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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 24 April 2019 until the date of next AGM scheduled to take place in April 2020.

 

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, Lorren Wilson, Saul Dismont & Sara-Ann Tucker 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 Legal Education Committee and the Pupillage Sub-Committee.

 
   

Honorary Secretary - George N.H. Jones is a Group General Counsel and Group Company Secretary of the Argus Group of companies. He provides legal advice and co-ordinates all external legal services required by the Group including external advice on Bermuda, Gibraltar and Malta legal issues, and directly advises the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and the Board as appropriate. He is a key member of the Argus executive management team in Bermuda and participates on 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 currently sits on the Barristers & Accountants AML/ATF Board assisted in 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 was recently recognized in Bermuda: Re+ILS as a ‘Rising Star’, featuring highly regarded professionals in Bermuda under the age of 35. Jerome’s practice includes a wide range of areas within the corporate department of Appleby including, publicly listed companies, shipping and debt/equity financing.  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 8 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 the 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 previously served on the Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Committee and on the Professional Conduct Committee. 

 

Lorren Wilson has served as Managing Partner of Cox Hallett Wilkinson for three years Lorren has resumed his responsibilities as head of the Private Client Department. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Buckingham. He is a former member of the Bermuda Police Service and has served as a Parliamentary Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers. Lorren currently specializes in commercial and residential property transactions, estate planning, wills and trusts. He has advised international organizations on the acquisitions of local real estate for hotel developments. He has published numerous articles and is regularly invited to speak before local real estate agencies, the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce (real estate division) and local lending institutions. He completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law Chester in 1999 and was admitted to the Bermuda Bar in 2000. Lorren is a Justice of the Peace, a member of the Bermuda Bar Association, as associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, formerly chaired the Rhodes Scholarship selection committee. He currently sits as a member of the selection committee for the Human Rights Commissioners and the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bermuda Bar, and formerly served on the Board of Education as deputy chair. 

 

Saul Dismont is an Associate at Marshall Diel & Myers Limited. He has eight years post-qualification experience, appearing in all levels of court, regularly at the Supreme Court and Magistrates’ Court, including Family Court and Juvenile Court. Saul provides a fresh and valuable perspective to the Bar. His appetite for difficult cases and human rights has led him to represent the vulnerable. He is a founding member of the Mental Health Treatment Court, and his case Somner & Tucker v F Miller (2016) established DUI court. He is the first lawyer appointed to represent children, causing their release from unlawful detention at police stations, prisons and MWI. His pursuit to ensure child representation is well published, as have been subsequent discoveries of abuse of children in care.

 

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.   

 

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