Richard Halsall - Director

Richard HalsallSpecialist Areas

Richard is a founding director. He first worked in a large local firm in 1991. He was called to the Manx (Isle of Man) Bar in 1995. He was ranked by Chambers 2017: "handles himself and the case very well." He was formerly an associate at 4-5 Grays Inn Square London. Richard is experienced in litigation in 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, estate disputes, matrimonial law, employment, health and safety, work permits and public enquiries. He has recently acted for successful claimants and respondents in unfair dismissal claims. 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. He has dealt with a number of doleance claims (Manx Judicial review). He acted for members of the Depositors Action Group in respect of Kaupthing and for Credit Suisse in the Navigator litigation.

He was led by Hodge Malek QC in respect of the largest foreign confiscation case ever conducted by the United States Government, representing beneficiaries of the associated Trusts. 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. The matter included numerous interlocutory hearings many of which went to the Staff of Government Division. The case included two Beddoe Hearings, one of which went to the Appeal Division. He has dealt with numerous commercial disputes. He has advised members of the Manx Farmers Union in matters relating to farming for several years and overseas the practices personal injury caseload. He has acted for accountants and lawyers charged with serious offences.

Richard is a former partner in an Isle of Man general legal practice and set up his own firm in 2002. He merged his practice with Andrew Bridson in 2006. He has experience of most areas of Isle of Man law including wills and estates. He has acted as an estate administrator and advised executors and beneficiaries. In addition to his civil practice he has represented clients in respect of the majority of offences including white collar crime, money laundering offences, health and safety, manslaughter and murder. In June 2016 he successfully defended a civil engineering company principal contractor in a section 3(1) Health and safety prosecution relating to a fatal accident. He led associate Deborah Myerscough in the 2 week jury trial in which his client was found not guilty despite it being a strict liability offence with a reverse burden of proof. His client was awarded costs from public funds. In 2016 he represented a money laundering reporting officer for a major institution in interviews on suspicion of various Proceeds of Crime Act offences including failing to disclose and facilitation of an arrangement. His client was not charged. He has successfully defended a manslaughter by gross negligence prosecution and  acted in relation to the defence/appeal of a lawyer prosecuted for money laundering whose initial conviction was eventually overturned by Privy Council. 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.

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. He has been involved in various successful mediations. In his spare time he is a Director of the Isle of Man Taekwondo Association which has involved him in various areas of international sports law including advising world number 1 Aaron Cook. Richard is a 5th dan black belt and is an instructor with a local not for profit club. He is a Council member of the European Taekwondo Union the European federation for the Olympic sport.