Construction in Ireland
A&L Goodbody has extensive experience in construction transactions and disputes, and is known for acting on Ireland's most significant projects. Areas of expertise include large-scale city centre developments, often involving complex access and neighbour issues; energy, infrastructure and data centre projects; and high-profile construction litigation and adjudications. Property development and infrastructure expert Kevin Feeney leads the team alongside Conor Owens, who is experienced in handling construction and procurement disputes. Eamonn Gill, who is 'always available with sound advice and great commercial acumen', the 'outstanding' Eamonn Conlon, and senior associate Robert Rooney, who has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious construction matters, are also key contacts.
Kevin Feeney; Conor Owens
‘A heavy-hitting team, with excellent technical skills backed up by a commercial outlook.’
‘Associate Conall McLoughlin is tenacious, hardworking and personable.’
‘Kevin Feeney is a bastion in construction law. He is supremely able and someone you definitely want on your side.’
‘The construction law department of A&L Goodbody is outstanding and rightfully placed as a market leader.’
‘Eamonn Conlon is outstanding and the go-to lawyer for construction law. His knowledge is unrivalled and, combined with a pragmatic, results-driven approach, makes him a formidable operator.’
‘Robert Rooney is a very good construction lawyer, giving clients clear and practical advice on the most complex of matters.’
‘The team is very commercial and solution focused.’
‘Kevin Feeney and associate Jamie Rattigan are excellent in their field and the best construction lawyers in the market. Jamie in particular is a rising star and is very sharp and a strong negotiator.’
‘Great support and knowledge’
‘Eamonn Gill is exceptional in his field, always available with sound advice and great commercial acumen.’
‘An excellent construction practice with a wide range of experience and industry knowledge.’
‘Kevin Feeney understands risk, understands our business, and is experienced, responsive and dedicated.’
‘The unique quality which this team possesses is the ability to communicate in simple English with clients and thereafter communicate in legal terms the key points as required to various stakeholders – there is a very open and approachable manner within this legal construction practice which ensures repeat business.’
‘Conor Owens has a great practical knowledge of the construction industry and also a thorough understanding of how construction businesses works, and can hone in on these specifies in order to reach swift, successful conclusions to legal issues as and when possible.’
‘The construction team work very well as a unit and support each other when the need arises. The team have an excellent knowledge of the current commercial issues in construction and provide practical advice. The team tackle issues head on and have respect within the industry, which allows them to deal with issues in an efficient manner. ALG provides commercially sound, practical advice to its clients.’
‘I have worked with both Kevin Feeney and Jamie Rattigan. Both are excellent examples of the ALG ethos of providing accurate and commercially sound advice in a timely manner. Both are always available when needed and take a personal interest in your project.’
Transport Infrastructure Ireland
Kells ICAV (Mayer Bergman)
Glenveagh Properties plc
Cairn Homes Properties plc
National Asset Management Agency (NAMA)
TIO South Docks Fund II Limited
John Sisk & Son Holdings Limited
WuXi Biologics Ireland Limited
Aldgate Developments Limited
Irish Aviation Authority
Hines/BVK Highstreet Retail Liffey Limited
John Paul Construction
Glennmont Clean Energy Cooperatief U.A.
- Advising public agency Transport Infrastructure Ireland on the MetroLink project, a metro line linking Dublin city centre with the airport and points north.
- Advising BAM Building Limited on the construction contract for the New Children’s Hospital, a major facility to replace three tertiary paediatric hospitals in Dublin.
- Advising Kells ICAV on the purchase and redevelopment of a landmark property situated at the axis of Dawson Street and Nassau Street in Dublin city centre.
Arthur Cox has been active advising on major construction projects across the manufacturing, retail, hotel, residential, commercial, energy and private rented sectors, among others. The team also handles contentious matters, including disputes relating to large-scale infrastructure projects and significant adjudications, and has expertise in procurement and financing for construction projects. 'Exceptional' practice head Niav O’Higgins is experienced in construction transactions and disputes, acting for public and private sector clients. Other notable members of the team include 'class act' Karen Killoran, who handles complex financing, construction and development matters, and 'fantastic' senior associate Mary Liz Mahoney, whose expertise includes advising on regulatory regimes.
‘Niav O’Higgins is a pleasure to work with, and very capable and assured in her handling of complex and high-pressure dispute resolution proceedings.’
‘A well-organised team with great knowledge of the on-the-ground issues and how to navigate them. The team is hands-on and always available.’
‘A cohesive team, always available regardless of the time of day.’
‘Karen Killoran is a class act. She is into the detail, has a phenomenally retentive mind, and is knowledgeable, flexible and great fun. She leads her team from the front and has a band of very capable associates which she is moulding in her image. Highly recommended.’
