Latest Queens Counsel Appointees Waiting for the White Smoke

Chief Justice Marston Gibson

Chief Justice Marston Gibson

Whether we like it or not the constitution of Barbados recognizes the Queen of England as the head of state of Barbados. We practice the Westminster system of government and until we pluck the will from somewhere to believe in an indigenous way, Queen Elizabeth II through her agent the Governor General will continue to play that vital role as head of state.

One of the perks of the system which is eagerly looked forward to by members of the legal fraternity – for the status it confers – is to attain the designation of Queen’s Counsel (QC). BU understands the latest group of QCs who were informed four weeks ago have been delayed in their celebration because the list cannot be published until the Chief Justice (CJ) issues the warrants. According to our source, the list was sent to him (CJ) four weeks ago. It is customary for the warrants to be issued as soon as the GG has  written the QCs. There is a little buzz in the fraternity caused by the delay which cannot be explained.

Out of curiosity, and for no other reason, BU would like to know why the CJ is sitting on the warrants? It cannot be that he is very busy because his last sighting on the cocktail circuit was carried in today’s press.

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  1. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz gone viral nah. From here on in, don’t be surprised to see a lot more off it too.


  2. @ Nobel Soothsayer | March 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM |

    H G for sure! He definitely worked for his.
    But what will happen in a couple of years if not a few months when a Q is changed to a K? Will it be automatic to be called a KC?


  3. @ can’t wait | March 14, 2013 at 8:03 PM |

    The BSTU along with Pinkie Red Riding woman deserve to tricked big time. Both have been used, abused, and refused.
    Will teach them never to trust politicians of their henchmen.

    Same thing applies to the BIPA and its fowler game hen. She too will be “screwed” like to bald pooch cat.


  4. Because I happen to be born Barbadian, I am legally bound to recognize Elizabeth Mountbatten as my head of state ..? What happens if I don’t…? How can I in the normal process of living demonstrate that I do NOT..?

    Who is H G, ya whimps … ?

    VDe, Virla DePieza, after all she is a politician … ML Michael Lashley is also a politician


  5. @ the miller

    For sure I know who could be offered only KFC…..none other than Barney Ivy or should I say Mr.Semantics K HB.


  6. The Dems were afraid that they were going to lose the elections and they rushed and named their friends as QCs three days before the polls.

    As I understand it, one of the persons who was promised silk (QC) did not find favour with the Bar or the Judiciary and pressure was brought to bear to support the recommendation. My information is that lay people, who just look past the surface, consider the person to be a good choice but the legal profession has little regard for the person. But we shall wait and see who are these people that the Bench and the Bar consider to be undeserving.


  7. VDe – Very few Dollars paid in tax
    HG – Heavily in with Government
    AB – ?
    ML – Money for Land permissions


  8. BAFBFP | March 14, 2013 at 8:31 PM |
    Because I happen to be born Barbadian, I am legally bound to recognize Elizabeth Mountbatten as my head of state ..? What happens if I don’t…? How can I in the normal process of living demonstrate that I do NOT..?
    ……………………………………………………………………………
    Once upon a time ,if you did, Your head would be in a state, or in basket.


  9. @BAFBFP | March 14, 2013 at 11:44 PM …”Who the f3ck is HG fa Chris’ sake …?”

    Hal Gollop

    You duncy or what?


  10. @ Caswell Franklyn
    you must be a terribly unhappy person , spending your life in the unproductive pastime of pulling down people . If as you often comment that the judiciary is of such poor quality the lay people might very well be the best judges of that person’s merit . As I understand it persons have to be recommended by senior attorneys .it would be interesting to find out who nominated this unworthy person for the accolade of QC .


  11. VDe=Verla Depieza
    HG=Hal Gollop
    AB=Adrel Brathwaite
    ML=Michael Lshley

    I am sure that this lady and these gentlemen and all the other lawyers understand that we the general public don’t give a fcuk whether a lawyer is a QC or not.

    We just want the legal work that we are paying for, done quickly and done well.

    You think we care about letters?

    No we care about efficiency.


  12. Like the professional athletes hoping to get into the Hall of Fame after a long and productive career, some lawyers hope to add the honorific QC after their names. At least in the field of Sport there is some tangible evidence that the individual has accomplished something of merit/ value but the time has long passed when the designation QC was a measuring tool for one’s accomplishment in the legal field. In recent years this practice has fallen into the realm of patronage with rewards suitably dispensed according to the whims of those holding electoral power.

    If I hire a QC in Barbados will I be assured of better representation or a higher bill? It’s more of the latter as QC’s do bill at higher rates so the designation does have Economic power no wonder lawyers are clamoring for the honour.

