NEW BVI BAR ASSOCIATION COUNCIL ELECTED - 14 September 2016
The Annual General Meeting of the BVI Bar Association was held at The Moorings Conference Room on Friday, 1 September 2016 and a new Council was elected to serve for the upcoming year.
Ms Jacqueline Daley-Aspinall returns as President of the Council for the second consecutive year, having run unopposed for the position. Ms Daley-Aspinall, a partner at well-known BVI law firm Harney Westwood and Riegels (“Harneys”), is joined by returning officers Ms Jude Hanley, Associate at Mourant Ozannes (First Vice-President) and Mrs Kimberly Crabbe-Adams, Associate at Harneys (Second Vice-President). The Treasurer, Mr Merrick Watson is an Associate at Martin Kenney & Co. Solicitors and the Secretary, Ms Shelly Bend, is the In-House Legal Advisor at Trident Trust Company (BVI) Limited. The Treasurer and Secretary are both first time members of the Council.
At the meeting, the Members of the Bar Association reviewed the annual accounts and received the Auditor’s Report, which was presented by Mr Elvis Harrigan, Accountant at WAG Consulting. Mr Harrigan commended the outgoing Council’s responsible stewardship of the Association’s finances.
Ms Daley-Aspinall delivered the President’s Report and gave a brief overview of the accomplishments of, and challenges faced by the Council over the previous year. She highlighted the Council’s programme of activities in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the BVI Bar Association, which included a church service and culminated in a Gala and Awards Dinner held on Peter Island Resort in May. That Gala served as an occasion to recognise the substantial contributions made to the Bar Association by the Honourable Chief Justice Dame Janice Pereira, DBE, the first female Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, and former BVI Bar Association presidents Mr Michael Riegles, QC, one of the founding partners of Harneys (now retired) and the Honourable Mr Justice Paul Webster, QC, one of the founding partners of the O’Neal Webster law firm (also now retired) and acting Justice of Appeal.
Ms Daley-Aspinall also touched on the impact of the Legal Profession Act, which entered into force in November 2015 and has seen the creation of the Virgin Islands General Legal Council and other significant changes to the administration and practice of law in the Territory.
The returning President urged members to become more engaged in the work of the Bar Association and indicated that she looked forward to a rewarding and exciting year ahead.
The BVI Bar Association is a voluntary organisation comprising members of the BVI legal fraternity. The main aims of the Association include maintaining the honour of the BVI bar, supporting the independence of the judiciary and promoting the improvement of the administration of justice. The Association was established in 1976.