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Millar McCall Wylie LLP

IMPERIAL HOUSE, 4-10 DONEGALL SQUARE EAST, BELFAST, BT1 5HD, NORTHERN IRELAND
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Work 028 9020 0050
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Belfast BT1, Belfast BT4

Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Unusually for Northern Ireland, Millar McCall Wylie LLP regularly acts for both plaintiffs and defendants. The team is particularly active in the real estate sector, with clients including major construction and property development companies, and also handles procurement challenges, director and shareholder disputes, and insurance indemnity claims. The 'outstanding' Caroline Prunty leads the team, which is based in the firm's East Belfast office.

Practice head(s):Caroline Prunty

Other key lawyers:William McSorley

Testimonials

'Millar McCall Wylie provides a very professional service. The team is very efficient and has a wealth of knowledge in all areas: it is streets ahead of any other company that I have dealt with.'

'The firm has a competent and skilful approach to the preparation of and dealing with personal injury litigation.'

'Caroline Prunty's most valued quality is her focus on proper preparation of the case, identifying the issues and ensuring the required evidence is identified.'

'The team at Millar McCall Wylie has scale and a fantastic range of services but is still firmly rooted in the local business community.'

'Caroline Prunty gives straight-talking advice and is always focused on finding practical and effective solutions.'

'Caroline Prunty is proactive in taking forward difficult and challenging cases.'

'This firm has a team of experienced commercial lawyers and is one of Northern Ireland's strongest practices in dispute resolution. They make the points strongly for their clients but they have the confidence and perception to know when and where to compromise. Preparation is always thorough and the standard of their written and oral advocacy is very high.'

'Caroline Prunty is hugely respected by her peers. She is able to master huge volumes of materials in complex commercial cases and present her client's case in a concise, attractive way. Caroline works closely with her clients, getting their respect by the example of her diligence and ability, but always maintains the correct level of detachment to allow for careful analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of her client's case. She is a first-class lawyer.'

'Miller McCall Wylie is an exceptional firm of solicitors who have their own individual expertise. In terms of dispute resolution, the team provides a comprehensive service to their clients, the advice offered is delivered in a clear and concise manner, and the client is guided through the process in a manner which ensures that they are fully informed at each stage. The firm can deal with the large volume of work in an efficient but client-friendly way.'

'Caroline Prunty is an outstanding head of department. She has a wealth of knowledge in litigation, both commercial and personal injury. Her delivery of advice ensures that the client is fully aware of all aspects of the case. The difference between Caroline and other solicitors is that she makes each client feel that she has given the best possible advice.'

'Millar Mc Call Wylie provides excellent legal expertise and advice, balanced with sound commercial awareness.'

'Caroline Prunty is a first-rate solicitor. She always grasps the key points early and provides sound legal advice.'

'William McSorley is always approachable, helpful and thorough in his representation. He is a very experienced and knowledgeable solicitor in his field.'

'Caroline Prunty and her team have developed a reputation for distilling complex commercial disputes into a number of key issues with the ability to concede extraneous issues which have little or no bearing on the final outcome.'

'Caroline Prunty provides her own views on matters in a robust and concise fashion. Rather than just setting out the facts she explains why approach A or B will not work, thus narrowing the focus.'

'Caroline Prunty is a formidable commercial lawyer who has litigated highly complex cases over many years in Northern Ireland.'

'Caroline Prunty has very good communication skills.'

'The team is accessible, responsive, keen to understand the brief and deliver on it, and genuinely partner led by the charming and engaging Caroline Prunty.  As slick as a big multi-jurisdictional practice, but with all the personality and benefits of a smaller firm.'

'Caroline Prunty is exceptionally hard working and thorough; she plans strategically and is full of good ideas to get to the place where success is assured. She is a gifted negotiator and retains the ability to keep the client fully informed and make sure they remain centre stage in the process.  Despite Caroline’s success, she remains very grounded and accessible to her clients.'

