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Commercial property is a core area of strength at Long & Humphrey, 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.
Other key lawyers:
‘Long and Humphrey are 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 Long and Humphrey 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.’
Long & Humphrey is jointly led by name partner Rob Long, who has an extensive history of work on insolvency and asset tracing cases. Also leading the team is 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.
Rob Long; Oliver Helfrich
Other key lawyers:
‘Long & Humphrey Advocates stand out due to its responsive, reliable and commercially sensible approach to general legal advice and litigation. ’
‘You can always rely on Rob Long’s highly knowledgeable and commercially minded approach to local and international litigation matters.
‘Oliver Helfrich is an approachable, out-of-the-box thinker and one can always rely on his solid legal advice.’
Peel Town Commissioners
Castletown Town Commissioners
Isle of Man Enterprises plc
British Cycling instructed through Leigh Day UK
Department for Enterprise
Taxa Genomics Limited
Global Marine LLP
Crowe Trust Isle of Man Limited
HM Attorney General’s Chambers
RMS Restructuring Advisory LLP
- 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
Long & Humphrey 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.
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.’
‘Long & Humphrey has a good reputation in the Isle of Man and are 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’
Peel Town Commissioners
Isle of Man Enterprises plc
Manx Financial Group plc / Conister Bank
Trident Trust Company (I.O.M.) Limited
GJ Ingham Limited (construction)
- 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 https://www.manxshoprite.com/ and is one of the Island’s largest employers.
Long & Humphrey 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.
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.’
‘Long & Humphrey are 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.’
Manx Financial Group plc
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
Sancus (IOM) Limited
Sterling Trust Limited
Conister Bank Limited
- 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.
With a ‘well-rounded traditional private client practice’, Long & Humphrey'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.
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 Long & Humphrey 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.’
‘Long & Humphrey are 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.’