Jamaica: Attorney disbarred for failing to handover $2m in settlement funds to client

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Jamaica: Attorney disbarred for failing to handover $2m in settlement funds to client

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — The General Legal Council has advised that Attorney-at-law Graceann Cameron has been struck off the Roll of Attorneys entitled to practice in Jamaica due to professional misconduct.

According to a newspaper advertisement today, Cameron was found in breach of the legal profession on July 22 after the Disciplinary Committee heard evidence from a client, who filed a complaint against her, that she failed to hand over money from a legal settlement.

The council outlined that the attorney represented the complainant in seeking compensation for injuries she sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Cameron reportedly received proceeds on behalf of the client after which she sent two cheques totalling $2 million.

However, according to the complainant, the bank dishonoured the cheques when the client presented it.

The complainant told the legal council that despite her subsequent efforts, she could not reach Cameron.

The legal council, in its advertisement, stated that Cameron has not accounted for or paid her client the negotiated settlement.

Cameron is said to have breached sections of the legal profession rules that speak to discrediting the legal profession and not obligating financial commitments to her client.

As such, she is not entitled to practice in Jamaica or be employed in that capacity by any member of the public.

 

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