A registered attorney at law is currently assisting lawmen with investigations into a number of matters of fraud. CBC understands that the circumstances involve alleged conveyances of land. One case under investigation reportedly exceeded over two million dollars of property. Reports are that the attorney could be facing several charges and could appear in court as early as Friday – CBC.bb (10 March 2011)
They say timing is everything. The Barbados Bar Association (Bar) does not need another example to illustrate how greed has infiltrated its ranks. The incidence of lawyers ‘teeffin’ from Barbadians is reaching close to tipping point. It is only a matter of time before vigilante justice takes hold if the Bar is not able to police itself. The case highlighted represents the tip of the iceberg, rampant misconduct by lawyers has become the routine. It has now become difficult for Barbadians – who are intimidated by the profession through their ignorance – to determine correct procedure from what is taking advantage.
Against the foregoing, the recent report of Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart defending his* profession on a flimsy premise provoked the thought, ‘birds of a feather flocked together’. Here is what he is quoted as saying in parliament yesterday (09 March 2010), “Prime Minister [sic] Freundel Stuart on Tuesday came to the defence of the legal profession, noting that Barbadians were often too quick to criticize lawyers for charging exorbitantly high fees for their services”.
Oh no Prime Minister, you could not be more wrong, your slip is definitely showing. Barbadians are fed up with the legal profession because of the length of time it takes to do routine transactions, Barbadians are fed up with lawyers because of those who prey on Barbadians too lazy to educate themselves of their rights, Barbadians are fed up with lawyers who use client funds to earn interest from banks as a means to supplement their incomes and the list is long.
The recently appointed President of the Bar Andrew Pilgrim is presented with an early opportunity to signal to his colleagues that he is serious about cleaning up the image of the legal profession. Let us see the Bar take the bold decision to publish the names of lawyers against who matters have been brought.
Should we add that we listened to Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite in the news today dishing out the usual diplomatic drivel his predecessors would have delivered? In a very short time he has become adept at mastering the art of saying a lot but saying nothing. When asked about the backlog of cases he referred to the use of technology, night court and stated the acting Chief Justice and others were working to relieve the congestion. All these initiatives Barbadians have been promised to Barbadians in the past to improve the delivery of justice.
What a load of bullshite!