Dispute resolution in Isle Of Man

Appleby

Appleby is, for some, ‘the best litigation team on the Isle of Man, both in the quality of its lawyers and the strength and connectivity that comes from the wider Appleby platform’. The team broadly focuses on commercial litigation, trust disputes and insolvency, and advised Deloitte on the high-profile liquidation of the Arcadia Group. Mark Holligon leads the firm’s dispute resolution team globally and is highly skilled in multi-jurisdictional disputes, particularly involving distressed assets and restructuring. Restructuring is also an area focus for Caren Pegg who also advised on the Arcadia collapse. Professional negligence and employment are two other areas of interest. Other key members of the team include: Charles Davies, an expert in fraud, insolvency and trust litigation; Christopher Cope, who has a particular focus on asset tracing and recovery: and Claire Corkish, who stands out for her expertise in obtaining injunctive relief and disclosure orders. Senior associate Erin Trimble-Cregeen is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mark Holligon

Other key lawyers:

Caren Pegg; Charles Davies; Christopher Cope; Claire Corkish; Erin Trimble-Cregeen

Testimonials

‘I consider Appleby’s Manx dispute resolution team to be unmatched for complex commercial litigation, particularly for disputes that involve multiple jurisdictions and cross-cutting issues. At both partner- and associate-level, they combine deep insight into the Manx legal system with really solid tactical instincts. There is a consistency in quality across all levels of seniority and a striking ability to scale up a team to handle urgent interim relief applications.’

‘Mark Holligon has extensive experience of offshore dispute resolution, and is a forceful advocate. He is very good at focusing on the important matters in a case and recognising what are subordinate issues. Whilst his associates tend to deal with matters on a day to day basis, he supervises them closely, and is always available to step in and give assistance and help direct the case.’

‘Their main strength is the quality and depth of talent that they have. They are super professional to deal with and highly responsive. They will leverage counsel to very good effect where necessary. They are thorough and willing to use technology innovatively. Definitely the firm to go to if you need to have a robust legal battle.’

‘Mark Holligon is an excellent litigator, particularly in the insolvency disputes field. He’s extremely responsive and easy to deal with. I always feel entirely confident referring my clients to him, knowing that he will provide a great service.’

‘I worked with Charles Davies and Erin Trimble-Cregeen. They are both excellent lawyers. Charles is very accurate in the legal analysis and also very clear in legal writing: it is impressive how he can explain in simple words very difficult legal issues. Erin is extremely brilliant and creative: it is a real pleasure working with her.’

‘Mark Holligon is a particularly impressive litigator. He has a practical, results-focussed approach that places a clients strategic objectives at the heart of any matter. He marries commerciality and shrewd legal tactics and has an uncanny knack of finding out-of-the-box solutions that work. He is skilled in fraud, asset recovery and insolvency work.’

‘Erin Trimble-Cregeen has remarkable eye for detail and is extremely hard working. Her trusts expertise is outstanding. A go-to private client and contentious trusts partner of the future.’

‘Mark Holligon is skilled and has seen it all before. This makes him unflappable in a tricky situation. He is also very client and user friendly which is really important in big offshore disputes. ’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland International

Isle of Man Government

Financial Services Authority

Gordon Wilson as Receiver and Manager of Montpelier (Trust & Corporate) Services Limited

Douglas Corporation

HSBC Bank

Takafumi Horie

Moorgate Industries Limited

Peter Neill

Deloitte

Work highlights

  • Advised on the high-profile collapse of the Arcadia Group in the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey.
  • Brought proceedings in the Isle of Man for VTB to recover debts owed by a Russian debtor.
  • Instructed to represent Royal Bank of Scotland International in relation to a very high value claim taken against the bank.

Cains

Cains is the largest independent firm in the Isle of Man, commended by clients for its ‘range, as well as depth’. The team is led by insolvency expert Peter Clucas and Robert Colquitt, who has a very broad skillset across commercial and chancery litigation. Lindsey Bermingham heads the firm’s compliance team and as such is highly skilled in regulatory and more specifically anti-money laundering disputes. Senior legal adviser David Doyle is another name of note and an expert trust and regulatory disputes. Cross-border litigation is another strong point of the practice, with senior consultant Seth Caine being a key name in this regard. On the junior side of the team, senior associate Tara Cubbons  and associate Charles Williams are highly recommended and both highly skilled in insolvency disputes.

