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Speech

“Further to my statement in Parliament on Tuesday, I have made investigations to ascertain whether the government has had any connection with the US law firm, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.
I am advised that in December while on a flight to Washington DC for a meeting with the US State and Justice Departments, the Solicitor-General was approached by Mr. Harold Brady who made reference to the law firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. He stated that this firm had represented the government of Jamaica in various matters in the past and suggested that they could provide assistance in relation to treaty issues between Jamaica and the USA.
The Solicitor-General subsequently met with representatives of the firm and advised them that while their service was not needed at that stage it would be considered should the need arise. They suggested that one of their representatives attend the meeting as an observer at no cost in the event that a decision were to be made to retain them at a later date. He attended the meeting but took no part in the discussions.
I am advised that the Attorney-General’s Department has received offers to represent the Government of Jamaica in the treaty dispute with the USA from two other US law firms. The government has not entered into arrangements with any of these or with Manatt, Phelps and Phillips”.