House Speaker in new legal dispute with client

For the second time in three years, Queen’s Counsel Michael Carrington, who is also Speaker of the House of Assembly, has found himself before the law courts over a money dispute with one of his clients.

In the latest legal standoff, Ajax Construction Inc has
filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court, challenging the level of fees charged by Carrington for legal work done with respect to the purchase and resale of a portion of land at Warrens,
St Michael.

Ajax Construction is also claiming that Carrington wrongfully withheld some $45,000 from the company, and has asked the court to reward it certain sums of money, costs and other relief.

However, Carrington has filed his defence and counterclaim, arguing that he was entitled to all the monies, including his legal fees and costs for representing the company in the purchase of the parcel of land from the National Housing Corporation and  negotiating the sale of the same property to the City of Bridgetown Cooperative Credit Union.

According to court documents, Carrington has submitted that if the claimant had a dispute about his fees, it should properly check with the Registrar of the Supreme Court.

“In breach of the agreement between the parties, the claimant by letter dated September 22, 2016, wrongfully sought to terminate the agreement between the parties, questioning the fees payable and refusing to honour any agreement between the parties. At the time of the purported termination of the agreement by the claimant, the defendant had completed all tasks necessary for the completion of the work for which he was retained to do,” Carrington said in his defence.

Carrington is also denying that the principals of Ajax Construction suffered the alleged loss and damage being pleaded, or any loss at all.

Back in December 2014, the High Court ordered Carrington to pay one of his clients, John Griffiths, over $208, 900, the balance from the sale of a property which included a banker’s cheque with cash value of over $84, 194, the remaining proceeds of an estate which was inherited by Griffiths.

Justice Jacqueline Cornelius also ruled at the time that Carrington must render an account of all sums belonging to the particular estate within 28 days. He was also ordered to pay interest and legal costs of over $7,700.

A settlement was eventually reached, where a banker’s cheque of $200,000 was reportedly paid on behalf of Carrington to the law firm George Walton Payne and Co, which represented 78-year-old Griffiths.

When contacted this afternoon, attorney-at-law for Ajax Construction Arthur Holder said that he first had to discuss the issue with his client before sharing any information.

Efforts to reach Carrington and his attorney Cecil McCarthy, QC, for comment have been unsuccessful.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

46 Responses to House Speaker in new legal dispute with client

  1. Jan Hold
    Jan Hold November 20, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Hummm

    Reply
  2. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton November 20, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Mr PM!!….. INTEGRITY is the current buzz word.

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  3. Lennox Hewitt
    Lennox Hewitt November 20, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    He could not represent me in no law court dealing with money . . . not a passport form that man cant sign for me u mean 3 years and he back .

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  4. John Everatt November 20, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Well at leat it was not an elderly gentleman this time.

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  5. Sonjeine Corbin
    Sonjeine Corbin November 20, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Now you see y this country can’t be no better, no good leaders to follow!!

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  6. luther thorne November 20, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Again ? Oh Ross Hat !
    Yuh mean to tell me money grabbing is now an eek.

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    • Leroy November 21, 2017 at 4:16 am

      He is your speaker and friend..the people u praise up.

      Reply
  7. d-coolie-man November 20, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Michael is not uh tief..

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  8. Donild Trimp November 20, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Come on Michael, $45,000?

    Cannot imagine you allowing your name to be muddied for $45,000 after what happened in the past.

    I have to hear more before I can believe this story.

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    • Leroy November 21, 2017 at 4:18 am

      Lol cant believe it..ya better..lol..
      No one cares about muddied name when they have the swine(bacon) from out de mud in de bank, get it?

      Reply
  9. Suga Pun De Hill
    Suga Pun De Hill November 20, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Again. Disgrace

    Reply
  10. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite November 20, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Too many ” Bent ” lawyers in Barbados !
    I’ve been on the end of one myself !
    The Law society totally ” impotent ” as well ..!
    What say you ?

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  11. Marilyn C Fields
    Marilyn C Fields November 21, 2017 at 1:11 am

    WELL WELL WELL!! and he still residing over the greatest house in the land..don’t say much about this great land of ours huh!!

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  12. hcalndre November 21, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Too many of them so when one gets a client where he/she knows that money is there, they would take them to the cleaners and then be advised to get a lawyer instead of doing the right thing.

    Reply
  13. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer November 21, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Again!

    Reply
  14. Dee Greaves
    Dee Greaves November 21, 2017 at 5:59 am

    How many more Jah …….

    Reply
  15. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke November 21, 2017 at 6:15 am

    I don’t know hear, DEM members disrespectful,dishonest,disloyal, the leader cannot say you wrong, because he is one of DEM.

