Mark Holligon > Appleby > Douglas, Isle Of Man > Lawyer Profile

Isle Of Man

Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Mark Holligon is a partner and Global co-head of the Dispute Resolution department. His expertise spans the contentious and non-contentious arenas, both onshore and offshore, with a focus on commercial litigation, insolvency and restructuring. He has a particular interest in distressed funds and their restructuring.

He has been involved in many of the largest cross-border insolvencies of the past decade. He began his career in England, qualifying in the City of London in 1995 and gaining experience with two further leading UK firms before moving to Walkers in the Cayman Islands in 2003 and on to the Isle of Man in 2008.

Some examples of Mark’s work include advising: Obtaining world-wide freezing orders and ancillary relief in connection with a substantial fraud; Acting for majority shareholders in dispute over control of natural resources exploration company; Acting for a large listed company in a takeover effected by way of a scheme of arrangement.


Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales (non-practising) 1995; attorney-at-law Cayman Islands (non-practising) 2003; Isle of Man advocate 2010; solicitor Republic of Ireland (non-practising) 2011; admitted as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) solicitor 2012. Partner Appleby 2012.


University of Durham.

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Isle of Man > Dispute resolution

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Mark HolligonAppleby

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.