Practice head(s):

Peter Clucas; Robert Colquitt

Other key lawyers:

Lindsey Bermingham; David Doyle; Seth Caine; Tara Cubbons; Charles Williams 

Testimonials

‘First class lawyers in probably the most impressive and established commercial litigation firm on the Island. They have a depth of knowledge probably unrivalled on the island. ’

‘Lindsey Bermingham. Best lawyer I’ve ever worked with, she is brilliant, thorough and exercises excellent judgement. Calm in a crisis, she has immense experience of the financial regulatory world as well as commercial litigation. Her experience, given much of the business on the Island, is unrivalled.’

‘Cains provides a Rolls Royce service, with a powerhouse reputation – both on Island and Internationally.’

‘Lindsey Birmingham is a class act. Hard working, highly articulate and a legal tactician of the very highest quality. It is like playing chess with a grandmaster, knowing she will always be one step or more ahead of her opponents.’

‘Lindsey Birmingham is a superb advocate. Her attention to detail is second to none. A pleasure to work with and a leader in her field.

‘Robert Colquitt is personable and easily approachable whilst maintaining a professional approach. He delivers expert and pragmatic advice. He is a tough litigator and gives you the confidence that he has your back.’

‘Peter Clucas provides practical advice and is proactive in bringing changes of legislation to our attention that had an impact of the work we were doing with Cains.’

Key clients

Cayman National Trust Company (Isle of Man) Limited

Slaughter and May – reference to Leonteq Securities AG; Leonteq Securities (Europe) GmbH

Stuart Smalley & Co LLC

Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLC

Browne Craine & Co

Her Majesty’s Attorney General’s Chambers (Isle of Man)

Isle of Man Financial Services Authority

SMP

Work highlights

  • Obtained an anti-suit injunction to enforce compliance with a settlement agreement on behalf of Excalibur Almaz Limited.
  • Advised Cedargrove Limited and Rivercroft Limited on opposing a Norwich Pharmacal order.
  • Acting for Leonteq in defending a significant claim by Old Mutual International.

DQ

DQ is highly experienced in handling multijurisdictional disputes through its TAG Alliance Network and has a particularly strong reputation in handling breach of duty cases. The team's workload has also involved assisting corporate service providers with contract breach claims, insolvency and shareholder disputes. Leanne McKeown leads the practice and is an expert in the above-mentioned areas, and also acts as head of the firm’s employment team. Mark Emery is also a key name for the firm’s insolvency and banking litigation work. Associate Alexander Armstrong is singled out by clients for his strengths in cross-border litigation.

Practice head(s):

Leanne McKeown

Other key lawyers:

Mark Emery; Alexander Armstrong

Testimonials

‘Alexander Armstrong is one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with in 20 years of working in the international litigation and business area.’

‘This is a well rounded firm with specialists in most key areas of commercial litigation. It has a youthful and energetic team, reflecting a desire to promote from within and attract new talent. ’

‘I have worked with Mark Emery, who adopts a pragmatic and solutions-based approach to litigation.’

‘The DQ team offer a personal service and invest time into developing and nurturing client relationships. It is evident that this service is underpinned by strong relations internally, with different departments working together to deliver meet client objectives.’

‘Alexander Armstrong adopts a considered approach to litigation. He is able to distil complex legal issues into clear and comprehensive advice. Additionally, Alexander brings specific knowledge and experience in property and probate related disputes’

‘If I were on the Isle of Man and needed legal assistance they would be the first firm I would turn to. ’

‘Leanne McKeown is exceptional. She is dynamic and knowledgeable – you would want her on your side.’

‘Mark Emery is superlative – easily one of the sharpest lawyers on the Island. He is confident and commercial, and a real pleasure to work with.’

‘We work closely with Mark Emery, who is a very pleasant and professional individual to deal with. He makes you feel like your matters are his priority and his attention to detail cannot be faulted. The DQ team are very good at providing the personal touch, which hasn’t remotely wavered despite the recent global pandemic making face-to-face contact a thing of the past for now.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

Suntera (IOM) Limited

Turnstone (Isle of Man) Limited

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Hermitage One Limited

Cayman National Bank (Isle of Man) Limited

Hill Dickinson LLP

Stobart Air Unlimited Company

Fortress Management Services Limited

Manx Telecom Limited

Dohle (IOM) Limited

Oakmayne Properties Regeneration Limited

Rushmere Capital Partners Limited

Manx Petroleums Limited

Boal & Co (Pensions Limited)

186 London Limited

Equiom Trust Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Mishcon de Reya in a contractual dispute relating to the financing of a bombardier aircraft.
  • Defending a multi-million pound claim related to allegations of fraudulent breaches of directors’ duties in the context of a property development.
  • Acting for Suntera in opposing an on-notice Norwich Pharmacal application, in the wider context of a potential $60million dispute.