‘The individuals I work with in Arthur Cox’s construction team are extremely approachable and always offer succinct legal advice under tight deadlines.’
‘I would characterise my experience of working with the team as very constructive, supportive and positive, leading to a much improved understanding of the client’s position on often complex contractual and regulatory issues.’
‘The construction team in Arthur Cox is second to none. They have incredible industry experience and market knowledge. Their legal advice and support is phenomenal and I cannot emphasise enough the extent of their expertise and understanding of complex construction law matters.’
‘Arthur Cox has a great construction practice which complements the real estate practice well. They are commercial and know what it takes to get a deal done.’
‘Karen Killoran is excellent to deal with and provides clear, pragmatic, commercially focused advice. While our transactions are also staffed with associates, Karen takes a hands-on approach and is fully involved in all parts of the transaction. Karen’s legal and commercial knowledge has helped to guide us through a number of tricky situations with very little fuss and ensured the best possible outcome. I would highly recommend Karen for any construction projects.‘
‘We find the team very easy to deal with, providing excellent service and fast turnarounds on complicated issues. Coxs also provide a wealth of experience in other areas associated with a construction project, which can be drawn on as required to ensure you are getting the best available advice at all times.‘
‘It is a user-friendly and experienced team with good depth in personnel numbers; highly professional and able to problem-solve and find solutions; well regarded in the market; and market-facing, commercial and pragmatic with its advice on construction-related matters. Arthur Cox stands out as being in the top three of domestic law firms in Dublin.‘
‘Karen Killoran is always available to provide advice and solutions, and has a huge level of experience in construction-related matters. I would thoroughly recommend using the Arthur Cox construction team, and specifically Karen as a partner.‘
‘Niav O’Higgins is excellent and very commercial in how she works through complicated issues. We rely heavily on her knowledge of market practice and market standards. Her communication style is superb and she is well liked by opposing counsel. She is thorough and efficient.‘
‘Niav O’Higgins’ strength is her breadth of knowledge and experience in the Irish construction sector and in public sector contract matters.‘
‘The team has a wealth of knowledge and experience of current acceptable contract conditions and letters of appointment for design teams. They have the depth of resources to deal efficiently with queries and find acceptable solutions to legal differences.‘
‘Niav O’Higgins has an excellent knowledge of building contracts and design team appointments, and the ability to provide clear advice when negotiating contracts and appointments.’
‘Arthur Cox is a multi-disciplinary practice – the partners are all highly experienced and skilled professionals who are highly dependable.‘
‘I have worked with Niav O’Higgins for many years and she is an extremely talented, dependable and experienced lawyer.‘
‘Niav O’Higgins is an exceptional construction lawyer with an incredible ability to negotiate and agree complex legal documents in a fair and reasonable manner.‘
‘Mary Liz Mahony is a fantastic lawyer. She is very responsive and has a very pragmatic approach to the issues at play. She has the ability to independently, quickly and accurately assess the legal, practical and business risks in a fast-paced environment.‘
‘The team stands out for its availability and responsiveness, detailed knowledge and understanding, and pragmatic approach.‘
Spear Street Capital
Green REIT plc
Oweninny Power DAC
Curragh Racecourse Ltd
Irish Life Investment
Merck, Sharpe & Dohme
- Advising Intel Ireland on its multibillion-euro expansion of the semiconductor manufacturing facility at its site in Leixlip, County Kildare.
- Advising Tristan Capital Partners on its acquisition of a major development site in Cabra, Dublin, which has planning permission for 420 new residential units.
- Advised a real estate fund managed by DWS (a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank) on the forward purchase of a private rented sector scheme being developed in Dublin by the Cosgrave Property Group.
Maples Group is known for its expertise in contentious construction matters, as well as for advising on significant development projects, often involving complex financial structures. The team has expanded its main contractor client base to include major developers, asset managers, and private equity and traditional lenders, drawing on the firm's strong investment funds practice. Areas of strength include the construction of logistics and data centres, nursing homes and private rented sector developments. Practice head Mary Dunne has particular expertise in development and project finance, while Enda O’Keeffe specialises in large building, procurement and public works project disputes, and Kevin Harnett focuses on contentious matters.
‘The team adopts a progressive approach and has an understanding of the intersection of cultural and legal issues. The level of transparency and client service is second to none. They are efficient, with a positive sense of urgency, delivering everything in a timely manner. They are incredibly proactive and great at minimising risk.‘
‘The construction disputes team is highly recommended, Their way of advising their clients is excellent and the communication between lawyers and non-lawyers is very easy.‘
‘A great combination of construction and legal professionals providing relevant contractual advice.’
