Construction in Ireland

A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP is a 'top law firm that knows the market well'. The team, which is led by Conor Owens and Kevin Feeney, acts for contractors, developers, and state bodies on the development of complex projects, ranging from transport infrastructure to manufacturing facilities, advising on procurement and contractual matters. Eamonn Gill is another key contact in the team and senior associate Robert Rooney has been particularly active in advising companies on Covid-19 issues. The construction practice acts alongside partners from other teams in the firm, including property and corporate law, to advise on interconnected matters. Eamonn Conlon retired in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Conor Owens; Kevin Feeney

Other key lawyers:

Eamonn Gill; Robert Rooney; Jamie Rattigan

Testimonials

‘Excellent response times.’

‘Kevin Feeney is outstanding.’

‘A top law firm that knows the market well. Advice is strong and well considered.’

‘Mairead Sherlock and Eamonn Gill are excellent and professional, and always call you back. They are both a safe pair of hands and you know you will end up with good advice and well-drafted documents. Where you depart from a market position, they advise on this so that any risks are managed well and we are informed as a client.’

‘Access to the key staff is essential and valued with A&L. A&L have a reputation that adds strength to our position and case in a lot of construction disputes.’

‘A&L Goodbody team provides a personal and prompt service with sound advice based on reasoned rationale.’

‘The team in A&L are very commercial to deal with and are technically excellent. The property and construction teams have great communication skills during a project. ’

‘I would consider Kevin Feeney to be one of the leading solicitors in his particular field. He and his team have managed numerous complicated transactions that we have been involved with to a successful conclusion. ’

Key clients

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

BAM Building Limited

Kells ICAV (Mayer Bergman)

National Asset Management Agency

Cairn Homes Properties plc

Glenveagh Properties plc

TIO South Docks Fund II Limited

Marlet Property Group Limited

WuXi Biologics Ireland Limited

Echelon Data Centres (Aldgate Developments Limited)

Dalata Plc

IPUT plc

John Paul Construction Limited

Irish Aviation Authority

Gas Networks Ireland

University College Dublin

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland on the Metrolink project, a 19km tunnel and surface metro railway linking Dublin city centre with the airport and a number of stations north of the airport.
  • Advising BAM Building on the construction contract for the New Children’s Hospital, a major new facility to replace three tertiary paediatric hospitals in Dublin.
  • Acting on behalf of Kells ICAV, as the employer, on the purchase and redevelopment of a landmark property situated at Dawson Street and Nassau Street in Dublin city centre.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox has extensive experience across the construction sector, advising on the financing, planning, design and construction of a range of projects. In addition to handling office and retail developments, the team is active in the growing areas of data centres and private rental schemes. Niav O’Higgins leads the team; her client base includes investors, contractors, engineers and architects. Karen Killoran is another key figure in the team with a broad practice and is recommended by clients who value her 'practical and commercial approach'.

Practice head(s):

Niav O’Higgins

Other key lawyers:

Karen Killoran

Testimonials

‘The team in Arthur Cox have in-depth knowledge of the construction sector, market positions and an ability to think around issues and provide solution-focused advice.’

‘Karen Killoran leads the construction team. Karen is highly commercial and understands all aspects of construction. Given Karen’s experience she has helped us identify potential issues early, saving us time and money. In dealing with the issues Karen demonstrated a practical and commercial approach which has been invaluable to our firm. I would highly recommend Karen.’

‘Arthur Cox has a full service team with expertise in every area we needed to get our new enterprise up and running in Ireland.’

‘Karen Killoran, Claudia O’Sullivan and Niahm McGovern have been excellent.’

‘Arthur Cox provides excellent support to our construction organisation and have content experts in many areas affiliated to construction, enabling Arthur Cox to provide comprehensive legal support to our business.’

‘The team has worked together and provided us with the right advice on the case that we have sought. Their understanding and knowledge on the industry and the law are deep and exceptional, which helped make our case successful. Under my view, Arthur Cox is one of the top law advisors in the construction industry.’

‘The individuals at Arthur Cox that I have worked with are really professional. They have deep knowledge in law and technical ability which make their advice on our case successful.’

Key clients

Intel Ireland

Facebook Inc

Gray Manufacturing

Energia

Export Import Bank of Korea and Kookmin Bank

Oweninny Windfarm

NAMA

Intercom

TIO

Bain Capital Credit

Kennedy Wilson

Spear Street

DWS

Land Development Agency

Starwood

Coillte

Infrared Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Intel on all aspects of the expansion of its semi-conductor fabrication plant in Kildare, Ireland.
  • Advising Facebook on all aspects of its data centre development and expansion. In addition to advising on the doubling in size of Facebook’s data centre at Clonee, also assisting with Facebook’s broader data centre development programme in Europe.
  • Advising Gray Manufacturing, a large US design-build contractor, on all aspects of its establishment in Ireland and its first construction project in Ireland and Europe, which relates to designing and building a European manufacturing headquarters for a large multinational food and beverage company.

