Parris hearing delayed
Filing issues related to additional grounds for appeal by lawyers for Leroy Parris have forced a delay in the hearing of an application brought by the former CLICO executive chairman.
Parris wants the High Court to reverse an earlier ruling by another judge forcing the embattled former insurance executive to repay the insurance company $3.3 million.
Legal sources had anticipated a ruling today, however the hearing never got off the ground.
Lawyers for both sides spent 90 minutes behind closed doors with the judge and when they emerged Ramon Alleyne, the attorney for the CLICO judicial manager, told reporters both sides were to correct filing issues and return for the trial next Wednesday afternoon.
“The court sought some housekeeping. The defendant had raised some additional grounds on which they want to bring their application to strike out the default judgment.
“The court pointed out that they [the additional grounds] weren’t originally filed and if you want to rely on it you need to put a proper full document before them.
As such, that document is to be filed by Monday of next week and any additional submissions within that same week, and then we are set for trial the week after.
The definite date is Wednesday, 9th [March], the afternoon of the 9th,” Alleyne revealed.
Parris declined comment, while Vernon Smith, QC, the attorney for Parris’ company Branlee Consulting Services, was terse.
“I done wid dat. Things are a bit too confidential for me to have any word with anyone,” he said.
Queens Counsel Hal Gallop is representing Parris.
The lawsuit was filed by CLICO Judicial Manager Deloitte Consulting, which had asked for the refund, alleging that the money was obtained from CLICO in breach of trust and fiduciary duty.
The money was channelled to Parris through Thompson and Associates, the law firm of late Prime Minister David Thompson.
Meanwhile, the High Court is yet rule on a separate application brought by the former CLICO boss’ lawyers who are seeking to have lifted, a court-ordered freeze on a $4.5 million bank account.
In January 2015, a High Court froze the assets of the former CLICO chief and Branlee Consulting Services Inc in an ex parte hearing filed by the judicial manager.