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Through an elected Bar Council the Bar Association is responsible for matters pertaining to admission to practice law in the jurisdiction and rules of conduct for its members. Bar Council is made up of nine elected members who are chosen annually, as well as the Attorney General, ex officio.

 

General responsibilities of the Bar Council include the following (as laid out in Section 4 of the Bermuda Bar Act):

  • the maintenance of the honour and independence of the bar
  • the encouragement of legal education and the study of law
  • the support of the public right of access to the courts and of the right of representation by members of the Bar
  • the encouragement of improvements in the administration of justice and procedure
  • the promotion and support of law reform
  • the furtherance of good relations between the Bar Association and lawyers of other countries
  • the issuing, revocation and suspension of practising certificates and such other matters of professional concern to barristers

 

Parties appointed for the ensuing year 30 October 2020 until the date of next AGM scheduled to take place in April 2021.

 

Executive Officers:  Elizabeth Christopher (President), Cindy Clarke (Vice President) & George N.H. Jones (Honorary Secretary).

 

Members of Bar Council:  Helen Cooper, Jerome Wilson, Kehinde George, Saul Dismont, Sara-Ann Tucker and Keith Robinson with ex-officio member the Attorney General & Minister of Justice Senator, The Hon. Kathy Lynn Lightbourne-Simmons, JP.

 

President - Elizabeth Christopher was called to the Bar in England & Wales in November 1990 and the Bermuda Bar in April 1991. She was educated at the College of William and Mary before achieving a law degree at the London school of Economics and Political Science. She has appeared in all courts at all levels including the Privy Council and Court of Appeal. Has made numerous submissions to both the courts and the Government on issues including Criminal law, PACE, Sexual Offences and Legal Aid.

 
   

Vice President - Cindy E. Clarke is the Deputy Director (Litigation) in the Department of Public Prosecutions. She was called to the Bar in England & Wales in 1999, and the Bermuda Bar in August 2000. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University, completed her law degree at the University of Kent at Canterbury, and the Bar Vocational Course at the BPP Law School in London. She is also a member of the Chartered Management Institute. She has appeared before courts at all levels including the Privy Council and is a member of the International Association of Prosecutors. Cindy is the Chairman of the Pupillage Sub-Committee.

 
   

Honorary Secretary - George N.H. Jones was initially elected to Bar Council in 2015 and currently serves as the Honorary Secretary. Mr. Jones is SVP - General Counsel and Head of Legal & Compliance for the Americas Region of the Argus Group of companies and serves as Company Secretary for the Group’s companies within the Americas Region. He provides legal advice and co-ordinates all external legal services required by the Americas Region including external advice on Bermuda and Canada legal issues, and directly advises the Chief Executive – Americas Region, and the various relevant Boards as appropriate. He is a key member of the Americas Region executive management team, is based in Bermuda and participates on several key committees. Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons), is a qualified Solicitor and has been a practicing member of the Bermuda Bar since 2006. Mr. Jones was a practicing attorney at Appleby (Bermuda) Limited within the Corporate & Commercial Practice Group. Mr. Jones currently sits on various charitable and other boards.   Mr. Jones also previously sat on the Barristers & Accountants AML/ATF Board assisting in the preparing for the island’s peer evaluation in 2018.

 
   

Helen Cooper is a Director in the Private Client & Trust department in the Bermuda office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. Helen joined Conyers in 2001 and became partner in 2009. Helen’s practice covers all aspects of trust and private client law with specialist expertise in private trust company structures, trust reorganisations and international and local estate planning arrangements, as well as providing advice to private banks, charities, beneficiaries and protectors on a variety of trust related matters. She was educated at Colombia University and then at the Inns of Courts School of Law. She was called in Bermuda in 1997.

 
   

Jerome Wilson is a partner in the corporate department of Appleby. He attended Leeds University and the College of Law, London before returning to Bermuda to begin his pupillage with Appleby in 2007. Jerome has been an active member of the Bermuda Bar Association for over 12 years.

 
 

Kehinde George is a Bermudian who started out life in the UK. She obtained her law degree from King’s College, London, and qualified as a solicitor in England in 1985. She has over 30 years’ experience. She practised as a corporate/commercial lawyer in the City of London for six years post qualification, before spending four years in the UK Government Legal Service advising on insolvency law and policy. In 1995, Kehinde moved to Bermuda and was called to the Bar in 1996. She has practised in insolvency and commercial litigation here since then. Kehinde was one of the founding partners of ASW Law Limited and is Head of ASW’s Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. She has advised on most of the major insolvency proceedings which have taken place in Bermuda in the last 20+ years. She has been a member of Bar Council since 2019 and represents the Bar Council on the Mutual Assistance Committee of the Barristers’ and Accountants’ AML/ATF Board.      

 

Saul Dismont of Marshall Diel & Myers Limited appears in all levels of court. His interest in complicated cases, and the vulnerable, provides a valuable perspective to the Bar. Saul is the founding member of Mental Health Treatment Court, and the first lawyer appointed by the courts to represent children. His cases have established DUI Court, the presumption of costs for children on the indemnity basis, and that children are entitled to state funded representation in Children Act proceedings. His cases have also revealed the false imprisonment of children by the courts, the police and Child and Family Services, and allegations of abuse of children in care and their unlawful expulsion to overseas secure facilities. Saul studied law at the University of Law, England, was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 2011 and in Bermuda in 2012. He is a member of Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.   

 

Sara-Ann Tucker is part of the litigation team at Trott & Duncan Limited. She was admitted to the Honourable Bar of England and Wales in 2013 and following completion of her pupilage training she was admitted to the Bermuda Bar in March 2015. Sara-Ann holds a Hons. Degree in Political Science with concentration in Political Thought from New York University in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, Norfolk UK after being employed as a clerk to the Court of Appeal for Bermuda. She completed the Barristers Professional Training Course at City Law School in London and is a proud member of the Middle Temple Inn of Court. Sara-Ann’s practice focuses on various aspects of litigation including Civil, Personal Injury, Debt Recovery and Landlord and Tenant. She specializes in Criminal Litigation, Employment matters and Human Rights claims and continues to maintain an active volume of Pro Bono files. Sara-Ann also serves on the Dental Professional Conduct Committee under the Ministry of Health.

 

Keith Robinson has practiced in Bermuda for more than 10 years and has been called to the Bar in Northern Ireland (1996), Ireland (2000), Bermuda (2009) and England and Wales (2010). He has two first class degrees in law from Oxford University and two LL.Ms. He has written extensively on Bermuda law and is a regular speaker to audiences both in Bermuda and internationally on Bermuda law. He is an elected member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and an active member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners, Bermuda branch. He serves on the Trust Focus Group and the Trust Law Reform Committee of the Bermuda Business Development Agency, and is a member of the Bermuda branch of Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association.

 

Attorney General (ex-officio), Senator, The Hon. Kathy Lynn Lightbourne-Simmons, JP