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Keystone Law
THE OLD COURTHOUSE
ATHOL STREET
DOUGLAS
IM1 1JD
Isle Of Man

Banking and finance Tier 2

Crossing over with its corporate practice, Keystone Law has a particular strength in real estate finance. Sally Cranshaw and Geoff Kermeen have expertise in financing of UK real estate, as does William Margot. Hazel Dawson joined from DQ, bringing with her high-yield expertise.

Key clients

Gameiom Technologies

PPD Properties

Royal Bank of Scotland

Rockspring Property Investment Managers

Metro Bank

Corporate and commercial Tier 2

Keystone Law handles a range of work, with a particular strength in UK real estate. Stephen Rodd handles a mixture of M&A deals, many of which concern on-island assets and deals. Sally Cranshaw and Geoff Kermeen are notable names for handling the Manx elements of UK real estate deals. William Margot's practice also includes on-island commercial contracting work. Hazel Dawson is a new hire from DQ. John Melia, who joined from Appleby, is qualified in the BVI.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Keystone Law’s three-partner practice enjoys particular strength in acting on some of the Isle of Man’s leading insolvency mandates, with Gillian Christian a noteworthy name in this field. The team’s offering was further bolstered with the addition of Andrew Marshall from Gough Law, who brings a wealth of expertise in trust and property disputes as well as fraud and fiduciary breach matters. Rachel Berry represents defendants backed by leading insurers in high-value personal injury claims. The client base comprises liquidators, financial services providers, retailers and hospitality businesses.

Employment Tier 2

The team at Keystone Law, led by Gillian Christian, recently advised on the employment aspects of a number of significant business entrances to the Isle of Man, handling work permits, employment contracts, handbook policy reviews and incentive and share plans. Rachel Berry assists Christian on contentious matters for trust companies, corporate service providers, hospitality businesses and retailers for mandates including constructive dismissal claims, data protection issues, disciplinary procedures and discrimination claims.

Key clients

Jacksons (Isle of Man) 2015

Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

Insurance and pensions Tier 2

Keystone Law’s leading pensions practice advises on the full range of matters, with considerable strength in creating domestic and international schemes for publicly listed corporations, insurers, banks and pension providers. Renowned pensions expert Ben Hughes often acts as counsel to leading UK and US firms on pensions-specific issues arising from corporate transactions, and also advises Isle of Man Government departments on issues including Pension Ombudsman claims and public sector pension obligations.

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
 Rachel Berry  photo Rachel Berry
 Gillian Christian  photo Gillian Christian
 Sally Cranshaw  photo Sally Cranshaw
 Hazel Dawson  photo Hazel Dawson
 Ben Hughes  photo Ben Hughes
 Geoff Kermeen  photo Geoff Kermeen
 William Margot  photo William Margot
 John Melia  photo John Melia
 Stephen Rodd  photo Stephen Rodd
Number of UK partners : 250