Richard Halsall
Advocate and co-founder


+44 1624 614422



Richard is a founding director. He started his career with a large Isle of Man firm in 1991 and was called to the Manx (Isle of Man) Bar in 1995. A former partner in an Isle of Man legal practice, he set up his own firm in 2002 and merged this practice with Andrew Bridson in 2006.

Richard is recommended in The Legal 500 UK directory – “Richard is a real star. He is clever and focused. He wears it lightly with an amiable laid back style but is tenacious and cares greatly about his clients. I would trust him totally if ever I needed legal help in the Isle of Man”. He was formerly an associate at 4-5 Grays Inn Square London. Whilst predominately a civil lawyer Richard enjoys major criminal work and all types of advocacy. He is experienced in litigation at all levels of the Manx courts from the Privy Council, Staff of Government Division (the Appeal Division), the High Court, Court of General Gaol Delivery, Summary Courts, Coroners Inquests to Tribunals in areas as diverse as share purchase agreements, personal injury, estate disputes, matrimonial law, employment, health and safety, work permits and public enquiries. He has acted for successful claimants and respondents in unfair dismissal claims. He acted for an interested party in a 4 day contested licensing hearing the court accepting his arguments that the applicant did not satisfy the requirement of “fitness and character” for a licence despite being part of a well-known UK brand.

His diverse experience assisted him in representing Abbotswood Nursing Home through the challenging period from the initial suspension of its licence in the pandemic through various investigations and disputes.

He successfully represented Dr Rosalind Ranson in opposing an appeal to the High Court by DHSC against directions in her employment tribunal case.

For the last 10 years, his practice has focused on commercial and international cross-border litigation including large Trust disputes. He has advised trustees and beneficiaries on various issues relating to their rights and obligations including inheritance family provision claims and challenges to the validity of wills. He has advised on doleance claims (Manx Judicial review) including appearing in Quine v Department of Food Agriculture and Fisheries where he obtained an urgent injunction to prevent the suspension of the sea fishing licence of the claimants and then successfully brought a doleance claim which resulted in the quashing of the decision by DEFA to suspend the licence after the claimants had already been fined by the summary court. The case covers various judicial review principles, the issue of double jeopardy and the applicability of the Human Rights Act to the case.

As a junior lawyer, Richard enjoyed extensive criminal practice undertaking a wide range of trials. As a senior advocate, he has acted in major criminal trials and appeals. Examples include successfully defending as leading counsel a principal contractor in an HSW prosecution following a fatal accident (two week jury trial) and then appearing at the inquest; representing a lawyer charged with money laundering offences (eventually acquitted on appeal to the Privy Council); acting for a professional director and MLRO charged with breaches of the AML Code in his capacity as director of a bitcoin company (prosecution offered no evidence during abuse of process hearing. Not guilty verdicts recorded); successfully defending a road worker charged with gross negligence manslaughter in respect of an accident on the TT course with allegations of inadequate signage; acting in a successful appeal against conviction in an international pharmaceutical prosecution.

With his extensive criminal experience, he is involved in advising on regulatory matters for local businesses. Much of this work is to help prevent businesses committing regulatory offences. He has advised in various criminal restraint matters including advising on discharge of orders.

He has represented professionals at disciplinary proceedings.

He has been involved in various successful mediations and always looks for the best option for his client whether it be negotiating a deal or contesting the matter at trial. He has been instructed by major firms of solicitors and worked with leading foreign lawyers. He enjoys working with experienced KCs as required.

Richard is former Treasurer for the Isle of Man Law Society and has sat on several committees of the Isle of Man Law Society including the Legislation and Education committees. He is a Notary Public. In his spare time, Richard is a Director of the Isle of Man Taekwondo Association which has involved him in various areas of international sports law including assisting a world number 1 ranked Olympic Taekwondo player. He has advised in various sports disputes. Richard is a 6th dan black belt and is an instructor with a local not-for-profit club.

Career highlights
  • Representing Abbotswood nursing home from earlier in the pandemic including dealing with complex urgent issues following the initial suspension of its licence and subsequent investigations and disputes
  • Complex estates matters
  • acting for members of the Depositors Action Group in respect of Kaupthing the Icelandic Bank instructed by Edwin Coe
  • acting for Credit Suisse in the Navigator litigation
  • acting in respect of the largest foreign confiscation case ever conducted by the United States Government, representing beneficiaries of the associated Trusts (led by Hodge Malek KC). This involved defending restraint and confiscation proceedings under the Criminal Justice Act and a separate $450m civil claim brought by Liquidating Trustees on behalf of investors. The latter action covered areas of law involving issues of serious white collar fraud, money laundering, insider dealing and constructive trust
  • acting for accountants and lawyers charged with serious offences
  • representing clients in respect of offences including white collar crime, money laundering offences, health and safety, manslaughter and murder
  • successfully defended a civil engineering company principal contractor in a section 3(1) Health and Safety prosecution relating to a fatal accident. He acted as lead counsel in the 2 week jury trial in which his client was found not guilty despite the reverse burden of proof
  • he represented a money laundering reporting officer for a major institution in interviews on suspicion of various Proceeds of Crime Act offences, including failure to disclose and facilitation of an arrangement. His client was not charged
  • he has successfully defended a manslaughter by gross negligence prosecution
  • he acted in relation to the defence/appeal of a lawyer prosecuted for money laundering whose initial conviction was eventually overturned by Privy Council
  • Inquests for both families and authorities
  • he has dealt with various hearings at the Advocates Disciplinary Tribunal and recently an appeal heard by three Deemsters on behalf of the Governor. He has advised other professionals including medical professionals
  • he has been engaged in various sensitive international cases including extradition proceedings and serious fraud matters.


BridsonHalsall Advocates
Havelock Chambers
16-18 Mount Havelock
Isle of Man
Telephone: +44 1624 614422