Maples Group

The construction team at Maples Group advises on all aspects of the construction process, acting for developers, contractors, and financers. The team draws on the wider firm's client base of international investment funds to assist with the acquisition and development of property in Ireland. In addition to handling office developments, the practice is particularly active in the growing area of private rental schemes. The team is also noted for its work in construction disputes, frequently acting in adjudications. The 'exceptional' Mary Dunne leads the team, with a specialism in project finance, while Enda O’Keeffe and Kevin Harnett are known for their contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Mary Dunne

Other key lawyers:

Enda O’Keeffe; Kevin Harnett

Testimonials

‘We worked with Kevin Harnett and senior associate Niamh Mulherin. Kevin presents a high degree of competency which in the litigation context is very reassuring. I feel he is a safe pair of hands who is happy to take on board ideas and comments from others and thinks very well on his feet. He is very ably assisted by Niamh Mulherin who is very much on top of the detail and also comes across as very competent. ’

‘The Maples team has not just one or two construction legal experts but several. This results in a team that is in a position to learn from each other and provide best practice advice.’

‘Kevin Hartnett is precise, clear and unequivocal with his advice. He has a brilliant turn of phrase. He is always on the end of the phone when I call.’

‘We consult Maples for advice on a range of issues pertaining to our consultancy work. Our primary engagements with them is in civil engineering construction on a variety of contracts (small, medium and large scale) covering conditions of contract, terms of engagement and contract administration, including dispute resolution procedures. Their overall level of service is excellent. The advice is always to the point, demonstrating a thorough knowledge and understanding of the matter referred. Their responses are timely on the queries raised. ’

‘We would list Mary Dunne in particular as exemplary in reflecting all of the above qualities in our consultations with her. Mary is extremely knowledgeable and approachable on all construction related matters. Her advice is clear and to the point and is always available when needed. Mary is a person we highly value having on our side.’

‘Very diligent, extensive experience, and strong commercial acumen.’

‘Mary Dunne is exceptional. Her attention to detail combined with her market knowledge makes for both strong commercial and legal outcomes in both our DD and documentation. ’

Key clients

Abestos Capital Partners

Allied Irish Banks

AMP Capital Investors UK Limited

Apollo Management International LLP

Ardmac Limited

Ashurst LLP

Avestus

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 Bank

Deutsche Borse AG

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

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

Goldman Sachs

Grant Thornton Limited

Green Reit PLC

Greenfield Global Limited

Grid Network Services Ireland

GW Plastics Limited

Hines

Irish Asphalt Limited

Irish Water

JJ Rhatigan

John Paul Construction Limited

John Sisk (Holdings) Limited

JSL Group (Stewart Construction)

K&J Townmore Construction Limited

Kane Group Building Services Limited

Kerrigan Sheanon Newman

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Lagan Clare Joint Venture

Lagan Holdings

Laing O’Rourke Ireland Limited

Lugus Capital Advisors

Macquarie

Marathon Asset Management

Marchford Limited

Marlet

McKeon Group

Michael Slattery & Associates

Midland Construction & Engineering Limited

MMD Construction Limited

Multi Ireland

Murphy International Limited

Mythen Construction

New Century Engineering Limited

Newmarket RVAM No 2 Limited

Oaktree Capital Management Limited

Obrascon Huarte Lain SA

Passage Healthcare

PJ Hegarty & Sons

Precision Construction Limited

Regan Civil Engineering Limited

Sisk Steconfer JV

Somague Engenharia SA

St Stephen’s Green Funds ICAV

Tifco Limited

Townlink Construction Limited

Transdev Ireland

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Tristan Capital Partners LLP

