Firm Profile > Cains > Douglas, Isle Of Man

Isle Of Man

Banking and finance Tier 1

Cains advises on cross-border finance work, with practice head Tim Shepherd handling a number of complex financing transactions concerning both Manx businesses as well as other challenging jurisdictions. In the capital markets space, the team also works with both issuers and investment banks. Tristan Head has a track record of both note issuances and DCM restructuring issues. Securitisation is another area of expertise.


The banking team provides clients with high-quality assistance in a timely manner – the personable approach of the team makes collaborating with them a pleasant experience.’

The lawyers do not just tell clients what the law says, but explains how it will effect the client’s transaction – and a genuinely nice bunch of people to work with, too.’

Matthew Quinn is extremely responsive and offers practical and sound advice in a highly personable manner.’

Stephanie Chew is very impressive.’

Tristan Head has a calm and welcoming manner – he can defuse tough stakeholders through his balanced and well-reasoned approach.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

ANZ Bank

BNP Paribas

Danske Bank

Europe Arab Bank

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

National Bank of Kuwait

Svenska Handelsbanken

PGIM Real Estate Partners

Commercial property Tier 1

The team at Cains provides its clients with advice on commercial property mandates including property acquisitions and sales, leases, loan structuring deals and refinancing arrangements. Practice co-head Alex Poole-Wilson regularly acts on domestic transactions across the industrial, office, retail, care home and leisure sectors. Tim Shepherd, who also co-heads the practice, specialises in commercial real estate restructuring and reorganisation exercises and regularly acts for major banks, alternative lenders and recovery professionals.


Few other firms on the island providing a similar service to the same high standard

Very personal and efficient service

Great attention to detail

Alex Poole-Wilson has an in-depth knowledge of property law and provides excellent advice

Alex Poole-Wilson and Scott Morgan are very supportive during complex and sensitive discussions with third parties.  The direction and advice has proved invaluable in progressing the matter effectively’

Matthew Quinn provides an excellent service; very attentive and efficient’

Tim Shepherd is one of the leading advocates in dealing with the financing and refinancing of assets’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Chenavari Financial Group

Cheyne Capital Management



Four Seasons Health Care

Heron and Brearley

Hoi Hup Realty

Kings Park

Manx Telecom

Melford Capital

The Stars Group (formerly Poker Stars)

Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Cains advises on a broad range of deals, covering sectors ranging from natural resources through to real estate and fund services, in which the firm was particularly active in 2018. Bank ring-fencing and cross-border M&A deals are another area of expertise. The firm has recently gone through some generational change in its directorate, with 'world-class commercial lawyer' Scott Leonard-Morgan added (he now shares leadership of the team with Tristan Head); Richard Vanderplank is now a consultant.


Highly responsive and reliable when it comes to preparing documents – the team inspires real trust that deadlines will be met and the output will be excellent.’

The firm has a huge corporate team with significant international experience – professional through and through, the teams are relationship-driven with a good sense of humour that puts them above the rest.’

Flexible, combined with with exceptional knowledge.’

‘Considerable depth and expertise in Manx law – the team is knowledgeable, responsive and easy to work with, making it a go-to firm for all Isle of Man legal queries.’

Tristan Head and Tim Shepherd are practical, responsive and technically strong – Head in particular stands out for financial services M&A.’

Stephanie Chew is a great contact – she gives thorough and timely advice, and is friendly and approachable.’

Matthew Wilkinson is very easy to work with: no Manx problem is too difficult to be dealt with.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

AngloGold Ashanti

Cheyne Capital Management


Manx Telecom

National Bank of Kuwait

Nomura International

Svenska Handelsbanken

The Stars Group

Tullow Oil

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Cains’ market-leading offering regularly handles high-value and complex insolvency, commercial, asset tracing, fraud and trust litigation cases. Practice heads Peter Clucas and Robert Colquitt, alongside Seth Caine (now a consultant) handle some of the islands largest anti-suit injunctions and civil fraud instructions. The client roster boasts a solid list of multi-jurisdictional trust companies, financial institutions, public bodies, HNWIs and international law firms. The team saw a significant addition with former First Deemster David Doyle bringing unique experience from the bench, while associate Charles Williams is also praised by clients.