    It’s time to abolish that archaic hand me down from the colonial masters.


  13. Seeking Information . | March 14, 2013 at 11:56 PM |
    @ Caswell Franklyn
    you must be a terribly unhappy person , spending your life in the unproductive pastime of pulling down people . If as you often comment that the judiciary is of such poor quality the lay people might very well be the best judges of that person’s merit . As I understand it persons have to be recommended by senior attorneys .it would be interesting to find out who nominated this unworthy person for the accolade of QC

    most if not all COMBERMERE PEOPLE DOES ENGAGE IN PULLING DOWN PEOPLE—————THEY ARE SO SICKENING IT AINT FUNNY—THEY SHOULD BE BANNED FROM PUBLIC PLACES

    THOMPSON USED TO LIKE PULLING DOWN MASCOLL, HE PULL HE RIGHT DOWN DOWN. HE DID LIKE PULLING DOWN HE PANTS TOO AND HE PULL DOWN OR SHOULD IT BE *ULL DOWN LEROY PARRIS.*ULL HE DOWN TO THE GROUND.—THE EY SAY HE LIKE HE WAS A PULLER *
    CASWELL NEED TO STOP PULLING ——DOWN EVERYBODY


  14. Crook picking crooks to be QCs , More Quick Crooks to charge people More money for the same junk work , lets see who name pop up on my list of crook lawyers , Like Ralph Thorne ,, before the BAR and still make in between hearings .People need to check the records and not just favor . Dam shame ,
    We deal with Kings not Queens crooks,, KCs, not QCs.
    Just asking @ no matter pulling down , Ask if the words are true or false , only thing that mattes ,


  15. @David. I too would like to know why the CJ has not found the time to do his job in many respects, including the QC issue. One would almost think that he is taking instructions from the former CJ/AG. Maybe they are getting together for jam sessions and swapping notes at the same time as to how they can further screw us.


    • David you wrote:

      Please note QC designation is routinely conferred on the Attorney General.

      That was started by Arthur because the people he chose to be AG were really juniors. Mind you there is no law that requires the AG to be a lawyer. The person is required to be a member of the House or Senate that’s all.

      When the court awards cost, QC are paid more, not necessarily for better work.

      How can I be said to be pulling down anybody. The lawyers would tell you that truth is a complete defence to defamation. Mr. QC if you are ashamed about the way you acquired your honour , you should have refused it. I know that the inconvenient truth would bother you, and quite frankly, I don’t care. Degrading everything in Barbados because of politics must stop.


  16. May be the CJ knows some of the same lawyers are crooks and he have a hard time in his head to make them QCs. If the way they pick them is based on friendship and not proper legal work. He is not to agree with what he may not agree with, That would make the CJ the same as all the others , Bad company.
    Lets see how many of the same lawyers have dead cases milking the people out of funds that is on that list. 5 to 20 years cases plus


  17. @ Amused
    Have you been able to find out from your legal connections who this lawyer that Caswell Franklyn is so eager to pull down is? It will be very interesting to find out who recommended him because that should tell us something .


  18. @Caswell

    People who know you appreciate that you are a straight shooter. What recourse is there if the CJ continues to sit on the warrants?


  19. David

    Now you see that. I fah one did not know that an AG does NOT have to be a Lawyer. I fah two did not know that by extension the AG does NOT require the title of QC… and I fah three did NOT know that HG stood fah Hal Gollop. David I gun done wid Barbados Underground since chances are that soon from now I ain’ even gun know wah “BU” stand fah … Stupse., a Simple woman call me duncy and the problem is that I agree wid she


  20. Seeing that New York, where the current chief justice gained all of his successes, does not recognize anything called queen counsels or queer counsels, I don’t see why he would think it is of any significance or immediate importance. The only anxious ones are the candidates waiting to puff up their chests. God forbid that the designation is outlawed by buckingham palace in a few days time, they would certainly die from not receiving their queer counsel designations.


  21. David , the Attorney General is considered to be THE LEADER OF THE BAR . How then can he be such if he is NOT a lawyer ?


  22. @Seeking Information . | March 15, 2013 at 7:14 AM | I have an excellent idea of who is on the list from the talk going around, but I hope you will pardon me if I don’t repeat gossip on this one. I am not doing it to obstruct – unlike the Chief Justice, who is now obstructing. I have strong reservations about Casewell from time to time…..and at other times, I think he is right. I believe his heart is in the right place, nonetheless, but that he experiences “lapses” of “Simmonsian” hue from time to time. So, unless he is following the Simmonsian agenda (as has happened all to often, in which case I know exactly who the lawyer he objects to is) I really don’t know to whom he refers. But the list inevitably will out and any Simmonsian machinations will fail, rather like the efforts at a trifecta for Sir and Lady Simmons.


