Barbados Attorney Philip Vernon Nicholls arrested for Money Laundering, Theft of $675,000 from client real estate deal

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Prominent Barbados attorney-at-law Philip Vernon Nicholls is free on $200,000 bail and will return to court on February 25, 2014 to face charges of money laundering and theft of $674,172.

The offenses are said to involve a foreign real estate client – a method of stealing money that seems all too prevalent amongst Bajan lawyers. (Check out some of BFP’s past stories on this topic: here, here, here, here, here, here and here – get the picture?)

In the past many Bajan lawyers bought their way out of similar theft charges. Until recently most of these complaints were dealt with internally by the Barbados Bar Association until the volume of thieving lawyers walking free so undermined the reputation of Bajan lawyers that the association and the police were forced to really do something. Still though, most lawyers end up buying their way out in a manner quite unavailable to ordinary thieves.

Nicholls has a long association with politicians, governments and government bodies including the Bees, former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, insider David Shorey and the Barbados Cricket Association.

The money laundering charge is a first though and we look forward to learning the details about where the money ended up… Switzerland? Jersey? New York? Miami? I wonder if the public will be allowed to know the full details or if a deal will be made to allow another crooked Bajan lawyer to walk free.

Further Reading

Barbados Today: $200,000 bail for lawyer

Stabroek News: Bajan attorney charged with money laundering

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26 responses to “Barbados Attorney Philip Vernon Nicholls arrested for Money Laundering, Theft of $675,000 from client real estate deal

  1. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    We already know he is a crook , He is on our list along with over 60 other lawyers with the biggest , MP, SIRs, QCs, Ministers and different departments, Nothing is new under the Sun in Barbados and the People are paying , Even in a simple real estate transaction they will hold your funds over a year or more in their account , looking for you to die , So now you have the hell of probate with out a will and the family now have to pay another crook lawyer costing you even more money and bullshit,
    He not alone, We wonder why he is the only one being held, Audit must be done to all lawyers NOW

  2. robert ross

    BFP

    When you say “attorneys bought their way out” what precisely do you mean? Please give chapter and verse.

  3. Anonymous

    Lawyers:::: which one ain’t crooked and we have them running our Government

  4. Party Animal

    Lawyers ::::: which one ain’t crooked, and we have them running our Government

  5. Paddy McGinty's Goat

    Does he know Dave Ames and the Irish builder conman thief?

  6. MoneyBrain

    @DEEDS
    I wid you on dis!
    The Law should state NO MORE than 25% of MPs can be LIARS. (lawyers)

  7. robert ross

    Oh dear..the same old, same old, same old – for goodness sake Money, you are capable of lifting the discussion.

  8. MoneyBrain

    @RR
    Correct!
    But so is the Law Society capable of CLEANING UP THEIR MESS!

    When do the truly HONORABLE members intend to start that project towards the highest Goals?

  9. robert ross

    When does humanity intend to start “that project towards the highest goals”?

  10. MoneyBrain

    @RR
    Humanity is waiting for the excellent example of those supposedly trained to uphold the Law to take appropriate action against their members who transgress. Surely you would agree with such action?

  11. robert ross

    Of course – and do remember that reports from the Disciplinary Committee of the BA go to the Chief Justice.

    As for Nicholls – he is presumptively innocent. As for humanity – how sad we are.

  12. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    innocent ,,,,, in is in , nocent is French for Guilty, therefor he is in Guilt.
    For the record a Pope Named ” Pope Innocent “,
    unless now the crook lawyer want to be a Pope.
    Its seem to be very hard for a lawyer to reach this level to be charged,
    So based on what we know , This is to be a good case, Lets see if the CJ will smash this cock roach , We know he is Guilty in the papers and eyes of Violet Beckles , and she is no longer here so her words will stand as truth ,

  13. Why is it that the Attorney Philip Nichols son of recently retired Barbados Fair Trading Chairman can be named and not the client, the estate property or its location? However, for years it is understood that this Attorney at Law Philip Nichols sold the Client’s property Sun Set Crest Saint James for $650,000 and would not hand over the money. The lady in question visited Barbados several time over the years especially just over three years ago with her United States of America Attorney residing seven days at the Hilton Hotel and, again they departed with nothing except promises by Philip Nichols to repay the money he conveniently forgot to repay.

    PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLP and DLP = Massive Fraud

    The late Violet Beckles of King Street Bridgetown was deprived of her wealthy inherited estate, inherited in the last Will & Testament of her aunt Beatrice Henry, that (Will) cost Mrs. Henry $4000, however, Violet Beckles received only one page of that document.

    The day she died Violet Beckles sat at her dining room table awaiting an Emergency Ambulance for over two hours for less than a three minute journey, and so Violet sat and died at her dining room table around 1 p.m.

  14. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad
  15. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    MoneyBrain @ if you ever trust anyone in your Life you can trust us , The Fraud Squad trust us , but hand tied by MIA and Owen , By this PM and Mof and other lawyer and all the people you see the Nation Papers and CBC put up in front like Ralph the Crook Thorne, None can not deal with this Fire of Truth for we are all the victims of this , Massive PONZI that always need money to feed it , Tourist was the money that fed this Fraud and lawyer pocket were over filled with Queen Violet cash,
    Now the new Banking regulations will hit them and us hard as it will be very hard to move money when stolen under BASEL 3 NEW BANKING RULES ..

    People like Jerry Nurse who also fight against them look to lock him up for speaking the truth as he sees it and other they want to send to the MADD house to shut them up.
    More than 100 years of Barbados history missing form your books and pages of life , to be replace with words names and gaps to fit and cover up the crimes of the very head of state you thing is serving you today and now.
    The Governor General have to be a fool or a better crook than the rest of them,
    Now looking to pay for slavery at 4.5 an hour for 16 hours a day working , At this time the money is being de- valued across the World , You all better wake up as the government of the CC looking to keep all the funds to pay of the more than 4 billion in owed out to the World Bank and the IMF.
    Still slavery , under the law no one is to benefit from Slavery nor Fraud and this is what they are doing to Us all AGAIN ,… watch MY WORDS,
    WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR , AND NO ONE ELSE CAN DO THIS BUT US, WE , YOU , NOT THEM.

    The WAR on Truth is here and we will fight the WAR of lies being written in the books by the National Trust and there trustees , Sir Henry Beckles and Sir Ford also need to be in Jail for fraud against the People Of Barbados,

    Why does PLANTATION DEEDS CAN TELL YOU AND SHOW YOU MORE THAN THESE CROOKS AFTER LEAVING THIS ISLAND IN THE SUN FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS , TO RETURN AND TELL AND SHOW BARBADOS WHAT AND WHO IS DE FRAUD ING THEM WITH LIES,
    many who sat and was appointed now very silent after being paid off with work in government , We are not for sale and only for truth,
    Any question ask will be answered on this page.

    Silence in LAW means consent , ,, Any Questions , ,Free Smart of Information right here not free-dumb,

  16. What will the difference, having CCJ,would all cases sent to them be investigate to the full and not with corruption or cases taking ten years to be brought to the courts.With the CCJ in place, does this mean, prior cases, which were corruptly handle by the crooked Barbados bar association, can now be brought to court and the crooks from the bar association be brought to justice. We all must be reminded of (PATRICIA SIMPSON’S CASE ) all bajans who claim to be godly and needs justice should give a shout out for her.

  17. We need the priminster of Barbados to address our island about corruption. I never thought the day would come in Barbados when you would be scared to vote.We need external help from other police forces, FBI and Scotland Yard. We have thieves and con artist all around us in Barbados. What the hell is the Attorney General of Barbados doing, while all of this crap is going.

  18. Rastaman

    How come Philip Nicholls can get bail and Leroy Lynch cannot?

  19. John

    If Philip Nicholls Barbados is googled, here is what comes up at the top in the list in a pdf file.

    “Cottle Catford & Co is a firm respected in the market, in particular for its offshore expertise. The firm has acted for many of the leading banks and corporations on the island, and acted recently for the RBTT Financial Group in Trinidad. Leading lawyer Philip Nicholls used to be involved with the Canada Barbados Business Association, a group designed to put Canadian business people in touch with Barbadians involved in offshore work. As a result he is recommended by his peers for his significant work in bringing Canadian interests to the island.”

    That was from 2005!!

    Here is what was going on in Court with Cottle Catford & Co. at the time. Philip Nicholls had taken his partners to court in HCA 1612 and 1613 of 2005.

    http://www.lawcourts.gov.bb/lawlibrary/events.asp?id=985

    The first few lines of a decision given in 2009 go like this.

