Embattled former CLICO chairman Leroy Parris is questioning the legitimacy of the man who is representing the life insurance company in his ongoing battle to unfreeze his $4.5 million account.
Parris contends that Patrick Toppin ought not to represent the court-appointed judicial manager Deloitte Consulting because he is a former employee of the same company.
Queen’s Counsel Hal Gollop, who represents the former CLICO boss, today made reference to an affidavit filed in the High Court on February 11, 2015, in which Parris charged in part, that Toppin “was once employed in the capacity of a consultant in the finance department of CLICO Holdings and was paid by CLICO Life Insurance Limited”.
Parris will have his day in court on October 26 when a panel of appellate judges will hear his arguments for rescinding an order handed down by Justice William Chandler on January 27 last year, freezing the assets of the former CLICO boss. Parris will also ask for damages.
The freezing order was made during an ex parte hearing filed by the judicial manager against Parris as the first defendant, and his company, Branlee Consulting, as the second.
The claim also named the estate of late Prime Minister David Thompson, represented by his widow and executrix Mara Thompson, as the third defendant.
According to the order, if Parris and/or Branlee Consulting Services Inc fail to comply with its terms, they could be charged with contempt of court.
“The first defendant and second defendant may be liable to have an order of sequestration made in respect of his/its or their property, and in the case of Branlee Consulting Services Inc any of your directors may be sent to prison,” it stated.
Since the order was made, various constitutional motions have been filed by lawyers for Parris, requesting that the court unfreezes the assets. However, hearing of the substantive matter has been plagued by delays.