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

Isle Of Man

Work Department

Dispute Resolution, Employment


Leanne is a director within the Dispute Resolution team and Head of Employment. Leanne has extensive experience in dealing with both non-contentious HR matters and contentious employment litigation both in the High Court and the Employment and Equality Tribunal and regularly advises both domestic and international clients on a broad range of corporate and commercial 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 completed her solicitor training at Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors (2007-2011) and 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


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Isle of Man > Employment

(Leading individuals)

Leanne McKeownDQ

DQ’s employment practice regularly acts for both employees and employers from sectors including financial services, gambling and public services on disputes concerning unfair dismissal, misconduct and breach of contract claims. The non-contentious offering includes providing advice on employment and immigration issues arising from corporate transactions, Equality Act compliance and the drafting of compromise agreements and general employment contracts. Leanne McKeown and Tara Cubbon, who both handle the full range of matters, are the main points of contact.

Isle of Man > Dispute resolution

DQ advises a strong client list of financial services entities, company directors, trustees and public bodies. The team enjoys a steady flow of mandates concerning insolvency (of which Stephen Dougherty has particular expertise), trust disputes and professional negligence. The practice also has a depth of expertise in liquidator-instructed schemes of arrangement applications. Leanne McKeown leads on contentious employment and high-value personal injury claims, and senior associate Tara Cubbon acts on corporate and commercial litigation matters including high-stakes bankruptcy injunction orders.