That’s how the Court of Appeal has described Fields’ actions

Therold Fields can no longer practise law in Barbados. But he will have to find more than half million dollars to repay client Patricia Simpson, after the Court of Appeal today found he was dishonest in his dealings with the elderly woman who had entrusted him with money to get her a house here.

The decision to disbar Fields was handed down by Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson and Justices of Appeal Sherman Moore and Sandra Mason today.

Lawyer Theold Fields
Lawyer Therold Fields

The matter arose out of a complaint by Simpson, a Barbadian residing in London who sent money to Fields for the purchase of land and construction of a house at #13 Eloise Gardens, Christ Church. She said she was repaying a mortgage of £1,599.38 every month, even though her house was never built.

Not only will Fields’ name be struck from the roll of attorneys but he was ordered to repay Simpson $601,000 with eight per cent interest from October 2008 until the judgement is satisfied. His disbarment will also be carried in the Official Gazette and he will have to meet with the Registrar and the President and Secretary of the Bar Association to make arrangements to hand over all his current business.

Hearings on the matter first took place before the Disciplinary Committee of the Barbados Bar Association, between October and November 2010. The Committee then forwarded a report and referred the matter to the Court of Appeal.

The Chief Justice, who read the court’s decision today, said that based on the evidence heard by the Committee, Fields had shown an “obvious condescending and disdainful approach” to not only the elderly woman, but the Disciplinary Committee as well.

The court took issue with the fact that Fields strenuously denied ever meeting Simpson or receiving money from her and insisted he was never her attorney.

Under cross-examination, Fields had told the Committee that he “never interacted with her, never exchanged, to my recollection, a ‘hello’ with her”.

Simpson paid Fields three cheques in 2006 in the amounts of BD$5,000, £20,000 and £112,000. The last amount was paid by Lester Corbin, a friend to whom she had given power of attorney. He testified to paying the money to Fields.

The attorney denied this, although he acknowledged a receipt dated November 2006, for a similar amount, signed by his secretary.

Further, the court found that the attorney “sought to assign blame” to everyone but himself.

Simpson said she had conducted certain aspects of the transaction with some of Fields’ employees at his Hastings, Christ Church office. However, he told the Committee that one person was never employed by him, another was never given permission to accept money on his behalf, and his secretary was never authorized to issue a receipt for the $5,000 mentioned.

He said he never received any funds, nor could he confirm that Simpson ever paid the money to his office.

The Chief Justice said Fields’ conduct and his dishonesty would have concerned the court just as much even if the amount of money at the centre of the case had been much less.

During an earlier Court of Appeal hearing, Fields’ attorney Debra Gooding submitted that her client should be suspended rather than disbarred.

In dealing with that submission, the court referred to cases in which attorneys had misappropriated funds. The Chief Justice noted that those lawyers had been suspended because they admitted to wrongdoing, showed some measure of remorse, and promised to either repay or had started repaying, none of which Fields had done.

Simpson’s attorney Philip Pilgrim, former Bar Association president Barry Gale QC, Marguerite Woodstock-Riley QC who represented the Disciplinary Committee, Deputy Solicitor General Donna Brathwaite QC, and Sandra Rawlins who appeared on behalf of the Attorney General, all expressed the view on the last occasion that Fields ought to be disbarred.

They took that position not only because of Fields’ seeming lack of remorse, but because they felt his unprofessional conduct could tarnish the legal profession.

Source: (Sandra Downes)

24 Responses to Dishonest!

  1. Ryan Marshall
    Ryan Marshall April 16, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Speaker of the house should of get this same treatment also

    • Angel Maloney
      Angel Maloney April 16, 2015 at 6:15 am

      True but we will never c this happen n b’dos

  2. Louise King
    Louise King April 16, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Like Govt skipping rope–one getting fired and one sitting high–

  3. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke April 16, 2015 at 4:16 am
  4. Annette Holder
    Annette Holder April 16, 2015 at 5:02 am

    Seem that no longer wa good fa the goose in good for the gander butta bough.

  5. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar April 16, 2015 at 5:50 am

    The right thing was surely done more to go bunch of dishonest people

  6. Cynthia Greaves
    Cynthia Greaves April 16, 2015 at 6:25 am

    About time, he’s one of many disgraceful lawyers stealing your hard earned money….next.

  7. Sonia Bragg
    Sonia Bragg April 16, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Guess the speaker of the house was spared the same fate because he is a “law abiding citizen”(his words..not mine). Still we can only hope that other such matters are dealt with in the same manner.

  8. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner April 16, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Got news for ya its been tarnish for years but thanks to social media everyone knows about it ya all can’t control that but im sure politicians in Barbados will make a law to do just that hint hint.By the way why is he not heading to Dodds and why did it take so many years looks like he was dirty long time ago.