Keystone Law

Trust litigation is a particular focus for Keystone Law; the firm's lawyers have been advising several claimants on the high-profile misappropriation of £13m worth of trusts funds by Montpelier (Trust and Corporate) Services Limited. Gillian Christian advised on that particular matter and, alongside trust litigation, is also skilled in professional negligence and commercial contract disputes. Andrew Marshall is another key name and advises on Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings, including restraint and production proceedings.

Other key lawyers:

Gillian Christian; Andrew Marshall

Testimonials

‘Andrew Marshall has had to deal with some complex and potentially stressfully situations in dealing with a difficult and potentially contentious estate. He has at all times been professional, available and thoughtful in his approach and his careful handling of personalities and scenarios has helped to avoid dramas turning into crisis.’

‘Andrew Marshall is absolutely focused on resolving each matter in the best way, deploying his very considerable knowledge of the law, his clear and detailed forensic analysis, his extensive tactical experience, and his practical common sense, to find the best solution to every problem and to provide his clients with exemplary outcomes. He is absolutely first rate.’

‘The Keystone team are all very approachable and easy to work with. Gill Christian in particular makes herself available to support us and always delivers in a timely manner on a cost effective basis. ’

Keystone is remarkable for its breadth of coverage and ability to find expertise in-house on specialist projects. The firm brings a fresh, youthful approach to litigation without being devoid of mature, experienced counsel.’

‘Andrew Marshall is a rising star in the Manx legal landscape. He is a beacon of hope for the future – bright, energetic and humble.’

‘There was no degradation of service during lockdown as Keystone were already geared up to work remotely. The other law firms I deal with all struggled to adapt and their client service suffered as a result.’

‘I have worked with Gillian Christian on a number of contentious matters over many years. Gill has always impressed me with her sensible and pragmatic approach to problems. Gill cares about clients and their issues and she gives sound, practical advice. Gill is excellent and I would always go to her first with any contentious legal matters.’

‘I have worked with Andrew Marshall. He has always been very attentive and helpful in his guidance and also very willing to explain legal terms and issues to me at length. Above all, I trust his counsel completely. He has always been at the end of the phone when I need to speak to him and in person should it be required. ’

Key clients

Ballacorey Wheat Limited and Gem Global Yield Fund Limited

Receivers of the Axiom Legal Financing Fund

Isle of Man Financial Services Authority

Bridgewaters (IOM) Limited

Browne Craine & Co as liquidators of Premier Group (Isle of Man) Limited

Oak Group Isle of Man Limited

Roclad Systems Limited

Several Claimants regarding Montpelier (Trust and Corporate) Services Limited

Divyesh Mittal and Associated Entities

Forsters LLP

Boston Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the receivers of the Axiom Legal financing fund in conjunction in proceedings brought against RBSI for breach of duty.
  • Acting for the liquidators of Premier Group (Isle of Man) Limited.
  • Advised Ballacorey Wheat Limited in a case concerning fraud committed by one of its directors.

Long & Humphrey

Long & Humphrey is jointly led by name partner Rob Long, who has an extensive history of work on insolvency and asset tracing cases. Also leading the team is Oliver Helfrich who focuses on general commercial litigation and personal injury. Charlotte Ronan is another key figure and also focuses on commercial litigation, with additional expertise in landlord and tenant disputes. The team has a broad client base, with a particular focus on accountancy and corporate service providers, with Deloitte a client of note.

Practice head(s):

Rob Long; Oliver Helfrich

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Ronan

Testimonials

‘Long & Humphrey Advocates stand out due to its responsive, reliable and commercially sensible approach to general legal advice and litigation. ’

‘You can always rely on Rob Long’s highly knowledgeable and commercially minded approach to local and international litigation matters.

‘Oliver Helfrich is an approachable, out-of-the-box thinker and one can always rely on his solid legal advice.’