'Caroline Prunty deals with disputes efficiently and strategically, achieving results often avoiding lengthy litigation. Caroline has an ability to work out the best options and focus hard on getting there. She is exceptionally busy yet very personable in her approach, but never fails to plan her strategy and thought processes.'

Key Clients

McAleer & RusheGroup of Companies

Ehealth Alliance

Scottish Power Renewables

JMC Mechanical & Construction

ASD

James Boyd & Son (Carnmoney)

Bridge Commercials

CBRE Global Investors

Raptic

Work highlights

  • Acting for McAleer & Rushe in negotiating the recovery of monies owed to the client following three large construction projects in England
  • Acted for the director of eHealth Alliance Ltd in respect of a procurement challenge.
  • Acting for Scottish Power and Scottish Power Renewables in relation to  renewable energy and planning issues in Northern Ireland.
  • Defending JMC Mechanical and Construction, which was a successful tenderer and had won substantial contracts of £3m for planned maintenance work with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, against proceedings issued by five unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award of contract.
  • Acted for ASD in serving a notice to terminate its lease in Belfast and enter into negotiations in relation to the schedule of dilapidations after the terms of the client's sub-lease were breached.

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Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Millar McCall Wylie LLP acts for local entrepreneurs, owner-managed businesses, and private equity and venture capital funds, and advises on M&A transactions, including share sales and acquisitions, capital investments and business purchases. Damian McParland, who is 'accommodating, easy to deal with and very good on detail', is noted for his expertise in corporate finance. Scott Kennedy specialises in advising technology-focused companies on investments and Abbie Long has particular strength in the media and entertainment sector.

Practice head(s):Damian McParland

Other key lawyers:Scott Kennedy; Abbie Long

Testimonials

'Damian McParland is very experienced, commercial and well respected.'

'The firm provides an excellent all-round level of service. Partners are technically very good and work is done in a very timely and proactive manner. Lawyers are easily assessible whenever you need to speak to them.'

'From a technical perspective Damian McParland is excellent. Damian is also exceptional on very quickly getting to grips with the commercial reality of the deal so that the transaction progresses as quickly and efficiently as possible. Damian is always available to deal with issues personally in a very timely and proactive manner.'

'The team's expertise in each area is excellent and the practice still has the ethos of treating the customer very well.'

'Damian McParland is exceptional in his field of M&A.'

'The service provided by Millar McCall Wylie is way above other firms not just in terms of the team's knowledge, but also in terms of turnaround and the ability to deliver.'

'The team is technically strong but also able to take a commercial view when required.'

'Scott Kennedy has been a trusted legal adviser for some time. Scott is very strong technically but also pragmatic in approach. He is solutions focused and doesn't waste time.'

Scott Kennedy has the skill and ability to manage complex transactions with many parties involved. He consistently goes beyond the scope of works to ensure all parties remain involved and the transactions complete on time.

'The team offers exceptional value for money combined with responsive, practical advice, with great specialisms to help deliver great advice. They are very commercially driven and help drive solutions to issues at all times.'

'Damian McParland is an excellent lawyer with arguably the broadest skills base of any corporate lawyer in the business, with very strong commercial acumen. He has an excellent ability to summarize complex concepts into simple statements and documents, benefiting his clients and facilitating smooth transactions.'

'The legal team work and function efficiently together and communicate well.'

'Damian McParland provides a personal, hands-on approach and has a great working knowledge of what is required.'

Key Clients

Learning Pool

Cirdan Imaging

Cordovan Capital

Causeway Sensors

Fairfield Finance

McAleer & Rushe Group

Signature Living Hotel Group

WhiteRock Capital Partners

Keystone Group

Kernel Capital

MJM Group

MyCarNeedsA.com

Work highlights

  • Acted for Strathspey 7 in relation to its investment into James Tolland Group and then that company’s subsequent acquisition of James Tolland & Co
  • Acted for the shareholders of Antrim Wind Energy in relation to the sale of the shares in the company to Brookfield Renewables
  • Acted for Silform Technologies on its further funding round supported by its existing investor group
  • Advised MJM Group on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Topglass Contracts Holdings
  • Acted for the shareholders of Campsie Veterinary Services on the sale of the company to CVS (UK)
Leading individuals

