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When, after years of hard work, he had saved enough to buy his way out of his indentures, he qualified as an interpreter. He went on to open several provision stores, eventually becoming one of New Amsterdam's richest merchants. Lionel's father, Edward Alfred, one of Moses’ six sons, became the first East Indian solicitor in the colony in 1899, and later Mayor of New Amsterdam. Young Lionel was educated at Queen's College, Georgetown, before coming to London to study Medicine at St Thomas's Hospital.

Michael and St. George (1969). Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under the category "Most Successful Lawyer" for obtaining 245 consecutive murder-charge acquittals. Notes: Lionel Luckhoo was the leader of the National Labour Front (NFL), which won only one seat in the General Elections of 1957. He was an avid fan of the Turf and owned racehorses in Guyana and England. Following his retirement from law practice in 1980, he became a Christian Evangelist and founded his own Mission. Ambassador for Christ Sir Lionel Luckhoo, Ambassador at Large from Fort Worth, Texas, was the owner of an island, raised horses, owned a hotel and was honored by the Queen of England four times.

From 1967 to 1970, Luckhoo also represented Guyana and Barbados as ambassador in Paris, Bonn and The Hague. He was knighted in 1966, and appointed KCMG in 1969. But he gave up his diplomatic career in 1970 and entered chambers in the Temple, returning to Guyana in 1974, after the failure of his first marriage. Until retiring in 1980, he concentrated on appeal work. Luckhoo was very attached to the Turf. The first horse that he and his brothers owned was called First Luck; it went on to win 33 races in Guyana and Trinidad, financing a string of 10 horses.

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