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Dec 14, 2018

Nigel Hawke is SolGen No More

Nigel Hawke

Nigel Hawke will be the country’s Solicitor General only until December, thirty-first, 2018. Hawke’s contract expires then and it will not be renewed.  Word is that he will be going into private practice.  Hawke will be succeeded by Elisa Montalvo, the deputy who is to be sworn in after Hawke’s exit.  Hawke assumed the office in 2013 for two years, breaking service for one year and then returning to the post in 2016. It means he has been SolGen for four years. During his tenure, he has represented G.O.B. in a number of high profile cases in the local courts as well as the Caribbean Court of Justice. This afternoon, Prime Minister Barrow confirmed that Hawke has only a few days left on the job.

 

Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“The Attorney General who in fact made the recommendation I think simply wanted to move on. Mr. Hawke certainly in terms of my own interaction with him has been excellent. In terms of the cases that I have had, not a personal interest in, but a particular interest; the big cases that have gone to the C.C.J. his supporting role is all that we could have asked for. So certainly on my part, no judgment is to be assumed in consequence of the non-renewal of his contract. For whatever administrator reasons, whatever his sense of what the fit is that he would like, the attorney general made the recommendation, that’s where it stood. That is where it stands. I think on the part of the Attorney General there is no animus against Mr. Hawke. Really he is one of the most conscientious, hardworking lawyers that I have encountered and I certainly wish him well.”

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