Victoria Pearman was appointed as Bermuda’s second Ombudsman effective March 17th, 2014. She has been a member of the Caribbean Ombudsman Association (CAROA) since 2015, was elected as CAROA President in July 2017 and International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) Caribbean Director & Regional President for the Caribbean and Latin America in February 2019.
Ms. Pearman graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from American International College (Massachusetts, USA). She received her Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) degree from the London School of Economics (London, England). In 1992 Ms. Pearman was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and to the Bermuda Bar in 1993.
Prior to her appointment as Ombudsman, Ms. Pearman worked as a litigation attorney from 1993 to 2014. She was an Appleby, Spurling & Kempe scholar and commenced her legal career at now global firm Appleby’s which includes offices in Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands. She later joined Lord Simmons & Warner with lawyers Darcy Lord and Archibald Warner. From 1998 she was a founding and managing partner at Juris Law Chambers where she worked until her appointment as Ombudsman. Ms. Pearman has a varied background in administrative, constitutional, civil and criminal law. She is well known as a trial lawyer having appeared as counsel at all levels of the Courts in Bermuda including the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.
She taught at the Bermuda College as a seminar leader with the University of Kent Bachelor of Laws programme. She taught two students independently while they were incarcerated, both of whom successfully obtained their law degrees and were called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Bermuda Bar upon their release. Ms. Pearman has trained several pupils and law students who are now practising at the Bar, in Government service or in-house corporate counsel.
Ms. Pearman is a trained arbitrator and mediator and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She served from 2001-2003 as a Government Senator and Junior Minister with responsibility for the then Ministry of Education and Development, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Public Works. She has served as an elected member of the Bermuda Bar Council and on the Board of Governors at the Bermuda College, the Cedarbridge Academy and as Chairman of the Board of the Adult Education School. She has also served on various statutory tribunals and public boards including the Defence Board, the Bermuda Justice System Review Committee and the Law Reform Committee.
Ms. Pearman is the proud mother of 16 year old son and self-appointed Deputy Ombudsman, Simeon.