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Charles Davies

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Dispute resolution.


Charles Davies is a partner within the Dispute Resolution department in the Isle of Man. He joined Appleby in October 2007 and became a partner in 2010.

He specialises in complex corporate and commercial disputes. Since joining the firm, Charles has advised and acted for clients in a variety of commercial, corporate and trust disputes. Clients have included regulatory and governmental bodies, insurers and city firms of solicitors.

Prior to joining the firm, Charles practised from 1996 to 2007 as a barrister in a commercial set of chambers in London (Stone Chambers), specialising in all aspects of commercial and shipping litigation, including arbitration.

Some examples of Charles' work include: FSC v LG SP Investments & others (CHP 2012/125-6) judgments 12/10/12, 16/10/12; FSC v Louis Group Structured Capital and others (CHP 2012/125-6, 138-40, 163) judgment 21/1/13; FSC v Louis Group Structured Capital and others judgment 21/5/13 (costs); Kennedy and Australian Securities and Investments Commission (CHP 2009/15) judgment 11/11/9 (letter of request); Lakeland Oil & Gas v Transtema & Transdanubia (CP 2008/128) judgment 16/4/9 (freezing order); Mawer & Hill v Aston International Ltd (CHP 2011/5) judgment 8/2/12 (bankruptcy); Penfolds v Treasury (2DS 2011/16) judgments 13/7/12, 24/8/12 (national insurance); Templeton Insurance Ltd & Knox D’Arcy Operations Ltd v Corlett (ORD 11/093) judgment 18/6/13 (directors’ duties); and Templeton Insurance Ltd & Knox D’Arcy Operations Ltd v various (ORD 2010/93) judgment 21/1/11 (Norwich Pharmacal). Charles regularly writes articles and delivers talks on civil litigation.


Called to the Bar of England and Wales (non-practising) 1995; qualified as an advocate in the Isle of Man 2009; partner Appleby 2010.


Persian, Arabic and Spanish


University of Oxford; PCL; Inns of Court School of Law.

Isle of Man

Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

Charles Davies - Appleby

Within: Dispute resolution

Appleby has a ‘great team and covers all of its bases’; one client describes the practice as ‘first-class in the field of dispute resolutionand the leading firm on the Isle of Man’. A number of IOTA entities engaged the firm to handle their ongoing claim against Las Vegas real estate developer Rex Lewis pertaining to his alleged transfer of assets to the island to avoid creditors’ claims in the context of the collapse of his business. Christopher Cope and ‘super advocate’ Caren Pegg led the advice to members of an ultra-high-net-worth family with regard to a substantial personal insolvency case, and practice head Mark Holligon ‘is extremely good in the fields of freezing injunctions and insolvency’. A group led by Charles Davies is currently acting for the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in a director’s disqualification application arising from the winding-down of the Louis Group. Also notable are senior associate Claire Corkish (née Collister) and associate Erin Trimble-Cregeen.

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Within: Employment

The ‘outstanding’ Caren Pegg spearheads Appleby's employment practice and ‘has firmly established herself as one of the very best advocates on the Isle of Man’. Supported by associate Mark Emery, she advises clients on complex and sensitive executive exits as well as a variety of issues pertaining to immigration, data protection and restructurings. On the contentious side, RL360 engaged the group to defend it against two tribunal claims, and Charles Davies acted for the Attorney General’s Chambers in a substantial claim filed by a former employee relating to allegations of loss of pension rights and breach of trust, among others. Other noteworthy clients include Microgaming, Old Mutual and the Isle of Man government.

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Private client, trusts and tax

Within: Private client, trusts and tax

Clients find Appleby ‘very thorough in its advice yet very practical in its approach, showing a real understanding of the commercial realities trustees face'. The team continues to act as sole Isle of Man counsel to the trustee of a succession planning structure for an international ultra-high-net-worth individual, and a number of household names appointed the group to oversee the formation of 28 new foundations on the island as part of a long-term restructuring project to avoid new account-filing regulations in their home jurisdiction. The ‘very pragmatic and sensible’ David Pytches leads the outfit and recently advised a professional services provider on the implications of reporting obligations in the UK, specifically with regard to duties of confidentiality under Manx law and the cross-over between Manx and UK law. Other notable contacts include Charles Davies, Mark Holligon, and associate Erin Trimble-Cregeen.

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