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Five new QCs named

The Cabinet office has officially named five lawyers as Queen’s Counsel (QC), including one woman.

The appointees are Michael Scott, Cedric Parker, Ferron Bethell, John F. Wilson and Krystal Rolle.

Rolle, of Rolle & Rolle, has become one of the few female QCs in the country’s history.

She joins former attorney general Allyson Maynard Gibson, who was named QC in 2015.

Yesterday, Scott, Bethell and Wilson all told The Nassau Guardian that they were honored by the appointment, a recognition as a senior member of the bar that is infrequently given.

“I would like to thank the prime minister and his Cabinet colleagues for this singular honor,” said Scott, of Scott & Co., who is also chairman of the Hotel Corporation of The Bahamas and chairman of Lucayan Renewal Holdings Limited, a government-established special purpose vehicle tasked with preparing the Grand Lucayan resort on Grand Bahama for a buyer.

“I look forward to continuing my twin overriding goals, which are my passion for the pursuit of justice and public service to the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; a country that I love so much.”

Wilson, of McKinney Bancroft & Hughes, said that his family was especially excited about it.

“It is indeed a great honor – a recognition by not only your peers but by the entire legal

fraternity, that you have achieved a level of distinction in your practice worthy of recognition,” he said.

“So, it is much appreciated.”

He added, “It’s something that I’m sure not only me but my family members as well take pride in.

“So, you know they are all very excited, especially my wife and my two boys.”

Asked if he was surprised by the news, Wilson, who is also on the board of directors of BAF Financial & Insurance (Bahamas) Limited, told The Guardian: “You know, there were rumblings around but I typically like to wait until there’s an official announcement.

“So, it was not altogether a surprise, but it was a surprise nonetheless.”

Meanwhile, Bethell, of Harry B. Sands and Co., had high praises for his team but was already looking to the future of stepping up to the plate.

“It’s certainly an honor,” said Bethell, who also serves as a director of the board of Bahamas Power and Light.

“It’s caused me to reflect on many years of hard, dedicated work, and I realize and appreciate that I couldn’t do it without the support of people behind me and the support of my wife and family.

“And I realize that having been bestowed this honor, I have to comport and equip myself as a leader at the Bar because we have young lawyers that would look up to us and we have to set an example.”

He added, “The work doesn’t stop.”

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