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Bermuda Rising Stars

13 December 2015 Bermuda:Re/insurance+ILS BERMUDA’S RISING STARS Why did you choose to go into the industry? There are many reasons why I chose to go into the legal industry, and specifically into practising dispute resolution at MJM Limited in Bermuda. I enjoy the challenge of problem solving, analysing legal issues and providing reasoned advice to clients, plus I enjoy interacting with various types of clients and achieving their desired result. Do you think the industry is attractive to young professionals? The legal profession has always been attractive to young professionals and can provide a good foundation for other subsequent avenues down one’s career path. The skills obtained in a legal career are transferrable to other types of work. Do you think the industry offers good opportunities and career development to young professionals? The local legal industry provides an array of opportunities including in-house counsel opportunities at local insurance and reinsurance companies, and law firm opportunities being part of the insurance/reinsurance team, practising in either contentious or non-contentious arenas. There are also speaking opportunities at annual reinsurance/insurance conferences as well as the chance to participate in seminars, continuing education courses and sponsored events that are held by the insurance industry several times a year. It is also crucial to mention the pupillage year for a young professional in the legal profession. This is the year in which the new lawyer shadows more experienced senior members of the Bar. Pupillage offers a terrific opportunity for the young legal professional as it provides training and exposure to many disciplines and practice areas, which can be enlightening and can shape one’s future career. I did my pupi llage at MJM Limited. In addition to all of those opportunities on Island, there are global insurance lawyers’ groups, like Insuralex (www.insuralex.com) that offer excellent networking and career development opportunities for young professionals. My firm, MJM Limited, is the designated Bermuda law firm within Insuralex, which means we have direct access to a worldwide network of independent insurance and reinsurance lawyers that are dedicated to the insurance and risk management communities. Insuralex exists to provide its members with a worldwide referral network of the highest quality in the fields of insurance, reinsurance, coverage, defence and litigation. Clearly, being a part of an organisation like that within the legal industry provides greater opportunities for insurance work, career building and networking with other insurance practitioners around the world. What are your aspirations for the future? To continue to hone and develop my skills as a practitioner and to learn as much as I can from those I work with. I hope that my career involves time on the bench and continued opportunities for public speaking on legal and other social issues. If you’d chosen a different profession/career path, what would it have been? I am enjoying the career path that I am on at the moment as I am able to gain exposure to many types of matters, including various elements of litigation that involve not only insurance work but other practice areas. An alternate career may have involved teaching but who knows perhaps that may happen down the road too. Kimberley Caines Job title: Associate Company: MJM Limited Career path Kimberley D. Caines is an associate in MJM Limited’s dispute resolution practice group. She practises in the area of civil litigation and advises on a range of matters including insurance/reinsurance, landlord and tenant, matrimonial, personal injury, debt collection and recovery and immigration. She appears regularly before the Magistrate’s Court, the Supreme Court of Bermuda and local tribunals. Caines holds a strong commitment to the provision of legal services for charitable purposes and engages in pro bono work for the Bermuda Women’s Resource Centre, the Legal Aid Office and the Centre Against Abuse. She also sits on the board of non-profit and community associations and supports many community causes. Furthermore, she demonstrates her civic duty by serving the community on the board of the Devonshire Parish Council and the Board of Trustees at the Bermuda High School for Girls. She is the former chairperson of Bermuda’s Emerging Professionals (BEPRO). Caines was the recipient of the MJM Legal Scholarship Award in 2009 and she completed her pupillage at MJM before becoming an associate in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in women’s studies and Spanish, in which she is fluent, and received her Bachelor of Laws from The City Law School in London. She was appointed a Blackstone Fellow in 2009 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Bermuda Bar in 2010 and 2011 respectively. She is a Toastmaster, having achieved the Distinguished Toastmaster Award and is a past President of the Bermuda Toastmasters Club. She is also a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Association of Bermuda and a regular contributor to the Bermuda Law Blog at www.bermudalawblog.bm. Caines was recognised in The Bermudian magazine as a Rising Star in 2013.


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