Dr. Richard Bernard B.A. LL.D. was conferred his Doctorate of Laws at the University of Malta in 2008 after successfully defending his thesis entitled “Medical Negligence – The Need for Local Legislation”. He also holds a Bachelor Degree in Legal and Humanistic Studies and a Notary Public Diploma, with which he was conferred in 2005 and 2006 respectively.
In 2007, he undertook and successfully completed an internship with the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg, within the Cabinet of Judge Borg Barthet, where he gained invaluable experience dealing with the numerous facets of European Law and its workings at the highest level.
He is duly admitted by warrant granted under the public seal of Malta to practice the profession of advocate in Malta and is duly certified by The Institute of Financial Services Practitioners in Malta as a Trust Law and Administration practitioner.
Prior to joining Be Legal Advocates as one of the firm’s Partners in 2014, Richard garnered in excess of five years hands on experience, between 2008 and 2014, with a leading local law firm, where he was primarily responsible for Company law and Corporate Finance transactions, Financial Services Regulation and Mergers and Acquisitions.
Richard brought his experience to Be Legal in 2014 and his practice within the firm covers the following areas:
Company Law and Corporate Finance
Mergers and Acquisitions
Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT)
Trusts and Foundations
International Business Transactions
General Commercial Law
Employment Law and Industrial Relations
Since September, 2016 Dr Bernard also serves as Director of HSBC’s Malta-based investment funds, namely HSBC Malta Funds SICAV plc and HSBC No-Load Funds SICAV plc.