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Shipping and aviation in Isle Of Man


The transport and logistics department at Appleby is headed by Kyle Sutherland  and Tom Brook with the shipping and aviation practice being headed by senior associate Eleanor Harding. The team specialises in financing transactions and registration of ships and aircraft, offering a comprehensive legal service including advice on any regulatory aspects and issues relating to the registration of ships and aircraft as well as the structuring, drafting and documentation of finance transactions. With further offices in locations including Jersey, Bermuda, The Cayman Islands and Hong Kong, the firm is well-suited to assist with and coordinate complex multi-jurisdictional aviation and shipping matters. Former office managing partner Faye Moffett retired in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Kyle Sutherland; Tom Brook

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor Harding

Key clients

AIC Title Service, LLC


Cains’ team of ‘experts in aviation and marine matters’ advises in relation to aircraft and vessel financing and leasing as well as insolvency, restructuring and security enforcement matters, and represents clients in related litigation. With a background in the shipping industry, Mike Edwards is the firm’s expert on structuring and executing high-value ship finance transactions. ‘Very knowledgableSteven Quayle ‘takes a very close interest in all developments relating to aviation law’ and is experienced in assisting high-net-worth individuals and family offices with the legal issues surrounding the operation of their business aircraft. Clients include financial institutions, alternative lenders, commercial aviation lessors, airlines, cruise lines and shipyards.

Practice head(s):

Mike Edwards; Steven Quayle


‘Steven Quayle – very knowledgeable, always available, a great sounding board and always keen and able to assist the client.’

‘I would consider Cains to be the best law firm in the Isle of Man, hands down.’

‘Steven Quayle takes a very close interest in all developments relating to aviation law and his broad experience with other clients contributes to his knowledge and the quality of the advice given.’

‘By far the best aviation firm in IOM.’

‘Steven Quayle – expert, responsiveness, user friendly.’

‘Experts in aviation and marine matters in the Isle of Man. The “go-to” firm in that jurisdiction. Great to work with and extremely responsive.’

‘Steven Quayle is an expert in his field.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse AG

Jet Aviation

Danish Ship Finance

JP Morgan

NCL Corporation (Norwegian Cruise Line)

Hamburg Commercial Bank

BNP Paribas

Bank of America

Standard Chartered Bank

Investec Asset Finance

Nordea Bank AB




Telesat Canada

UniCredit AG


DQ’s shipping and aviation practice acts for an array of clients that includes aviation companies, commercial airlines, ship managers, ship owners, shipyards, banks and service providers and is particularly noted for its advice regarding ship financing matters. Mark Dougherty heads the shipping team and specialises in ship financing matters, such as advice relating to senior secured ship mortgage loans, loan facilities and re-financings. The aviation team is headed by Donna Matthews who is also experienced in dealing with insolvencies in the shipping sector. The team was joined by Paul Cawley in October 2021; he assists with the tax aspects of, in particular, yachting and aviation matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dougherty; Donna Matthews

Key clients

Ray Car Carriers Ltd No

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Niki Shipping Ltd

Seven Mile Shipping

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft Filiale Deutschlandgeschäft

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Limited

HSH Nordbank AG

Watson Farley Williams

Hanjin Shipping


Handleys Shipping Ltd

Berge Bulk



Citibank N.A., London Branch

Blue Water Logistics UK Limited

Credit Suisse

Joh. Berenberg, Gosler & Co. K.G.

UniCredit Bank AG


McDermott Will & Emery


DLA Piper

Cavendish Trust Company

Bank of America



SMP Partners


Hogan Lovells International LLP

Ernst & Young


Work highlights

  • Advised syndicates of banks including KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Limited, ABN AMRO, Nordea Bank, Danish Ship Finance A/s and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB in relation to the financing of all vessels held by Ray Car Carriers Ltd.
  • Advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank in relation to the Sea Bridge Finance Limited joint venture.


Simcocks is particularly active regarding advice to the shipping industry, where it acts for ship owners, shipyards, traders and charterers as well as banks and insurances. The team, headed by Irini Newby, is experienced in high-value and multi-jurisdictional transactions and advises on aspects that cover maritime finance, insurance, chartering, employment issues sales and acquisitions as well as the related security documentation, among others. In the aviation space, the unit further offers legal services in relation to aircraft leases and mortgages, aircraft financing and employment issues for private jet operators.

Practice head(s):

Irini Newby