Firms To Watch: Real estate

In September 2020, DAC Beachcroft Dublin esablished its real estate practice in Ireland, with Ronan McLoughlin heading the practice; he has a vast experience in real estate transactions, along with leases agreements.
The real estate team of Dentons Ireland established in September 2020, with the arrival of Andrew Muckian, who has expertise in handling transactions throughout a vast range of asset classes.
Under the headship of Peter McKeever, the real estate team at Simmons & Simmons regularly assists clients in all manner of commercial property asset class transactions.

Real estate in Ireland

A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP has a sizable real estate team which continues to handle some of the largest commercial real estate investment deals in Ireland. The team assists with the disposal of office spaces, logistics, funding and acquisition of residential developments, and commercial tenancy agreements. Practice head Niamh O’Sullivan has extensive experience of advising property investment funds on building and managing portfolios. Stephen O’Riordan specialises in real estate transactions with an angle of joint venturing and co-ownership, while Mairead Sherlock focuses on portfolio acquisitions and property funding. Paul Diggin is experienced in advising international investors on the acquisition and disposal of commercial properties in Ireland. Ger O’Toole , Andrew Ion , David Fitzgerald , and John Williams are other key partners in the team.

Practice head(s):

Niamh O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Stephen O’Riordan; Mairead Sherlock; Paul Diggin; Ger O’Toole; Andrew Ion; David Fitzgerald; John Williams


‘The team provide a very strong and personal professional service. They are extremely knowledgeable and efficient, and the advice and direction being given are all-encompassing and the best.’

‘ Andrew Ion and his team are extremely capable of dealing with the most complex transactions. Their professionalism and dedication are admirable and provide a 5-star service.’

‘Very hard working team, understand the requirements and can meet difficult timeframes and challenges head-on.’

‘Andrew Ion is strong technically and pushes hard to get matters completed. Very personable, engaged, with a strong grasp of the commerciality of the deal.

Ger O’Toole is a very experienced, strong negotiator and technically very adept. He works very hard, understand commercial requirements and can meet tough deadlines.’

‘Very hands-on team understands client’s requirements and offers sound and commercial advice. The team go to great lengths to ensure that transactions are completed on time and in the smoothest manner possible.’

‘Andrew Ion understands his client and can debate all sides of an argument. He is a consummate professional and never fails to meet expectations. Skilled, rational and commercial.’

‘John Williams is extremely competent and commercial. He is quick to turn things around, and all advice comes with a solid recommendation.’

Key clients

Hibernia REIT plc


AM Alpha

Fortress Investment Group

ARES Management


Henderson Park

Union Investment

Marlet Property Group

IPUT Real Estate Dublin

Wells Fargo

Irish Life Investment Managers


Kennedy Wilson

Davy Real Estate




Goodbody Platform ICAV

Targeted Investment Opportunities ICA



Activate Capital


Glenveagh Living Ltd

TIO South Docks Fund II Ltd

GLL Real Estate

Bain Capital

Mapletree Investments

Starwood Capital

Motel One

Aviva Friends First



Savills Investment Management

Mountpark Logistics

M7 Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Assisted Palm Capital and KKR with its acquisition of a large portfolio of logistics and industrial properties comprising over 115 individual assets and 100 acres of development lands.
  • Assisted Hibernia REIT plc with its sale and take private by Brookfield for excess of €1bn.
  • Assisted KPMG with the pre-let of their new Irish headquarters at Harcourt Square, Dublin 2.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox has built a strong reputation for advising on complex commercial property transactions and development projects and relies on its multi-jurisdiction presence to assist with both domestic and cross-border transactions. Kenneth Egan heads the team and specialises in property development and investment. Deirdre Barrett advises on investment acquisitions and disposals for international investors, while Simon Hannigan specialises in the forward purchase and forward funding of investment assets. Brian O’Rourke and Deirdre Sheehan have extensive experience of handling leasing and tenancy matters and property finance arrangements. Senior associates Ciara White and Gillian Beechinor are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Egan

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre Barrett; Simon Hannigan; Brian O’Rourke; Deirdre Sheehan; Ciara White; Gillian Beechinor


‘Team is efficient in resolving routine matters and creative at solving more difficult issues. It maintains good relationships with their counterparts in a transaction.’

‘Kenneth Egan is very experienced and has handled extremely complex transactions. He is a creative problem solver and maintains good relationships with everyone.’

Key clients

Spear Street Capital


Kennedy Wilson

Ardstone Partners ICAV


Bain Capital

Irish Life

Rohan Group


Hibernia REIT

Phoenix Tower International

Aviva/Friends First

Davy Target Developments Ltd



Barola Capital DAC

Aberdeen Standard


Land Development Agency

Starwood Capital Group

Permanent TSB



Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone on the acquisition of a substantial part of Meta’s European Headquarters in Ballsbridge, Dublin.
  • Advised Brookfield on the €1.1bn acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Ireland’s largest landlord, Hibernia REIT.
  • Advised Starwood Capital Group on a debt financing with Echelon Data Centres, an Irish owned company committed to delivering cleanly powered and sustainable large scale data centre assets.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP has a substantial and sizable real estate team which works with clients from both the public and private sectors. The team is particularly active in the social housing and new homes sector, where it works with multiple leading Irish developers on new home developments. Practice head Alison O’Sullivan is highly active in the private residential sector and advises international funds on the acquisition of residential portfolios. Michael Walsh has extensive experience of advising on the forward sale of residential units and the purchase of office spaces. Neil Dunne, Ronan Egan , and Derville White are other key partners in the team.