‘They have the ability to take a legal challenge and simplify it, making each stage of the legal process comprehensible, with huge ambitions for us to succeed. Their expertise and recommendations go beyond the legal requirements, factoring in the social challenges as well as advising on the law and looking at the impact on the bigger picture.‘
‘Our professional relationship with Enda O’Keefe is exceptional. He represents us as if he is part of our company. He is very flexible in meeting our deadlines, even when we ask for something very urgent. His knowledge in construction matters is very impressive, making communication very easy.‘
Abestos Capital Partners
Allied Irish Banks
AMP Capital Investors UK Limited
Apollo Management International LLP
BAM Contracting Limited
Bank of Ireland
Caffe Nero Ireland Limited
Cairn Homes Plc
Cardinal Capital Group Limited
CareChoice Group Limited
Chandos Investments Plc
Clúid Housing Association
Collen Construction Limited
Construction Industry Federation
Deutsche Borse AG
Duggan Brothers (Contractors) Limited
Durkan New Homes Unlimited Company
Eagle Horizons Limited
Earlsfort Centre Hotel Proprietors Limited
EGIS Lagan Services Limited
Ennis Property Finance DAC
Ferrovial Agroman (Ireland) Limited
G. & T. Crampton
Gas Networks Ireland
Grant Thornton Limited
Green Reit PLC
Grid Network Services Ireland
GW Plastics Limited
Irish Asphalt Limited
John Paul Construction Limited
John Sisk (Holdings) Limited
JSL Group (Stewart Construction)
K&J Townmore Construction Limited
Kane Group BuildingServices Limited
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts &, Co.
Lagan Clare Joint Venture
Laing O’Rourke Ireland Limited
Lugus Capital Advisors
Michael Slattery & Associates
Midland Construction & Engineering Limited
MMD Construction Limited
Murphy International Limited
New Century Engineering Limited
Newmarket RVAM No 2 Limited
Obrascon Huarte Lain SA
PJ Hegarty & Sons
Precision Construction Limited
Regan Civil Engineering Limited
Sisk Steconfer JV
Somague Engenharia SA
St Stephen’s Green Funds ICAV
Townlink Construction Limited
Transport Infrastructure Ireland
Tristan Capital Partners LLP
Vision Contracting Limited
Walls Construction Limited
Wills Bros Civil Engineering Limited
Zhol Sapa LLP
- Advised Tristan Capital Partners on two large forward purchase private rental schemes in Dublin, involving up to approximately 750 high-end apartments and amenities.
- Advising Tifco on several high-profile hotel developments in Dublin, Cork and Galway, including the Hard Rock Hotel, Holiday Inn and Travelodge in Dublin.
- Advising a developer on the financing, design, construction and leasing of Ireland’s first International Baccalaureate school and sports complex, which opened in September 2018.
Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has experience advising on major construction projects across the energy, technology, pharmaceutical, residential and education sectors. The sizeable team is also active in litigation, including representing clients in Commercial Court proceedings and handling construction insolvency and insurance disputes. The firm's blue-chip client base includes contractors, investors and developers, banks and financial institutions, energy companies and state bodies. Practice head Rory Kirrane has particular expertise in energy and data centre projects and international matters; Eoin Cassidy specialises in energy projects; Susan Bryson focuses on contentious matters, particularly advising education sector clients; and Shane Dolan has experience in high-profile development projects.
‘An extremely strong team led by Rory Kirrane. Each member of the team, from Rory down, is very responsive and provides tremendous support for our business.’
‘Rory Kirrane responds promptly to queries and provides clear and comprehensive advice on the spot. He’s great with clients and has a brilliant manner. This is clearly something that he’s fed down to his team.’
‘Senior associate Hannah Devoy is an excellent lawyer. Her drafting is to a consistently high standard and she provides very clear and readily intelligible advice.’
‘The team appears to have a solid ability to turn around matters within an agreed timeframe, even if that timeframe is tight. Their ability to stay within budget and achieve an outcome within set parameters was appreciated.’
‘Hannah Devoy worked on the majority of our files and there was little in the way of a need for hand holding. Queries raised by her were well thought out and to the point.’
‘Practical and focused on the best interests of the client.’
‘Susan Bryson and Padraig Godfrey are standout individuals in the efficient management of complex construction litigation, with an ability to advise on related issues such as insolvency and insurance cover issues.’
‘MHC’s construction practice is very highly regarded within the industry. They are a joy to work with and I like seeing them involved whether I am on their side of the table or not. The primary reason is that they know construction; they are incredibly efficient and know how to get a deal done. They bring a lot of sense to the picture.’
‘Shane Dolan is a skilled negotiator and I would highly recommend him to my developer clients and other industry professionals. Shane knows the development market inside out and brings commercial sense to a transaction – he has a way of making the most complex development transactions straightforward. His advice is always commercial and to the point. He has an unusual ability in terms of anticipating the other side’s next move and often the complex legal consequences of clients taking particular positions during negotiations or structuring. His legal knowledge in areas outside construction often comes to the fore in negotiations too, as he also has a strong background in insurance, litigation and insolvency.’