Ulster Bank

Vision Contracting Limited

Walls Construction Limited

Wills Bros Civil Engineering Limited

Zhol Sapa LLP

BCP Asset Management

Dublin Aerospace Limited

Hogan Lovells (Paris) Limited

Revelate Capital Limited

Sanigest International

TJ O’Connor & Associates

Twin Point Capital

Muckle LLP

Quinn Industrial Holdings DAC

Palm Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Tristan Capital on a number of large high-profile high-end private rental scheme deals in Dublin; the apartment complexes will remain in the single ownership of a Tristan fund who will use an agent to rent them.
  • Advised Marlet on the development, funding and sale of a Private Rental Sector (PRS) Scheme of 179 apartments in Harold’s Cross in Dublin to German fund Patrizia AG for €93m.
  • Defending SDDC Limited, the developer of the Spencer Dock development in the IFSC in Dublin, in High Court proceedings brought by the management company of the development, which alleges various defects.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP stands out for its work advising on major industrial projects, in sectors including energy, telecoms, infrastructure and manufacturing. The team acts for contractors, developers and state bodies on contractual work as well as representing them in disputes in the High Court, commercial courts and arbitration. The practice also acts for financial institutions in acquisition and developments. Rory Kirrane SC leads the team, and was appointed senior counsel by the government of Ireland in 2020; elsewhere, Eoin Cassidy is active in advising on renewable energy projects and Susan Bryson handles disputes.

Practice head(s):

Rory Kirrane SC

Other key lawyers:

Eoin Cassidy; Susan Bryson

Testimonials

‘The practice has a unique knowledge of the renewables construction sector in Ireland and understands the planning environment which is exacting and open to challenges at every turn. The team has an ability to take a pragmatic view on aspects of project acquisition and the financing process and understands the requirements of all parties. MHC’s counsel has proved invaluable on many occasions.’

‘The team is very approachable, knowledgeable, organised and responds to queries in a clear and timely fashion. ‘

‘A large team with expertise across all areas of construction and the capacity to deliver on time every time.’

‘Eoin Cassidy is very good at setting the strategy for his team and legal requirements for a project. Always available and able to steer discussions in the right direction.’

‘Rory Kirrane is a great speaker, hugely knowledgeable, approachable, organised, punctual. An expert in all things related to construction law, contract law/administration, dispute resolution, procurement, etc.’

‘Rory Kirrane is an outstanding litigator with expertise in dealing with large, high value and technically complex construction disputes.’

‘The service levels (including technology etc) are better than any other law firm I have used. Their billing is simple and easy to follow. ‘

‘They have strong industry knowledge of PPPs and public procurement and breadth of experience from having worked with and advised directly both public and private sector clients.’

Key clients

Exyte Nothern Europe Limited

Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment

SSE Renewables Ireland Limited

Irish Residential Properties REIT PLC

Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ireland

BAM Civil Limited and Dragados Ireland Limited

Hines Real Estate Ireland

Irish Life Assurance plc

SDR Property Owners Management Company CLG

NTR plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Exyte as lead contractor on a $4bn expansion to a tech manufacturing plant in County Kildare, which is the first phase of a planned $8bn expansion.
  • Advised the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment on the National Broadband Plan, the Irish government’s plan to deliver high-speed broadband services to all businesses and households in Ireland.
  • Advising SSE on all aspects of the offshore lease, consenting, development and procurement of phase II of the Arklow Bank wind farm with projected capacity of between 500 and 800MW.

Matheson

Matheson is involved in matters across the construction sector, both contentious and non-contentious. The team advises the developers and financers of student accommodation, mixed-use developments, and residential property, and also acts for prominent multinationals on the acquisition and development of properties to act as headquarters. Practice head Rhona Henry is 'knowledgeable and experienced', while Kimberley Masuda was promoted to partner in 2020 and is able to draw on her past experience working as an architect. Masuda advises clients on a range of construction contracts and is 'highly capable'.

Practice head(s):

Rhona Henry

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Dunleavy; Kimberley Masuda

Testimonials

‘Matheson provides our firm with prompt, professional and considered advice to ensure the continued delivery of our projects. They make time for calls and queries and return calls promptly if they are required.’

‘Rhona Henry has been a great support to us throughout the life of the project. She provides support to her team where necessary to deliver results while taking a lead role where required.’

‘I would consider Matheson’s construction team to be a market leader for support with construction projects in Ireland. They have assisted me with a range of matters from large-scale construction projects to smaller more routine enquiries. Throughout I have found them to be responsive, comprehensive and pragmatic. Availability has never been an issue and the team are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Rhona Henry very ably manages the construction team and ensures a consistent level of excellence in their work output. She is knowledgeable and experienced as well as approachable and personable.’