Damian McParland - Millar McCall Wylie LLP

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Northern Ireland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Millar McCall Wylie LLP acts for a wide range of lenders, including banks, funds and peer-to-peer lenders. The team regularly advises on property finance, energy and project finance, and the sale and purchase of mortgage and loan portfolios, while film finance is a niche area of expertise. Managing partner Peter McCall co-heads the practice with the 'excellent' John Finnegan, who has significant experience in the securitisation of non-property assets. Property specialist Simon Fleming and head of corporate Damian McParland are also key contacts. Christopher Neill moved to an in-house role.

Practice head(s):Peter McCall; John Finnegan

Other key lawyers:Simon Fleming; Damian McParland

Testimonials

'Millar McCall Wylie is well known and respected in Northern Ireland, which makes transactional work in the region easy. The team is knowledgeable and efficient.'

'Millar McCall Wylie is a strong firm with excellent client relationships. It has a particularly strong and responsive banking team with Simon Fleming as partner.'

'Simon Fleming is very commercial and he has an insightful understanding of transactions, including of Irish law issues.'

'The team is always willing and capable to go beyond the scope to ensure the transaction happens.'

'The team is extremely commercial, balancing the need for the precise legal advice with the need to provide commercially beneficial outcomes for the client's companies.'

'John Finnegan is a strong all-rounder with good experience.'

Key Clients

Fairfield Real Estate Finance Services Ltd

Bank of Ireland

Danske Bank

Jefferies Loan Core (Europe) Limited

DRC Capital

Blend Loan Network

Assetz Capital

Clearwell Capital

First Trust Bank

Whiterock Capital Partners (NI Growth Loan Fund)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Fairfield as mezzanine funder on the refinancing of the Merchant Square development in Belfast city centre being undertaken by the Oakland Group
  • Advising Fairfield on the refinancing of the Kilmona Group, which involved detailed due diligence on a number of commercial properties and residential development sites in the greater Belfast area
  • Acting for the bank on a £4m term loan to Longbridge House Ltd.
  • Advising in relation to this acquisition finance facility in the sum of £1.86m, to assist in the purchase of Laharna Retail Park in Larne
  • Advising the bank on the provision of finance for a management buyout of a successful financial services company

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Millar McCall Wylie LLP regularly advises on corporate restructurings and company voluntary arrangements, as well as appointment-related issues. The practice is led by Damian McParland, who specialises in debt restructuring and pre-pack administration, while Simon Fleming focuses on the commercial property aspects of insolvencies.

Practice head(s):Damian McParland

Other key lawyers:Simon Fleming; Neil McCreadie

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Northern Ireland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Millar McCall Wylie LLP regularly acts for employers, including local and international companies, on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, such as TUPE issues arising from corporate transactions. The team is also 'very respected in the claimant space', representing employees in the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals. Practice head Jan Cunningham specialises in advising sporting bodies on all aspects of employment law.

Practice head(s):Jan Cunningham

Other key lawyers:Louise McNally

Testimonials

'Millar McCall Wylie has a young dynamic employment team with a clear understanding of client needs. They are detailed and pragmatic in case evaluation.'

'Jan Cunningham is a great communicator and brings an enthusiasm to this complex area of law. Always approachable, he is able to bring clear and concise arguments to the table. His detailed knowledge in bringing and presenting cases at hearing is quite exceptional.'

'The team at Millar McCall Wylie is highly professional, with a depth of legal knowledge alongside a commercial and practical viewpoint on any issues which may arise.'

'Jan Cunningham and his team provide excellent advisory services and take the time to build up their knowledge around the client's service sector.'

'The team's relatability, knowledge and methods of explaining the law and how it applies to the client's situation is second to none.'

