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Gloom as condolence book opened for Karl

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A pall of gloom hung over the law chambers of Karl Hudson-Phillips, QC, 33 St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday with staff appearing shocked by his passing. Hudson-Phillips, 80, a former judge of the International Criminal Court and attorney and shaper of politics, died in his sleep last Thursday in London where he had gone to celebrate his son’s birthday. Yesterday, staff opened a condolence book in his office from 8 am which will remain open until Friday. By midday about 16 people, mostly members of the legal fraternity, had signed it. There was no sign of any legal work being done and staff moved around silently, somewhat dazed.


Elaine Green, niece of Hudson-Phillips, and a member of his chambers, was too traumatised to do an interview, she said. “I prefer not to,” she told the T&T Guardian. “It’s a deeply personal loss. It was not just a professional relationship, it’s personal. He was my uncle.” Green said funeral arrangements for Hudson-Phillips were still being finalised and his body was still in London. Asked when he would be flown home, she said: “That’s all I am prepared to say.” Erica Fraser, law clerk/receptionist for six years, said she was “very traumatised.” Staff said Hudson-Phillips’ last visit to the chambers was last Tuesday, two days before his death. They said they had no idea he was ill. He is survived by his wife, Catherine, children Jennifer, Kevin and Sarah.