Judge and former Financial Secretary honoured by College
A judge and the island’s first Registrar of Companies have been named the latest Bermuda College honorary fellows.
Puisne Judge Larry Mussenden and Peter Hardy received the honour, established in 1980 to recognise the “outstanding achievements of notable persons in the community”, in a ceremony held on Saturday.
Mr Justice Mussenden served for 17 years in the Royal Bermuda Regiment, becoming the organisation’s Second-in-Command.
In 1992, he attended Kent University and the Inns of Court School, Bar School in London and worked in both the Attorney-General’s Chambers and private practice upon his return to the island.
Mr Justice Mussenden went on to serve as both Attorney-General and the Minister of Justice before becoming the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2016.
In 2020, Mr Justice Mussenden was appointed by the Governor as a Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court, serving as a commercial and civil court arbiter of cases involving disputes between companies, individuals and between the Government and other parties.
Outside of the court, Mr Justice Mussenden served as president of the Bermuda Football Association for more than 12 years.
Mr Hardy was born in Devon in England and moved to Bermuda in 1967 to teach at the Berkeley Institute.
In 1970, he was named the first Registrar of Companies, responsible for implementing the island’s first company incorporation by registration procedure.
He also established Bermuda’s 60-40 corporate ownership rules, and compiled early data on local and international company business for the Ministry of Finance.
Mr Hardy went on to serve as the first Commissioner of Employment Tax, a post that was later changed to that of Tax Commissioner, and in 1994 he became Bermuda’s Financial Secretary.
In that post he was credited with introducing an anti-money laundering compliance regime, commissioning reviews of Bermuda’s tax and revenue structure and formulating the first National Occupational Pension Plan.
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