Government confirmed the law society shelled out more than $50,000 to a UK expert to draw up the first draft of the Legal Practitioner’s Bill. However Premier Alden McLaughlin says there was no secrecy or underhanded act in that process. Mr. McLaughlin in his debate contribution defended the first draft pointing out when the process started in 2014, independent MLA’s Alva Suckoo and Winston Connolly, then members of the government, were present when the decision was made to start from scratch on the Legal Practitioners Bill. He also says after the draft was handed in, the review process and consultations before the bill made it to the LA were transparent.
The bill has been he subject of contention inside and outside the LA and is some 15 years in the making.