Practice head(s):

Alison O’Sullivan; Michael Walsh

Key clients

Allied Irish Bank plc

Arrow Capital Partners

Aviva Life & Pensions

Ballymore Group

Bank of Ireland (Group Property)


Collen Construction

Davy Hickey

Edifis Capital

EQT Exeter


European Parliament

Glenveagh Properties Plc

Irish Water

Land Development Agency

Lidl Ireland GmbH

LRC Group

Oaklee Housing

Patrizia Immoblien


Quanta Capital


Red Rock

Tullow Oil

Twinlite Group

Vestry Limited Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advised PATRIZIA on the forward purchase of a major holding in a mixed use development in Dublin’s South Docks.
  • Advised Goodbodys/AIB on the letting of 60,000 square feet of Grade A office space at 9 – 12 Dawson Street.
  • Advised Twinlite on the forward sale of an upscale major apartment scheme in South Dublin to a European Fund.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland has a full-service real estate team that handles the full spectrum of real estate transactions, including acquisition and sale of developments, real estate investment, landlord and tenant agreements, and rollout of residential developments. Joseph Stanley heads the practice and has extensive experience of negotiating commercial lease deals and re-structuring arrangements. Sean Greene specialises in advising investors and developers on funding, co-ownership, and planning law, with particular expertise in the leisure and retail sectors, while Cian MacGinley is an expert in planning and environmental law and advises on the development and financing of property assets. Marie O’Riordan and Terry O’Malley are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Stanley

Other key lawyers:

Sean Greene; Cian MacGinley; Marie O’Riordan; Terry O’Malley


‘The team is technically very strong and know the detail of what should be in a DOI, deed, or lease.’

‘The team has commercial thinking focused on getting deals done rather than getting stuck in minor details.’

‘The team always think ahead to the end game and how to get there as quickly as possible.

‘The firm is an expert in real estate and can manage the most complex legal challenges.’

‘Real strength in depth in individual team members and a tradition of advising on complex real estate developments.’

‘Sean Greene is always responsive and gives considered opinions. Has wide experience in commercial property.’

‘ The firm fully understands the client’s business and the intended direction of said business.’

‘Terry O’Malley deals with problems while defusing situations instead of creating unnecessary drama.’

Key clients

Hibernia REIT plc

Aldgate Developments;

Cairn Homes plc

Ronan Group Real Estate


Urbeo Residential

Alpha Real Capital

HSBC Global Asset Management

LinkedIn Corporation

Orange Capital Partners


Tetrarch Capital

Angelo Gordon and Carysfort Capital

Avestus Capital Partners and Richmond Homes

MKN Property Group


KanAm Grund


First Step Homes

Eagle Street Partners

Emerald Investments

Heatons Unlimited


Work highlights

  • Advised CastleGate Investments on all real estate aspects of the recent acquisition by Castlegate of Ireland’s largest estate agency, Sherry Fitzgerald.
  • Advised Hibernia REIT plc on the real estate aspects of its sale to Brookfield Asset Management and its delisting from the Irish Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Ronan Group Real Estate and Fortress Capital on the sale of its Spencer South mixed use development to Blackstone.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP provides legal advice on real estate transactions to a wide variety of clients, including real estate developers, national hospitals, media companies, educational institutions, investment funds, and other financial organisations. Michael Doran has extensive experience of working with development investor clients, and jointly heads the team with Vanessa Byrne , who specialises in landlord and tenant law transactions. Jamie Fitzmaurice assists real estate investment trusts with portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, whereas Tom Davy ’s practice includes advising global media companies on commercial real estate transactions in Ireland. Rachel Carney , Oliver Fitzgerald, and Marcus Kennedy are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Byrne; Michael Doran

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Fitzmaurice; Tom Davy; Rachel Carney; Oliver Fitzgerald; Marcus Kennedy


‘Excellent communication, constructive and practical advice, flexible and responsive approach on multiple projects.’

‘Michael Doran demonstrates an ability to identify the key issues and gives practical and useful advice to move projects forward. His team remain focused and calm regardless of the circumstance.’

‘The calibre of both the people and the work at the real estate practice of Mason Hayes & Curran is excellent. Both partners and associates consistently provide polished and accurate advice, and their service level is high.’

‘The set puts themselves in the client’s shoes and understands the business needs and how they can be best addressed from a legal perspective. They stay with the case every step of the journey with clients. For a large firm, there is a joined-up strategy in dealing with issues that cross their desk, and their friendly, cross-departmental way of working is apparent.’

