President Leslie Haynes cautions public to avoid lawyers with “cash flow problems”, and to ignore recommendations of friends.
Barbados Bar Association website recommends lawyers who have been caught stealing from clients!
The President of the Barbados Bar Association vented at the public on Saturday while appearing at a seminar on conveyancing. When asked about the high number of lawyers lately charged with misappropriating clients’ money, Leslie “blame the victims” Haynes said that Barbadians “have to stop picking a lawyer at random or choosing one simply because a friend suggested a name.”
So it is the fault of the chickens for not knowing which mongoose will eat them. Or, more properly, the fault of honest Barbadians for not knowing which lawyers are dishonest.
The Barbados Bar Association does not provide a list of lawyers who have been disciplined or took money then paid it back when caught. Why not?
Astoundingly, BBA President Haynes also predicted that more Barbados lawyers will misappropriate their clients’ money because times are tough…
“. . . I suspect that this is not the end of the line because we are now in a recession and cash is tight. There is a cash flow problem, not only with attorneys. I would suspect with the country as a whole.
“So I don’t think we have heard the end of the story as yet. But, yes, we are concerned . . . and the public can help themselves by vetting the attorney in whom they entrust the business.”
… President of the Barbados Bar Association Leslie Haynes as quoted in The Sunday Sun Choose lawyers with care.
Too bad Mr. Haynes didn’t mention the numerous times that his organisation covered up for thieving lawyers, gave them a kiss and allowed them to continue to practice law if they paid back what they stole.
In today’s Nation Haynes continues to duck and weave with another article blaming the out of control legal profession on the shortcomings of the Legal Profession Act. Someone remind me who put the Act and other rules in place for the lawyers? Oh ya… the lawyers themselves in and out of Parliament!
While Mr. Haynes has a point about the lack of proper rules, oversight and accountability that the lawyers themselves failed to put in place, we need a lawyer now in Barbados, so let’s take his advice and find a good one…
Choosing a lawyer with the assistance of the Barbados Bar Association
We need a lawyer for “conveyancing” and mortgages – the subject of the seminar where Mr. Haynes accused the public of not properly selecting lawyers. In law, conveyancing is the transfer of legal title of property from one person to another, or the granting of an encumbrance such as a mortgage or a lien.
We won’t ask our friends for a recommendation because, according to Mr. Haynes, they know nothing. That’s why we’ll head to the website of the Barbados Bar Association (BBA) for assistance in choosing and “vetting an attorney” in whom we can entrust our money and home.
Hmmmm…. nothing on the home page about choosing a lawyer. Nothing in the FAQs either. No message from the Bar Association President, just a blank page where it should be. No list of lawyers who have been disciplined or otherwise been in trouble for having sticky fingers with clients’ funds. Hmmmm, I wonder why not?
Oh… the Barbados Bar Association website has lots of assurances about the BBA’s role in ensuring Barbados lawyers are ethical and follow the rules. I guess that’s good that I can rely upon the BBA.
So let’s use the website’s “Attorneys-at-law” section to find a lawyer experienced in Mortgages and Conveyancing. Hmmm, a selection of 16 lawyers, some very junior. I’d like someone who’s a little more experienced…
Okay. Here’s a lawyer who was admitted to the bar in 1996, so 14 years of experience in Conveyancing and Mortgage Finance. That’s good!
Mr. David Alvin Bryan, Attorney at law…
Hmmmm… nothing negative on the Barbados Bar Association website about this guy. He lists many financial specialties and I haven’t read anything bad about him my Barbados Advocate. He must be okay so I guess I’ll give him a call.
I just found an article in Barbados Free Press and now I see that David Alvin Bryan stole money from a two clients, and was criminally charged! But, after being caught he paid back the money and was allowed to go free without penalty. That’s a great deal for him but I’m not so sure about the benefit to the public!
So much for calling Mr. Bryan. Maybe I’ll call another attorney taken from the BBA website list of fine upstanding Bajan lawyers…
Ah yes, Mortimer Clarke. He’s been a lawyer since 1984. Mortimer Clarke should be an honest fellow who knows what he’s doing!
Further Reading at BFP