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Arthur Cox Belfast

VICTORIA HOUSE, GLOUCESTER STREET, BELFAST, BT1 4LS, NORTHERN IRELAND
Tel:
Work 028 9023 0007
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Fax 028 9023 3464
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2012 NR BELFAST-2
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Web:
www.arthurcox.com
Belfast, Dublin, London, Mountain View, New York

Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast has acted on some of Northern Ireland's most high-profile commercial, financial and constitutional litigation over the past year; the team's client base includes major domestic businesses as well as a number of multinational corporates. The team is 'capably led' by managing partner and 'exceptional litigator' Catriona Gibson; Chris Ritchie specialises in insurance-related litigation and is also active in public sector matters; and associate David Black acts on commercial disputes. Matthew Howse moved to Eversheds Sutherland.

Practice head(s):Catriona Gibson

Other key lawyers:Chris Ritchie; David Black

Testimonials

'Arthur Cox in Belfast is akin to a London Magic Circle firm. The team has the strength, depth and expertise of those firms. In my view, no other firm in Northern Ireland is as good.'

'Catriona Gibson brings a commercially focused and user-friendly attitude.'

'Arthur Cox's dispute resolution and litigation team understands the commercial risks and challenges that businesses face and focuses its advice on the practical and commercial steps to be taken. The team is responsive and able to talk directly to non-lawyers without the need for a filter or interpreter.'

'Catriona Gibson is very talented in terms of providing specialised, technical litigation advice as well as the more practical, commercial business guidance that can often change the way a dispute is approached.'

'Associate Carley Chapman is thorough, solid, conscientious, diligent, dependable and highly professional.

'Katrina Gibson and Carley Chapman's responsiveness is superb. They know their jurisdiction and are excellent.'

'Carley Chapman is highly experienced in the management of litigation and keeps it moving in the right direction.'

Key Clients

Coca-Cola

Sky

Aer Lingus

Northern Ireland Public Sector Ombudsman

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council

Ulster Bank

Bank of Ireland

Ocaso

IBRC (in Special Liquidation)

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Ulster Bank and Ulster Bank Ireland in two successful sets of proceedings brought against Michael Taggart and John Taggart in relation to personal guarantees in the sum of £5m and €4.3m, the longest-running court action in Northern Ireland
  • Defended the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) against a claim brought by a well-known local property developer for, among other things, misrepresentation, negligence, fraud and shadow directorship in relation to Northern Ireland’s landmark Millennium project, the Odyssey
  • Advised the Northern Ireland Public Sector Ombudsman in her capacity as Local Government Commissioner for Standards in respect of a statutory appeal brought against the Commissioner
  • Advised and represented arc21 (an incorporated joint committee of six Northern Ireland councils) concerning the first-instance decision and then an appeal to the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal regarding the construction of a £240m energy for waste scheme, a landmark decision on the constitutional status of Northern Ireland
  • Advising the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in relation to a procurement challenge
Leading individuals

Catriona Gibson - Arthur Cox Belfast

Chris Ritchie - Arthur Cox Belfast

Rising stars

David Black - Arthur Cox Belfast

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Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast's blue-chip client base includes leading companies in the agri-food, retail and technology sectors, as well as private equity funds and venture capital firms. The team advises on high-value Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and international deals. Alan Taylor leads the team, which includes 'top corporate lawyer' Paul McBride; the 'responsive, capable and incisive' Lynsey Mallon, who is noted for her expertise in the aerospace sector; and William Curry, who acts for some of the largest plcs in the region.

Practice head(s):Alan Taylor

Other key lawyers:Paul McBride; Lynsey Mallon; William Curry

Testimonials

'The team's commercially astute and legally sound advice has greatly contributed to the continued growth and success of our group.'

'We would not use any other corporate lawyer in this market other than Lynsey Mallon. She is the best that we have dealt with. Alan Taylor is a trusted adviser to our business and his insight is invaluable. William Curry is technically excellent.'

'The corporate team at Arthur Cox is technically excellent but also very commercially astute.'

'Alan Taylor is by far one of the most accomplished corporate lawyers in this market. He has become a trusted adviser to our numerous businesses over the years and we are yet to meet a better lawyer for delivering what he promises.'

'Lynsey Mallon handles most of our M&A and investment work now and she is the best around for closing deals. She always remains calm and finds a solution even when the other side cannot.'

