The Philip Nicholls Story – The Perils of a Legal Partnership


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As my troubles at Cottle Catford resulted from the failure of my former partners to honour their agreement, the toll on me was only too evident to my close friends. Several of them, especially those  who were not attorneys , were incredulous as to what was transpiring in our legal system, as no one doubted that money was owed. However it was my friend Yvette Lemonias Seale who first said to me “Philip I hope you are chronicling these happenings to write about them.”

These are the opening lines of the book titled More Binding Than Marriage by Philip Nicholls. Posting this blog is not an attempt to win sales for Philip Nicholls who has had to suffer shame since his charge, it is about being fair. BU’s single purpose is the pursuit of truth!

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169 Comments on “The Philip Nicholls Story – The Perils of a Legal Partnership”

  1. Well Well & Consequences February 7, 2016 at 2:08 PM #

    John…I believe that is what Clarke got into trouble for back then, now that you mentioned it. I knew it was something got him in trouble with the government.


  2. Hants February 7, 2016 at 2:37 PM #


  3. millertheanunnaki February 7, 2016 at 2:39 PM #

    @ Well Well & Consequences February 7, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    I am a bit surprised at the reaction taken by BU regular contributors with the revelations of Philip Nicholls’s sour grapes of ‘tell-it-all’ confessions.

    Where was he when poor Plantation Deeds and now Violet C Beckles was bearing his soul about the ‘crookery’ and skullduggery taking place in that profession which Jesus is alleged to have condemned 2,000 years ago?


  4. Gabriel February 7, 2016 at 2:40 PM #

    Tom was General Mnager of CBC from ’75-’77.Tom Adams became PM in ’76 .If Clarke “got into trouble” on account of the book,who would have got him into trouble?The Rev Lionel Lipps?


  5. millertheanunnaki February 7, 2016 at 2:45 PM #

    @ millertheanunnaki February 7, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Poor Plantation Deeds. He really was ‘baring his soul’ instead of “bearing” it to the BU audience.
    A lot of it would have been carted away by the fraternity of legalized crooks.


  6. Gabriel February 7, 2016 at 2:55 PM #

    Some folk are not satisfied with their lot in life and make a move on.Sometimes it is for the better,sometimes for the worse.Stuart was a teacher in good standing at a secondary school and was a pastor at his local church,the Church of God in Marchfield.He was respected in his community and to those beyond who associated with him.Many of them are still of the view that he is a decent fellow.But in the same breath they say he decided to become a political wannabe.Big mistake.He is not of the temperament nor the ability.They say history will not absolve him.He is the classic failure,a man with one eye, out of his depth and leading a set of blind followers.


  7. Well Well & Consequences February 7, 2016 at 3:17 PM #

    Miller…lol, you know people never care about others until they are forced to walk a mile in their shoes.

    This is how it had to play out, the exposure had to come from within, remember those who commiserated with Deeds were called liars, told to bring proof, they had no evidence. Remember AC, Alvin and Carson, unless you agreed with what their masters do and say, you are lying.

    You better believe this is just the beginning for how it will all eventually play out…..they have ignored what others said for a long time, ignored warnings…I was given my business on more than one occasion….I will read the book and wait on Act 2…..whichever form it takes….the do-do is coming from more than one front, which means it’s likely to merge and spatter, very soon…lol

    After nearly 3 years, for me, many more for you and others, read David et al warning that something should be done, instead yardfowls were strategically placed to spread propoganda, just look how well that worked out. ….I will just sit back and enjoy the outcome.


  8. MoneyBrain February 7, 2016 at 3:28 PM #

    The sad part is that many of the yardfowls are NOT even significantly compensated ie dem dont really share in de loot/ blendser/ moolah.


  9. Well Well & Consequences February 7, 2016 at 4:13 PM #

    Lol……MoneyB, that is because they are retarded, they just want to identify with any cult like organization, follow any idiot and regurgitate all the nonsense….we clearly see them on here contradicting everything, just because they could, with no common sense, intelligence or sense of direction.

    They should be made to dig ditches for bread and water, just look at what is coming down because of them all.


  10. John February 7, 2016 at 5:34 PM #

    MoneyBrain February 7, 2016 at 3:28 PM #

    The sad part is that many of the yardfowls are NOT even significantly compensated ie dem dont really share in de loot/ blendser/ moolah.

    …. and then again, some are part of the racket, in fact their very survival requires their participation!!

    That’s sad too!!


  11. John February 7, 2016 at 7:33 PM #

    One thing both sets will have in common, brown noses!!


  12. MoneyBrain February 7, 2016 at 11:38 PM #

    No doubt that many do depend on partaking as racketeers, naturally I was speaking of those that are blind converts to party politics.


  13. Crusoe February 8, 2016 at 5:35 AM #

    @MB and John,

    The problem is, that to get ahead now in BIM, you HAVE to be part of the system, else you get left in the dust.

    THAT is what you are both ignoring, that the problem is endemic. And that is and will be the undoing of BIM.

    How many now do work for politicos unpaid, hoping / knowing that when their ‘lot’ get in, they will receive contracts well in excess of that work.

    Racket indeed.

    And yet some walk around as if they are oh so moral, critical and full of it.

    And then the hangers-on, the so-called ‘experts’ who receive large sums to consult and who are just talking-heads without any real business acumen or serious logical thinking.

    We could go into THAT one in more detail, surely?

    Each day I get more and more disgusted with the state of affairs.


  14. Alvin Cummins February 8, 2016 at 8:45 AM #

    Simple solution. Follow the dictates of the first sentence of the Nunc Dimitis.


  15. Well Well & Consequences February 8, 2016 at 9:12 AM #

    It just keeps getting worse and worse.


  16. John February 8, 2016 at 9:37 AM #

    Crusoe & WW&C, the devil finds work for idle hands!!

    It will get a lot worse before it gets better!!


  17. Well Well & Consequences February 14, 2016 at 6:58 PM #

    John….if and when you read Nicholls’ book, you will see just how bad situations can get when they are not exposed and nipped in the bud….had Nichollls done so earlier, much earlier, not only would he have minimized 13+ years and counting of misery to himself, but the lawyers named in his book would not have had such a long run and would not now be still so destructive to their clients and other litigants.

    His not exposing them long ago also caused and is still causing untold misery to others as well as to himself……some would call that karma, he is making amends but paid a heavy price in the interim.

    Many people will now have to be very vigilant because not only do these lawyers still have many clients but they are still heavily involved with each other, still “hold papers” for each other and still act as plaintiff and defense attorneys in the same case, while still work7ng closely together against the plaintiffs. The Chief Justice needs to put a stop to this conflict between these known lawyers.


  18. Yvonne Forde September 12, 2016 at 5:19 PM #

    Just finish reading Philip Nicholls book. Great insight into the workings of Barbados Justice System. Many of us over here “in away” have been complaining of the time and money it costs to get anything done down there, especially when it comes to land cases. Please tell me that the CJ will do something to cure this problem. I have been waiting since 1982, still waiting….


  19. Gabriel September 12, 2016 at 5:44 PM #

    I am afraid you will have to wait some more Yvonne.The new CJ is doing a bit of talking and nothing is happening to give you or the country any hope of improvement in the justice system of Barbados.Join the long list M’am.


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