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Brendan Fox

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A&L Goodbody

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution




Brendan Fox is a partner in A&L Goodbody's Litigation Department in Belfast. Brendan specialises in the areas of intellectual property, construction litigation, dispute resolution and real estate litigation. Brendan acts for a wide range of clients including architects, quantity surveyors, consulting engineers, developers and housing associations in procurement and construction disputes. He has also advised many leading brand names in his intellectual property practice.

Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

Brendan Fox - A&L Goodbody

Within: Dispute resolution

A&L Goodbody ’s litigation team is noted for construction, real estate, professional negligence and procurement disputes, and has seen an uptick in financial litigation, product liability cases and judicial reviews. The group acts for a broad spectrum of clients, including banks, governmental bodies, developers, housing associations and insurance companies. Practice head Brendan Fox is leading the team advising the Northern Ireland Housing Executive on the termination of five multimillion-pound lot contracts following a breach of contract by a professional consultant. In a standout mandate, Micaela Diver (‘personable, expert, engaging and empathic’) represented the Renewable Heat Association Northern Ireland in a judicial review of the decision of the Minister and the Department for the Economy to release the names of the participants in the highly publicised RHI Scheme into the public domain; the review was successful and the decision was reversed. Diver is acting for the same client in a judicial review of the decision of the Department for the Economy to implement the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017. Barbara Creed is a key name for commercial and corporate litigation.

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Northern Ireland: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

Brendan Fox - A&L Goodbody

Within: Construction

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’.

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Northern Ireland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

A&L Goodbody’s team handles funding rounds, investment matters and regulatory issues for a broad range of clients, including large technology companies. Biotechnology, including medical technology, continues to be a key area of instruction for the group; highlights included assisting BrainWaveBank with obtaining investment funding for the development of a neuroscience platform to monitor brainwave activity; the platform’s findings contribute to a data bank to aid medical research. In another matter, the team acted for Neurovalens on obtaining private equity funding worth €1.3m for developing a weight-loss technology device. Other clients include Axial 3D and George Best Belfast City Airport. Mark Thompson and Brendan Fox jointly lead the team, which also includes associates Mark Stockdale  and Jonathan Hacking.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

A&L Goodbody has a solid track record in assisting technology companies, corporate clients and research institutions with branding, patents and enforcement issues. In a high-profile mandate, the team has been advising med-tech company Neurovalens on entering into a brand ambassador agreement with a retired Irish rugby player, which included protecting its IP rights and crafting a licensing agreement to allow the product to be featured in the ambassador’s social media. Other key clients include the Irish Football Association, which the team has been advising on trade mark matters, and the Old Bushmills Distillery, which the team is assisting with commercialisation of its IP rights pertaining to its promotional campaigns on social media. Mark Thompson and Brendan Fox co-lead the team.

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