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Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Mills Selig

Mills Selig’s litigation team delivers ‘an excellent, proactive service’. Construction disputes and property litigation are key areas of activity for the group, which has been advising on construction and contractor disputes and planning challenges. Highlights included successfully acting for residential property developer Galliard Homes in a dispute with a management company over a large residential development site in Northern Ireland involving an inhibition being placed over the site; the inhibition was removed when the inhibitor withdrew its application. The ‘extremely able and thoughtfulEmma Hunt leads the team. Paul Spring retired in 2017.

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Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

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

Mills Selig

Recent work for Mills Selig’s corporate team is dominated by mandates from the technology sector, although the firm is also experienced in finance, insurance, real estate and renewables. The group assists clients with investments, acquisitions and mergers. IT specialist Kathryn Walls advised Northern Ireland-based software firm Locum Match First Derivatives on a follow-on equity investment from an institutional investor and a group of private investors, and assisted clinical communication software company Clinishare with a £1m investment from a private investor group from Crescent Capital. Other clients include First Derivatives and Tullymore House. Chris Guy  leads the practice.

Leading individuals

Chris Guy - Mills Selig

Next generation lawyers

Kathryn Walls - Mills Selig

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Northern Ireland: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

Mills Selig ’s ‘very knowledgeable’ insolvency practice provides ‘an excellent service with quick response times’. The ‘very practical’ team has notable strength in handling corporate and personal insolvency cases for high-net-worth individuals, distressed companies, and trustees in bankruptcy; recent instructions include administrations, individual voluntary arrangements, multimillion-pound liquidations, and corporate restructurings, particularly within the construction, professional services and energy sectors. Managing partner John Kearns leads the team; he is ‘very knowledgeable in the area of personal and corporate insolvency’, is ‘practical and pragmatic in his advice’, and has particular experience in enforcement procedures. Senior associate Richard Craig has ‘in-depth knowledge of insolvency law and is a shrewd tactician’ who ‘ensures no stone is left unturned and will go the extra mile for his clients’.

Leading individuals

John Kearns - Mills Selig

Next generation lawyers

Richard Craig - Mills Selig

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Northern Ireland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

Mills Selig’s employment practice has core strength in acting for employers in tribunal cases as well as TUPE issues; highlights included assisting healthcare equipment company Hospital Services Limited with TUPE transfer matters pertaining to the acquisition of two companies. The ‘pragmatic, commercial and responsiveKiera Lee leads the practice.

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Northern Ireland: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

Mills Selig has a solid track record in advising clients on estate planning, trusts and wills, and assisting high-net-worth individuals with the administration of estates. Real estate is a key area of instruction for the group, which has seen an uptick in protection work, including registering enduring powers of attorney. The ‘very knowledgeable’ senior associate Fiona McFall  leads the team; she garners praise for her ‘excellent work ethic’ and is noted for her experience in matters involving wills and the administration of estates. Michael Hamill moved to Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP  in 2017.

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Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

Wind farm-related mandates dominate Mills Selig’s energy practice, with the group advising on the acquisition, financing and disposal of the wind farms. Solar projects are a growing area of activity for the firm. Recent highlights for the team included advising Walkabout Resources on the acquisition of platinum miner Lonmin’s Northern Ireland’s exploration portfolio. In another matter, the group is assisting Downing Fund LLP with its rooftop residential solar leases portfolio. Property lawyer Anna-Marie McAlinden leads the team, in which solicitor Glenn Watterson is recommended.

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

Mills Selig's ‘responsive, very experienced and knowledgeable’ property team has been busy with high-value acquisitions for development purposes across the residential, retail, office and media sectors in 2017. Highlights included Anna-Marie McAlinden advising new client IMC Cinema Group on the acquisition of all cinemas located in Northern Ireland, and assisting ITV plc with a development and lease agreement for new premises at City Quays. Practice head Anne Skeggs   (‘commercially very astute and a strong negotiator’) led advice to Tullymore House on the property aspects of the multimillion-pound sale of the Belfast-based Scottish Mutual Building via a share sale to the Signature Living Group; the property will be redeveloped into a hotel.

Leading individuals

Anne Skeggs - Mills Selig

Next generation lawyers

Anna-Marie McAlinden - Mills Selig

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

Adrian Kerr leads the construction practice at Mills Selig, which has a reputation for contentious construction matters. Housing and energy mandates dominate instructions for the team; Kerr leads the advice to Clanmill Housing Association on over 40 multimillion-pound housing projects and represents Vestas in a dispute with a contractor regarding a £500,000 wind turbine project. Other key clients include residential housing company Lotus Homes.

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Northern Ireland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Mills Selig

Mills Selig’s IT team handles transactional mandates, M&A matters and investment work for investment funds and technology companies. The group is advising technology company SUSSD on the development of a social media app to encourage young people’s direct involvement in local politics and is assisting cloud discovery software company Ampliphae with creating bespoke user and licence agreements for its security and compliance platform. Other clients include First Derivatives, Locum Match and software company My Nursery Pal. Kathryn Walls leads the team and is well known for her expertise in technology-related mandates.

Next generation lawyers

Kathryn Walls - Mills Selig

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Mills Selig

Licensing agreements and trademark matters have been prominent in Mills Selig’s IP team’s recent workload. Highlights included acting for civil engineering company Stormharvester on the licensing of its software for flood prevention. Other clients include app development company Concept Apps; Newry-based technology firm, First Derivatives; and Belfast-based technology firm, MTS Sulby. IT expert Kathryn Walls leads the team. Paul Spring retired in 2017.

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