  23. @ Bush Tea | March 15, 2013 at 8:05 AM |

    Good one, Bushie!
    You are really smarter than the miller thought. But at least you came under the tutelage of Joe Physics or Heads. So you must have known “Rubber Nut” Thorne? Husbands and Mayers certainly did and gave that poor old fellow real gripe, Trust you were not one of that boisterous gang of teasers!

    Have to agree with you, though. Such close professional association tends to breed incestuous decision-making and cronyism. Same thing applies to the MoF. With a large dose of commonsense, the ability to listen to competent advisors and be able to separate bullshit from workable solutions are the only requirements needed by any Minister of Government.


  24. @BAFBFP
    You have just admitted to your lack of knowledge regarding some aspects of constitutional requirements as it relates to the position of Atty. General. More recently you suggested that you were the individual who was riding a horse in a music video. Could one infer given your ignorance of certain matters that it would be more appropriate to write that instead of visualizing you as the rider of the horse it would be more appropriate to say that you are the horse’s hindquarters?
    🙂


  25. @Seeking Information . | March 15, 2013 at 7:14 AM | I confess that, having reread Casewell comment, especially the final paragraph, I am very curious to know to whom he refers.

    Casewell says: “How can I be said to be pulling down anybody. The lawyers would tell you that truth is a complete defence to defamation*. Mr. QC if you are ashamed about the way you acquired your honour , you should have refused it. I know that the inconvenient truth would bother you, and quite frankly, I don’t care. Degrading everything in Barbados because of politics must stop.”

    From the names I have heard bandied about, I am at a loss to know to whom he refers. The names on that list of which I know are fully deserving on their merit AS LAWYERS. I do not count the AG in this, as the office, as David so correctly points out, is always awarded a QC BY CUSTOM. There is one name (who has nothing to do with politics whatever) that will occasion some comment, because of an old issue, but that person is an EXCELLENT lawyer. So Casewell clearly has the list, which I do not. Maybe Casewell would be so kind as to post it – and to let us know whence he got it.

    *@Casewell. I would point out to you that truth (as you and other lay persons may perceive it) can be a very dangerous defense. Allow me, respectfully, to educate you. What you consider to be “truth”, when it involves politics, may well be (almost invariably is) a statement of opinion, not “truth” as the law sees it. I would also like to point out that use of the defense of truth is a hazard – because, should you lose the case, you will have aggravated the defamation and will be facing considerably higher damages and costs. So do yourself a favour and be very sure of your grounds, because, unlike the rest of us, you use your real name. Just a word of warning.


    • Amused

      The truth that I am talking about is the situation where someone did not make the list and political pressure was exerted to get a recommendation to make it look above board. Those who were forced are crying foul. Why the hell you think that they allowed that privileged information to reach me? They know that I would make the information public and keep their identities secret. I have done that: really don’t mind being used in that way. Keep it flowing.


  26. Ha ha Sargeant;

    The woman in the video was not interested in hindquarters, in fact she was not interested in me at all; what she was focused on was the full frontal genitalia, in which case it would have been easy for you like her to confuse me with the horse ….

    HA HA HA


  27. @ Amused | March 15, 2013 at 8:45 AM |
    “What you consider to be “truth”, when it involves politics, may well be (almost invariably is) a statement of opinion, not “truth” as the law sees it. I would also like to point out that use of the defense of truth is a hazard – because, should you lose the case, you will have aggravated the defamation and will be facing considerably higher damages and costs.”

    Just for clarification and enlightenment, Amused: Is Social Media recognised in the eyes of the law like say public platforms or the print or visual media?
    Can’t, say Caswell, argue that the so-called misleading “truth” was said or written by someone else pretending to Caswell?

    Wouldn’t David of BU or his equivalent be enjoined in such action?
    Are the current laws of Barbados that sophisticated to deal with such complex matters when there are people on remand for 4 years who can’t even get their day in court?

    Wouldn’t the Court hearing the matter have to import a consultant to provide such “new age’ evidence? Or would the onus be on Caswell or whomever to prove his or her innocence?

    Just asking?


  28. @ BAFBFP | March 15, 2013 at 8:58 AM |
    “it would have been easy for you like her to confuse me with the horse …”

    You wish!! In your dreams only, Baffy.

    That is one cock and bull story telling competition in which a gelded mini horse like you would never beat a thoroughbred donkey like the miller in that ‘cockhorse’ race.

    HA HA HA X 4 =LOLL!!