'The team at Arthur Cox is professional and knowledgeable with the relevant experience to be able to advise the client from a commercial viewpoint in addition to dispensing relevant and material legal advice. The team is very hands-on and also very straightforward.'

'Lynsey Mallon is very knowledgeable in the relevant laws and regulations of Northern Ireland. She is able to provide excellent advice from a legal viewpoint as well as able to discuss and provide alternatives from a commercial viewpoint so that the client is able to gain a feel of the big picture.'

'The team has an incisive knowledge and approach to dealing with the client's issues. The professionalism and focus they give to dealing with the issues we bring to them is of critical importance and we continue to use them as our default source of legal advice.'

'Associate David White is thorough, solid, conscientious, dependable and highly professional.'

'The firm is always very accommodating and always puts forward the best relevant lawyer that our company needs expertise for.'

'Alan Taylor takes an interest in the client's affairs.'

Key Clients

Musgrave Retail Partners NI

Norbrook Group

Magir Limited (Medicare)

Park Elect

Rubble Master HMH

Donnelly Group

Norlin Ventures

Breedon Group

Diaceutics

Invest NI

Work highlights

  • Advised Musgrave Retail Partners NI on the acquisition and sale of various retail convenience stores across Northern Ireland
  • Acted for Park Elect on its share acquisition of Industrial Valve Specialists
  • Advised Lauak Group on the Northern Irish aspects of its acquisition of Bombardier’s tubing and systems activities at sites located in Canada, Northern Ireland and Mexico
  • Advised Breedon Group on its £450m acquisition of the Lagan Group
  • Advised Norlin Group on the sale of the business and assets of its British Touring Car Championship racing team, BTC Norlin Racing
Leading individuals

Alan Taylor - Arthur Cox Belfast

Lynsey Mallon - Arthur Cox Belfast

Paul McBride - Arthur Cox Belfast

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Northern Ireland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast's team is 'always available, professional and responsive'; its clients include retail banks and investment funds, and it has been particularly active in advising private equity firms. The team has expertise in the financing of distressed debt purchases, as well as major loan and security sales and transfers, and real estate finance, including finance transactions for housing associations. Kieran McGarrigle heads the team; Stuart Mansfield regularly advises on structured finance transactions; and newly promoted partner Colm McElroy is noted for his strength  in private equity and distressed debt.

Practice head(s):Kieran McGarrigle

Other key lawyers:Stuart Mansfield; Colm McElroy

Testimonials

'Arthur Cox is an excellent firm to work with due to its ability to communicate complex issues in simple and succinct terms, the speed of response to any queries, the availability of staff at all levels, the quality of the advice it provides and its ability to offer commercial and strategic guidance on top of legal guidance.'

'Colm McElroy has no peers at his age within the market. Colm has a great ability to analyse and distill complex matters and to communicate his legal advice in a clear manner. He is very commercial in his approach and understands the client's business so he can stay ahead of the curve and frame his advice accordingly.'

'The team offers a bespoke service to its clients and resources as appropriate. It comes across as relationship focused and its staff reflect what appear to be its core values of integrity, legal expertise and outstanding commercial acumen.'

'The team has an excellent understanding of complex legal and commercial issues and really works with its client to protect their interests.'

'Arthur Cox distinguishes itself from its competitors with top-class exceptional customer service which is consistently delivered in all assignments. The depth of the team always ensures quality, timely advice and confidence that work is being executed as it should be.'

'Colm McElroy is a young, proactive and very knowledgeable partner; he always delivers to timescales, has strong commercial awareness, and is very helpful and professional.'

'Kieran McGarrigle is an exceptional lawyer with a wealth of experience. He is a champion for clear communication which everyone can understand, commercial, diligent, trusted and highly regarded.'

'Stuart Mansfield is very knowledgeable and approachable with a strong focus on exceptional customer delivery and prompt delivery of key legal advice which you can always rely on.'

'Arthur Cox is the premier banking firm in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.'

'The team has excellent technical knowledge combined with pragmatic commercial advice.'

'Colm McElroy has excellent technical knowledge and is extremely approachable. While ensuring the client's position is protected, he is also able to provide pragmatic commercial advice which is invaluable in the decision-making process.'

'Arthur Cox is in the very top tier of banking law firms in Northern Ireland, and a go-to firm for a major transaction. The team is well resourced, highly experienced, commercial, hardworking, and capable of delivering in very strict time scales, and managing complexity and multiple counterparties in an efficient, no-fuss manner.'

