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Cains was recently instructed by a real estate developer as Isle of Man counsel on its loan to a local company to fund the development of a prime property asset in London, and of counsel Alex Poole-Wilson acted for the Channel Islands Property Fund in its acquisition of Zurich House from Dandara, as well as the subsequent relocation of new tenant Zurich Financial Services. Also notable is Poole-Wilson’s work for First Names pertaining to the sale and leaseback of its Isle of Man headquarters, and his assistance with Manx Telecom’s office lease swap and various matters relating to the Telecommunications Code. Jeremy Walton heads the firm’s property and private client offering and is also a key name to note.

Long & Humphrey’s commercial property team ‘is small enough to be responsive and attentive to clients’ needs, but also has a good depth of lawyers and knowledge on hand’. Acting for clients such as property owners, investors and businesses, the group is led by founding partner Mark Humphrey, who is known for his ‘high-quality property work’. A major national wholesaler and its beneficial owner instructed the firm to oversee the acquisition and management of various properties on the island, and continues to advise Isle of Man Enterprises on all leasing issues arising from its residential and retail centres, as well as on the registration of all freehold titles. Senior associate Shona Quayle – who recently re-joined the practice after a sabbatical – and Humphrey also provide ongoing advice to landlords with respect to their properties. Senior associate Matthew Kinrade, who has ‘good commercial knowledge’, is also noted.

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.

Irini Newby spearheads Simcocks' commercial property offering, which boasts a diverse client base of tenants, landlords, corporates and financial institutions. In recent highlights, she acted for an international company in the development of its new headquarters in Douglas, and she was instructed to handle the acquisition of a hotel on the island for a client who also took over a tourist business, which required Newby to advise on public liability insurance and licensing issues. The firm has also undertaken schedules of dilapidation, surrenders, and several technical leasing mandates pertaining to office and retail assets.

Callin Wild has a strong track record handling transactions and leasing mandates and liaising with banks, surveyors and agents. The commercial property team includes English solicitor Beth Greenhalgh and advocate Carly Snellgrove, who works within the firm’s wider commercial department.

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