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Kevin O'Riordan

Contact Kevin at kevin.oriordan@kellyluft.com

Mr Kevin E O’Riordan - Isle of Man Advocate and English Solicitor

Born in Africa and educated in England, a graduate of Pembroke College Oxford, Kevin came to the Island in 1996 having qualified as a Solicitor in London in 1975 and with previous offshore experience as an Attorney at law in the Cayman Islands. He qualified as an Isle of Man Advocate with Simcocks in 1998 and remained working there until 2014 when he joined Kelly Luft. During his professional career he has gained a wide range of experience in contentious matters both on and offshore, as well as sometimes advising on non-contentious matters.

He is held in high regard as a mediator in both family and civil cases and is also trained in Collaborative Law, enhancing his ability to mix tough litigation skills with effective negotiation outside the courtroom where appropriate. His reputation is built on offering realistic and reliable solutions to people, often in emotionally charged situations, and providing discreet and confidential legal and practical advice.Although his current main areas of practice are matrimonial/family and trust cases he is also often involved in handling other types of civil case, including complex commercial disputes. His client base comes both from the Isle of Man and further afield, including high net worth individuals and those in the public eye. Where necessary he liaises with other specialists to offer advice covering other disciplines. He speaks French and some Spanish.

Kevin was appointed President of the Isle of Man Law Society for two years from January 2013, having been Vice President to Jason Stanley for the previous two years. Kevin has been named as a leader in his field by the independent directory, Chambers UK and has been recommended for his expertise by the Legal 500, also being listed as a prominent figure among leading trust lawyers by in Citywealth. These are some of the directory comments about him:
Kevin O'Riordan focuses his practice on trust, family and matrimonial disputes. - 2014 Chambers Global

Kevin O'Riordan "has a very cool head and an extremely effective manner with clients." - 2013 Chambers UK

Kevin O'Riordan ... handles divorce work, including collaborative law. He also has experience in commercial and trust litigation. - 2010 Chambers and Partners

Kevin O’Riordan is very experienced and well respected in the local market. O’Riordan has been advising on a major competition dispute concerning a challenge to the roll-on/roll-off ferry monopoly enjoyed by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. He is very strong on trusts litigation. - 2009 Legal 500

Kevin O'Riordan is a ‘fine lawyer with wide knowledge of Manx and English trust and family law, attentive, pragmatic and swift in response’ - 2008 Legal 500

Kevin O’Riordan is recommended for high-value ancillary relief work. - 2007 Legal 500

Reported Cases in which Kevin has been involved:
Petition of Vadim Schmidt re; Rosewood Trust Limited The case commenced in 1997 and continued for several years, culminating in an important Privy Council decision on information rights of objects/beneficiaries of trusts reported at 2003 All England Reports Volume 3 at page 76.

In Re: Papadimtriou Chancery Division decision on Court's powers to remove Protector of a Trust reported in Manx Law Reports 2001 - 2003 at page 287.

Young -v- Curphey Ancillary relief case with complications. A Staff of Government (Appeal) decision reported in Manx Law Reports 2001 - 2003 at page 341.

Subsequent cases reported on the Isle of Man Courts website (www.courts.im)

S v O / 28 January 2008 / STAFF OF GOVERNMENT (APPEAL DIVISION) Conflict of jurisdiction in relation to arrears of child maintenance

SEASIDE SHIPPING and DOT and IOMSPCo / 10 July 2008 / CHANCERY DIVISION A challenge to the Steam Packet monopoly by way of Doleance

L and C / 23 October 2008 / FAMILY DIVISION Financial and housing provision for children of an unmarried couple


MRS B v MR B / 20 August 2009 / CIVIL - FAMILY BUSINESS Financial provision in divorce

L and J / 04 February 2011 / CIVIL - FAMILY BUSINESS Financial provision in divorce

MR T v MRS T / 15 March 2011 / STAFF OF GOVERNMENT (APPEAL DIVISION) Financial provision in divorce

A v FR & Otrs / 17 June 2011 / STAFF OF GOVERNMENT (APPEAL DIVISION) Sexual abuse in care proceedings

MR. C v MRS. C. / 24 February 2012 / STAFF OF GOVERNMENT (APPEAL DIVISION) Culpable neglect to pay child maintenance

M (wife) v M (husband) / 15 May 2012 / FAMILY DIVISION Involvement of a family trust in financial provision in divorce

Mrs P (mother) v Mr P (father) / 06 June 2012 / FAMILY DIVISION Permanent removal of children from the jurisdiction

MRS A (MOTHER) v MR B (FATHER) / 30 January 2013 / CIVIL - FAMILY BUSINESS Permanent removal of children from the jurisdiction

SILINA v LYUBOMSKA & OTRS / 17 July 2013 / STAFF OF GOVERNMENT (APPEAL DIVISION) Enforcement of overseas child maintenance provision

Mrs K v Mr G / 15 October 2013 / STAFF OF GOVERNMENT (APPEAL DIVISION) Hague Convention on international child abduction

DELPHI TRUST LIMITED / 04 February 2014 / CIVIL - CHANCERY PROCEDURE A full analysis of the Court’s approach to confidentiality in modern litigation