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Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Mills Selig

Mills Selig has seen an increase in property litigation matters and has been advising on multi-million pound dilapidation claims, landlord and tenant disputes as well as related construction and contractor disputes; clients include Murdock Property group and other property developers. Another central work-stream for the practice is procurement disputes and the team, led by the ‘strong and savvy litigatorEmma Hunt, advised DCC Energy on their claims against the Department for Finance and Personnel on a £3m contract to supply gas to government buildings and schools. Insolvency and construction disputes are another key area for the firm. Paul Spring leads the practice and is best known for his expertise in media law and general commercial litigation.

Leading individuals

Paul Spring - Mills Selig

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Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

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

Mills Selig

Mills Selig’s sector coverage spans finance, insurance, real estate and renewables and its corporate team advises on a range of investments, acquisitions and mergers. Kathryn Walls is particularly well known for her expertise in IT transactions; recent highlights include advising Northern Ireland-based IT service management company First Derivatives on six acquisitions with an aggregate value of £28m; the target companies were based in Canada, the US, Ireland and the UK and involved substantial IT and IP assets. Walls also advised the same client on its £15m dual placement on AIM and on the Enterprise Securities Marker of the Irish Stock Exchange. In another key mandate, practice head Chris Guy led the advice to Hughes Insurance on the sale of its business and assets to Liberty Insurance. Other clients include Retlan Manufacturing and Natural World Products.

Next generation lawyers

Kathryn Walls - Mills Selig

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Northern Ireland: Finance

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

Mills Selig

Mills Selig is well known for handling corporate and personal insolvency cases; clients include distressed companies, high-net-worth individuals and trustees in bankruptcy. The firm’s recent track record spans multimillion-pound liquidations, individual voluntary arrangements and corporate restructurings revolving around the construction, real estate and professional services sectors. Managing partner John Kearns leads the team and is well versed in insolvency and restructuring proceedings, in addition to being experienced with enforcement procedures. Associate Richard Craig is experienced in leading insolvency proceedings and has acted in multimillion-pound liquidations.

Leading individuals

John Kearns - Mills Selig

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Northern Ireland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

Mills Selig’s employment team focuses on representing employers in tribunal cases; in 2015 the group represented Dunnes Stores in an unfair dismissal and age discrimination case. Kiera Lee heads the practice and is well versed in TUPE issues.

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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 is best known for its expertise in wills, trusts, estate planning and the administration of estates for high-net-wealth individuals. Real estate continues to be an important area for the private client team, which often acts on the transfer of real estate. Michael Hamill leads the team, which includes solicitor Fiona McFall, who is recommended for her expertise in the administration of estates.

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Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

Mills Selig’s energy practice primarily focuses on windfarm sales, including advising on funding the acquisitions and disposals. A standout transaction for the team was advising Renewable Energy Investments in relation to the sale of the entire share capital of Oak Renewables; property partner Anna-Marie McAlinden led the advice, and also advised on lease negotiations for their development plans. Solicitor Glenn Watterson leads the advice on solar installations, a growing area for the firm.

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

Mills Selig’s property team has been handling high-value transactions throughout 2016 and has been particularly active across the retail, office and hotel sectors. The team acts for a large number of property developer clients, including The Quinn Group, Murdoch Property Group and Glandor Properties Limited. Real estate asset management firms are another key part of its client base; in 2016 newly appointed partner Anna-Marie McAlinden led the team acting for Northwood Investors on the sale of Kiltoot Business Park. Other highlights included advising Marcol Group (a new client for 2016) on the acquisition of a retail development. The highly regarded Anne Skeggs heads the practice.

Next generation lawyers

Anna-Marie McAlinden - Mills Selig

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

Mills Selig’s construction team was strengthened in 2016 with the addition of Adrian Kerr from Arthur Cox Belfast; he heads the practice, which is best known for its contentious construction expertise. The team has been particularly active in the housing and energy sectors; key mandates included acting for Clanmill Housing Association in an adjudication concerning a contractor claim for additional monies. The team has also been advising the same client on various housing projects with a combined value of £70m. Other key clients include contractor Graham Construction. Litigator Emma Hunt is also recommended.

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Northern Ireland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Mills Selig

Mills Selig’s IP team handles contentious and non-contentious matters for a range of corporates, including manufacturers and app and software development firms. In a highlight, the team acted for Glistrr Limited, a Belfast-based technology company, on the licensing of its software. Other clients include Newry-based technology firm, First Derivatives. Recently promoted partner Kathryn Walls heads the team and is well-versed in dealing with technology and IT companies.

Leading individuals

Paul Spring - Mills Selig

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