‘Vanessa Byrne has the depth of knowledge, experience and capacity to take on very niche pieces of work which require specialist knowledge or large volume work. In all cases, both she and the department, in general, deliver clear, concise and consistent work, which is often carried out under tight timelines. Even under such tight turn-around times, the quality of work does not suffer. Her advice is commercially sound and always ahead of time.’

‘Mason Hayes & Curran LLP’s construction and real estate teams grasped the deal and drove it forward. They delivered within a very ambitious time frame.’

‘Vanessa Curran is trustworthy, brilliant and vibrant – she is the lawyer you want to have on your side.’

‘Mason Hayes & Curran LLP’s team extremely proactive, consistently available and innovative in their solution-driven approach.’

Key clients

Irish Life

DomusVI Group


Irish Residential Properties REIT plc

Aviva Real Estate Investors


AXA Investment Real Estate

BNP Paribas



Kennedy Wilson

Mission Critical

Allied Irish Banks



SSE Airtricity


Union Invstment


McAleer & Rushe

Work highlights

  • Represented BNP REIM in the acquisition of the Staycity Aparthotel.
  • Advised McAleer & Rushe Group on deal comprised the sale of a portfolio of prime “shovel ready” residential development sites.
  • Represented SSE in Phase 2 of the Arklow Bank Wind Park off the coast of Arklow, Co. Wicklow.

Matheson LLP

Matheson LLP’s commercial real estate team handles high-profile property transactions for clients from a wide range of sectors, including technology, healthcare, food, finance, insurance, and retail. The team has a strong presence in the developer and occupier space and data centre sectors. Brian Doran has significant expertise in the forward sale and forward fund of private rental schemes and mixed-use developments. Sally Anne Stone advises on regeneration projects and development financing, while Karen Sheil specialises in all types of property development and investment transactions. Leonie Dunne advises fund investors on the acquisition of real estate assets and real estate-backed loans in Ireland, and Cillian O’Boyle has particular expertise in handling property matters for clients from the renewable energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Sally Anne Stone

Other key lawyers:

Karen Sheil; Leonie Dunne; Cillian O’Boyle Brian Doran


‘Matheson advises on all aspects of real estate and construction law, including lease structures and agreements, sale of commercial property and land and property acquisition. Also, advice and preparation of Contact for Sales – Negotiation of Contracts. The service provided by Matheson is of high quality, and we have found them to be reliable, practical and solution-driven. Answer the queries promptly, provides commercially focused advice, and their vast knowledge & skills have been extremely helpful in all real estate and construction law matters.’

‘Leonie Dunne is invaluable in helping through complex legal structures and deals. She is astute, clear, and practical, always straightforward to understand and gives practical and straightforward advice. She is very knowledgeable and has a pragmatic and commercial approach to issues and contracts. She is decisive and delivers arguments with confidence and gravitas. She is always on hand to answer any questions.’

‘The team at Matheson are always available when you need them to assist with a query. They are very good at taking an issue and offering a workable solution. Cillian O’Boyle is very approachable and understands the key issues when dealing with a matter.’

‘The team is very approachable. Cillian O’Boyle is friendly and professional. The firm provides fast solutions to urgent problems.’

‘Brian Doran is a high-class operator, very knowledgeable and well-connected. Passionate about the transactions he is working on and a strong person to have in your corner. Michael Hastings is hard-working, intelligent, phlegmatic.’

‘Matheson real estate team has a strong knowledge of the renewables sector, with significant experience working on large transactions in the sector, which means that they can provide practical, commercial and up-to-date advice. They are very responsive and reliable, which is essential in this fast-moving sector. Unlike many other real estate practices, their high-quality output means.’

‘Cillian O’Boyle has excellent knowledge of the renewables sector, which means advice from the real estate team is practical, commercial and reflects current industry practice.’

‘Matheson’s real estate team provides excellent customer service, knowledge of Irish laws, and sound negotiating advice. They bring a high level of organisation, detailed reasoning, and examples to lead clients’ teams as they progress in the leasing process. They are critical and creative thinkers who look outside the box to solve and foresee problems before they occur.’

Key clients



Kennedy Wilson

QT Technologies Ireland Ltd.

Park Developments Group

Ballymore Group

Oxley Holdings


Trinity College Dublin


Tishman Speyer

Chartered Land

Horizon Therapeutics

U + I Group PLC

JCD Group


Stryker, Inc

Just Eat Takeaway

IGIS Asset Management

DB Schenker

Franklin Templeton

Toast, Inc

Steris Group

United Health / Optum

Equinix, Inc


La Francaise Forum Real Estate Partners

Danske Bank Group

Bank of New York Mellon

Omnipay / Fiserv, Inc


Zendesk, Inc


State Street

DoTerra International LLC / Lee River Holdings




FBD Insurance plc


Irving Oil





Macquarie Principal Finance

Steg Europa Immobilien GmbH / AM Alpha

Savills Investment Managers


EDF Energy Renewables

Glenveagh Homes


Norton Life Lock


Bord na Mona


Low Carbon

Work highlights

  • Advised Re Workday Inc on the acquisition, design, planning and construction of its new European headquarters in Dublin.
  • Represented AM alpha in the acquisition of Block B, 76 Sir Joh Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2 (the “Property”) from TIO South Docks Fund II Limited (the “Vendor”).
  • Advised Park Developments on the forward sale of 3 blocks of residential apartments located at the Clay Farm Development, Leopardstown, Dublin.

McCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP handles real estate mandates arising from a wide range of sub-sectors, including private rental schemes, residential, healthcare, logistics, infrastructure, and hotels. The practice is particularly active in the social housing sector, advising investment trusts active in the space, and is headed by Donal O’Raghallaigh who advises on all financial, legal, and political aspects of real estate transactions. Richard Leonard and Shane Sweeney regularly support clients on the sale and acquisition of real estate and logistics assets. Shane Fahy is currently working on a high-profile regeneration project and an underground metro station.

Practice head(s):

Donal O’Raghallaigh

Other key lawyers:

Richard Leonard; Shane Sweeney; Shane Fahy; Jim Murphy; Jennifer Halpin; Emily Mac Nicholas.


‘McCanns have deep sectoral knowledge and throughput on particular areas, which was relevant to our discussion investment in energy and property requiring deep knowledge.’

‘McCann Fitzgerald’s real estate team, led by Shane Sweeney, who provides an excellent service. They provide clear, pragmatic advice and turn around work quickly.’

‘Shane Sweeney is an excellent lawyer who is always available and responsive to their client. He works on transactions in a very pragmatic and straightforward way.’

‘McCann Fitzgerald’s real estate team is highly knowledgeable of the Irish real estate sector.’

‘Shane Sweeney is highly knowledgeable, direct, client-focused, and great at communication. The key skill of translating complex legal real estate matters into easy-to-understand layman language.’

‘All the partners are highly responsive and effective whilst maintaining a friendly attitude.’

‘Firm has an in-depth knowledge of Irish real estate law and provides clear instruction to the client as to transaction risks. Strong collaboration across departments where there is a link between real estate and development.’

‘The team is very approachable and readily available as the transaction progresses. Richard Leonard, in particular, is a standout individual.’

Key clients

Hammerson plc

Sofidy (part of Tikehau Capital Group)


Quintain Ireland / Hudson Advisors / Lone Star

MEAG MUNICH ERGO AssetManagement GmbH

Primary Health Properties, plc

Lioncor Developments

Ardstone Residential Partners ICAV



Ruby Hotels GmbH

IPUT plc

MSD (known as Merck in the United States)

Orpea S.A.

Apollo Global Management, Inc

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers

Vodafone Ireland

Leopardstown Park Hospital Trust

Deutsche Bank

An Post (Irish postal service)

Housing Finance Agency

National Asset Management Agency

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

National Transport Agency


Crosbie Receivership

Work highlights

  • Advised SVHG on the relocation of the national maternity hospital currently located at Holles Street to the hospital campus of SVHG.
  • Advised ESB on Forward sale to Amundi of “Fitwilliam 28”, a new Grade A office development comprising circa 130k square feet.
  • Advised An Post on its historic move from The General Post Office, the site of the 1916 Rising to the EXO building.

William Fry

William Fry advises on the full spectrum of real estate transactions arising from data centres, private rental properties, mixed-use developments, and logistics. The team has a very diverse set of clients that includes large institutional investors, international private equity funds, public authorities, developers, and retailers. Practice head Edward Spain is experienced in all aspects of real estate law, including acquisitions, disposals, mergers, and property-based lending. Lisa McCarthy regularly advises high-profile domestic and international investors on large-scale office lettings, acquisitions and disposals. Brian O’Callaghan and Conor Treacy specialise in sales and purchases, lettings, and property financing within the retail and leisure unit sectors.

Practice head(s):

Edward Spain

Other key lawyers:

Lisa McCarthy; Brian O’Callaghan; Conor Treacy


‘Team is outstanding, and attention to detail is excellent. Conor Treacy is very detailed in the process, with clear and concise information at all times.’

‘Conor Treacy is an excellent professional, with attention to detail and good communication skills.’

‘William Fry’s team is very well organised with a pragmatic approach.’

‘William Fry real estate team are a quality outfit and always very easy and straightforward to deal with. Their true strength lies in their strength depth, always extremely efficient and comprehensive when dealing with a range of issues & property projects. Always forward thinking with a commercial outlook and strong experience base which gives comfort & capability in delivering quality advice.’

‘Conor Treacy is a stand-out partner, never fazed by any curve ball or movements on a range of projects. A deep real estate knowledge base and strong legal understanding benefit an ability to overcome issues with a clear and commercial approach. Prompt on response and keeps a client always updated – always available & works extremely well with client’s team.’

‘Edward Spain carries a lot of experience and is a good expertise.’

‘The team is very pleasant in the communication and proactive to make a deal happen.’

