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.

Lawyer Rankings

Isle of Man > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

Mark HolligonAppleby

A key differentiator of Appleby is its sizeable team combined with its ability to draw upon its international offshore network. Practice head Mark Holligon has a broad skillset in commercial litigation, although is perhaps best known for his work on distressed funds and restructuring. Caren Pegg is also highly skilled in insolvency litigation as well as on asset tracing, fraud and freezing injunctions. Charles Davies is a key name in the market for regulatory disputes, as evidenced by having the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority as a key client. Christopher Cope is also highly recommended and highly skilled in insolvency and fraud disputes. Counsel Claire Corkish advises on injunctive relief, search and disclosure orders, and the ‘excellent‘ senior associate Erin Trimble-Cregeen is also recommended.

Isle of Man > Private client, trusts and tax

Appleby advises on all aspects of trusts and estate law, with a history of advising individuals, families and their advisers. Managing partner Faye Moffett is a key name in this space, with expertise in the establishment and management of wealth structures; Melissa Wong, who is also qualified in the BVI is another notable name. Turning to contentious work, Mark Holligon has extensive experience in trust litigation.