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Commercial and Trust Litigation and the Commercial Court in Bermuda

April 2009

The judicial systems of various offshore jurisdictions, including Bermuda, have received their fair share of criticism in the past. In some instances, such as the Thyssen litigation that took place between 1997 and 2002, Bermuda’s judicial system probably deserved most of the criticism that was leveled against it at the time.

That criticism would not be fair today, however. Substantial efforts have been made in Bermuda to remedy the problems of the past, and to make serious and substantial improvements to the commercial dispute resolution system in Bermuda.

Such efforts are ongoing, but as a result of a number of developments over the past three years in particular, Bermuda has a serious claim to be one of the leading offshore jurisdictions for the resolution of commercial and trust disputes, consistent with its status as a leading centre for international business, and a jurisdiction celebrating its 400th anniversary.

 

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