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MJM is one of Bermuda’s leading law firms. We have a broad ranging practice with an emphasis on civil and commercial litigation, banking and finance, general corporate, trusts, insolvency, restructuring, insurance and reinsurance. We also offer advice and services to international individual and commercial private clients.

The MJM Bermuda Law Blog launched in 2013 and focuses on new and interesting issues emerging in Bermuda’s legal sphere. It features information and commentary on trends & topics relevant to Bermuda law.

The blog is authored by MJM attorneys and managers whose wide range of experience and expertise offer insight into Bermuda’s policy developments, legislative changes and legal happenings. We hope you will find the blog engaging, informative and useful.

This blog has been written for informational purposes only, and is not legal advice. Please contact us if you require advice on matters covered in the posts.

Contributors

John Barritt, J.P.John Barritt, J.P.

John Barritt is a consultant attorney who joined MJM in 2004 following his retirement as a partner from the law firm Appleby Spurling & Kempe where he had a varied practice in litigation, conveyancing (property law) and trusts. Mr. Barritt is a former member of the Bermuda Legislature, having served as an elected Member of Parliament in the House of Assembly from 1993 until he stepped down in September 2011.

Kimberley D. CainesKimberley D. Caines

Ms. Caines is an associate in MJM Limited’s litigation practice group. She practices in the area of civil litigation and advises on a range of matters including landlord and tenant, matrimonial, debt collection and recovery and immigration. Ms. Caines also appears as duty counsel through the Legal Aid office in the Magistrates’ and Supreme Court. Ms. Caines was the recipient of the Mello Jones & Martin Legal Scholarship Award in 2009. She joined MJM as a pupil in 2010, becoming an associate in 2012. She was appointed a Blackstone Fellow in 2009 and is a Toastmaster, having achieved the competent communicator award.

Louise CharlesonLouise Charleson

Louise Charleson is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution Group. She has extensive experience in advising both local and international clients on a wide range of commercial litigation and dispute resolution matters including high-value trust disputes and restructures, cases involving telecommunications and regulatory issues, professional negligence, policy coverage and general contractual disputes.

Jane CollisJane Collis

Jane Collis is a member of the property and private client practice group, specializing in estate planning, wills, international and domestic trusts and probate.

Denis de FriasDenis de Frias

Denis de Frias is a director in the firm’s property & private client practice group and is responsible for the firm’s property practice. Denis has over 10 years of experience in a broad range of property transactions including condominium development, complex financing structures, residential and commercial real property sales and purchases.

Hildeberto (Hil) de FriasHildeberto (Hil) de Frias

Hildeberto (Hil) de Frias is a director in the firm’s property, trusts and estates practice group and has a wide ranging international and domestic private client practice encompassing the areas of trusts, wills, estate planning, estates and real property transactions. Hil has 15+ years of experience in a variety of private client transactions ranging from complex international private trust structures to domestic real property sales and purchases.

Honor Desmond-TetlowHonor Desmond-Tetlow

Ms. Desmond-Tetlow is a senior associate in the firm’s litigation group and advises on all areas of matrimonial and family law and in general civil litigation. She is also a trained mediator and collaborative law practitioner.

Alan W. DunchAlan W. Dunch

Alan Dunch is the director responsible for the firm’s litigation practice group. With over 27 years experience, he has developed specialized skills and expertise in the areas of labour and employment disputes, telecommunications and regulatory law, planning law, hospitality law, corporate and commercial litigation and insurance litigation.

Jessica FaiellaJessica Faiella

Jessica is an associate in the firm’s dispute resolution practice group. She practices in the area of civil and commercial litigation and advises on a wide range of matters including property disputes, estate matters, mortgage enforcement, employment matters, debt collection and immigration. Jessica started with MJM as a Pupil in July 2013 and is a local Bermudian.

Jennifer HaworthJennifer Haworth

Jennifer Haworth is a senior associate in the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution team. Jennifer has a wide practice in all aspects of civil and commercial litigation both in Bermuda’s courts as well as in mediation and arbitration.

Brian HoldippBrian Holdipp

Brian Holdipp is a senior associate in the firm’s corporate practice group. His practice encompasses many areas of general corporate and commercial law, with specialist expertise in securities, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and cross-border financings. Mr. Holdipp also advises on partnerships.

Agathe HolowatincAgathe Holowatinc

Agathe manages the firm’s library and information centre, provides legal research and reference services and delivers training in the use of print and online resources to the firm’s attorneys and pupils. She also coordinates the firm’s marketing and public relations programme, leads the design and development of the firm website, Bermuda Law Blog and MJM Quarterly Newsletter, and oversees IT operations.

Jordan KnightJordan Knight

Jordan is an associate in the firm’s dispute resolution practice group. He practices in the area of civil and commercial litigation and advises on a range of matters including employment matters, customs & immigration, property disputes, personal injury, debt collection and mortgage enforcement. Jordan also has experience with cases involving various local tribunals including the Tax Appeal Tribunal and the Employment Tribunal.

Jeremy LeeseJeremy Leese

Jeremy’s practice focuses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and restructurings, banking and international real estate finance, structured finance, as well as regulatory and legislative compliance.

Andrew A. MartinAndrew A. Martin

Andrew Martin’s practice bridges the international corporate and dispute resolution fields and focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration, insolvency and corporate reconstruction.

Peter D.A. MartinPeter D.A. Martin

Peter Martin has led the international corporate practice group since he joined MJM as a director in February 1991. Peter has practiced corporate and commercial law for more than 20 years, and is acknowledged as one of the leading corporate lawyers in Bermuda. Peter regularly advises on mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganisations and restructuring.

Stephanie MatthewsStephanie Matthews

Stephanie has extensive experience in dealing with real estate, estate planning and probate matters. Her experience covers a wide range of property transactions including condominium development, residential property sales and purchases, finance structures and lease agreements. Stephanie also assists clients with estate planning advice and various private client related matters such as wills and administration of estates.

Fozeia Rana-FahyFozeia Rana-Fahy

Fozeia Rana-Fahy is a Director in the firm’s litigation practice group. Fozeia acts for both international and local clients in a wide range of complex disputes including corporate, banking, insurance, employment/immigration, insolvency and high-value trust litigation cases. She routinely advises and gives presentations on topical issues for the banking, insurance, trust and private client sectors in Bermuda. She also has a successful mediation practice and is the leader of the Bermuda Business Development Agency Trust & Private Client Group Executive.

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