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Brady's conduct reprehensible — General Legal Council

Published:Wednesday | March 8, 2017 | 11:23 AM

The General Legal Council (GLC) disciplinary panel that issued an order to bar former attorney-at-law Harold Brady from practising in Jamaica says the way he handled the multimillion-dollar sale was reprehensible.

The criticism is contained in the transcript of the panel's decision, which was announced on the weekend.

Brady was brought before the GLC by the state-run Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) for allegedly failing to turn over more than $140 million from the sale of a property in downtown Kingston nearly three years ago.

The FCJ also complained that it was forced to pay penalties totalling $25 million because of the failure of the attorney to have the sale agreement signed within the 30 days required by law.

According to the transcripts of the committee's deliberations, Brady attended the first hearing in September last year and requested an adjournment.

His request was denied and he reportedly left the hearing midway the testimony of FCJ managing director Desmond Siccard and never returned.

As a result, the GLC disciplinary committee said it accepted FCJ's assertion that Brady collected the full purchase price of the property and misappropriated the money.

It also found that as at September last year the former attorney still owed the FCJ over $111 million, including interest charges.

The disciplinary panel blasted Brady, saying it found his conduct reprehensible and that he had betrayed the trust of his client.

The three-member panel said it was therefore required to act in the interest of the public to ensure that such conduct is never repeated.