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Rene Joseph Pollonais

Rene Joseph Pollonais was educated at St. Mary’s College, Port of Spain, from which he graduated in 1926, having obtained the Higher School Certificate of the Oxford and Cambridge Joint Examination Board.

Mr. Pollonais joined the law firm of M. Hamel Smith & Co. in 1927 and served with that firm as Articled Clerk (Law Student) to one of the Senior Partners. He passed his final Law Examination in November 1931 and was admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago in May 1931. Mr. Pollonais was appointed a Notary Public in November 1938. He continued in the employment of M. Hamel Smith & Co. until July 31st, 1944, when he and Hugh Edwin Blanc both left that firm to found and establish the law firm of Pollonais & Blanc. Mr. Pollonais was also enrolled as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in October 1954. Mr. Pollonais and Mr. Blanc carried on the business of Pollonais & Blanc as its Senior Partners until Mr. Blanc retired from the partnership on December 31st, 1970 and Mr. Pollonais retired from the partnership on December 31st, 1982.

Mr. Blanc was an able Solicitor with considerable experience in the fields of Property Law, Trusts and Corporative work and held directorship in a number of companies. He was a person of integrity and occupied a high standing in the profession.

For his long and meritorious service in the sphere of law, he was awarded the Chaconia Medal Class 1 – Gold of the Order of the Trinity on August 31st, 1982.