Call to the Bar for a ‘fearless and formidable advocate’
Former Berkeley Institute student Terry-Lynn Griffiths celebrated becoming the latest member of the Bermuda Bar in a ceremony in the Supreme Court.
Ms Griffiths said she felt humbled and privileged to be able to join Bermuda’s legal fraternity.
She said: “Like so many of my colleagues, I have overcome many obstacles to arrive at this crucial point.
“My journey to the Bar was somewhat delayed because as we all know, pursuing an education at this level requires significant financial resources.
“I’ve held various positions in the field of company administration and, while I enjoyed these roles, I always held fast to my burning desire to eventually qualify as a commercial litigation attorney.
“I would encourage anyone who has a dream, to pursue it relentlessly, and to embrace your unique journey as your own.”
She thanked her mentors at the Ministry, Brian Myrie, Gregory Howard, Miriam Rogers, Susan Milligan and Shaunte Simons-Fox, for their help and guidance in achieving the milestone.
Ms Griffiths studied at the Berkeley Institute before she went on to obtain a bachelor's degree in management and organisational studies from the University of Western Ontario and a bachelor of laws degree from the University of London.
She then completed a legal practice course with commendation at BPP University Law School in the UK before carrying out her pupillage at the Ministry of Legal Affairs, working with the Legislative Drafting Section, the Civil Advisory Section, the Department of Public Prosecutions and the Legal Aid Office.
During her pupillage, Ms Griffiths gained first-hand experience with the legislative making process and appeared in the Magistrates’ Court in connection with various traffic matters and civil disputes.
Mr Myrie said he found her research and drafting skills to be excellent and that he had no doubt that these traits would serve her well.
Susan Mulligan, a Senior Barrister in Bermuda and Counsel for the Legal Aid Office, added that Ms Griffiths had demonstrated great enthusiasm and a willingness to take on complex tasks and learn new skills.
Ms Mulligan called her a “fearless and formidable advocate” and said she would be a welcome addition to the Bermuda Bar.