Dispute resolution in Isle Of Man


Appleby comprises ‘a deep pool of professional capability’ offering ‘outstanding’ advice and ‘highly effective’ advocacy in multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation and trust disputes as well as insolvency and restructuring matters. With offices in all three Crown Dependencies, the firm is able to advise clients - which include corporate service providers, financial institutions, insurers and corporations - seamlessly on matters involving multiple offshore jurisdictions. Practice head Mark Holligon has ‘vast knowledge of offshore dispute resolution’ and ‘effectiveCaren Pegg covers freezing injunctions and regulatory disputes, among others. Christopher Cope specialises in fraud claims, asset-tracing and trust disputes, and Claire Corkish focuses on injunctive relief, search and disclosure orders and cross border mutual legal assistance actions. Erin Trimble-Cregeen is noted for her ‘deep legal analysis of the most complex matters’.

Practice head(s):

Mark Holligon

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The Appleby dispute resolution team in the Isle of Man comprise a deep pool of professional capability, they have complimentary skills and a collaborative highly effective approach. The quality of advice is outstanding and their advocacy in court highly effective. They are the go-to firm in the Isle of Man for litigation.’

‘Mark Holligon has a vast knowledge of offshore dispute resolution and gives clear, considered advice at all times, before, during and after the court process. Erin Trimble-Cregeen offers deep legal analysis of the most complex matters and works tirelessly on her client’s behalf. Charles Davies is a superb in-court performer, deadly in cross examination with an uncanny ability to home in on the most significant points in a sea of detail whilst also thinking quickly on his feet.’

‘Quietly efficient and effective in a way that produces results.’

‘Caren Pegg – very easy to deal with and sensible in her approach to litigation. Effective oral advocacy before the Isle of Man court, including at appellate level.’

‘The team has demonstrated the ability to quickly grasp complex scenarios and to quickly and effectively identify workable and effective solutions to often unique problems.’

‘Charles Davies stands out as having the ability to marshal and contextualize large and very complex situations and factual matrices in such a way as to be able to both set out appropriate claims and to effectively challenge opposing witnesses when they stray from their anticipated narrative. He has a very effective manner in Court proceedings. Mark Holligon has a very impressive knowledge of statutory provisions and relevant precedent which leads him to quickly identify the most appropriate and effective methods of resolving problems.’

‘Mark Holligon is a very good strategist; he has good judgement and commercial knowledge and delivers for his clients.’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland International

Isle of Man Government (various departments)

Financial Services Authority

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

Douglas Corporation



Swagelok Isle of Man Limited No


Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel to the court appointed manager and receiver of a local trust and corporate service provider following litigation brought by the local regulator and advised on a wide range of matters relating to the client’s appointment in circumstances where the directors of the company are taking an aggressive stance amid allegations of substantial wrongdoing.
  • Acted for three beneficiaries of three Manx family trusts. The trusts are the subject of high value litigation in Italy. The initial advice related to a Beddoe application (and subsequent related costs orders) made by the trustee to fund the Italian litigation, and their clients’ opposition to parts of the Beddoe order obtained.
  • Represented the Royal Bank of Scotland International in relation to a very high value claim taken against the bank. The claim was successfully struck out on appeal to the Staff of Government Division.


Cains is ‘one of the go-to firms in the Isle of Man’ for litigation services and is particularly sought after for advice regarding commercial and corporate disputes, high value and complex contentious insolvency matters, asset tracing, fraud and trust litigation cases. The team, jointly headed by Peter Clucas and ‘stand-outRobert Colquitt, regularly acts for corporates, private equity sponsors, international banks and alternative lenders. ‘Extremely experiencedLindsey Bermingham is a ‘superb lawyer’ specialising in regulatory issues, anti-money laundering and international co-operation. David Doyle and Seth Caine, as well as the corporate and commercial litigation focused Tara Cubbon and Charles Williams, are also noted. Clients laud the ‘great customer service’ and ‘trusted advice’.

