Tara E. Frater is the Principal and Founder of FT Legal. Her practice areas include: Corporate and Commercial, Finance, FinTech, Securities Regulation, Trust & Estate Planning, Immigration and Real Estate.
Tara was a UWI Open Scholar and obtained her Bachelor of Laws Degree with Upper Second Class Honours from the University of the West Indies in 2001 and her Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School in 2003.
She is an experienced attorney-at-law with over 15 years of experience working at leading firms in international financial services centres in the Caribbean, such as Walkers and Harney Westwood &Riegels in the British Virgin Islands. She moved on from Lex Caribbean, a firm based in Barbados, as a Partner in 2019 to found FT Legal. She has lectured in various fora on legal issues and her speaking engagements include various Caribbean and Latin American conferences hosted by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and other organisations.
Tara actively engages on issues affecting the international financial services sector in the Caribbean and serves as the Chairperson of the STEP Barbados Branch, as well as participates in various working groups focused on legislative reform. She is a former Director of the Barbados International Business Association and made the Citywealth IFC Power Women Top 200 List in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014, which recognises women of influence in government, private wealth, private client advisory and philanthropy across international financial centres. She has keen interest in cryptocurrencies and the transformative potential of blockchain technology.
Tara is a passionate believer in the power of entrepreneurship and technology as a catalyst for the development of the Caribbean and advocates for youth empowerment in this context.
Speaker at the Nevis Transformational Technologies Summit in Nevis in December 2018 on “ A proposed legal and regulatory framework for Nevis”
Speaker in panel at TechBeach Retreat in Jamaica in November 2018 on “Cracking the Crypto Code: Scaling Cryptocurrencies to Mainstram Acceptance”)
Speaker in panel at the STEP LatAm Conference 2018 held in October 2018 in Mexico on “Blockchain: Applications Today And Challenges In The Future For The Wealth Management Industry”
Speaker in panel at the STEP Caribbean Conference 2018 held in May 2018 Barbados and delivered presentation on “Cryptocurrencies And Other Digital Assets - Estate Planning Considerations”
Speaker at seminar hosted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados held in August 2017 and delivered presentation “Corporate Trust and Service Providers’ Obligations and AML Update”
Speaker at the Jamaican Bar Association Weekend Conference in November 2015 and presented paper on “Estate Planning & Trusts: The Jamaica- Barbados CARICOM Synergy”
Speaker at the STEP Caribbean Conference 2014 held between 12-14 May 2014 in the Bahamas; presented approximately 6,500 word paper titled “Trustee as a Shareholder”
Speaker at the STEP LatAm Conference 2013 held between 10-11 October 2013 in Uruguay; presented approximately 8,000 word paper titled “Estate Planning: Cross border considerations for Latin American HNWIs”
Speaker at STEP Barbados branch presentation held on 3 December 2012 in Barbados; presented on “Trustees and Disclosure”
Authored article on Barbados proposed statutes relating to Private Trust Companies and Foundations in the STEP Journal (October 2013)
Co-authored article on Barbados’ Special Entry Permit Regime in the IFC Review 2013.