Tuesday 2 June, 2020

New attorneys urged to be honest, branch out into new areas

There is a place for lawyers in Barbados in “brand new areas” that are now opening up and those which are yet to open up.

Acting Attorney General, Wilfred Abrahams, made this declaration as he addressed 61 new attorneys in the Supreme Court No. 1 last Friday. New and emerging areas identified by the Attorney General include oil and gas, renewable energy, offshore islands, maritime and international law and treaties. However, criminal law was also singled out as an area with a need for more attorneys.

He said law was an honourable profession, but one in which the qualification did not mean a person had to work in law. Mr. Abrahams explained that there were a number of persons who were qualified attorneys who went into business for themselves and used their legal training for their own benefit.

He cautioned them that having a first class honours or good grades did not mean they would be good lawyers. Instead, he advised that law would be what they made of it.

“You will get out of law what you put into law,” he said, cautioning that it was also an unforgiving profession which had no shortcuts.

Abrahams urged the new attorneys to only spend what was theirs, and be upstanding citizens who had integrity. “The trust of your colleagues will help you to succeed in this profession. But, if you become a person everyone whispers about, you are doomed for failure,” the Minister cautioned.

“There is a level playing field. You have a blank slate to write your future as lawyers on. You have to make the right decisions…. The world is your oyster. Barbados is open to you; the judicial system is open to you. It is up to you to do what needs to be done and to take the right path,” he said. This year’s attorneys come from a range of backgrounds and include an accountant, singer, senior teacher, nurse, a soldier from the Barbados Coast Guard, a Court Marshal, entrepreneur and a social media specialist.

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