‘Kimberley Masuda is highly capable, has excellent commercial awareness and is responsive and helpful at all times. ’

‘Kimberley Masuda’s background as a qualified architect gives her an edge over other solicitors in this area. ’

Key clients

Aramark Corporation

Brown-Forman Corporation

Cardinal

CLH Aviation

Gallico Developments

Killiney Estates Limited

Oxley Holdings Limited

Saint-Gobain Weber Limited

SSE plc

Sisk Group

Tenable

Tudor Homes

Park Developments

Round Hill Capital

Hines

Google Ireland Limited

Horizon Therapeutics PLC

Work highlights

  • Acting as sole legal construction adviser to real estate investment and asset management firm, Round Hill Capital, on its PRS/ student accommodation projects in Ireland.
  • Acting as Google’s sole legal construction advisor, advising on capital projects including the development of the entire Boland’s Quay scheme in Dublin Docklands. This scheme will comprise residential, retail, office and cultural space and will have room for 2,500 workers.
  • Acting as lead construction advisers to Hines APG on a number of matters, including the Cherrywood Town Centre project, a joint venture with Dutch pension adviser APG Asset Management to develop and hold the BTR residential element at Cherrywood. The mixed-used development will include approximately 1,600 built-to-rent apartments, 585,000 sq ft of retail and offices space as well as high amenity leisure space.  

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald fields 'a stellar team of seasoned professionals', which handles complex contentious and non-contentious construction matters. The team's work includes advising developers on design and build contracts, assisting contractors with contract management, and acting for the lenders to developments. The practice also receives instructions from public sector bodies relating to the procurement, design and construction of projects, including on issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic such as the closure of construction sites. Practice head Kevin Kelly has considerable experience in this space, while Barrett Chapman handles disputes and advisory work. Stephen Proctor counts public sector bodies, financial institutions, and contractors amongst his clients.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Barrett Chapman; Stephen Proctor; Jamie McGee

Testimonials

‘An excellent team in terms of knowledge, communications and efficiency. The construction team are all very friendly and pleasant to deal with which really makes a difference.’

‘The members of the construction team that we deal with (Jamie McGee, Barrett Chapman, Stephen Proctor, Kevin Kelly) are on top of their game in terms of knowledge and expertise. In addition to all that, they are individually really nice people to work with. Construction can be a very complex part of property transactions and so we really appreciate the time they take with us to explain issues, thinking from a commercial perspective and suggesting possible solutions/compromises.’

‘A very experienced and capable team that understands the complexity of the challenges faced in large-scale projects. They listen well to the client and understand all the issues. They clearly communicate their recommendations and opinions.’

‘They are all strong individuals with key strengths, but what’s really important is how they work together for the client. Strong teamwork with complementary skills.’

‘The construction department has enduring strength and depth, built up over decades. They field a stellar team of seasoned professionals who have a profound grasp of how the industry works in Ireland. They excel both on the contentious construction side and in providing technically superb advice on an integrated basis with other areas of the firm. They are the Rolls Royce of construction law departments in Ireland. ’

‘Barrett Chapman is a consummate professional – hugely competent, responsive, intelligent, a tough and resilient negotiator whose conduct never falls below the highest professional and ethical standards. Stephen Proctor and Kevin Kelly are top class advisers on complex contracts and procurement issues. ’

‘Top class advice on preparation of contracts, ensuring that the client’s best interests are looked after. They have the ability to bring in specialist advisors from other parts of the practice to give the best advice.’

‘Working with Stephen Proctor is a very good experience as he listens to your requests and ensures that any problem or potential problem in the future is resolved or mitigated. Stephen works with clients rather than telling them that he knows best and as a result he gets the best solutions. Always a pleasure getting advice from Stephen.’

Key clients

Ardstone Partners ICAV

Bartra Capital Property Group

Billings Design Associates

Bord na Mona

British Embassy

Central Bank of Ireland

Clancy Construction

Collen Construction Limited

daa plc (Dublin Airport Authority)

ECE Projektmanagement G.m.b.H. & Co. KG

Ellyon Limited

Electricity Supply Board

Ervia/Aurora

Funders including: Housing Finance Agency, Activate Capital, Allied Irish Bank plc, Bank of Ireland, Broadhaven Credit Partners, Quadrant Real Estate Advisors, Deutsche Bank Ag, Rabobank

Grangegorman Development Agency

Global Student Accommodation

Heneghan Peng Architects Limited

Housing Finance Agency

Hudson Advisors Ireland Limited

Jacobs Engineering Ireland Limited

John Sisk and Son (Holdings) Limited

Jones Engineering

Kingspan

Lioncor

Mac Group

Macquarie

Marlet Property Group Limited

National Development Finance Agency

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

NTM Capital LLP

Office of Government Procurement

Office of Public Works

Work highlights

  • Advising the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board on the construction contract and disputes relating to the same in connection with the new Children’s Hospital, Dublin, the largest capital investment project ever undertaken in healthcare in Ireland.
  • Acting for Marlet Property Group on several developments, including PRS, Student Accommodation and Commercial Offices.
  • Acting for Macquarie Capital on its Irish projects including, a university campus at Grangegorman, Dublin, a social housing bundle to design build finance and operate 534 new homes across four counties, and the consortium bid for the €150m Community Nursing Units at nine sites across Ireland.

