Bar Association responds to disbarment

The Barbados Bar Association has hailed this week’s disbarment of a local attorney as evidence that the disciplinary system for lawyers is working properly.

Bar Association’s  president Tariq Khan
Bar Association’s president Tariq Khan

“In my view, the public ought to be comforted and it ought to restore public confidence because this is a decision of the Disciplinary Committee, which is headed by a lawyer, which has made a certain recommendation. The Court of Appeal has examined that recommendation and upheld their recommendation. To me, this is a demonstration that the system has worked and has worked effectively,” said President Tariq Khan.

Attorney-at-law Therold Fields was disbarred on Wednesday after he was charged with stealing a client’s money.

Khan said this was about the fifth case in the past 15 or 20 years where a lawyer was disbarred.  He contended that it did not mean disbarments were endemic but that attorneys were being dealt with properly and in accordance with the law.

Noting that some of the reports against lawyers were repeat complaints, Khan reiterated the Bar’s position on matters of this type.

Attorney-at-law Therold Fields was disbarred on Wednesday.

“The Bar Association’s position has always been that any attorney-at-law who has been found in breach of the Legal Professions Act, particularly the Code of Ethics, has to face the full consequence of their actions and must be prepared to do so,” he told Barbados TODAY.

He emphasized that the legal profession welcomed any action where, based on the evidence, an individual was found to be in breach, that he or she is dealt with according to the law.

In handing down judgement, the Court of Appeal ordered Fields to repay more than half million dollars to the former client.

9 Responses to Bar Association responds to disbarment

  1. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock April 18, 2015 at 4:48 am

    Mr.Khan, your committee is unjust,you have not enforced the rules and regulations in the Speaker Carrington, case as its almost,the same as Fields,when the matter reach the court, you guys should have discipline Carrington, not one single word from you but you make Fields an example an beat up your chest, when lot’s of people complaints are placed in the waste basket file 13.

    • Terry Clarke
      Terry Clarke April 18, 2015 at 7:42 am

      I applaud your comments. My sentiments as well.

  2. Taurus Bull
    Taurus Bull April 18, 2015 at 4:59 am

    True dat.

  3. Tony Webster April 18, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Mr. Khan’s comment is superfluous, if not entirely redundant, and just possibly more than a tad self-serving. He might have more usefully announced a new “fast-track” method to bring all others of similar ilk, to swift justice, rather than those now to follow taking as many years which the infamous Disciplinerary Committee and Their Lordships required to put this one to rest.
    The point here is that it is not this one faint point of light that is to be applauded: it is the pervading gloom all about us, that needs redress by way of a total overhaul of the rotten status-quo. From the favoured heights which our constitution invests upon Attorneys-at-Law, to the judicial “system”…and down unto the last litigant who every day wonders if their 15 year-old case will yield them justice before they close their eyes.
    There is yet much work to de done, Mr. Khan, and the earth still cries out for justice, and equity. If you (and my Editor) will allow: The elephant is still in the room…and there is elephant “stuff” all over the place! So hold the champagne, please.

  4. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall April 18, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Any attorney that find guilty for dishonesty should also be debarred. Your organisation should be publishing the names of attorneys with more than 5 complaints. will your organisation be punishing those who have not pay fees but still carrying out duties. What about the speaker . We are waiting to hear from your ASSOCIATION .

  5. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte April 18, 2015 at 7:01 am

    But still what is the BAR doing to ensure client funds are protected?

  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner April 18, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Really this is only one aint impressive with your comments don’t trust lawyers period.

  7. Sonia Marinez
    Sonia Marinez April 18, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I had a friend who was hurt at one of the car race events, he lawyer got the money,every time he go for he mon

  8. Fed Up February 20, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    When will you address the millions of cases brought against the not so honourable Dale Marshall St Joseph Member of Parliament and his Law Firm in Bridgetown Barbados George Walton Payne and Company. Long Long Long Overdue. Will you wait until persons take the law into their own hands. Why only charge the corn beef and biscuits lawyers? Error Error. Some day coming soon.


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