|Disgraced, and now deceased.
There has been a popular movement afoot, to approach Allison Lovell's husband's parents, and ask them to sell the home where the family died, and after payments of any mortgages and liens, to disburse the proceeds to Allison Lovell's victim, Cecil Marshal, from whom she stole a six-figure sum. But Lovell is not a native Bajan, according to media, but from Trinidad and Tobago, whose former head of the country's bar association recently stated that T & T, which turns out 300 new attorneys annually, has more lawyers than can find work in their profession. It has become a national problem there.
Did Allison Lovell relate to Barbados, in search of clients, and engage in illegal activity, when she, like many other attorneys there, failed to achieve sufficient income to meet her expectations ?
My belief is that there are simply too many lawyers working in Barbados, and not enough legitimate business to support them in the style that they believe they are entitled to, by reason that their law degree entitles them to luxurious living. There's no other conclusion possible, given the obscene number of Bajan lawyers who are either stealing client funds, or real estate entrusted to them, or engaged in criminal activity.
Remember, T & T has a population of 1.4m; Barbados, according to 2020 figures, less than 300,000, yet it has 1000 members of the Barbados Bar Association. Obviously, the lawyer-to-population ratio in Barbados is far too high to afford sufficient legal work to all the members of the BBA; hence the widespread lawlessness amongst their members.
The problems is, neither the BBA, nor the Attorney General, nor PM Mottley herself, are willing to do anything to clean up the legal profession, and that's got to change, one way or the other. the BBA protects its guilty members when complaints are filed, the AG says there no jurisdiction in that office, and PM Mottley pretends the problems does not exist, and she is herself a lawyer, elected on a platform of caring for Bajans. She is failing to live up to her campaign promises.
It may take public protests, the abandonment of Bajan lawyers by their clients, for lawyers based abroad, in other East Caribbean states, or some other form of radical action, but it is high time to fix this problem, as too many Bajans will become penniless, and wards of the State, unless justice prevails.