'Stuart Mansfield is very experienced, knowledgeable and hardworking. He has an exceptional ability to remain calm, patient and focused through protracted negotiation. He consistently delivers to stringent timescales, and is commercial and easy to work with.'

Key Clients

Barclays Bank PLC

National Westminster Bank plc

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of Ireland

Promontoria Holding 127 B.V.

Bain Capital Private Equity

LP & Cinven Capital Management (VI) General Partner Limited

Garrison Earlsfort Investments Limited

Four Seasons Healthcare Group

Ulster Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Barclays Bank in relation to £50m credit facilities to be made available to Radius Housing, a prominent housing association in Northern Ireland
  • Acting for Barclays Bank in relation to the ring-fencing measures being implemented as a consequence of legislative reforms introduced following the financial crisis
  • Acting for National Westminster Bank plc on the complex refinancing of C & C Group’s Northern Irish businesses within a wider multi-jurisdictional re-financing.
  • Advising Bain Capital Private Equity and Cinven Capital Management (VI) General Partner Limited as sponsors on the Northern Irish aspects of an accession by a Northern Irish obligor to a bond financing and senior revolving credit facility agreement.
  • Advising Garrison Earlsfort Investments on a restructuring of existing senior debt facilities advanced to Magenta Asset Management Limited, leading to the acquisition of the entire issued share capital in a number of obligor companies.
Leading individuals

Kieran McGarrigle - Arthur Cox Belfast

Stuart Mansfield - Arthur Cox Belfast

Next Generation Partners

Colm McElroy - Arthur Cox Belfast

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast's team 'understands the client's business at a fundamental level' and 'frequently goes above and beyond'. The team acts for major domestic and national insolvency practitioners, financial institutions, directors, lenders and creditors in complex, high-value insolvency and restructuring matters. Kieran McGarrigle heads the practice, while Stuart Mansfield focuses on lender and creditor-driven restructurings and insolvencies. Newly promoted partner Colm McElroy's 'experience and knowledge are invaluable'.

Practice head(s):Kieran McGarrigle

Other key lawyers:Stuart Mansfield; Colm McElroy

Testimonials

'Arthur Cox has extremely engaging staff and is a pleasure to work with.'

'Colm McElroy has a great understanding of the commercial requirements of transactions whilst always being conscious of the legal  requirements. Colm is able to explain any legal issues in an appropriate manner but more crucially he endeavours to put forward suggested solutions for the client.'

'It is the practicality of service delivery from Colm McElroy and the Arthur Cox team that sets them apart. The time Colm has taken to understand our business and build relationships ensures that he understands the bigger-picture commercial position and ensures his legal strategy aligns with this where possible.'

'The team is very up front and very easy to contact and get a hold of. There is also a great mix from partners right down to trainees within the team.'

'Colm McElroy is a great partner within the team at Arthur Cox. He manages difficult cases, and he is always on top of the work and always willing to contact you immediately if the need arises. He is very well assisted by his entire team.'

Key Clients

Ernst & Young LLP

Bank of Ireland

Arthur Boyd & Co

Special Liquidator of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Limited

Marathon Asset Management LP

Power NI

HNH Partners Limited

KPMG

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising Ernst & Young as fixed charge receiver on the management and sale of Downe Retail Park in Downpatrick, County Down.
  • Acting for Bank of Ireland on the administration of one of Northern Ireland’s leading precast concrete trading businesses due to difficult trading conditions.
  • Advising KPMG and Arthur Boyd & Co in their capacity as joint supervisors of Presbyterian Mutual Society Limited in relation to the wind-down of its loan book.  
  • Acting for the special liquidator of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Limited (formerly Anglo Irish Bank) in relation to the winding up of each of the substantial number of subsidiary companies which it holds.
  • Advising Marathon Asset Management LP, a landlord of various retail parks in Northern Ireland, in connection with two of its tenants (Carpetright and New Look) entering into a "landlord only" company voluntary arrangement.
Leading individuals

Kieran McGarrigle - Arthur Cox Belfast

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Northern Ireland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast provides advice on corporate transactions, including assisting with potential TUPE matters, as well as representing clients in a wide range of tribunal disputes. The firm also handles business immigration matters such as visa applications and provides an all-island pensions service. Clients include a number of international investors. Team head Rosemary Lundy has particular expertise in whistleblowing, equality and discrimination cases, while Emma-Jane Flannery specialises in disciplinary and grievance matters.

