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Keystone Law
Isle Of Man

Employment Tier 1

Keystone Law's litigation team includes Gillian Christian has a practice covering the contentious aspects of employment law, and 'exceptional employment lawyerAndrew MarshallRachel Berry is another important member of the team with broad expertise in employment that includes immigration, as well as contentious and non-contentious labour law matters.


‘A friendly and knowledgeable team who provide good direct and good advice.’

‘They have a good team that work together to get the best outcome for the client. ‘

‘Andrew Marshall brings great strength in terms of attention to complex detail whilst also formulating the bigger picture and strategy for complex cases. He enables clients to feel at ease due to these exceptional dual strengths.’

‘Andrew Marshall is an exceptional employment lawyer. He shows exceptional awareness of complex issues and the drive needed to push complex cases forward. He has an excellent manner with clients.’

‘What I found unique was the collaborative team approach – where each person recognised their strengths and was able to utilise that of the others.’

‘The team went above and beyond taking time out to fully understand the situation. They made me feel valued and listened to in a non corporate / client environment.’


Key clients

Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

Van Kaizen Limited

D4 Doors Limited

Boston Limited

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Keystone Law has distinguished itself in the market due its strong focus on real estate finance. Sally Cranshaw and Geoff Kermeen act for lenders, developers and investors in deals concerning trophy properties in the United Kingdom in the office, retail and logistics spaces. William Margot is also active in this space as well as asset finance and Hazel Dawson contributes capital markets expertise.


‘The team is knowledgeable, responsive, flexible and easy to work with.’

‘We have used Sally Cranshaw for more than a decade and always had excellent service. ‘

‘Approachable, pragmatic and get the job done.’

‘Will Margot is very responsive, he seems to pick up emails no matter what time of day. He is practical and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Clearbell Capital LLP

Melford Capital Partners LLP

Greenridge Investment Management Limited

IQ-EQ (Isle of Man) Limited

Henley Investments Group

Laxfield LLP

Lloyds Bank PLC

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

TMF Trustee Limited

ING Bank N.V., London Branch

Corporate and commercial Tier 2

Real estate deals concerning Manx structures holding international assets are the standout strength of Keystone Law, with Geoff Kermeen and Sally Cranshaw particularly active in multi-jurisdictional matters concerning assets in the UK and beyond. Stephen Rodd also focuses on real estate deals but is also very active in the technology and gaming industries. William Margot has a track record of work including mergers and acquisitions in the corporate service provider space, among other deals inside and outside the regulated financial services industry.


‘An extensive framework of professionals covering a myriad of matters with experience to act beyond the local jurisdiction.’

‘Stephen Rodd is a please to work with, attentive and attuned to the specific needs of our business.’

‘Excellent team, with deep knowledge of local law relating to trusts/companies. ‘

‘William Margot has been very helpful, understands local company laws and very helpful with related issues.’

Key clients

Henley Investments and its subsidiaries

Manx Telecom Trading Limited

Greenridge Investment Management and its subsidiaries

Hill Robinson Management Limited


Rockpool Investments LLP / Boston Group Newco IOM

Fundamentum Social Housing REIT plc

Dispute resolution Tier 2

The team at Keystone Law is led by Gillian Christian, who is  known primarily for professional negligence defence and insolvency work, with additional expertise in commercial, trust and employment disputes. Her professional negligence work tends to involve the legal and financial services sectors. Working alongside her is Andrew Marshall who has a carved a niche in the proceeds of crime space, most notably in challenging restraint orders.

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‘The team are professional and sympathetic at the same time they are realistic. They are not scared to pass a case to a colleague with a different skill set to ensure that the advice is well thought through and tested by colleagues.’

‘The team in the Isle of Man is a paradigm of focused and driven, solutions-led, client service. ‘

‘Andrew Marshall will not rest until he is confident that he has found the very best solution for his clients, applying his detailed knowledge and experience across the corporate litigation sphere to achieve the appropriate outcome.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the litigation system in the Isle of Man and how it can be deployed to best effect to benefit a client. ‘

‘Andrew Marshall is an outstanding lawyer, very personable, shrewd and not shy about reining in a client who may be too aggressive for their own good.’

‘Andrew Marshall would be an asset to any firm. He is responsive and does not say what you want to hear. If it’s bad news he will tell you but also has compassion to take time to understand the situation.’

Key clients

K&L Gates / Receiver of the Axiom Legal Financing Fund

Michael Simpson, Price Waterhouse Coopers LLC

Financial Services Authority

Bridgewaters (IOM) Limited

Brown Craine & Co as liquidators of Premier Group (Isle of Man) Limited

Oak Group Isle of Man Limited

Oddbins Direct Limited

Heron and Brearley Limited

Mann Made Corporate Services Limited

Boston Group

Insurance and pensions Tier 2

Ben Hughes at Keystone Law is 'widely regarded as the pensions expert in the Isle of Man', with expertise in advising on occupational and personal pension schemes in areas such as establishment, maintenance, restructuring and insolvency. He has been advising on both domestic and international pension schemes.

