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More praises for Lady Walrond

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:34 AM
Lady Beverley Walrond
Lady Beverley Walrond

Jamaicans in Barbados and abroad are mourning the loss of illustrious attorney-at-law, Lady Beverley Walrond, QC, who succumbed two Saturdays ago to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Miami early this month.

Honorary consul for Jamaica in Barbados Ella Hoyos has eulogised the late jurist as a fierce advocate for children’s rights and a defender of the poor and the vulnerable.

Walrond has been credited for her 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, and Council of Legal Education, and chair of the Insurance Corporation of Barbados.

She was also a director of the Barbados Board of Tourism, member of the Prison Advisory Board, and acted as High Court judge on two occasions.

Lawyer’s advocate

As the first female president of the Barbados Bar Association, Walrond was a strong advocate for lawyers to contribute to discussions on matters of public interest. She has also been praised for her proactivity in establishing a permanent headquarters for the Bar.

A former Miss Jamaica beauty contestant, Walrond 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.

Walrond commenced her legal career with Frank Phipps, QC.

Following her marriage to Barbadian surgeon Errol Walrond, 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, QC.

Besides her husband, she leaves behind son Maurice and daughter Maya.