  29. Miller

    As I have surely tried to explain to you before, it is about t’ick and hardidity … Dis pole t’ing that you always on ’bout only mekking sense in your head hear. BTW, did I leave out functionality …? HA HA HA


  30. @ BAFBFP | March 15, 2013 at 9:42 AM |

    The miller came to that realization many moons ago and is now only bark and no bite. Ask ac!
    Sometimes the blessing of size can eventually end up as a curse.
    Like you, all he can do now is to keep stroking a ‘dead horse’ hoping for a day of resurrection that not even a Saviour called Viagra would offer. LOL!!
    Just ‘kidding’ around to impress the Bishop if not the Pope.


  31. You know Miller, (BTW FYI, U got many many years pun me hear, so feel free to speak on your OWN behalf) today we are concerned about the white smoke for the QC’s but I hear from a fella who hear from a fella that a certain Black Monsignor from Ba’bados t’ought that he had a chance at being a Pope too … HA HA HA


  32. Miller…….consider yourself blessed, the present pope in the vatican only has one lung, he has had it from very young.


  33. I have a bias towards ICT and, while I do not think that ICT is the solution for all things, i do think that it can address this QC issue as it relates to operational matters.

    The (perceived) delay in a man getting the QC title should not be as important as when some of the same people/lawyers, QC or no QC, not acting in the interests of their clients.

    I have no brief for PLANTATION DEEDS but I think that the time has come where the technology that exists in Barbados, much like that used by the various Credit Reporting Bureaus that exist here, should inform on a clearing house system for White Wigged lawyers.

    If there are credit records concerning my financial status that Courts and other business houses can access, for a fee, it is therefore possible that lawyers, and other professionals, should be listed, or blacklisted, too.

    I think that the time has come in Barbados where we have to “think outside of the box” and build appropriate systems to give us, the common man a voice.

    As i said at the beginning, i am biased and am in fact promoting another ICT product of mine here – the Consumer Rights Ombudsman System (CROS)

    CROS is an ICT web platform which some might say should be located at the Fair Trading Commission or the Office of the Ombudsman.

    It will perform three primary functions

    (i) Performance and Integrity Monitoring for Professionals
    (ii) “Due Diligence” Accreditation and
    (iii) Consumer Advocacy and Public Awareness facilitations

    CROS is really an ICT “interlocutor” between businesses and consumers, ensuring equitable exchange of services rendered and money paid.

    CROS will not provide any comparisons (or give preferences) say for example for a particular QCs or a specific lawyers but it will list their businesses’ adherence to (and consumers’ observance of) ethical business practices, their efficiency in offering a service, and their practices and utilization of industry standards.

    If, like the Credit Bureau you get a C+ for your closing ratios, then John Public will know that he or she should not come to you if they want to sell their house in a hurry.

    Under “Performance and Integrity Monitoring” for Businesses merchandisers, landlords, lawyers, doctors, contractors non-paying tenants, would find their performances and business’s track record listed so that the average Bajan could find out how QC X is regarded in his/her delivering services to the general public.

    C.R.O.S is “Integrity Legislation with real teeth” for the general public.

    It gives the public access to a business’ ethics and professionalism ratings and a list of their dealings with the public.

    Please do not forget that I am just an ICT consultant looking for work for my several patents.

    I have no axe to grind against anyone QC or no QC regarding my CARICOM case that has been in court for 6 years (LOL)

    Truthfully, I dont really care who has a QC behind their name, all most of us Bajans want is to know is who is a good lawyer, doctor, contractor and not to find ourselves in the hands of a lawyer who steals your aunt’s estate, a quack doctor who operates on you for an appendix that was taken out when you were 5, 25 years ago, or a contractor who does not put in the mile steel every two feet in your house but takes it home to use on another job or sells it


  34. @ Caswell Franklyn
    There was certainly a void left with the departure of Eric Sealy . by your own admission you have now filled the breech . Congratulations !!!!


  35. @BAFBFP | March 15, 2013 at 8:58 AM | Very, very funny. Excellent answer and I am sure Sargeant is laughing too. Really, that made my day – and that it came from you of all people….wow!!!!

    @millertheanunnaki | March 15, 2013 at 9:03 AM |. Good points. To a large extent, Internet libel is still in its infancy. I will try to locate some reading for you on the Internet that will give you a clearer picture of where we are at. Forgive me if I am not going to go into the finer points of it right now, but will just say that, in matters of public interest and dealing with anonymous bloggers, the libel would need to be egregious for the steps that were taken with Google to succeed. Also, I am very encouraged that David (BU) takes such extraordinary care to ensure that the established line as far as blogs are concerned, is not crossed – and on the rare occasions when it IS crossed, the offending statement is withdrawn at once and an apology issued. That is highly responsible and laudable conduct.