Practice head(s):

Peter Clucas; Robert Colquitt

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Simply a well run organisation with superb attention to detail.’

‘Lindsey Birmingham is extremely experienced in her field and is excellent with clients. A superb lawyer.’

‘As litigators, the team are one of the ‘go to’ firms in the Isle of Man. We have always been confident that we are receiving sound advice and their presentation of advice compared to other firms is exceptional. Billing is prompt on a monthly basis, hourly rates and billing is high but worth every penny.’

‘Robert Colquitt is the advocate who stands out the most. He is a confident litigator and his communications are always to the point and professional. He is certainly the first advocate we turn as he instills confidence in us that we do not experience with other litigators on the Island.’

‘The response times are excellent.’

‘The service has been excellent. Their communication is always on point – providing great customer service by providing trusted advice backed up by external expertise where required.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Simon McNally & Another

Heda Airlines Limited

Friends Provident International Limited

Barclays Bank Plc

Work highlights

  • Represented Friends Provident International Limited in defending a multi-claimant claim before Isle of Man High Court.
  • Advised two defendants in connection with hugely complex, longstanding litigation issues, spanning 10 years +, involving multiple jurisdictions.
  • Successfully represented asset holding Manx company (Heda Airlines Limited) in defending contractual dispute involving interpretation and rectification of loan agreement.


DQ is experienced in acting at all levels of the Isle of Man courts, handling commercial disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes as well as employment, insurance, regulatory and professional negligence cases, and clients consider the unit to be ‘the best firm on the island for complex trust and estate matters’. The ‘very efficient’ practitioners also frequently act for a number of the island’s corporate service providers as well as for local banks and local authorities. Leanne McKeown heads the practice and has particular expertise in acting for defendants in breach of duty cases. ‘Strong up and comerMark Emery is the firm’s specialist for contentious insolvency and restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Leanne McKeown

Other key lawyers:

Mark Emery


‘In my experience this is the best firm on the island for complex trust and estate matters. They combine local knowledge with expertise on international trusts and UK tax issues. I would not recommend anyone else on the island.’

‘Mark Emery – he is a strong up and comer. Completely hands on with our large matter he sees clearly what the goals are and how we are going to achieve them.’

‘The team is energetic and responsive, more than happy to challenge longer established practitioners.’

‘Leanne McKeown and Mark Emery head the team – both are approachable and have the knack of presenting advice in an easily digestable form. I have been impressed with the quality of their written work whether by way of advice or submissions to the Court which inspires confidence.’

‘DQ is a highly responsive and credible legal firm with a particular focus on insolvency matters in the Isle of Man spearheaded by the very capable Mark Emery. They are a very good firm to deal with, commercially minded and comprising ambitious lawyers supported by an excellent team. Their branding is edgy and reflects a firm on the up.’

‘Mark Emery stands out for his depth of experience which means he can quickly assess complex matters and give good strategic advice. He has an excellent inter-personal manner, highly professional and very approachable.’

‘The team are very responsive and easy to deal. Their knowledge and experience is appreciated with complicated matters.’

‘DQ understood what we were trying to achieve in their jurisdiction and provided us with a solution to achieve that objective in the most costs effective way. They were extremely efficient to respond to our queries and provide their opinion on progressing the matter.’

Key clients

Suntera (IOM) Limited

Greystone LLC

Baker Tilly Isle of Man Fiduciaries Limited

Concept Fiduciaries Limited

Turnstone (Isle of Man) Limited

Hermitage One Limited

Cayman National Bank (Isle of Man) Limited

Manx Telecom Limited

Dohle (IOM) Limited

Oakmayne Properties Regeneration Limited

Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited Ramsey Town Commissioners

Arragon Jaguars Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hermitage One Limited in a hybrid three-day witness trial relating to a US$15 million financing of a bombardier aircraft, in the wider context of multi-jurisdictional proceedings relating to a $3 billion Russian divorce.
  • Acted for the directors of Falmouth Developments Limited and Oakmayne Properties (Regeneration) Limited in defending a multi-million pound claim related to allegations of fraudulent breaches of directors’ duties in the context of a multi-million pound property development at Cornwall Terrace, Regent’s Park, London.
  • Successfully obtained the urgent recognition in the Isle of Man of English joint trustees in bankruptcy in order to assist with ascertaining whether the bankrupt had any interest in an Isle of Man company, suspected of owning English properties with a value of between £5-5.6 million.

