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An offshore jurisdiction popular for trusts work, the Isle of Man’s other areas of activity include insurance, banking, pensions and online gambling. Investment funds and capital markets work remains limited, but the latter may increase going forwards with the Channel Islands Securities Exchange launching a presence in Douglas and renaming itself The International Stock Exchange. Despite the less-than-stellar performance of the Isle of Man’s much-vaunted satellite registry, the Isle of Man’s aircraft and shipping registries are also economic features of note. Dispute resolution work continues in the courts, with a number of complex multi-jurisdictional cases ongoing, often hinging on the role of assets located in the Isle of Man as part of cross-border disputes.

Appleby is the only major multi-jurisdictional offshore firm in the market, with Cains, DQ and Simcocks constituting home-grown alternatives equally capable of complex work. Other firms such as M&P Legal, MannBenham Advocates Limited, and litigation boutique Gough Law also feature heavily on the landscape. The key development in 2016 is the entry of Keystone Law; having established itself in Australia and England, it is the only firm with both a presence in the Isle of Man (or, for that matter, any of the crown dependencies) and a substantial onshore presence.

While the Isle of Man does not have limited liability partnerships, law firms on the island can and do structure themselves as limited companies. Therefore, at many Manx firms, those who would be ‘partners’ in England or Scotland are styled as ‘directors’.

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