Therold Fields. (FP)
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THE NAME of Therold Oneal Fields has been struck from the roll of attorneys in Barbados.
This decision was made by the Court of Appeal today, as the court also ordered him to pay $601 000 with interest of eight per cent to his former client, Patricia Simpson, who had hired him in 2008 in relation to the purchase of land at Gibbons in Christ Church.
The ruling, read by Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson on a three-judge panel that included Justices of Appeal Sherman Moore and Sandra Mason, was heard by several lawyers seated in the Supreme Court No. 1, including Fields himself and his attorney Debra Gooding.
The judges, in their 80-minute judgement, found that Fields had "displayed neither penitence nor contrition" in the matter which had gone before the disciplinary committee of the Bar Association, and that he had sought to blame junior attorneys and a secretary in his office regarding Simpson's three deposits of £120 000, £20 000 and BDS$5 000.
Attorneys appearing in the matter yesterday included Marguerite Woodstock-Riley, QC, chairman of the Bar Association's disciplinary committee; Donna Brathwaite, QC, for the Attorney General's office; Barry Gale, QC, amicus curiae from the Bar Association, and Simpson's attorney Philip Pilgrim. (Coastline Communication)