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

OCP Capital Partners


Tesco Ireland Limited


Irish Life Assurance plc

Real I.S. Investment GmbH

GA Developments

Union Investment

Nuveen Management AIFM Limited



Digital Realty

BCP Asset Management

Ballymore Group

Bank of Ireland

Serpentine Nominees

Carr Golf

Work highlights

  • Assisted the sellers with the sale of three adjoining office blocks comprising the rear part of Facebook’s Irish HQ.
  • Assisted Hines and Peterson with the pre-lets on its Central Bank Dame Street Portfolio which includes the iconic former Central Bank head-quarters.
  • Assisted Diageo with the one billion Euro re-development of the historic Guinness Brewery at St James’s Gate in Dublin into a new urban quarter.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard works with a variety of domestic and international clients, including real estate developers and investors. The team has a strong focus on the housing sector and is involved in multiple social housing, build-to-rent, and senior living transactions. Kathi Ó Riain heads the practice and advises overseas investment funds on the acquisition of assets in Ireland. Managing partner Mark Walsh is an expert at negotiating and drafting commercial leases and agreements for retailers, while Sean Twomey advises lending institutions on commercial lending. Justine Territt  and Neil Bourke have extensive experience of all types of commercial property transactions, including acquisitions, disposals, commercial lettings, and property-backed financing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Kathi Ó Riain

Other key lawyers:

Mark Walsh; Sean Twomey; Justine Territt; Neil Bourke


‘Good conveyancing team, willingness to listen and hear client’s instructions and act accordingly.’

‘Real estate partner Justine Territt is an effective and experienced conveyancer.’

‘The team provides an excellent, practical and commercial service.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard (Ireland) LLP team is always available, contactable and provides pragmatic and reasoned advice.’

‘Neil Bourke is an exceptional lawyer. The level of service and knowledge he brings to transactions is far above his competitors. He is always available and works with the entire team to conclude deals most efficiently. Kathi O’Riain is a leading force in efficiency, knowledge and negotiation. The best in the industry.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard (Ireland) LLP’s team is very approachable and has a personable practice. They take time to understand the client’s requirements and support them in their business needs in reaching fair outcomes.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard (Ireland) LLP’s people are relaxed and approachable.’

‘Lisa Griffin is exceptionally efficient, knowledgeable and helpful.’

Key clients

Irish Distillers/Pernod Ricard


Land Development Agency


REInvest Asset Management SA

Cluid Housing ABH

Vue Entertainment

Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland DAC


Tifco Group

Marks & Spencer

Corum Asset Management


MNK Partners

Bartra Capital

Inditex Group

Bank of Ireland



Catella Real Estate AG




Fold Housing Association

Sophia Housing Association


Home Building Finance Ireland

Sonder Hospitality

Work highlights

  • Advised Salesforce on the lease of its new purpose-built, leading-edge campus, Salesforce Tower Dublin, located in Dublin’s “Silicon Docks”.
  • Advised REInvest Asset Management SA on its first investment in the Irish commercial real estate market, with the €65m purchase of prime office space in Dublin.
  • Advised Aviva Life & Pensions on the sale of a collection of industrial assets distributed across Dublin to Palm Capital.

Beauchamps LLP

Beauchamps LLP is experienced in handling complex real estate letting and housing development transactions related to commercial amd residential properties, hotels, logistics parks and land acquisitions. In addition, the team also assists government and semi-state authorities with financing and development of major projects. The practice is led by the quartet of acquisitions expert Aidan Marsh , housing sector specialist Fidelma McManus , lettings expert Maitiú Ó Dónaill , and Imelda Reynolds, who has longstanding experience of complex property transactions and landlord and tenant matters. Gerry Gallen , Tony O’Sullivan , and Jacinta Niland are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Aidan Marsh; Maitiú Ó Dónaill; Imelda Reynolds; Fidelma McManus

Other key lawyers:

Gerry Gallen; Tony O’Sullivan; Jacinta Niland; Laura Brophy;  Sian Browne


‘The team is helpful, commercial, practical and responsive.’

‘Maitiú Ó Dónaill is a very reliable solicitor who understands clients’ business and their commercial priorities. Laura Brophy seamlessly manages other aspects directly with clients.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable, approachable and commercially aware. It is a trusted advisor to the organisations.’

‘Imelda Reynolds is extremely knowledgeable and commercially savvy. She is proactive and pragmatic in her approach. She is innovative and reliable. Laura Brophy is very diligent, reliable, responsive and has a strong eye for detail.’

‘Aidan Marsh is excellent at thinking about the bigger picture and has great attention to detail. Sian Browne is excellent.’

‘Beauchamp’s practice combines significant strengths across all three domains, construction, contract law and conveyancing. They apply their extensive knowledge and experience to guide their clients in arriving at commercial judgements in contract negotiation, knowing the difference between where to hold the line and where minor concessions will have no real exposure in the negotiations. They manage high volumes of transactions in an efficient and timely manner.’

‘Fidelma McManus brings an exceptional level of judgement and experience to bear on the client’s extensive portfolio of transactions.’

‘Tony O’Sullivan has excellent attention to detail, is knowledgeable and quick to respond.’