‘Senior associate Paul Bassett in particular is worthy of mention. Paul is incredibly smart and very highly regarded.’
‘The team are incredibly professional in every way, and they combine their professionalism with the ability to give the client a fantastic service. Nothing is a problem and all the members of the team are very approachable and generous with their time and information. They are my go-to team for construction contracts and construction-related issues.’
‘Shane Dolan and Paul Bassett are both at the top of their game. They are professional and competent in all our dealings. What sets them apart is that they have a very good manner in dealing with clients and that, backed up by their vast knowledge, makes them ideal representatives.’
‘Mason Hayes & Curran are the only firm I would go to for construction-related queries.’
‘MHC are straight talking and quickly identify and resolve matters in a practical and commercial way for clients. Their strength in numbers means they are always in a position to provide a good level of support, which makes them attractive.’
‘Rory Kirrane is a standout individual. He is practical and commercial in equal measures and is always available when required.’
‘Paul Bassett is also recommended. He is quick to identify issues and provide practical solutions.’
‘They stand out for their attention to detail, their ability to convey information in a clear, concise and logical way, and their ability to draw reasonable, logical conclusions or assumptions from limited information.’
‘Rory Kirrane, Hannah Devoy and the team provide excellent services, demonstrating professionalism as well as a high level of integrity and attention to detail at all times. They are highly knowledgeable in their field, get results and deliver everything in a very confident, professional manner. They are efficient in their time management without sacrificing quality.’
‘Up-to-date, technically literate, combative when necessary.’
‘It is better to have Rory Kirrane on your side than off. Susan Bryson is a skilled facilitator.’
‘We’ve received very good advice, very efficiently. No job is too small… or too large. We can trust their judgement.’
‘Our go-to person is Susan Bryson for all construction matters, and indeed issues beyond but related to construction, such as licences for use of properties and transfer of ownership. She is very knowledgeable, decisive in her advice and inspires confidence.’
P.J. Hegarty & Sons
University College Cork
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company
Health Service Executive
Gas Networks Ireland
Environmental Protection Agency
- Advising Exyte Northern Europe Limited, as lead contractor, on phase 1 of Intel’s $8bn expansion of its plant in Leixlip, County Kildare.
- Advised Statkraft Ireland on the acquisition, development and construction of the 23.1MW Kilathmoy wind farm on the border between County Kerry and Limerick.
- Acted as lead counsel for Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale on the project financing of the Boolynagleragh and Magheramore wind farms.
Matheson is noted for its strength in both contentious and non-contentious construction matters. The team regularly advises on the procurement, development and financing of large-scale multiplex projects, as well as capital projects, including pharmaceutical regeneration projects and data centres, and public-private partnerships. On the contentious side, the team handles litigation, domestic and international arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution such as conciliations. The practice is led by the 'practical and savvy' Rhona Henry, who counts some of Ireland's largest developers among her clients. Nicola Dunleavy specialises in disputes, while Kimberley Masuda, who was promoted to partner in January 2020, has experience in multiple jurisdictions.
‘I find this practice to be well versed in the subject matter and, probably more importantly, they are very responsive. I have on a number of occasions needed their input and assistance on an urgent basis, and they have always responded very quickly.’
‘The Matheson team have a huge amount of experience on large-scale construction projects. The overall team is well resourced and every individual makes a significant contribution in providing an excellent service to our company.’
‘The team are very proactive and always make great efforts to respond promptly and clearly.’
‘The Matheson team had an excellent knowledge of construction, with many lawyers with degrees in construction professions. The team were always available at short notice to assist or meet on contractual matters. They integrated as part of the team and looked at thing in a pragmatic way to best achieve the desired outcome. They looked for solutions as opposed to taking stances and getting bogged down in legal conflicts. They instilled an atmosphere of confidence not only in their service but in the team in general.’
‘I deal with Rhona Henry and Kimberley Masuda. Both are very approachable and pleasant to deal with. I find their attention to detail, promptness of reply and general willingness to go the extra mile for their clients to be excceptional.’
‘Rhona Henry is responsive, clear thinking, objective and always shows lateral thinking. She is quick to grasp key issues, engages well with complex stakeholder groups and retains focus on the critical issues.’
‘Associate Eva Baumgart is very knowledgeable and responsive.’
‘A very high-standard, professional approach is always forthcoming.’
‘The service provided by Matheson is of the best quality and we have found them to be reliable, practical and solution driven. Our queries are always answered promptly, their advice has always been commercially focused and efficiently delivered, and their vast knowledge and skills have been extremely helpful in all real estate and construction law matters. Matheson is a top-tier law firm. Their attention to detail, diligence, dedication, and knowledge of real estate and construction law is exemplary. The quality of their work and high-class level of communication is also excellent.’
