How can a client find a suitable lawyer in Bermuda?
The Bermuda Bar Association website reveals that there are 70 regulated law firms in Bermuda (ranging from large international law firms, to local ‘High Street’ firms, to sole practitioners).
Of the 70 regulated law firms, there are 26 that are formally incorporated as Recognised Professional Companies with limited liability under the Companies Act 1981.
In terms of individual lawyers, there are currently 464 lawyers registered with current Practicing Certificates, plus an additional 5o Registered Associates and 14 Pupils (with restricted practicing rights). That number includes, of course, a significant number of lawyers that are not in private practice (i.e. Government lawyers and lawyers employed inhouse by international and local businesses), and some lawyers that are physically based in overseas or foreign offices.
In addition to personal recommendations and general word-of-mouth, and reviewing each Bermuda law firm’s own marketing materials (such as firm websites and publications), there are also a number of international directories that offer some level of independent feedback on Bermuda law firms and lawyers.
These include the Legal 500, Chambers Global, Euromoney’s Expert Guides, and Who’s Who Legal, each of which are updated annually (current links below):
There is also a considerable amount of information that is publicly available about certain firms and lawyers in Bermuda, which can be found by searching for their names on the internet generally, and also on the Royal Gazette’s website, on LinkedIn, on Facebook, and on the Bermuda Government/Judiciary websites.