'Louise McNally is a fantastic solicitor; the advice she gives is clear and she is always on top of the client's case and nothing is ever left unresolved.  She is knowledgable, approachable, friendly and organised.'

Jan Cunningham provides sensible, practical HR advice, not just theoretical responses.

Key Clients

Ulster Branch, Irish Rugby Football Union

GVC Group Limited

JCB

Sean Graham Bookmakers

Specsavers

Thorntons plc

TNT Limited

Hamy Ltd t/a Futurli

Avon Cosmetics Limited

Grant Thornton Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing employment advice to the Irish Rugby Football Union (Ulster Rugby) in respect of the criminal trials of Irish international rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.
  • Representing Learning Pool Limited in the defence of tribunal claims for breach of contract, disability discrimination and constructive dismissal.
  • Defending Synergy Promotions Limited against tribunal claims for breach of contract and unfair dismissal.
  • Advising GVC Holdings Limited (which owns Ladbrokes and other well-known companies) on the introduction of work policies in its Northern Irish establishments.
  • Advising the Northern Ireland Screen Commission on the effect that lack of ministerial approval would have on publicly funded jobs.
Leading individuals

Jan Cunningham - Millar McCall Wylie LLP

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Northern Ireland: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

The team at Millar McCall Wylie LLP is noted for its 'extensive knowledge and experience', particularly in relation to trust and estate planning, including associated inheritance tax and capital gains tax issues, and the administration of estates including agricultural property. The team also handles contentious and high-value probate. Clients range from high-net-worth individuals to accountants and financial advisers. The 'straight-talking' and 'hardworking' Conor Wylie leads the practice; he is 'very knowledgeable in probate matters, particularly around the area of trusts'.

Practice head(s):Conor Wylie

Testimonials

'The team is hands on, no nonsense, and offers value for money.'

'Conor Wylie and the rest of the team are extremely efficient and diligent and always provide excellent service.'

'Conor Wylie is very personable, thorough and professional.'

'The team stands out for its first-class knowledge and interpretation and ability to cut to the chase. Conor Wylie is utterly reliable and dependable.'

'The team at Miller McCall Wylie is not only outstanding in its professionalism, but is able to explain the most complicated of issues in an easy-to-digest manner.'

'Conor Wylie always makes clients feel valued. He assists them through challenging property and trust issues with tenacity and a personal touch.'

'Millar McCall Wylie is very efficient, competent and quick to respond to any queries.'

'Conor Wylie is the most knowledgeable solicitor in his field that I have come across and his advice is excellent.'

Work highlights

  • Advised the trustees of a UK settlement on the gift of UK property for non-UK resident beneficiaries.
  • Acted for a solicitors firm in the Republic of Ireland on behalf of the executors of a non-UK deceased person to obtain a UK grant of probate (with the will annexed).
  • Advised on estate planning for an agricultural property.
  • Advised an accountancy firm on the appointment of shares out of an immediate post-death interest (IPDI) settlement.
  • Advising on constituting discretionary will settlements of two properties for a disabled beneficiary.
Leading individuals

Conor Wylie - Millar McCall Wylie LLP

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Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 3

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Millar McCall Wylie LLP advises on corporate transactions in the energy sector, including restructures, joint ventures and high-value M&A. In addition, the team assists with the development and financing of energy projects, particularly in the renewables sector, including wind, solar/PV and biomass schemes. The team also advises on regulatory and compliance issues. Andrew Kerr, who has particular expertise in the renewables sector, leads the practice.

Practice head(s):Andrew Kerr

Key Clients

Scottish Power Renewables (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a local bank in respect of £1m of facilities being made available for the construction of an AD generation facility in Northern Ireland.
  • Acting for a major energy provider in respect of the repowering of one of its wind farms.
  • Advising on the £30m sale of a multi-turbine wind farm in County Antrim.

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Millar McCall Wylie LLP's 'responsive, knowledgeable and commercial' team regularly advises international funds on property acquisition and refinancing, as well as acting for landlords and tenants on lease arrangements, and large local developers and builders in relation to residential developments. 'Very strong leader' Peter McCall advises on the acquisition of investment portfolios; Simon Fleming has particular expertise in the retail sector; and Andrew Kerr acts for a number of renewable energy clients.

