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Keystone Law

Work 0333 939 8000
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Belfast, Belfast BT2, Bristol, Douglas, Guernsey, London

Gillian Christian

Work 0333 939 8000
Keystone Law

Work Department

Commercial, Dispute Resolution


Gillian is an experienced Manx Advocate and qualified Notary Public advising both domestic and international clients on corporate and commercial litigation, and employment matters. Her practice also focuses on a variety of enforcement and insolvency proceedings, professional negligence and trust disputes before the courts and in public inquiries.

She is Honorary Legal Advisor to both the International Island Games Association and the Commonwealth Games Association of the Isle of Man, and she is presently Secretary of the Isle of Man Law Society.


2016 Keystone Law Director (Isle of Man)
2009-2016 Cains Manx Advocate then Divisional Director
2002-2009 Appleby Global Manx Advocate
2004 Qualified as a Manx Advocate

Isle of Man

Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

Gillian Christian - Keystone Law

Within: Dispute resolution

At Keystone Law, 'the service provided is exceptionally high quality’ and ‘response times beat the competition’s – they always remain available to meet at short notice’, according to one client. The group is currently advising a liquidator on the Isle of Man law aspects of the winding down of a fund, and Bridgewaters appointed the firm to handle the recoveries of monies owed via security documents. Clients describe practice head Gillian Christian as ‘an outstanding lawyer’ who ‘regularly uses his wealth of knowledge, pragmatism and formidable presence in court’ to ‘steer them through complex legal disputes’. Solicitor Rachel Berry is part of the team guiding a corporate services provider through fraud and breach of contract claims and is also key name to note.

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Within: Employment

Keystone Law's lawyers 'go out of their way to provide the most responsive service' and some clients 'consider them to be equal to - if not better than - the more established firms on the island'. The full-service offering fields names such as 'pensions law expert' Ben Hughes, who remains as adviser to the Public Sector Pensions Authority with regard to the consolidation of multiple public sector schemes into a unified government scheme, among other matters. Also notable is Gillian Christian, who - with the help of advocate Rachel Berry - is currently advising Whitbread on the opening of a new Premier Inn location on the island. She also provides advice pertaining to redundancies in the context of restructurings and M&A transactions. Consultant Monica Ma is also a name to note.

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Private client, trusts and tax

Within: Private client, trusts and tax

Advocate John Rimmer Limited is a boutique private client firm which represents clients in the full gamut of non-contentious and contentious trust matters. A US resident recently appointed the team to assist with the forced return of funds from parties administering them in complex structures, and founding partner John Rimmer oversaw the drafting of documentation for the effective exclusion of an individual from benefit under two family settlements. Consultant Gillian Christian guided a charity through several reorganisation projects, trust term amendments and a number of court applications with regard to a variety of schemes. Further highlights included advising on complex tax liabilities issues and the multi-jurisdictional relocation of individuals. Also notable is associate Hollie Ranscombe, who continues to act as the executor of the estates of a high-net-worth couple.

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