Lawyers working to get money to beneficiaries

Returning national John Griffiths is a much happier man tonight after finally getting the money owed to him by his former attorney and Speaker of the House Michael Carrington.

He confirmed today that his lawyer Khamaal Collymore had received a cheque to cover what was owed from Carrington’s handling of his deceased aunt’s estate.

“I am very pleased that it is coming to an end and it is going to be settled shortly. I only have to wait on my lawyer to go through all of the details and if they are to our satisfaction, that is it,” he told Barbados TODAY. “However, I am disappointed that the matter took so long.”

John Griffiths is happy he and the other beneficiaries of his aunt's estate will finally get what is due to them.
John Griffiths is happy he and the other beneficiaries of his aunt’s estate will finally get what is due to them.

In a case dating back 14 years, Queen’s Counsel Carrington was probating the will of Griffiths’ aunt, Muriel Worrell.

Griffiths had complained that Carrington dealt with the sale of one of his aunt’s two properties but did not hand over all the money. The elderly man hired another lawyer to get Carrington to settle the matter.

Last month, a High Court judge ordered Carrington to give an account of monies outstanding from the sale and pay what was due, along with interest.

“We are still going through all of the final details. I cannot give you all of the details about the quantum of the settlement I am to receive because my lawyer is looking into it. Interest has to be added onto the sum of money,” the 78-year-old Griffiths said this evening.

Although confirming that a cheque had been paid on Carrington’s behalf to the law firm of George Walton Payne and Company, Collymore would not disclose the amount.

However, he explained that the figure of $210,000 that was quoted in the media over the past few weeks was not the exact amount that would go to Worrell’s estate.

“The $210,000 which was spoken about was the $210,000 that was unaccounted for . . . The court ordered him to render an account and then pay over what is due on the account,” Collymore explained.

“The reason why we needed an account was because he was entitled to charge fees, so we needed to know what those fees would be first. He has paid over the amount that he received on behalf of the estate from the sale of the property as well as the proceeds of the fixed deposits and interest. That is what we have, but there is a bit of fine tuning to be done,” the attorney added.

Collymore said he would meet with Griffiths early next week as well as with the lawyers for the beneficiaries of Worrell’s estate “and hopefully we could get the funds all distributed quickly”.

The controversy surrounding Carrington’s non-payment of the money had prompted public debate and led the Opposition Barbados Labour Party to object to him remaining in his seat in the House of Assembly.

When the situation was first raised in Parliament – on the first sitting for 2015 – Carrington had recused himself and Deputy Speaker Mara Thompson referred the matter to Parliament’s Committee of Privileges.

However, he returned to the chair in subsequent sittings, triggering Opposition MPs to walk out.

They insisted they would not participate in any sitting over which Carrington presided. 

9 Responses to Settlement

  1. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock January 31, 2015 at 2:44 am

    I guess, when my friend whom I spoke to today would see that I had explained what has transpired quite accurately, as I told you, the money that paid yesterday, wasn’t the sum an as I’ve said it’s not over yet, the 28 days was to present the accounting, of the funds, then the payment, an the intrest from the 13th may, now, with that he would be in a position to agree for a repayment plan to suit what he can afford on a monthly basis. Whiching would draw out a while,all of these are the options of a civil matter, what mr.speaker has done is to avoid the matter of contempt of court whiching is the most serious matter,a wise decision. now if given a figure of what the intrest might be plus the remainder $10,000, Most of us that can calculate would have an idea how much money is re maining, minus his fees so that Mr Griffith, Attorney an the court can look at his fees discount it from the remainder an arrive at a settlement. the word in the matter is settlement.

  2. jr smith January 31, 2015 at 5:31 am

    14 years to settle, do the lawyers/attorneys in Barbados, have no
    shame or decency. I wonder how hard it its to find a honest lawyer in Barbados.
    I have some business to undertake in Barbados , must use a lawyer, but who to trust. I don’t want to wait 14 years .
    Bajans must wake up , we need to stop allowing our politics to be plague with lawyers,thats our problem, they are all friends.

  3. NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series
    NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series January 31, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Exposing serious matters so all can read and hear about what is going on has great benefits! Speak the truth and it shall set you free…and shame people into giving you your money. lol Happy for you Mr. Griffith!!

  4. Pluto Merick January 31, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Congrats John…smile all the way to the bank. Evil can never triumph in the face of good. Imagine what we saw and was hearing from the HIGHest so called political class in this land over the last 3 weeks. It was disgraceful to say the least. Barbados politicians morals have fallen to an all time low and is time the people take stock. Time for change is now we on a roller coaster if you haven’t notice and so far it has been all DOWN

  5. Aldo January 31, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Mr Carrington you didn’t had let this situation be a circus u could of just pay the man his money and let be business as usual but no your intention was different shame on you just another dishonest lawyer.

  6. Asiba January 31, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I have been trying to get a Land matter settle now from 1999.
    Any advise to me ?
    An honest Lawyer -I need !

  7. Asiba January 31, 2015 at 7:10 pm



  8. Maxine Hutchinson February 1, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Would I be able to find “whiching” in a dictionary? From whence did that come?

  9. Bobo February 2, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Dishonesty and greed is a nasty virus—-Mr Carington until you receive what is due to you — then i can send my congrants to you, until then let honesty prevail.


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