Hector Barcilon was born in Egypt in 1908 and became a naturalized British subject in 1930. He studied at Victoria College, Alexandria, Clifton and Cambridge and was called to the Bar in England in 1931. He practised at HMB Counsellor Court in Egypt until 1938 when he took up private practice in London.
At the outbreak of WWII Mr. Barcilon was called up and commissioned in the Royal Artillery. He served in the Far East until he was taken prisoner by the Japanese – During the period of his captivity as a prisoner of war, he was forced to work on the infamous Siam Railway project. After the cessation of hostilities he served in the office of the Judge Advocate General and in 1950 was released from service with the rank of Major. He continued to serve in the Judge Advocate’s Office as a civilian until 1952 when he resumed private practice in London.
On 27 March 1956 he was appointed to the post of Solicitor General in Bermuda and he held that position until his appointment as the first Bermuda Puisne Judge in 1965. Mr. Barcilon also served on the Law Reform Committee, the Bermuda Bar Council, the English Speaking Union, was the first Rent Commissioner and also served as the Administrator of Government Employment’s Health Insurance Scheme.
Upon his resignation from the bench in 1980, the then Governor, the Honourable Sir Peter Ramsbottom, said his service had been “outstanding”. Following his resignation from the Bench he joined Smith Bernard & Diel as a Senior Legal Consultant in 1981, leaving the post in 1985.
Mr. Barcilon died in 1988 following a struggle with cancer. Upon his death it was said by Peter Smith that Mr. Barcilon “set a very high standard of advocacy because of his integrity and skill together with his vast knowledge of law and the Rules of Evidence” and that “he had an incredible knack for exposing justice where it was…..woebitide anyone lying in the witness box”. Peter Smith also said that Mr. Barcilon would “surely find out”. However, Mr. Barcilon had a fine reputation in the legal fraternity for being scrupulously fair with an unmatched ability for dealing with other people.
It is hoped that the memory of this great man and his contributions to Bermuda and Bermuda law will continue through the Annual Hector Barcilon Memorial Moot.
BAR COUNCIL’S ROLE AND HOW THE MEMORIAL CAME ABOUT
The first Memorial Moot took place in 1990. It was spearheaded by Andrew Martin, Narinder Hargun and John Riihiluoma who sat on Bar Council in the early 1990s together. They wanted to remember the legacy of their dear friend Hector by bringing together the Lawyers, Judges, Magistrates, and the Law students in a fun and relaxing environment which in turn fosters respect and a lasting relationship within the legal community and the Judiciary.
Law students are invited to sign up for the moot. Students having completed the LPC or BPTC course may also sign up. Students should not apply if they have already started a pupilage.
The event takes place almost yearly with the winning teams names added to the Hector Barcilon Memorial Shield. There are prizes and momentos to each participant.
- The moot shall take place between two teams, the 'appellants' and the 'respondents'.
- Each team shall consist of two advocates and one researcher.
- It is the appellant's responsibility to introduce the advocates and the case.
- The moot will be judged by a panel of 3 consisting of a Judge and two members of the Legal fraternity.
- The facts of the moot are as set out in the problem and are not subject to dispute.
- (a) At the end of the speeches, the judge shall declare which team is:
- The winner of the legal case and
- The winners of the moot, who will not necessarily be the team for whom judgment is given on the law.
(b) The team that is declared winner of the moot shall be the advocates who have presented their case with the greatest oral skills and legal clarity.
What is mooting?
The simplest way to describe a 'moot' or 'mooting' is the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem. It is perhaps the closest experience that a student can have while at college or university to appearing in court. As many first year law students will be aware, the legal profession (be it as a barrister or as a solicitor) is an increasingly difficult one to enter. Application forms for legal professional courses, solicitors’ firms and barristers’ chambers often demand that a candidate has, and can provide evidence of, their advocacy or mooting experience whilst at university (over and above any of the more traditional areas of advocacy such as debating). So for the sake of your future career it is worth gaining some mooting experience whether or not the activity is compulsory at your law school.
Mooting as an exercise may enhance your overall understanding and knowledge of particular areas of law and also enhance overall confidence in public speaking, general research, and presentation skills. In other words mooting experience can benefit every student whether or not they plan to follow a traditional legal career path upon graduation.
Prizes included a monetary gift, engraved gift and a goody bag for each participant. The names of the winning team members will be added to the Hector Barcilon Memorial Moot Shield which is kept at the Bar Office. This year, there was also a trophy handed to the winning team to display at the victorious law firm’s location Appleby to be returned to the Bar Office just prior to the following years Moot.
RESULTS - HECTOR BARCILON MEMORIAL MOOT 11 AUGUST 2017: Team Appleby won the mooting competition this year over the Mixed team and have retained the Cup which we understand is proudly on display at the reception desk of Appleby! The event started off at Commercial Court #2 but with the influx of support from friends and family, all had to be directed into the larger court #1. The Moot Judges panel was made up of The Hon. Justice Stephen Hellman, the Director of Public Prosecutions Mr. Larry Mussenden, and Parliamentary Counsel Mr. Anthony Richardson. Refreshments and the prize giving followed at Appleby (Bermuda) Limited.
TEAM 1 (Appleby) consisted of Remond Bonne-Smith, Jacari Brimmer-Landy and Ciara Burrows
TEAM 2 (Mixed) consisted of Matthew Hogan, Ariana Caines and Ashley Bento.
This year’s Moot Question was a civil dispute amongst family about whether there was a concluded contract to purchase property, complicated by there being a non-Bermudian involved.
The 2018 moot will take place in August with the date to be decided. Bermudian/spouse of a Bermudian and Permanent Residency Holder enquiries may be submitted to the Bar Office at firstname.lastname@example.org