Gerard is senior partner and head of dispute resolution at Collas Crill-Farara Kerins. He has been practising law for more than 39 years and is the second native Virgin Islander to practice law in the BVI.
Appointed Queens Counsel in 1996, Gerard is the most senior lawyer and the leading Queens Counsel at the BVI Bar, specialising in civil, insolvency and commercial litigation.
With experience before all courts up to the Privy Council in London, Gerard has also provided expert evidence in matters before the courts in foreign jurisdictions, such as the USA and Hong Kong, on a range of BVI legal issues, including insolvency law and cross-border disputes. In a very recent opinion of the Privy Council in an appeal from BVI, Gerard was commended by their Lordships for presenting the appeal "with fine judgment, eloquence and charm".
Gerard has served as an acting judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and, most recently, as the judge of the Commercial Court in BVI. He was a member of the committee charged with interviewing candidates short-listed for appointment as the first judge of the Commercial Court.
He has served in various capacities on many Governmental and statutory Boards, most notably as Chairman of the 2003 Constitutional Review Commission and as member of the Constitutional Negotiating Team for the BVI. He is one of the architects of the Virgin Islands Constitutional Order 2007.