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.
As of 29 February 2016, same-sex partners of Bermudians will have the same right to reside and work in Bermuda as spouses of Bermudians. This is following the landmark decision of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Ian Kawaley, in Bermuda Bred Company v The Minister of Home Affairs and The Attorney-General handed down on 27 November 2015. The Chief Justice held certain provisions of the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act 1956 (the “Immigration Act”) to be inoperative to the extdent that they discriminate against same-sex partners of Bermudians in stable relationships on the right to reside and employment rights when compared with spouses of Bermudians under those provisions.
Prior to 2011 immigration appeals from decisions made by the Minister were dealt with by the Appeal Tribunal within the Cabinet. In 2011, the Immigration Appeal Tribunal (the “IAT”) was established as an independent body by the Bermuda Immigration & Protection Amendment Act 2011. However, it was only following the implementation of the Bermuda Immigration and Protection (Appeal) Rules 2013 (the “Appeal Rules”) that the IAT was convened.
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