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Williams v Minister of Home Affairs

Posted by: Anita Yates
Category: Deals & Cases

Wakefield Quin Limited successfully represented the applicant in an application for Constitutional relief.

The applicant was a naturalised British Overseas Territories citizen who had been told that he required a work permit in order to work in Bermuda. He brought his claim on the basis that as a person who belongs to Bermuda and had the right to engage in business and employment, he was not subject to work permit restrictions.

The Supreme Court agreed with the applicant. The judge declared that the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act must be read so as to exclude persons who belong to Bermuda from work permit control. The applicant was also awarded damages for the interference with his Constitutional rights.

Peter Sanderson represented the applicant in the proceedings.