Bermuda Branch Committee
Ben Adamson, Branch Chairman
Ben Adamson is a Director in the Litigation department in the Bermuda office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. Ben joined Conyers in 2003. His practice covers all aspects of commercial, civil and trust litigation. Ben has been involved in a wide array of high value commercial and trust disputes, including the Masri litigation, the American Patriot litigation (Privy Council), and various Madoff related matters. Ben frequently appears in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal of Bermuda. Ben was educated at Cambridge University (Gonville & Caius) and practiced at the London Bar from 1999 to 2003 as a barrister at Devereux Chambers during which time he was appointed to the Treasury Panel. Ben currently chairs the local branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a former Human Rights Commissioner. Ben has been consistently recognised as a leading practitioner by Chambers & Partners.
Katie Tornari, Branch Vice Chairman
Katie is a Director at Marshall Diel & Myers Limited and has over 17 years’ experience as a lawyer. Prior to joining Marshall Diel & Myers Limited, Katie was a Solicitor in the Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation Group at Edwards Wildman LLP in London. She joined Marshall Diel & Myers Limited in 2008 and was appointed as a director in 2012. Katie manages the insurance and reinsurance practice, and is active in the development and supervision of the student programs.
Tim Berry, Branch Treasurer
Timothy, BSc Dip Arb FRICS ACIArb is a Quantity Surveyor with over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry, in Bermuda and the UK, in a wide range of matters including development planning, feasibility studies, cost planning, estimating, scheduling, procurement, project management, contract administration, claims preparation and dispute resolution. He is the founder, President and Managing Director of Atlantic Building Consultants Ltd., the leading independent building and development consultant in the Bermuda, which has been involved in almost every significant construction project completed in Bermuda in the last decade, and which has managed construction work well in excess of $1bn. Mr. Berry was instrumental in the establishment of a strategic alliance between Atlantic Building Consultants Ltd. with BCQS International Ltd., a Cayman Island Based multi-discipline construction management and development company, which has offices throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. Mr. Berry has served as President of the Construction Association of Bermuda and Chairman of the Professional Surveyors Registration Council, entities to which is he still affiliated and is a member of the Bermuda Construction Contracts Committee. He also currently serves as a member of the executive of The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Bermuda Branch) and as Treasurer of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Bermuda Branch). He sits on the Board of The Bermuda Mental Health Foundation (of which he is a Past Chairman). In addition to the Bermuda Branch, Mr. Berry is also a member of The Royal Institute of Charters Surveyors of which he became a professional associate member in 1986 and a fellow in 1993, and has been a Member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, since 1991.
Kim White, Member
Kim White. Kim is a director in the Litigation Private Client Department of Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited. Kim practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, governmental and regulatory matters at Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited. He has chaired several Boards of Enquiry under the Human Rights Act and has been an acting magistrate. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Kim is also a Justice of the Peace and a Notary Public. Kim is a graduate of Boston College B.Sc. and Kings College London L.L.B. Kim is the former Chairman of the Bermuda Branch of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Kim is a member of the Honourable Middle Temple and the Bermuda Bar Association.
Charmaine Smith, Member
Charmaine is a Barrister and Attorney with over 22 years’ experience, admitted to practice in 2 Commonwealth jurisdictions including Bermuda, and has practiced in diverse areas of law. For the past 2 years, she has carried out the functions of the Senior Legal Counsel within the Office of the National Anti-Money Laundering Committee. She recently supported the office’s coordination of Bermuda’s AML/ATF mutual evaluation by CFATF by facilitating strategic inter-agency working sessions for the development of Bermuda’s comments and anticipated talking points on the draft Mutual Evaluation Report (“MER”), including sessions with international consultants; leading the development and collation of all factual inaccuracies contained in the MER to be provided to CFAFT for consideration by the Assessors and attending the November 2019 CFATF Plenary in Antigua during which she presented submissions on behalf of Bermuda. Charmaine’s background includes consultant project manager & legal counsel to the Office of NAMLC and to 2 local private law firms; one practicing labour and immigration advisory work, and another involved in a large global civil litigation matter. Additional experience includes advising on, and mediating labour and trade union employment matters as a member of the Permanent Arbitration Tribunal and the Essential Industries Disputes Settlement Board. Charmaine has several years’ experience providing strategic legal advice to many Government Ministries and Departments, serving as an acting Magistrate in all Magistrates’ Courts, and working as a criminal prosecutor in all levels of the Bermuda courts. She has served on Bermuda Bar Counsel committees and sub-committees including the Professional Conduct Committee and the Pupillage subcommittee.
Jonathan White, Member
Jonathan is an Associate in the Litigation and Advice Team at Marshall Diel & Myers Limited. He began his legal career in 2016 as a pupil at Marshall Diel & Myers Limited training under Katie Tornari and Adam Richards. During his young career he has conducted a wide variety of matters in the Magistrates’ Court and Supreme Court. He has also sat as junior counsel to Queen’s Counsel in both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal and is currently assisting in the preparation of an appeal to the Privy Counsel.
Charlene A Scott
Charlene A Scott was previously the Registrar/Taxing Master of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal for Bermuda between July 1999 and March 2016, until she retired some 4 years ago. Prior to that Ms. Scott had obtained her LLB (Hons) in the UK. She attended the Inns of School in Holborn, London, became a member of the Inner Temple and was called to the Bar of England & Wales in November 1986. She did a criminal law pupilage at the then Queen Elizabeth Building, Temple and her civil pupilage at Lincoln’s Inn, both in London.
Upon her return to the island, and prior to working in the Supreme Court, Ms. Scott worked in the private law firm, at a local bank and eventually in the Attorney General’s Chambers in Bermuda.
Ms. Scott has acted as a Magistrate as well as acted on several occasions as a Judge in the Supreme Court.
Ms. Scott is a Member of the International Council of Arbitrators. She currently serves on two government committees- one a member of the Employment Tribunal and the other as the Chairman of the Family Mediation Council.