Key clients

Shimmin Wilson

Browne Craine

Peel Town Commissioners

Castletown Town Commissioners

Garff Commissioners

Isle of Man Enterprises plc

Burnbrae Limited

British Cycling instructed through Leigh Day UK

Department for Enterprise

Taxa Genomics Limited

Deloitte LLP

Global Marine LLP

Crowe Trust Isle of Man Limited

HM Attorney General’s Chambers

RMS Restructuring Advisory LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting for and advising the Joint Liquidators of Global Steel Holdings Limited (in liquidation) in respect of winding up of company with approximately $200m in debts.
  • Acting for the joint liquidators in a multi-jurisdictional liquidation in respect of New Earth Recycling and Renewables (Infrastructure) plc (in liquidation) and associated companies and UK Secured Finance Fund (in liquidation regarding the collapse of a fund and a claims against former managers and administrators.
  • Acting for and advising Global Marine Fuel LLP in respect of claims arising from alleged fraudulent activity of Dmitry Mazurov

Quinn Legal

Quinn Legal stands out for its expertise in handling white-collar crime cases, with additional strengths in contracts and shareholder disputes. Ashley Kneale leads the team, and as well as the aforementioned areas, is also skilled in disputes concerning aviation and e-gaming. James Quinn also focuses on white-collar crime as well as employment, commercial and family disputes. Family disputes is also a specialty of Louise Byrne. Senior associate Steven Coren is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ashley Kneale

Other key lawyers:

James Quinn; Louise Byrne; Steven Coren

Testimonials

‘Ashley Kneale was excellent, with a deep knowledge of the key issues. Great client liaison and very good delivery of an effective service.’

‘Steven Coren is excellent – a real star. He is user-friendly, a team player and makes himself available whenever needed.’

‘Steven Coren is knowledgeable, personable and responsive. He is able to get to grips with complex fact patterns quickly and is not afraid to roll his sleeves up and put in long hours at short notice in the client’s best interests. His analysis is robust and always carefully considered.’

‘You feel valued as a client. The first question is what are you trying to achieve, what is a good outcome. They then work towards that. Unlike other legal firms, they really do think outside the box and look for commercial solutions even if that means less fees for them but a happy returning client.’

‘Ashley Kneale has performed excellently on all assignments that we have worked together. Practical and straightforward advice.’

‘There is a helpful and ‘can do’ culture that has clearly been cultivated at Quinn Legal. While dealing with things in a professional manner, there is always a personal touch.’

‘James Quinn and Ashley Kneale in particular are extremely agile thinkers. Strategic minds with a wealth of knowledge.’

‘Steven Coren is a first class civil litigator who has a very broad practice. He is very dogged in pursuit of the best outcome but nevertheless enjoys particular empathy with his clients.’

Key clients

Knox Group PLC

Hartford Homes

Peters & Peters

Mr Philip Vermeulen / Langness Golf Course Ltd

Mr Martin Courage / Aerodynamics Ltd

Manx Utilities Authority

Work highlights

  • Defended an application by the Attorney General of the Isle of Man to forfeit £500,951.64.
  • Defending complex specific performance proceedings relating to the fair value of a limited partnership interest, and books and records and consequential advice.
  • Defending a claim concerning secret profits, conversion and conspiracy, including successful defence of application by claimant for a proprietary injunction and pre-action disclosure

Athena Law

Athena Law, ‘a relatively new firm making waves’, is known for its expertise in high stakes litigation involving corporate matters, trusts and investment funds. These cases often involve multiple jurisdictions, often involving the US and UK. The ‘exceptionally goodChiva Samani leads the practice and focuses on the aforementioned areas, with particular strengths in breach of duty and contract breaches.

Practice head(s):

Chiva Samani

Testimonials

‘Chiva Samani is incisive, pragmatic and strong on commercial strategy. She is always on top of the case.’

‘Athena Law is a small practice that focuses on dispute resolution, a practice area where they deliver a consistently high level of service.’

‘Chiva Samani is an aggressive litigator – a real fighter. She is someone who is not afraid to get stuck in and give a matter a real fight.’

‘Athena Law delivers an professional service with integrity combined to a genuinely courteous interaction with its clients. Billing is transparent and provided with a detailed breakdown.’

‘Chiva Samani was instrumental in our firm instructing Athena Law and the quality of knowledge displayed when dealing with various calibres of lawyers internationally was quite frankly excellent. As a team member, she led the client’s case to a successful appeal and continues to provide good quality advice. We also had the opportunity of experiencing first-hand Chiva’s advocacy skills which were impressive.’

