handle matters on both the transactional and litigation sides. As Managing Attorney Mrs. Stacy Richards-Roach assures, “although we have well developed transactional, offshore and trademark law divisions, we also have a strong litigation base. I think that makes a difference because in Antigua and Barbuda most times it is either one or the other. So we pride ourselves in taking the client all the way through”.
Their service is not only comprehensive but also highly personalized, as special emphasis is placed on building close ties with the clients. “One key to our success is our relationship with our clients. We build real relationships; we have long-term clients, and while we get new ones it is all about maintaining those relations”, affirms Richards-Roach, adding that they are able to do so by answering client needs in an effective and timely manner. “We have a policy at the firm; a system for all the lawyers. We always respond to our clients within 24 hours. We are extremely responsive. Secondly we have a network of lawyers in the region and beyond. That is very helpful” – states Richards-Roach. Another significant feature of the firm is its investment in and use of technology, making services even more efficient. This is especially useful when handling clients based in another jurisdiction “What we did was to utilize programs that speak to each other and the client so that makes everybody’s work easier” – says Richards-Roach.
“One key to our success is our relationship with our clients. We build real relationships; we have long-term clients, and while we get new ones it is all about maintaining those relations”
In the near future, the firm anticipates expanding its footprint, having reached a state where it can do so without compromising high standards. According to Richards & Company managing attorney, “for a long time we did not promote ourselves, as I tried to put a team together that could move us forward. Now I think we are there so the idea is to make our presence more felt”. Being one of the few female heads of a legal firm in the country, and therefore used to difficult and exciting challenges, Richards-Roach believes they are ready for this next step. And just as she advises young female attorneys to stay true to their authentic selves and not lose their unique qualities in a sector traditionally associated with men, so will Richards & Company by continuing to develop the firm without sacrificing what has made them successful.
Richards & Company has a team of men and women committed to the firm and its clients. As Richards-Roach proudly states, “lots of people can give you a legal service in Antigua and Barbuda but you have a relationship with us.”