Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Intellectual Property Office - Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs, Trinidad and Tobago

Trainer

Ms. Carla Parris

Carla Parris is an Entertainment and Sports Lawyer with a Master’s degree in Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law. She is a TED X 2018 Speaker, Web and TV Producer & CEO of an online educational services company Parris Productions Ltd. The company produces the Web & TV series The Business Of Carnival ®, an educational talk show featuring Caribbean celebrities and well-known entrepreneurs in which the legal and business aspects of the carnival industry are discussed.

The series is currently streaming on the Roku Channel and all Roku devices across the United States, UK and Canada. Previously it resided on her You Tube Channel and has also been aired on Caribbean Airlines, in the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF) and on the Trinidad and Tobago Television Station Ltd (TTT)

In August of this year, the brand diversified its offerings and launched The Business Of Carnival Online Academy® an online platform dedicated to providing master classes and other legal and business educational content to entrepreneurs and companies across the Caribbean and Caribbean diaspora.

She operates the first boutique law practice in Trinidad & Tobago whose focus is in the area of Entertainment, Intellectual Property (IP)& Sports Law where she provides specialist legal advice to persons in the music, carnival, sports, film, fashion, events, and broadcast sector. Some of her clients past and present include world renowned cricketer Dwayne Bravo, the well-known carnival events company Caesar’s Army Limited, the government of Trinidad & Tobago, the OECS Commission, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee.

Parris has also been a guest lecturer in the Film department of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus (UWI) and taught Intellectual Property Law in conferences across the Caribbean for organisations such as the OECS Commission, Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and the St Lucia Coalition of Services Industry (SLCSI). In 2020 she participated in Covid 19 creative industries related webinars with the Organisation of American (OAS) featuring speakers such as the Prime Minister of St Vincent & the Grenadines and the Attorney General of Barbados.

Her career has been quite untraditional as after being called to the bar in Trinidad and Tobago she made the decision to move to London, UK to explore her ambitions in the creative industry. There she worked in the magazine publishing industry as an Editor and Features Writer to various magazines within the cultural and entertainment sectors. After returning to T & T she worked briefly as an Entertainment News journalist where she appeared on the nightly news on TTT with features about the local entertainment sector.