The PM is a lawyer, the last two PMs were lawyers, the PM was Atty General, the present AG was AG in a previous Gov’t, the most senior Gov’t Minister who acts as deputy PM in the PM’s absence is a lawyer. Did any of the these ever suggest any changes in the relationship between lawyer and client? Did they make it mandatory for lawyers handling civil cases to establish Trust Accounts to separate operating funds from client funds? When they hear/heard of improprieties did they take action?
They operate like some secret society ready to prey on the “great unwashed” who darkens their door. Even on the rare occasion that the Court find them guilty of stealing client funds no restitution order is made which enables them to live off the clients’ funds after they have served their sentence.
When Ms. Pile was on trial, the Court was packed with lawyers who were sympathetic to her and ready to deliver pre-sentencing statements on her behalf. They take care of their own – Sargeant
When the injustice meted out by Michael Carrington to a wheelchair bound septuagenarian broke, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart advised – then leader of our parliament – to secure the services of a lawyer. History will record this statement to be one of the most ignorant uttered by a prime minister of Barbados.
On Friday (4 October 2019) the president of the Barbados Bar Association (BBA) Rosalind Smith-Millar was quoted in the local media advising the beneficiary of Stephen Archer’s estate to seek legal representation in order to secure the 2.7 million in compensation BL&P paid to Archer’s lawyer reported to be Ernest Jackman. Ernest Jackman is no stranger to BU and is featured on BU LAWYERS in the NEWS.
The advice given by the Bar president reminds citizens why the the application of the law sometimes is said to defy common sense and as a result “Is the law an ass? remains a valid question. To reinforce the point the BU family recently discussed the legitimacy of Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith’s public assertion he cannot investigate the ICBL, Donville Inniss matter unless a member of the public files a complaint. There are many examples of BL&P and FLOW taking advantage of citizens and the regulatory bodies despite consumer protection laws are passive in defence of consumers.
The majority of lawyers licenced to practice law in Barbados had their education funded by taxpayers. It is said that Barbados has more practising lawyers per thousand than any other country in the world. The Barbados Bar Association and the Disciplinary Committee were established for a reason – to regulate the legal profession. We have had too many stories of lawyers misappropriating funds, stonewalling the release of documents, not meeting with clients to discuss matters, colluding with other lawyers to frustrate deals, not attending court sessions to permit matters to close etc etc etc.
Enough is enough!
We live in an era where John Public has access to various social media platforms. Yea yea yea it comes with all the warts, BUT, there is the good that it can do. Naming and shaming these ‘summabitches’ will ensure reputations are sullied, forever. If the bodies to regulate the professional class including lawyers fail to protect members of the public, they will have to suffer the consequences. It is clear the Barbados Bar Association and its sidekick the disciplinary Committee supported by the bevy of lawyers in parliament will not side with the public.
A couple years ago the blogmaster had an exchange with a former president of the Bar who expressed frustration at the lack of resources available to do a better job and the need for legislative teeth. The blogmaster is satisfied stakeholders have no interest in changing the existing arrangement. In fact it is reasonable to conclude the Bar is used by prominent lawyers as a pathway to secure QC status, that is all.
Submitted by Sunshine Sunny Shine
WHO IS ERNEST JACKMAN?
WHAT IS HIS BACKGROUND IN THE BARBADIAN LEGAL SYSTEM?
HAS HE EVER WENT BEFORE THE BAR ASSOCIATION FOR MISCONDUCT OR MISAPPROPRIATION OF CLIENTS FUNDS?
HOW MANY CLIENTS HAVE LAID COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE NAME OF THIS LAWYER?
WHAT CONNECTIONS DOES HE HAVE THAT AFTER SEVERAL COMPLAINTS AGAINST HIM HE CAN STILL PRACTICE LAW?
WHAT RECOURSE DO BARBADIAN CITIZENS HAVE AGAINST LAWYERS LIKE ERNEST JACKMAN WHO WITHHOLD THEIR MONIES?
IS THE BARBADOS BAR ASSOCIATION A MERE FRONT FOR LAWYERS AND THEIR WRONGDOINGS?
WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF BARBADOS ASK FOR INVESTIGATION INTO CLAIMS AGAINST ERNEST JACKMAN?
