Mark Dougherty > DQ > Douglas, Isle Of Man > Lawyer Profile

Isle Of Man

Work Department

Corporate and commercial.


Managing Director.

Mark has extensive experience in the Isle of Man in corporate and commercial law and is consistently ranked as one of the top corporate and commercial lawyers on the Island.

Mark regularly advises multi-national companies, listed entities, banks and private equity houses as well as high net worth individuals in a wide range of Isle of Man corporate and commercial matters.

Mark is a qualified notary public.

Mark’s specialist areas of practice are banking, capital markets, shipping, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.


Trained Simcocks Advocates; qualified Isle of Man 1999, England and Wales 2000; Appleby Spurling & Kempe, Bermuda (now Appleby) 2000-01; Dougherty Quinn (now DQ Advocates) 2001, director 2005.




Sits on IOM Government Finance Agency – a public private partnership looking at the economic future of the Isle of Man.  Past member of Isle of Man Law Society Council (Head of Education).


Sport, especially rugby and hockey, theatre, and travel.

Lawyer Rankings

Isle of Man > Corporate and commercial

(Leading individuals)

Mark DoughertyDQ

DQ is a strong independent practice and, through its membership of TAG Law, can draw upon an international network for cross-border matters. The team’s recent workload has included major M&A and restructurings, as well as general commercial and regulatory work. Andrew Harding leads the practice and, as a former representative at the Isle of Man Government Financial Services Advisory Group, is uniquely placed to handle deals in the finance sector. Financial services work is also an area of focus for Mark Dougherty, who is skilled in M&A, corporate and commercial work. Senior associate Adam Killip and associate director Donna Matthews are also recommended.

Isle of Man > Commercial property

DQ’s team is skilled in assisting clients with real estate finance transactions, as well as leasing and tenancy agreements. Managing partner Mark Dougherty and associate Libby Gordon are the two key individuals to note.

Isle of Man > Banking, finance and capital markets

DQ demonstrates a high level of expertise in corporate lending, ship finance and property finance transactions, as well as debt restructurings. Andrew Harding, who heads up the team, is a former chairman of the Isle of Man Wealth & Fund Services Association. His recent workload has involved advising on secured financing and distressed debt transactions. Managing partner Mark Dougherty is an expert in asset and ship-related financings. Ship finance is also a specialism of associate director Donna Matthews. Senior associate Adam Killip ‘stands out for his knowledge and experience‘.