Employment in Isle Of Man


Appleby provides a full service to clients on all the contentious and non-contentious aspects of employment and industrial relations law, under the leadership of Caren Pegg, who has over 20 years of experience in this space. Her expertise includes matters concerning discrimination, dismissals, exits and settlement agreements. Also recommended is counsel Keira Gore who is particularly knowledgeable about equality law, equal pay and discrimination claims. Associate Emily Ashe, who focuses on immigration, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Caren Pegg

Other key lawyers:

Keira Gore; Emily Ashe


I have always found that my issues are listened to (however menial they are) and not judged. ’

‘I have always been treated with respect and been able to talk openly and honestly. Caren Pegg is a very knowledgeable individual and has a wealth of legal and practical experience in dealing with employment matters.’

‘Our experience of Appleby (IOM) and Caren Pegg (who represented us) was exceptional. Caren’s calm and professional manner was very comforting throughout our dealings with her.’

‘Caren’s warm, calm, caring and confident manner towards each individual that she dealt with within our firm was very comforting and gave us great confidence. She took great care with each individual she had dealings with. Caren’s attention to detail and her polite, informed manner was truly lovely.’

Key clients


Swagelok Ltd

Royal Bank of Scotland International/Natwest

NK Construction Limited

Isle of Man Creamery

Barclays Bank PLC

Adorn Domiciliary Care

IOM Meats Limited



Work highlights

  • Representing RL360 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.
  • Handling ongoing contentious employment tribunal issues for one of the largest employers on the Isle of Man.
  • Acting as Isle of Man counsel on all employment issues (both contentious and non-contentious) for a number of global banks.


DQ covers the spectrum of employment law for clients such as trusts, corporate service providers and e-gaming companies. Litigator Leanne McKeown, who heads up the team, is particularly strong in equality and discrimination claims. She also assists with industrial relations, workplace investigations and is a qualified data protection practitioner. McKeown works with associate Jessica McManus and Mark Emery.

Practice head(s):

Leanne McKeown

Other key lawyers:

Jessica McManus; Mark Emery


‘The team is responsive and proactive – it is one of the very few on the island offering specialist employment advice for both employers and employees.’

‘DQ’s employment team is led by Leanne McKeown who has particular interest and ability and is a stand out practitioner: while tenacious her advice is practical and well reasoned. She leads the team from the front and is very good with client.’

‘The team are always proactive, fast to act and extremely approachable.’

‘Leanne is always on hand to assist with any employment related issues and will always be available at short notice to assist with urgent matters. I feel that Leanne understands the culture of our business along with being a specialist in her field which is a real benefit.’

‘DQ is a highly reputable firm. The team are knowledgeable, engaging and highly responsive. They take a pragmatic and commercial approach when dealing with clients needs.’

‘I have worked with Leanne for many years on various complex employment matters. For me, Leanne stands out against her competitors. I value her in-depth knowledge, commercial acumen and pragmatic approach, and her ability to communicate complex legal requirements to non-legal people.’

‘Leanne is approachable, responsive and understands the urgency of certain matters over others. I trust Leanne immensely. She is incredibly reliable and someone I strongly recommend to other HR professionals.’

Key clients

Equiom Trust Services Limited


MAS Real Estate Inc.

Fortress Management Services Limited

Investment Interest Management Limited

Standard Bank Isle of Man Limited

IQE Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised IQE Limited – International Fiduciary Services on the employment and staff considerations arising in its acquisition by Boston MFO.
  • Advised Equiom Trust Services Limited (ETSL) on the breach of contract and fiduciary duties of a senior member of the company and statutory director. DQ represents ETSL in proceedings before the Employment and Equality Tribunal and the High Court.
  • Advised MAS Real Estate Inc. on its business reorganisation arising from its strategic decision to close its Isle of Man office.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law is home to two highly experienced litigators in Gillian Christian and Andrew Marshall. Christian's workload includes disputes involving disciplinary issues, unfair dismissals and allegations of discrimination. Marshall is notably active in matters concerning contractual breaches. Also recommended is Rachel Berry, who is experienced in advising on the employment aspects of major acquisitions and reorganisations.

Other key lawyers:

Gillian Christian; Andrew Marshall; Rachel Berry


‘The ability to use other members of the in-house team should areas of different expertise be needed. Billing is always laid out in a concise and detailed manner.’

‘Andrew Marshall’s knowledge of the employment sector has been exceptional. From dealing with redundancy issues to potential disputes regarding terms of employment and severances. I have had complete confidence in his advice and guidance.’

‘The team displayed a excellent knowledge of employment law and provided a detailed opinion on the matter we raised. The were very supportive during a tribunal matter. The team members are helpful and prompt to respond.’

