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

Isle of Man

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

DQ

DQ handles a diverse range of work in the finance space, including financial services transactions, insolvency work, debt capital markets matters and Manx-listed funds. Mark Dougherty is a key contact in the team, which has asset finance expertise and also strong relationships with Irish law firms. Adam Killip, a new senior associate promotion, is a key name below partner level. Former senior associate Hazel Dawson left to join Keystone Law in early 2019. Stephen Dougherty is now at FinLaw, a new player in the Douglas market.

Other key lawyers:Mark Dougherty; Adam Killip

Work highlights

  • Advised Permanent Bank International on its departure from the Isle of Man.
  • Advised GVC Holdings on a £3.5bn debt listing, the first through the Isle of Man branch of TISE.
Rising stars

Adam Killip - DQ

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 3

DQ

DQ handles investment funds and M&A work, acting for private individuals in local deals, including management buyouts and commercial contracting work. The firm has a number of clients in the gambling industry. Stephen Dougherty is now at FinLaw - Andrew Harding joined the team in September 2016, returning to the island from Appleby in Guernsey.

Other key lawyers:Mark Dougherty; Adam Killip; Donna Matthews; Andrew Harding

Key Clients

Hunter Resources

Nordea Group

Avana Petroleum

Credit Agricole

GVC Holdings

First Names Group

KPMG

Baker Tilly

Dandara

Geodrill

Leading individuals
Rising stars

Adam Killip - DQ

Donna Matthews - DQ

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

DQ

DQ advises a strong client list of financial services entities, company directors, trustees and public bodies. Led by Giles Hill, the team enjoys a steady flow of mandates concerning insolvency (of which Stephen Dougherty has particular expertise), trust disputes and professional negligence. The practice also has a depth of expertise in liquidator-instructed schemes of arrangement applications. Leanne McKeown leads on contentious employment and high-value personal injury claims, and senior associate Tara Cubbon acts on corporate and commercial litigation matters including high-stakes bankruptcy injunction orders.

Practice head(s):Giles Hill

Other key lawyers:Leanne McKeown; Stephen Dougherty; Tara Cubbon

Key Clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Lloyds Bank

Turnstone (Isle of Man)

Fulcrum

Manx Industrial Relations Service

Boca

Soberano

Zenfold Properties

Trustee of the Marr Trust

Sean Connick

British Medical Association

David Humbles

Guy Wiltcher

Oakmayne Properties

Michael Riddell

Heather Scott as personal representative of the estate of the late Christopher Scott

Work highlights

  • Successfully obtained a bankruptcy injunction order on behalf of Lloyds Bank against an individual for debts of over £3m. Subsequent appeals were also successfully dismissed.
  • Represented Fulcrum as trustee of the Pomfrett Trust in issues concerning a £3m confiscation order obtained against the trust's settlor, and a restraint order obtained against the trust's assets.
  • Successfully struck out a £28m fiduciary breach claim brought against Turnstone and its subsidiary Peacock Management by the Cayman Island-based fund Axiom Legal Financing.
  • Ongoing instruction from Michael Simpson as court -appointed liquidator of the Louis Group following its high-value and complex insolvency.
  • Instructed by the Manx Industrial Relations Service in its High Court intervention concerning the statutory role it plays in conciliating employment settlements.
Leading individuals

Giles Hill - DQ

Rising stars

Tara Cubbon - DQ

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

DQ

DQ’s employment practice regularly acts for both employees and employers from sectors including financial services, gambling and public services on disputes concerning unfair dismissal, misconduct and breach of contract claims. The non-contentious offering includes providing advice on employment and immigration issues arising from corporate transactions, Equality Act compliance and the drafting of compromise agreements and general employment contracts. Leanne McKeown and Tara Cubbon, who both handle the full range of matters, are the main points of contact.

Practice head(s):Leanne McKeown; Giles Hill

Other key lawyers:Tara Cubbon

Key Clients

Manx Industrial Relations Service

British Medical Association

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Manx Industrial Relations Service as intervenor in RL360 v Graham Smith in the Isle of Man Employment Tribunal.
  • Providing ongoing employment and HR support to Standard Bank Offshore Group
  • Successfully obtained an injunction for The British Medical Association (on behalf of member Dr Khan) to prevent the Department of Health and Social Care from continuing to exclude a consultant from his duties.
Leading individuals

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Insurance and pensions
Insurance and pensions - ranked: tier 2

DQ

DQ's pensions offering is spearheaded by Annemarie Hughes, who advises premier Isle of Man pension administrators on all legal and regulatory requirements. Of particular note is the practice’s expertise in drafting the island’s first occupational pensions schemes to gain approval under the newly introduced pension freedoms legislation. The team also has experience with defending pension trustees against Isle of Man Pensions Ombudsman claims.

Practice head(s):Annemarie Hughes

Leading individuals

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

DQ

The team at DQ handles regular instructions concerning trust restructuring and terminations, succession planning, right-to-information requests, and philanthropic matters. International tax investigations and tax information exchange agreement matters are further strong points for the practice, with Annemarie Hughes being a leader in this field. The firm has a solid contentious trust offering with Hughes and Tara Cubbon often receiving referrals from UK firms to represent trustees in complex cross-border trust disputes.

Practice head(s):Annemarie Hughes; Donna Matthews

Leading individuals
Rising stars

Tara Cubbon - DQ

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

DQ

At DQ, Mark Dougherty handles various ship finance mandates. Donna Matthews, an associate, also plays a lead role on significant work. Stephen Dougherty is now at FinLaw.

Other key lawyers:Mark Dougherty; Donna Matthews

Key Clients

Credit Agricole

Seven Mile Schipping

Deutsche Bank

Norddeutsche Landesbank

Hanjin Shipping

Berge Bulke

Blue Water Logistics

Equiom

SMP Partners

Ryanair

Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate of banks including KfW and Sumitomo on refinancing Ray Car Carriers' fleet.
  • Advised a group of lenders on the insolvency of Rickmers Group.
Leading individuals

Stephen Dougherty - DQ

Rising stars

Donna Matthews - DQ

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