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Humphrey & Helfrich
Isle Of Man

Isle of Man > Commercial property Tier 1

Commercial property is a core area of strength at Humphrey & Helfrich, with founding partner Mark Humphrey at the helm. Humphrey, who specialises in this field, has expertise in complementary areas such as licensing, trusts and succession. His recent workload included the acquisition and disposal of retail, commercial and hospitality properties. Shona Quayle is another key individual in the group.

Practice head(s):

Mark Humphrey

Other key lawyers:


‘Very much the market leaders in the commercial property sector in the Isle of Man. Mark Humphrey leads an experienced and responsive team.’

‘The team are experienced in all aspects of commercial leases, conveyancing, and more detailed and complex matters. Response rates are excellent, as is an in-depth knowledge of the market, and the properties and players within it.’

‘I have dealt with numerous practices over the years but have found this firm to be the best by far. Their service is very professional and their staff have always been very helpful and informative on some sometimes quite complex matters. Their advice and service over the years has been what makes my company use them time and time again.’

‘Mark Humphrey (Partner) has always been there for me whatever the time or day and will always reply to me – many times out of office hours. Likewise Shona Quayle (Advocate) has provided a superb service to me on numerous occasions.’

‘Good smaller firm, covering all the bases, and a firm who knows our business well.’

‘Mark Humphrey is the “go to” lawyer for commercial property transactions in the Isle of Man. Very experienced, very knowledgeable and the consistent provider of invaluable advice.’

Isle of Man > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Key names at Humphrey & Helfrich include Oliver Helfrich who focuses on general commercial litigation and personal injury. Charlotte Ronan is another key figure and also focuses on commercial litigation, with additional expertise in landlord and tenant disputes. The team has a broad client base, with a particular focus on accountancy and corporate service providers, with Deloitte a client of note.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Helfrich

Other key lawyers:


‘The firm stands out due to its responsive, reliable and commercially sensible approach to general legal advice and litigation. ’

‘Oliver Helfrich is an approachable, out-of-the-box thinker and one can always rely on his solid legal advice.’

Key clients

Shimmin Wilson

Browne Craine

Peel Town Commissioners

Castletown Town Commissioners

Garff Commissioners

Isle of Man Enterprises plc

Burnbrae Limited

British Cycling instructed through Leigh Day UK

Department for Enterprise

Taxa Genomics Limited

Deloitte LLP

Global Marine LLP

Crowe Trust Isle of Man Limited

HM Attorney General’s Chambers

RMS Restructuring Advisory LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting for and advising the Joint Liquidators of Global Steel Holdings Limited (in liquidation) in respect of winding up of company with approximately $200m in debts.
  • Acting for the joint liquidators in a multi-jurisdictional liquidation in respect of New Earth Recycling and Renewables (Infrastructure) plc (in liquidation) and associated companies and UK Secured Finance Fund (in liquidation regarding the collapse of a fund and a claims against former managers and administrators.
  • Acting for and advising Global Marine Fuel LLP in respect of claims arising from alleged fraudulent activity of Dmitry Mazurov

Isle of Man > Employment Tier 2

Humphrey & Helfrich handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious work, with ranges for day-to-day assistance to acting before the High Court and employment tribunals. Oliver Helfrich jointly leads the practice and has been active on cases concerning dismissals, relocations and breach of restrictive covenants. He leads the team alongside firm founder Rob Long, who is similarly very active in contentious work. Associate Charlotte Ronan , who assists Helfrich on most matters, is a promising name at junior level.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Helfrich; Rob Long


‘This is a highly professional legal practice who are uniquely able to maintain an approachable, friendly and down-to-earth attitude in delivering their legal services. This refreshing approach immediately puts you (the Customer) at ease and gives confidence that your affairs will be handled with personal care and attention.’

‘Oliver Helfrich – Personifies the approachable, friendly and down-to-earth attitude of the firm and deliverers sensitive, responsive and speedy legal advice.’

‘Good reputation in the Isle of Man and very accessible and knowledgeable. We use them solely for immigration advise/practices, however, do refer clients to them for other legal things. ’

‘Our relationship with one of the partners allows us to work together to try and move people to the Isle of Man. We will carry out joint marketing initiatives as well as partner with each other.’

