Jeremy Callin

Jeremy Callin is an Advocate, Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths. He has been the senior partner of Callin Wild LLC since April 2009. Mr Callin was called to the Manx Bar in April 1988. He was President of the Isle of Man Law Society (2005-2007) Vice President (2003-2005) and Council member (2002-2003). He is Returning Officer for the House of Keys constituency of Onchan (2009 to date) and former Returning Officer for North Douglas (2005-2009). He is a former Acting Chairman of the Employment Tribunal and is a member of the Advocates Disciplinary Tribunal (2007 to date). Mr Callin deals with a wide range of commercial and trust litigation (including mediations and arbitrations) together with advisory work including most aspects of corporate, company and insolvency law. He is an international member of the Chancery Bar Association.

He also has a substantial advisory practice in local government law and finance work. Mr Callin is retained by Douglas Borough Council the Island’s largest local authority and a number of other authorities. For many years he acted for the Joint Administrators of Polly Peck International Plc and has represented the Liquidators of Savings and Investment Bank Limited, the Administrators of BCCI, the Receiver of European Life and Pensions and the Isle of Man Financial Supervision Commission (the predecessor to the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority). He has also acted for Isle of Man Bank Limited and regularly acts for The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Limited.

Mr Callin is also the chairman of CW Corporate Services Limited, a long established corporate and trust service provider regulated by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority. In this capacity he advises a range of high net worth individuals. Mr Callin is a director of numerous client companies and trusts controlling substantial property, cash and investment portfolios.

Mr Callin also represents clients as an advocate in the Isle of Man High Court, the Staff of Government Division (the Isle of Man Court of Appeal) and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and various Isle of Man Tribunals.

Jonathan Wild

Jonathan Wild is an Advocate and Commissioner for Oaths. Jonathan is the head of litigation at Callin Wild LLC and deals primarily with large or complex litigious matters, often involving both local and international work.

Jonathan has worked on major cross-border insolvencies; including Savings and Investment Bank, B.C.C.I. and the high profile “Navigator Case” (see below) involving the litigation of the Isle of Man companies that were concurrently in “Chapter 11 proceedings” in the USA, together with the formulation of a scheme of arrangement and a much debated decision by the Privy Council.

Jonathan acted in the long running Bitel Litigation (see below) which also involved proceedings before the Privy Council.

Jonathan has also worked on a broad variety of general contentious civil cases including derivative actions, shipping disputes, EU law restrictive practices, professional negligence claims and planning enquiries. He also acts for the Scheme Manager of the Isle of Man's Depositors Compensation Scheme.

Jonathan is currently acting in a number of high profile directors duties cases before both the Isle of Man and English Courts.

Jonathan is the exclusive representative for Fraudnet for the Isle of Man. Fraudnet is a specialist network of leading fraud and financial crime lawyers worldwide and is part of the Commercial Crime Services Division of the International Chamber of Commerce. He is experienced in obtaining interlocutory relief including freezing orders and disclosure orders, both locally and co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional applications.

Jonathan is a former President of the Isle of Man Law Society.

Jonathan has been recommended in the major legal directories for a number of years having been recognised as being ‘exceptional‘ and ‘an excellent lawyer; very intelligent, shrewd and hardworking’. Legal 500 named Jonathan as a ‘Leading Individual‘ in dispute resolution in the Isle of Man and described him as having “un-matched experience and expertise in big ticket, large scale commercial disputes. He leads a skilled team of litigators.” Chambers and Partners also recommended Jonathan and described him as a “very solid, well prepared and diligent” practitioner. Jonathan was also named as a ‘Thought Leader’ in Who’s Who Legal Asset Recovery.

Lesley Webb

Lesley Webb is an Advocate, Commissioner for Oaths and the managing partner of Callin Wild LLC. Lesley was called to the Manx Bar in September 2001 and became a partner in the predecessor firm to Callin Wild in 2005. She served as a member of Council of the Isle of Man Law Society from 2010 to 2014 and sat as a deputy Chair to the Employment Tribunal between 2013 and 2020.

As a result of the dedication of Callin Wild to proving the full range of legal services in the local market Lesley trained as a general practitioner giving her insight into a wide range of legal issues.

