Is it ‘better’ to be stuck in Bermuda than stuck in Guantanamo?

The Royal Gazette has published a number of articles today to coincide with the 8th anniversary of the arrival in Bermuda of four Uighur men in Bermuda, after Dr. Ewart Brown, the Premier at the time, made the decision to accept their re-location from Guanatanamo Bay, at the apparent request of the Barack Obama administration. One of the articles concludes with the following quotation from Dr. Ewart Brown, who agreed to be interviewed by the newspaper on the subject: “As I have told them personally, it surely is not what I thought it was going to be for them, but … Continue reading Is it ‘better’ to be stuck in Bermuda than stuck in Guantanamo?

Mediation: a better way for Bermuda?

There are a variety of publications that promote the use of mediation as a method for resolving disputes (or certain kinds of disputes) in Bermuda, as in other jurisdictions. And yet, amongst certain members of the Bar, there appears to be a certain level of resistance to the idea of mediation (perhaps, a cynic might say, because a prompt settlement achieved by consent through a commercial and pragmatic mediation is potentially much less profitable for a lawyer and a law firm than years’ worth of litigation and contested Court hearings). It was somewhat refreshing to read, therefore, a recent judgment of Mrs. Justice … Continue reading Mediation: a better way for Bermuda?

Afterpay Holdings and Touchcorp Limited: Federal Court of Australia approves convening of shareholder meetings for Scheme of Arrangement designed to effect merger between Australian company and Bermudian company

For more details, see Re Afterpay Holdings Limited [2017] FCA 570. See also: https://www.touchcorp.com/images/TCH_ASX-Announcement_Merger-to-proceed.pdf https://www.touchcorp.com/images/TCH_ASX-Announcement_Touchcorp-Scheme-Booklet_Combined-Final.pdf     Continue reading Afterpay Holdings and Touchcorp Limited: Federal Court of Australia approves convening of shareholder meetings for Scheme of Arrangement designed to effect merger between Australian company and Bermudian company

Canadian billionaire with Bermuda connections declares himself ‘mentally unfit’ to conduct litigation

Another case in which truth appears to be stranger than fiction. https://www.casino.org/news/billionaire-michael-degroote-frail-missing-millions-mafia-lawsuit http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/former-jet-setting-canadian-billionaire-now-mentally-unfit-for-battle-over-failed-casino-deal-lawyers Continue reading Canadian billionaire with Bermuda connections declares himself ‘mentally unfit’ to conduct litigation

Women’s Legal Network of Bermuda celebrates the 50th anniversary of Shirley Simmons’ call to the Bermuda Bar

The most senior practising member of the Bermuda Bar today (in terms of first call to the Bermuda Bar *) is Ms. Shirley Simmons, who was first called to the English Bar on 22 November 1966 (shortly after England won the football World Cup final!), and then called to the Bermuda Bar on 2 June 1967 (just over 50 years ago, and shortly before Bermuda’s modern Constitution was brought into force in 1968, pursuant to legislation enacted in 1967). All Bermudians and lawyers should be proud of Ms. Simmons’ achievements over 50 continuous years of legal service, and so it … Continue reading Women’s Legal Network of Bermuda celebrates the 50th anniversary of Shirley Simmons’ call to the Bermuda Bar

Courtesy to the Court: scope for improvement?

The Bermuda Bar is usually well-known for its old-fashioned courtesy and politeness, both to the Court and to opposing Counsel. However, there have been an increasing number of reported decisions published by the Bermuda Courts in which the judiciary have demonstrated remarkable patience with certain members of the Bar, who appear to have either forgotten (or never received proper training in) some of the most basic courtesies and responsibilities expected of Counsel, so far as the Court is concerned. Three recent examples illustrate this proposition: in Johnston v Proctor [2017] SC Bda 39 App, a civil appeal against a Magistrate’s … Continue reading Courtesy to the Court: scope for improvement?