Attorney-at-law Devindra Kissoon was admitted to the bar on Friday. Mr. Kissoon, who is associated with the international law firm Cozen O’Connor, completed his Commonwealth Caribbean Council of Legal Education bar programme at the Hugh Wooding Law School.
Mr. Kissoon was born in Linden, and after placing within the top ten at the Common Entrance, he secured a spot at Queen’s College. After graduating from QC, ‘Dave’, as he is commonly called, was awarded the Berger Scholarship, becoming the first Guyanese to win that award.
He spent six months studying Caribbean Legal Systems and Procedures, including civil procedure. This included probate, property and criminal law.
Mr. Kissoon graduated and secured the Council for Legal Education Certificate, which would enable him to practice throughout the Caribbean.
This addition makes him one of the few attorneys in the United States of America who is admitted to practise law in an English-speaking territory.
His admission to the bar allows his company, Cozen O’Connor, to directly serve the Caribbean society in matters concerning energy, insurance, tourism, aviation and marine industries without the need for a local counsel.
Speaking with Kaieteur News on Friday at the simple ceremony, Kissoon said that he was elated to be back home.
Mr. Kissoon practised in England as a barrister at the leading commercial litigation chambers, Essex Court Chambers (Gordon Pollock, Q.C), from1999 to 2001, and specialised in arbitration and general commercial litigation.
Additionally, his practice also extends to the Commonwealth Caribbean, where he currently represents private and institutional clients on a wide range of litigious matters.
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