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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Simcocks covers the range of offshore private client matters, ranging from estate planning to complex trust management issues. Chief executive Phil Games advises on matters such as beneficial ownership registers, succession planning and the use of Isle of Man foundations. Alex Spencer and associate Kevin O’Loughlin are recommended for court applications and contentious work. Amy Coole’s work includes non-contentious matters such as cross-border estate planning and trusts aspects of off-island divorces. Caroline Jennings handles family law work including separation and cohabitation agreements, some of which involving non-traditional families.

Appleby has ‘a strong reputation in the island, and deservedly so’, providing ‘excellent service from very experienced advocates’ to trust companies such as Estera Trust, Zedra Trust and Old Mutual International Trust Company. David Pytches – a counsel qualified in the Cayman Islands and England – is ‘very knowledgeable and keen to find the most appropriate outcomes from the clients’ circumstances’. Particularly strong at cross-border work, the firm handles work concerning Manx foundations, court applications for trust variations, trust restructuring and regulatory challenges faced by trust companies, among other matters.

DQ is ‘very responsive’, and provides ‘good solutions for a range of matters’. The firm handles a range of matters for trust companies and high-net-worth individuals, primarily on non-contentious estate planning matters as well as court applications. ‘One of the top trust practitioners on the island’, Annemarie Hughes has ‘a good understanding of what trustees need’ – she works with trust companies such as The Fortress Group. Other practitioners of note include associate director Donna Matthews, who handles various non-contentious matters, associate Tara Cubbon, who handles trustees’ court applications for directions, and ex-KPMG non-lawyer Sinead O’Connor, who advises on, among other things, Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act matters.

Advocate John Rimmer Limitedprovides tremendous service in terms of speed, professionalism and knowledge’. ‘An experienced private client practitioner who is good to work with’, John Rimmer is ‘knowledgeable and always goes that little bit further to provide tremendous service’. Areas of work include regulatory advice for trust companies, restructuring and cross-border tax matters. Associate Hollie Ranscombe is also a name of note – she handles various probate applications, often involving technical international aspects, as well as wills work.

M&P Legal’s Christopher Murphy leads a department which handles matters such as Mental Health Act applications and trust advice surrounding divorces. He also continues to advise the estate of entertainer Norman Wisdom, who died in 2010.

MannBenham Advocates Limited provides ‘impeccable service with quick and detailed responses’; ‘requests have successful outcomes, with a good spread of knowledge for the required trust work. Senior counsel Paul Beckett has ‘a vast knowledge of legal precedent, and is quick to come forward with helpful suggestions’. He and Tim Bennett advise on matters concerning cross-border probate, trust variations, semi-contentious court applications and mental capacity.

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