“Law Week is now a fixture on the annual calendar of the various Bar Associations with a wide-ranging and comprehensive programme of activities,” Mr Hughes stated. “These have included visits to secondary schools by lawyers to sensitise students about the constitution and other important law topics; visits to the Magistracy and High Courts by students to obtain firsthand experience of the legal system; visits to the Prisons; engaging officials; a pro bona day; debates; radio and television programmes on legal topics of public interest; mentoring programmes and donations to charity, just to name a few.”
The Chief Minister added: “I am also extremely happy that Anguilla has had two such events and I commend you all for giving back to the various communities. “This Law Conference and the value to which the OECS Bar Association has elevated continuing legal education, given the calibre of its participants, is representative of a commitment to all of our islands’ development and to the fostering of even greater professionalism within the legal fraternity. “I wish you a productive conference and hope that your efforts will more effectively and collectively tackle the issues affecting the administrative of justice.”
Dame Janice Pereira, Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, urged all constituent Bars of the OECS Bar Association to attend the annual Law Conferences. She said this was “so important in terms of continuing legal education and the ability to share experiences and indeed to learn from each other.
“I take this opportunity on my own behalf, and also on behalf of all the Judges of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, to wish the OECS Bar Association a very fruitful Law Conference this year – and also best wishes in the continued hard work of the Association.”
The conference was declared open by Mr John Benjamin QC, the youngest “Founding Father” of the OECS Bar Association, followed by brief remarks by Ms Yvette Wallace, President of the Anguilla Bar Association, who joined in welcoming the conference participants to Anguilla.
The topics and presenters for the Regional Law Conference were as follows: Resolving Jurisdictional Conflicts in Insolvency Matters by Mr David Lord QC, UK; and Mr John Carrington QC, BVI; Multi-tiered Dispute Resolution Clauses; Best Practice & Enforcement of Obligations to Negotiate in Good Faith by Sir Trevor Carmichael QC, Barbados; Confiscation and Asset Recovery (Civil & Criminal) Under Proceeds of Crime Act by Mr Andrew Mitchell QC, UK; Law Practice Management in times of Austerity (more for less: efficiency, charging structures and client relationship management) by Norman Clark (Walker Clark LLC, USA); and Election Petitions: Withstanding Interlocutory Strike Out Applications by Mr I. D. Mitchell, CBE, QC.