Practice head(s):Rosemary Lundy

Other key lawyers:Emma-Jane Flannery; Chris Fullerton

Testimonials

'The team has great knowledge on employment matters and understands the relationship between business and employment law.'

'Rosemary Lundy is very knowledgeable and understands where the client is coming from.'

'The team is very professional and competent.'

'Rosemary Lundy, Emma-Jane Flannery and Chris Fullerton provide advice in a straightforward way, making it easy to follow and understand.'

'The team at Arthur Cox is excellent and has a vast breadth of knowledge and experience.'

'Chris Fullerton, Emma-Jane Flannery and Rosemary Lundy are exceptional.  They are all very experienced and work seamlessly as a team. The advice provided is always detailed and draws on the experience they have of working with us on other cases in the past.'

'Arthur Cox is very professional and offers a comprehensive service which serves the needs of the client.'

Key Clients

ARC21

Thompson Aero Seating Limited

Strategic Investment Board

Christian Dior (UK) Limited

Moypark Limited

Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland Limited (franchisee of the Coca-Cola Company)

Allegro

Norbrook Laboratories Limited

Gordon’s Chemists

Lough Erne Resort

Work highlights

  • Advising ARC21, an umbrella waste management group in Northern Ireland which represents six councils, on the implementation of GDPR in May 2018.
  • Advising Thompson Aero Seating Limited on a wide variety of employment law matters and defending the company in a number of cases before the Industrial Tribunal.
  • Advising the Strategic Investment Board Limited (SIB) on the full range of employment issues and defending the client against multiple claims in both the Industrial Tribunal and High Court in Northern Ireland arising out of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 as applied in Northern Ireland.
  • Defending Christian Dior UK Limited against a claim to the Industrial Tribunal alleging unfair dismissal and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.
  • Defending Moy Park against employment claims brought in the Industrial Tribunal for unfair dismissal, discrimination and holiday pay.
Leading individuals

Rosemary Lundy - Arthur Cox Belfast

Next Generation Partners

Emma-Jane Flannery - Arthur Cox Belfast

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Northern Ireland: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast advises on employers', public and occupiers' liability claims; the team is noted is strength in occupational disease cases, as well as in handling product liability personal injury claims for large multinationals. Other clients include a number of large insurers, corporates and public bodies. Chris Ritchie leads the team; he has been active in cases involving complex product liability issues, asbestos-related illnesses and noise-induced hearing loss.

Practice head(s):Chris Ritchie

Key Clients

Bayer plc

Prosight Syndicate at Lloyds

AXA

AKZO Nobel UK Ltd

UIA Insurance

Courtaulds plc

Bier plc (purchased McNicholas Construction)

Zimmer

Education Authority of Northern Ireland

Field Fisher

Work highlights

  • Advising Zurich on a personal injury claim relating to an RTA.
  • Acting for Prosight in an important and substantial employers’ liability case in respect of an employee who fell from height and sustained potentially life-changing injuries.
  • Advising AXA in relation to legacy noise-induced hearing loss claims relating to various former textile works in Northern Ireland.
  • Acting for medical device manufacturer Zimmer (now Zimmer Biomet) in a claim in respect of a metal-on-metal hip implant.
  • Advising manufacturer AKZO Nobel in relation to the recovery of a portion of damages from the T&N Trust following the resolution of three related asbestosis claims involving 14 defendants.

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Northern Ireland: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast is known for its expertise in advising high-net-worth individuals on estate and tax planning and handling complex, high-value probate matters. The team assists with succession planning and the creation of trusts, and regularly advises on cross-border matters for clients with interests in the Republic of Ireland and overseas. Firm chairman Alan Taylor leads the practice.

Practice head(s):Alan Taylor

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Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast is known for its strength in advising on large energy sector M&A, particularly cross-border transactions, financing for conventional and renewable energy projects, and energy regulation. The team has been particularly active advising on onshore wind projects across the island of Ireland, and also assists with natural resources issues such as mining. The practice is led by chairman Alan Taylor and Dublin-based Alex McLean, and also includes Paul McBride.

