Hall Of Fame

Leading Individuals

Employment in Isle Of Man


Under the leadership of the highly experienced Caren Pegg, Appleby has a strong track record of work on employment and immigration on the Isle of Man. Pegg has a wide array of expertise, ranging from redundancies to unfair dismissals and discrimination. She is supported in this role by senior associate Keira Gore, who specialises in areas such as equality law and issues of equal pay. Associate Emily Ashe focuses on immigration cases (including advising clients on new Migrant Worker Routes and Investor Visas) as well as contentious employment law and tribunal cases.  

Practice head(s):

Caren Pegg

Other key lawyers:

Keira Gore; Emily Ashe

Key clients


Swagelok Ltd

Royal Bank of Scotland International/Natwest

NK Construction Limited


Barclays Bank PLC

Adorn Domiciliary Care



Champion Tech Limited

Work highlights

  • Continues to represent RL360 (now IFGL) in relation to a high profile set of proceedings which involve novel points of law including examining the enforceability of a conciliated settlement agreement with the involvement of the Manx Industrial Relations Service under the Employment Act 2006.
  • Advised a leading insurance provider on a number of ongoing contentious employment tribunal issues.  
  • Acted as Isle of Man counsel for all Isle of Man employment issues (both contentious and non-contentious) for a number of global banks.


DQ‘s multi-faceted team has expertise in all areas of employment law and currently advises a wide range of clients, including large financial institutions, e-gaming companies and government bodies. Practice head Leanne McKeown  is an expert on all matters pertaining to employment on the Isle of Man, having assisted clients with matters ranging from constructive dismissal claims to breaches of contract. She is also a qualified data protection practitioner. Associates Mark Emery  and Jessica McManus  are skilled at handling contentious and non-contentious employment issues.

Practice head(s):

Leanne McKeown

Other key lawyers:

Mark Emery; Jessica McManus


‘Leanne McKeown is technically excellent and very client focused. She is diligent and decisive and able to present her advice and legal submissions in a user friendly form – an asset in what can be an intimidating process.’

‘Leanne McKeown is always a pleasure to work with, she will always make time to discuss matters which are urgent or time critical and she is discreet and very knowledgeable.’

‘They are exceptional as a set of advisors – particularly in relation to compliance, data protection and employment matters.’

‘From the first telephone call, the response has been excellent. Their ability and willingness to react quickly and outside of hours in order to get the job done, is commendable.’

‘Mark Emery has been extremely responsive throughout and his advice has been delivered professionally.’

‘The team operate at a high level and are the leading employment service providers on the Island.’

‘Mark Emery very responsive and articulate, providing excellent advice and guidance.’

Key clients

Equiom Trust Services Limited


MAS Real Estate Inc.

IQ-EQ (Isle of Man) Limited

Dohle (IOM) Limited


Flutter Entertainment Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised IQ-EQ (Isle of Man) Limited on enforcing restrictive covenant against three former employees and pursuing a High Court claim in damages.
  • Advised Equiom Trust Services Limited (ETSL) on the breach of contract and fiduciary duties of a senior member of the company and statutory director.
  • Advised and acted on behalf of Dohle (IOM) Limited in arbitration proceedings in a dispute with a former senior employee.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law provides a full service employment offering, covering a wide range of issues from employment tribunals to redundancy and restructuring. Gillian Christian  and Andrew Marshall advise domestic and international clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters pertaining to employment, including contractual issues and contentious dismissals. Christian is also a qualified Notary Public. Rachel Berry  has experience in advising both employers and employees in matters such as disputes and dismissals. She has also assisted clients with immigration matters.

Other key lawyers:

Gillian Christian; Andrew Marshall; Rachel Berry


‘Excellent communication, speed of service delivery, expertise’

‘Friendly, professional, readily available and fully engaged in each assignment we have worked with them on to date’

‘Rachel Berry took time out to visit us in person in between pressing engagements to ensure we met our deadline for resolution’

Key clients

D4 Doors Limited

Oakmayne Properties (Regeneration) limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for D4 Doors Limited in a claim against its former director, as a result of her acting in breach of her fiduciary duties by misappropriating and/or damaging the company’s assets and dismissing the company’s employees.

