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A&L Goodbody’s ‘in-depth industry knowledge’ ensures that the practice is a popular choice for contentious and non-contentious matters for employers and contractors. In 2016 and 2017 the team focused on conventional development work, with highlights including practice head Kevin Feeney advising Tao North Docks on the construction of two office blocks in Docklands and Eamonn Conlon acting for Bam Building on the construction contract for the new children’s hospital. Conlon and associate Robert Rooney ‘have no shortage of pragmatic and cost-conscious solutions’. Eamonn Gill is also noted.

Customer service is extremely high’ at Arthur Cox, where practice head Niav O’Higgins has the ‘expertise to confidently negotiate terms with experts in the field’, and Karen Killoran is ‘a great people person with the ability to negotiate without being combative’. The team provided non-contentious advice on an impressive range of development, infrastructure and energy projects, including advising Kennedy Wilson on the construction of the Capital Dock development, and assisting DAA with the development of the second runway at Dublin Airport.

Maples and Calder is best known for acting for contractors on contentious matters and in one example Kevin Harnett is representing Laing O’Rourke Ireland in the defence of five separate High Court actions relating to alleged structural defects in The Cubes in Dublin. The team also handles non-contentious contractor work with Enda O’Keeffe and Mary Dunne the names to note in this regard. Dudley Solan, who is ‘adept at contractual arguments’, is the key name following the departure of Conor Owens to A&L Goodbody.

Mason Hayes & Curran is ‘particularly knowledgeable in the field of design and build contracts’. Practice head Rory Kirrane, who is ‘one of the top construction lawyers in the country’, is acting for PJ Hegarty & Sons in Commercial Court proceedings involving the removal of spoil from a city centre construction site. In the energy space, Eoin Cassidy is assisting Cubico with the development of an 89.6 MW wind farm in County Kerry. Shane Dolan is ‘personable and reasonable’ and Susan Bryson is ‘very efficient’.

McCann FitzGerald’s ‘knowledge of public sector procurement and construction is very high’; ‘public sector authorityJenny Mellerick, ‘exceptional professional’ Stephen Proctor and ‘intelligent adviserKevin Kelly are acting for the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board on the construction of the new children’s hospital in Dublin. The team is equally adept in the private sector where Global Student Accommodation is a key client. Litigators Barrett Chapman and Tim Bouchier-Hayes are singled out for their ‘ability to see the commercial core of issues’.

William Fry provides ‘a comprehensive level of service’ and the team handled a number of major development schemes including acting for Hines on the development of a new suburb at Cherrywood, and advising DAA on the development of a new office business park at Dublin Airport. Practice head Liam McCabe is ‘a superb negotiator when it comes to fine detail’, Bryanna Ryan has ‘expert knowledge’, and the ‘meticulousJarleth Heneghan provides ‘very practical advice on the public procurement process’.

Eversheds Sutherland handles a good balance of contentious and non-contentious work, with Dermot McEvoy and the ‘very reliable and organisedAngelyn Rowan the respective names to note. Recent mandates include advising Ronan Group Real Estate on development projects at Fibonacci Square and Spencer Place, and defending Dublin Port Company in a High Court payment dispute concerning works carried out at the Alexandra Basin.

Mathesonturns around contracts and amendments very quickly’, with practice head Rhona Henryan exceptional lawyer with a depth of knowledge in the construction industry and related contracts’. Henry is advising Oxley Holdings on its involvement with the mixed-use development at Dublin Landings. On the contentious side, ‘clear and effective communicatorNicola Dunleavy is handling a major interconnector dispute.

At ByrneWallace, Martin Cooney arrived from Smyth & Son to head the practice following the departure of Louise Forrest for Hennessy O'Shea. The team was particularly busy on residential development mandates including advising Castlethorn Construction on a residential scheme at Drumcondra. Founding partner Gary Byrne and senior associate Deirdre Hennessy, who is ‘a very safe pair of hands’, were active in the disputes space. Joanna Beausang left for an in-house role.

Construction boutique Hussey Fraser provides ‘a very high standard’ of service. Name partners Anthony Hussey and Simon Fraser were active on a range of multimillion-euro disputes for contractors and sub-contractors. The team also handles non-contentious work.

Philip Lee is highly active on public sector work with non-contentious specialist Kerri Crossen acting for Wicklow County Council on the development of a shopping centre in Bray. The team has also increased its share of private sector mandates for clients such as McGarrell Reilly. Contentious head Damien Young and Clare Cashin are additional contacts.

Beale & Company’s ‘excellent team has a very good understanding of professional liability exposure’ and the practice defends insured professionals against a large number of claims. Practice head Tara Cosgrove, Niamh Loughran and Sarah Conroy are all ‘particularly strong in terms of technical ability’.

Beauchamps’s ‘capable and helpful’ team is led by Fiona O’Neill, who ‘addresses queries competently and quickly’; O’Neill was active on a mix of non-contentious energy and development mandates for clients such as ABO Wind Ireland and NAMA.

Ronan Daly Jermyn’s team was active across a range of sectors including health, education, commercial, water, waste and renewable energy. Practice head Finola McCarthy advises contractors and procuring entities and has ‘vast experience in Irish and international construction contracts and professional services agreements’. The ‘intelligent and experiencedRonan Geary leads on contentious matters.

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