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24-38 GORDON STREET, BELFAST, BT1 2LG, NORTHERN IRELAND
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Work 028 9043 4015
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Fax 028 9043 4016
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416 NR BELFAST 1
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www.worthingtonslaw.co.uk

Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Worthingtons

Worthingtons attracts praise for its ‘efficient, highly professional, flexible and responsive legal service’. The team is well known for acting in public law, education, professional negligence and healthcare disputes, and has seen an uptick in commercial litigation. The group has a solid track record in challenges to the planned closure of courthouses and schools across Northern Ireland. In a standout mandate, the firm is representing livestock company AA McGuckian in a judicial review of the highly publicised Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme after being denied accreditation to the scheme on the ground that the EU had not given state aid approval; the client is seeking multitude of relief on the basis of the scheme being enshrined in Northern Irish legislation. Ciaran McConnell and Nikki McConnell, based in Belfast and Newtownards respectively, are the key partners and attract praise for their ‘high level of knowledge and expertise, delivered in a practical and approachable fashion’.

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Northern Ireland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Worthingtons

Worthingtons’ employment practice is well known for defending employers in industrial tribunal claims, and has seen an uptick in instructions from local councils; recent mandates include advising Mid & East Antrim Borough Council on a trade union dispute and strike action in relation to water quality inspectors within the council. Maxine Orr (‘a skilful, tough but fair negotiator’) leads the team; Louise McAloon provides ‘practical and expert advice’ and has expertise in TUPE issues.

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Northern Ireland: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Worthingtons

Worthingtons’ ‘rigorous’ team is ‘well versed’ in representing minors and adults in medical negligence cases, with an established track record in advising on multimillion-pound catastrophic injury cases arising from cerebral palsy, brain injury and birth defects. Newtownards-based Nikki McConnell  leads the team, which also includes recommended associate Claire McDaid.

Leading individuals

Nikki McConnell - Worthingtons

Next generation lawyers

Claire McDaid - Worthingtons

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 3

Worthingtons

Worthingtons’ ‘excellent’ property practice is best known for assisting prominent clients from the retail and telecoms sectors with contentious and non-contentious matters, including leases, acquisitions, disposals, landlord and tenant matters, and property disputes. Dixons Carphone is a key client, which the team has been advising on lease renewals and property disposal matters. Highlights in 2017 included assisting Hotel Chocolat with opening its first in-store café in Northern Ireland and advising cosmetics company Lush on leasing negotiations to open a flagship store in Belfast; the lease has been completed. Other key clients include Vodafone, O2 and The Works Stores. David Wilson heads the practice (‘his advice is pragmatic and commercially relevant’); Graham Pierce is another name to note.

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