Her Ladyship, The Hon. Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE, LL.D, Chief Justice,
pays tribute to Attorneys at Law, Mr. Kharl Steadman Markham, Mr. John Fuller
and Mr. Anthony Johnson
The Hon. Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE, LL.D, Chief Justice, Judicial Officers, Management and Staff of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court join the regional legal fraternity in mourning the death of Mr. Kharl Steadman Markham, Mr. John Fuller and Mr. Anthony Johnson.
Mr. Kharl Steadman Markham
Mr. Kharl Markham was a partner at the highly respected law firm Allen Markham & Associates on the Territory of Montserrat. Mr. Markham was also admitted to practice in other Member States and Territories of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court including Antigua and Barbuda and the Territory of the Virgin Islands.
Mr. Markham was a formidable advocate, and his work as an Attorney at Law or Administrator brought sound instincts, decency, and concern for others. He was skilled, knowledgeable, and able to deal with some of the most complex, high profile and high value civil and criminal matters on Montserrat over the course of his illustrious legal career. Mr. Markham was also generous with his time, giving advice and support on complex issues to his junior colleagues or any member of the legal fraternity who reached out to him for help. He did this all with a modest, unassuming, and down to earth style.
He had the great virtue of taking seriously the law and the dignity of court proceedings and had the look of a legend, yet, behind the stern stare and brilliant legal mind, Mr. Markham was a devoted family man and musician whose wit and humour entertained many as it was impossible to be in his company for long without laughing. His wit, humour and yeoman service to the legal profession and Montserrat’s public service will be remembered for years to come.
Mr. John Fuller
Mr. John Fuller was a prominent Attorney at Law, environmentalist, and humanitarian in his home country of Antigua and Barbuda. He established an enviable reputation as a talented advocate, providing a thoroughly professional service in a friendly and approachable manner. His unique and professional attributes were apparent to all who knew him through his work and service, and his standing amongst his peers was second to none. His expertise lay in civil and criminal defence, childcare work, the environment and, helping the most disadvantaged in the community.
There is no doubt that he was comfortably able to establish a rapport with his clients, assisted by the breadth of his local knowledge, having been born and brought up in his native Antigua and Barbuda- a country he loved and cared for deeply. Mr. Fuller created a positive atmosphere that was solely dedicated to serving people who needed help throughout the length and breadth of Antigua. Mr. Fuller will be remembered as a highly ethical and skilled litigator and a humanitarian who connected deeply with the community.
Mr. Anthony Johnson
Mr. Anthony Johnson was a Managing Partner at the law firm Johnson & Associates on the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. He was also admitted to the Bar of the Territory of the Virgin Islands, where he briefly worked as an associate with the highly regarded law Firm of J. S. Archibald & Co. in Road Town. Mr. Johnson was a skilled lawyer, and we will remember his professionalism and his ability to deftly navigate through and beyond legal issues to identify what was in the best interests of his clients and his colleagues. His extraordinary intellect won the respect of his colleagues and the clients he worked with worldwide and in the OECS sub-region, and of course in St. Kitts and Nevis where he practiced until his untimely death. Outside of the legal profession, Mr. Johnson was also a faithful servant to his community and country. He was a former President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association, having been first elected in 2009 and re-elected in June 2013 and again in June 2017. His mark on the legal and sports fraternity will remain etched in the minds of all those who knew him.
The silence of their voices will long reverberate in the halls of time. Mr. Kharl Markham, Mr. John Fuller and Mr. Anthony Johnson will be missed by their families, friends, colleagues, and all those who they served. The Hon. Chief Justice has expressed with great sadness that “the OECS sub-region has lost their experience, knowledge and excellent ability as legal practitioners. Still, most of all, we have lost three kind, caring gentlemen who were far more than legal practitioners as they impacted lives within their communities and across the Eastern Caribbean”.
The Hon. Chief Justice, Judicial Officers, Management and Staff of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court offer heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Markham, Mr. Johnson, and Mr. Fuller. In their hour of grief, may they be comforted in the knowledge that their lives exemplified service to their fellow men. May they live on in our hearts and the hearts of all those who loved them and may their souls rest in perfect peace.