M&P Legal

M&P Legal provides specialist employment advice to employers and employees alike. Practice head John Aycock  has over 30 years of experience in the field and has represented clients in cases ranging from unfair dismissal to discrimination. Associates Amelia Quinn  and Joshua Quinn  have achieved success for their clients in several employment tribunals. The firm has recently recruited regulatory and employment specialist David Keates  to augment their employment unit.

Practice head(s):

John Aycock

Other key lawyers:

Amelia Quinn; Josh Quinn; David Keates


‘The team have been excellent in my dealings with them, very responsive, taking the time to explain all points of law in a way that makes sense to someone with little to no background.’

‘Each of these individuals has shown great patience, determination and professionalism in their dealings with me. I feel confident that they would go the extra mile to ensure that the service provided to me is of the best possible quality.’

‘M&P care about their clients first and foremost. The advice is fair and realistic. They will not try to push you into making decisions you don’t want whilst providing excellent legal advise relevant to your matter. My particular matter was very stressful, which the firm handled with care and consideration.’

Key clients

Unite the Union – Various Members


Cains‘ employment team provides strong advice in relation to both contentious and non-contentious matters. Robert Colquitt  has substantial experience handling contentious employment matters including discrimination and unfair dismissals. The “extremely knowledgeable” Katherine Sheerin  has recently returned to the firm, bringing particular expertise concerning dismissals and restructurings. Associate Kirsten Porter advises clients on matters ranging from dismissals to immigration.

Practice head(s):

Robert Colquitt; Katherine Sheerin

Other key lawyers:

Kirsten Porter


‘Kirsten Porter was prompt in providing thorough and easily comprehensible responses. The work was done within the fee cap agreed at the start of the matter.’

‘Excellent understanding of English law when dealing with multinational clients with a presence on the Isle of Man, proactive and super responsive employment team.’

‘Katherine Sheehan is responsive and very knowledgeable, able to advise on employment related multi-jurisdictional matters at short notice.’

‘Professional and knowledgeable in the employment law area. We have worked with Cains on a couple of sensitive HR matters we have recently required some advice on.’

‘Kirsten Porter and Katherine Sheerin were very helpful, knowledgeable and supportive with the HR issues we sought their advice on. The options and advice we received ensured our matters were addressed and resolved smoothly. We would very much recommend them and work with them again in the future.’

‘Friendly, efficient, pragmatic. They sought advice as needed as the case developed. Followed timescales. Were easy to communicate with by phone letter or email.’

‘Katherine Sheerin and Kirsten Porter were efficient, pragmatic and client-centred. Good listeners.’

Humphrey & Helfrich

Humphrey & Helfrich provides clients with a range of contentious and non-contentious services, including before the High Court and Employment Tribunal. Joint department head Oliver Helfrich is active in assisting public and private bodies involved in employment disputes and also regularly appears before the Employment Tribunal.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Helfrich


‘Oliver Helfrich was fantastic to deal with, the company was a breath of fresh air and we can’t thank them enough.

‘Oliver Helfrich – amazing, just amazing!’


Key clients

Manx Financial Group plc / Conister Bank

Isle of Man Enterprises plc (including, Shoprite brand)

Peel Town Commissioners

Burnbrae Limited

Fedelta Trust Company

Manx Internet Commerce

Isle of Man Opportunities

Affinity Group

Trident Trust Company (I.O.M.) Limited

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice and assistance to Isle of Man Enterprises plc in relation to a broad range of employment issues (both contentious and non-contentious) to this PLC.
  • Ongoing advice and assistance to Manx Financial Group PLC in relation to a broad range of employment issues, both contentious and non-contentious.
  • Ongoing advice and assistance to Fedelta Group Limited in relation to a broad range of employment issues, both contentious and non-contentious.