Christopher Cope > Appleby > Douglas, Isle Of Man > Lawyer Profile

Isle Of Man

Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Christopher Cope is a partner in the Dispute Resolution department in the Isle of Man. Prior to joining the firm Christopher practised as a barrister for 10 years. In 2001 he relocated to the Isle of Man and joined the firm and was appointed as a partner in 2004.

Some examples of Christopher’s commercial dispute work include advising: Roys Poyiadjis in the Aremisoft litigation regarding an alleged US$230m NASDAQ fraud; KPMG, auditors of the Manx Electricity Authority, in litigation concerning the legality of US£120m in loans; the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in executing letters rogatory; the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in relation to letters of request; numerous local and international companies and individuals on many trust, insolvency and banking related matters; and most recently a number of Isle of Man companies in the complex multi-jurisdictional litigation concerning the Kyrgyz Mobile Telecommunications Company Bitel LLC, which matter is currently before the Privy Council. He has spoken at various conferences, including the C5 conference on fraud asset tracing and recovery.


Called to the Bar of England & Wales (non-practising) 1990; qualified as an advocate in the Isle of Man 2002; partner Appleby’s 2004; admitted as a barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) 2012.


University of Cambridge; Inns of Court School of Law.

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Isle of Man > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

Christopher CopeAppleby

Appleby is, for some, ‘the best litigation team on the Isle of Man, both in the quality of its lawyers and the strength and connectivity that comes from the wider Appleby platform’. The team broadly focuses on commercial litigation, trust disputes and insolvency, and advised Deloitte on the high-profile liquidation of the Arcadia Group. Mark Holligon leads the firm’s dispute resolution team globally and is highly skilled in multi-jurisdictional disputes, particularly involving distressed assets and restructuring. Restructuring is also an area focus for Caren Pegg who also advised on the Arcadia collapse. Professional negligence and employment are two other areas of interest. Other key members of the team include: Charles Davies, an expert in fraud, insolvency and trust litigation; Christopher Cope, who has a particular focus on asset tracing and recovery: and Claire Corkish, who stands out for her expertise in obtaining injunctive relief and disclosure orders. Senior associate Erin Trimble-Cregeen is also recommended.