William Arthur Branville McCartney was born to William and Marina McCartney on the 6th May 1967. Raised in a loving and nurturing home allowed him the opportunity to experience firsthand the joys of family-life; as he, his parents and siblings share a very close bond. Now a God-fearing family man in his own right, Branville – along with his wife Lisa and his three children, Kasia Tai and Khail – enjoys the simple pleasures of family life and has long had a love of nature and the outdoors.
An ardent learner, Bran’s academic pursuits challenged him to make learning a life long journey. Upon graduating from Kingsway Academy in 1985 Branville matriculated to Holborn Law Tutors in London, England where he read law and earned his LLB Honors Degree and graduated in 1989. He is a Barrister of the Inner Temple and in 1990 was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales as well as the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. On the 13th June 2010 W.A. Branville McCartney was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate Degree (Doctor of Human Letters) from Sojourner-Douglas College.
McCartney began his legal career at Dupuch & Turnquest later moving to the law firm of Harry B. Sands & Co. where he excelled to the rank of partner. His love of the law would eventually take him beyond the halls of law chambers and into the courtroom and the classroom. Later still, he would become successful and dynamic entrepreneur and serve in various capacities both in and out of the legal realm including as a Director of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and a Chairman of the Chamber’s Crime Prevention Committee.
In the year 2000, McCartney established his own law firm – Halsbury Chambers. In 2003, just three years after the law firm’s inception, Halsbury Chambers achieved membership with the International Lawyers Network (ILN), an association of 91 high-quality, full-service law firms with over 5,000 lawyers worldwide spanning 66 countries on six continents. Halsbury Chambers is the only law firm in the Bahamas with ILN membership and prides itself on being the largest black owned and operated law firm in the country. Since its inception Halsbury Chamber has worked to educate and empower Bahamians regarding various aspects of the law, hosting an annual free clinic offering sound legal advice to the public.
McCartney’s desire to empower and assist eventually led him to the political arena. In 2007, he was elected Member of Parliament for Bamboo Town and he was subsequently appointed by the Prime Minister as Minister of State for Tourism & Aviation. The following year, on the 1st July 2008, Mr. McCartney was appointed Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he became instrumental in addressing long standing challenges within that department. On March 1, 2010 he resigned from the latter post instead committing himself to representing the interests of his constituents on the controversial sale of BTC. His convictions on the issue eventually led him to resign from the FNM as well.
His departure from the FNM ushered in the birth of a new political party; again distinguishing McCartney as a visionary and pioneering leader. Elected as Leader of The Democratic National Alliance (DNA), on May 12, 2011, the party emerged as an alternative government for the citizens of The Bahamas and though unsuccessful in becoming the government, captured a significant portion of the electoral vote during the 2012 election cycle. Since then and under McCartney’s leadership, the party has continued to grow leaps and bounds offering true opposition and a viable alternative for the voting public.
Blessed with a passion for learning and healthy ambition Branville enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures but is a firm believer that no culture surpasses our own.