Wednesday, September 12, 2012 – Speaker of the House of Assembly Peter Foster has been admitted to the Inner Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, making him a Queen’s Counsel.
Mr. Foster joins a small list of the most senior legal minds in the Inner Bar including his own father Kenneth Foster, as well as Anthony McNamara, Hilford Deterville and Kenneth Monplaisir. In a manner of symbolism Mr. Foster’s old robe was replaced with silk, the name to given to the special robe used by members of the Inner Bar.
“My achievement, my joy and whatever feeling of success I enjoy today comes from assistance and support from so many who have touched my life. And though not all could be here to share in the moment with me, to all of you, I thank for your love and belief in me over the years,” said Foster after taking his oath.
The ceremony held last week at a special sitting of the court also drew congratulatory remarks from colleagues in the Inner and Utter Bars. Attorney General Kim St. Rose hopes Mr. Foster could use his new title to help raise the bar within the legal fraternity in Saint Lucia, especially with new lawyers.
“I wish to take this opportunity to call on Mr. Foster to pay particular attention to assisting young colleagues, as it occurs to me, colleagues are at times hesitant to seek the counsel of their more experienced colleagues. So it is incumbent on the more senior members of the Inner Bar to be able to reach out and offer assistance; not to do their work for them but to share in their experiences and knowledge, for the general improvement of the profession which is ours,” the Attorney General said.
Mr. Foster’s Queen’s Counsel conferment came on the same day his son Luke Foster was called to the Bar, an added icing on the cake of sorts for a family that has had a long and successful association in the area of law.