Beverley Walrond remembered as legal luminary, fierce advocate
Jamaicans in Barbados and abroad are mourning the loss of attorney-at-law Lady Beverley Walrond Q.C who died recently.
Walrond succumbed on Saturday, December 7 to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash in Miami days earlier.
“The Jamaican community in Barbados is the poorer for the loss of one of its eminent members Lady Beverley Joy Maureen Walrond Q.C., (nee Walters), who was a fierce advocate for children’s rights, a leading legal luminary, a defender of causes and who in many ways embodied the spirit and tenacity of the Jamaican people,” said Honorary Consul for Jamaica in Barbados Ella Hoyos in a statement.
“Her impact, particularly in the area of family and children’s rights law where she dominated the legal landscape for over 40 years, will be difficult to surpass. Her remarkable contribution to the development of a modern Family Law Act and a Family Division in the High Courts of Barbados, as President of the Barbados Bar Association, Bar Council, Judicial Council, Council of Legal Education, Chair of the Insurance Corporation of Barbados and Erdiston Teachers College, Director of the Barbados Board of Tourism, member of the Prison Advisory Board and acting as High Court Judge on two occasions are all testament to the engaged and community minded individual she was,” Hoyos continued.
She noted that as the first female President of the Barbados Bar Association, Walrond served with diligence, insisting that the Barbados Bar should contribute to the discussion on matters of public interest.
“Her proactivity in securing and establishing a permanent headquarters for the bar and her availability and generosity to junior attorneys will long be remembered by her peers. Her participation in seminal family cases such as Proverbs v Proverbs, the locus classicus in property law, Farrier v Farrier and in the case of Spooner- re Unions other than Marriage, have solidified her contributions to the jurisprudence of Barbados and the Caribbean region.”
Walrond, a former Miss Jamaica beauty contestant hailed from Black River, St Elizabeth and was educated at Hampton School, St Hilda’s Girls School and St Andrew High School for Girls.
She studied law at Lincoln’s Inn in London and was admitted to practice in England, Jamaica, Barbados and St Lucia.
She commenced her legal career with legendary criminal lawyer Frank Phipps Q.C. in Jamaica.
Following her marriage to Barbadian Surgeon E.R. “Micky” Walrond (Sir Errol) she relocated to Barbados and joined the civil service where she worked as Crown Counsel and Senior Crown Counsel.
She returned to private practice in the law firm of Smith and Smith prior to joining the Chambers of Sir Maurice King Q.C.