Humphrey & Helfrich

Humphrey & Helfrich offers a comprehensive service in dispute resolution, representing clients in matters pertaining to, among others, commercial and contract disputes, personal injury, trusts and estates, debt recovery, reputation management, civil fraud and land disputes as well as judicial reviews. Director Oliver Helfrich has a focus on private client, employment personal injury and medical negligence claims as well as judicial reviews. Clients appreciate the Helfrich is committed to them and assists them ‘through the whole process’.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Helfrich


‘Individual attention – the client is a person, not a number passing through’

‘Oliver Helfrich is professional and very knowledgeable, but listens and adjusts his advice to suit the client’s needs.’

‘Showed an instant understanding to the situation and frustrations with our request for support. Oliver Helfrich was both ambitious in further understanding the pro e-sport sector as well as showing a unique understanding of the personal effects it was having and was able to provide guidance over and above what we would have expected.’

‘Oliver Helfrich even though a senior partner within the company deal directly with us, was always available and worked tirelessly to support us throughout. Oliver did not pass us down the chain to a less senior member of staff but fully committed to us and we dealt with Oliver through the whole process.’

Key clients

Deloitte LLP

Peel Town Commissioners

Castletown Town Commissioners

Garff Parish Commissioners

Braddan Parish Commissioners

Shimmin Wilson

Isle of Man Enterprises (Shoprite brand)

British Cycling instructed through Leigh Day UK

British Triathlon instructed through Leigh Day UK

Affinity Group

CM Partners

Conister Bank


Work highlights

  • Acted for the claimant in a successful statutory challenge to part of the Isle of Man Area Plan for the East, brought pursuant to section 5(2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1999. The claim involved a novel point of law; the First Deemster’s reviewed the relevant authorities and made findings  in favour of the claimant.
  • Acted for the Claimant in a land / right of way dispute, part of a wider more complicated land dispute (heard together, but not consolidated) in which a number of points of law were argued. Successfully argued that the principle of “lost modern grant” is part of the Manx common law.
  • Acted for the joint liquidators of New Earth Recycling and Renewables (Infrastructure) Plc (in liquidation) and associated companies regarding the collapse of a £171m fund.

Keystone Law

The practitioners at Keystone Law are ‘quick in identifying strengths and weaknesses’ and provide ‘excellent defence strategies’ when representing clients in complex commercial disputes, trust litigation, professional negligence matters, contentious employment matters, and more. Gillian Christian provides advice which is ‘of the highest standards’, in particular in relation to her specialisms in trust litigation, especially equitable relief for mistake and rectification cases. Other key names include ‘first classAndrew Marshall, a ‘very measured calm and knowledgeable lawyer’ specialising in commercial disputes who has recently been particularly active in shareholder disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Gillian Christian; Andrew Marshall


‘The key qualities are the application of an unparalleled knowledge of the law to a solutions-based strategic approach. Whatever the complexity of the Gordian knot, they will slice through it with common sense and understanding, to their client’s best advantage.’

‘Andrew Marshall. Quite simply, first class. He epitomise the points I have mentioned above – ie he has the key qualities of the application of an unparalleled knowledge of the law to a solutions-based strategic approach. Whatever the complexity of the Gordian knot, he will slice through it with common sense and understanding, to his client’s best advantage.’ 

‘Very personable and informed in relation to how the system works and the particular local law conditions. Also accessible and responsive which is so important for clients nowadays’

‘Andrew Marshall is a lawyer who exhibits top notch emotional intelligence in engaging with clients. He uses this to good effect when engaging with clients and presenting advice, especially when that advice is not what the client wants to hear.  A very measured calm and knowledgeable lawyer.’

