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Michael Hanson JP


Michael Hanson is the managing partner of Carey Olsen Bermuda. His core practice is centred on human capital and regulatory law where he advises the largest insurance and reinsurance, banks and professional services businesses on the island.

Michael has particular and significant expertise in multijurisdictional crisis management, corporate, employment and regulatory investigations, complex executive disputes and executive benefit and incentive programs. Michael also has a more general practice advising clients on commercial contract claims, reinsurance and coverage disputes and shareholder disputes.

Michael is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global and Legal 500 describing him as "highly rated", "very knowledgeable" and that "his responsiveness is unbelievable!".


Prior to joining Carey Olsen in 2017, Michael was partner and head of the employment and immigration at another offshore law firm in Bermuda.

Michael is a former Chair of the Human Rights Commission in Bermuda under the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1981. Michael is on the board of the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce and is Chair of the Bermuda Development Agency.


Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited is a company limited by shares incorporated in Bermuda and approved and recognised under the Bermuda Bar (Professional Companies) Rules 2009. The use of the title “Partner” is merely to denote seniority. Services are provided on the basis of our current terms of business, which can be viewed at:

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What our clients say

"Michael Hanson is highly rated for complex contentious employment and immigration issues."

Legal 500

"His responsiveness is unbelievable!"

Chambers and Partners

"Michael Hanson has become the gold standard in Bermuda with regard to employment law matters - he is a very insightful adviser and always keen to help."

Legal 500

"A straight-shooter."

Chambers and Partners

"He has an understanding of how business works, which helps mitigate risk and assists our business in achieving its objectives."

Chambers Global