‘Greatly assisted with guidance on work permit related matters’


Key clients

Peel Town Commissioners

Isle of Man Enterprises plc


Manx Financial Group plc / Conister Bank

Trident Trust Company (I.O.M.) Limited

Fedelta Group

Ingenuity Gaming

Burnbrae Limited

GJ Ingham Limited (construction)

Affinity Group

WA Dining

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice and assistance in relation to a broad range of employment issues (both contentious and non-contentious).
  • Ongoing advice and assistance in relation to a broad range of employment issues (both contentious and non-contentious) to this PLC which, amongst other things, owns Conister Bank, Edgewater Associates (IFA) Manx FX (foreign exchange).
  • Ongoing advice and assistance in relation to a broad range of employment issues (both contentious and non-contentious) to this PLC which, amongst other things, owns Shoprite and is one of the Island’s largest employers.

Isle of Man > Corporate and commercial Tier 3

Humphrey & Helfrich is ‘one of the leading independent firms in the Isle of Man’ and is particularly experienced in handling corporate and commercial issues involving major properties. Matthew Kinrade leads the firm and, alongside property work, has also been focusing advising SMEs, particularly in the technology sector. Eleanor Heywood Jones, who focuses on corporate acquisitions and joint ventures, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Kinrade

Other key lawyers:


‘L&H has the enviable ability to combine excellent knowledge and recall with technical skill and strategic nous, all delivered in a professional yet eminently approachable and can-do style, which for me made the whole experience of working with them a delight and has set the bar high.’

‘Eleanor Heywood-Jones is a pleasure to work with. She is always responsive and commits to agreed time-frames with tight deadlines. Very knowledgeable in the corporate commercial field.’

‘Eleanor Heywood-Jones – prompt at responding and straight forward to deal with. Provides high quality service that can be relied upon and is understandable by a non-legal person.’

‘The fact that you can be assured of the same level of service and technical delivery from any of the Partners is great.’

‘Matthew Kinrade, not only has the technical competences you would expect but also has high EQ and interpersonal skills.’

‘I have worked extensively with Matthew Kinrade over the past few years. Matthew has a clear understanding of what makes a good Corporate and Commercial Lawyer and he demonstrates this in practice. He has valuable qualities not always found in other providers. He is highly organized, a skilled communicator and excellent with his clients.’

‘One of the leading independent firms in the Isle of Man. As they are not part of a larger off-shore global firm they are both commercial and very reasonably priced in terms of fees, but at the same time have the depth to manage even larger transactions.’

‘Good, solid smaller legal firm. Knows our business well, and provides good cost effective advice.’

Key clients

Manx Financial Group plc

Juvenescence Limited

Portman Healthcare Limited

Regal Sherwood Oaks Limited

Edgewater Associates Limited

Celtic Associates Limited

Cayman National Trust Company (Isle of Man) Limited

Aston International Limited

Dixcart Management (IOM) Limited

IOM Enterprises plc

Poundland Limited

Sancus (IOM) Limited

Sterling Trust Limited

Conister Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised AIM listed Manx Financial Group plc in relation to the introduction of a scrip dividend scheme.
  • Advised Portman Healthcare Limited on the Isle of Man elements of the acquisition of three Isle of Man dental practices.

Isle of Man > Private client, trusts and tax Tier 3

With a ‘well-rounded traditional private client practice’, Humphrey & Helfrich's team is led by solicitor Catherine Gilmartin, who is an expert in private client, probate and trust matters, and is qualified in both England and Wales as well as the Republic of Ireland. She is supported by advocate Rachel Jepson Bennett, who focuses on estate planning and succession issues.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Gilmartin

Other key lawyers:


‘We were very impressed with their overall approach to our needs. They took time to assess and to ensure what we were asking actually met our needs. This was particularly relevant as following initial consultation we changed the way we moved forward with an EPOA.’

‘I was very impressed with the manner in which Catherine Gilmartin put my wife at ease as she ensured (as she was required to do) that my wife had the capability and capacity to agree to the arrangements.’

‘I found that the they listened carefully to what I required and added value by raising matters that may not have been considered.’

‘I found them really easy to deal with and was not baffled by legalese.’

‘We have always found the team to be extremely approachable, helpful and accommodating whenever we have had the need for legal advice. Despite only being individuals with relatively straightforward matters we still feel valued as a private client and would not hesitate to recommend them to others.’

‘We recently needed our wills re-drafting with amendments. Rachel Jepson Bennett was extremely attentive and efficient. Despite the lockdown restrictions she undertook our instructions quickly and efficiently and also advised us on the best way to get the wills legally witnessed given the restrictions imposed by Covid. Throughout the process she was approachable and we always felt valued as clients.’

‘This is what I would describe as a family friendly company, they deal with you as an individual catering for your needs.’

‘The major strengths are the qualified lawyers who are either partners, associates or other employed lawyers in this practice. There is certainly diversity in the people involved and each of them are trained to not only provide first class legal advice but also to build a good and lasting relationship with the clients.’