    Therefore, my point to Casewell, which he obviously does not get at all, but that you certainly will, is that he is identified – and his posting comments with the statement “Sent from my ipad” makes it very simple to obtain on discovery the records to tie him to certain comments and to build up a chain of evidence therefrom, whether they can involve BU (which I doubt) or not.

    Following your comment, Miller, Casewell has stated (and my comments are inserted in square brackets and capitalised):

    “The truth that I am talking about is the situation where someone did not make the list [WHO DID NOT MAKE THE LIST?] and political pressure was exerted to get a recommendation to make it look above board [HAVE YOU GOT SOLID, ADMISSIBLE PROOF ON THAT?]. Those who were forced are crying foul [NOT VERY LOUDLY AS I HAVE NOT HEARD IT AND NOT IN A MANNER THAT CONSTITUTES DEFAMATION]. Why the hell you think that they allowed that privileged information to reach me? [WHAT PRIVILEGED INFORMATION? YOU HAVE PROVIDED NOTHING EXCEPT RUMOUR ABOUT AN UN-NAMED PERSON BY PERSONS ALSO UN-NAMED AND THE UN-NAMED PERSON IN UNIDENTIFIABLE FROM WHAT YOU HAVE GIVEN US]. They know that I would make the information public and keep their identities secret [THEN YOU CANNOT CLAIM THE DEFENCE OF TRUTH UNLESS YOU NAME YOUR SOURCES AND THEY THEMSELVES COME FORWARD – YOU CANNOT GO INTO COURT AND SAY, “A BODY TOLD ME SO?” SURELY YOUR MENTOR, SIR DAVID, TOLD YOU THAT – OR MAYBE HE FORGOT TO TELL YOU, THINKING THAT IT WAS COMMON SENSE]. I have done that: really don’t mind being used in that way [WELL THEN IT IS CLEARLY HIGH TIME FOR THE BUSH MAN TO REVISE HIS OPINION OF YOU]. Keep it flowing [LIKE A SEWER, NO DOUBT].”

    So Casewell has actually NOT defamed anyone and he is hoping, with nothing tangible from him to go on, that someone will do it for him by taking a stab at guessing correctly to whom he is referring and he, like an idiot, will confirm it – and then watch the CPR libel protocols start.


  36. You see that now Amused ..? …Why I always go’ a problem wid your haughtiness …? Cud dear man, you now tek my seriousness as an excuse ta guffaw … Stupse. David some ah dese people want censoring …!


  37. But Amused, just because a blogger SAYS that he is Caswell Franklyn means that he IS Caswell Franklyn? …and is legally responsible for what is said under the name of “Caswell Franklyn”?

    ….LOL
    Cause if that is the case, Bushie can arrange for Barbadians to hear a mouthful from Freundel right here on BU….. 🙂


    • @David Weekes

      A big part of our problem in Barbados can be gleaned from page 17 of the Weekend Nation which details how the MTW has been blocked from completing a sidewalk because the car ‘brekdown’ about a year ago and the owner left it on the sidewalk.


  38. @BAFBFP | March 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM | Stop it! My sides hurting from laughing. You want to kill me? Don’t answer that.

    @Miller. Wikipedia has an excellent entry under “Blog” dealing with that sort of defamation. It will likely answer most of your questions. Here is the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog#Defamation_or_liability .

    @Bushie, since you friendly with Casewell and I don’t have a list of the new QCs, you think you can get him to publish his list? Without comments, of course. If we wait for the CJ, we could be waiting for a year. Like with his judgements.


  39. David Weekes

    My brother I seriously like your thinking with this CROS thing. I need not say to you, since you are most surely aware of the obstacle that will present itself to you; but I will say it anyway. Your system sir, is targeting the very types of people that will decide on whether it flies or not.


  40. David Weekes……………..an excellent, transparent and fair idea, sorry to tell you, but fairness is definitely not part of the business practices now in existence on the island.


  41. I see the gentleman also has a great idea for the Ombudsman, last i heard former magistrate Valton Benn had the post, we have rarely heard over the years of it’s existence, anything progressive coming out of that office.


  42. @David Weekes. Let me shock the hell out of Baffy by saying that I agree with you. It is an excellent idea. I don’t think it will ever receive official acceptance, but……to hell with official acceptance. However, there is no reason why you ought not to create a vast database on all professionals and all services with their prices, along the lines of a lot of internet marketing sites like insurance. You can go online in North America or Europe and shop for car insurance and find the best deals. It has made the sale of insurance far more competitive and more geared towards and in the hands of the consumer. Therefore it makes perfect sense to say, “Why not any service and any professional providing services?”

