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Claire Milne

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Corporate (intellectual property)


Claire Milne is a partner within the Corporate department in the Isle of Man. She is Team Leader for the Intellectual Property and Science & Technology teams in the Isle of Man.

Claire has over 20 years´ experience (both in-house and in private practice) of all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP rights across the spectrum and has dealt with all aspects of commercialisation of IP rights for businesses ranging from start-ups and university spin-outs to large multi-national pharmaceutical companies. She has also worked on major bespoke software and hardware development projects, especially for the financial services and gaming sectors. Claire specialises in advising online gaming and gambling operators, e-business companies and telecoms companies and also advises on data protection and outsourcing issues.  Claire was Chair of the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission from 2007 – 2012. She is also founding member of the Isle of Man Data Protection Officers´ Forum.

Some examples of Claire’s work include advising: the government of the Isle of Man to review the island’s IP legislation and recommend amendments thereto; a number of international banks and insurance companies on the international transfer of their customer personal data; various major brand owners on their trade-mark strategies and licensing strategies in the Isle of Man and Europe; a major bank on the establishment of its e-money service; and a number of international banks and insurance companies on major outsourcing deals.


Qualified as a solicitor of the Law Society of Scotland 1992; qualified as an advocate of the Isle of Man 2009; partner Appleby 2009.


International Masters of Gaming Law (General member).


Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; University of Aberdeen.

Isle of Man

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Clients recommend Appleby for its ‘ability to turn things around quickly and without fuss’ for corporate entities and financial institutions in the purchase, sale and leasing of commercial property on the island. ‘Always approachable’ associate Alexandra Dernie assisted practice head Faye Moffett with the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of a local company which held a number of care homes in the UK on behalf of a holding entity. On the financial side, counsel Tom Brook was part of the team acting for a major bank in its loan to a foreign fund in the context of a high-value, high-profile property acquisition in Douglas. Also notable is Claire Milne, who assisted a local bank with the assignment of a long-term lease for its premises as part of its winding-down proceedings and exit from the market.

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Corporate and commercial

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Claire Milne - Appleby

Within: Corporate and commercial

Known for its ‘excellent service throughout’, Appleby’s corporate team stays ‘at the top of the game’ by combining ‘quick response times and in-depth industry knowledge’. In recent highlights, the firm led the advice to Blackstone and CVC on the proposed acquisition of Paysafe via a scheme of arrangement, and Kyle Sutherland was part of the team which assisted NEPI Rockcastle with a guaranteed medium term note programme and the first issue of notes. The firm also handles corporate governance issues, as shown by Simon Harding’s advice to a shareholder of an oil and gas company with regard to board alterations. Juan Thornley and investment funds expert Andrew Harding were promoted to partner, and Simon Cain retired from the firm. The ‘particularly helpful and proactive’ Claire Milne is also noted, alongside counsel Tom Brook.

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