Suspended!

One attorney disciplined; another to face charges

A 41-year-old female attorney-at-law was Tuesday suspended from practising law in Barbados for 18 months, after she was found guilty of professional misconduct.

Tuesday, the Court of Appeal handed down the decision against Allison Helen Alexander-Lovell of No. 140 Breezy Hill, Halton, St Philip, who was released on $50,000 bail with two sureties in March last year on a charge of stealing $165,543.88 belonging to Cecil Marshall between July 30 and September 7, 2015.

Allison Helen Alexander-Lovell

The charges against Alexander-Lovell, who was admitted to the Bar in 2004 and specializes in civil litigation, conveyancing, trusts, probate and administration of estates, stem from a complaint brought by one of her clients which became the subject of an internal investigation by the Disciplinary Committee of Bar Association of Barbados.

“The disciplinary committee [of the Bar] found that a proper case was made out,” President Liesel Weekes told Barbados TODAY.

However, she said even though the disciplinary committee had recommended that Alexander-Lovell be suspended for no less than one year, “the Court of Appeal felt that the nature of the offence was such that she should be suspended for a further period [18 months] . . . which may or may not be extended in the event that certain conditions are not met”.

In the meantime, another female attorney, who has found herself in legal hot water also appeared before the Court of Appeal this morning.

However, the disciplinary case brought against Joyce Griffith did not get off the ground since Griffith was not only reportedly unwell, but showed up without legal counsel.

“The court gave her an opportunity to find representation and that matter was adjourned until June 29,” Weekes told Barbados TODAY.

Back in February 2013, a woman who gave her name as Ordeen Broomes and her residence as New York, posted a complaint on Facebook against Griffith, who was admitted to the Bar in 1977 and specializes in estate Law, succession, conveyancing, wills, trusts and civil litigation.

However, the matter involving Griffith, who along with Alexander-Lovell appeared before the Court of Appeal in June last year accused of withholding thousands of dollars from their clients, was adjourned.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

13 Responses to Suspended!

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince May 9, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Why????? Greed .

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  2. Lennox hewitt May 9, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    It’s not there money there get paid for there job there do but still want client money glad there get find out .

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  3. Sukie Lamour
    Sukie Lamour May 9, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Bloody crook. Getting paid to do a job but still greediness was on her mind!

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  4. fedup May 10, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Some bank employees need to be investigated too! You are ‘told’ a cheque bounced yet your US bank shows you that it was cleared.

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  5. ahsiek May 10, 2017 at 6:58 am

    So what about Michael Carrington he should have been suspended from the house

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  6. Observer May 10, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I’m assuming she didn’t learn from her colleagues that did the same damn thing, lawyers in barbados is something else

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  7. BimJim May 10, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I have been hearing for decades about lawyers who take clients’ money and then refuse to give it back because they have already spent it or invested it for themselves, and – as with doctors – depend on the rest of the profession closing ranks to protect them.

    I am very happy to see examples made of the worst ones, but there are still some out there doing as they like – including some very high up in the tree, showing how they are the biggest asses in the country.

    They should all be outed – never mind you look like a fool, if one of those big-ups has YOUR money he/she may have the money of many others as well, so call his/her name in public and get that ball rolling to take them out of circulation.

    It is a pity that there are so few honest lawyers in our society, and that poor people who have spent a lifetime saving should lose it all to such greedy, heartless bastards.

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  8. CHARLES TOBIAS WORRELL May 10, 2017 at 10:53 am

