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Grandson of last Arawak Princess appointed Queen's Counsel

Phillip Serrao On Monday March 11th 2002 Phillip Serrao was appointed QC (Queen's Counsel) by Chief Justice Sir David Simmons at a full sitting of the Court of Appeal of Barbados.

The tradition of Queen's Counsel has its origins in the 17th century when the function of providing assistance to law officers in cases where the crown had an interest. Of the 346 registered attorneys in Barbados - less than 40 are QC. With his elevation, Philip Serrao has become the 12th solicitor to be accorded the title of QC, he is also the Chairman of the Electoral and Boundaries Commission and a partner in the distinguished law firm Fitzwilliam, Stone, and Alcazar.

Philip is one of 4 sons of the late Ruth Della Serrao (nee Dewever) who was one of the seven children of the late Princess Marian Dewever of the Eagle Clan Arawaks of Guyana - who imigrated (with her children) to Barbados in 1925. There are 175 descendants of the Princess currently residing in Barbados W.I., England, Canada and Jamaica.

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