John T Aycock


John T Aycock

John T Aycock



+44 (0)1624 695800




University of Leeds, Bachelor of Laws LL.B. (Hons)


University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Alliance Francaise with Honours


Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales


Attorney at Law of the Supreme Court of the Turks and Caicos Islands


Advocate, Isle of Man
Commissioner for Oaths (Isle of Man)


Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil) of the Supreme Court of England and Wales


Accredited Employment & Workplace Mediator


Notary Public Isle of Man

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Law Society of England and Wales (1992)
Turks and Caicos Islands Bar Association (1994)
Isle of Man Law Society (1998)
Employment Lawyers Association
Commonwealth Lawyers Association

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Legal directory endorsements

John Aycock is highly respected for his work on contentious employment matters. He possesses expertise in acting for employees as well as employers.

"John made what was a very difficult and stressful process bearable."
"He is a subject matter expert with a high degree of commercial awareness."
"He availed a good amount of his time clarifying for us any ad hoc queries and always responded promptly."

Chambers UK (2023 edition)

'Practice head John Aycock has over 30 years of experience in the field and has represented clients in cases ranging from unfair dismissal to discrimination.' Top ranked Isle of Man employment lawyer with Hall of Fame Status.

Legal 500 (2023 edition)

Recognised in 'The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom' (2023 Edition) for employment law, litigation and professional malpractice law.

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom (2023 edition)

John is an excellent, experienced, pragmatic lawyer. He is both in tune with the relevant points of law while also being commercially astute. He is well regarded and hugely experienced.”

Chambers UK (2022 Edition)

"Totally professional". Top ranked Isle of Man employment lawyer with Hall of Fame Status. "M&P Legal is uniquely positioned as the only employment specialist practice in the Isle of Man".

Legal 500 (2022 Edition)

"John Aycock is highly respected for his work on contentious employment matters. He possesses expertise in acting for employees as well as employers. 'A very considered advocate who adopts a sensible and pragmatic approach.' "

Chambers UK (2021 Edition)

Ranked as Leading Individual with Hall of Fame status in Employment: "...particular expertise in handling issues concerning the equalities legislation and senior-level exits."

Legal 500 (2021 Edition)

"He exudes knowledge and gives you a lot of trust." Band 1 ranking in Employment Law

Chambers UK (2020 edition)

Top tier ranking for Manx Employment law and ranked as Leading Individual with Hall of Fame status

Legal 500 (2020 edition)

"First port of call" for employment matters. Ranked in top category for employment lawyers.

Chambers (2019 edition)

"At the top of the market for employment law advice on the Isle of Man"

Legal 500 UK (2019 edition)

Inducted into The Legal 500 Hall of Fame for Isle of Man Employment Law. "The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. The criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 United Kingdom as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight of the last ten years".

Legal 500 (2018 edition)

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Articles and publications

Author of the Isle of Man chapter to "Business Transfers and Employee Rights" Lexis Nexis by John McMullen

Winner of the Isle of Man Law Society George Johnson Law Prize 2011 for an essay on: "In civil trials how should the court balance the need for expedition with the need for justice"

Extensively published in local media and the International Law Office as to employment law and litigation

'Case Note: Isle of Man Court takes Universal Approach to Cross Border Insolvency Matters' International Insolvency Law Review 2/2013

'Regulatory Developments in a Mature Jurisdiction'
The International Financial Services Report 2011

'The Introduction of Payment and Adjudication Provisions into the Construction Laws of the Isle of Man'
The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management Vol 73 No 3 August 2007 (co-authored with Richard Anderson)

'Deterrent, Delegation and Disqualification - The Manx Court Adjudges'
Journal of International Trust and Corporate Planning Vol. 9 No. 3 2002

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Significant cases

Inquest re RCR (14-15 June 2022); Inquest into the death of 87 year-old who suffered myocardial infarction after dental extraction and bleeding. Issues involved interaction of anti-coagulant medication with dental extractions, relevant dental guidelines and the deceased's discharge from hospital the day prior to death. Coroner satisfied care was appropriate, Article 2 was not engaged and the deceased had significant comorbidities. Narrative verdict recorded.

Workplace Mediation (September 2021);
Appointed as mediator in long standing, multi party workplace dispute. Conducted extensive pre-mediation meetings then day long mediation.