DO BARBADIAN CITIZENS SUCH AS THE LATE STEPHEN JACKMAN HAVE RIGHTS UNDER THE CONSTITUTION OF BARBADOS TO BRING LAWYERS SUCH AS ERNEST JACKMAN BEFORE AN ESTABLISH TRIBUNAL?
Ernest Jackman must account for the 2.4 million he withhold from the late Stephen Archer. The Barbados Government should offer assistance in this matter. All others such as the Bar Association, the Utility Company, the Family of Stephen Archer and any others with connections to this case needs to be CALLED TO ACCOUNT!
Submitted by Sunshine Sunny Shine
Imagine a utility pole falling on you causing you to be seriously injured. Imagine that from that injury your body was dealt such a blow that it would never be the same again Then imagine being paid 2.4 million in compensation from the Utility Company for injuries received. After you have imagined all of that then imagine this: IMAGINE YOUR THE LAWYER ACTING ON YOUR BEHALF RECEIVING THE 2.4 million AND PLACED IT IN HIS PERSON ACCOUNT BUT YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN A CENT OF IT EVEN AFTER BEGGING FOR MANY YEARS UNTIL YOUR LAST BREATH. What would you do if you were the man in the photo above?
This is the plight of the now decease Stephen Ainsley Archer. His lawyer, according to reports from him, never give him a cent of the money. This forced Mr Archer to go to the press to highlight his matter. After 13 years of begging for what is his, Mr Archer’s life came to an end. The mystery surrounding where Mr Archers 2.4 million compensation money from the Utility Company has gone, remains a mystery.
The lawyer, the alleged Ernest Jackman, has not come forward to shed any light on the claims made by the now decease Stephen Archer nor has he come forth to declare where the money that was supposed to be paid to Mr Archer is at.
The Utility Company has not come forth to declare their hand or confirm that a cheque payment of 2.4 million was paid in the name of either Ernest Jackman (the lawyer representing Mr Archer) or Stephen Archer on such and such a date at such and such a time.
The situation of Mr Archer’s money has been going on for several years. During that time, it would appear that no ”Watchdog Agency, group, family or concern citizens” in Barbados have come forth to assist Mr Archer during the period that he made his matter a public one. No government, according to reports, offered to help him get down to the bottom of things. What is also quite alarming is that you would think that a citizen claiming foul play by his lawyer in the matter of his 2.4 million would have prompted the Barbados Bar Association to rise to the occasion and question Mr Ernest Jackman on the matter. No such chance under the system that exists in Barbados.
Mr Archer is dead, will his plea for his 2.4 million also die with him? Mr ERNEST JACKMAN NEEDS TO BE QUESTIONED!!
The following was posted by Sunshine Sunny Shine as a comment to the Open Letter to ALL Rh Lawyers on behalf of Stephen Archer blog – Barbados Underground
Here is what I want to know concerning this case.
A. Did the late Mr Archer ever saw the cheque for the 2.4 or 2.7 million whichever it is?
B. Did Mr Archer approve the lawyers handling of his money for matters pertaining to his medical situation?
C. Was Mr Archer present when the cheque was signed, seal and delivered to his attorney?
D. Is Mr Archer’s living remaining family ever sought to ascertain why the lawyer was still keeping Archer’s money in a personal account?
E. Did the bar association ever seek to make query concerning the same lawyer relative to Mr Archer’s disclosures in the press?
F. Did Mr Archer ever seek police assistance after making his claims known?
G. What recourse does deceased Archer have now that he is dead?
H. If the utility company stated Mr Archer was compensated for the injury’s he receives at the falling of one of their poles, is it possible for the utility company to produce a copy of the cheque presented to Mr Archer for proof of payment.
I. Why is the lawyer at the centre of this matters so quite? Is he guilty, is he out of the island or is he dead?
We can spend all of our time here talking about crooked lawyers, or we can make an appeal for relevant persons close to Mr Archer’s case, like his family members, the Utility company and such like, to come forward and shed some light on this matter [Blogmaster’s emphasis].
Also, if the lawyer is indeed the Jackman mentioned on the other social media site, he should be pressured to come forth to present his side of the story on why he did not give Mr Archer his money. I would also think that now is the time to bring the Bar Association into the spotlight to face some heat.
Relevant Link – BU Lawyers in the News