Long-serving Manx advocate John Quinn has today (Friday 17 March 2017) been officially sworn in as Attorney General in the Isle of Man.
Mr Quinn took the Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Attorney General at Government House. The Warrant of Appointment was given by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.
Mr Quinn was also appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC) on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain.
The Lieutenant Governor said: ‘The Attorney General plays a fundamental role in maintaining the Isle of Man’s reputation as a modern democratic nation. There will be many challenges in his time ahead and I am confident that Mr Quinn will ensure our local and international interests are well protected. His experience and firm leadership are exactly what the Attorney General’s Chambers requires in these changing times.’
Mr Quinn, who has served as Acting Attorney General since March 2013, will act as legal adviser to the Lieutenant Governor, Council of Ministers, Government Departments and Statutory Boards. He will also attend sittings of Tynwald and the Legislative Council.
The Attorney General is required to offer guidance on matters of law and issues relating to the Isle of Man’s domestic and external interests. He is also responsible for representing the Crown in the prosecution of offences and for the drafting of Government legislation.
A Past President of the Isle of Man Law Society, Mr Quinn will bring a wealth of experience to the role having successfully managed and developed several legal practices over a 30-year career in Manx advocacy.
Mr Quinn said: ‘I am honoured to be appointed by Her Majesty The Queen to the position of Attorney General and also to be made a QC. I will endeavour to serve the Crown and the Isle of Man to the best of my abilities. I have enjoyed the challenge of the past four years and look forward to continuing to lead the work of the Attorney General’s Chambers.’
Crowe Clark Whitehill to attend ISLEXPO’s Founders’ Feast with special guest David Schneider.
ISLEXPO, hosted by the Department for Enterprise, will open this year with a ticketed ‘Founders’ Feast’ in the Villa Marina gardens on Tuesday 15th May, which local Chartered Accountants, Crowe Clark Whitehill will be attending with their own special guests.
Guests attending the opening dinner will enjoy a 3-course meal showcasing seasonal local ingredients provided by restaurant 14 North, followed by entertainment from award-winning writer and comedian David Schneider, of Alan Partridge fame.
The format for the ISLEXPO dinner has been redesigned for 2018 to create an even more interactive atmosphere, making it easy for businesses of any size to build new connections in an inviting setting. The debut Founders’ Feast will take place in the garden tipis, promising a fun hospitality experience for all.
The Founders’ Feast sets the scene for a full-day business event on Wednesday 16th May with a strong line-up of keynote speakers, practical workshops, expert panels, funding advice and pop-up talks. The conference is free-to-attend, giving delegates access to a full day of rich content and an action-packed post-5pm programme in the Garden Hub.
Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Enterprise, commented:
‘The Founders’ Feast is an opportunity for the Island’s business community, entrepreneurs and investors to come together and enjoy a night of networking, delicious local food and drink, and entertainment.
‘ISLEXPO 2018 is focused around the theme of ‘locate’ and the importance of a location for a successful business and positive lifestyle. The conference will look at how we can future-proof our workforce, nurture talent and innovation at home, and attract more skilled workers and new enterprises from further afield – making sure the Island is ready for new opportunities and that our businesses have the right people to succeed.’