William Fry

William Fry advises a range of Irish companies, multinationals, and state bodies on the construction of residential, industrial, retail, and office properties. The team is particularly active in advising on large-scale developments encompassing a number of property types. Practice head Liam McCabe is highly regarded by his clients, who praised him as 'pragmatic and commercial' and 'very experienced'. Jarleth Heneghan is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious construction matters, and is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Builder. Elsewhere, consultant Cassandra Byrne is particularly active in procurement matters as well as construction-related arbitration. Bryanna Ryan is also praised as 'simply excellent to work with'.

Practice head(s):

Liam McCabe

Other key lawyers:

Bryanna Ryan; Liam McCabe; Jarleth Heneghan; Cassandra Byrne

Testimonials

‘Incredibly well connected, knowledgeable, pragmatic and strong advisors.’

‘They really took the time to understand the clients requirements. For example, they spent time on the site prior to commencing work, and met with senior executives up to and including briefing the board. Once they understood the client’s requirements, they were excellent at planning interactions with the other parties, finding solutions rather than problems with the other party’s legal team. The team I was dealing with had a very strong set of values and a culture that is very aligned to our own. Over time a deep level of trust was built that will absolutely stay with us in future transactions.’

‘Liam McCabe heads the construction team. Liam has the requisite technical skills together with many years of experience as a lawyer operating in property, construction and other areas. He has brought on and continues to develop his team through on the job training and guidance. Most of all, Liam is pragmatic and commercial. He is a trusted adviser.’

‘The William Fry construction team are completely in tune with the construction market. They are flexible and have the ability to translate complex client demands into successful outcomes.’

‘William Fry are ahead of the game in their use of technology.’

‘Jarleth Heneghan and Cassandra Byrne deliver their renowned expertise with a standout level of service.’

‘Bryanna Ryan is simply excellent to work with – absolutely committed, a keen negotiator and she invests tremendously in the team around her.’

‘Liam McCabe is a very experienced lawyer, very competent and capable and demands high standards from everyone he deals with, clients, partners, associates and the counter-party. In the specific transaction we were working on he brought all of these skills, and in addition he advised on commercial aspects of the transaction, focusing on what was important and ensuring we reached a satisfactory position. He is a world class counsellor. Bryanna Ryan demands very high standards and has a great manner that is very engaging and builds trust and support.’

Key clients

Diageo

Hines/King Street Capital & Hines/Peterson

National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) Receiver

Edwards Life Sciences

Blackrock Real Estate

Kennedy Wilson

Digital Realty Trust

Dublin Airport Authority (daa) plc

Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment

Blackpitts Development Limited Partnership

Invesco Real Estate

Irish Life Assurance plc

Mountpark

Value Retail

Hammerson plc

U+I Group plc (formerly Development Securities plc)

Fitzwilliam Real Estate Properties Ltd

Arora Hotels

The Governor & Company of the Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Banks plc

Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc

Circle K (formerly Topaz)

JD Wetherspoons

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Starwood Capital Group

Tesco

Dublin City Council

Fingal County Council

Veryan Medical Limited

MML Growth Capital Partners Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Hines and New York-headquartered private equity firm King Street Capital on the development of a new suburb within a 412 acre site in Cherrywood, South County Dublin, including residential and office space, a retail development, and new schools.
  • Advising Diageo on all aspects of the proposed large-scale regeneration of the land-mark St. James’ Gate Guinness Brewery site to be known as Guinness Quarter, a new urban quarter extending to approximately 12.5 acres of redevelopment in central Dublin.
  • Advising the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment’s procurement, commercial and technical teams on all legal aspects of the National Broadband Plan, in particular on the Project Agreement and associated ancillary documents for the design, construction, operation and maintenance rollout of the NBP.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP is noted for its work with local authorities, advising on procurement and the drafting of contracts, and also counts contractors, developers, and financial institutions among its clients. In handling the financing and development of residential property, hospitality projects, and industrial facilities, the practice acts alongside the firm's other teams including banking and property. Practice head Martin Cooney has deep experience in this sector, including in handling contentious and non-contentious matters, while Fergal Ruane is experienced in procurement. Senior associate Deirdre Hennessy is an 'excellent' construction specialist who acts for all parties involved in construction matters.

Practice head(s):

Martin Cooney

Other key lawyers:

Fergal Ruane; Deirdre Hennessy

Testimonials

‘This practice is practical, commercial and their final fees matched their original quotes.’

