Leanne McKeown > DQ > Douglas, Isle Of Man > Lawyer Profile

Isle Of Man

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Director/Head of Dispute Resolution/Head of Employment.

Leanne specialises in commercial disputes, company, fiduciary obligations and employment related litigation.  Leanne has significant experience advising in high value claims regarding allegations of fraudulent breaches of directors’ duties and complex e-disclosure process management. Injunctions and Norwich Pharmacal applications are a frequent feature of the multi-dimensional matters that Leanne handles.

Leanne has particular experience advising on all aspects of employment, equality and industrial relations law. Leanne advises clients in relation to workplace investigations, confidentiality, restrictive covenants, social media issues as well as related privacy issues.

She is expert in the employment law issues that arise from mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and redundancy situations.

Leanne represents a number of island based Unions and recently advised a Teachers’ Union on matters concerning industrial action short of strike.

Leanne provides counsel on all matters arising out of the employer-employee relationship and represents employers in contentious employment law disputes before the Equality and Employment Tribunal and the Isle of Man High Court, including injunction proceedings.

mercial disputes. Specialist areas of practice include are areas of employment and equality law, data protection and civil and commercial litigation, to include freezing injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal applications, director/shareholder disputes and professional negligence claims.


Leanne completed her professional qualifications at Queen’s University Belfast.  She was admitted as solicitor in Northern Ireland in 2009.  Leanne has practiced Manx law since 2011 and was called to the Manx Bar in 2013.  Leanne has been a director of DQ Advocates since 2017.




Leanne is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Employment and Skills Committee and the Employment Lawyers Association.  Leanne is also a member of the Institute of Directors and holds an Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction. Leanne is also a qualified Data Protection Practitioner.


Queens University Belfast, LLB (Hons)

University of Ulster, Advanced Diploma in Business Management, Business Administration, Management and Operations


Fitness, travel and dining.

Lawyer Rankings

Isle of Man > Employment

(Leading individuals)

Leanne McKeownDQ

DQ‘s multi-faceted team has expertise in all areas of employment law and currently advises a wide range of clients, including large financial institutions, e-gaming companies and government bodies. Practice head Leanne McKeown  is an expert on all matters pertaining to employment on the Isle of Man, having assisted clients with matters ranging from constructive dismissal claims to breaches of contract. She is also a qualified data protection practitioner. Associates Mark Emery  and Jessica McManus  are skilled at handling contentious and non-contentious employment issues.

Isle of Man > Dispute resolution

DQ is experienced in acting at all levels of the Isle of Man courts, handling commercial disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes as well as employment, insurance, regulatory and professional negligence cases, and clients consider the unit to be ‘the best firm on the island for complex trust and estate matters’. The ‘very efficient’ practitioners also frequently act for a number of the island’s corporate service providers as well as for local banks and local authorities. Leanne McKeown heads the practice and has particular expertise in acting for defendants in breach of duty cases. ‘Strong up and comerMark Emery is the firm’s specialist for contentious insolvency and restructuring matters.