From left, Rachael Barritt, Adam Richards and Georgia Marshall. *Photos supplied
From left, Rachael Barritt, Adam Richards and Georgia Marshall. *Photos supplied

Experts Rachael Barritt and Adam Richards co-authored an analysis of Bermuda family law for the Family Law Jurisdictional Comparisons published by  European Lawyer/Thomson Reuters. 

The book is now available to purchase from all Thomson Reuters and Sweet & Maxwell websites and from leading bookshops throughout the world.  

The chapter was edited by the head of the Matrimonial and Family Team, Georgia Marshall. She also recently authored the Bermuda submission to International Trust Law and Divorce Litigation.  

Managing director Kevin Taylor said in a press release: “The publication of the analysis of Bermuda family law in the 2013 Family Law Jurisdictional Comparisons is a testament to the expertise of our firm’s contributing attorneys.”

Rachael Barritt added: “This publication is the culmination of what has been a substantial research project and I am proud to see the finished result. Our objective was to provide the reader with a simple and accessible guide in which those at the very forefront of their fields highlight the different family law issues which are defining and changing family law around the world. By again adopting the Q&A format for each chapter, the aim has been to take what are, at times, emotive subjects, and give them a clear and logical response which could aid any international practitioner”.

She said MDM will donate copies of the book to the Supreme Court library, the Bermuda College Library as well as the libraries of other law firms.  

Ms Barritt added they will be asking high schools as to whether the publication would help provide future law students with a local Bermudian perspective”.  

Ms Marshall said: “Our Team’s knowledge of the current jurisprudence, sound judgment and strategic approach has always ensured that our clients’ cases are presented effectively and persuasively.  We were more than willing to use this base of knowledge and expertise to contribute to this important international publication. It was truly an honour for Rachael and Adam to be invited to participate in this publication.” 

According to MDM, Family Law Jurisdictional Comparisons is already the “must-have” publication for all family and divorce lawyers throughout the world who require a comprehensive and practical guide to the key components of family law across a multitude of major jurisdictions. Marshall Diel & Myers Limited believes that it will also stand as an excellent resource on family law in Bermuda.  

Adam Richards said:  “There has been a marked increase in the number of family law cases with an international element, and there is no evidence that this growth will abate any time soon. The trend is partly caused by the growth of truly ‘international cities’ such as London and New York, but also by the myriad of international conventions that govern issues such as child abduction. Against this backdrop, it was essential to provide family law practitioners with an up to date, and improved, comprehensive resource book. By ensuring that Bermuda is included in such a publication we have really put Bermuda on the map for international family law practice.” n