Lawyer raises £50,000 for businesses hit by Hurricane Irma

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The devastation caused by Hurricane Irma was so severe that a “private sector response” is required, the lawyer said

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A British lawyer has set up a relief fund for small businesses in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) that have been devastated by Hurricane Irma.

Donal Blaney, the director of Griffin Law, a niche litigation practice based in Kent, has already raised £50,000 for his Legal Aid for the BVI campaign.

Blaney, who qualified in the BVI in 2004 and also runs a firm there, told The Brief that the islands had been so badly affected by the storm that a “private sector response” was necessary. His campaign has the blessing of Priti Patel, the international development secretary, he said.

The non-executive chairman of Griffin Law is Andrew MacLeod, the Australian-British lawyer and businessman who was the chief operations for the UN’s emergency co-ordination centre in Pakistan during a six-month Himalayan winter.

Blaney said that the house of his law firm partner in the BVI had been destroyed and that residents and businesses desperately need supplies.

His online donation page says the that the devastation “including loss of life and property, is even worse than was ever feared possible”.

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