‘You get prompt personal service and queries are dealt with efficiently. Chiva Samani personally dealt with all problems and gave excellent advice and guidance. She had total knowledge of her brief and was very very impressive.’

Key clients

DAC Beachcroft

Nectrus Limited

Lazareff Le Bars

Derwent Holdings Limited

Oak Group Limited

Dohle (IOM) Limited

Shareholder Group in MIR

The Law Trust Limited

Hillberry Trust Company

Kestrel Insurances

Work highlights

  • Represented Nectrus Limited in an appeal in which a declaration that it held its assets – now and in the future – on trust for its parent company was overturned.
  • Advised  minority shareholders in a multi-million fintech company in an unfair prejudice claim against the majority shareholder, and in claims against by the company against the minority shareholders for breaches of duty.
  • Advising and assisting a client, as part of multi-jurisdictional effort, in pursuing certain parties in relation to a €20m fraud, including in obtaining freezing injunctions and other interim relief.

BridsonHalsall Advocates

Dispute resolution is one of the core practice areas for BridsonHalsall Advocates, with founding partners Richard Halsall and Andrew Bridson leading the practice. Halsall is best known for his expertise in handling trust litigation, with additional expertise in areas such as white collar crime, employment and personal injury cases. Trust litigation is also of particular forté of Bridson’s, whose other areas of interest include professional negligence, health and safety, and contentious probate matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Halsall; Andrew Bridson

Testimonials

‘A full service Manx firm with real capability in disputes resolution.’

‘This is a young, dynamic firm who seem able to turn their hands to anything. They stand out as being astute, hard working and having great judgement.’

‘Andrew Bridson and Richard Halsall are both accomplished courtroom advocates, good lawyers and team leaders.’

‘Richard Halsall is shrewd, clever and direct. He’s good on the law and quick and responsive to his clients and to other lawyers. A real star.’

‘The working ethic of the professionals we have dealt with is commendable, they really delve into the disputes and cases we have had – they are very much ‘on point’ when understanding our needs.’

Andy Bridson – a careful advocate not prone to rash decisions; well prepared and thorough with a good client manner.’

‘Richard Halsall is very personable but a tenacious and searching advocate. He has taken on a variety of cases with good results.’

MannBenham Advocates Limited

MannBenham Advocates Limited’s repertoire includes advising on insolvency, insurance, and land ownership disputes. Christoper Webb leads the practice and particularly excels in international insolvency cases. He is supported by Chris Grimson whose expertise lies in employment, personal injury and property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Webb

Other key lawyers:

Chris Grimson

Testimonials

‘Chris Webb has been a beacon of hope for me, he has been straight talking, honest and objective in all matters. He in particular has put forward ideas which have been forward thinking and sound in process and law.’

‘Chris Webb was excellent throughout my dealings with him. He is a master tactician and is excellent in the courtroom.’

‘Chris Webb gives a no nonsense approach to handling matters and is unafraid to give an opinion on issues that arise. When dealing with him, one always feels reassured afterwards that he is right behind you.’

Key clients

Hiscox Insurance/Kennedys

SportPesa Holdings Limited

Alexander Robinson

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

DWF Law LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP

St Pauls Chambers

Global Steel Holdings limited

Quayside Services

Communication Workers Union

Douglas Borough Council

Manx Deaf Society

Prospect Union

Quanta PLC

Rail Maritime and Transport Workers

Farfield Consultancy Limited

The Liquidators of Pylus Limited

John Gray t/a John Gray Consulting Structural & Civil Engineers

Motieka Audzevicius

Freeport Trust Company Limited

David Rubin & Partners

Peter Lunt

McCarthy Denning Solicitors

Mr Dewan

Daniel John Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing insurance company Hiscox in respect to a dispute in where they had denied coverage.
  • Defended a broker who has been accused by Old Mutual of making false statements in relation to a £94 million structured finance investment scheme.
  • Acted for directors and creditors of Global Steel Holdings in a long-running liquidation.

Simcocks

Simcocks’s dispute resolution practice is led by Chris Brooks, who acts as a freelance consultant. His workload includes advising on commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, as well as obtaining injunctive relief and freezing injunctions. Elizabeth Simpson is another key name; she is noted for her expertise in fraud, insurance claims and shipping disputes. Associate Caroline Jennings, who focuses on family law, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Brooks

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Simpson; Caroline Jennings

Testimonials

‘Simcocks provides an exceptional service to its clients. ’

‘The firm combines non-contentious and litigation expertise. They work unusually well together and are able to provide a seamless service to clients as a result. Unusually collaborative with counsel and clients, and have made best use of technology as a result of the pandemic. Frequent video consultations involving contentious, non-contentious lawyers, clients and counsel have ensured very effective case-handling with an eye on the bigger commercial picture.’