    WHEN do we as a nation act like a nation? At what point do we approach and address situations fairly and judiciously? One of the most attractive professions continue to be the legal profession.One of the most lucrative fields of endeavor continue to be the legal profession. The legal profession continues to house itself in a way that has made it almost untouchable and many times, the situation has to move to the very extreme before it gets the attention it should. WHY IS THIS SO YOU ASKED: because it is the legal profession that if anything will have to prosecute the legal profession and there is a comraderie here that interferes with the process
    There is also a new thrust within this profession and while this young man is not claiming that older practicioners did not put their hands in the cookie jar, he is saying that this new thrust has to do with HOW SOON YOU CAN BE RICH? THIS ATTITUDE does not rest on service to one’s client but on a self made mandate to do it as quickly as possible. We are at a place where nothing is a NO-NO AND PRINCIPLE AND INTEGRITY ARE FOUND IN THE SPEED AT WHICH YOU PARADE AS THE NEWEST MILLIONAIRE.
    As a consequence, we have legal fees that far surpass the service and no REGULATING BODY TO AFFIX SOME SEMBLANCE OF WHAT IS REASONABLE TO AND FOR THE SERVICE. THE LAWYER THEN, IS ABLE TO PLY HIS HIRE AND IS PAID LARGELY BECAUSE THE SYSTEM GOES ON TO CONDITION CERTAIN SERVICES THAT MUST BE EXECUTED VIA THE LEGAL HELP YOU CAN AFFORD. the need therefore for an organisation/business offering such services that “fit” the legal requirement is URGENT. this service CAN THEN BE OFFERED AT A REASONABLE FEE AND THE ISSUE HEARD AND DISPOSE OF BY THE COURTS.
    The Courts are filled with unheard CASES even though we have a fairly good number of judges and while there is a credible case to be made for more appointments, we are yet to see efficient use of what is there to show some greater justification for expansion. IN OTHER WORDS MORE APPOINTMENTS WILL NOT NECESSARILY MEAN, GREATER OR FASTER EXPEDITION OF CASES.
    NOW, WE HAVE a more pungent development in recent years and this has to do with DISHONESTY AMONG THE PROFESSION. Here you have exorbitant fees being levied and still these thieves are putting peoples money in their pockets. And it is still taking forever to bring them to justice as the umbrella body remains reluctant to dispense appropriate justice.
    HOW DO YOU STEAL A CLIENT MONEY OF THIS ORDER, THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, IN THE PROFESSION WHERE JUSTICE, HONESTY AND INTEGRITY MUST BE SEEN TO BE DONE AND THIS DOES NOT WARRANT THE OFFENDER EXPELLED.
    I SHUDDER TO THINK WHAT LORD JUSTICE DENNING (MR) AND THE LIKES OF BACON WOULD SAY TO THIS DEVELOPMENT TODAY.
    HOW do you just slap these offenders on the risk and say “go back out there” without knowing the temptation remains?
    WHEN will the CHIEF JUSTICE OF BARBADOS LOOK INTO THESE MATTERS AND TAKE URGENT ACTION TO GET THIS PROFESSION BACK IN LINE. I KNOW HE IS A LORD DENNING MAN AND HE KNOWS THIS IS NOTHING GOOD FOR THIS PROFESSION AND SO, I MUST ASK: SIR, are you prepared to root this disease out of this profession? ARE YOU prepared to take this very definitive stand even as it draws critics from all over? YOU, SIR, are no stranger to criticism for your trek to the top of this field while extremely well earned, has its detractors. IT IS TIME NOW TO SHOW WHY YOU ARE AS GOOD AS BELIEVE by the likes of me.
    IT IS TIME TO GIVE BARBADOS SOME SEMBLANCE OF EQUITABLE JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE. IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO GO AFTER THOSE PERSONS THAT WOULD TEAR THIS AUGUST PROFESSION DOWN. THEY DO NOT, SIR, THEY DO NOT BELONG AND NEED TO BE GONE.
    THIEVES HAVE NO PLACE IN THE PRACTICE OF LAW. THEY SHOULD BE MADE TO PAY DOUBLE AND THEN FIND ANOTHER FIELD OF EMPLOYMENT. WHEN THE COURTS DECIDE TO GIVE THEM BACK THAT RIGHT TO STEAL, THEY SHOULD BE PUBLISHED IN A WAY THAT KEEPS OTHERS FROM GOING TO THEM.
    SIR MARSTON, WE HAVE TO TAKE THIS THING BACK. YOU ARE ABLY QUALIFIED, RHODES SCHOLAR AND ALL; YOU DID NOT BEG FOR THIS APPOINTMENT AND IT WAS WELL BESTOWED ON YOU; NOW GO AHEAD AND DO “GIBBY” PROUD.
    GO AHEAD AND SHOW BARBADOS, WE CAN E BETTER THAN THIS.
    SIR MARSTON, GO AHEAD AND ALLOW BARBADOS TO BE PROUD OF THIS BRILLIANT MIND AND I can hear my friend and brother Ian saying: “lock them to ass up”.
    STILL, IT IS TIME TO BRING THINGS BACK. YEARS AGO, BARBADOS APPOINTED JUDGE PERRY FROM GUYANA (can be corrected here) as we were out of control with crime. JUDGE PERRY CAME AND IN THE MONTHS AHEAD, NO ONE WANTED TO SEE HIM. JUSTICE WAS SWIFT AND DECISIVE AND I BELIEVE, THE CRIME RATE IN BARBADOS FELL SO DRAMATICALLY that we were able to allow him to go back home.
    SIR MARSTON, WHAT WILL IT BE?
    LETS be good to ourselves and to others.

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  9. We the north May 10, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Lawyers in barbados are unproffessional and greedy.Never get the job done on time that they are being paid for.

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  10. Sam Clarke May 11, 2017 at 7:37 am

    HOW ABOUT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT TOO?

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine May 13, 2017 at 10:41 am

      There is a big difference between her and the Carrington matter. According to the nonsense we have in Barbados that is the judiciary, she engage in misconduct of a clients money outside of political circles while Carrington withheld a clients money within political circles. To ensure that a message was sent, the law had to appear just in her matter, while the political spin machinery went into play to keep Carrington at bay. Notice that in both cases the words to describe each matter were carefully chosen since lawyers in Barbados do not steal, thief, rob, embezzle or engage in any form of crookery.

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  11. harry turnover May 13, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Tuesday, the Court of Appeal handed down the decision against Allison Helen Alexander-Lovell of No. 140 Breezy Hill, Halton, St Philip, who was released on $50,000 bail with two sureties in March last year on a charge of STEALING $165,543.88 belonging to Cecil Marshall between July 30 and September 7, 2015.
    This LAWYER got SUSPENDED FOR STEALING ????????

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  12. Richard May 14, 2017 at 10:38 am

    If I stole over $160,000 would I get an 18 month suspension from my professional services? What is wrong with our systems? They are all broken! The legal system here is a sick joke. Gibson was trumpeted as the expert brought in to clean up the stinking morass of justice denied to the vast numbers of poor people without the funds to pay for top class attorneys. A knighthood large salary, car costing 8 chattel houses and living allowancesand 8 years later where are we now? Education system broken. Justice system broken. Public accounting and checks and balances system broken. Don’t want to go on because I don’t have all day. You get the picture. Any new Government coming in will need the first five years just to fix nearly all of our social services and their systems. Don’t mention the mentalities of the service providers who have become inured to the low quality of service and the lack of empathy to the problems this provides to the paying public they serve.

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