Cains has been at the forefront of the Manx legal scene for generations and has forged a reputation for excellence and rapid turnaround times

A thoroughly professional, civic-minded and diligent practice

Phenomenally good at the law

A well-respected firm of Manx advocates

Peter Clucas has an impressive professional attitude

Peter Clucas is an extraordinary advocate, providing a polished performance every time and willing to take on and fight difficult cases

David Doyle is one of the Manx Bar’s greatest ever legal minds, with a charm and wit that surprises many, making him a pleasure to deal with

Charles Williams and Alex Poole-Wilson represent their firm well, providing practical solutions when required on complex matters

Key clients

Hogan Lovells

Browne Craine

Cayman National Trust Company

SSC Group

Sochin, Nikolay – Baranov

LJ Management

Woman LLC


Exalibur Almaz

The Financial Services Authority

Insurance and pensions Tier 1

Cains provides advice on complex corporate issues to an enviable list of multinational insurers and private banks. Jonathan Latham has particular expertise in high-value policy transfers, as well as providing advice on Manx regulations for insurance company reorganisations. Tristan Head is the name to note for establishing and restructuring captive insurance companies. The firm’s wider corporate department handles merger and acquisition transactions for insurance companies when they arise.

Shipping, aviation and space Tier 1

Cains handles a range of work in aviation and shipping, including in the arena of repossession of trophy assets. Private aircraft and yachts are an area of expertise, but the firm also handles work regarding larger vessels. 'Great technical lawyer' Steven Quayle is the key contact, with the 'approachable and organised' Adam Clark a key associate.


The team has excellent sector knowledge and is extremely approachable‘.

The team has great knowledge of the industry and is a pleasure to deal with – it is always very commercial and delivers quality advice without fail.’

Steven Quayle is a pleasure to work with, and has great knowledge of the sector.’

Key clients


BP Shipping

DNB Bank


Danish Ship Finance



Employment Tier 2

The team at Cains handles the full range of employment issues including contract drafting and review, Equality Act compliance, high-level disputes with employees (including compromise agreements, data breaches and misconduct) and employee benefits advice arising from corporate transactions. The client list largely comprises leading international financial institutions, and the team regularly fields referral work from leading UK law firms. Commercial litigator Robert Colquitt leads on contentious matters, and associate Adam Clark has expertise on matters including data protection.


Very personal and efficient service with great attention to detail

Gambling Tier 2

Cains' gambling division, which sits within the firm's corporate practice, handles a range of deals across the industry, including work for some of the sector's biggest names. As well as transactional matters, the firm provides regulatory advice to licensed gambling operations in the Isle of Man, while also offering expertise in areas such as employment, pensions and data protection.

Key clients

The Stars Group

Apollo Gaming Holdings

Cains is a leading independent offshore law firm and is expert in advising clients in the areas of banking and finance (including property, shipping and aviation finance), public and private M&A, private equity and corporate restructurings, financial services and insurance regulation, GDPR, pensions, insolvency (including insolvent restructuring) and commercial litigation.

Cains acts for a broad range of clients including multi-national corporations, financial institutions, regulatory bodies and family offices and has a strong track record of working in partnership with leading law firms to effect international transactions, including market listings and cross-jurisdictional M&A transactions, for clients.

Cains has good links with the Isle of Man Government in both a consultative and advisory capacity and has contributed significantly to the development of the Isle of Man’s financial services industry.

Sector expertise includes:

  • Aviation
  • Commercial Property
  • Crypto & Blockchain
  • e-Gaming
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Family Offices
  • Financial Services
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Private Equity
  • Shipping
  • Space & Satellite
  • Technology


Department Name Email Telephone
(Managing Director) Peter Clucas 01624 638300
Litigation Robert Colquitt 01624 638300
Corporate Mike Edwards 01624 638300
Corporate Tristan Head 01624 638300
Corporate Tim Shepherd 01624 638300
Property Alex Poole-Wilson 01624 638300
Photo Name Position Profile
 Andrew Baker  photo Andrew Baker
 Lindsey Bermingham  photo Lindsey Bermingham
 Seth Caine  photo Seth Caine
 Stephanie Chew  photo Stephanie Chew
 Adam Clark  photo Adam Clark
 Peter Clucas  photo Peter Clucas
 Robert Colquitt  photo Robert Colquitt
 Tara Cubbon  photo Tara Cubbon
 David Doyle  photo David Doyle
 Mike Edwards  photo Mike Edwards
 Catherine Hamill  photo Catherine Hamill
 Tristan Head  photo Tristan Head
 Ben Hughes  photo Ben Hughes
 Andrew Langan-Newton  photo Andrew Langan-Newton
 Jonathan Latham  photo Jonathan Latham
 Scott Leonard-Morgan  photo Scott Leonard-Morgan
 Kirsten Middleton  photo Kirsten Middleton
 Alex Poole-Wilson  photo Alex Poole-Wilson
 Steven Quayle  photo Steven Quayle
 Matthew Quinn  photo Matthew Quinn
 Tim Shepherd  photo Tim Shepherd
 Richard Vanderplank  photo Richard Vanderplank
 Matthew Wilkinson  photo Matthew Wilkinson
 Charles Williams  photo Charles Williams
Number of directors : 8
Number of other fee-earners : 20