‘Rachel Berry was extremely helpful. She went out of her way to assist even to the extent of helping out of hours or when she was on leave. Her knowledge of the law was solid, as was the advice she gave. She was honest in her assessment of our case and gave us a true picture of the likely outcome.’

M&P Legal

M&P Legal is uniquely positioned as the only employment specialist practice in the Isle of Man and has been advising on major disputes in the market, most notably acting for the pilots and cabin crew following the insolvency of Flybe. Department head John Aycock, who regularly acts for clients in employment tribunals, has recently been active in matters involving unfair dismissals, whistleblowing, workplace bullying and equality issues. He works with associates Amelia Quinn and Joshua Quinn.

Practice head(s):

John Aycock

Other key lawyers:

Amelia Quinn; Joshua Quinn


‘Amelia Quinn was very helpful and understood the problem straight away. She was always contactable and wrote a really concise mitigation letter. Gave very good advice and helped in positive ways that progressed to a satisfactory conclusion.’

‘I have personally only dealt with solicitors from this firm. Mr Aycock and Mr Quinn. Both are totally professional and have their clients best interest at the forefront.’

‘The team are all very welcoming and professional.’

‘This is the first time I have experienced a professional solicitor knowing more about my individual case circumstances than myself, along with the negative situations I experienced within the work environment. The time and empathy experienced has been both supportive and reassuring but also a down to earth explanation of the pitfalls and negative impact also properly explained.’

Key clients


Zurich Insurance

Unite the Union

Conister Bank Limited


IOM Enterprises PLC

Zedra Trust Company

Mark Versluijs

David Graham

Work highlights

  • Acted for Flybe pilots and cabin crew in Flybe’s insolvency.
  • Advised various clients during the Covid 19 pandemic on furlough schemes, redundancies and health and safety.
  • Instructed by Unite the Union on behalf of 61 bus drivers employed by Bus Vannin of the Isle of Man Government in Employment and Equality Tribunal proceedings.


Cains' highly experienced corporate and disputes teams are also known to handle employment work. The corporate group is highly skilled in advising clients on the employment aspects of M&A and bankruptcies, as well as handling day-to-day issues. On the disputes side, Robert Colquitt has expertise in issues such as unfair dismissal and discrimination. Associate Charles Williams is another practitioner with expertise in dismissals, while associate Kirsten Middleton assists clients with employee incentive schemes and immigration issues. Another key associate is Adam Clark, who is 'excellent' and 'highly responsive'.

Practice head(s):

Robert Colquitt

Other key lawyers:

Charles Williams; Kirsten Middleton; Adam Clark


‘We have worked with Cains through a number of technically demanding transactions. They have been commercial, responsive and we would be happy to continue working with them.’

‘Adam Clark is excellent and highly responsive.’

‘ Our go-to partners for Isle of Man employment law and data privacy matters. ’

‘Associate Adam Clark is responsive, reliable and easy to work with.’

Humphrey & Helfrich

Humphrey & Helfrich handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious work, with ranges for day-to-day assistance to acting before the High Court and employment tribunals. Oliver Helfrich jointly leads the practice and has been active on cases concerning dismissals, relocations and breach of restrictive covenants. He leads the team alongside firm founder Rob Long, who is similarly very active in contentious work. Associate Charlotte Ronan , who assists Helfrich on most matters, is a promising name at junior level.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Helfrich; Rob Long


‘This is a highly professional legal practice who are uniquely able to maintain an approachable, friendly and down-to-earth attitude in delivering their legal services. This refreshing approach immediately puts you (the Customer) at ease and gives confidence that your affairs will be handled with personal care and attention.’

‘Oliver Helfrich – Personifies the approachable, friendly and down-to-earth attitude of the firm and deliverers sensitive, responsive and speedy legal advice.’

‘Good reputation in the Isle of Man and very accessible and knowledgeable. We use them solely for immigration advise/practices, however, do refer clients to them for other legal things. ’

‘Our relationship with one of the partners allows us to work together to try and move people to the Isle of Man. We will carry out joint marketing initiatives as well as partner with each other.’

‘Greatly assisted with guidance on work permit related matters’


Key clients

Peel Town Commissioners

Isle of Man Enterprises plc


Manx Financial Group plc / Conister Bank

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

Fedelta Group

Ingenuity Gaming

Burnbrae Limited

GJ Ingham Limited (construction)

Affinity Group

WA Dining

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice and assistance in relation to a broad range of employment issues (both contentious and non-contentious).
  • Ongoing advice and assistance in relation to a broad range of employment issues (both contentious and non-contentious) to this PLC which, amongst other things, owns Conister Bank, Edgewater Associates (IFA) Manx FX (foreign exchange).
  • Ongoing advice and assistance in relation to a broad range of employment issues (both contentious and non-contentious) to this PLC which, amongst other things, owns Shoprite https://www.manxshoprite.com/ and is one of the Island’s largest employers.