Geoffrey Tattersall QC

Call 1970 · QC 1992

"'exceptionally thorough' and 'a most persuasive advocate'"


Legal 500, 2011

Geoffrey Tattersall QC

Practice Overview

Geoffrey Tattersall's practice covers the following fields:

  • Personal Injury
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Professional Liability
  • Administrative
  • Professional Discipline and Regulation
  • Ecclesiastical Law

For 14 years Geoffrey has sat as the sole Judge of Appeal in the Isle of Man and together with a local judge hears all appeals. He is also the final arbiter under the Advocates Act 1995 as to whether foreign advocates can be licensed to appear in the Manx courts. Some notable cases include:

Eurotrust v Barlow Clowes [No 1] [1996-98] MLR 394
Limitation of Actions - constructive trusts: Civil Procedure - dismissal for want of prosecution. Privy Council twice refused leave to appeal

Deras v Ocean Marine Mutual Insurance Association Limited [1996-98] MLR 517
Injunctions: discharge of Mareva injunction

In Re The Villa Marina [1999-01] MLR 224
Local Government : powers of local authority : charitable trust

Dobson v R [1999-01] MLR 267
Criminal Law: murder - intent - diminished responsibility

In Re Galloway [1999-01] MLR 479 
Judicial review: prisons - transfer of Manx prisoners to the UK without their consent

Rosewood Trust Limited v Schmidt [1999-01] MLR 570
Discretionary trusts: rights to disclosure of trust information by objects of dispositive power

Liggins v Lumsden Limited [1999-01] MLR 601
Partnership: Time-share - solicitor knowingly assisting in breach of trust - liability of partners 

In Re Manx Ices Limited [2001-03] MLR 64
European Law: Licensing system for imports - effect of EEC Treaty Art 28 - misfeasance in public office

Mount Murray Country Club Limited v Macleod [2001-3] MLR 381
Judicial review: Income Tax - tax returns - whether public interest in disclosure of tax returns to commission of inquiry outweighs public interest in confidentiality

Barlow Clowes International Ltd v Eurotrust International Ltd [2003-05] MLR 18
Trusts: constructive trusts - knowing assistance - `blind eye` dishonesty

In Re Atrium Trading Limited [2003-05] MLR 91
Banking: Regulation and licensing of the Financial Supervision Commission

In Re World Duty Free Limited [2003-5]
Conflict of Laws: enforcement in the Isle of Man of judgment of the High Court of Kenya transferring shares

Re Bellfield Limited [2003-5] MLR 330
Companies: validity of share allocation - effect of illegality

In Re Poyiadjis [unreported 17.02.2005]
Civil Procedure: proceeds of criminal conduct - restraint orders under Criminal Justice Act 1990 - alleged insider trading in New York

Re Navigator Gas Transport Plc [2003-05] MLR 317 + 459
Conflict of Laws: transfer of shares pursuant to letter of request by US court in Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Caldwell-Camp v R [2003-05] MLR 505
Criminal law: Sentencing guidelines for supplying Class A drug - English guidelines not followed.

Drower v Gubay [2003-05] MLR 531
Contempt of court: internet libel - the nature and extent of the legal protection from disclosure in Manx law

In Re Law Investments Limited [2005-06] MLR 1 and 73
Companies: Winding up - expedient in the public interest

Boothman v K D Resources [2005-06] MLR 174 [and 13.03.2007]
Contract: effect of illegality - failure to declare income on German tax returns

In Re Hafner [2005-06] MLR 309
Judicial Review: application by Australian Securities + Investments Commission.

In Re Peveril Court [20.06.2006]
Land: application under Partition Act 1931

Montpelier Tax Planning (Isle of Man) Limited v Jones & Morris [2007] MLR 87
Contract: effect of legal professional privilege

In Re a Petition of the Department of Education [2007] MLR 115
Control of Employment Act 1975: roles Work Permit Committee + Control of Employment Appeal Tribunal

In Re Graley [2007] MLR 133
Judicial review: Interception of Communications Act 1988 - whether necessary to import some of the rules of natural justice should be imported into statutory system authorizing the interception of communications

Devo & Riedel v Attorney General [2008] MLR 483
Criminal law: evading prohibition of unauthorized use of trade marks and/or commission of offences outside the Isle of Man

Kyrgyz Mobil Tel Ltd & Others v Fellowes International Holdings Ltd & Others [2008] MLR 614
Forum non conveniens: leave to serve out of jurisdiction - Kyrgyz law

Re Seaside Shipping Ltd v Isle of Man Steam Packet Co [2009] MLR 192
Limitation of actions : Quantitative restrictions on imports and exports : Articles 28 and 29 EC Treaty

Re International Asset Recovery Ltd [2009] MLR 123
Companies : Restoration of company in liquidation by a creditor

Dominator Ltd v Gilbertson SL & Others [2009] MLR 161
Shipping : Limitation action : Right of ship owner to bring pre-emptive action

Baccarrat Ltd v Department of Local Government & the Environment [2009] MLR 261
Planning : Judicial review of Strategic Plan

Clinton v R [2009] MLR 544
Criminal law : Drug offences : No basis for review of existing guidelines

Du Preezx Ltd v Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander [2010] MLR 55
Banking : Collapse of Icelandic bank : Effect on transactions in progress

Templeton Insurance Ltd v Booth & Another [2010] MLR 97
Insurance : Effect of non-registration under Insurance Intermediaries (General Business) Act 1996

Obetor Ltd v Gaetano Ltd [25.11.2010]
Companies : Winding up : Inability to pay debts

X v Attorney General [08.06.2011]
Criminal law : Child abduction : Proper conduct of the trial

Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander v MacPherson [31.10.2011]
Companies : Winding up : Mutual credit and set-off : s 22 Bankruptcy Code 1892

Moore v SV Company Ltd , Soyuz Victan Group Ltd & Okhlophov [24.11.2011]
Receivership : Registration of trademarks : Receivership obtained by minority shareholder


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