The Legal Practitioners Bill will make its way back on to the legislative agenda in the coming weeks, but even before that debate takes place the public discussion on the bill continues.
The bill which seeks to regulate lawyers and law firms drew strong criticism in the law fraternity and saw attorneys demand additional time to review and make recommendations on the provisions. Financial Services minister Hon. Wayne Panton pulled the bill from the last meeting of the LA, giving attorneys until November 10 to submit their proposals and three were received.
Cayman 27’s Reshma Ragoonath sat down with the minister Friday to discuss these proposals and she joined Tammi Sulliman to share what the minister had to say.
She pointed out that Mr Panton was not happy with submission from a group of attorneys, especially since it accuses him of secrecy
“How can there be secrecy with a bill that’s been published and is being treated just like any other bill in terms of the government process. It’s written in English, its printed in black on white paper. It’s there for people to read, there can be no secrecy. I think the approach that some people have taken is less than constructive,” he says.