A new law firm, with the objective of enhancing the practice of law in Dominica, has officially opened.
Justice Chambers is a specialist law firm which offers legal services concerning medical, clinical negligence, judicial review and public law.
The law firm, located on 54 King Geroge V Street in Roseau, was launched on Friday 6 January 2017. It is headed by Queens Counsel Dr Leslie Thomas, a human rights barrister in the United Kingdom, with attorney at law Indira St Jean as a partner.
Dr Thomas, whose roots is in Marigot but was raised in the UK, is also representing Cabral Douglas in the ongoing CCJ dispute over the forced cancellation of the Tommy Lee Sparta concert in 2014.
“We put wrongs, right; it’s a simple motto but that’s our reason for being,” Dr Thomas said during Friday’s launching ceremony and added that his objective is to “fight in the corner of the small person”.
“I love my trade there[UK], I’ve fought many legal battles there but giving back to my country is what I’ve always dreamed off and today I’m glad to say, today is the beginning of that,” Dr Thomas stated.
Justice Chambers believes that there is a need for better public protection especially in the area of medical care and this will be one of their areas of focus.
Dr Thomas said the medical profession deserves the public’s trust and confidence and that medical professionals, who have studied for years, although they do good work, trust has to be earned and cannot be taken for granted.
“We often times place our lives in the hands of those who we feel know better only to be disappointed at best, and when we’re badly injured or killed, at worst. There is a widely expressed need for better safeguard and redress for the public, in the provision of medical services in the Caribbean,” he stated.
Justice Chambers will therefore aim to “fill that perceived gap” in the operation of the law, so far as it concerns medical, clinical negligence, judicial review, public law.
“We will provide a service which will include the best clinical experts providing advice and assistance to needy clients, and in so doing, we will be helping to improve the provision of legal services in Dominica and the sub-region,” Dr Thomas informed.
Ultimately, Justice Chamber’s aim is to assist in building a modern and up to date legal firm following the best practice, for the experience of the larger jurisdiction.
“Dominica has some great professionals both medically and legally, but what we will provide is an enhancement to those legal services with a specialist, boutique, legal practice. It’s important that we also give back to the community which we serve and we also aim to provide some pro-bono legal work for needy, legal causes,” Dr Thomas said.
He thanked his cousin Errol Thomas and former Prime Minister Edison James for their role in him returning to Dominica.