    [1] Background: This was an urgent application by the Plaintiff brought by way of Summons filed April 30, 2009 pursuant to O. 43 of the Rules of the Supreme Court, 1982 for the settlement and confirmation of the accounts of the former partnership of Cottle Catford & Co, which partnership was at one time carried on by the Plaintiff and the First and Second Defendants but which dissolved on December 31, 2002.

    How can the directory speak of Cottle Catford & Co. in 2005 when the Court was being told that the partnership Cottle Catford & Co. had been dissolved since 2002?

    Cottle Catford & Co. obviously had serious internal troubles at the time in 2005 where its leading lawyer, Philip Nicholls, was alleging and the Court was agreeing that:

    “h) The Court holds that Plaintiff has satisfactorily established, and it has not been denied that the starting balances showing over-drawings standing in the names of the respective partners at termination were as shown in a computerized print-out attached to the affidavit of Philip Vernon Nicholls generated on August 26, 2003 as follows:
    P.V. Nicholls – $751,093.94
    J. J.Griffith – $1,224,784.18
    A. St.C. Watson- $1,316,566.83”

    I have seen a “Notice of Cessation of Business” for Cottle Catford & Co. signed by Philip Nicholls which goes like this:

    “BUSINESS NAMES RULES, 1940 FORM 4

    To the Registrar,
    NOTICE OF CESSATION OF BUSINESS
    I/We hereby give you notice in accordance with the requirements of Section 15 of the Registration of Business Names Act, 1940, that the business carried on under the name of Cottle Catford & Co. and registered on the 30th day of August 1940 has ceased to carry on business as from the 31st day of October 2009.

    Dated this 15th day of July, 2010”

    I guess there is a rigorous legal explanation for the inconsistencies in dates but to a layman like me who at times tries his best to read these things it does not make much sense.

  20. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    Cottle Catford check them also with the UDC land fraud land grab payouts to other with no need to claim any land paid out by government ,
    As the MoF said , Violet Beckles we PAID once We dont pay TWICE,
    But You paid the Wrong people my money , They dont have no deeds for no land My Aunt leave Me in Her Will.
    Need to get Richard Byer , to take 30,000 bds from the House , Ask why he not sitting in the House any more, Ask why Byer took funds from the UDC under Violet Beckles name and never paid Her one can and also rents,
    Ask Why Byer not charged ? For all them doing it and one will not do time or all will, Byer for catch ,like the Rat he is,, Remember as the crooks say no crime unless you caught,,, We Fellows ,,,, we have you all ,,, time short.time DONE ,, Time to see JAIL ,Oh yes the new Jail, that is Also Violet Beckles Land ,,, Government dont have no deeds , Deeds are proof of the Fraud on their End , None of the owners sold nor lease to none of them.
    PLANTATION DEEDS WILL GET THEM ,
    Always Demand ROOT TITLE BEFORE DOING BUSINESS IN BARBADOS,
    TAKE NO ONE WORD NOR WORDS.
    BE CAREFUL OF THE ONES SELLING OR THE ANY AGENT SELLING ,,,
    WE HAVE MORE PAPERS THAN THE GOVERNMENT FOR WE ARE THE OWNERS,,
    NOW DONT SAY YOU DID NOT KNOW , IF YOU DONT KNOW GOOGLE
    OR ASK SOME ONE ,

  21. What’s law and lawful. What the hell is wrong with bajans , we are supposed to be educated, but the whole of Barbados is behaving like a bunch of bible punching fools. Why are bajans allowing thieving crooked lawyers to make fools out them and destroying peoples lives, You dam people wake up.
    Barbados and the West Indies have a new court at they disposal, Shinique used it against Barbados,use it, use the CCJ to punish those lawyers in Barbados, every person who have been hard done by, take the crooks to court, get them ban from practicing on the island again and this will make sure they have no chance of being politicians. Bajans you have everything to gain.

  22. BFP

    Reblogged this on Barbados Free Press and commented:

    The last anyone saw of this case in the Bajan news outlets was when Lawyer Philip Vernon Nicholls was freed on bail for Money Laundering and Theft of $675,000 from a client. Nicholls was due back in court on February 25, 2014, but the news media didn’t cover that appearance. Can anyone advise what happened?
    Or… is this yet another case of charges being dropped for no reason?

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  24. gentlejim

    whatever happened to this case ?

  25. Ian Edwins

    Typical attorney! – However….I am looking for an attorney who is connected but also likes to walk the thin line of legality. I am guessing there are some friends out here with some names /suggestions! Thanks- Ian.

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