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A&L Goodbody’s construction practice combines ‘excellent knowledge’ with ‘a wealth of experience’. The team handles a broad range of instructions from architects, contractors and employers, and has seen an uptick in hotel and office development and student accommodation projects. Infrastructure, energy and residential projects are other key areas of strength. The group is advising a contractor in a £16.5m student accommodation project, involving the refurbishment and extension of an existing building to provide a 343-room residence, and is assisting Oakland with the renovation and extension of two landmark office buildings in central Belfast, which is a £20m project. In another key mandate, Micaela Diver is leading advice to the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company on the procurement process for the £175m Belfast Transport Hub project. Other clients include Jurys Inn Group and Northern Ireland Housing Executive. The ‘very experiencedBrendan Fox leads the team; associate John Dugdale  attracts praise for his ‘excellent construction and litigation knowledge’.

Carson McDowell’s construction team is well known for its strength in both contentious and non-contentious matters and for its solid client base of Northern Ireland-based contractors. Port, education, housing, energy and hotel projects are notable areas of instruction for the group; practice head Stuart Murphy and associate Gavin Kerr are advising the Belfast Harbour Commissioners on the construction of the third phase of the City Quays project, as well as assisting the client with the contractual arrangements for the fourth phase of the project. Other clients include McAleer & Rushe, NIE Networks and Southern Regional College.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s corporate practice houses a ‘very capable team with sound commercial acumen, expert knowledge and an ability to offer clear advice’, according to clients. It is very well known for handling contentious construction matters and has seen an uptick in non-contentious instructions. Prominent areas of activity for the group in 2017 included infrastructure, housing, education, and leisure projects. In a recent highlight, the firm advised the Northern Ireland Housing Executive on a £3.5bn contract relating to a planned maintenance scheme for 89,000 properties. Practice head Patrick Fleming is praised for being ‘client friendly’ and ‘very hard-working’. Lisa Boyd  is recommended for her ‘real depth of knowledge in procurement and construction cases’; construction litigator Aaron Moore is ‘very sharp and focused’. Associate Julie-Ann McCaffrey-Flynn  is ‘always proactive’, ‘tries her hardest for her clients’, and is singled out for her ‘impressive ability to identify and focus on key issues’.

Tughans’ ‘knowledgeable and easy-to-work-with’ team handles the gamut of front-end construction matters and high-value disputes for a wide-ranging client base, with energy and office projects prominent areas of instruction in 2017. The group is advising Apple on the procurement of a €850m data centre, and is assisting Celtic Anglian Water with a planned €160m expansion of the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant in Dublin. In another matter, the group acts for Castleforge Partners in a high-value redevelopment of multistorey office building River House in Belfast. On the contentious side, the team is representing Northstone in a dispute with a client regarding €3m-worth of claims arising from a construction project in Romania. Practice head Michael McCord is recognised for his expertise in contentious construction matters; ‘he has an appetite for the detail in a complex case and an encyclopaedic knowledge of construction law’. The ‘practicalTim Kinney  is recommended for his experience in construction procurement work.

Arthur Cox Belfast’s ‘excellent’ practice assists employers and contractors with front-end construction work alongside contentious matters. Recent work for the team includes campus developments, housing developments and infrastructure disputes. Highlights included Dublin-based practice head Niav O'Higgins  advising Ulster University on its ongoing multimillion-pound project to build a new campus and acting for Orona regarding the £28m construction of the Titanic Hotel. In another matter, William Curry is assisting Ards and North Down Borough Council with the planned development of a £30m leisure centre; the project was subject to a public procurement competition open to all construction firms in Northern Ireland. Senior associate Cahal Carvill , who has ‘a good commercial brain and is good with the clients’, is also recommended.

Adrian Kerr leads the construction practice at Mills Selig, which has a reputation for contentious construction matters. Housing and energy mandates dominate instructions for the team; Kerr leads the advice to Clanmill Housing Association on over 40 multimillion-pound housing projects and represents Vestas in a dispute with a contractor regarding a £500,000 wind turbine project. Other key clients include residential housing company Lotus Homes.

Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP’s construction team is well known for assisting employers and contractors with front-end construction work and construction arbitration. Property partner Andrea McIlroy-Rose  is advising key client Queen’s University Belfast on the construction of two multimillion-pound educational facilities, and is assisting Allstate Northern Ireland with the construction of its new headquarters in Belfast, which is a £30m project. Senior associate Ciaran McNamara is also recommended. Ed Kelly moved to the firm’s Melbourne office in August 2017.

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