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Prominent legal expert joins Vernon E. Malone & Co.

Prominent Jamaican attorney, Hugh Wildman, was yesterday November 6, 2012 admitted by Justice Redhead, High Court Judge, to practice at the Virgin Islands Bar. Mr. Wildman is now a senior member of the law firm of Vernon E. Malone & Co., where Mr. Stephen Daniels is working as an associate attorney. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Prominent Jamaican attorney, Hugh Wildman, was yesterday admitted by Justice Albert Redhead, High Court Judge, to practice at the Virgin Islands Bar.

Mr. Wildman is well recognized in the Caribbean as an eminent legal practitioner, and up to recently, won a landmark case in Jamaica, when the Jamaican Supreme Court upheld his submissions and ruled against the Attorney General of Jamaica and the Jamaica Public Service Company  Limited,  the   Light and Power Company that has a licence to transmit and distribute electricity in Jamaica. 

In March, 2001  the Government of Jamaica  granted the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) a monopoly licence to generate, transmit  and distribute electricity in Jamaica.  Mr. Wildman represented a group of citizens who were aggrieved over the high electricity bills in the country and other billing practices of the JPS that led to demonstrations in Jamaica.   The Court ruled in favor of Mr. Wildman and it is now a big issue in Jamaica as the Company sought to appeal the ruling.

Mr. Wildman has vast experience in matters at the Magistrate Court, High Court, Appeal Court and the Privy Council. 

He also served in a number of senior legal positions in Jamaica where he was Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions and in Grenada where he held several important positions such as Director of Public Prosecutions, Legal Advisor to the Government of Grenada, Senior Legal Counsel and First Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit,  along with other positions.  

Recently, he was Director of Insolvency in Jamaica as the Trustee in Bankruptcy and succeeded in a number of insolvency matters in the Courts.

Mr. Wildman won a landmark case  in Grenada as Director of Public Prosecution in the Case of Renie Gilbert versus the Queen.   In that case, the Privy Council overruled the decision of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal and restored the conviction of Gilbert in a case involving corroboration and identification in a sexual  case.  That  was the first time the Privy Council was dealing with such issues.  

Mr. Wildman is now a senior member of the law firm of Vernon E. Malone & Co. where Mr. Stephen Daniels is working as an associate attorney.

Mr. Vernon E. Malone , LLB, QPM, CPA is the Managing Director of the firm which is located at Icis Villas business block, Brewers Bay, Tortola, VI.

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