Scott Leonard-Morgan > Cains > Douglas, Isle Of Man > Lawyer Profile

Isle Of Man

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial.



Scott is a Director and joint head of Cains’ top tier Corporate and Commercial team and has over 20 years’ experience in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and public and private securities offerings.  He works across a wide range of sectors that includes a strong focus on technology, gaming and the financial services and payments industries.

Scott has extensive experience in advising shareholders, investors and companies from early stage through to venture capital and private equity fundraisings, M&A, exits and international listings, as well as advising boards of directors on their internal governance issues. 

In addition to advising on corporate and commercial matters Scott advises within the Banking and Finance sectors, including real estate finance, refinancing and restructurings and financial services regulation. 

He practiced in London, both as a partner in private practice and as in-house general counsel, before joining Cains in 2015.

Scott is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ by The Legal 500, both for Corporate and Commercial as well as Banking and Finance and was described as a “world-class commercial lawyer” in client feedback.



Barrister of England and Wales 1996; English solicitor 1993; Manx advocate 2008.


Isle of Man Law Society, Law Society of England and Wales, Middle Temple.


Queen Mary & Westfield University London; Inns of Court School of Law, London; Manx Bar.

Lawyer Rankings

Isle of Man > Gambling

Cains provides a full service to clients in the gambling sector, ranging from corporate and regulatory matters, structuring and restructuring, debt finance, commercial property, intellectual property, employment, regulatory and data protection. The team can also draw on support from the wider firm’s litigation practice for contentious matters. Scott Leonard-Morgan co-chairs the department and is recognised as a prominent lawyer with extensive experience in this sector, and regularly handles complex corporate and commercial transactions involving Isle of Man gambling companies. Meanwhile, co-chair Tristan Head has strong expertise in advising on both local and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions.


Isle of Man > Insurance and pensions

Cains advises on the full spectrum of cross-border insurance and reinsurance matters, ranging from regulatory issues to high-value transactions. The team also has a strong litigation team at hand to deal with controversial matters. Tristan Head is a key contact regarding corporate finance transactional work such as IPOs, captive insurance structuring matters, and public/private bonds. Jonathan Latham is noted for specialising exclusively in insurance law and regulatory matters, including multi-jurisdictional reorganisations. Director Lindsey Bermingham focuses on regulatory and anti-money laundering advice for insurance clients, while Scott Leonard-Morgan deals with insurance transactional matters and regulatory work.

Isle of Man > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Scott Leonard-MorganCains

Cains‘ large team advises on a range of issues, from securitisations to capital markets transactions. assisting major domestic and international clients. Team head Tim Shepherd  has expertise in international transactions, having previously worked in Bermuda for three years. Scott Leonard-Morgan and Tristan Head  are adept at handling financing matters, while Mike Edwards and Steven Quayle  can be relied upon in matters pertaining to maritime and aviation financing. Stephanie Chew specialises in financing for real estate.

Isle of Man > Corporate and commercial

(Leading individuals)

Scott Leonard-MorganCains

Cains fields a well regarded team who regularly work on high profile and high value commercial transactions. Tristan Head and Scott Leonard-Morgan jointly lead the practice, and advise on complex matters for both public and private companies operating within the gambling and financial services sectors. The group has significant experience in advising on complex multi-jurisdictional mandates. Stephanie Chew has over 14 years’ experience advising on corporate acquisitions, restructurings and reorganisations. Associates Matthew Wilkinson and Kirsten Porter are both noted; the latter is singled out for her involvement with a number of notable M&A deals.