Former Miss Malaysia Sangheetaa Phary Makes History as First Malaysian Called to Bermuda Bar

Sangheetaa Phary, a former Miss Malaysia winner, became the first Malaysian this century to be Called to the Bermuda Bar. Phary, a multilingual legal professional, was honored in a ceremony presided over by Chief Justice Larry Mussenden.

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Former Miss Malaysia Sangheetaa Phary Makes History as First Malaysian Called to Bermuda Bar

Former Miss Malaysia Sangheetaa Phary Makes History as First Malaysian Called to Bermuda Bar

Sangheetaa Phary, a 35-year-old former Miss Malaysia winner, has made history by becoming the first Malaysian this century to be Called to the Bermuda Bar. The momentous occasion, which took place on Friday, marks a significant milestone in the island's legal community and was presided over by Chief Justice Larry Mussenden.

Why this matters: This achievement highlights the growing diversity and international representation within Bermuda's legal community, which can lead to a more inclusive and effectivelegal system. It also sets a precedent for other international legal professionals to consider Bermuda as a viable career destination.

During her Call to the Bar speech, Phary expressed her gratitude and appreciation for the honour, stating, "A true privilege and honour, and I am acutely aware of the great responsibility that comes with this great honour." She also shared her love for the welcoming nature of Bermudians, recounting her experience with the island's hospitality. "I have travelled rather widely around the world but never have I seen any form of public transport making a turn back to pick one person up," Phary remarked, adding, "I love the large-hearted embrace Bermudians have... The cheerful 'good day' greetings from the ferry crew during my morning ride to work brightens up any day."

Phary, who moved to Bermuda from her London practice about a year ago to work in the reinsurance hub, boasts an impressive educational background. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a bachelor's degree in law with first-class honours in 2010, trained at the City Law School in London in 2011, and obtained her master of laws degree from Cambridge University in 2012. Throughout her career, Phary has worked in corporate law in Malaysia, Australia, and Britain, showcasing her diverse experience and expertise.

During her speech, Phary also paid tribute to her family, acknowledging their unwavering support and love. She credited her parents for their hard work and sacrifices in raising their family and providing them with opportunities to succeed. "It was the amount of hard work and effort and sacrifice that they put into raising a family and putting us in a place of good standing... They loved us so much, and I think the driving factor is always love for me," Phary shared. She also took a moment to honour her late sister Bavani, saying, "I think she's smiling from heaven."

Sangheetaa Phary's achievement as the first Malaysian this century to be Called to the Bermuda Bar not only highlights her personal accomplishments but also showcases the increasing diversity and international representation within Bermuda's legal community. As a former Miss Malaysia winner in 2013 and a multilingual legal professional fluent in Malay and Tamil, with a working proficiency in French, Phary brings a unique perspective and skill set to the island's legal landscape.

Key Takeaways

  • Sangheetaa Phary, a former Miss Malaysia winner, becomes the first Malaysian this century to be Called to the Bermuda Bar.
  • Phary's achievement highlights growing diversity and international representation in Bermuda's legal community.
  • She brings a unique perspective and skill set, being multilingual and having experience in corporate law in Malaysia, Australia, and Britain.
  • Phary expressed gratitude and appreciation for the honour, acknowledging her family's support and love.
  • Her achievement sets a precedent for other international legal professionals to consider Bermuda as a viable career destination.