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DQ

THE CHAMBERS, 5 MOUNT PLEASANT, DOUGLAS, IM1 2PU, ISLE OF MAN
Tel:
Work 01624 626999
Fax:
Fax 01624 626111
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Web:
www.dq.im

Isle of Man

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

DQ

The ‘excellentDQ delivers ‘really impressive knowledge and turnaround speed’. The team includes Stephen Dougherty, who became a director in January 2016, and ‘communicative and helpful’ managing director Tom Maher. It is led by Mark Dougherty, who advised Britannia International on the wind down and closure of its Isle of Man licensed bank, and assisted two international banks with the formation of a joint venture to invest in ship mortgage loans. Simon Heggs left the firm in August 2015 to join Collas Crill’s Guernsey office.

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 2

DQ

DQ’s long list of high-profile clients includes GVC Holdings, for which the firm acted as Isle of Man counsel in its £1.12bn acquisition of bwin.party. Practice head Mark Dougherty also advised Limulus on the £148m acquisition of the Ace Hotel London Shoreditch. Highlights for managing director Tom Maher included assisting international actuarial and pensions group Boal & Co on its acquisition of pension trustee company Zurich Trust. Senior associate Donna Matthews is also recommended. Simon Heggs left the firm in August 2015 to join Collas Crill’s Guernsey office.

Leading Individuals

Tom Maher - DQ

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

DQ

DQ provides a ‘high calibre of service and sound advice’. ‘Very experienced’ practice head Giles Hill is acting for the liquidators of the Louis Group, and he and ‘excellent courtroom advocate’ and associate Tara Cubbon successfully struck out a claim against Lloyds Bank. The ‘outstandingTom Maher is ‘just the type of lawyer you want running your case’. He is acting for Dandara Properties in a high-value contract claim against a firm of advocates. Leanne McKeown’s work included representing a melanoma patient in a negligence and breach of duty claim against the Department of Health and Social Care. Simon Heggs left the firm in August 2015 to join Collas Crill’s Guernsey office and Walter Wannenburgh left in July 2015 to become Solicitor General.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

DQ

DQ’s employment practice is headed by ‘great strategist’ and senior associate Leanne McKeown, who is ‘commercially minded and adaptable to every situation’. McKeown is acting for Hewett Dental Practice in defence of a claim of unfair dismissal made by Loran Taylor, and is representing a claimant in a breach of contract case against Derwent Management that relates to a health insurance policy. The firm also provides regular advice to Standard Bank. Consultant Joanne Hill is also recommended. Walter Wannenburgh left in July 2015 to become Solicitor General.

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Insurance and pensions
Insurance and pensions - ranked: tier 2

DQ

At DQ, pensions specialist Annemarie Hughes acts for some of the island’s foremost pensions administrators. Tom Maher’s work in this sector included acting for Boal & Co on its acquisition of Zurich Trust Jersey from Zurich Insurance Group, and advising LCL Life and Pensions Group on regulatory matters.

Leading Individuals

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 1

DQ

DQ provides ‘excellent service and clear, practical advice’. The ‘knowledgeable, experienced and friendlyAnnemarie Hughes advises local and international trust clients on contentious and non-contentious matters. Tom Maher also undertakes a broad range of work in this area.

Leading Individuals

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Shipping, aviation and space
Shipping, aviation and space - ranked: tier 1

DQ

The ‘well-informed and thorough’ lawyers at DQ include Mark Dougherty, who advised a syndicate of banks on the financing of all vessels currently held by Ray Car Carriers, and acted for Citibank in the registration and mortgages for two new oilfield services vessels. The ‘extremely helpful’ Stephen Dougherty handles aviation transactions.

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