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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In December 2016, the legislature in Bermuda passed the Bribery Act 2016 (the “Act”) which will come into force on 1 September 2017. The Act is based on the UK Bribery Act 2010.

Currently, there are several separate laws dealing with bribery and corruption offences in Bermuda, such as the Criminal Code 1907 (Section 111 Official Corruption and Section 112 Extortion By Public Officers), the Parliament Act 1957 and the Parliamentary Election Act 1978. But as of Friday, there will be one comprehensive statute which sets out what constitutes bribery in Bermuda.
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Jeremy Leese and Brian Holdipp, members of MJM’s Corporate Department, will be attending London International Shipping Week in early September, as part of a Bermuda delegation which includes The Hon. Walter Roban, JP, MP, Minister of Transport, and Ross Webber, CEO of the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA).

As part of the week’s programme, the BDA will be hosting a Bermuda Reception on the evening of Monday, 11th September 2017. If you are interested in attending, please contact Jeremy Leese (e-mail: jleese@mjm.bm) for an invite to the event.

In addition, if you are in London, and wish to meet Jeremy and Brian outside of such event to discuss any legal matters with which the firm may assist you, they may have time on Monday (11th Sept) or Wednesday (13th Sept) to visit your offices. Please contact Jeremy via e-mail if you would like to schedule a meeting.
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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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“While, in the vast majority of cases, people exercise their right of access to justice through the services of a lawyer, over the last decade, there have been an ever increasing number of litigants in person appearing in the Bermuda Courts,” reads the Preface in the newly released Handbook for Civil Litigants in Person. Although not short, the 47 page Handbook is clear and comprehensive, detailed and accessible, and aims to help individuals appearing on their own behalf to navigate the civil justice system as effectively as they can. Read More »

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