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Alexandra joined Appleby in 2011 as a trainee and was commissioned as an Isle of Man Advocate in 2013 after a two year period of articles and passing the Manx Bar Exams.

Alexandra practices in corporate, aviation and commercial property law. Within the realm of corporate law, Alexandra assists with a diverse range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, legal due diligence, banking and asset finance transactions and multi-jurisdictional corporate restructuring.

Work Highlights

  • Acting for a member of the Sports Direct Group, in the purchase of a shopping centre in the Isle of Man. This involved assisting with the purchase of a property in the Isle of Man and assisting and advising on lease surrenders, implied tenancies, landlord and tenant rights in the Isle of Man, and enforcement under a lease and short term licences.
  • Acting for Manx Telecom PLC in connection with its recent flotation on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange raising £156m
  • Acting as Isle of Man counsel to private equity firm Vitruvian Partners in relation to its agreement to provide funding to support a management-led buyout of Royal London 360°
  • Acting as Isle of Man counsel to American firm, Triumph Group, Inc., in their acquisition of GE Aviation Systems Iloman Limited, a prominent company in the Isle of Man that designs and manufactures aviation equipment
  • Acting for Cahill Gordon and Reindel LLP, a New York based law firm who represented lenders in relation to a total loan of £2.9 billion to Amaya Gaming Group Inc and its related companies to assist with its purchase of the Pokerstars Group which sold for £4.9 billion
  • Acting for a banking group in a re-financing deal that secured various high value properties in the Isle of Man.


Legal 500 UK 2024 ranked Alexandra as a ‘Rising Star’ lawyer in Commercial Property and was commended for dealing ‘with matters in a timely and efficient manner‘ and being ‘professional, polite, efficient.’

Coverage & Insights

Alexandra co-wrote the Isle of Man chapter of Aircraft Finance Online, published by Thomson Reuters in 2018.

Qualifications & Education

  • College of Law, Chester (England)
  • University of Leicester (England)

‘Alexandra Dernie is incredible. It always feels like she goes the extra mile for us. Her ability to understand our issues and then deal with them quickly and calmly is very impressive. She is also able to translate complex legal matters into layman terms to help our understanding. She is cheerful and is always available, and happy, to help. Genuinely, she is a pleasure to work with.

The Legal 500

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