‘Rhona Henry is invaluable to us in helping us through the legal process. She is practical and savvy, very hardworking and client friendly. She has a strong attention to detail and always delivers. She is sharp and a great negotiator. The service we receive from her is swift, professional and complete.’
‘Matheson very quickly and competently were able to convert UK standard industry texts for use in Ireland. This is clearly an experienced and competent construction practice team.’
‘Matheson’s ability to turn around construction industry standard documents and localise them on short notice was excellent.’
‘Personal attention to detail’
‘Rhona Henry and Eva Baumgart are efficient, responsive and proactive.’
‘We value the attention to detail and clear identification of the risks that cause issues and concerns for our business, and the timely response to queries raised and commitment to us as a client even during times when it proves difficult to respond.’
‘Our experience with Matheson was characterised by distilled, clear thinking and focus on key issues; a high degree of responsiveness; and a willingness to engage with the opinions and suggestions of various stakeholders.’
‘We value their knowledge of the sector and the latest contractual trends in the market, the high level of attention to detail, and the strong team of associates.’
‘Rhona Henry and Eva Baumgart from the construction team have been exceptional in their service delivery and support to me. Their attention to detail and the quick turnaround of queries and documentation is always exemplary.’
‘Matheson are my go-to firm for construction matters in Ireland. I have always found their advice to be prompt, comprehensive and commercial in nature. They are also adept at relaying complex concepts in an easily understandable manner.’
Killiney Estates Limited
Oxley Holdings Limited
Saint-Gobain Weber Limited
- Advised Oxley Holdings and Ballymore Group on their collaborative mixed-use development of Dublin Landings, a site in Dublin’s north docklands, and all related transactions, including multiple financings, lettings and sales.
McCann FitzGerald regularly advises on significant Irish construction projects, with expertise ranging from procurement and the drafting of construction contracts to financing, project administration and construction disputes. The team has been particularly active advising on residential rental and co-living, student accommodation and commercial developments, as well as engineering projects in the technology, energy and transport sectors. The team is led by Kevin Kelly, who has extensive experience in construction and procurement law. Other key contacts include Barrett Chapman, who has expertise in construction disputes and regulatory issues; Stephen Proctor, who is experienced in major public projects; and EU and national procurement specialist Barbara Linehan.
‘Stephen Proctor understands the client’s needs and works very well as part of a team.’
‘Our experience has been very good with McCann Fitzgerald. Their main strength for us is in taking very complicated contractual issues and explaining them in terms we can understand.’
‘The standout person for us is Barrett Chapman. We have worked with him for many years as he progressed through the firm. As he has grown a team with him we have found they provide a similarly comprehensive service.’
‘In-depth knowledge of the client’
Activate Capital Limited
Asta Managing Agency Limited
Axis Syndicate 1686
Ballymun Regeneration Limited
Bartra Capital Property Group
Bord Na Mona
Bouygues E&S Ireland Limited
C & C (Ireland)
Cairn Homes Plc
Cannon Kirk Group
Central Bank of Ireland
CHC Ireland DAC
Competition and Consumer Protection Commission
Dublin Airport Authority
Electricity Supply Board
Fingal County Council
Genzyme Ireland Limited
Glaxo Smith Kline
Global Student Accommodation Group UK
Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard
Irish Life Assurance Plc
Jacobs Engineering Ireland Limited
John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Limited
Jones Engineering (Holdings) Limited
Marine Terminal Limited
National Asset Management Agency
National Development Finance Agency
National Paediatric Hospital Development Board
National Transport Authority
National Treasury Management Agency
Northside Homecare Services Limited
Office of Government Procurement
Office Of Public Works
Project Management Ltd
Roche Ireland Limited
Simmons and Simmons
Sligo County Council
South Dublin Routing 4 Limited
Transport Infrastructure Ireland
- Advising NTM Capital LLP, Global Student Accommodation and Bank of Ireland on a number of separate developments in the student accommodation sector.
- Advising the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board on the procurement and construction of the hospital to be constructed on a site on the St James’s Hospital campus.
- Advised Macquarie Capital/Comhar Housing, the project company, on Ireland’s Pathfinder Social Housing PPP.
William Fry acts for a wide range of domestic and international clients from the real estate, transport, technology, logistics, retail and public sectors, including many major developers. It has expertise in advising on large-scale construction projects, particularly student accommodation, residential, commercial and retail developments, and also handles contentious matters. Practice head Liam McCabe is highly experienced in complex development projects, while Jarleth Heneghan, who is singled out for his 'knowledge of the market, responsiveness, and clear, sound advice', handles both construction transactions and disputes. Other key contacts include Bryanna Ryan, who has a particular focus on contractual matters, and 'pragmatic and efficient' consultant Cassandra Byrne.
