Not fair

Lawyers complain of long delay in hearing on reversing freeze

Lawyers for former CLICO chairman Leroy Parris have filed a constitutional motion to get the High Court to unfreeze his assets, arguing that the delay in hearing a previous application to set aside the order is a violation of his rights.

His legal team, led by Queen’s Counsel Hal Gollop, not only wants the court to set aside the freeze order granted more than two months ago, but is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

The constitutional motion filed against the Attorney General was not heard when Gollop, who is working on the case with fellow Queen’s Counsel Vernon Smith as well as Michael Yearwood and Steve Gollop, went to court. He will have to return in another week, on April 7.

Hal Gollop QC
Hal Gollop QC

“We are asking the court to find that the delay in giving our clients Leroy Parris and [his company] Branlee Consulting Services Inc. [the opportunity] to get back to court to have a hearing of their application to set aside the interim order that froze their assets, is a violation of his rights to a fair hearing within reasonable time,” Gollop told Barbados TODAY.

He noted that the order to freeze Parris’ assets was made on January 27 after an application by CLICO’s judicial manager Deloitte Consulting Limited and more than two months later, he had not been able to get back to court to try to have that reversed.

The senior attorney explained that on one occasion, Justice William Chandler who gave the original order recused himself from hearing the case.

Another judge, Justice Jacqueline Cornelius who was in line to preside over the case, was rejected by Parris’ legal team on the grounds that her husband, Queen’s Counsel Ralph Thorne, had made adverse public comments on the matter on political platforms.

Since his assets were frozen by the court, the former CLICO boss has lamented that he had been experiencing hardship.

In a February application to the court, asking that his assets be released, Parris said the court order had prevented him and his company from meeting their “usual living and business expenses”.

35 Responses to Not fair

  1. Hazel Harrison
    Hazel Harrison April 2, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Are these people for real

    • Katrina P Lewis
      Katrina P Lewis April 2, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      Hazel remember this is a lawyer and he doing a job so he doing what he got to do remember the oj simpson case you hear some pf them arguments?

  2. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post April 2, 2015 at 2:36 am


  3. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince April 2, 2015 at 2:44 am

    Really. ??

  4. Andrew The Voice April 2, 2015 at 2:55 am

    This dishonest guy is crying about hardship, what about the hardship when he destroyed peoples lives with his dishonest running of clico, what nerve.

  5. Ricky Harris
    Ricky Harris April 2, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Steuppppppes… Next!

  6. Suzette Edghill
    Suzette Edghill April 2, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Let him “suck some salt”. Freeze all.

  7. Irwin Walker
    Irwin Walker April 2, 2015 at 6:43 am

    All I have to say is:

  8. Michelle Barber
    Michelle Barber April 2, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Somehow I am lacking any sympathy for him. Maybe he is now getting a taste of what it is like to have all these assets that you can’t touch. However, I don’t think he is the only culprit in Clico and others who were in with him should have their assets frozen too.

  9. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf April 2, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Some justice at last. Caw bleh

  10. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf April 2, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Some justice at last. Caw bleh

  11. Angel Maloney
    Angel Maloney April 2, 2015 at 7:06 am
  12. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell April 2, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Violation of HIS right??? What about Violation of all those peoples rights who he carried away the money from?

  13. Stokely Murray
    Stokely Murray April 2, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Aww cuhdear. Stupse!

  14. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer April 2, 2015 at 7:27 am

    To the Lawyer for the former chairman of CLICO. Not until the clients receive all their monies from CLICO. The clients are struggling and heart broken ! Mr. Parris didn’t have to struggle, with all his riches. He needs to be heart broken also, then that would be fair. People paid their monies, in the knowledge that it would be safe in that Insurance. If Mr. Parris was the chairman, then let him hold the responsibility. What you all think it is ? You all think that everybody stupid ? I am glad that I am not one of the policy holders, because somebody family would have to account for my miserable state, be it mother, father, children or grands. Without the parents , One wouldn’t be here. I hate injustice ! Straight talk !

