March 2018 marks the 5th anniversary of the Bermuda Law Blog. Developed in 2013 as a way to communicate legal trends and topics relevant to Bermuda, including policy developments, cases, legislative changes and posts of general legal interest, it effectively scrapped the posting of ever-so-quickly dated “publications” documents delivered through the firm website as a link to a formal downloadable PDF. We were stepping outside the box in the hopes that visitors to our blog would find it more engaging, informative and useful. Although the road ahead was uncertain, the firm’s directors gave the thumbs up for its development. They saw that blogging could offer a terrific opportunity to extend the value and scope of our legal experience to our clients and legal colleagues in areas of current interest through posts that are written in an accessible way. Andrew Martin put it really well when he said “Blog posts create a user friendly expression of ideas and information across the spectrum of work we do and give us an opportunity to demonstrate a high level of competence in our core areas of practice, as well as provide practical and informative guidance which we hope our clients and the wider legal community will find of interest.”
Here’s to dynamic and forward-thinking leaders, I thought to myself.
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Recently in the news there have been increasing reports of rescue efforts and road accidents where members of the public have been praised for assisting the victims until emergency services personnel arrived. For some people, leaping to action in those circumstances is an instinctual response to seeing a fellow man or woman in need. But what happens if in doing so that person makes the matter worse?
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Samuel Martin was called to the Bermuda Bar on 17 August 2017 by the Hon Chief Justice Ian Kawaley. Sam’s call to the Bar was moved by his Dad, Andrew Martin, and seconded by his uncle, Peter Martin, who are both shareholders and directors of MJM Limited. Sam went to Warwick Academy until the sixth form, when he transferred to the Bermuda High School to complete his IB studies. Sam is a keen musician and performed regularly as a member and then leader of the Menuhin Youth Orchestra when he lived in Bermuda. Sam then went to the University of Swansea to read mechanical engineering, and then changed to read law, graduating with an upper second class honours degree. Sam then completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (LPC) at the University of Law at Guildford, Surrey, before undertaking his training contract at Cheyney Goulding LLP in Guildford. Sam was admitted to the Law Society as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales on 15 February 2017. Sam is now junior in house counsel at a media distribution company in London.
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At MJM we take great pride in the work we do. Often that work involves helping local organizations provide resources which benefit our island community.
Yesterday, the island’s first radiation therapy unit was officially opened at the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Cancer patients will now be able to benefit from cutting-edge radiation treatments here at home, where they can receive emotional support from family and friends and continue on with their lives instead of going overseas for several weeks. In partnership with the Dana-Farber Brigham & Women’s Cancer Centre in Boston and the Bermuda Hospitals Board, the project started in 2014 when a review of gaps in cancer care on island was undertaken. From there, it turned into a 2 year project aimed at creating a world-class facility that provides pain relieving radiation treatment to people in Bermuda.
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As I sat in my hotel room in New York in the early hours of Wednesday, 9th November 2016, having been awoken from my slumber by the screaming and cheering from across the road at the Hilton’s Trump Election Party, my first thought was that the world in which we live will most certainly change once President-Elect Trump vacates his golden palace for a White House early in the new year.
Change for sure, but for the better? And, if so, who is most likely to benefit? Much closer to home, what does it mean for us here in Bermuda?
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