British Diaspora lawyers set up group to help Guyana
June 19, 2004
Guyanese lawyers in London last week Friday formally launched the Guyana Law Association (UK) and already lawyers and law students here have benefited from their assistance with a shipment of books and computers.
The Diaspora lawyers' group has been in existence for nearly two years and has had a series of fund-raising events from a recent cricket match to cocktail parties at the Guyana High Commission. At the formal launching at the High Commission, various speeches were made pledging further support to Guyana. The event also featured some cultural presentations which included Aubrey Bryan on his pans and 'Pork Pie' himself, actor Ram John Holder, fresh from playing Messiah in Trinidad.
Warm messages of support were sent on the occasion of the GLA's launch from Chancellor Desiree Bernard and Chief Justice Carl Singh, who also expressed gratitude for the gifts already received.
And president of the Guyana Bar Association Khemraj Ramjattan sent an equally warm message thanking the GLA for its "massive support" and wishing it success.
Many of the members of the GLA work in the public sector in the UK. Lal Nawbat, the chairman practices for the Department of Trade and Industry. He was the master of ceremonies at the launching and was ably assisted by Colin Bobb-Semple, law lecturer and secretary of the GLA.
Among the distinguished guests present were London High Commissioner Laleshwar Singh, Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Valerie Amos, Judge John Baker and Judge Patricia Dangor and a number of Queen's Counsel.