Moment of silence observed for attorney Irvin Banks

Sole practitioner was also popular musician

In Grand Court on Monday morning, Justice Charles Quin led a moment of silence to mark the passing of attorney Irvin Banks, whose death he said occurred late last week. Mr. Banks had been ill for some time. 

Justice Quin said Mr. Banks was a hard-working, dedicated man who never spared himself in representing his clients and who enjoyed the respect of all his colleagues. 

Mr. Banks, who was called to the bar in 2003, worked with Stuarts Hersant Walker until 2011. He then left the firm to establish his own practice, explaining that there was a need for attorneys who could be more flexible with hourly rates because of lower overhead costs. 

Before he became an attorney, Mr. Banks was well known in the local hospitality and entertainment industry as a guitarist and lead singer, performing in clubs and special event concerts. 

He was best know for playing in two bands – QSMFA (Quality Sounds Music For All) and Mainstream, the latter of which he formed in the early 1980s with Ed ‘Solly’ Solomon and Leonard Bodden. 

“It really broke my heart when I heard [he had passed],” said Mr. Solomon, explaining that Mr. Banks had played with Mainstream at a weekly gig at Hemmingways restaurant up until last year. 

Justice Quin expressed condolences to Mr. Banks’s wife and family. Prosecuting attorney Andrew Radcliffe spoke on behalf of the bar.  

Irvin ‘Irv’ Banks, right, in 2008 with other members of the music group ‘Mainstream’, from left, Edward ‘Solly’ Solomon, Hubert Campbell and Leonard Bodden.

Irvin ‘Irv’ Banks, right, in 2008 with other members of the music group ‘Mainstream’, from left, Edward ‘Solly’ Solomon, Hubert Campbell and Leonard Bodden.
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