  9. Claire Da Costa
    Claire Da Costa April 16, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Just to show you the kind of crocks that the government rely on.!

  10. dwayne jordan April 16, 2015 at 8:18 am

    If he refuses or cannot pay will the court go after his property and make this lady whole again,? I hope this resolves itself as soon as possible. Because its not over til every cent is paid back.

  11. Antonio Arthur April 16, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Speak of house should be out as well…. only in bim

  12. kathy-Ann Clarke April 16, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Yes, bring them out of their dark closets. I wonder if Michael Carrington is shivering in his boots or if he is telling himself, he is the speaker of the house, so “they”, ( The law) wouldnt shame him in that manner…hmmm, I does have to smh…

  13. Elaine Crichlow
    Elaine Crichlow April 16, 2015 at 9:14 am


  14. Rickie Nurse April 16, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Ryan Marshall, I couldn’t agree with you more and he now have the gall to say to the media that what is being said about him is damaging to his profession and livelihood and family, he brought that on himself, but I can only guess, because this lil mouse aint got no proof, that certain ranks and privilages is what help save disbarment from from being applied.

    Disclaimer: I do not wish or intend to cause any anxiety, distress or udue annoyance to any person who may read this comment and be offended by it.

  15. Tracy Holdipp
    Tracy Holdipp April 16, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Wait wanna aint seeing what gine on bout hey doa.. The high ups don’t do wrong doa.. The speaker steal the money, he admit it and he paid it back, the police kill a whole man and shoot another that wasn’t no treat to him and what happens, he still bout the place enjoying life and getting his couselling.. The laws of this land stinks.

  16. Tony Webster April 16, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Restitution of the filched funds apart, there is only one other aspect of such cases, which should equally sear the consciousness of the average citizen.
    If you, or I, has mis-appropriated $600k (or even $600) from your employers till, one report to The constabulary, viz. the R.B.P.F., would have resulted in a police investigation, and if a prima facile case be established ,, the full weight of a criminal prosecution would have resulted. Without the injured citizen having to look diligently (and exceedingly carefully) for another lawyer, to go though all the Bar Association tea-la-la.
    We need to ,make such transgressions subject also to criminal law.

  17. Ralph Talma April 16, 2015 at 10:06 am

    It is a very sad day for B`dos when a lawyer can behave in such a blatantly unlawful manner. Well done to the Court of appeal. But, has he not also committed fraud? Makes you think about what could have happened in the past.

  18. Deborah Richards
    Deborah Richards April 16, 2015 at 10:10 am

    So wait wha really going on in this island call Barbados what happen to de speaker of the house Humm only bought here only bought here smh

  19. Bobo April 16, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    What a sad day for –The Ancestors struggles for their freedom of Justice and humanity–reverse to Blacks destroying Blacks — Dishonesty –Corruption –Crime =Death.

  20. Joyce April 16, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    For those lawyers who are suspended for misappropriation of funds I think that is a disgrace. Any form of dishonesty in the profession should NOT be tolerated. Yes the legal profession at home does have a bad reputation. It is a sad indictment on the Barbadian society.

  21. Charles Worrell April 16, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    There is way too much dishonesty in this profession and these rascals get away with it ALL THE TIME! LAWYERS IN BARBAODS ARE CHARGING TONS OF MONEY FOR EVERY LITTLE THING AND MANY TIMES ARE DOING VERY LITTLE FOR IT.
    There is a serious need for some guide lines in Pricing for services but will we see this…probably not!
    I recalled Mr. Greaves at a meeting sharing how many Barbadians had sent their money here to look after a property or something related to it only to find that many times, nothing was done and money gone.
    One of the curious steps in the process to disbarring this thief almost begged him to come clean and get a chance to repay and still practice, what a deal!
    This we believe, is the cost of development. No, it is the price of the unhealthy; the misguided; the destructive and that is why the beauty that this country enjoyed for so many years has gone; the talk is not even adding up anymore. We have traded our values, our culture, our beauty for filthy luca. More sadly is, we want It AT ANY COST. YES, Barbados is in trouble, of the worse kind.

  22. Wendy April 16, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    That solicitor is a wicked somebody, as someone who was born in Barbados, I am very disappointed, sadden and ashamed by such events. Its unprofessional, downright dishonest and despicable. I hope the lady in question get all her money back with interest. They need to freeze all of his assets to repay her and anyone else he has done the same to. Let this be a warning to others in the same or similar professions carrying on in the same wicked ways.

  23. janette reifer April 16, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Keep thy hands from picking and stealing. This was taught at Sunday School ? It means, ” thou shall not steal ” I thought he was in problem before ! A lot of these lawyers are crooks. Imagine crooks representing crooks…lol


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