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Alana S. Bissessar

Alana S. Bissessar
Partner/Service Line Leader
Dispute Resolution
Port of Spain Office
Telephone: 868 612 7235 ext 237
Email: a.bissessar@polanc.com


1993 Trinidad and Tobago.


L.L.B. (Hons) (The University of the West Indies) 1991
L.E.C. (The Hugh Wooding Law School) 1993

Professional Profile

Alana has over 20 years experience in the practice of civil litigation. Upon her admission to practice in October 1993 she joined the firm of Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj & Co., a former Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago and Senior Counsel at the Civil Bar. In May of 1995 she joined the chambers of de la Bastide & Jacelon, a predecessor of the Firm of Pollonais, Blanc, de la Bastide & Jacelon (hereinafter 'the Firm'). She is now the Partner who heads the Firm's Dispute Resolution Service Line.

Alana deals principally with the Firm's medical negligence and construction law practice. She acts for 2 of the 4 National Regional Health Authorities as well as for one of the country's largest state owned special purpose companies involved in construction. Alana also acts in all areas of personal injury litigation servicing 2 of the largest insurance companies in Trinidad and Tobago, in respect of motor vehicular property damage, personal injuries and non-motor claims. Her practice also includes contentious probate including fraudulent wills and contentious estates. She has acted in defence of Attorneys as well as medical practitioners and banking officials in professional negligence actions. Alana has instructed both local Senior Counsel as well as foreign Queen's Counsel. She has also appeared at and/with Counsel in commercial civil litigation, administrative law and constitutional matters, as well as construction matters and matters relating to defamation. She has also instructed Privy Council agents in the conduct of Appeals at the Privy Council. Further, she has gained invaluable experience in several arbitrations and mediations involving State-owned bodies as well as Private companies, both locally and before the International Chamber of Commerce/International Court of Arbitration.

Alana has care and conduct of our civil and corporate litigation, as well as the mediation and arbitration practice of the Firm including research and drafting of pleadings, preparation of procedural documents, including applications for injunctions, to make minors wards of the Court to obtain consent for emergency surgical procedures, witness statements, costs assessments and opinions on liability and quantum.


English; A working knowledge of Spanish.

Professional Affiliations

The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago

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