‘I worked closely with Jarleth Heneghan. His attention to detail, responsiveness and ability to change strategy due to the issues thrown at us was remarkable. He doesn’t quit or take the easy route, but he continues to fight for what’s right for the client.’
‘Very pleasant to work with and extremely conscientious.’
‘Their key strengths were their detailed knowledge of not only the contract documentation, legislation and regulations, but also of the industry and the commercial market, coupled with clear, sound advice on the legal implications of the commercial arrangement to be agreed and implemented.’
‘Jarleth Heneghan stands out for his knowledge of the market, responsiveness, and clear, sound advice on the legal implications of commercial discussions.’
‘Cassandra Byrne demonstrated detailed and careful drafting, responsiveness, and recognition of the commercial reality and the requirement to put this into a legal framework.’
‘Very professional, very commercial, great depth in the team, quick to respond to matters and good broad experience’
‘The standouts are Jarleth Heneghan and Cassandra Byrne, who are professional and dedicated, with good commercial experience.’
‘William Fry are an excellent legal practice, with in-house experts across every market. We have used William Fry for a variety of purposes over the years and have always found them approachable, understanding of our requirements, and keen to advise and develop a solution. We would strongly recommend William Fry to our colleagues.’
‘Jarleth Heneghan is our key construction partner, with an in-depth knowledge of construction law, contracts and the market. Jarleth’s depth of knowledge, commercial outlook and ability to look round corners have been invaluable to us over the years and will continue to be so into to the future.’
‘The construction team that we work with in William Fry are a trusted partner and have an intimate knowledge of construction on every level. They understand our requirements as a client extremely well and adopt a commercial and practical approach to all matters, whether complex or not.’
‘Jarleth Heneghan is our principal point of contact on construction and a trusted adviser, providing complex technical advice in a straightforward manner. His attention to detail combined with a strong market understanding and commercial nous has ensured that he has delivered on highly complex projects in an expedient manner. His level of service delivery is top class.’
‘Cassandra Byrne has a pragmatic and efficient approach.’
‘Liam McCabe:- Probably the standout RE transaction legal expert in Ireland. A man on top of his game professionally but also a great coach and mentor to his team and also clients.‘
Allied World Insurance
Bank of Ireland
Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc
Blackpitts Development Limited Partnership
Blackrock Real Estate
Bord Gáis Eireann
Circle K (formerly Topaz)
Digital Realty Trust
Dublin Airport Authority (daa)
Dublin City University
Dublin Institute of Technology
Electricity Supply Board
Irish Infrastructure Fund
Local authorities including Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, Louth County Council
MML Growth Partners Limited
National Asset Management Agency (NAMA)
National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)
Respond! Housing Association
Starwood Capital Group
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
University College Dublin
U&I Group plc
UCB Manufacturing Ireland Limited
- Advising Hines and King Street Capital Management on the development of Cherrywood, a new suburb in south County Dublin.
- Advising Diageo on the regeneration of the St James’ Gate Guinness Brewery in central Dublin.
- Advised the Nama-appointed receiver on all aspects of the project funding, procurement, planning, construction and subsequent forward sale to Google of Boland’s Quay, a mixed-use scheme in Dublin’s docklands.
Byrne Wallace has particular expertise in the private rented and public sectors, including acting for a number of local authorities, but also handles matters in the retail, real estate, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. The team has experience in advising on government and public contracts, development finance and construction contracts, while the arrival of Fergal Ruane, who heads the projects and infrastructure team, from an in-house role has bolstered the practice's procurement expertise. The team also handles contentious matters, particularly adjudications. Martin Cooney, whose knowledge of construction disputes is 'second to none', heads the practice.
‘Byrne Wallace adopt a commercially common-sense approach to all matters. Their approach considers all legal issues and positions through careful analysis and detailed understanding of construction disputes.’
‘There are a large number of law firms practising construction law in Ireland, however, Byrne Wallace is one of a handful that actually does have the in-house expertise to provide a service of the highest standard in the construction industry.’
‘Martin Cooney and his team keep their focus entirely on the potential commercial outcome and tailor their services to suit. Martin’s knowledge of construction disputes and the appropriate tactics to pursue whether in adjudication, arbitration or litigation is second to none in the Irish market.’
‘Martin Cooney and senior associate Deirdre Hennessy are excellent and provide thorough explanations. They made themselves available as and when required and were a constant source of support when responses were required on pending issues.’