‘Chris Brooks wears his expertise lightly, and is an able and effective team player. He clearly has an excellent rapport with clients who rightly trust him.’

‘Elizabeth Simpson has an excellent grasp of legal principle and a very logical mind. She is also readily available, responsive, and friendly with clients. She has a great ability to build a strong rapport at speed. In the small world of Manx advocates, I consider her to be a stand-out lawyer. ’

‘Elizabeth Simpson has substantial experience of acting for life assurance companies.’

‘Elizabeth Simpson is an experienced commercial litigator who is very good with clients, with shrewd judgement as to case strategy.’

‘Simcocks are clearly a market leader in offshore and financial services work in the Isle of Man legal market. They have strength in depth and a lot of individual specialists.’

‘I work with Elisabeth Simpson who is very diligent and hardworking and in command of the detail of local financial services law. She is an excellent litigator with strong commercial and strategic instincts. She is also very client-friendly and great to work within a team.’

Work highlights

  • Obtained emergency injunction for minority shareholder who had been deprived of their share under purported reliance on Shareholders’ Agreement.
  • Contesting a freezing injunction for a local company that owns an aircraft with Russian beneficial owners. Also successfully defended application to appoint an interim receiver.
  • Handled a professional negligence counterclaim in respect of a debt matter which was struck out at the disclosure stage.

Advocates Smith Taubitz Unsworth Ltd

Advocates Smith Taubitz Unsworth Ltd derives its name from local litigators Hazel Smith, Darren Taubitz and Vicki Unsworth. Smith is a former deemster and focuses on family and personal injury law, bringing a unique perspective when as judge was involved in the introduction of the no fault divorce bill. Taubitz focuses on criminal, regulatory and family law and is described as 'an absolute powerhouse of an advocate'. Meanwhile, Unsworth has expertise in commercial and insolvency litigation, with a particular interest in data protection.

Practice head(s):

Darren Taubitz; Vicki Unsworth

Other key lawyers:

Hazel Smith

Testimonials

‘A very focused, talented and experienced team who can handle anything a client is facing. With new premises, and an expanded team, this law firm is able to assist corporates or individuals. They provide a first class service for their clients. The lawyers within the firm are talented and constantly expanding their areas of expertise in order to provide the best service they can.’

‘Vicki Unsworth is a legal dynamo. She is comfortable across the civil, criminal and regulatory spheres. She has astonishing energy, and a very keen appreciation of what is and is not important to the client. I would recommend her wholeheartedly.

‘Darren Taubitz is a very wise head on very experienced shoulders. I rate his judgement and intuition highly. ’

‘Advocates Smith Taubitz Unsworth has a magnificent criminal and regulatory team, led by a man at the very top of his game, Darren Taubitz.’

‘Darren Taubitz is an absolute powerhouse of an advocate. Highly articulate and tactically brilliant, he fights incredibly hard for all his clients, and goes the extra mile every time. He is a first class and fearsome opponent. ’

‘I have been working very closely with Darren Taubitz who has been a pleasure to work with. Darren gets on extremely well with clients and is able to explain complex matters to clients in straight forward easy to understand terms. He is also extremely professional in the way he deals with matters and determined to do the best job possible for clients. ’

‘Vicki Unsworth is super smart, solution driven and commercial in all her work. Focuses on key issues and provides appropriate and relevant advice every time. Has helped my firm isolate the key issues time after time, thereby creating value and simplifying a lot of work on the client end. I have recommended Vicki repeatedly to peers and partners. ’

Key clients

Trident Trust Company (IOM) Limited

The Estate of Colin Bowen Dcd

Sondica Inc

Kaupthing Hf

DWF Claims

MRP International Limited

VTB Bank

Work highlights

  • Obtained substantial pre-action disclosure for Sondica Inc, in relation to a potential negligent misstatement claim against Isle of Man Government.
  • Advised VTB Bank on the appointment of a receiver over both the assets of a Manx company and all of the shares in a bankrupt company.
  • Acted for Auto Cycle Union in upholding an exclusive jurisdiction clause in a motorcycle racing contract to ensure that a catastrophic accident claim was dealt within the Isle of Man.