    Reply
  16. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony November 21, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Boss man stop practising

    Reply
  17. Greengiant November 21, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Typical Barbadians, a black man is always guilty by accusation. Being a politician is worse, and in 2017 when some silly citizens are wishing for the dead beat B L P to return to office, being a government politician makes it the worst position to be in.

    The construction company mentioned is not the most reputable either, and you are all missing the transaction. ‘ Purchase N H C land and selling to the credit union’. Buying the people’s land on the cheap, and selling on for probably a huge profit.

    Wonder under which political party this purchase, and sale occurred? Look at the legal representatives involved in the transactions around Carrington. One a former housing minister, and the other also a politician.

    You Barbadians failing to realise that these politicians from both leading parties has been, and are still taking us for a ride. It’s time for them both to leave the place, and give the people’s business a chance to recover from their underhand, sweetheart deals.

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  18. Antonio A Antonio
    Antonio A Antonio November 21, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I WONDER IF HE HAS A LEGAL CERTIFICATE MAYBE A CERTIFICATE IN ST__LING

    Reply
  19. Jehovah Jireh Love
    Jehovah Jireh Love November 21, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Lodges

    Reply
  20. fedup November 21, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Wait!!! AGAIN???

    Reply
  21. Mervin Phillips
    Mervin Phillips November 21, 2017 at 8:57 am

    The PM enjoy lambasing the bajan public every day, but he can”t stand up to those real bad men in his party,those men does pull weapons from there shoes so they can do anything and get away with it.

    Reply
  22. luther thorne November 21, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Get rid of the two parties and bring who? Simple question

    Reply
  23. milli watt November 21, 2017 at 10:12 am

    man yuh lie………..not again stupse. yuh mean all de time so.

    Reply
  24. Mhizzjoan Moore
    Mhizzjoan Moore November 21, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Don’t let this distract you from the fact that The ting goes skrrrahh, pap, pap, ka-ka-ka Skidiki-pap-pap, and a pu-pu-pudrrrr-boom Skya, du-du-ku-ku-dun- dun Poom, poom, you dun know

    Reply
  25. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed November 21, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Only in BIM

    Reply
  26. Jay Manny
    Jay Manny November 21, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    The PM asked Dale for proof? Well…..ummm….

    Reply
  27. The Negrocrat November 21, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Those Carrington boys.
    One drove a bus without road tax and insurance for years.
    While in the force, he was charged for having a property
    He took a women money for a burial and spent it.
    Now this brother getting caught up with people money AGAIN.
    DEM BOYS AINT EASY

    Reply
  28. Helicopter(8P) November 21, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    The Prime Minister should have Michael Carrington submitt his registration ASAP if accusations are accurate and true!

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  29. Belfast November 21, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Most likely a rumor started by the BLP, eh !Mr Prime Minister. Next thing we will hear is that Mr Carry-it-way, is building a mansion in Jackson.
    Even if you spray paint a leopard, some days its spots will reappear.

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  30. Sheron Inniss November 21, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    But wouldn’t this be considered a conflict of interest?

    Reply
  31. luther thorne November 22, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Interesting that the DLP Consortium has not appeared on this thread to make comments. The Consortium – the DLP Propaganda Arm operating under various fictitiuos names usually jumps all over the this and other blogs and on every thread. Conspiciously absent here. Tut ! Tut !

    BTW .
    CBC Moderator seems to be getting some warm lashes. Even Halitosis has become a focus. That moderator is blaming DLP for not providing said Moderator with some form of defence as a Soldier under attack would expect from the Command post. So naive ! CBait to be thrown to the sea of political back and forth. A mental breakdown seems to be fast approaching. Cant stand the heat ? Stay out of the 12 oclock Sun. Credibility thru de eddoes !

    Reply
  32. David Hall November 23, 2017 at 7:24 am

    LOL!!! Well it cant get any better than this.
    This man is the speaker of our parliament and given the responsibility to maintain law and order among lawmakers. However once against he seemingly finds himself at odds with the system. Hmmmm!

    Reply
  33. Dave November 23, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Does the speaker have a LEC ? Just checking

    Reply
  34. Anthony Prescott November 23, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    CRAP THE WHOLE SYSTEM – IT IS THE SLAVE SYSTEM….. Bring in a system for the MAJORITY !! That is how a tribe is supposed to exist…..

    The elites, the overseers and the masses are still in the SAME positions since emancipation…. Look at Barbados, where is the Education, where are the books, where is the history of this place. HIDDEN yet the masses of the world know who Bajans are and Bajans dont know they are descendents of the slaves in earlier day. Today, it makes YOU a slave, its in your blood, your veins…. It was traumatised into you, thats why you dont fight, thats why you dont stand up….. YOU CAN’T !!

    Reply

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