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Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Elliott Duffy Garrett

Elliott Duffy Garrett’s caseload remains dominated by property and administrative disputes, which are often heard before the High Court. The ‘excellent’ Brian Deeny leads the practice and has a solid track record in handling matters concerning public utility companies. 2017 saw Marie-Louise Lowry (‘ferociously determined and never misses a point’) successfully represent property developer Portavo Estates in High Court proceedings regarding a dispute with Northern Ireland Water pertaining to pre-emption rights over Portavo Reservoir; the lands where the reservoir is located were handed back to the client. Christopher Duffy is commended as ‘very impressive and extremely hardworking’.

Leading individuals

Marie-Louise Lowry - Elliott Duffy Garrett

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Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Elliott Duffy Garrett

Elliott Duffy Garrett ’s corporate team has a reputation for handling instructions from clients in the agri-food sector. Highlights in 2017 included advising an agri-food sector client on the second phase of a significant joint venture involving negotiating investment and shareholder agreements. The group is advising a large charity registered in Northern Ireland on a merger with another local charity possessing similar objectives. Other clients come from the technology and pharmaceutical sectors. Kevin McVeigh leads the team, which also includes associate Caoimhe McCullagh .

Leading individuals

Kevin McVeigh - Elliott Duffy Garrett

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Northern Ireland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Elliott Duffy Garrett

Elliott Duffy Garrett’s banking and finance team attracts praise for its ‘professional knowledge’, particularly in relation to the social housing sector. The group has been assisting housing associations with financings for property development purposes, with values in excess of £30m. Other recent areas of activity include acting for financial institutions in covered bond programme matters. The client base includes Ulster Bank, Tennent’s NI and Choice Housing Ireland. Kevin McVeigh leads the practice, which includes associates Patricia Beckett and Cathy Murphy and solicitor John McElrone.

Next generation lawyers

Patricia Beckett - Elliott Duffy Garrett

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

Elliott Duffy Garrett

Elliott Duffy Garrett assists administrators and banks with a broad spectrum of insolvency proceedings, including bankruptcy, liquidation, the appointment of administrators and fixed charge receivers, and enforcement issues. The team is acting for Keenan Corporate Finance on the administration of construction company David Patton & Sons, involving ongoing advice concerning redundancies and other insolvencies. In another matter, the group advised Danske Bank on an enforcement of security dispute with one of its bankrupt clients; this involved a possession order being made at the same time as an enforcement of judgment application. Christopher Duffy leads the team, which includes Leo Brown and associate Ian McFarland. Managing partner and consultant Michael Wilson is highly regarded for his insolvency expertise.

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Northern Ireland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Elliott Duffy Garrett

The highly regarded Adrienne Brock leads the employment practice at Elliott Duffy Garrett, which represents employers from a range of sectors, including housing, retail and financial services, and has a track record in assisting third-sector clients with large-scale disputes. Recent work includes TUPE issues as well as unfair dismissal and discrimination related disputes. Julie Anne Clarke  is ‘very clear and direct in her advice’ and garners praise for her ‘good market knowledge’. Associate Chiara Hutton is well versed in acting for clients in tribunal cases.

Leading individuals

Adrienne Brock - Elliott Duffy Garrett

Julie Anne Clarke - Elliott Duffy Garrett

Next generation lawyers

Chiara Hutton - Elliott Duffy Garrett

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Northern Ireland: Private client

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

Elliott Duffy Garrett

Elliott Duffy Garrett’s private client practice is ‘outstanding in terms of both technical expertise and ethos of client care’. Recent instructions for the group included contested powers of enduring attorney, applying for controllerships, and administration of estates involving insolvency, foreign assets and setting up of charitable trusts. The team’s client base includes high-net-wealth individuals and vulnerable clients. Stewart Nash leads the team, which includes associate Neil Mulholland, who has ‘empathy combined with meticulous attention to detail’ and is singled out for his ‘ability to convey complex legal points to vulnerable clients in a way that is clear and concise’. Associate Naomi Lamont is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Stewart Nash - Elliott Duffy Garrett

Next generation lawyers

Neil Mulholland - Elliott Duffy Garrett

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 3

Elliott Duffy Garrett

Elliott Duffy Garrett’s team attracts praise for its ‘excellent knowledge’ of commercial property matters, including acquisitions, leases and insolvency-related property sales. Recent highlights include land acquisitions for multimillion-pound residential, retail and leisure developments. Stewart Nash leads the team, which includes Pierre Boitel-Gill and Leo Brown .

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