Key clients


Angelo Gordon

Ardstone Homes

Astra Partners

Cabot Financial (Ireland) Limited

Cardinal Capital

CEVA Logistics PLC


Clúid Housing

Colony Capital

Coolbrook Developments Limited/McCormack Family

Cooperative Housing Ireland

daa plc

Dublin City Council

Dublin Port Company

Fingal County Council

Goldman Sachs

Home for Life

IDA Ireland

JP Morgan

Kildare County Council

Leinster Rugby

Linders Property Group


Lotus Investment Group


Manley Developments Limited/Manley Construction

North & East Housing Association

Pepper Group

Permanent TSB


Signal Capital

Sorohan Builders

South Dublin County Council


Swiss Life

The Curley Family

The Housing Agency


Work highlights

  • Advised Respond on a number of substantial and high-profile innovative and complex projects.
  • Advised Astra Partners on its acquisition of former Hewlett Packard Campus, Liffey Park Technology Campus, in Leixlip, Co. Kildare c.180 acre technology park.
  • Advised South Dublin County Council on the procurement of the preferred tenderer.

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace advises on the full spectrum of real estate law matters, with particular expertise in the negotiation of property joint ventures and development deals. The team works closely with the firm’s financial services and banking teams to provide holistic advice on property investments and is headed by Martin Colman  who regularly advises on the acquisition, development, sale and leasing of commercial and residential properties. Kelly O’Hara has extensive experience of advising on all aspects of private rented sector deals, while Fiona O’Neill acts as construction advisor on a broad range of commercial and residential property projects for investors, developers and borrowers. Senior associate Brendan Cunnane and associate Clare Lacey are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Martin Colman

Other key lawyers:

Kelly O’Hara; Fiona O’Neill; Brendan Cunnane; Clare Lacey


‘The Dillon Eustace team is second to none in the legal services market. The team is professional, thorough and available when needed. It is proactive in the client’s interests and deals with challenges upfront positively.’

‘The Dillon Eustace Team is approachable. Standout Partners are Kelly O’Hara & Associate Breifne Muldoon.’

‘The team has excellent leadership and excellent collaboration. It provides commercial advice with clear and to-the-point communication.’

‘Kelly O’Hara is everything one needs in a lawyer – personable, widely experienced, commercial, straight-talking. Working with her is a real pleasure. Fiona O’Neil is similarly commercial and practical, and her advice is easily digestible.’

Key clients

IPUT plc

Franklin Templeton

Land Development Agency

Cairn Homes Properties Limited

Nassarius Capital AG

Round Hill Capital

Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland DAC

SW3 Capital/Tristan Capital Partners

Round Hill Capital

Greenoak Europe Secured Lending

Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland DAC

Elleke Vermogens

Fine Grain Property (Ireland) Limited


Fairfield Real Estate Finance Limited

Lone Star

Garlin Investment ICAV

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

Permanent TSB

Abarta Investments ICAV

Centric Health


Ulster Bank

House Building Finance Ireland

Reil Investments

Remcoll Developments Limite

RoundShield Partners LLP

Homestore & More

Work highlights

  • Assisted IPUT with the recently signed Agreement for Lease entered into between IPUT and Tik Tok.
  • Assisted Cairn Homes Properties Limited with the significant instruction of the sale of 179 units at Mercer Vale, Cherrywood.
  • Assisted QR RHC Investment Partners ICAV – Clarehall with the negotiation of the transaction documents to acquire 238 PRS apartments.

Ogier Leman

Ogier Leman is well known for the variety of real estate work it handles for a varied client base that includes developers, tenants, property funds, and hotel companies. The team assists with landlord and tenant matters, property finance, acquisition and development, and asset management. Practice head John Hogan regularly advises joint venture partners on the acquisition and structuring of high-profile property investments, and Andrew Nagle is highly active in the commercial letting space.

Practice head(s):

John Hogan

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Nagle; Gavin Fitzgerald


‘The team at Ogier Leman LLP has a great ability to solve the problem and communicate a simple way forward. John Hogan and Gavin Fitzgerald are the best.’

‘Great attitude, always looking for solutions and always having a clear plan going forward. All the team member has a can-do attitude.’

‘Andrew Nagle advises on several projects, and his can-do attitude gives great comfort and in a timely fashion with all the complexities of the law explained in simple terms. He is very commercial and enjoys complex transactions.’

‘The team provides the legal advice, always innovating in finding solutions.’

‘The team is always available to respond to a client’s needs. They work hard to make things happen within tight timelines. They have a broad range of expertise and experience among the real estate team, with great leadership provided by the practice head John Hogan.’

‘Andrew Nagle, Gavin Fitzgerald and John Hogan are stand-out performers. They can always be relied upon to deliver solutions, no matter how difficult the situation or circumstances.’

‘Ogier Leman LLP is very proactive in terms of stakeholder engagement and a significant contributor to meeting a client’s very tight closing timeframe.’

