Former Finance Minister Nazim Burke has re-entered private practise as an attorney-at-law.
Burke has been forced to look for employment following the defeat at the polls on February 19 of the then governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the hands of the then opposition New National Party (NNP) of Dr. Keith Mitchell.
The former finance minister who is the Deputy Political Leader of NDC also lost his St. George North-east seat to NNP’s Tobias Clement.
According to a well-placed source, Burke and the man who served as Attorney-General under the Congress government, Rohan Phillip have opened up a law firm together on upper Church Street, St. George’s.
The move means that Burke will no longer be going back to Ciboney Chambers, the law firm that he started along with fellow attorneys, Peter David, Ferron Lowe and Ruggles Ferguson on H. A. Blaize Street, St. George’s.
Burke who was one of the principal lawyers with the Law Firm until he became a government minister in 2008 after the NDC defeated the NNP to form the government.
During the NDC’s tenure in office, relations soured between Burke and his Ciboney colleagues, Peter David and Ferron Lowe.
David who served for nearly four years as Minister of Tourism was eventually expelled from Congress along with a group of so-called rebels last September amidst a protracted power struggle within the Tillman Thomas-led government.
The source said that Burke decided to operate outside of Ciboney Chambers since he found it extremely uncomfortable to go back to the law firm and sit around the same table with David to discuss issues.
He spoke of Burke having the “greatest respect” for Ferguson and is prepared to co-operate with him on an individual basis with respect to legal matters in the court system.
Burke is also said to be interested in doing “consultancy work” apart from the legal services being offered to the public.
During the campaign for the February 19 poll, the NNP concentrated most of their attacks on Burke and his handling of the island’s economy in its clean sweep of all fifteen seats in the elections.
The Mitchell-led group was able to woo the voters with its promise to “deliver” and to build a new economy to take care of the island’s high unemployment and financial difficulties.