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Long & Humphrey
Isle Of Man

Commercial property Tier 1

For some, Long & Humphrey is 'the acknowledged leader in local commercial property transactions' while maintaining 'a real family feel to the firm'.  Practice head Mark Humphrey is 'the doyen-advocate of property transactions and management issues', with extensive in experience in office and retail real estate. Shona Quayle is another key member of the team, which also has liquor licencing expertise.

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‘The team delivers a personal service and adheres to and takes on time deadlines and you get the feeling you are partners working together to the same end.’

‘Mark Humphrey is highly experienced, trusted, balanced, straightforward. A no nonsense senior partner. ‘

‘Shona Quayle is friendly, approachable, experienced. Makes law straightforward.’


Dispute resolution Tier 2

Long & Humphrey's presence in dispute resolution primarily comes from its strong expertise in insolvency and trust litigation. Name partner Rob Long is the key name for insolvency disputes and counts Deloitte as a key client. He is also adept in general commercial litigation and asset tracing. Oliver Helfrich handles the trust litigation side, with additional expertise in commercial  and property disputes.

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‘Good team players. Oliver Helfrich was a pleasure to work with. Very approachable, used easy understandable language, flexible and proactive.’

‘Oliver Helfrich is approachable, flexible also very pro-active in following up if anything else required.’

‘The team provided a very professional and diligent service. Oliver Helfrich was the lead advocate and his service was very professional, keeping me fully informed at all stages.’

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

Isle of Man Law Society


Mahu Management Limited

Crowe Trust Isle of Man Limited

Jason Scales

Global Marine LLP

Employment Tier 2

Long & Humphrey advises employers on general advisory issues but has also works on contentious issues such as dismissals and redundancies. Primarily acting for island businesses, the team has represented them in the High Court  and in employment tribunals. The 'incredibly knowledgeable, personable and sympathetic' Oliver Helfrich leads the team alongside fellow litigator Rob Long.

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‘The team are efficient and approachable and always provide commercial opinions which meet the needs of clients. All members of the team are knowledgeable and efficiently deal with all queries on a timely basis.’

‘Long & Humphrey were incredibly personable and appeared to be as fully invested in the result as I was.’

‘Great firm, great team, and my first choice for future legal advice The team at Long & Humphrey were incredible, but the standout for me was Oliver Helfrich. He was incredibly knowledgable, personable and sympathetic to my case.’

‘Oliver Helfrich went above and beyond my expectations with his thorough review, feedback and advice, keeping everything in layman’s terms. He ensured that I fully understood all aspects of the agreement, and ensured that the best possible outcome was negotiated.’

‘Pragmatic, straight-forward, reliable and accurate . Easy to deal with, responsive, quick to understand the issue and offer a pragmatic solution.’

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Peel Town Commissioners

Isle of Man Enterprises

Burnbrae Limited

Fedeta Group


Abbotswood Nursing Home

Moores Management and Finance Limited

GAM Limited

Sleepwell Hotels

Corporate and commercial Tier 3

For some, Long & Humphrey is 'one of the few independent offshore firms left in the market that is big enough to provide a full corporate service; they retain their personal touch and provide superb support and advice to clients.' Matthew Kinrade leads the practice and has broad expertise in corporate and commercial law, but is very active in advising tech startups on the island. He is supported by Eleanor Heywood Jones who 'can be relied upon time again to provide efficient timely advice'.

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‘Long & Humphrey provide a very personal service and are extremely client focussed. Their staff are always available to help and are all knowledgeable and experienced in their fields. ‘

‘Long & Humphrey is one of the few independent off-shore firms left in the market that is big enough to provide a full corporate service; they retain their personal touch, are competitive on price (unlike a lot of off-shore peers) and provide superb support and advice to clients.’

‘The team at Long & Humphrey provide practical and pragmatic advice and will always work with their clients to deliver the optimum outcome.’

‘A very strong team who are always available and respond promptly with relevant and commercial opinions.’

‘Good knowledge of the difficulties involved with drafting Share Purchase Agreements. Matt Kinrade gives an excellent level of service, even out-of-hours, which is highly important to keep transactions on time scale – also good negotiating skills, too.’

‘Eleanor Heywood Jones has a keen eye for detail without losing sight of the bigger picture.’

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Manx Financial Group plc

Agronomics Limited

Flix Facilities

Private client, trusts and tax Tier 3

Long & Humphrey provides 'effective services in the main practice areas: litigation, commercial, trusts and estates and general private client' and delivers 'a highly professional, practical and personal service'. Mark Humphrey leads the practice and is particularly known for his work in various trusts and succession issues; senior associate Catherine Gilmartin stands out for multi-jurisdictional issues, with qualifications in both England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

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‘The two founding partners of the firm are well respected practitioners in their fields and were formerly partners in the historic firm Dickinson Cruickshank, (now Appleby’s Isle of Man office). They have built a strong practice on these foundations with deep roots in the Island community. ‘

‘The firm provides effective services in the main practice areas: litigation, commercial, trusts and estates and general private client.’

‘Mark Humphrey is an able and resourceful lawyer who leads the private client side of the practice and specialises in commercial property work but who also deals with matters involving dispute resolution if they arise for his clients. He is known to appear in the Island’s Courts in complex licensing cases and planning matters.’

‘Associate Matthew Kinrade  is a “coming man” on the private client side.’

Associate Stacey Meakin is a most capable lawyer in commercial and other matters.

‘Before setting up this firm over 10 years ago the present partners were all either partners or associates in one of the largest firms on the Island.’

‘Mr Humphrey is what we would call in my time in the Bar a General Practitioner. This type of person is so lacking now on the Island. So many people and companies still prefer to have their own personal advocate to advise them on whatever issue is required. Mr Humphrey is one of the few advocates on our Island who can achieve that, so he can advise clients on their wills, their trusts, their tax issues, their property requirements and even issues likely to involve court work.’

‘Long & Humphrey give a highly professional, practical and personal service. They take time to understand a clients objectives/problems and find the most economic and practical solutions. ‘

‘The whole team is integrated bringing in relevant other skill sets where necessary. They don’t just give legal answers but work with the clients and their professional advisors to achieve the best outcome for the client.’

‘Because of this Long & Humphrey are the firm that we recommend for Isle of Man legal matters. The team provide pragmatic, sensible and efficient advice. The team are always available to respond to queries and do so with sound knowledge and the best interests of the client in mind.’

‘Rob Long provides sage advice on the most complex of private client matters.Mark Humphrey is expert in the nuances of family law and the complexities of trust law. His advice has been invaluable in many a difficult engagement.’