B’dos AG on Myrie Lawyer Payments

Barbados’ Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite has sought to clarify his country’s position concerning the payment of over USD$1-million in legal fees to the attorneys for Jamaican, Shanique Myrie.

In a statement yesterday, Brathwaite expressed concern over articles carried in the Jamaica Observer newspaper and two newspapers in Barbados, about the non-payment of the fees.

Ms. Myrie was represented by several lawyers from the firm Hylton-Brown, including Michelle Brown.

Brathwaite says he does not wish the Barbados public, or those outside the country to believe that the government intends to dishonour the court ruling.

He says Barbados has yet to question Miss Myrie’s lawyers, about the USD$1-million claim they have submitted.

He says he has a problem with the quantum, as it’s significantly more than the sum paid to the lawyers who represented Barbados in the landmark case.

He notes that the Bajan legal team included a Queens Counsel and his junior.

Brathwaite says Barbados has only queried the disbursements and have asked Myrie’s attorney to provide them with supporting documentation for the disbursements.

He says Barbados has not received all the documentation requested.

Importantly, he notes that Barbados have not received any correspondence or additional documentation from Myrie’s attorneys since August last year.

Brathwaite says he wants to make it abundantly clear that the Barbados government has no intention to avoid its obligations.