‘Martin Cooney is a stand out partner. He is very personable, commercial, direct, practical and his fee quotes match his final invoice.’

‘Martin Cooney’s team gets to grips with the critical issues at an early stage and develops the most appropriate strategies in response to those issues. Their understanding of the realities and constraints of construction/engineering project disputes is especially commendable. What sets them apart is the ability to develop the appropriate strategy in order to achieve the most favourable outcome for their party. ’

‘Martin’s leadership and all round knowledge and experience of the full spectrum of the construction process provides his team of highly motivated and commercially astute lawyers with the confidence to develop and pursue the chosen strategy with clarity and confidence. He is ably supported by the excellent Deirdre Hennessy and Lisa Maloney amongst others.’

‘The construction team in ByrneWallace combine their knowledge of construction contracts and law with their exceptional technical knowledge of construction methods and practice. The combination of these skills enormously enhances their clients’ chances of achieving the best possible outcome. ’

‘The qualities I value are their work ethic, approachability and friendliness. This includes out of hours discussions, which I’ve had on a few occasion at times close to and after midnight, with Martin Cooney, the partner in charge of their construction team. Martin was always available to help, guide and advise.’

‘The expertise of Martin Cooney and the support provided by his colleagues was highly valued.’

‘What stood out was the management and involvement of Martin Cooney, and the quality of both Lisa Maloney and Deirdre Hennessy. ’

Key clients

Environmental Protection Agency

Beneavin Contractors Limited

Mercury Engineering

Citywest Homes Developments

BARTRA Property (NH)

Cullaun Capital

Creagh Medical

Pathway Homes

Redrock – Gloucester Street

Twinlite Devco Limited

Keppel REIT Datacentres Ireland (KDCR Limited)

Coillte Cuideachta Ghníomhaíochta Ainmnithe t/a Coillte

Exeter Ireland Property IV Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Dublin City Council, on its Housing Land Initiative l to provide over 2,000 residential units and three high quality urban quarters (development valued at €250 million). ByrneWallace has been engaged to advise on all three sites.
  • Instructed on a payment claim dispute issued by a contractor against our client Beneavin Contractors in a payment claim dispute issued by a contractor pursuant to the Construction Contracts Act 2013 Adjudication process.
  • Advising Red Rock Gloucester Street Limited on its €40m hotel development which involves the construction and long-term lease of a 114 bedroom hotel development on Gloucester Street, Dublin.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland advises developers, underwriters, and financial institutions on construction matters. The team also assists private sector companies with the development of office space and industrial property. On the contentious side, the team acts in court proceedings and arbitration involving professional negligence and breach of contract claims. The team is led by Dermot McEvoy and Mark Varian; McEvoy specialises in disputes, while Varian handles advisory construction work. Stephen Barry is known for his focus on construction litigation related to health and safety, while Conall McLoughlin joined the team in 2020 from A&L Goodbody LLP and handles non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Varian; Dermot McEvoy

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Barry; Conall McLoughlin

Testimonials

‘A strong team for dealing with disputes. An excellent understanding of legal and commercial issues which arises in dealing with clients.’

‘Dermot McEvoy possesses an excellent focus on the needs of the client. Very proactive in addressing issues and in problem solving. Strong in litigation and in all ADR processes. ’

Key clients

AIG

Allied Irish Banks plc

MFX Property/Nexus

Avestus Capital Partners

Sisk Group/ Sitreas / Wilton Works

Cairn Homes Properties

CyrusOne

Ronan Group Real Estate

Dublin Port Company

Duff & Phelps

EirGrid plc

Réseau de Transport d’Electricité

Murform

Hibernia REIT

Irish Water

Breedon Group/Lagan

Gembira Limited

EE Group / Ciaran & Colum Butler / Starbucks (Ireland)/Leisureplex

Linkedin

McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects

SMR International Windpartks

Murphy Group

NDFA

OCS Ireland

Octopus Healthcare/MedicX Fund

Walls Construction

Stena Line

Tetrarch Capital Limited

Waterman Moylan

Stephen Tierney Architects

Health Services Executive

Worklab Innovation Limited

Murform Limited

Hammond Lane

Bestsellers Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Lorgan Leisure, tenant of the iconic Stillorgan Bowl, after it was served with a notice to quit in December 2019 by Kennedy Wilson, who have planning permission and were seeking to start construction work for a major development.
  • Defended Waterman Moylan in an arbitration involving a claim concerning negligence in the provision of a satisfactory design and in its role as project manager of a large apartment block repainting project for a management company
  • Appointed by EirGrid and Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (French Transmission System Operator) to advise on their joint construction of the Celtic Interconnector between Ireland and France.

