Kevin O’Loughlin pens winning essay

Congratulations to Kevin O’Loughlin on being awarded the 2015 George Johnson Law Prize.

Presenting the award His Honour Deemster Doyle said Mr O’Loughlin’s submission dealt with a difficult subject “in a mature way” and went on to say, “the author had studied the relevant law in details and the objective of the prize had been satisfied.”

The winning essay was called Is insolvency different? A discussion of the decisions of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in Singularis Holdings Limited v PwC.

Founded in 1943 in memory of George Sayle Johnson, a former president of the Isle of Man Law Society, the award seeks to encourage the study of law and establish a bank of authoritative Manx jurisprudence through the submission of an academic paper.

Kevin said “The essay topics were very interesting this year, and I am very pleased to have been selected for this award.”

With so many entrants for this award, and given the high standards, Kevin’s achievement is very well earned.  It is pleasing to see this competition growing from strength to strength and I now look forward to the 2016 George Johnson Law Prize.

Click here to read the winning entry 2015 Kevin O’Loughlin


New Council Members

We are pleased to announce that following elections on Thursday 6th August 2015 Vicki Unsworth and Colin Bird were elected to Council.

Vicki is Manx born and bred and qualified as a Manx Advocate in March 2007.  In November 2012 Vicki set up Advocates Smith Taubitz Unsworth Ltd, with Hazel Smith and Darren Taubitz, a specialist Litigation Practice; Vicki specialises in Civil and Commercial Litigation.  Vicki has served on the education committee where she has put in a lot of work assisting the students in their studies and training.  Vicki is a former Island Games medallist in gymnastics, is married and has three pet tortoises.

Colin works for Maitland where he has been a partner since 2005 having joined in 1998. He is experienced in the establishment and restructuring of offshore investment funds, commercial transactions, and trust and company law. He acts as the representative of corporate trustee companies and is an experienced director having served on the boards of mining and natural resource companies, e-commerce companies, investment holding companies, intellectual property holding companies and investment funds. Colin is also involved with transactions in works of art held in private collections.  Colin is a member of the Law societies in South Africa, England and Wales, an associate member of the Isle of Man law society and a member of the Institute of Directors, England.  Colin previously served on Council for 11 years from 2001 – 2012.

Vicki and Colin bring a wealth of experience to council which will be of a great benefit to the society.




New C.E.O. Appointed

Council is pleased to announce that Juan Moore will take up the full time role of Isle of Man Law Society Chief Executive Officer on Monday June 1.

Juan, who is from Douglas, holds a Law and Accountancy degree, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and has in excess of 20 years administrative and accounting experience working primarily in the fiduciary sector, managing complex structures for high net worth clients sitting on the board of a number of client companies. He also has had two spells in our own profession in an accounting function although at the start of his career he was with the civil service and for those who can remember the days of manuscript markings one of his earliest jobs was at the Attorney General’s Chambers where he used to mark up legislation with hand-written amendments!

In making this appointment Council was conscious of the fact the Society has evolved in recent years. We have listened to what Members want from their Society and considered the needs of the profession.

The principal purpose of the CEO role will be to implement the decisions of Council. In consequence, Council members and the President in particular, will have a raised public profile in representing the face of the profession externally.

Juan will be building on the strong foundations laid over the past five years, which have seen the Society recognised as an effective and credible regulator and supporter of the profession. As we move forward in the context of increased external scrutiny, we continue to be confident that the Society has embraced sound principles of governance and a framework of proportionate regulatory standards.


Geoff Karran MBE Recommended for Tynwald Honour

Congratulations To Geoff Karran MBE!

The Society’s congratulations go to former IOM Law Society President Geoff Karran for the recognition of his outstanding contribution to Manx life. The Tynwald Honours Committee has recommended that he be awarded the prestigious Tynwald Honour on 6th July 2015.
For more details of the extraordinarily long list of his achievements please see Tynwald Honours Committee – First Report for the Session 2014-2015 [PP No 2015/0041]


Congratulations! Gough Law achieves Lexcel Accreditation

Congratulations go to Gough Law who have achieved Lexcel accreditation from the Law Society of England and Wales. This is the first Manx practice to achieve this arduous certification.

Lexcel is a legal practice quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and excellence in client care. To acquire and maintain accreditation, practices must develop consistent operational efficiencies and client services, manage risk effectively, reduce costs and promote profitability.

Seven different areas are subject to scrutiny and assessment: structure and strategy, financial management, information management, people management, risk management, client care, file and case management.

Alan Gough, Director, explained that the process of obtaining accreditation was robust and the exercise was of significant value to the practice.


Panel Deemster List Extended

The Society was delighted to be advised that senior Advocate Hazel Smith has been appointed a Panel Deemster. Ms Smith has considerable experience in the field of family law, which will greatly contribute to the work of the Courts and those they serve. She joins the ranks of other practising Manx Advocates who also serve as Panel Deemsters, called upon when needed to assist the work of the permanent judiciary. This creates a body of valuable, local judicial experience within the profession.


Society Joint Training Initiative

On  2nd February the Society is hosting multi-agency training to address the new Public Law Protocol introduced by Deemster Roberts in respect of family matters.

Judges, court staff and social workers will attend together with Advocates.

The Society is delighted to welcome UK Barrister, Clive Baker of 7 Harrington Street Liverpool who is also the Chair of Merseyside Family Justice Council.




New President & Council Elected

At the Society’s 2015 AGM, Advocate Simon Cain of Appleby was appointed as the incoming President, replacing retiring President Kevin O’Riordan of Kelly Luft.

Other new appointees included Jane Gray of Dickinson Cruickshank (Ramsey) who was appointed as Vice-president in place of retiring Vice-President Paul Kerruish of Kerruish Law.

The new look Council has the following members:

Terence McDonald of Carter Jones McDonald

Peter Clucas of Cains

Walter Wannenburgh of Dougherty Quinn

Andrew Bridson of  Bridson Halsall

Kathryn Clough of  Callin Wild

Irini Newby of Simcocks

Andrew Johnston (Associate Member) of Hansard

Chris Webb remains as the Society’s Treasurer  and Gillian Christian remains as Honorary Secretary.

Internal Auditor Alan Gough of Gough Law remains in office and retiring Internal Auditor Tom Maher was replaced by Stephen Dougherty of Dougherty Quinn.

New Trustees for the Society’s Charity People In Need were appointed with Robert Jelski of Dickinson Cruickshank (Ramsey) and Mark Humphrey of Long and Humphrey stepping in to replace retiring Trustees Walter Wannenburgh and Peter Clucas.

Thanks were extended to all retiring from office who have worked so enthusiastically on behalf of the profession.




Happy New Year!

The Isle of Man Law Society wishes you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015. Our offices are open on 2nd January until 4pm and normal working hours are resumed on January 5th