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Lawyer’s fate up to court

Sandra Downes

Lawyer’s fate up to court

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The next time the Court of Appeal meets in the matter of Patricia Simpson against attorney-at-law Therold Fields, he will know whether he can continue to practise law in Barbados.
Simpson, a Barbadian living in London, visited the island in 2006 and wanted to purchase a piece of land at Eloise Gardens, Gibbons, Christ Church.
She contended that she met and handed over $5 000 to Fields in April 2006, for which she was given a receipt.
Simpson said she also made two subsequent instalments of £20 000 (currently BDS$68 549) and £112 000 ($383 876), respectively.
Fields had previously denied ever receiving the funds.
He has already been before the Disciplinary Committee of the Barbados Bar Association which recommended disbarment and removal from the roll of attorneys based on Fields’ unsatisfactory conduct and attitude, and his failure to respond to the association in relation to this same matter.
They further recommended that he refund all sums due with a six per cent interest and pay Simpson’s attorney’s fees for the applications made to the committee, as well as her air fare to and from Barbados for the hearing and associated costs of travel.