‘Great team, always accessible and very knowledgeable.’

‘The team are able to quickly grasp the basis of the dispute, and to suggest excellent defence strategies.’

‘Service from Gillian Christian is always of the highest standard. Her open approach to solving problems is refreshing. Always providing clear and understandable advice. In depth expertise in all elements of offshore legal matters meaning she is the go to lawyer on all offshore matters for us.’

Key clients

Andreas Racing Association Limited

The Isle of Man Woodland Trust

D4 Doors Limited

Kearsley Properties Limited

Ballacorey Wheat Limited (“BWL”) and Gem Global Yield Fund Limited (“GGYF”)

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

  • Acted for the receivers of the Axiom Legal financing fund in conjunction with Stephen Auld KC in proceedings brought against Royal Bank of Scotland International for breach of duty that have just been heard at the Privy Council. Successfully acted for the receivers in defending a strike out/summary judgment application and the case went to appeal.
  • Acted for Bridgewaters (IOM) Limited in relation to enforcement proceedings brought by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority.

Athena Law

Athena Law is a dispute resolution boutique that focuses on acting for offshore companies and trusts, among others, in high-value and complex corporate, trust and fund-related disputes as well as regulatory matters and tracing actions, injunctions and search orders. Practice head Chiva Samani specialises in commercial and trust disputes, asset tracing and injunctive relief and clients state that her ‘advocacy is measured and effective’. The practice is recommended for its ‘personal, attentive, one-on-one collaborative approach’.

Practice head(s):

Chiva Shamani


‘Athena Law is a small boutique litigation firm led by Chiva Samani. The quality of the legal advice is extremely good and the team are always very responsive.’

‘Chiva Samani is really impressive – creative, committed and a real pleasure to work with.  She definitely goes the extra mile for her clients and can be tough when necessary, but never just for the sake of it.’

‘Thoroughly professional approach to dispute resolution, first-class ability to grasp complex issues as well as regular updates.’

‘Chiva Samani is an excellent advocate who has demonstrated the ability to grasp the pertinent issues in relation to the cases that we have dealt with.’

‘This is a boutique firm specialising in dispute resolution and pre-litigation advice, with unparalleled commitment to client goals and outcomes. It provides a service which far exceeds what we have found elsewhere.’

‘Chiva Samani is very able and extremely hardworking, and top-rate on complex contractual disputes. She is a fiercely bright and knowledgeable advocate, and distils difficult arguments into simple and attractive submissions. A great performer in Court.’

‘Athena Law’s Chiva Samani is a hard working, smart litigator. She deals with significant matters with calm assurance and confidence born out of ability.’

‘Chiva Samani is quite outstanding in her ability to fight her client’s corner without antagonising her opponents, which allows them to compromise gracefully. I have observed thousands of solicitors over the years and Chiva stands head and shoulders over most.’

Key clients

DAC Beachcroft

Begbies Traynor

Nectrus Limited

Lazareff Le Bars

Derwent Holdings Limited

Oak Group Limited

Shareholder Group in MIR Limited

The Law Trust Limited

Kestrel Insurance Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented the receiver appointed to the assets of multi-million company based in the Isle of Man in the context of a claim brought by VTB Bank to recover debts of approximately £150m from a Russian debtor.
  • Successfully discharged a freezing injunction in the contest of a dispute over the ownership of assets valued in the region of £7.5m.
  • Advised minority shareholders in a multi-million fintech company in an unfair prejudice claim against the majority shareholder, and in claims by the company against the minority shareholders for breaches of duty.

BridsonHalsall Advocates

Litigation advocates Andrew Bridson and Richard Halsall are the heads and name partners of BridsonHalsall Advocates, a firm that focuses primarily on dispute resolution in civil matters. The practice acts in commercial disputes and trust litigation as well as a variety of private client matters, including domestic abuse, child maintenance and contested application for adoption. Bridson is noted for his ‘astute tactical thinking and robust advocacy’ and Halsall as a ‘a source of immense support and guidance’.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bridson; Richard Halsall


‘A growing full service firm with first tier litigation capacity and an unusual degree of client focus in a jurisdiction where finding responsive, capable representation can be a challenge.’

