Sunday, December 17, 2017

Legal luminary leaves a void

Legal luminary leaves a void

 THE death of Karl Hudson-Phillips QC brings to an end an era of legal luminaries in this country, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar stated yesterday.

Hudson-Phillips, 80, passed away in his sleep in England, yesterday. 

“His death was unexpected as he had travelled to London, Eng­land, a few days ago for a family reunion,” a release from Persad-Bissessar stated yesterday.

Hudson-Phillips’ death leaves a void in this country’s legal profession, the release stated.

“Mr Hudson-Phillips leaves a void in the legal profession in Trinidad and Tobago. He was a lawyer par excellence and a legal luminary who brought dignity and honour to his profession. He was very articulate and he earned the respect of all, the bench, the bar and the general public,” the release stated.

“He served the State well for several years and although he was part of the coalition of parties which formed the government in 1986, he never offered himself for political office,” the release stated.

“Even in our darkest days following the 1990 attempted coup, Mr Hudson-Phillips was appoin­ted lead counsel for the prosecution against the insurrection-

­ists,” it stated.

Persad-Bissessar said Hudson-Phillips would be surely missed as he always offered timely advice to the legal profession. 

Hudson-Phillips was called to the English and local Bars in 1959.  

He served as this country’s attorney general from 1969 to 1973 before going into private practice.

Hudson-Phillips became a Queen’s Counsel after only 11 years in practice.

“He was well-known in England and the Caribbean. He became a judge of the first Inter­-

­na­­tional Criminal Court (ICC) pa­nel in the Hague,” the release stated.

“Mr Hudson-Phillips was the lead prosecutor against 19 persons charged with the murder of Grenadian prime minister Maurice Bishop and members of the People’s Revolutionary Government in 1983 in Grenada.

“He was also the lead counsel for the State in the extradition of former insurance executive Dennis Davidson from Orlando, Florida, in 1987,” the release stated.

Hudson-Phillips was awar­d-

ed the Order of The Republic of  Trinidad and Tobago for his sterling contribution to law.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago, I offer my sincere condolences to the family of the late Karl Hudson-Phillips, and may his soul rest in peace,” the release stated.