Lesley principally deals with commercial transactions both with Isle of Man entities and those international transactions where Isle of Man advice is required and commercial property transactions mostly within the local market.

Lesley has been involved in a number of high profile local corporate acquisitions and disposals (either by way of shares or assets) and is experienced in providing legal and practical advice in a variety corporate and commercial transactions.

Lesley regularly acts for financial institutions (including alternative lenders) and borrowers across a variety of sectors on high-value, multi-jurisdictional financing (and refinancing) transactions and has significant experience advising on real estate financings (acquisition and development facilities), syndicated lending and senior/mezzanine facilities.

To compliment her corporate and commercial practice Lesley additionally represents commercial landlords letting property in the Isle of Man commercial property market and has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting commercial lease terms.

Kathryn Clough

Kathryn Clough is an Advocate and Commissioner for Oaths. Kathryn Clough was called to the Manx Bar in 2000 and joined Callin Wild in 2008.

Kathryn is a partner in the firm’s litigation department and has experience in dealing with a broad range of disputes before the Manx Courts. She principally now practices a wide range of civil, commercial and trust litigation, advising clients both on-shore and off-shore and has extensive experience in obtaining interlocutory relief including freezing and disclosure orders and in relation to the appointment of Receivers to safeguard recoverable assets.

In addition, Kathryn advises on various aspects of debt recovery, landlord and tenant matters, injunctions and cross border insolvency (both personal and corporate) and has also advised the local regulator, the Financial Services Authority as well as local authorities.

Kathryn has co-authored the section on the Isle of Man in Asset Tracing and Recovery (the Fraudnet World Compendium) and is recommended in The International Who’s Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers 2013.

Kathryn is recommended in the Legal 500 as one of Callin Wild’s litigation experts and is described as an ‘approachable and superb litigator’ who has ‘strong specialist knowledge of building and construction-related matters’.

Kathryn is also recommended in Chambers and Partners as“approachable and knowledgeable, has good attention to detail and is an excellent litigator.”

Kathryn was president of the Isle of Man Law Society (2021-2023) and served as Vice President (2019-2021).

Fletcher Craine

Fletcher is a Partner in the Litigation Department and advises clients on various aspects of commercial litigation including complex litigious matters, debt recovery, contract disputes, injunctions and both on Island and cross-border insolvency. Fletcher also has a particular interest in employment law and provides professional and efficient advice in respect of both contentious and non-contentious employment issues.

In addition to adversarial work Fletcher has experience in resolving claims through negotiation and mediation. In recognising that litigation can prove stressful and demanding, Fletcher provides a common-sense approach to resolving disputes in a professional yet approachable manner.

Legal 500 describe Fletcher as ‘tough and thorough’ and being one of Callin Wild’s litigation experts ‘who distills complex issues to simple key points’. Fletcher gained praise in Legal 500 for having a ‘depth of knowledge and pragmatic approach to dispute resolution make him a stand out lawyer. Clients enjoy working with him and above all else he achieves results. You want Fletcher on your team.’

Fletcher Craine is a Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths.

Marc Furness

Marc Furness is an Advocate, Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths. Marc is a partner in Callin Wild LLC and head of the Private Client department.

Marc qualified as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2009 (non-practicing) and following relocation to the Island qualified as an Isle of Man Advocate in 2013.

Marc has a broad variety of clients and deals with all areas of Private Client work, including Trusts, Will drafting, Succession Planning and Estate Administration.

Marc deals with a large number of clients based on the Isle of Man and is proud of his excellent local reputation.

Marc also deals with many clients who are internationally based and provides advice on issues surrounding the validity of Wills, Domicile and Estate Planning.

Marc has a particular interest in matters relating to mental capacity and provides advice in respect of both Enduring Power of Attorney and Mental Health Receivership. In addition, Marc acts as a Court appointed Mental Health Receiver for a number of incapacitated clients.

In the community, Marc regularly attends charitable organisations to give presentations about the importance of Estate Planning and challenges faced in respect of mental capacity.

Marc was ranked in Legal 500 as a Rising Star in the Private Client area, and was described as the “go to person in the Isle of Man for any Wills and Probate matters”.

