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A&L Goodbody’s ‘diligent and respectful’ team is led by non-contentious specialist Kevin Feeney, whose engineering background is ‘an invaluable asset’. Feeney’s diverse portfolio of real estate and infrastructure projects includes acting for Irish Water on the extension and retrofit of the Ringsend water treatment plant in Dublin. Eamonn Conlon and Eamonn Gill provide ‘realistic and practical advice’ to clients such as Cavan County Council and John Paul Construction in contentious matters.

At Arthur Cox, ‘excellent negotiator’ and practice head Niav O’Higgins is advising daa on infrastructure projects at Dublin airport. The team is also active in the energy space, where the ‘very focusedNiamh Burke and Karen Killoran are assisting Energia Renewables with the 95MW Meenadreen wind farm project. The practice also handles contentious work.

Maples and Calder’s ‘fiercely competitive’ team handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious mandates for major contractors such as John Sisk and John Paul Construction. Key players include ‘nonpareil team leaderConor Owens, recently promoted partner Kevin Harnett, who is ‘an inventive and lateral thinker’, and the highly regarded Dudley Solan.

Business acumen and industry knowledge is top class’ at McCann FitzGerald, which handles some of Ireland’s most significant energy, infrastructure and development projects. Practice head Kevin Kelly and recently promoted partner Stephen Proctor are advising the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board on construction of the New Children’s Hospital in Dublin. Barrett Chapman and Tim Bouchier-Hayes have been busy with construction disputes.

William Fry’s ‘professional and personable’ team includes Jarleth Heneghan and practice head Liam McCabe, who are both ‘excellent’. The team handles contentious and non-contentious work, including regularly assisting developers with major projects.

At Eversheds Sutherland, contentious head Dermot McEvoy has ‘a very strong appreciation of the construction industry’ and is defending Waterman Moylan Group against a professional negligence claim arising from flooding of residential property. Angelyn Rowan leads the non-contentious practice, which serves various public and private sector clients such as the National Treasury Management Agency and Hibernia REIT.

The ‘extremely capableRory Kirrane heads the ‘well-established’ practice at Mason Hayes & Curran, which is experienced in substantial development projects and is acting for Hines Ireland on a mixed use site at Cherrywood. Contentious work included success in a wind farm dispute relating to foundation failures.

At Matheson, practice head Rhona Henry has ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of construction law’. Recent work includes advising AIB on the Charlemont Street urban regeneration and housing project. ‘Straight-talkerNicola Dunleavy leads on contentious work. Damien Keogh left to start his own firm.

ByrneWallace developed its contentious practice by hiring senior associate Deirdre Hennessy from an in-house role. Department head Louise Forrest was active on development work for clients such as McAleer & Rushe.

At construction boutique Hussey Fraser, founding partners Anthony Hussey and Malcolm Fraser handle contentious and non-contentious work for a range of main contractors and sub-contractors.

Philip Lee’s expertise in handling public sector construction projects was again in evidence, with the ‘insightfulKerri Crossen advising the National Development Finance Authority on three school accommodation projects. Disputes specialist Clare Cashin shows ‘phenomenal attention to detail’.

Beale & Company Solicitors LLP’s team has ‘a very good understanding of professional liability exposure’ and was active in disputes for consultants such as Punch Consulting. Practice head Tara Cosgrove, Sarah Conroy and Niamh Loughran ‘all have strong technical ability’.

Beauchamps Solicitors recently acted as Irish counsel on a number of PPPs, including advising BAM Ireland on the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP. Tony O’Sullivan heads the team, which hired Fiona O’Neill from Irish Water. Bruno Herbots left to found his own practice.

Ronan Daly Jermyn’s team is led by Finola McCarthy, who has particular expertise in advising public bodies such as NAMA on procurement and construction issues. Ronan Geary leads disputes work.

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