Practice head(s):Alan Taylor; Alex McLean

Other key lawyers:Paul McBride

Key Clients

Premier Transmission Limited

Mutual Energy

Belfast Gas Transmission Limited

Energia Group

Power NI Energy t/a PowerNI

Viridian Group

Department for the Economy

Kingspan Environmental Limited

Island Green Power

Simple Power

Work highlights

  • Advising arc21, a body formed by six Northern Ireland councils, on the grid connection application for its energy-from-waste generator.
  • Advising Premier Transmission, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mutual Energy Limited (the owner of three of the four gas transmission pipelines in Northern Ireland), on the extension of a transportation agreement.
  • Advising Gas Market Operator for Northern Ireland on gas transportation issues.
  • Advising Phoenix Natural Gas on its terms and conditions relating to gas connections to comply with new licence conditions imposed by the Utility Regulator.
  • Acting for Barclays as joint lead manager on the Northern Irish aspects of the £350m bond provided to NIE Networks.

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast's 'responsive' team provides 'clear and comprehensive advice' on procurement issues to a range of public sector clients, including public bodies and government departments, as well as acting for leading private sector clients. 'Very approachable' practice head William Curry handles both contentious and non-contentious procurement matters, and is particularly active in relation to real estate, social housing and energy work.

Practice head(s):William Curry

Testimonials

'Arthur Cox is capable of tailoring its advice to suit the scale and complexity of the issues and provides strong impartial advice. The team is held in very high regard.'

'William Curry is approachable, very knowledgeable in his area of expertise, and provides a high-value service at competitive rates.'

'The team is able to provide rapid and accurate advice in this field. They understand the procurement of public contracts from the inside, from the design of a competition to meet the commercial needs of a contracting authority, to the defence of that design in litigation.'

'William Curry is a good analytical thinker and knows the subject inside out.'

'William Curry is very approachable and always happy to offer advice. He is quick to respond and provides clear explanations and rationale.'

Key Clients

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Ulster University

arc21

Ards and North Down Borough Council

Department of Finance (LPS)

Northern Ireland Co-Ownership Housing Association

Apex Housing Association

Premier Transmission Limited

PowerNI

Work highlights

  • Advising arc21, a group of six district councils in the eastern region of Northern Ireland, on the procurement of the largest PFI/PPP project and the first procurement of an energy-from-waste facility ever to be undertaken in Northern Ireland.
  • Advising Ulster University on all matters associated with the procurement of a construction contract for the development of a new campus in the centre of Belfast (the Greater Belfast Development).
  • Advising Apex Housing Association Limited on various procurement issues.
  • Advising the Northern Ireland Housing Executive on five separate sets of legal challenges to contract awards in relation to an important tender.
  • Advising Choice, one of Northern Ireland’s largest housing associations, on the procurement of a design and build framework.
Leading individuals

William Curry - Arthur Cox Belfast

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 2

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast is noted for its 'good commercial approach to legal issues'. The team acts for a range of local and national developers, retail landlords and tenants, and investors and asset managers; its expertise covers large-scale acquisitions and disposals, land development, and funding. The firm has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, with particular strength in the energy and social housing sectors. Practice head Alastair Todd is 'commercial as well as technically strong'; the team also includes Rowan White and was recently joined by two new associates.

Practice head(s):Alastair Todd

Other key lawyers:Rowan White

Key Clients

Simple Power No.1 Limited

Robinson Services

Four Seasons Healthcare Group

Domus UK

Endeavour Investments

Marathon Asset Management

Neptune Group

The Mount Charles Group

Corum XL

Matagorda 2 Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Simple Power on the disposal of its portfolio of single-turbine onshore wind assets in Northern Ireland.
  • Advising Robinson Services on the sale of its former headquarters site in Ballymena to one of Northern Ireland’s largest social housing associations.
  • Advising Four Seasons Health Care (FSHC) group on the disposal of a number of trading and redundant premises across Northern Ireland in its property portfolio as well as the Northern Irish aspects of its re-structuring and potential disposal.
  • Providing ongoing advice to Domus UK on real estate opportunities in Northern Ireland, including the land assembly for a proposed large-scale city centre office development in Belfast.
  • Advising Endeavour Investments on a range of investments, including offices, hotels and mixed-use developments in Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
Leading individuals

Rowan White - Arthur Cox Belfast

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast handles contentious and non-contentious construction matters, with expertise in providing cross-border advice. The team acts for employers, contractors and funders, and counts a number of public sector bodies, such as local housing associations and local authorities, among its clients. It has advised on a range of major construction projects in Northern Ireland, including student accommodation and residential developments, as well as significant disputes in the sector. Procurement specialist William Curry leads the team jointly with Dublin-based Niav O’Higgins.

