President of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bar Association, Ms. Rene Baptiste, says the local legal fraternity has lost a legal luminary and veteran lawyer, in wake of the passing of Mr. Authur Williams.
Mr. Williams died at his home on Tuesday August 7, 2018.
In an interview with WEFM News this morning, Ms. Baptiste said the Bar Association and by extension the legal fraternity is mourning the death of Mr. Williams.
She noted that everyone in the legal profession here knew Mr. Williams and he was one of the most sought after Legal Practitioner, particularly as a Criminal Defense attorney.
Many practitioners recall Mr. Williams enthusiasm and effervescence at the Bar; his undying loyalty to his political party. He was a helpful soul and never liked to see the accused or needful without representation in Court and would often rise as a friend of the Court to ensure persons’ rights were protected and respected.
Ms. Baptiste explained that Mr. Williams who was a former Attorney general here had a stint in politics from 1974 to 1984.
She said the Saint Vincent Bar Association has received several expressions of sympathy from the Grenada Bar Association; the St. Lucia Bar Association; the Dominica Bar Association; the Antigua and Barbuda Bar Association; the St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association and the OECS Bar Association.
Last year at the end of the OECS Bar Association Council meeting held here in St. Vincent, the local Bar Association honoured this Legal Luminary for his long and outstanding service at the Bar of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
In 2006 he was awarded the OBE by Her Majesty the Queen for his contribution to the Law and service to the State of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.