Paul Branford

Paul Branford is an Advocate and a Commissioner for Oaths. He has over 20 years’ experience of advising on corporate and commercial matters in the Isle of Man. He works across a wide range of sectors, with a strong focus on investment funds and the financial services industry.

Paul has extensive experience across numerous types of banking and finance transactions, including refinancing, restructuring, real estate finance and advising alternative lenders. He also advises on joint ventures, share and debt listings, insolvency, general corporate transactions and financial services regulation.

In addition to advising on corporate and commercial law, Paul advises on trust matters, encompassing both private structures and the use of trusts in the commercial arena.

His clients include investment funds, fund managers, asset managers, banks, insurance companies and professional trustees.

As well as being a member of the Isle of Man Bar, Paul is also a Member of the Bar of England and Wales (non-practising), a member of the Chartered Governance Institute and a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

Ailsa Dennett

Ailsa Dennett is an Advocate, Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public. Ailsa joined Callin Wild in January 2020 as an Associate Advocate in the Callin Wild private client department.

Ailsa qualified as a Manx Advocate in 2000 after being educated at the University of Buckingham (Law LLB Hons) and The College at Chester (LPC).

Since 2000, Ailsa has worked in various law firms in the Isle of Man in general practice and specialises in the following areas:

  • Wills
  • Probate
  • Administration of Estates
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney/Receiverships
  • Elderly Clients and mental capacity issues.
  • Ailsa is also on the Legal Aid Panel of Advocates.

Jenny Forbes

Jenny obtained her degree in law at Oxford University (Merton College) and was called to the English Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 2004.

After returning home to the Isle of Man, Jenny was called to the Manx Bar in 2006 and has since had varied practice in both private practice and in-house as General Counsel.

Jenny joined the Callin Wild litigation team in July 2020 and specialises in commercial and chancery litigation.

Rebecca Moffatt

Rebecca Moffatt is an Advocate in Callin Wild’s Litigation department. Rebecca joined Callin Wild as a Trainee Advocate in 2017 and after passing her Manx Bar exams at her first attempt, qualified as an Isle of Man Advocate in November 2019.

Rebecca has acted in matters concerning personal injury, the enforcement of judgments, landlord and tenant disputes and contractual disputes. Rebecca has also been involved with residential property matters and family work including contact and maintenance issues.

Francesca Wild

Francesca is an Advocate in Callin Wild’s litigation team. Francesca joined Callin Wild as a trainee in 2019 and qualified as an Isle of Man advocate in 2022; within 2 hours of being called to the Isle of Man Bar Francesca had a successful first appearance at Court.

Francesca has assisted in a range of matters including insolvency, building disputes and employment cases

Lydia Campbell

Lydia joined Callin Wild's Litigation Team in December 2022, bringing with her a breadth of legal experience. Lydia is a qualified (and practising) Barrister in England and Wales, specialising in Personal Injury, Road Traffic and Clinical Negligence. Lydia's continuing practice as a Barrister allows her to remain up to date within her area of specialism and continue to exercise advocacy on a regular basis.

Before qualifying as a Barrister, Lydia was a Paralegal in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Industrial Disease for both Claimants and Defendants. Lydia also worked as a local authority prosecutor, conducting a variety of hearings on behalf of the local authority. These hearings ranged from breaches of planning notices and environmental waste disposal challenges to taxi appeals and noise complaints. Lydia frequently advised council departments on the legal process and evidential requirements to pursue prosecutions and appeals as well as conducting legal research into complex legal problems faced by the local authority. Lydia also worked as an Independent Mental Health and Capacity Advocate, working with various vulnerable groups of people, ensuring their legal rights were adhered to. She also undertook reviews relating to best interests for individuals lacking capacity - an area that Lydia has been interested in since drafting her undergraduate dissertation on the subject.

Lydia currently manages a caseload of Personal Injury matters within Callin Wild whilst also working closely with Partners in a variety of other areas such as Trusts, Contentious Probate and Tax matters.

Lydia is in the process of becoming dual-qualified in the Isle of Man.

Polly Garrett

Polly joined Callin Wild to assist in the Litigation Team in June 2021.

She completed her studies with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2016 and after a two-year period of qualifying employment, became a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2018.

