March 30 19__ E Ann Henry QC, Commissioner RJLSC, was born to Rev D. Henry and Valerie Henry nee Walwyn in Tortola, British West Indies (BVI). She attended the Antigua Girls High School (Antigua), then the Barbados Community College.
The foundation for Ms. Henry’s career was laid with her attainment of a Bachelor of Laws Degree at The University of the West Indies Cave Hill in 1979 and the Legal Education Certificate at the Hugh Wooding Law School in 1981.
She was admitted to practice law in 1981 in the BVI. She was employed as a prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Chambers there in the BVI from 1981 until 1983. She returned to Antigua in 1983 and embarked on a career in private practice first with Time H. Kendal QC eminent jurist of blessed memory, then, in 1990, as E. Ann Henry & Associates. In 2003 when she formed a partnership with Ms C. Debra Burnette, under the style and title Henry & Burnette. She is named Managing Partner.
She is admitted to practice in Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Montserrat. In September 2012, Ms. Henry was appointed to be one of Her Majesty’s Counsel (QC).
Her practice is held in high regard by her peers.
“Henry & Burnette is a highly regarded law firm which comes particularly recommended for its leading litigation practice, with experience handling commercial cases before all levels of the court in Antigua and Barbuda. It is also highlighted for transactional work, and regularly acts as local counsel on cross-border financings and acquisitions.”
“Ann is held in high regard for her work in labour and employment law. She is held in high regard for her handling of both contentious and non-contentious matters and is widely regarded as being at the forefront of the legal market. Her disputes experience includes a number of high-profile employment cases.”
Beyond her private practice Ann has given distinguished service to the legal profession in Antigua and Barbuda and regionally. She has acted as a High Court Judge as well as Justice of Appeal on the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal.
Ms. Henry was President of the Antigua & Barbuda Association on two occasions. She was Vice President of the OECS Bar Association and member of the Organization of Commonwealth Caribbean Bar Associations. Ms. Henry Was the Chairman of the Council of Legal Education for the West Indies from 2007 to 2010. She serves as Commissioner of the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission (RJLSC) of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
Ms. Henry is a Chartered Director having pursued a course of study leading to that qualification in 2016. In 2020 she was the recipient of the Directorate of Gender Affairs’ Women of Wadadli Award for exceptional contribution in the field of law and to the empowerment of women and girls in Antigua and Barbuda. She also received the Dame Gwendolyn Tonge Lifetime Legacy Award for her significant contributions to national development and the promotion of gender.