Various Covid-19 related claims (March 2020 onwards);
Frequent advice to employers and employees on the effect of the pandemic on employment contracts including: furlough (preparation of factsheet and template letters); the Isle of Man Salary Support Scheme and Manx Earnings Replacement Allowance; breach of contract claims resulting from reduction in salary; redundancy and unfair dismissal; constructive dismissal; change of contract terms; health and safety implications; UK employers with IOM offices; and employment settlement agreements through Manx Industrial Relations Service.

C (A minor by her litigation friend) v D (6 November 2019); Approval hearing for Periodical Payment Order in relation to personal injury claim whereby claimant needs continuous 24 hour care and support for life. Reference made to Section 36A High Court Act 1991 and recent secondary tax legislation enabling tax free status for periodical payments. ASHE 6115 approved as appropriate inflation-proofing scale.

Income Tax Act 1970 hearings (21 May 2019 and 18 June 2019); Isle of Man Tax Information Exchange Agreement reviewed with reference to section 104H Income Tax Act 1970 and the extent of the jurisdiction of the Deputy High Bailiff. English and Bermudan case law construed.

Inquest re AW (5 to 7 February 2019); Three day inquest into the death of a 32 year old woman in hospital after elective gynaecological surgery. Expert evidence provided as to cause of a post-operative cardiac arrest and possible link with pre-existing asymptomatic left bundle branch block. Coroner satisfied that pre-operative, operative and post-operative care was appropriate in the circumstances and that the cardiac arrest was sudden and unexpected. Coroner concluded that inquest did not need to be conducted as Article 2 compliant, but the same ground was in any event covered in the full and detailed inquiry into the facts. Narrative verdict recorded.

Inquest re MAC (30 May to 4 June 2018); Inquest heard over five days into death of nine month old infant following perinatal asphyxia at birth. Detailed medical evidence analysed certain failures and expert evidence received as to delivery timing and need for expedition. Narrative verdict with finding of neglect surrounding failures on day of birth, causative of the subsequent death. Nine Rule 34 Reports made by Coroner.

Inquest re RAW (18-20 October 2017); Article 2 inquiry into death of a 28 year old woman who was detained under the Mental Health Act. Substantial history of mental illness and self harm issues. Observation levels gradually reduced from eyesight to intermittent after clinical and risk assessments. Tourniquet self harm incident, CPR given but hypoxic related death followed five days later in hospital. Substantial evidence of previous similar incidents. Evidence given as to the importance of therapeutic engagement as part of observation. CCTV evidence of observations and movements. Coroner recorded open verdict with brief narrative as unable to determine the deceased's intentions.

Inquest re PJH (19-20 September 2017); Death of a 49 year old prisoner from Sepsis caused by peritonsillar abscess (quinsy), a rare condition. Initially treated for flu-like symptoms at prison healthcare then, on rapid deterioration, admitted to Emergency Department at hospital. During this process a temporary release licence was granted by prison. No mandatory empanelling of jury required as death was not while in prison custody. After hearing clinical evidence, Coroner satisfied that death was from natural causes and no evidence of sub-standard care. Accordingly Article 2 not engaged even though prisoner may have been in state detention (following Tyrrell v HM Senior Coroner County Durham and Darlington [2016] EWHC 1892 (Admin)). Verdict of death by natural causes recorded.

Inquest re PFAQ (3-5 & 12 April 2017); Four-day inquiry into the death of a 70 year old farmer a week after his admission to hospital with various chest pains, occasionally pleuritic. Diagnoses of acute coronary syndrome and pulmonary embolism ruled out by Troponin result and CTPA scan respectively. Working diagnosis of pneumonia. Second chest x-ray and further review of CTPA scan together with transthoracic echocardiogram and involvement of consultant cardiologist combine to give diagnosis of ascending thoracic aortic dissection. Death from irreversible cardiac arrest occurred before transfer to a tertiary centre could be effected. Expert cardiology evidence as to rarity of acute aortic syndrome and it being a classic mimicker of other conditions (acute coronary syndrome being 800 times more common). No contributory systemic failures or neglect found. Recommendation made by Coroner as to a review of radiology resourcing. Verdict of death by natural causes recorded.

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