Philip Lee

Philip Lee advises public and private sector clients including state bodies, councils, developers, construction companies, and corporations on construction matters. Kerri Crossen leads on non-contentious work, while Damien Young specialises in disputes. Clare Cashin has a broad practice and is another key nameAngelyn Rowan joined the team in November 2019 from Eversheds Sutherland and has added 'excellent sector knowledge' to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Kerri Crossen; Damien Young

Other key lawyers:

Clare Cashin; Angelyn Rowan

Testimonials

‘Their construction team is very knowledgeable with great depth of experience. ’

‘Angelyn Rowan provides excellent strategic advice and strategic thinking in dealing with issues or problems. ’

‘Angelyn Rowan has excellent sector knowledge and is adept at both contentious and non-contentious construction law.’

‘Careful and diligent, with a fair outlook on risk and firm recommendations ’

‘Clare Cashin is the voice of reason; sometimes clarity and perspective is required in the heat of a legal challenge and Clare is one of the best lawyers to have the confidence, backed by the ability, to properly advise us.’

Key clients

Health Service Executive

First Step Homes

JJ Rhatigan (Construction Contractor)

Ronan Group Real Estate

Trinity College

Kilkenny County Council

Port of Cork

Dublin City Council

O’Flynn Construction

Sisk Group

KC Capital Property Group

National University Ireland –Galway

Scottish Renewables

National Treasury Management Agency

Airbnb

Bank of Ireland

McGarrell Reilly

South Dublin County Council

Kimpton Vale

CBRE

Work highlights

  • Acting for the HSE in a number of construction disputes including surrounding the National Forensics Hospital and the Primary Care Centres project.
  • Advising JJ Rhatigan & Co on a high-end residential development of 215 units in one of Ireland’s most prestigious areas. The development is valued at in excess of €120m.
  • Advising First Step Homes and Trinity Investment Management on the roll out of various social housing developments in Ireland.

Beale & Co

Beale & Co is noted for its work in contentious construction matters, representing clients including engineers, surveyors, contractors, and architects in breach of contract and professional negligence claims. The practice is instructed in arbitration as well as the High Court and Commercial Court. The practice is led by Tara Cosgrove, Niamh Loughran, Sarah Conroy, and Killian Dorney, with Dorney a new arrival in 2020 from A&L Goodbody LLP.

Practice head(s):

Tara Cosgrove; Niamh Loughran; Sarah Conroy; Killian Dorney

Testimonials

‘The Beale team has a strong depth of experience in dealing with construction claims. Their advice means claims are dealt with in a timely manner and they are always contactable. Their knowledge and experience means that we have always had a satisfactory outcome when they represent us ’

‘They have excellent working knowledge of the construction sector and the issues that affect consultants in this sector. They also offer strong experience in negotiating settlements with claimants and protecting the interests of their clients. They provide interesting and informative CPD presentations relating to construction issues and general advice. Sarah Conroy, Niamh Loughran and Tara Cosgrove have all provided us with valuable advice in the past year’

‘Tara Cosgrove and Sarah Conroy were particularly good. They both displayed a detailed understanding of the construction industry and were excellent at communicating legal implications to construction professionals who did not have a legal background and were always available when issues arose at short notice.’

‘The team at Beale’s Dublin office has provided us with an excellent professional service in the areas of construction related claims.

‘Tara Cosgrove, Sarah Conroy, Killian Dorney, Feena Robinson and the team at the Dublin office has provided sound legal advice grounded in a deep knowledge and understanding of the construction sector. The service provided has been professional and efficient at all times. Key in the provision of their service is their ability to interpret and communicate complex legal concepts relevant to our understanding of the issues.’

Key clients

Arup Consulting Engineers

White Young Green

McCullough Mulvin

Punch Consulting

O’Connor Sutton Cronin

Tobin Consulting Engineers

The Association of Consulting Engineers

RPS Consulting Engineers

MACE

O’Mahony Pike

Work highlights

  • Acting for a firm of consulting engineers in relation to a €4.5m+ claim arising out of the provision of design services in relation to the construction of an apartment block.
  • Representing an international consulting engineer in relation to a claim involving an allegation of professional negligence arising out of its role in providing civil and structural engineering services for a development in Ireland.
  • Acting for a firm of architects in relation to a claim against them arising from design and administration services they provided for the construction of a hotel in Ireland.

