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A&L Goodbody

42-46 FOUNTAIN STREET, BELFAST, BT1 5EF, NORTHERN IRELAND
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Micaela Diver

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A&L Goodbody

Work Department

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Position

Partner

Career

Micaela Diver is a partner in A&L Goodbody's Litigation Department. Micaela specialises in Public & Regulatory law and is experienced in complex, high profile cases in the Northern Irish Commercial Court.

Micaela advises clients in both the public and private sector on contentious and non-contentious public procurement law matters, including large scale outsourcing and infrastructure projects. She also advises clients on competition law matters including compliance, merger control and private damages actions.

Micaela acts for clients in judicial reviews, statutory appeals, investigations (bribery and anti-corruption) and other inquiries across a variety of sectors including energy, utilities, health, transport, construction and the public sector.

Member

Micaela is a member of The Belfast Solicitors Association; The Procurement Lawyers Association; The Joint Working Party on Competition Law of the Bar Council and Law Societies of England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution

Within: Next generation lawyers

Micaela Diver - 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: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy

Within: Energy

A&L Goodbody’s highly regarded energy practice has notable expertise in handling project financings, energy-related M&A, project management matters and contentious energy-related instructions. In a high-profile example of the practice’s contentious work, litigation partner Micaela Diver is leading advice to Action Renewables on the establishment of a special interest group, the Renewable Heat Association, to represent the owners of non-domestic biomass boilers who took part in the highly publicised RHI scheme in Northern Ireland; the group has represented the client in three judicial reviews relating to the scheme’s closure and the retrospective change to the published tariffs. On the non-contentious side, wind-related mandates have been particularly prominent in the team’s workload; in 2017, Mark Thompson led the team advising Brookfield Renewables on the acquisition of a 16MW wind farm, which was purchased pre-construction with the intention of completing the acquisition once the project was finished. Thompson is also assisting the same client with a similar transaction for a 23MW wind farm. Thompson jointly heads the team with banking partner Ciaran McAlinney, who has expertise in project finance matters relating to the energy sector. Associate Mark Stockdale, who has experience in electricity, gas and renewables-related regulatory issues, is a name to note.

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Construction

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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