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Simcocks

RIDGEWAY HOUSE, RIDGEWAY STREET, DOUGLAS, IM99 1PY, ISLE OF MAN
Tel:
Work 01624 690 300
Fax:
Fax 01624 690 333
Email:
Web:
www.simcocks.com
Douglas, London

Isle of Man

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Simcocks

At Simcocks, Alex Spencer has a track record of handling finance work, particularly covering cross-border security issues. The firm acts for well-known banks, as well as handling borrower-side fund finance work.

Practice head(s):Alex Spencer

Other key lawyers:Peter Chemaly

Testimonials

'The team has vast experience, which is immediately apparent in its ability to deal with complex transactions in an efficient and practical manner.'

'The firm draws on technical knowledge to provide creative solutions.'

Leading individuals

Alex Spencer - Simcocks

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Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 2

Simcocks

Commercial property acquisitions are a strong point for the practice at Simcocks. Team head Irini Newby assists a modest portfolio of property development companies with reviewing existing tenancy agreements on newly-acquired property, as well as advising on leasing structures and licensing issues. The practice also acts as counsel to a number of retail property landlords in respect to lease extensions, break clauses and tenancy dilapidation issues.

Practice head(s):Irini Newby

Key Clients

KJ Holdings

Primavera International Holdings

Work highlights

  • Assisting KJ Holdings with the acquisition of a number of multi-million pound properties, including the RBS International building in Douglas and a listed building situated on the Douglas Promenade.
  • Assisted SPIM IOM with lease reviews and the purchase of the freehold interest in a block of over thirty apartments.
Leading individuals

Irini Newby - Simcocks

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 3

Simcocks

Simcocks has varied expertise in the corporate space in the Isle of Man, ranging from competition law in heavily regulated industries to real estate deals concerning London properties. Irini Newby handles, among other matters, M&A deals in the corporate service provider industry.

Practice head(s):Irini Newby

Other key lawyers:Alex Spencer; Kevin O'Loughlin

Key Clients

Charterhouse Lombard

Schroders

Leading individuals

Irini Newby - Simcocks

Rising stars

Kevin O'Loughlin - Simcocks

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Simcocks

At Simcocks, associate Caroline Jennings advises a breadth of clients on family law issues, including divorce and separation agreements and child maintenance issues while associate Winston Taylor is the noted name for immigration issues. Fellow associate Kevin O’Loughlin also works with the firm's private client offering on contentious trust issues. Proceeds of crime is another area of expertise. Christopher Arrowsmith left the firm to become Deputy High Bailiff in September 2019.

Other key lawyers:Caroline Jennings; Winston Taylor; Kevin O'Loughlin

Next Generation Partners

Caroline Jennings - Simcocks

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Simcocks

Simcocks' employment practice handles a number of constructive dismissal claims, as well as advising on the drafting of contracts, remuneration and severance packages. Corporate and commercial law practitioner Irini Newby regularly advises on the employment elements of corporate transactions. Clients range from local construction, health care and property businesses to international financial institutions. Associate Winston Taylor is able to provide advice on immigration law and work permits.

Practice head(s):Irini Newby

Key Clients

Island Aggregates

Work highlights

  • Drafting contracts for new employees and advising on the work permits application process on behalf of construction materials supplier Island Aggregates.

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Insurance and pensions
Insurance and pensions - ranked: tier 3

Simcocks

The team at Simcocks advises on insurance regulatory and issues, captive insurance company formations and other transactions in the industry, with David Spencer being a notable name in the sector. On the pensions front (which is led by Phil Games), the practice assists corporate clients, pension fund trustees and fund members on scheme mergers and restructurings, pension scheme buy-outs, tax compliance and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):David Spencer; Phil Games

Leading individuals

David Spencer - Simcocks

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 1

Simcocks

The establishment of private family trust and foundation structures for high-net-worth individuals is a particular strong point for the practice at Simcocks which is headed by Phil Games. Associate Caroline Jennings’ family practice also advises on private client matters, particularly will and estate management. The firm advises beneficiaries and trustees on issues regarding trust administration, variation of trusts and applications to remove trustees from office. Trust disputes are another area of expertise, and the team is often instructed by UK law firms, banks and insurance companies on probate issues concerning assets held within Manx trusts. Christopher Arrowsmith, who was active in trust litigation, has been appointed as Deputy High Bailiff.

Practice head(s):Phil Games

Other key lawyers:Caroline Jennings

Leading individuals

Phil Games - Simcocks

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