Practice head(s):William Curry; Niav O'Higgins

Key Clients

Apex Housing Association

Ulster University

Ards and North Down Borough Council

Breedon Group plc

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Recipharm (formerly Fisons Limited (trading as Sanofi))

Garrison Earlsfort Partners Limited / GEI Newry Limited

GEI Crystal Limited

Promotoria (Aran) Limited

Jurys Inn DAC

Work highlights

  • Advising Apex Housing Association on revisions to its design and build procurement documentation and structure.
  • Advising Ulster University on the contract for the construction of a car park as part of the Greater Belfast Development.
  • Advising Ards and North Down Borough Council on the development of a new leisure centre at the Dairy Hall playing fields in Newtownards.
  • Advising Breedon Group on the acquisition of Lagan Group (Holdings) Limited and its subsidiaries.
  • Advising a developer on a new student accommodation scheme to facilitate Ulster University’s new campus in the centre of Belfast.

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Northern Ireland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast handles the full range of ICT matters, advising public and private sector clients on local and cross-border IT projects. The team is particularly well known for its large client base of government departments, local authorities and other public bodies, thanks in part to its specialism in public procurement. William Curry, who has advised on some of the largest IT projects in the region over the last year, and firm chairman Alan Taylor jointly lead the practice. The highly experienced Paul McBride is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):William Curry; Alan Taylor

Other key lawyers:Paul McBride

Testimonials

'The team are excellent listeners, they get all the details and thoroughly go through everything, then form their ideas of the best way forward. They are extremely knowledgeable.'

'William Curry is extremely approachable and nothing is too much trouble. I would highly recommend him to any company.'

Key Clients

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

PowerNI

Department of Finance (LPS)

Foods Connected Ltd

W & R Barnett Limited

Probit Consulting Ltd

Concentrix

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Authority

Invest NI

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs on its implementation of a new IT system for recording and tracking the movements and health of food animals in Northern Ireland
  • Advising the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in relation to its IT Futures project to replace its current IT systems with new and up-to-date systems
  • Advising the Northern Ireland Housing Executive on the continued use of various third-party software used by the client following the termination of a strategic ICT services partnership with Belfast Telecommunications PLC
  • Advising the Department of Finance (Land and Property Services) on all aspects of the LPS Nova programme, which involves a number of procurement projects to digitally transform the LPS's functions and services
  • Advising Probit on preparing a template software development agreement
Leading individuals

Paul McBride - Arthur Cox Belfast

William Curry - Arthur Cox Belfast

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast advises a blue-chip client base, including leading multinationals and large Northern Irish companies, on IP issues including the protection and licensing of copyright works, trade marks and patents, as well as the protection of trade secrets and unregistered IP assets. Areas of expertise include the healthcare, tertiary education and aerospace sectors, and the team has been increasingly active in the advanced manufacturing and retail franchising spaces, where Lynsey Mallon is a particular specialist. The team is led by Alan Taylor and also includes Paul McBride.

Practice head(s):Alan Taylor

Other key lawyers:Paul McBride; Lynsey Mallon

Testimonials

'A good team with detailed knowledge on a wide range of issues.'

'They are willing to come up with solutions and ways of doing things that are outside the norm and generally turn things around quickly.'

Key Clients

Musgrave Retail Partners NI Limited

Thompson Aero Seating Limited

Funds-Axis Limited

Uleska Ltd

Silos, Tanks & Digestors

Diaceutics

The Mount Charles Group Limited

Probiotec

Coca Cola

Work highlights

  • Advising Coca-Cola in Northern Ireland on all intellectual property matters, including licensing agreements, supply agreements, advertising and general brand protection strategies.
  • Advising Norbrook Laboratories in relation to the drafting and negotiation of a global distribution agreement for its products with Bayer PLC. This included advising on the licence of Norbrook’s patents and trade marks and Norbrook’s right to use Bayer’s trade marks on labels and packaging of products.
  • Advising Australia-based company Probiotec on a licence and distribution agreement for the use of its “Celebrity Slim” brand in the UK and Ireland, including advising a licence of its trade marks and "Celebrity Slim" product formulations.
  • Advising Uleska Ltd on an IP addendum to a consultancy services contract with PWC, addressing issues relating to the ownership of background IP and ownership of IP in improvements, enhancements and modifications made to software security products.
  • Advising Musgrave on an ongoing basis in relation to its use and licensing of the intellectual property rights contained within its marquee retail brands (SuperValu, Centra and Mace).
Leading individuals

Alan Taylor - Arthur Cox Belfast

Paul McBride - Arthur Cox Belfast

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