Practice head(s):Peter McCall

Other key lawyers:Simon Fleming; Andrew Kerr

Testimonials

'Simon Fleming understands clients' objectives, keeps them closely appraised during the transaction and deals with any issues that arise in a practical and efficient manner.'

'Millar McCall Wylie is full of really good lawyers. Whoever I have dealt with from top to bottom is very impressive and they are extremely responsive.'

'Peter McCall is undoubtedly a leader in the real estate field in Northern Ireland. He has vast experience but is very approachable and solution driven.'

'In particular, Millar McCall Wylie shows a great ability to progress matters quickly and efficiently. The team would be generally regarded as one of the leading property teams in Northern Ireland and I have always been impressed by their expertise and ability to get the work done on time. In my experience , Millar McCall Wylie has always provided an excellent value for money service.'

'Whilst Simon Fleming is a technically excellent lawyer, he is always very commercially minded and can therefore provide an outstanding all-round service.'

'Simon Fleming is a really capable lawyer. His technical skills are first class and he is always a very calm influence in the heat of a transaction.'

Key Clients

Fairfield Real Estate Finance

McAleer & Rushe Group of Companies

MJM Group of Companies

DRC Capital

NFU Mutual

Monsoon Accessorize Ltd

Card Factory

Eurochange

Warren James Jewellers

Edinburgh Woollen Mill/Peacocks Stores Group of Companies

Scottish Power

CBRE Global Investors

Subway

Schuh

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fairfield as mezzanine funder in the refinance of the Merchant Square development in Belfast city centre being undertaken by the Oakland Group of Companies.
  • Acted for Fairfield in the refinance of the Kilmona Group of Companies, which involved the splitting of the large property portfolio across two facilities.
  • Advised Eurocharge on the initial leases for its first two stores in Northern Ireland, which opened in 2018, and then in respect of further store openings as the client continues the rollout of its network.
  • Acted for the client in the sale of the War Memorial Building in Belfast city centre.
  • Acted for NI Screen in relation to the letting of a portion of the refurbished Ormeau Baths serviced office complex.
Leading individuals

Peter McCall - Millar McCall Wylie LLP

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Northern Ireland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Millar McCall Wylie LLP is particularly highly regarded for its advice on IP issues in the local film and television sector, including assisting media clients with distribution agreements, rights licensing and management, and content exploitation and protection. The firm's client base also includes companies in the technology, construction and manufacturing industries, and it is active advising large corporate clients on the IP aspects of commercial contracts. The team is led by Scott Kennedy, and also includes corporate head Damian McParland and Abbie Long.

Practice head(s):Scott Kennedy

Other key lawyers:Damian McParland; Abbie Long

Key Clients

Learning Pool Limited

Cirdan Imaging Limited

Causeway Sensors Limited

Viewble Media UK Limited

Fine Point Films Limited

IVA Watch Limited

iGame Media Limited

Inspire Wellbeing

Northern Ireland Screen

MyCarNeedsA.com

Work highlights

  • Advising Cirdan Imaging on a wide variety of IP matters, including an R&D collaboration agreement with Queen's University Belfast.
  • Advising Airota Software on the terms of its reseller and distribution agreement agreements relating to its suite of remote worker management software solutions. This involved advising on the relevant licensing rights and permissions relating to the underlying copyright in the products to enable them to be sold and distributed abroad.
  • Advising Fine Point Films on IP matters such as chain of title, copyright ownership, and IP rights creation and exploitation in relation to various film and TV projects.
  • Advising Viewble Media UK on various commercial contracts, including media creation agreements and licensing of existing customer IP rights.  
  • Advising Northern Ireland Screen in respect of over 1,000 film and TV production and development projects, including review of IP and title and distribution agreements.
Leading individuals

Scott Kennedy - Millar McCall Wylie LLP

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