Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
Jamaican attorney-at-law Paul Barrington Dennis, who now practises in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), has been appointed Queen's Counsel.
He was admitted to practise at the Inner Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court at a special sitting of the British Virgin Islands High Court on April 19.
The ceremony was attended by family members and well-wishers from Jamaica. Some members of Dennis' graduating class of 1984 of the Norman Manley Law School, including Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn, QC, were present to witness the special occasion.
Llewellyn was admitted to the Bar in the British Virgin Islands so she could address the court and pay glowing tributes to her colleague during the ceremony.She commended Dennis for his competence and capacity for hard work.Senior lawyers who have distinguished themselves through exceptional leadership, professional integrity and excellence in advocacy are usually appointed Queen's Counsel.
Dennis is a partner in the O'Neal Webster law firm in the BVI. He joined the firm in 1993 as litigation associate on secondment from the Jamaican law firm Myers Fletcher & Gordon. He quickly moved up the ladder and became a partner four years later.
He was called to the Jamaican Bar in 1984 and was an acting deputy director of public prosecutions in Jamaica between 1987 and 1989 before joining the law firm of Myers Fletcher & Gordon. He is a graduate of Cornwall College in Montego Bay.