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‘Keystone has an innovative way of operating a legal practice and, locally, has attracted some first class individuals from some of the more traditional  legal practices.’

‘Ben Hughes is used extensively for pensions advice. Widely regarded as THE pensions expert in the Isle of Man, he provides practical advice in a very responsive manner and is always approachable.’

‘Detailed and practical knowledge of Isle of Man pensions legislation, trusteeship and employee benefits. Ben Hughes is an acknowledged expert in this field and is readily available for support  and  advice. Professional experience. In-depth knowledge.’

Key clients

Boal & Co

Abbey National Jersey Pension Scheme

Bank of Ireland / LawDeb Pension Trustees

Isle of Man Post Office

Abbey National International Pension Scheme

A legal pioneer, Keystone Law was established in 2002 by a group of forward-thinking lawyers who were determined to build a law firm that would serve the needs of its clients more effectively than the conventional alternatives. Now a full-service firm with 250 lawyers and 45 support staff, Keystone has won countless awards and is considered a significant force within the legal sector.

The firm: While predominantly practising corporate and commercial law, Keystone’s private client team also caters to the needs of senior executive and high-net worth individuals. The firm’s offering is delivered across 23 service areas and 14 sectors with clients including: FIFA, Amlin, Bosch, Siemens, RSA, Cancer Research Technology, the V&A, Galderma, HMV, Glencore, Hiscox, Nationwide and Thyssenkrupp.

Representing somewhat of a dichotomy, Keystone invests heavily in technology in order to increase human interaction and enhance business relationships. Keystone only recruits senior partner-level lawyers with an average of 23 years’ experience, obtained at the UK’s best law firms and in-house with major FTSE 250 and Fortune 500 multinationals. Lawyers work collaboratively with colleagues across the firm and with others involved in the transaction, whether they are the client themselves, the client’s external legal advisers or their in-house legal team. Keystone also has a range of expert lawyers who specialise and work full time in particularly niche legal areas and are routinely instructed by other law firms to plug any gaps in expertise or capacity and thus to offer a fuller service to their own clients. These niche areas include tax, construction, share schemes, regulatory and pensions in addition to the wider services offered by the firm. In 2014 Keystone launched operations in Australia as Keypoint Law. Two years later, the firm opened its doors in the offshore jurisdiction of the Isle of Man and in 2017 Keystone Law Northern Ireland (KLNI) was launched in Belfast. Keystone continues to have plans in place for further expansion in the near future.

Types of work undertaken: Keystone Law is a full-service corporate law firm offering a complete range of business legal services and additionally providing private client advice to senior executives. The firm operates across a range of industry sectors and boasts a number of former in-house counsel from leading companies who work closely with the rest of the team to ensure they are fully aware of industry insight and issues. The firm also has a range of expert lawyers who specialise and work full time in niche legal areas and are routinely instructed by other law firms to plug any gaps in expertise or capacity and thus to offer a fuller service to their own clients. These niche areas include tax, construction, share schemes, regulatory and pensions in addition to the wider services offered by the firm.

Other offices: Bristol, Douglas (Isle of Man), London, Belfast (Northern Ireland), St Peter Port (Guernsey), Melbourne and Sydney

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing director James Knight
Operations director William Robins
Photo Name Position Profile
 David Bermingham  photo David Bermingham David is an Advocate and Notary Public in the Isle of Man…
 Rachel Berry  photo Rachel Berry Rachel is an advocate in the Isle of Man team with specialist…
 Sally Cranshaw  photo Sally Cranshaw Sally is a Manx Advocate whose practice includes a broad variety of…
 Hazel Dawson  photo Hazel Dawson Hazel is a corporate and commercial lawyer who advises Isle of Man…
 Ben Hughes  photo Ben Hughes Ben has advised on pensions and employee benefits for fifteen years. He…
 Geoff Kermeen  photo Geoff Kermeen Geoff is a Manx Advocate with a practice that includes a wide…
 Andrew Langan-Newton  photo Andrew Langan-Newton Andrew is an Isle of Man advocate who specialises in resolving commercial disputes on…
 William Margot  photo William Margot William is both a Manx Advocate and qualified Solicitor in England and…
 John Melia  photo John Melia John is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with significant experience in finance, mergers and acquisitions,…
 Stephen Rodd  photo Stephen Rodd Stephen is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with a wide range…
Number of UK partners : 250