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‘Silk’ robe for Bajan lawyer

Gercine Carter

‘Silk’ robe for Bajan lawyer

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Barbadian-born legal eagle Norma Maynard-Marshall has been awarded “silk” (Senior Counsel) the highest accolade than can be bestowed on an attorney-at-law in Trinidad and Tobago.
The recent award is another achievement for the former Queen’s College “girl”, who was the first female to pass the Law Exam in Barbados. She worked as an articled clerk to Winston Haynes of the Solicitors firm Haynes and Griffith from 1955 to 1961 and in 1961 she obtained a final certificate from the Law Society of England, becoming the first woman in Barbados to qualify as a solicitor in Barbados.
Maynard-Marshall moved to Trinidad following her marriage to Rupert Marshall, and worked for a law firm, eventually opening in her own practice on Lewis Street in San Fernando. She was honoured last December in celebration of 50 years of practising law in the republic of Trinidad and Tobago and is regarded by the legal fraternity as the “Grande Dame”?among luminaries in South Trinidad, where she specializes in the Law of Conveyancing.
With her recent award, she joins distinguished Senior Counsels in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago such as Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Attorney-General Anand Ramlogan and Chief Justice Ivor Archie.