Robert Long Consultant

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Robert is a consultant within our top tier Litigation team. His practice focuses on all aspects of commercial and chancery litigation, with a particular interest in and experience of insolvency matters. Robert has appeared regularly as counsel in cases before the various divisions of the Isle of Man High Court.

Robert is ranked in Chambers and Partners UK Guide and as a ‘Leading Individual’  by The Legal 500 UK for his dispute resolution and litigation work.

Selected directory mentions include:

You can always rely on Rob Long’s highly knowledgeable and commercially minded approach to local and international litigation matters” – Legal 500 – 2022 edition

He is a great litigator who is very experienced.” “He is a very good advocate.” – Chambers & Partners: Europe/UK 2021

“Rob Long provides sage advice on the most complex of private client matters” – Legal 500 – 2021 edition

Robert Long has a wealth of knowledge in complex corporate disputes and commercial litigation. Sources highlight his ‘commercial awareness’ and report that ‘everything he says is well thought through and accurate’” Chambers 2017 editions

the ‘very sensible’ Rob Long is ‘calm and collected, and always does his best for clients’” – Legal 500 2015 edition

Direct, forthright and pragmatic, he is one of the most experienced litigators in the Manx Bar and has the ear of the court” – Chambers UK 2011 edition

Robert Long is lauded by clients as ‘a highly pragmatic and responsive lawyer.’ Clients also appreciate his meticulous approach, asserting that ‘everything is investigated, looked at and addressed.’’” – Chambers Global Guide – 2011

A “very effective advocate” who “impresses clients with ‘the speed that he grasps complicated issues – and whenever he speaks invariably worth listening to him’” – Chambers 2009 editions


Provided a chapter for “Cross-Border Judicial Cooperation in Offshore Litigation” (ed. Kawaley and others 1st and 2nd ed.s) regarding the Island’s ability to provide assistance in multi-jurisdictional corporate insolvency situations.

  • Contributed a chapter to FT Law & Tax’s “International Tracing of Assets
  • Have had articles published on such subjects as the recognition of cross-border insolvency and judicial co-operation.

Services and Sectors

Case history.

  • Click to view case history:
    • UK Secured Finance Fund plc (in liquidation) v CFSL (judgment 28 March 2022). Retained by liquidators in claim by former fund manager following multi-million-pound collapse of a collective investment scheme.
    • Acted for the joint liquidators of Global Steel Holdings in liquidation (including RMS Advisory) in relation to the winding up of the company, which had USD200 million worth of debt.
    • VTB Bank v Mazurov and others (2021/2022). Acting for Global Marine Fuel (GMF) LLC in respect of claims arising from the fraudulent activities of Dmitry Mazurov successfully resisting applications for appointment of receivers
    • Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander (IOM) Limited 2017 MLR 151. As court appointed independent counsel making submissions as to issues regarding distribution of funds in a liquidation and the meaning and effect of certain provisions of the Companies Act 1931.
    • Nedbank Private Wealth Limited v Alder and others (2018). Successfully applying for summary judgment on behalf of the claimant bank in claim against a pension scheme debtor.
    • Greystone Trust Co. – In re Fossdale Trust (judgment 10 November 2016). Case dealing with declaration of charitable status, together with the interpretation and variation of trust terms.
    • Heather Capital Limited (in liquidation) v KMPG Audit LLC (2015). Alleged breach of duty claim against auditor of exempt international collective investment scheme. Instructed by KPMG
    • Shepherds Select Funds PLC v Abraham and others (2012). Retained by fund manager in respect of proceedings instigated and it and others relating to the failure of a viatical/life insurance investment scheme, including judgment setting out law regarding applications for further information and specific disclosure.
    • In Re MK Investments (judgment 22 August 2008). First known recognition of English administrators by IOM Court.
    • Holmes v Department of Home Affairs and others (2008). Acting for various departments in having a claim struck out.
    • Navigator Gas/Cambridge Gas litigation. Representing the  applications with reference to US$300m insolvency which lead to the, then, leading Privy Council judgment (2006) as to the Court’s ability to lend assistance in cross-border insolvency cases. 
    • Assissi Investments v HSBC Trustee (CI) Limited 2003-05 MLR N-19 and 2005-06 MLR N-19. Acting for trustee in obtaining a stay of proceedings and the dismissal of an attempt to overturn a consent order. Principles to be considered as to allegation of judicial bias. 
    • In re Frost 1999-01 MLR 501. Petition of doleance challenging a minerals lease. Interpretation of the Minerals Act and the duty to act fairly. Instructed by Department of Transport.
    • In Re McCoy 1996-98 MLR 327. Obtaining order granting assistance to off-Island trustee in bankruptcy – limits of revenue enforcement policy.