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The ‘outstanding’ Caren Pegg spearheads Appleby's employment practice and ‘has firmly established herself as one of the very best advocates on the Isle of Man’. Supported by associate Mark Emery, she advises clients on complex and sensitive executive exits as well as a variety of issues pertaining to immigration, data protection and restructurings. On the contentious side, RL360 engaged the group to defend it against two tribunal claims, and Charles Davies acted for the Attorney General’s Chambers in a substantial claim filed by a former employee relating to allegations of loss of pension rights and breach of trust, among others. Other noteworthy clients include Microgaming, Old Mutual and the Isle of Man government.

DQ’s Leanne McKeown ‘is by far the best employment lawyer on the Isle of Man’, according to one client; ‘very strong courtroom advocate’ Tara Cubbon was recently promoted to senior associate. The pair recently acted for the Manx Industrial Relations Service (MIRS) as an intervenor in an appeal by RL360 against a tribunal decision. Associate Jessica McManus is also a key contact in the practice and is currently supporting McKeown to guide a major UK bank through the employment aspects – particularly in relation to pension issues – of its restructuring as part of its ring-fencing exercise. Clients also engage the practice to oversee contract and policy reviews, regulatory issues and senior executive terminations.

M&P Legal is 'at the top of the market for employment law advice on the Isle of Man'; clients value the 'responsive' team's 'professionalism and high level of knowledge' and the expertise of John Aycock, who heads the team within the wider dispute resolution practice. Clients such as Deloitte, PwC and Abacus retain the team to handle sensitive executive departures, the enforcement of restrictive covenants and tribunal claims on both the claimant and the defendant side, and to advise on the incoming Equality Act and its requirements. Also notable is counsel Christopher Brooks, who has substantial experience in the contentious space and advises on union matters.

Keystone Law's lawyers 'go out of their way to provide the most responsive service' and some clients 'consider them to be equal to - if not better than - the more established firms on the island'. The full-service offering fields names such as 'pensions law expert' Ben Hughes, who remains as adviser to the Public Sector Pensions Authority with regard to the consolidation of multiple public sector schemes into a unified government scheme, among other matters. Also notable is Gillian Christian, who - with the help of advocate Rachel Berry - is currently advising Whitbread on the opening of a new Premier Inn location on the island. She also provides advice pertaining to redundancies in the context of restructurings and M&A transactions. Consultant Monica Ma is also a name to note.

Simcocks ‘is able to provide an approachable, expert and professional service’ in the context of sensitive employment litigation, executive severance negotiations and pension schemes, among other issues. Irini Newby spearheads the practice with ‘extensive knowledge and real experience’. The firm acted for both claimants and defendants in constructive dismissal claims – one of which involved serious allegations of data mismanagement – and Newby led the advice to a local company on its obligations towards its employees following a serious and traumatic accident at the workplace. Advocate Winston Taylor has substantial expertise in the immigration space and regularly represents high-net-worth individuals and companies in complex and challenged entry cases.

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