Isle of Man

DQ Advocates


DQ Advocates is a leading Isle of Man based law firm with an international reach. We offer a full range of legal, regulatory and compliance serves to our local and global clients. We provide our clients with a cost effective, speedy and tailored approach to their legal and business requirements. We advise HNWIs, large corporate entities, institutions and industry leaders to start-up businesses and local service providers. We have one of the largest specialist insolvency law teams on the Isle of Man and are recognised specialists in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters. Our team regularly acts for creditors, insolvent companies, liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy, often including cross border issues. DQ’s directors serve on the board of STEP Isle of Man and various governmental and private sector steering groups, tribunals and committees.

Stephen Dougherty


Stephen is a director in the Corporate and Commercial and Insolvency departments. Stephen is also head of our BVI team. Stephen advises on both contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters. He has advised on a highly contentious insolvency matter in the Isle of Man courts: (1) Lombard v Spirit of Montpelier and (2) Gittins & others v Liquidator of Spirit of Montpelier. Stephen was also part of the team receiving continuing instructions from the Court appointed joint liquidators of various Louis Group companies in one of the most complex insolvencies in the Isle of Man regarding the winding up on the Louis Group companies. He is described by leading law director Legal 500 as “extremely helpful” and “well informed and thorough”. Prior to joining DQ, Stephen practised in the BVI for a number of years for leading offshore firms and also spent time in their Cayman offices.

Stephen Dougherty
+44 1624 632963
The Chambers
5 Mount Pleasant
Isle of Man