Laurence is qualified both in England and Wales and the Isle of Man where he sits as a part time Employment Judge and serves as Chairman of several Isle of Man Government Tribunals including the Financial Services Tribunal and Collective Investment Schemes Tribunal. This experience enables him to advise with confidence upon Employment Law, Financial Services, Directors’ Disqualification, Company Law and the law of the Isle of Man.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has an international practice. He believes in being pro-active rather than re-active.
He has also advised many local authorities in England and Wales upon land and property matters and has been instructed in major planning appeals.
Laurence believes that Gilbert and Sullivan were correct in stating that “Quiet calm deliberation disentangles every knot” and that thorough preparation and positive legal advice based upon a grasp of the commercial realities can make litigation cost effective.
- Cases of Interest
R v Callister and Others – Electoral Fraud Case Client Acquitted
R v Diamond – Manslaughter
Manchester City Council v Dean – long running adverse Possession Claim
Petition of Windsor Homes – Judicial Review of refusal to grant Planning Permission
- Chairperson of the Isle of Man Financial Services Tribunal,
- Chairperson of the Isle of Man Collective Investment Schemes Tribunal,
- Chairperson of the Isle of Man Care Services Tribunal
- Chairperson of the Isle of Man Insurance Tribunal
- Chairperson of the Isle of Man Retirement Benefits Scheme Tribunal
- Member Isle of Man VAT and Duties Tribunal
- Member Isle of Man Flood Risk Management Tribunal
- Returning Officer for Malew and Santon
- Lincoln’s Inn,
- Isle of Man Law Society
- Commercial Bar Association
- Institute of Directors
Laurence’s interests include:
- Basset Welfare, “Winston Basset Q.C.” – Laurence’s Basset Hound
- his 1960 Alvis TD21
- flying Tiger Moth Aircraft
- watching Rugby and
- failing to catch fish
University of Rhodesia
University of Buckingham LL.B(Hons)
“We have enjoyed working with Laurence and respect his knowledge of the law and in particular the commercial application thereof. We would highly recommend him”– Watkin Gittins of Montpelier (Trust and Corporate) Services Limited.
“He has given us – and others I know – outstandingly high quality legal and practical advice. He is the best man I know to have in your corner” – Sheila A Bailey FRSA, FINSTD – Commercial Client.
“Over many years Laurence has provided us with a prompt, efficient and competitive service and we would not hesitate to recommend him to any individual or company that requires legal assistance – Geraldine Watterson Chartered MCSI ACoI TEP for Worldwide Corporate Solutions Limited.”
“Laurence is incredibly thorough, commercially minded, and very dynamic. He is very creative in providing practical solutions to his clients. He is a true “master” in planning his case and delivery to the Court. His experience and unbelievable persuasive powers allows Judges to give considerable weight to his calm and very clear and precise presentation and his skill in cross-examination, which has to be seen to be believed” – Charles “Buster” Lewin – Appellant.
“I first worked with Laurence 16 years ago and am still working with him on complex legal matters today. He has an amiable attitude and professionalism that sets him apart from other barristers I have dealt with and I do not hesitate to recommend him to my colleagues” – Mark Pearce BA(hons) DIP Arch RIBA
Director Ellis Brown Architects