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A&L Goodbody’s construction practice attracts praise for its ‘excellent service and prompt responses’. Its coverage spans key sectors including education, energy, retail and social housing, and the practice’s clients include the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and construction companies such as The McAvoy Group. Key figures include Brendan Fox and associate John Dugdale, who leads on construction litigation.

Arthur Cox Belfast advises a wide array of clients including universities, government departments on construction projects including universities, government departments, housing associations and energy companies. Recently the group advised Craigavon Borough Council on the construction of a new £30m leisure centre. Alan Taylor is the key partner.

The ‘first-classStuart Murphy heads up the ‘highly competent’ team at Carson McDowell LLP, which acts for a number of developers and construction companies on a range of matters, including issues relating to energy, social housing and ports. The group continues to advise the Belfast Harbour Commissioners on the construction of the City Quays development. Other clients include McAleer and Rushe, John Graham Construction and Helm Housing Association. It also acts on contentious construction matters.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s ‘outstanding’ team has a solid reputation for contentious matters, advising both public and private sector clients including Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Ivywood Colleges and H&J Martin. Patrick Fleming leads the team, which includes Lisa Boyd, Jonathan Forrester and Aaron Moore, who is well known for his contentious construction expertise.

Following his promotion to partner in April 2015, Ed Kelly also took on the role of team head of Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP’s construction practice. It acts for a mixed client base of contractors and developers, including Mutual Energy, Apex Housing Association and Ards & North Down Borough Council. The team recently acted for Queen’s University Belfast on the development of new student accommodation worth £70m.

Highlights for the construction practice at Tughans included advising Apple Inc on the development of a new data centre in the Republic of Ireland. Other clients include Ulster Council Gaelic Athletic Association, SQN Capital Management and Northstone. They have also acted on construction negligence claims and energy developments. Tim Kinney has a solid reputation for the non-contentious work and Michael McCord is well known for his contentious expertise.

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