Donna Matthews > DQ > Douglas, Isle Of Man > Lawyer Profile

Isle Of Man

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial


Associate Director.

Donna advises a wide range of international and local institutional clients in relation to non-contentious commercial, shipping and trust related matters.

Donna is a Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public in the Isle of Man.  Donna’s specialist areas of practice are corporate law, shipping and trust and private client.


Trained MannBenham Limited; qualified Isle of Man 2005, DQ Advocates Limited 2006 to date.




Donna is STEP qualified (including STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes) and is a member of the Isle of Man Law Society.


The College of Law

University of Lancaster

Lawyer Rankings

Isle of Man > Private client, trusts and tax

(Next Generation Partners)

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According to one client, the strength of DQ is its ‘diversity in knowledge and experience’. Practice head Annemarie Hughes is an expert in trust and private client work, and is also highly skilled in handling international tax investigations. Donna Matthews has a similarly broad skillset with expertise in advising on wills, powers of attorney, general administration issues and trust restructurings. The team also benefits from the experience of tax consultant Greg Jones, who is notably adept in capital tax planning work, offshore trusts, and tax domicile issues. Mark Emery is a key contact for trust litigation.

Isle of Man > Corporate and commercial

(Rising stars)

Donna MatthewsDQ

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 > 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‘.