Claire Collister has been promoted to Counsel in the Dispute Resolution department. Claire studied at Nottingham University and was admitted as an Advocate of the Manx Bar on 27 November 2009. She has a broad range of experience in complex commercial litigation matters and, in particular, often advises on injunctive relief, cross border mutual legal assistance actions and jurisdictional issues.

Congratulating Claire, Mark Holligon, Head of the Isle of Man Dispute Resolution department, commented: “Claire has been with the firm for over 10 years and her promotion to Counsel is testament to her highly valued skills within dispute resolution. Since qualifying as a Manx Advocate, Claire has appeared before the Isle of Man High Court and the Staff of Government appellate division on a variety of high profile and complex litigation matters and also has significant experience in representing clients at mediation and joint settlement meetings.”

In addition to Claire’s promotion, Keira Gore has joined the Isle of Man office as a Senior Associate having practised in London for more than eight years. She is a qualified barrister in England and Wales and is working towards qualifying as a Manx Advocate. Keira has been recognised as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 in 2016 and 2017 in employment law.

Keira specialises in employment and discrimination law and has represented a wide range of clients in the Employment Tribunal of England and Wales and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. She has also acted as Junior Counsel in the Court of Appeal on a number of occasions, including the ongoing mass equal pay claim against Asda.

Mark said: “Keira is an excellent addition to our team and brings great experience and talent with her. She has a reputation for professionalism, strong client skills and meticulous case preparation. Her broad knowledge will assist the whole team.”

The Dispute Resolution team also welcomes James Dean who has been appointed as an Associate. James joined the firm as a trainee following completion of a Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, London Moorgate. After completing his two-year period of articles, James qualified as an Isle of Man Advocate in February 2018.

Mark continued: “These additions and changes within our Isle of Man litigation team highlight the increasingly strong team of advocates working within our growing office. I would like to congratulate Claire and James on their recent accomplishments and welcome Keira to the team.”

Appleby’s Isle of Man office is one of the longest established legal practices in the island, comprising 70 staff including ten partners and 30 highly trained and experienced lawyers.

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Mark Holligon

Partner: Isle of Man

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Keira Gore

Senior Associate: Isle of Man

T +44 (0) 1624 647 621
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James Dean

Associate: Isle of Man

T +44 (0) 1624 647 918
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