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Bermuda Conference - Local Practitioners

This event is free to all local practitioners but places are limited and must be booked. A reserve list will operate. Please book by clicking on the button below.
When 10 May 2019
from 09:15 AM to 08:00 PM
Where Hamilton Princess Hotel, Bermuda
Contact Name
Contact Phone 07791 398254
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5 hours of CLE have been awarded by the Bermuda Bar Association

9.15 – 9.45

Registration & Coffee


Introduction by Eason Rajah QC, Chair of the Chancery Bar Association

Welcome Address by Chief Justice Hargun


Shareholder Disputes Panel

Chair:    James Potts QC (Erskine Chambers)

Christopher Harrison (4 Stone Buildings)
Anna Markham (4 Stone Buildings)
Albert Sampson (4 Stone Buildings)

  • I am an unhappy shareholder: what should I do?
  • Derivative actions: the new requirement for leave in an international context
  • Privilege & Discovery: some knotty issues


Share Valuation Session

Matthew Morrison (Serle Court)
Donald Lilly (4 Stone Buildings)

  • Valuation in a s.994 Companies Act 2006/s.111 Companies Act 2001 context; and when and to what extent should a minority interest be discounted?
  • Compulsory purchase under  s.103 of Companies Act Act 2001; can and should the principles from a s.111 context be imported?




The Charities Act 2014

Judge Alison McKenna, Chamber President (General Regulatory Chamber)

  • The recognition of new charitable purposes with reference to status cases decided by the Judge.


What might Bermuda learn from the English experience with Land Registration?

Amanda Tipples QC (Maitland Chambers)

Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC (Falcon Chambers)
Nicholas Isaac QC (Tanfield Chambers)
Nathaniel Duckworth (Falcon Chambers)
Sam Laughton (Ten Old Square)

A brief analysis of the problems to be faced in moving from a system of unregistered land to a registered land system

  • Introduction to the English experience of Land Registration
  • Alteration/rectification/mistake/indemnity
  • Determined boundaries and/or boundary disputes under a registered system
  • The Priority of Competing Interests in Registered Land




Trust & Probate Panel

Keith Robinson (Carey Olsen, Bermuda)

Nicholas Le Poidevin QC (New Square Chambers)
Mathew Roper (5 Stone Buildings)
Greg Williams (Coram Chambers)

Is there really a trust?

  • Can reserved powers be fatal?  Can the trust be ignored?
  • Will the illusory trust help the English divorce court?
  • What information can be extracted to attack the trust?


UK tax update on international issues - implications for Bermudian Trusts and Corporate Structures

Amanda Hardy QC (5 Stone Buildings)
Sam Chandler (5 Stone Buildings)

Topics to include:

  • Changes to taxation of foreign domiciliaries introduced in FA (No.2) Act 2017 and FA 2018
  • New tax on profit fragmentation where Bermudian offshore entities are involved.
  • Proposed new 1% SDLT surcharge for non-residents and IHT charges on indirectly held UK residential property
  • The impact of the Trusts Consultation for Bermuda.
  • Update on HMRC treatment of international entities.




Corporate Restructurings: Who is in control?

Ian Clarke QC (Selborne Chambers)
Alex Potts QC ((Kennedys, Bermuda)
Michael Todd QC (Erskine Chambers)

An evaluation from the perspective of directors, creditors and shareholders

  • The uses and abuses of Provisional Liquidators
  • Jurisdictional issues, forum shopping, and COMI-shifting
  • The balancing act between collective, class, and individual rights


Keynote Speech

Catherine Newman QC (Maitland Chambers)

Clergy to Companies and More: 150 years of Bermudian jurisprudence in the Privy Council


Wrap Up Session

Michael Gibbon QC (International Subcommittee Chair)
Eason Rajah QC (Chair of the Chancery Bar Association)


Cocktail & Canapé Reception on the terrace