    My only reservation is on the issue of finances of ANYONE, not just lawyers. In Canada, each province has protection of privacy legislation so that access to a person’s financial details is protected to a very large degree and there are serious penalties should anyone just jump in and grab the information. As far as the UK is concerned, ditto, under the Data Protection Act – for instance, if you want a bank loan, the bank cannot just access your information, it must have you authorize that access under signature – your signature.

    As we, hopefully, move towards similar legislation, your plans probably need to factor that in. Personally, I can see no possible objection to establishing a database that provides details on professionals like attorneys. A list of their cases (which is public domain) indicating which ones they have won (also public domain) and even their hourly billing fees. Why the hell not? You can go online and shop for handbags knowing that the one you buy from Wallmart is going to be in the tens of dollars, while the one you buy from Dior will be in the thousands of dollars. And the old adage that you get what you pay for is not damaged in any way.

    Go for it and the very best of luck to you. I think it is an excellent idea – I am all for transparency. Up front is good!!!!! Ambush is NOT good.


  43. He would have to make it part of an international database query very separate and distinct from local interference…………………I really do admire his innovative intellect.


  44. @ Amused
    Interesting approach.

    If anyone is interested in buying ANYTHING from Amazon or any international retailer, it is possible to look over the list of reviews posted by previous customers in order to benefit from their experiences,- good or bad.

    There is no good reason why any independent body (BU?) or individual (like Mr Weekes) can’t set up a platform to host such a database for Lawyers, politicians, doctors or any group.

    Good businesses would benefit from such a facility and all customers would LOVE it.
    You would be surprised to see the lengths to which big suppliers will go to get a good rating from customers, and to proactively address genuine complaints.

    Bushie can see it now….. LOL

    BARBADOS RATINGS

    Lawyer: Mr. B. U . Amused MSc., QC, MP
    Number if Reviews : 203
    Average rating: ****
    Area of Service
    1 – Plantation Deeds and Conveyances.. *****
    2 – Responsiveness to Clients. ****
    3 – Criminal Law. ****
    4 – Arguments with the Bushman. *

    LOL


  45. David Weekes

    To be truthful your approach reminds me of the Film Industries http://www.imdb.com/, but where personalities are concerned there is a caveat of course, and this is for the benefit of both Amused and the boot strap engineer Bush Tea; there is also provided, notification of “place and cause of death”. … Just saying …!


  46. If Dale “I love dresses” Marshall could become a QC then anyone from the Bar, even Micharl Yearwood, could be a QC.

    Good forbid that Barbados should ever reach the point were Yearwood was made a QC. That boy would not recognize the Law if it drove over him.


  47. @ Bushie 2:17pm Classic!
    @ Amused If you are (and I think you are) a practicing attorney in Barbados it is rather unfortunate that we cant know your name because unlike most attorneys you see like a level headed and sensible fellow. My best experience with an attornet would be with Mageurite Woodstock-Riley, she is a first class attorney well deserving of her QC.


  48. She is still quite beautiful Baffy, more mature though obviously, but she is a tenacious attorney I would not want to be on the wrong side of her.


  49. I believe (now realizing what you are saying) Baffy that is Mrs. Woodstock-Riley’s daughter.


  50. Nope Knives, Woodstock senior drove a Beamer to school. Never understood how a Jamaican expat student could afford such a convenience …


  51. I have heard all sorts of allegations about lawyers …. and QC’s.

    I listen like everybody and it goes out the other ear.

    I view them as the standard lawyer jokes.

    They very often involve concepts of hell.

    One allegation/joke I have heard which has stuck in my head for its simple brilliance is about the lawyer who is hearing impaired and can’t hear half of what he says … and the other half nobody listens to.

    Lawyers, like most people, attract a degree of derision commensurate with how good they feel they are and how good they actually are.

    If they really are good, people will be wary of what they say.

    Very often, if they are good, what people say hardly matters to them.

    And if they are really really good, they pass unnoticed.

    However, if they just think they are good they naturally attract allegations/jokes … derision and it causes all sorts of retorts as derision can affect the psyche of …… well …. “weaker vessels” to quote a great teacher of mine who found a term for those students who were not that good without actually referring specifically to anyone.

    You kind of understood who he was referring to but you always realised it could be you next time so you did your work.

    Maybe that is the thinking behind allegations/jokes directed at lawyers.

    We hope that next time they will do their work diligently and honestly.

    Some lawyers actually get it …… ordinary people too.


  52. Junior Alsopp for QC. He’s clever, when made a director of QEH Hospital the first thing he could find to say at his first board meeting was ” I would like to get a copy of the comprehensive procurement list for the hospital”

    Hence why Donville get move. Them was doing the dog down there, every plaster purchased was thru them.


