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Johnsons Solicitors

Work 028 9024 0183
Fax 028 9031 3300
Belfast, Dublin, London

With offices in Belfast, London and Dublin, this prominent practice is well known for personal injury, dispute resolution, media, intellectual property and corporate and commercial work. The firm also has a thriving private client and employment law department

The firm: Established in 1898, Johnsons has developed an exceptional reputation in a number of key areas under its current partners, providing its clients with a comprehensive and cost effective service across the UK and Ireland, with strong international connections. The firm combines a high standard of legal expertise with a commercial awareness of clients' objectives.

Types of work undertaken: Johnsons' corporate and commercial department has experienced significant growth in recent years. In particular its strategic office locations enable it to advise on cross border transactions with the Republic of Ireland and England and Wales. With key personnel having worked in a number of jurisdictions, clients benefit from a breadth of knowledge and experience unrivalled by many of its competitors. Corporate expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and management buyouts, shareholder rights and insolvency and restructuring. Commercial experience ranges from agency and confidentiality agreements to terms and conditions of trading and licensing agreements. Financial cases handled include acquisition finance, asset finance, facility letters, corporate guarantees, personal guarantees, equipment leasing and security documentation.

The media department has been involved in many high profile defamation actions in both Irish jurisdictions and the UK over the past 25 years, often for international personalities. It has achieved record damages for plaintiff clients, while also representing a number of national newspapers and publishers. Clients have included many famous names in the music, film, sport and entertainment worlds, with many cases being given widespread coverage in the press.

Johnsons represents major national and international insurance companies in both the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland jurisdictions. It also has extensive experience in managing employers liability claims on behalf of major private sector employers in both jurisdictions. It is one of the few firms that provides insurance clients with an all Ireland and UK claims handling facility, from processing initial accident notification, through to timely resolution of litigated claims. All aspects of commercial litigation are dealt with and medical negligence and professional indemnity claims are specialities. The firm has recently been involved in what is believed to be the largest contractual/product liability claim of its kind in the Irish Courts on behalf of a Lloy's syndicate.

The commercial property department has experience in advising on a broad range of matters including commercial leasing, land acquisition and development, residential development, environmental law and business tenancies legislation. It acts for an extensive range of clients including developers, house builders, investors, individuals and private companies. In recent years the department has acted in mixed retail/residential developments and apartment developments together with sale and leaseback projects on behalf of major, commercial clients and institutional clients.

The employment department has consistently provided corporate clients with exemplary counsel and assistance in dealing with employment issues including employment contracts, redundancy, dismissals, sex and religious discrimination, equal pay, harassment, tribunal actions, and pensions. Transfer of undertakings, recruitment issues, age discrimination and mediation are handled.

The intellectual property department provides advice on the full range of copyright, trademark, patent and related rights. The department has expanded rapidly in recent years, routinely advising clients in the film, sporting and music industries.

The private client department has proven expertise in areas including purchase and sale of residential property, estate planning including advice on wills and inheritance tax issues, trusts, the law relating to the elderly and powers of attorney.

  • Number of UK partners: 10
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 13
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Litigation: 70
  • Media: 10
  • Corporate: 10
  • Private client: 5
  • Other: 5

Above material supplied by Johnsons Solicitors.

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