Claire Milne > Appleby > Douglas, Isle Of Man > Lawyer Profile

Isle Of Man

Work Department

Corporate (intellectual property)


Claire Milne is a partner within the Corporate department in the Isle of Man. She is Team Leader for the Intellectual Property and Science & Technology teams in the Isle of Man.

Claire has over 20 years´ experience (both in-house and in private practice) of all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP rights across the spectrum and has dealt with all aspects of commercialisation of IP rights for businesses ranging from start-ups and university spin-outs to large multi-national pharmaceutical companies. She has also worked on major bespoke software and hardware development projects, especially for the financial services and gaming sectors. Claire specialises in advising online gaming and gambling operators, e-business companies and telecoms companies and also advises on data protection and outsourcing issues.  Claire was Chair of the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission from 2007 – 2012. She is also founding member of the Isle of Man Data Protection Officers´ Forum.

Some examples of Claire’s work include advising: the government of the Isle of Man to review the island’s IP legislation and recommend amendments thereto; a number of international banks and insurance companies on the international transfer of their customer personal data; various major brand owners on their trade-mark strategies and licensing strategies in the Isle of Man and Europe; a major bank on the establishment of its e-money service; and a number of international banks and insurance companies on major outsourcing deals.


Qualified as a solicitor of the Law Society of Scotland 1992; qualified as an advocate of the Isle of Man 2009; partner Appleby 2009.


International Masters of Gaming Law (General member).


Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; University of Aberdeen.

Lawyer Rankings

Isle of Man > Gambling

(Leading individuals)

Claire MilneAppleby

Appleby offers a range of gambling and gaming expertise, including providing advice on regulatory matters for e-gaming clients. Practice head Claire Milne, formerly the chair of the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission, has extensive expertise in commercial and regulatory work, and also handles data protection and outsourcing issues. Kyle Sutherlandspecialises in corporate and commercial disciplines, ranging from joint venture work, restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and asset finance transactions. Katherine Garrood acts for a number of funds with investments in gaming and technology sectors, and is actively involved in the blockchain and crypto sector.