  53. Here is an update.
    BU source had confirmed that there are 12 new QCs added to the fraternity, most  of whom were recommended FIVE years ago. Some may be within their right to conclude that the former Chief Justice David Simmons is NOT without clean hands in this matter. If our source is correct why did Sir David ignore executing the warrants?
    The list includes as confirmed to BU:

    Milton Pierce

    Hal Gollop

    Ms. Brathwaite (Solicitor’s Office)

    Stephen Farmer

    Nigel Jones

    Stephen Walcott

    Mark Goodridge
    As we understand it,  the GG has signed five weeks ago the warrants on behalf of the Queen.
    He then wrote to each attorney advising them that they had been appointed and that their warrants had been sent to the CJ with the GG’s instructions to have them delivered.
    Some of the new QCs seem to using the title now and not waiting for the CJ. From the time they get the GG’s letter, they are members of the Inner Bar. So what is the problem CJ?


  54. @David
    BU source had confirmed that there are 12 new QCs added to the fraternity, most of whom were recommended FIVE years ago. If our source is correct why did Sir David ignore executing the warrants?
    ********************

    Wait bo, isn’t that a new spin on de issue? All along I was reading that it was the new CJ’s fault for withholding his signature from de warrants but looka muh crosses.

    Anyway back in de day I used to interact with two a dem so congratulations are in store. It’s a long way from being Solicitor’s clerks.


  55. @David. A little correction. While certain new QCs were recommended and put forward by their (2 each) proposing silks 5 years ago, the suggestions of their proposers, among which was Sir Henry Forde, were “not taken on” by David Simmons supported by O$A and you would have thought that David Simmons/O$A (BLP) would have accorded with a proposal from Sir Henry (BLP Emeritus). But no. Because you see the person proposed by Sir Henry was (I am reliably informed) none other than a leading member of the DLP. Which goes to show that Sir Henry was interested in legal merit and we then need to ask what David Simmons was interested in.

    It is not up to the CJ to execute the warrants, but up to the GG. The GG then sends the warrants to the CJ with an instruction (which is in fact a command) to deliver them.

    My information is that the reason they have not been delivered as instructed is because (it is claimed) they have been “lost”. Imagine that. What nonsense. Our courts and registry lose things???? Perish the thought.

    Now that I know from BU who is on the list, I would be most interested to see which of them Casewell objects to……because I personally think that each and every one of them is most deserving on his/her merit as an attorney. In fact, the appointments are long overdue.

    Therefore, Casewell, if the name of the person you object to appears on the BU list above, your comments have to be viewed as opinions and the defense of truth in an action against you for defamation would fail.


    • Please read my comments carefully: I did not object to anyone being appointed as QC. All I did as far as I can recall would have been to divulge the process. I was told that one of the nominees did not find favour with the Bar or the Bench and political pressure was brought to bear to secure their concurrence three days before the elections.

      I have my opinion on the nominees and the process but some of the information I have was obtained confidentially and I have no option than to protect my sources.


  56. Amused I would like to thank you for this.

    You wrote, “/O$A (BLP) would have accorded with a proposal from Sir Henry (BLP Emeritus).”But no.


  57. David wrote “Perhaps the objection is against Goodridge.”

    Is this the same Mark Goodridge went to Kolij and was involved in forcibly restraining a miscreant youth on his property?


  58. @ Caswell Franklyn
    You mean to say that somebody could be so lacking in judgment as to tell you something in confidence ? Man them just like you . You could be sure that you in the only person duh tell but they know that you is the one that foolish enough to do duh dirty work . shame on you ! yuh in got nuh character .


  59. @ Truly Amazing
    What you talking ’bout?
    THAT is Caswell’s character.
    …that is precisely why he is ideal for a post related to transparency…

    Give him access to all the dirt and just sit back and wait…. LOL


  60. @Bushy. FOI and protection of privacy go hand in hand and usually have the same commissioner. I cannot see that Casewell is a good person for the job. As far as FOI goes, yes, it may be a good thing to have someone who, when told something, it goes straight in one ear and right out his mouth. But from the POP angle, it doesn’t work.

    @David. The same Mark Goodridge. I make the point that he is an excellent and very experienced attorney and, as such, the appointment is appropriate. I am still curious to know if Casewell’s name appears on your list and who it is. Because I see no inappropriate names on that list at all. I am particularly pleased to see the Miss Braithwaite from the Sol. Gen’s office has been appointed. She is the one bright spark in that otherwise useless office – she is an excellent attorney and it is fully deserved.


  61. ”I was told that one of the nominees did not find favour with the Bar or the Bench ”

    Someone tell me so too.

