Martin A. Lundy II
Areas of Practice:
- Commercial & Civil Litigation
- Human Rights & Constitutional Law
- Arbitration & Mediation
- Appellate Law
- Judicial Review
- Foreign Direct Investment Council
- Corporate & Commercial
If there is a wolf in sheep’s clothes at Callenders, it is Martin Lundy, the soft-spoken gentle man who faced with an indignity or injustice in any arena from human rights to divorce, puts on fighter’s gloves and doesn’t give up until the opponent is begging for air.
Lundy started out in Commercial Law, which he still practices. His practice areas quickly grew to Bahamas Investment Authority applications, exchange control matters, dispute resolution and multijurisdictional trust disputes, including one complex case with interlocutory motions that touched assets and victims in dozens of countries.
As Mr. Lundy’s expertise expanded and he was recruited more frequently by partners to team up on key cases, his awareness of the urgent need for the legal protection of human and environmental rights grew. Intellectual interest evolved into passion. In witnessing the lack of respect for law in cases like persons of war-torn countries seeking political asylum being detained without access to legal assistance, thrown into detention centres for years despite international standards decrying such acts, Mr. Lundy entered the bleak picture, summoned his litigation skills and has won freedom for several.
Individual cases are one side of his contribution. In recent years, Mr. Lundy has been a constant in global human rights discussions, contributing to panels in Jamaica, Costa Rica and The Bahamas, building a regional network for legal representation for refugees and mapping the way forward in the growing movement linking environmental and human rights.
“Statelessness is becoming a very large problem,” he says, “and to detain individuals for indefinite
periods of time, whether refugees or asylum seekers, is a breach of international standards. This could apply to people in The Bahamas or Bahamians abroad. If you are aware that a person is a refugee, they are not supposed to be detained.”
On a personal level, he says representing those who seek freedom from persecution is motivation enough.“I need no other motivation other than recognizing that these are human beings and there, but for the grace of God, so go I,” says Mr. Lundy. “If I know I can help, that is all I need for inspiration. When I look into the eyes of an asylum seeker who has been detained or I see someone running for their lives or escaping persecution, I see a human being and as human beings in a civilized world, we must help each other. Otherwise we are no more than barbarians. I am willing to fight for the rights of those who have been wronged and I am willing to fight to protect the environment. There is a mantra in the international human rights arena that environmental rights are human rights. Indeed, they are one and the same.”
Mr. Lundy joined the firm in 2012 as a pupil under the tutelage of the late Colin Callender, QC and was named Associate one year later. He obtained an Associates of Arts Degree in Law and Criminal Justice (Distinction) from the College of The Bahamas in 2006 and in 2009 earned his Bachelor of Law (LLB) with Honors from the University of Sheffield. During his studies in England, Mr. Lundy participated in the University’s Debating Society, Newspaper, Mooting and Law Society. The latter provided various opportunities for travel largely throughout Continental Europe and most significantly to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. In September 2009, Mr. Lundy commenced the Bar Vocational Course at BPP (Leeds) and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in July 2010 as a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. Upon return to The Bahamas in 2010, Mr. Lundy was also called to The Bahamas Bar.