Attorneys Timothy Patrick O'Sullivan of Miller, Simons and O'Sullivan, and Gordon William Kerr of Misick and Stanbrook, who have been charged with making false representations
on the value of a real estate transaction between 2005 and 2006, which resulted in a serious loss of stamp duty paid to the government treasury, will not be suspended from the local bar until their trial is concluded.
This information reached the media from Bar Council president George Missick, who said that, until proven guilty, both attorneys must be free to practice.
O’Sullivan is the managing partner of the Miller, Simons and O'Sullivan law firm, which is connected to the Progressive National Party (PNP) through partner Carlos Simons QC, a former election candidate for the PNP and a one-time candidate for the PNP leadership. O'Sullivan has been a resident in the TCI since 1986.
Kerr, a TCI resident since 1987, is a senior partner in the law firm of Misick and Stanbrook, which is headed by the brother of former PNP leader and premier Michael Misick, Ariel Misick QC. This firm has represented the PNP on a number of issues and was named as one of the conduits for questionable payments by the Beaches resort group to Michael Misick. Other payments were allegedly processed through Prestigious Properties, headed by another Misick brother, the current finance minister Washington Misick.
The charges pending against O'Sullivan and Kerr spring from the sale of a multimillion dollar property known as Emerald Cay, offshore Providenciales. The unpaid stamp duty has been collected by the civil recovery team prior to these charges being filed. It is not known if the attorneys were aware that the sale price of the property was understated for the purpose of saving the buyer nearly $1 million in stamp duty. The charges have been brought through the efforts of the special investigation and prosecution team (SIPT).
Inside sources have suggested that the suspect dealing was orchestrated by then premier Michael Misick, who had an arrangement with the new owner to use the upscale property as a backdrop for a reality TV show he had planned for himself and his former wife LisaRaye McCoy.