    Does the body have client money ‘issues’??


    • Crusoe asked:

      “Does the body have client money ‘issues’?”

      I am told $750,000 worth of client money issues.

      Crusoe, you heard the same figure?


  62. @ Caswell Franklyn
    I warned yuh that you can be the only man yuh confidential source talk to ; yuh see he talk to Crusoe too ? boy yuh could bet that in he effort to malign that lawyer yuh source flying he mout . Boy before long you and yuh source guhn get exposed . But tell muh something doh , how you feel bout yuhself a trade union leader being used to do this nasty work ? yuh really tink somebody would put duh confidential business in you hand ? you is de pits .


  63. So having client money issues is no big deal…?

    There are too many private clubs in Barbados.
    Personally Amused, Bushie would like to see a database published with ongoing reviews on the service provided by ALL public lawyers, doctors etc -where dissatisfied customers can publish their experiences.

    ….Bushie ain’t bout your hide-up scenarios.
    VIVA CASWELL!


  64. To Bushie:
    Don’t you think that it is a bit embarrassing that MOST of the legal eagles in Bim are being caught with their hands in other peoples’ cookie jars. A young one was to run against Chris Sinkler she was caught with hand in cookie jar! Yet, not a single one can be found at Dodds!


  65. How you doing Lemmie?

    Actually, they are no worse than the rest of us.
    The problem is that they operate in an UNCONTROLLED environment where anything can be excused or hidden away.

    Anytime you allow hand to mouth people (who only have a law degree because the people of Barbados PAID EVERY CENT and a course where anyone with time to spare can pass the exams) access to HUGE sums of other people’s money, you can be ASSURED that 98% of them will take “liberties”.
    20% of these will be UNABLE TO PAY BACK the unauthorized loans…and will eventually be found out…

    0.01% will become public – because they ripped off the wrong person (LOL such as Plantation Deeds)

    To many lawyers looking to drive BMWs,, these may seem like good odds…..
    BUT…
    Put Caswell into that mixup – and the percentage of disclosures will quickly jump to 99% 🙂 ….and fellows will begin to think twice before inserting those sticky fingers….

    ….Caswell will even accuse one of the (two or three) innocent ones …. LOL
    ….but then it is EASY to demonstrate innocence….


  66. Franklyn you are the most ignorant liar jackass that David allows to post on his site you are not only a liar but you are grossly dishonest and a stranger to the truth.

    Instead of spreading untruths of decent people why don’t you write about why you have never been able to keep a job for all of your working life? Or why Mottley send you thru the courts for theft ?

    Or why you deem yourself an authority on trade union affairs a One Man Union what a frigging joker you are, a dishonest person you are why would anyone trust you with Pot of Piss as you may thief that too so keen are you to thief, why would you believe that a dog in the yard would trust you with his flees?

    You need a Bush Bath and a week in Confessions in a Church to make peace with your maker and with those you have defrauded.

    You are a Fraud nothing less nothing more.


  67. @ Burning Red | March 18, 2013 at 10:33 AM |
    “You need a Bush Bath and a week in Confessions in a Church to make peace with your maker and with those you have defrauded.”

    And he could also invite along Leroy Parris his pal who is well connected to people in high places.
    You agree Burning Red?
    Both you and the miller could also join them. But the miller would only be interested in the bush bath even if it takes place up Bush Hill or even Bush Hall. You along with the others can go ahead and join the other frauds in the Church.


  68. LOL
    ..only Caswell can ruffle feathers with such devastating simplicity….

    Anyhow, don’t send him to Bushie for the bush bath….
    Caswell would find some infraction in the Bushman’s bush bath procedures and put um up on BU 🙂

    ….ac can fix him up!


  69. Burning Red

    Man you gotta be a woman … I KNOW you is a woman … Cause only somebody like dah could cuss a man da sweet … HA HA HA. I wish da did me dat you cussin’ so … Lemme tellya … HA HA HA … I got my cold shower running all like now … Cas, yah lucky bitch … HA HA HA HA


  70. For someone as ignorant and dishonest as this discredited jack ass, to have to open the Nation and read articles written by David Symmonds with his name attached is really a sad reflection of what the Nation Publishing Co thinks of the intellect of our Barbadian society.


  71. To Burning Red:
    I would not even attempt to defend Caswell, for he is quite capable of that. But I thought that BU had rid itself of such flowery and very personal language. Knowing the Caswell I know, he would have to have David Simmons by his side even on BU. These accusations do not add up.


  72. @Caswell,

    I did not hear a figure, someone claimed to me that there are ‘issues’.

    I cannot confirm nor deny, I have no evidence, but then, I have mentioned no name.

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