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Earle and Wilson open their doors

Published:Sunday | May 13, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Partners of the new law firm Earle and Wilson, André Earle and Karen Wilson. - Contributed

Garfene Grandison, Gleaner Writer

On the gloomy Saturday evening of April 28, André Earle and Karen Wilson welcomed specially invited guests and persons of the media to the launch and official opening of their new law firm Earle and Wilson, Attorneys at Law, Notaries Public, Mediators on Ardenne Road, St Andrew.

Among the legal luminaries present were Jamaica's first female Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn and president of the Jamaican Bar Association, Ian Wilkinson.

Not short on legal lingo, master of ceremony for the evening's proceedings, Rupert Gallimore, kept the air light and jovial as he poked fun at the noble profession he is a member of.

Yanique Leiba-Eubanks started off with a beautiful solo of To God be the Glory, after which the guests were all invited inside for the official cutting of the ribbon and tour of the new offices. As the guests were treated to cocktails by the Bars to Go Team, Ambassador Carlton Master brought greetings to both partners, noting that André has 23 years in the legal profession and Karen has 17 years, making them as he calls it, "a beautiful fit".

Wilkinson also spoke of the selflessness of the partners and the possibilities that a new firm of this nature can bring to Jamaica's justice system. He punctuated his talk with fond memories of his beloved Kingston College days versus André's Calabar days. Let's just say that rat jokes were 'not mentioned'.

Llewellyn brought a light hearted message on behalf of the public bar. She embraced the law firm and its contribution to the judicial system right before the ceremonial cutting of the blue and gold double-tiered cake by the partners of the firm.

This was followed by choice selections from the musical duo Yanique Leiba-Eubanks and DiMario McDowell. Guests were fed by ace caterer Lorraine Fung.