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Kenneth Robinson

(Bermuda & Brasenose 1972) (21 March 1950 - February 2023)

A prominent lawyer who served on various public boards and tribunals and advised the Government on business became the first Black partner at one of the island’s main law firms.

Kenneth Robinson began his career working for Sir Edward Richards, a lawyer who went on to become the first Black Bermudian to lead the Government.

Mr Robinson attended Yale University in the United States, followed by Oxford University as a 1972 Rhodes Scholar.

A specialist in corporate and commercial law, he joined Appleby, Spurling & Kempe — now Appleby — in the 1970s, retiring as senior corporate partner in 2005.

Mr Robinson remained senior counsel and later a consultant to the firm.

Mr Robinson advised what was then known as the Business Development Unit of the Government from 2011 to 2012, which involved him in a string of legislative reforms to the commercial sector.

Other roles included on the Land Valuation Appeals Tribunal, the Bermuda Housing Corporation and the Tax Appeals Tribunal.

In 2015, he was appointed a commissioner on the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda.