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Senior Counsel appointed for the first time in 20 years

President David Granger on Saturday announced the appointment of several lawyers and judges as Senior Counsel for the first time in 20 years.

The last batch of Senior Counsel was appointed in 1996.

“His Excellency Brigadier David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, is pleased to appoint the following persons as Senior Counsel, learned in the law in Guyana, on account of their exemplary experience, erudition, excellence and diligence in the practice of the law, with effect from January 1, 2017,” the Ministry of the Presidency said in a statement.

  1. Mr. Neil Aubrey Boston, admitted to the Bar in November 1982, for service with distinction as a trial lawyer for over 34 years.
  1. Mr. Charles John Ethelwood Fung-A-Fat, admitted to the Bar in August 1983, for service as Parliamentary Counsel and Deputy Chief Parliamentary Counsel for over 33 years.
  1. Justice Alison Roxane McLean George-Wiltshire, admitted to the Bar in October 1990, for service as a Senior State Counsel, Assistant Director of Public Prosecution, Deputy Director of Public Prosecution and Director of Public Prosecution.
  1. Mr. Clifton Mortimer Llewelyn John, admitted in 1952 first as a solicitor and then as a barrister, for his practice in both he High Court and the Magistrate’s Court.
  1. Mr. Rafiq Turhan Khan, admitted to the Bar in November 1984, for his service as an advocate, member and Co-Chairman of the Legal Practitioners Committee.
  1. Mr. Vidyanand Persaud, called to the Bar in London in July 1976 and admitted to the Bar in Guyana in October 1976, for his service as an arbitrator in disputes and in private practice for 40 years.
  1. Ms. Rosalie Althea Robertson, admitted to the Bar in November 1983, for her service as a Legal Advisor and Corporate Secretary for 33 years and as Registrar of Lands.
  1. Justice Claudette Margot Cecile Singh, called to the Bar in London in 1973 and admitted to the Bar in Guyana in 1976, for her service as the Deputy Solicitor General and as a Puisne Judge and a Justice of Appeal and her leadership in spearheading the Modernisation of the Justice Reform Project, and as the Guyana Police Force’s Legal Advisor.
  1. Honourable Basil Williams, admitted to the Bar in October 1983, for service in the practice of the law in both criminal and civil law for over 33 years and as Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs.

Senior Counsel appointments were last made in 1996.


  • ExPPP_Man

    I laughed so hard, I almost peed myself ” Basil Williams”. If this is not total idiocy… what else.

  • Lancelot Brassington

    I am baffled. What criteria were used. Williams? Claudette Singh? Roxanne George- Wiltshire? Why?? Why would a legal adviser or a corporate secretary qualify? AND WHERE IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS HOLY IS NIGEL HUGHES? Is someone obeying Bharat Jagdeo’s instruction that Hughes not be granted SC status? What about the Hanoman guy? Hasn’t he done enough yet? And the Bacchus guy from Berbice?? Surely Ramjattan has done enough. Is Granger trying to score political points or make history by being the president who put the women right? This thing should be based on merit and on nothing else. He ought to know that. Could be the list is not yet complete and this is only the first wave. If this is the final list then trust me this thing will have serious fall out.

    • Parbudin Mackanlall

      I suspect that a second batch will be named for either republic day or independence day. I am no legal expert but this list makes no sense. I really thought that Fraser and Forde would have been there along with several others. No way this could be the final list.
      Somebody will have to tell Mr Granger that he is not making sense. One of his awardees gave him bad advice WRT to repossessing Red House.
      I wonder if this very short list is the result of jostling in political circles (if he get I gotta get too or if I don’;t get he must not get either). If so Mr Granger will have to grow a backbone and give the deserving cases only, whether they be PPP. AFC or PNC. Whoever is offended so be it. You cannot please everybody.