‘Andrew Bridson demonstrates an outstanding degree of client engagement, astute tactical thinking and robust advocacy in commercial and contentious trust litigation. Richard Halsall is a leading Manx advocate with a great track record in complex commercial cases, regulatory matters and trust disputes. Clients like him.’

‘In our particular situation we were introduced to all those who would have input into our case. A simple, but effective, move as it gave us numerous points of contact going forward thereby streamlining the process. We were quickly put at ease, in a stressful scenario, by the collective experience and skill set introduced to us.’

‘All proved to be of immense help and support in a situation entirely new to us. Their availability and attention to detail was exemplary. Richard Halsall was a source of immense support and guidance with knowledge and experience critical to us and to the eventual outcome.’

‘The team at Bridson Halsall have a diverse, collaborative and helpful team, reactive to clients needs and certainly in our experience dynamic and reactive to help when needed.’

‘We have a point of contact, no matter the issue, allocates and puts us in touch with the right team member at the business. We have always found the team approachable and willing to support our business at all times when needed.’

‘Very approachable and good client care; sound knowledge of IOM jurisdiction and well connected locally.’

‘Richard Halsall – very personable; excellent client care.’

M&P Legal

M&P Legal acts for both claimants and defendants across a broad variety of matters, such as catastrophic personal injury, road traffic accident and medical negligence claims as well as contentious liquidations. Clients include banks, insurers, doctors, unions as well as Isle of Man government bodies. The ‘professional, efficient but most of all, personable’ practice is headed by ‘first class advocateDamian Molyneux who specialises in complex liquidation as well as professional negligence and personal injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Damian Molyneux


‘They are efficient and collaborative throughout with an impressive expertise in the issues involved.’

‘This practice has been professional, efficient but most of all, personable. They have welcomed communication by email, phone call and face to face meetings and we have been made to feel like valuable clients every step of the way.’

‘The pandemic situation has shown their ability to adapt promptly to change with no impact on their client care or level of service.’

‘Damian Molyneux has an ability to get the heart of a dispute no matter how complex it is and provide a comprehensive strategy to bring it to a conclusion. His advice is extremely thorough.’

‘First class service to clients. Regular contact. Take on difficult claims and achieve great results.’

‘Damian Molyneux – a first class advocate. No nonsense approach to litigation.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton


Unite Member (Various)

Department of Health & Social Care

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection Limited

Medical Defence Union



Tower Insurance


Cleary Gottileb

MannBenham Advocates Limited

MannBenham Advocates Limited acts across the full range of civil, business, and commercial litigation, including real estate, insurance, trusts and employment claims, and also fields an insolvency litigation, restructuring and liquidation practice. The varied client base includes banks, insurers and entrepreneurs as well as local authorities and the Isle of Man government. Practice head Christopher Webb works with ‘diligence and patience’ to provide ‘clear and concise advice’ in complex litigation, and is ably supported by Chris Grimson.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Webb

Other key lawyers:

Chris Grimson


‘MannBenham are a dynamic and proactive firm, providing specialist advice and commercial solutions to a wide range of issues relating to Isle of Man law and practice.’

‘First class support and service. In particular, Chris Webb has worked with diligence and patience with us on complex litigation matters, providing clear and concise advice, providing both legal and commercial solutions.’

Key clients

Manx Society for the Protection from Cruelty to Animals

Manninwood Traditional Carpentry Limited

Step One Limited t/a Contractor Hub (Jonathan Lang)

Ballacorey Wheat Limited

Fairfiled Consultancy

Callister Construction Ltd

Celton Manx Marketing Limited

Getley UK Ltd

Hillberry Trust Company Limited

Susan Howarth & Co. Solicitors

Begbies Traynor (London) LLP

Quayside Services Limited

Clarity Consulting

Motieka & Audzevičius

Crowell & Moring

Global Steel Holdings limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Motieka Audzevicius, a Lithuanian law firm, in a litigation matter in respect of liquidation proceeding before the Manx Courts for around £5.5m.
  • Instructed by the joint liquidators of Pylus Limited, a German property company in respect of a claim in negligence against the two directors provide by a CSP for Pylus.
  • Acted for directors and creditors of Global Steel Holdings in a long-running liquidation that addresses questions of loan repayments and subrogation rights in respect of a multi-jurisdictional winding up procedure.


