Reid Orchard

The Cannabis Licence Act (the “CLA”) was passed by Bermuda’s lower house of parliament in February 2021. However, it was sent back to the House of Assembly after Bermuda’s upper house, the Senate, voted against the bill in March 2021. The rejection of the CLA...

Teressa Macbeth

In response to the global Covid-19 outbreak, the Bermuda Registrar of Companies issued a notice on 20 March, 2020 in respect of Bermuda companies’ compliance obligations pursuant to the Economic Substance Act 2018 (the “Act”). All in-scope companies are still required to comply with the provisions...

Adjusting to parenthood can be overwhelming, for both parents. Thankfully, such more needed legislative changes to improve parenting benefits are on the horizon. The Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sport announced recently that “the consolidation and modernization of the labour legislation […] has been ongoing for some...

Jeremy Leese

Recently, Bermuda was placed on the European Union’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. It is the Bermuda Government’s view that the jurisdiction is compliant with EU’s economic substance requirements by way of the Economic Substance Act 2018 and the Economic Substance Regulations 2018 passed into law last December, with all necessary amendments to address EU concerns having been completed before the decision was taken.

Jeremy Leese

The Economic Substance Act 2018 (the “Economic Substance Act”) was tabled on 7 December 2018 and, following revisions, again on 17 December 2018.


In November 2017, the Government of Bermuda made a commitment to the Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) (the “COCG”) of the Council of the EU to address concerns relating to economic substance. Bermuda agreed to pass legislation to implement any appropriate changes by 31 December 2018 to avoid being put on an EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.