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Advocates Smith Taubitz Unsworth Ltd is a specialist litigation practice in the heart of Douglas, the Isle of Man's capital city. It was established in December 2012.

The firm: In establishing Advocates Smith Taubitz Unsworth Limited, the three experienced directors, Hazel Smith, Darren Taubitz and Vicki Unsworth, have pooled their knowledge, experience and skills to offer their clients a fully functioning litigation practice. Each of the directors brings their own expertise and reputation for demanding high standards and obtaining the best result possible for each client to a practice that strives to offer a gold-standard service to all clients.

Whereas many firms in the Isle of Man are limited in their scope of practice, the experience and expertise of the directors means that the entire spectrum of litigation is covered by the firm, a rare benefit in the Isle of Man. Further, the team of directors and fee-earners work together on cases to ensure clients get the full benefit of knowledge and experience on offer, with the directors assisted by junior associates Kate Alexander and Matt Wilshaw.

The firm is very well regarded and receives a number of referrals from larger firms. All three directors are very positively received by the courts, and are routinely praised by the judiciary for their advocacy and case presentation.

A large percentage of the firm's clients are based on the Island, however Vicki Unsworth's practice spans the globe. The firm acts for clients from every walk of life, and is not afraid to give a voice and a chance to the most vulnerable members of society, even if it means working on a pro bono basis. At the other end of the spectrum the firm is involved in a lot of high-value litigation working with some of the leading firms in England, the Caribbean and the US. A number of large clients and national insurers are now instructing the firm in place of tier 1 and 2 firms that they historically instructed.

Throughout 2018, Advocates Smith Taubitz Unsworth Ltd has grown from strength to strength and has been exceptionally busy. Darren Taubitz and Vicki Unsworth have been instructed to act in a number of very high profile regulatory cases and Vicki Unsworth succeeded in defending an ex-politician in relation to a data protection prosecution.  The reputations, hard work and court room ability of the directors have ensured success, and that the firm continues to grow organically.  Each of Darren Taubitz and Vicki Unsworth have this year qualified as data protection practitioners, and Vicki Unsworth has taken and passed (with distinction) the Institute of Directors Diploma, ensuring that rounded advice can be offered to clients.

Types of work undertaken: Advocates Smith Taubitz Unsworth Ltd covers all areas of court work.

Commercial litigation: Vicki Unsworth is known for international commercial litigation including insolvency and trust litigation, with both of Darren Taubitz and Vicki Unsworth having an excellent reputation in regulatory compliance and financial crime and data protection.

Criminal litigation: Darren Taubitz is one of the Island's leading criminal defence advocates.

Matrimonial and children law: Hazel Smith is a leader in the field of matrimonial and children, being one of the Island's most experienced advocates.

Personal injury and medical negligence: Hazel Smith and Vicki Unsworth are both renowned as being leading advocates in personal injury (both claimant and defendant) and medical negligence cases.

The firm also has extensive experience in private client work (wills, probate and mental health), civil litigation and employment law.

All fee-earners regularly appear before the courts from the Summary Court up to the Court of Appeal.

  • Number of UK partners: 3
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 3
  • Breakdown of work %
  • Civil litigation: 15
  • Commercial litigation: 25
  • Criminal litigation: 20
  • Matrimonial and children: 15
  • Personal injury/medical negligence: 20
  • Private client: 5

  • Member
  • Institute of Directors
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Above material supplied by Advocates Smith Taubitz Unsworth Ltd.

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