Yualande has a proven and impressive legal background with 18 years of experience in the field of Commercial Law and Litigation. Her academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) with honours from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cavehill, and a Master of Laws Degree (LL. M.). First Class Honors specialising in Corporate and Commercial Law. She was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in 2005. In addition to her expertise and experience, are Civil Litigation, Real Estate Law and commercial Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). This extensive background has provided her with unique insights into the practices of the industry, such as drafting agreements, structuring her matters to withstand legal challenges and judicial scrutiny.
Yualande’s legal acumen extends beyond Jamaica, having defended the interests of major international companies. This includes representing a prominent European financial Institution, businesses in the Cayman Islands, and various well-known companies with interests in Jamaica that are considering business ventures.
Yualande plays an active role in Jamaica’s legal community, both as an Associate Tutor in Civil Practice and Procedure at the Norman Manley Law School and as a member of the Civil Practice and Procedure Committee of the Jamaica Bar Association.
In her committee role, she notably contributed to drafting the initial version of Rule 75 – Court Connected Arbitration for the Civil Procedure Rules of Jamaica.
Yualande is a distinguished member of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) and actively contributes to committees on Corporate Governance and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Her role in these committees, combined with her experience on the boards of multinational companies, enables her to offer expert advice on key issues like Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Standards, Data Protection and Privacy, and Compliance with Global and Local Regulations.
This comprehensive integration of practical experience, academic achievements, involvement in significant legal and corporate governance roles, has positioned Yualande as a highly respected and influential figure in Jamaica and the Caribbean.