Simcocks acts in a variety of local as well as international commercial and civil litigation matters, such as financial services, compliance and regulatory matters as well as shareholder and trustee disputes, corporate insolvency, emergency injunctions and judicial review applications. The team, which is further adept at handling family law disputes – a specialism of Caroline Jennings – and clinical negligence claims, is headed by ‘outstanding legal mindChris Brooks. Elizabeth Simpson is recommended for her insurance and financial services expertise.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Brooks

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Simpson; Caroline Jennings


‘Always available, and always available for open to discussion.’

‘Chris Brooks is an outstanding legal mind. Has a unique style in his approach to detail and how to deliver a point. Chris is strong minded, but always willing to constructively listen to another view, but he is usually right!’

‘User friendly, excellent availability, knowledgeable, attention to detail and thorough.’

‘Chris Brooks is very knowledgeable, technical and very reassuring with his advice.’

Key clients

Robert Tobin

CAE PARC Aviation

DAC Beachcroft LLP

MIR Limited

Financial Properties Ltd

Morland Limited


Advocates Smith Taubitz Unsworth Ltd

Advocates Smith Taubitz Unsworth Ltd covers ‘a full range of civil and criminal litigation’, which includes employment, child and matrimonial law matters, as well as commercial and regulatory litigation. ‘Top tier’ civil and commercial litigator Vicki Unsworth and ‘extremely knowledgeable and skilful’ criminal advocate Darren Taubitz are the litigation heads. Hazel Smith is an experienced mediator and family lawyer who also covers clinical negligence and personal injury claims. Clients appreciate the ‘tailored and personal service’.

Practice head(s):

Vicki Unsworth; Darren Taubitz

Other key lawyers:

Hazel Smith


‘The practice offers a full range of civil and criminal litigation. The lawyers work long hours and genuinely care about their clients and assisting them to the best of their ability.’

‘I have done a lot of work with one of the partners, Darren Taubitz. Darren is a true gentleman and an absolute pleasure to work with. He has an excellent manner with clients, he is extremely knowledgeable and skilful in his field and works very hard in representing his clients. I would have no hesitation in recommending clients to Darren.’

‘We have dealt with these advocates for many years on multiple client matters and have no hesitation in recommending them to our clients.’

‘The firm provides a tailored and personal service. In addition to quality legal advice, the connections and insights which the firm provides into local dynamics is invaluable. Firm is super responsive and easy to work with.’

‘Vicki Unsworth provides clear, relevant and commercial legal advice every time. I recommend Vicki all the time to colleagues who have Isle of Man issues to deal with – I think that says it all. I will not go to other firms while Vicki is practising.’

‘Very professional and client oriented. Offering what the client needs without imposing unnecessary services.’

‘Vicki Unsworth is the best Isle of Man law practitioner we have ever worked with. Very reliable and effective.’

Key clients

Sondica Inc

Kaupthing Hf

DWF Claims

MRP International Limited

VTB Bank

Cornerstone Architects

Liberty Global Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully obtained substantial pre-action disclosure for Sondica Inc, in relation to a negligent misstatement, negligence and misfeasance in public office claim against Isle of Man Government and an independent Property Consultancy.
  • Successfully obtained the appointment of a receiver over both the assets of a Manx company and all of the shares in the company, as a result of a judgment debt due by the ultimate beneficial owner of the company.
  • Successfully settled a £5 million personal injury claim for £770,000 at a JSM after the claimants significantly inflated their claim for damages following an accident at the Isle of Man TT races in 2013.