‘The individual demonstrates a strong willingness to work to a very tight closing timeframe. Their advice is exceptional, and they clearly outline all risks and provide strong guidance. Gavin Fitzgerald has professionalism and commerciality.’

Key clients

Press Up Group

Gem Construction

Hibernia REIT

Gate Gourmet Ireland Limited

The Durkan Group

Barina Construction

Kellogg Europe Trading Limited

Grand Coast Capital Group

Beannchor Group

Kennedy Wilson

Maples Group

Maples Group’s property group is experienced in handling acquisition transactions for a wide variety of real estate assets, including hotels, logistics, private rented sector schemes, and retail offices. In addition, the team also advises large retail landlords on landlord and tenant law. Diarmuid Mawe heads the practice and advises private equity and institutional investors on the acquisition, management, and disposal of real estate assets, while Craig Kenny specialises in the private rented sector and buy-to-rent schemes. Of counsel Aisling Burke has extensive experience of acquisition and financing of real estate portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Diarmuid Mawe

Other key lawyers:

Craig Kenny; Aisling Burke


‘The team quickly response to instructions with good follow-up.’

‘Partner Diarmuid Mawe is excellent and always available.’

‘The hardworking efficient team gets deals done pleasantly.’

‘Craig Kenny is a stand-out lawyer in the team and carries exceptional ability to conclude deals quietly without fanfare – consistently achieves good results for clients.’

Key clients

Marathon Asset Management LLP


Heitman LLC

Glenveagh Properties plc

Herbert Park ICAV

Tristan Capital Partners

Bank Hapoalim B.M.


Aviva Ireland

Archer Hotel Group

Signature Capital

Irish Life Assurance plc

Green Property

Falcon Asset Management

Orange Capital Partners

Quadoro Investment GmbH

Grafton Group

BNP Paribas REIM

Lioncor Developments

Deutsche Borse

Iroko ZEN

Avestus Capital Partners

Henderson Park

Goldman Sachs

Marlet Property Group

Savills Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Goldman Sachs on all landlord and tenant matters at The Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.
  • Advised Heitman LLC on its acquisition of U Store It – Ireland.
  • Advised Henderson Park on various elements of its real estate portfolio in Ireland.

Philip Lee LLP

Philip Lee LLP’s real estate team handles the full range of property, development, landlord and tenant and real estate finance transactions. The team works closely with the firm’s planning and environmental practice and construction team to provide holistic advice to a diverse set of clients, including public and regulatory bodies, investors, private developers, and financial institutions. John O’Donoghue heads the practice and advises on all issues related to the acquisition, leasing, and development of land and buildings. Tom Conway  provides real estate finance-related advice to national and international investment funds, and Thomas O’Malley focuses on the social housing sector. Other key contacts include Michael Neary and Eimear Fitzgibbon , who specialises in the renewable energy sector.

Practice head(s):

John O’Donoghue

Other key lawyers:

Tom Conway; Thomas O’Malley; Michael Neary; Eimear Fitzgibbon; Elaine Whelan


‘Excellent firm, totally solutions and client-focused. Very committed to transactions and very commercial and problem-solving.’

‘An excellent firm, Tom Conway is a standout partner. Hugely committed and strong commercial advisor on all real estate and property matters. Highly solutions focused, leads the conversation and brings counterparties over the line.’

‘Philip Lee is an exceptional law firm. They have a team of experts across corporate, real estate, construction and employment who understand the healthcare sector. They always make themselves available and are solution-focused and skilled problem solvers.’

‘Tom Conway has an extensive knowledge of real estate, and his hard work and diligence are critical to successful closings.’

‘The team at Philip Lee provides a personal service and timely responses.’

‘John O’Donoghue and Elaine Whelan are very approachable and helpful. Their knowledge and advice are valuable, and they are keen to understand clients’ business and help them to understand how the Irish property legislation applies to their transactions.’

‘The team has a clear and deep understanding of the area. From a client perspective, they delivered very high-quality work and are available to address and progress issues as they arose.’

‘Clear, precise, problem-solving from people who don’t panic.’

Key clients

First Step Homes, (investment vehicle of Angelo Gordon –US investment fund), Trinity Investment Management

RELM Finance Limited

JMC Logistics Limited

Ethika Properties Limited

Focused Investment Property ICAV

Trafalgar Capital Limited

Housing Agency

Corrib Oil Ireland Limited

Whitbread Group Plc

Queensway Group

Arresico Limited

Townmore Construction Limited/BluemontInternational/TM More Healthcare Limited

Matter Real Estate

St. Agnes Property Limited

Macquarie Corporate Holdings PTY Limited (UK Branch)

Work highlights

  • Advised First Step Homes Ireland on a portfolio sale of c. 270, newly built properties.
  • Represented the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government in conjunction with the Housing Agency.
  • Assisted Power Capital Renewable Energy with its financing of five ready-to-build solar farms across Ireland.


