Malachy Cornwell-Kelly, tax specialist and a former Law Society staff member, died on 29th April after a short illness. He had a distinguished career marked by significant contributions to both the public and private legal sectors.

Born in 1947, Cornwell-Kelly achieved his law degree from King’s College London. His professional journey commenced with his service in the legal section of Customs and Excise. He then transitioned to private practice, where his expertise continued to develop. He became the research secretary of the Law Committee at the Law Society, a role he held for five years. Following this, he served as the director of investigations for the parliamentary ombudsman in London.

In 1992, Cornwell-Kelly joined a City firm as a tax partner specialising in cross-border VAT. Concurrently, he served as chairman of a tax appeal tribunal in the UK.

In 2001, he embraced a new opportunity in the Isle of Man, becoming Clerk of the Tynwald, the island’s ancient parliament. He served in this capacity for seven years, later establishing the office of the parliamentary ombudsman on the island. Malachy often described his time on the island as the most rewarding of his career.

Malachy will be fondly remembered for his legal acumen, his dedication to public service, and his unwavering integrity.

His funeral service will be held at Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire, on Tuesday 28 May at 2 pm for all relatives and friends – contact Deborah for details or streaming link.