Dublin City Council
Lidl Ireland GmbH
Phibro Animal Health Care
Red Rock Gloucester Street Limited
Construgomes & Carlos Gomes SA
South Dublin County Council
Terra Solar II Limited
Beneavin Contractors Limited
Tower Financial Holdings
Citywest Homes Development Limited
Bartra Property (NH) Limited
Cullaun Capital Limited
SIAC Roofing and Cladding Limited
Local Government Operational Procurement Centre
Park Developments (Dublin) Limited
Fingal County Council
- Represented a local authority in its €300m development of 3,500 residential units across north County Dublin.
- Represented a local authority in its €250m development of residential units across Dublin city.
- Represented one of Ireland’s leading discount retailers in its €100m acquisition and development of a regional distribution centre.
Eversheds Sutherland's practice covers construction developments, transactions and disputes, including advising on public-private partnerships, landmark construction projects, development financing and litigation. The team also acts for the insurers of design teams in professional negligence claims. Clients include major domestic investors, developers, banks and financial institutions, and state bodies, as well as international companies. Practice head Dermot McEvoy has extensive experience in construction and property disputes. Mark Varian, who specialises in construction, projects and energy law, and Stephen Barry, who has a niche expertise in health and safety matters, are also key contacts. Angelyn Rowan departed for Philip Lee in November 2019.
‘The responsiveness and efficiency of Dermot McEvoy has been most impressive.’
‘Dermot McEvoy has been very diligent and responsive, and has provided clear advice on complex matters.’
‘Dermot McEvoy has been excellent to deal with in every way. I especially value his efficiency, availability and directness.’
‘Mark Varian goes the extra yard when prevailed upon.’
Allied Irish Banks plc
Atelier Property Group
Avestus Capital Partners
Cairn Homes Properties
Deerland Construction Ltd
Dublin Port Company
Duff & Phelps
Earlsfort Centre Developments
Grangegorman Development Agency
Gunn Lennon Fabrications
John Sisk & Son
Lagan Bitumen Ltd
Lagan Macadam Limited
McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects
Octopus Healthcare/MedicX Fund
Ronan Group Real Estate
Sitreas Construction Management
Stephen Tierney Architects
- Acted for Dublin Port Company to achieve a successfully mediated result after initially bringing High Court proceedings against Arup and W+B alleging professional negligence in relation to the engineering design advice on the Cross Berth Quay at Dublin Port.
- Defended Stena Line against a claim that it had invalidly terminated a multimillion-euro contract.
- Representing Waterman Moylan and its insurer, Aviva, in an arbitration over failures in a repainting project.
Eugene F. Collins is increasingly active advising on large-scale construction projects, particularly social housing, student accommodation and commercial office developments. The team also has a strong client base in the retail and hotel sectors. Areas of expertise include the planning, environmental and property law aspects of construction projects, as well as construction-related litigation, arbitration and adjudication. 'Strong' practice head Margaret Austin handles contentious and non-contentious matters for clients including high-profile developers, financial institutions, insurance companies and approved housing bodies.
‘Strong, in-depth knowledge of construction law and the construction business in general’
‘Margaret Austin is a strong leader of a team covering complex construction cases, involving Commercial Court, High Court and ADR matters. The team has a good, positive and pragmatic approach to dispute resolution.’
Niche construction law firm Hussey Fraser predominantly acts for contractors and subcontractors. The team has expertise in contentious work, including litigation, arbitration and mediation, and also handles construction-related judicial reviews and procurement matters. Anthony Hussey heads the team, which also includes disputes and EU procurement specialist Simon Fraser.
Philip Lee's practice covers the planning, procurement, project finance, contractual and dispute resolution aspects of construction matters, with particular expertise in large-scale infrastructure projects. In addition to its public sector client base, the team has been increasingly active advising private contractors and developers. Damien Young heads the contentious side of the practice, while Kerri Crossen heads the non-contentious side. Disputes expert Clare Cashin also specialises in health and safety matters. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of Angelyn Rowan from Eversheds Sutherland in late 2019.
Kerri Crossen; Damien Young
‘The key strength of Philip Lee is the access and knowledge of the people. Any time I have a query, they contact me within a short time period with an answer or view. They are engaging at all times.’
‘I deal a lot with Clare Cashin, who stands out due to the qualities mentioned above.’
Port of Cork
Health Service Executive
National Development Finance Authority
Somague Engenharia SA
JJ Rhatigan & Co.
Dublin City Council
- Advised Sisk Group on the development and construction of a mixed-use retail and office building on a key commercial site in Dublin city centre.
- Acting for JJ Rhatigan, one of Ireland’s largest contractors, in an adjudication.
- Advising Port of Cork on the Ringaskiddy Port redevelopment project, worth approximately €100m.
