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Bar Association honours Anderson, Mahfood, White

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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The Jamaican Bar Association has honoured three of its legal luminaries — Justice (Ret'd) Roy Anderson CD, Richard Mahfood QC, and Dorcas White — for their sterling contribution to the practice of law in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

Justice Anderson has had a distinguished career, both in the private and public sectors, for over 40 years. In 2001 he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Judicature to preside over the Revenue and Commercial Courts. He also served the court in other areas for 11 years before he retired. With his special expertise in revenue law, he is currently an adjunct lecturer in revenue and insurance law at the Faculty of Law, The University of the West Indies, Mona, and was appointed the first supervisor of insolvency since 2015. In recognition of his contributions to law and the judiciary, Justice Anderson was awarded the Order of Distinction, Commander Class, for distinguished service in August 2015.

Mahfood was admitted to practice in Jamaica in 1954, and was elevated to Queen's Counsel only 10 years after being called to the Bar. Presently, he holds the status of being the most senior Queen's Counsel in the English-speaking Caribbean. He was responsible for drafting Jamaica's Transfer Tax Act, and successfully represented three generations of the Manley family, including Norman and Michael (national hero and former prime minister respectively). His advocacy has lead to his involvement in famous landmark cases such as Hinds v Queen. Recently, the Bar Association has benefited from his leadership in the current Supreme Court litigation Jamaican Bar Association v Attorney General and General Legal Council (Proceeds of Crime) case.

White, meanwhile, has been a tutor and course director at the Norman Manley Law School since 1983, preparing student attorneys from across the Caribbean region to be called to the Bar. She has held membership on the Bar Association's Family Law Committee and, in 2009, the Council of Legal Education named her senior tutor emerita for her outstanding contributions to law and academia. White is the resident mooting coach to most teams representing the law school in international competitions such as the World Human Rights Moot, which the law school won for four consecutive years, and White & Case's Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, for which Norman Manley secured second place, its highest-ever position this academic year.

The honours were bestowed at the bar association's annual banquet, at the Jamaica Pegasus two weeks ago.

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