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Shame on thieving lawyers

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 11:07 PMPatrick A. Gallimore


Jamaican attorneys who defraud their clients should be ashamed of themselves.

It is sheer greed, coupled with opportunism, that would lead attorneys and, in particular, prominent attorneys, to dupe unsuspecting and trusting clients who entrusted them with their monies and/or to act on their behalf in relation to the sale of a property.

Granted, it is a very small percentage of local lawyers who have been found wanting in this regard, but because prominent attorneys have been taken in for questioning by the Fraud Squad and will be tried in court, this shines a very poor light upon the legal profession. This is not to say that the three prominent local attorneys are guilty.

If found guilty by the courts, however, the appropriate action should be taken by the Jamaican Bar Association. A strong signal should be sent that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated, no matter who is involved.