Eugene F. Collins

Eugene F. Collins' varied practice advises on contentious and non-contentious construction matters. The team is active in assisting with agreements for leases and development of offices, student accommodation and retail property, and is increasingly involved in advising Approved Housing Bodies on acquisitions and developments in the social housing space. In the contentious space, the firm's clients include developers, underwriters, and construction companies. Margaret Austin leads the practice, and is particularly noted for her experience in using arbitration and mediation to resolve construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Margaret Austin

Other key lawyers:

Sean Twomey

Testimonials

‘The particular strength displayed by Eugene F. Collins is derived from their expertise, detailed knowledge of relevant construction contracts and associated statutory requirements, and their hands-on approach to applying this expertise to progress issues on construction projects or acquisitions under Development Agreements.

‘I have found that all of the lawyers I have dealt with in EFC display a clear understanding of construction contracts and associated issues and all provide a high level of personal attention and commitment to resolving issues on behalf of their clients while also striving to avoid unnecessary conflict and achieve mutually satisfactory outcomes for all parties where possible. ’

Key clients

South County Property Investments Limited

Tifco Group

Allied Irish Banks plc

Bank of Ireland

Fold Housing Association Ireland Limited, CLG

Sophia Housing Association

O’Callaghan Hotels Group

National Asset Management Agency

Finance Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advised Fold Housing Association Ireland, CLG on the acquisition and development of 32 mixed units at Citywest Village, Co. Dublin.
  • Advised the Bank of Ireland in respect of its funding of a development carried out by an Approved Housing Body in respect of a social housing development at North King Street, Dublin.

Hussey Fraser

A specialist construction law firm, Hussey Fraser acts for contractors and sub-contractors in contentious and non-contentious work. Anthony Hussey leads the team.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

LK Shields Solicitors LLP's construction practice advises on contentious and non-contentious matters across projects ranging from wind farms, to manufacturing plants, to healthcare facilities. Non-contentious work, including procurement, design and construction is handled by corporate partner Richard Curran and newly promoted partner Jamie Ritchie, while practice head Amy Bradley and Michael Kavanagh handle contentious work. Bradley is particularly active in representing construction clients in adjudication.

Practice head(s):

Amy Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Richie; Michael Kavanagh; Richard Curran; Seanna Mulrean

Testimonials

‘The LK Shields Construction team has very good construction law experience and knowledge. In particular it has good experience of how to engage in, resolve, and avoid construction disputes, all with a view to affording maximum costs exposure protection to the client and maximum recovery from their contracts.’

‘The lawyers I have worked with show very good knowledge, have very good communication skills, and a tremendous appetite for work, including working all hours necessary to fulfil deadlines and get the job done to a very high standard.’

Key clients

Manufacturing Conglomerate

Carechoice

McMahon Design & Management (MDM)

Ameresco

Crosslane

Coillte

Work highlights

  • Acting for CareChoice (a subsidiary of Paris-based private equity fund Infra Via) on its roll out of new build and extension projects with an anticipated total value of in excess of €100m.
  • Instructed in relation to a subsea and land telecoms project developed by our client MDM / Deep Sea Fibre Networks for the design and construction of a new 221km international fibre optic cable system to provide connectivity between Co. Dublin and Southport, UK.
  • Acted for Ameresco, one of North America’s leading renewable energy companies on the acquisition and upgrade of a wind farm in Co. Kerry, including the conclusion of a new connection agreement with ESB and an operations and maintenance contract for the next 20 years with Dutch company Bettink.

Ronan Daly Jermyn

Led by Finola McCarthy, Ronan Daly Jermyn handles construction matters across Ireland. The firm advises developers active in the residential and corporate sectors; it also assists companies with the development of office space. On the public sector side, it advises councils on work including affordable housing and public lighting. The practice is also active in litigation, representing clients such as architects' insurers in the High Court as well as in alternative dispute resolution. In 2020, the team was bolstered by the addition of Alison Bearpark, who joined the team from Eversheds Sutherland.

Practice head(s):

Finola McCarthy

Other key lawyers:

Donal Twomey; Ronan Geary; Alison Bearpark

Key clients

O’Callaghan Properties

Cork City Council

Mastercard

Homely Developments Limited

Donegal County Council

Ryanair

Trinity College Dublin

Kilkenny Abbey Quarter Development Limited

Shannon Airport Authority DAC

Work highlights

  • Advising O’Callaghan Properties on the construction of Navigation Square, a 310,000 sq ft of fourth-generation office space in Cork City.
  • Advising Donegal County Council and the Roads Management Office on a new public lighting project that will be delivered across three regions in Ireland with three design build contracts involving approximately 100,000 lights per region.
  • Advised Mastercard on the development of its European Technology Hub and Campus at Leopardstown, South Dublin.