Polly specialises in family law including matrimonial and cohabitation disputes, contact, maintenance, and domestic violence. Polly also has experience in appearing before the Social Security Appeal Tribunal, Police complaints and issues surrounding human rights together with Possession Proceedings and registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney.

Mark O’Connor

Mark joined Callin Wild as a Trainee Advocate in October 2022 and has quickly developed a busy practice across Callin Wilds’ core area of commercial litigation working with both international and local clients assisting on the discharge of high value worldwide asset restraint orders, advice on shareholder and director disputes, employment, contractual disputes and debt recovery.

Within seven months of starting his articles Mark successfully passed his Manx Bar exams on his first sitting and is due to be called in October 2024.

Born and educated on the Isle of Man, Mark was Head Boy at St Ninians’s High School before leaving the Island and going on to graduate with a first-class honour’s degree in Law LLB from Keele University. Whilst at University, Mark was President of the Law Society and a senior member of the Snowsports society. Mark is also the Treasurer for the Isle of Man Young Lawyers Association.

Julia Crellin

Julia is a trainee advocate and joined Callin Wild in 2022. Julia has a background in trust and company administration within the fiduciary services sector and studied for her law degree remotely alongside work and family commitments. Julia then went on to study remotely with the University of Law for her legal practice course and Master of Law.

Julia is currently enjoying assisting in both Private Client and Litigation and is looking forward to broadening her experience in other areas of the firm.

Alice Watson

Alice joined Callin Wild's Commercial Department in February 2023, assisting with a combination of commercial and private client matters. Alice currently works in an array of areas including (but not limited to) residential and commercial property matters such as sales and purchases, commercial leases, land registration matters and vesting assents.

Alice studied Geography for her undergraduate degree, before commencing on the GDL to qualify in Law. Whilst studying, Alice worked with 'Street Law' to provide legal workshops on discrimination and hate crime. Street Law is a charity dedicated to providing practical legal assistance at the grassroots level to empower individuals and communities to gain a better understanding of the law.

In her previous role Alice was a paralegal, assisting with Conveyancing, Employment, Private Client, and Litigation. This included specialist work in employment law, professional negligence, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents.

Alice will soon be commencing her articles for the Manx Bar.

Tracey Mister

Tracey Mister is a Conveyancer within the Callin Wild property department. Tracey has worked for Callin Wild for over 15 years and has more than 20 years of experience in dealing with residential conveyancing in the Isle of Man

Tracey is a recommended Conveyancer for Dandara Homes Limited acting for purchasers of new build properties as well as being highly respected in the field of general residential conveyancing. She has developed a considerable degree of experience in land registration issues.

James Maska

James joined Callin Wild in 2019 following on from Graduating from Oxford Brookes University with an upper-second class honours Degree in City and Regional Planning. James is currently situated in Callin Wild's Conveyancing Department and focuses on delivering smooth and high-quality transactions for residential conveyancing and re-mortgage dealings.

James prides himself on being an approachable individual and endeavours to provide quality levels of service while drawing from experiences gained over his time at Callin Wild.

Clara Barker

Clara Barker is a freelance Personal Assistant and has worked as a consultant for Callin Wild since September 2022. Clara has spent her working life in customer service, banking and co-ordination based roles and now provides first rate administrative and practical support to her clients. Clara has a great deal of experience in Bereavement Services and specialises in end-of-life planning and estate matters.

Dave Hewitson

David Hewitson is the Trust Manager for Callin Wild LLC and CW Corporate Services Limited. David joined Callin Wild in 2010 and is a member of the dedicated CW Corporate Services Limited fiduciary team providing Corporate and Trustee Services.

With over 30 years’ experience at a senior level within the international banking and financial services industry, dealing with the complex requirements of high net worth individuals, David is well placed to assist with the implementation and administration of a wide range of fiduciary and corporate structures employed to meet our private client needs.

David is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Institute of Directors.

Iain Thompson

Iain joined Callin Wild in 2019 and has over 25 years experience in the Corporate and Trust Service Provider industry.

Iain is part of the CW Corporate Services Limited fiduciary team and is responsible for the administration of a varied portfolio of trusts and companies. Since joining, Iain has built up an extensive working knowledge of the business and our clients.