Advocates, Lawyers, Solicitors and Attorneys. An incorporated legal practice.

'The pandemic situation has shown their ability to adapt promptly to change with no impact on their client care or level of service.'

– Legal 500 (2023 edition)

We put much onus on the day to day service we offer clients and feel that our strengths lie in the quality and fast turn around of our work. We have extensive experience of a broad range of commercial work which allows us to advise on all aspects of corporate ventures. Our advocates act for a wide range of clients in all industry sectors ranging from multi-national companies and government departments through to smaller local businesses and individual entrepreneurs.

The commercial department has several specialist areas of expertise including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, banking and securities, trusts, financial services and offshore funds, together with associated compliance and management advice, insurance and liability law, international property, copyright, trademarks, patents, films and media law, e-commerce including online gaming. Property law and commercial leasing and transport law including, marine shipping and aviation.

Our practical and technical experience is combined with our high quality legal ability. We are committed to providing the highest standards of service and professional expertise which results in creative solutions to our clients' problems.

Our reputation is based on meticulous compliance work in the Island's extremely tough regulatory environment. We have acted for banking syndicates and for multi-national corporations with Isle of Man subsidiaries in a number of high value transactions. Our range of work has included group re-financing and corporate acquisitions.

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Aircraft and shipping

The Isle of Man Aircraft and Shipping Registries are rapidly developing a global reputation for the excellent and attractive regulatory environment which they have helped to create for aviation and shipping business.

We can advise on all aspects of aircraft and ship registration, aircraft leasing, vessel charter and related financing and security.

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Banking and securities

We advise on all aspects of banking and securities law and regulation. We regularly act on multi million pound transactions as Isle of Man counsel often in conjunction with London's leading city law firms.

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Capital market securities

We have acted and advised in connection with the admission and full listing of Isle of Man entities on the London stock exchange, as well as other global exchanges and on admission of Isle of Man entities to AIM.

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  • Company law
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Insolvency
  • IPOs
  • Joint ventures
  • Partnerships, limited partnerships and LLCs
  • Memoranda and articles of association
  • Mergers, acquisitions and MBOs
  • Redomiciliations
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Trust and trust law

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E-business and E-gaming

We advise on all aspects of establishing and conducting an e-business in the Isle of Man encompassing legal advice relating to:-

  • Business Structure
  • Domain Names
  • Intellectual Property
  • Data Protection
  • Internet
  • Telecommunications
  • Software/Hardware
  • ICO
  • Cryptocurrency

We also have specialist experience of advising on all aspects of online gaming licensing and regulatory requirements.

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Film and media

  • Film and TV Prodcution
  • Financing Arrangements
  • Government Grant Assistance
  • Crew and Artists' Contracts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Licensing and Distribution

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Intellectual property

  • Copyright
  • Trademarks
  • Patents
  • Design Rights

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Offshore funds and financial services

With experience of funds ranging in size from retail umbrella funds to small, private arrangements, the firm is well placed to service clients from within the Island's fund industry and from overseas. As well as acting as lead advisers in the establishment or re-structuring of funds, we are able to provide a specialist service to our clients and to overseas lawyers by advising on specific aspects of Isle of Man law which affect the establishment and operation of funds. Our lawyers also advise fund managers on the technical and practical steps to be taken before overseas schemes may be promoted in the Isle of Man. Though the use of an open-ended investment company as a fund vehicle continues to be a popular and flexible choice for many clients, the team at M&P Legal is equally experienced in establishing other fund structures including unit trusts and limited partnerships, whilst the use of a protected cell company as the underlying vehicle is also available. Following the introduction of new legislation in the Isle of Man, the former type of Experience Investor Fund is no longer available. However, Specialist Funds and Qualifying Funds have emerged as new sub-categories of exempt international collective investment schemes. There continues to be a demand for closed-ended investment structures, and we are able to advise on new and established structures and to take them through to a stock exchange listing.

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Offshore trusts

  • trust formation
  • trust deeds and other instruments
  • rights and obligations of settlors, trustees and beneficiaries
  • key partners in the provision of trust administration and fiduciary services

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