Based in Cork, Ronan Daly Jermyn's construction team is active in both contentious and non-contentious matters, with clients spanning a number of sectors including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, education, housing and energy. Led by the 'disarmingly effective' Finola McCarthy, the team advises on major building and engineering projects throughout Ireland, with the support of the firm's offices in Dublin and Galway. McCarthy has expertise in contractual arrangements and project-related issues such as planning, health and safety, and environmental law, while Ronan Geary specialises in construction disputes.
‘The team has a good understanding of our industry sector and is made up of knowledgeable individuals who show good engagement, honest dealings and good interpretation of our issues, offer clear, concise advice, and go the distance to get the results we require.’
‘The team is very competent, experienced and wise. They are strong on interpersonal skills and solutions orientated.’
‘They are attentive, processing documents and queries quickly. They are accessible and eager to get the job done.’
‘In the construction law field, RDJ are one of the best practices in the country and have a very good practical grasp of the construction process as well.’
‘Finola McCarthy is cool, confident and disarmingly effective. She is very strong on procurement law matters and has a quite non-ruffled approach to construction dispute resolution. She plays the long game.’
‘Good, bankable advice and good humoured.’
‘We mainly work with Finola McCarthy and apart from being a true professional who is very well versed in construction and procurement law, Finola has a personality which enables her to deal comfortably with even the most confrontational of situations.’
John Cleary Developments
Cork County Council
Bon Secours Health System
BAM Building Limited
National University of Ireland, Galway
daa plc (Dublin & Cork Airports)
RPS Consulting Engineers
Shannon Airport Authority
O’Kelly Bros CE Limited
- Advising O’Callaghan Properties on the development of Navigation Square in Cork City.
- Advised Marlet Property Group on a range of matters related to the client’s intended large-scale residential development.
- Advised John Cleary Developments on the development, financing and letting of Penrose Dock, located on the North Quays of Cork city.
Led by the 'invaluable' Tara Cosgrove, Niamh Loughran and Sarah Conroy, construction specialist Beale & Co acts for domestic and international consulting engineers, architects, contractors and valuers on both contentious and non-contentious matters. The team has experience advising on all aspects of construction, engineering and infrastructure projects, including contract formation, professional appointments, collateral warranties, and health and safety issues. The team was bolstered by the addition of Killian Dorney, who rejoined the firm as a partner from A&L Goodbody in January 2020.
Tara Cosgrove; Niamh Loughran; Sarah Conroy
‘The expertise displayed by the team with their specialism in construction shines through.’
‘The team at Beale’s has provided us with an excellent, professional service in the area of construction-related claims.’
‘Strengths of the team include its availability and engagement, together with the appropriate levels of resourcing and overall case management.’
‘They are responsive and can be trusted to do what is required to get the job done.’
‘Tara Cosgrove is a confident and clear expert in the field.’
‘Niamh Loughran is a superstar – she is calm, totally focused and knows her jurisdiction. She is personable and a pleasure to work with. She is also very responsive to the particular needs of her client.’
‘The individuals have a practical and pragmatic approach to resolving problems.’
‘Tara Cosgrove, Niamh Loughran and Sarah Conroy have been invaluable to us over the last number of years.’
Arup Consulting Engineers
White Young Green
O’Connor Sutton Cronin
Tobin Consulting Engineers
The Association of Consulting Engineers
RPS Consulting Engineers
The construction team at LK Shields Solicitors advises both public and private Irish and international clients on all stages of construction projects, from the procurement and drafting of construction contracts to complex disputes. The team has been highly active advising on major construction projects, including mixed-use, hotel and social housing developments, with a particular focus on acting for developers on the borrower side. Practice head Amy Bradley specialises in construction disputes, while Richard Curran has project finance expertise.
‘Ahead of the pack in terms of the quality of their advice and service.’
‘LK Shields are a practical and progressive legal practice.’
‘Strong expertise and strategic advice.’
‘A strong team with the unique ability to simplify complex legal issues with a commercial approach.’
‘Associate Jamie Ritchie has a thorough understanding of construction contracts and his knowledge and expertise shines through when he is working on transactions.’
‘Jamie Ritchie is quickly becoming a go-to lawyer in Dublin for contentious and non-contentious construction issues.’
‘Richard Curran is a projects lawyer who has the ability to provide clear, intelligent and commercial advice on construction projects. An excellent lawyer.’
Clonrose Developments (a subsidiary of Lagan Specialist Contracting)
- Advising Holywood-based investment and property company Wirefox on the design and construction of the Paper Exchange in Belfast.
- Advised CareChoice (a subsidiary of Paris-based private equity fund InfraVia Capital Partners) on the template construction contracts and project structures for an ambitious pipeline of major construction work.
- Advised Clonrose Developments (a subsidiary of Lagan Specialist Contracting) on drafting a suite of amendments to the JCT Standard Building Contract 2016 for the Brickworks project on Ormeau Road, Belfast.