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Independents differ on Lawyers Bill

Independent MLAs Ezzard Miller and Arden McLean are usually on the same page, however when it comes to the current Legal Practitioners Bill their positions differ.
Mr Miller contends the bill should remain on ice permanently, while Mr McLean contends the bill needs tweaking to address issues affecting the legal fraternity. The bill, some 15 years overdue and two years in the making was pulled from the current LA meeting by Financial Services Minister Hon. Wayne Panton this week.

It’s deferred to another meeting, a move Mr McLean says Government could not avoid, since the present bill needs amending.

“We need the law, we need the code of conduct, we need to confirm with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) requirements and we are not against the law. We are against certain provisions in the law which disenfranchise Caymanian attorneys,” Mr McLean says.

Mr McLean says an independent committee is needed to review the provisions and fix it so it properly regulates the law fraternity and protects Caymanians.
But for his part Mr Miller says the present offering needs to be scrapped and a new piece of legislation be pursued.

“So they say they put it on ice I hope the cooler dethaws and it never sees the light of day. It is not worth being presented to Parliament. Let’s be honest here now. The Legal Practitioners need a law that disciplines the profession and provides a code of conduct,”

And the amended bill will return to the LA in the next meeting as soon as December or January.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 16 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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