  15. Shurf De
    Shurf De April 2, 2015 at 7:40 am

    The joke of the day, HE HAVE BEEN SEEING HARDSHIP. If that is true, what about those who invest in clico. What are they seeing. I DON’T FEEL FOR HIM.

  16. Tony Webster April 2, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Methinks that the cash is urgently needed for “living expenses”…like maybe, including paying his lawyer. Unless…perhaps… the gentleman…is doing some pro bono wuk?
    Cud be.

  17. dwayne jordan April 2, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Yall feel he dont hv $ in ny or miami or someplace so? Hardship my tail and just had a big party for his son.

  18. Maria Hatch
    Maria Hatch April 2, 2015 at 7:57 am

    What!!! He feeling hardship by having his assets frozen…..Oh cry me a river!! He should be in Dodds!!! If he was anywhere else in the world that’s where he would be LOCKED UP not parading himself around Barbados with his chest puffed out!!!

  19. Christopher Brian Barnes
    Christopher Brian Barnes April 2, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I am truthfully wondering if the performance being put on by LP and his lawyers about suffering is not just BS, smoke and mirrors, and more BS.

    NOT AN OUNCE OF HUMILITY HAS BEEN EXHIBITED BY LP – he’s still tooling around in Range/Land Rover costing several hundred thousand dollars. There’s Jaguar motorcar on the premises…

    And guess what! The TRANSPORT BOARD BUSES, MINI BUSES, and BICYCLES, still carrying around PENNILESS PENSIONERS.


  20. Gloria Mendes
    Gloria Mendes April 2, 2015 at 10:19 am


  21. Peter Marshall
    Peter Marshall April 2, 2015 at 10:57 am

    What about the pensioners who lost their Pension is that fair? – The one good thing is that Parris has to pay out some warm dollars to those fellas who are representing him

  22. Eve Phillips
    Eve Phillips April 2, 2015 at 11:09 am

    All this foolishness..And nothing positive about getting our MONEY from British american!!!!!!

  23. Andrea Bovell
    Andrea Bovell April 2, 2015 at 11:42 am


  24. Andrea Bovell
    Andrea Bovell April 2, 2015 at 11:42 am


  25. Sebastian Da Costa
    Sebastian Da Costa April 2, 2015 at 12:09 pm


  26. Carl Harper April 2, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    What about the former NCC workers who having been waiting for more than a YEAR to have their cases heard before the Employment Rights Tribunal of which you are chairman? Is it fair for them to have to wait so long while you’re complaining about only TWO months for your lousy client?

  27. Ouida Burnham
    Ouida Burnham April 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    The Almighty promise to put an end to all this greediness an soon only he knows how much more that we can take

  28. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner April 2, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Boo hoo stupes.

  29. Cassie Smart
    Cassie Smart April 2, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    So Mr Parris’ actions or in-action as head of CLICO was not a violation of the rights of thousands of people too. It is for this reason that people take justice into their own hands… lets speed up the whole mess already and lets focus on something else. Maybe exporting seaweed fertilizer to continents or something…just my thoughts.

  30. Alec Pierre April 2, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Do those jokers realize howmany thousands have had there assets “frozen” for over four years and counting for honest investments in what has turned out to be a “Rogue” company enabled by what has all the appearances of a “Banana Repiblic”

  31. Alloy Austin
    Alloy Austin April 2, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    give he he money so i can can get my$ 20.000 lol

  32. Alex Alleyne April 2, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    I am taking it that Hal don’t have a cent in CLICO or he got so much in the bank to play with that he don’t care .Is he thinking of the “chunk” he will get from Parris when this is all over .

  33. Jus Me April 2, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Add it up.

    Stuart and Parris like brothers
    Gollop and PM Stuart like brothers.
    Courts and DPP do as they are told.

    Pensioners “suck salt”

    Welcome to BAHBADUS!!
    Where Common people don’t count.

  34. Christopher Robinson April 3, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Everybody else gets screwed around by our broken justice system. Who is Paris to escape that reality? Frig him, he can wait and rot in hell when done, the weasel.


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