Isle of Man: DQ Continues To Rise Up The Rankings Of Leading Lawyers
Last Updated: 14 October 2014

In October 2014, Legal 500 published its latest annual guide to the world's leading lawyers. Legal 500 is one of the world's leading independent authorities providing reliable and objective research on lawyers. Their guides are used by commercial and private clients, in house counsel, CEOs and professional advisers around the world.

DQ has again improved its rankings in the latest Legal 500. We are delighted to see the elevation of our specialist trust & private client team to the highest "First Tier". This is due recognition for the world class expertise of the team and the huge growth it has experienced under the leadership of Annemarie Hughes who is widely regarded as one of the top trust lawyers on the Island. Annemarie is also recognised as a leading trust lawyer by Chambers Global and in the Citywealth Leaders List.

In this new edition, nine of DQ's lawyers are recommended in areas such as banking & finance, dispute resolution, commercial, employment, insurance & pensions, investment funds & capital markets, shipping and aviation, space law and private client & trusts.

Notably, four of DQ's directors are singled out as "Leading Individuals" (Legal 500's highest accolade): Tom Maher and Mark Dougherty in commercial law, Annemarie Hughes in private client, trusts and tax, Walter Wannenburgh in dispute resolution and Annemarie Hughes, in insurance & pensions.

DQ's managing director Tom Maher commented: "We are delighted that DQ continues to be recognised by such leading publications as Legal 500 for our expertise and consistently high service levels. Our focus is on ensuring that we provide a world class level of service and add value to our clients. Each member of the DQ team, including our invaluable support staff, works exceptionally hard to provide the best possible service and to go that extra mile for our clients. We are really pleased to see that this simple approach is continuing to pay dividends in terms of our excellent and improved rankings in one the leading directories."

The DQ teams recommended as leading lawyers in this latest edition of Legal 500 are:-

Banking and Finance
Mark Dougherty, Stephen Dougherty

Mark Dougherty Tom Maher, Stephen Dougherty, Simon Heggs

Dispute Resolution
Giles Hill, Walter Wannenburgh, Leanne McKeown

Jo Hill, Leanne McKeown

Insurance and Pensions
Annemarie Hughes, Simon Heggs, Tom Maher

Investment Funds & Capital Markets
Mark Dougherty, Simon Heggs

Private Client and Trusts
Annemarie Hughes, Tom Maher

Shipping and Aviation
Tom Maher, Stephen Dougherty, Mark Dougherty

Space Law
Tom Maher

Legal 500 commented on DQ's specialist teams of leading lawyers as follows:-


DQ is described as having a "particular expertise in advising on the winding down of operations on the island, assisting with the necessary corporate, property and employment aspects of the process".


DQ has a "strong team" that has "expanded phenomenally". managing director Tom Maher is described as a "superb lawyer" being "responsive, creative and commercially minded". Head of department Mark Dougherty is also recommended, along with senior associates Simon Heggs and Stephen Dougherty.


DQ managing director Tom Maher, head of corporate Mark Dougherty and senior associate Stephen Dougherty are all recommended.


DQ's head of corporate Mark Dougherty, and associate Simon Heggs are recommended.


DQ is said to be a "capable and ambitious firm", showing "commitment to providing extraordinary quality legal services in a responsive and creative fashion". Head of department, Giles Hill is described as "very experienced in insolvency and litigation". Associate Leanne McKeown, who specialises in employment and has expertise in medical negligence, together with director Walter Wannenburgh, are both also recommended.


DQ has a "strong team across the board" providing "prompt and sensible advice". Head of the team Jo Hill is recommended along with associate Leanne McKeown, who has a "wealth of experience in employment law".


DQ, which is now listed as a First Tier firm, provides a "very good service" and has "excellent business acumen". Head of department Annemarie Hughes is praised as giving "solid and understandable advice on complex issues". Managing director Tom Maher is "very dynamic".


Head of private client Annemarie Hughes and managing director Tom Maher, "combine their technical expertise and market knowledge and apply it in a clear and practical way". Senior associate Simon Heggs is also recommended.

DQ's managing director Tom Maher is one of only two lawyers recommended on the Isle of Man for space law.

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