RDJ LLP is particularly active in the private rented sector and social housing sectors, where it provides end-to-end advice on developments, from financing, acquisition, and development, to leasing and forward sale. John Dwyer specialises in large-scale loan sale transactions and jointly heads the team with Evin McCarthy and Peter McGarvey. Margaret Ring advises on the sale of commercial properties and office leases for both landlord and tenant clients, while Brian O’Halloran has extensive experience of working with residential developers. Other key partners in the team include Patrick Dorgan, David Phelan, and investment and development transactions expert, Simon Lynch.

Practice head(s):

John Dwyer; Evin McCarthy; Peter McGarvey

Other key lawyers:

Margaret Ring; Brian O’Halloran; Patrick Dorgan; David Phelan; Simon Lynch


‘A key strength of the team is responsiveness and the quality of the work. Turnaround times and moving through transactions quickly.’

‘Margaret Ring stands out for her level of commitment and attention to detail. She is the ‘go-to’ person, and her expertise is second to none.’

‘RDJ have an excellent team and provides a very high quality of service.’

‘Very commercial team who can respond quickly and understand the client’s needs.’

‘Evin McCarthy is a good communicator with an understanding of the real estate market and is always available to chat through an issue. He is well-liked by his peers and can be both firm and delicate in approach. Simon Lynch is very well connected with the sector, understands the big picture and is a very good people person.’

‘The real estate team led by Evin McCarthy is very strong and impressive. The team is commercial, solution-driven, alert and responsive. They use team members at the correct level according to the task.’

‘Evin McCarthy is a standout lawyer with great technical ability and market awareness.’

‘Commercially minded and dedicates the necessary time, resources and effort to complete projects to the client’s satisfaction. They have great strength in depth at both partner and associate level and are extremely responsive.’

Key clients

O’Callaghan Properties

Marlet Property Group

Glenveagh Homes Limited

Park Developments Group

Tempus Realty Holdings, SeaPoint Capital Partners & H.I.G. Capital

GSK Trading Services Limited

Clarendon Group

John Cleary Developments

Dublin City University

ARA Europe

Crossroads RE

The European Commission

University College Dublin

Lugus Capital Advisors

CORE Industrial Properties

Quintain Ireland


Fattal Hotel Group

XCentric Hotel Group


Arena Housing

Bolt Capital


Deloitte Real Estate

Durkan New Homes

Sretaw Private Equity

Gresham House Investments ICAV

Land Development Agency

Work highlights

  • Advised ARA Europe on the forward lease of 191 Unit development at Burnell Court, Place, Northern Cross, Dublin to Tuath Housing Association.
  • Advised Crossroads RE on the acquisition and development of a Co-Living development at Cork Street, Dublin 8 with planning permission for 397 bedspaces.
  • Advised UCD on a €350m EIB loan and the utilisation of same for the further development of its Campus.
  • Advised DCU on taking over Morton Stadium from Sports Ireland and Fingal County Council.
  • Advised Durkan New Homes on site assembly in Greystones County Wicklow for a large-scale residential project.


Fieldfisher continues to remain active in all real estate sectors, with a particular focus on social housing, acquisitions for overseas funds and commercial leasing. The team works with a wide range of clients, including banks, investors, developers, state organisations, as well as landlords and tenants. Breen Purcell heads the practice and has extensive experience of advising on property-based lending transactions. Paddy Smyth regularly advises social housing bodies on the acquisition of residential units throughout Ireland. Associates Neil Cahill and Joanna Bannon have significant expertise in negotiating and drafting commercial leases and contracts for sale.

Practice head(s):

Breen Purcell

Other key lawyers:

Paddy Smyth; Neil Cahill; Joanna Bannon

Work highlights

  • Advised Sazerac Company on a number of complex property issues involved in the acquisition by Sazerac Inc.

Hayes Solicitors LLP

Hayes Solicitors LLP relies on its industry-specific expertise to advise clients from multiple sectors, including retail, logistics, real estate development, technology, finance, and the public sector. Jackie Buckley heads the practice and advises on all aspects of the sale, purchase, leasing, development and financing of properties. Fiona Shipsey frequently handles the full range of landlord and tenant matters for high-profile commercial clients. Senior associate Sarah Byrne is experienced in the acquisition, management, and disposal of real estate assets. Senior associate Owen Burke is a trust and estate practitioner who specialises in the sale of residential and agricultural properties.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Buckley

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Shipsey; Sarah Byrne; Owen Burke


‘Fiona Shipsey has a pragmatic approach to resolving problems.’

‘Hayes Solicitors offers a personal service and understands clients’ business interests.’

‘The individuals at Hayes Solicitors are excellent at their job and possess excellent interpersonal skills.’

‘The real estate team at Hayes are very professional and extremely efficient in their delivery and advice. Their understanding of dynamic transactional processes and structures makes complex transactions straightforward.’

‘Fiona Shipsey is exceptional in her support and advice and is also always available to deliver accurate and insightful advice.’

‘Hayes Solicitors team offer a very customised service based on the specific requirements of the assignment. They have an in-depth knowledge of the property legislation and all aspects of the property business including leases, variations, fit-out works, renewals and break clauses. Their strength is in their attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile for the client. They are transparent in all aspects of the engagement including setting fees and detailing the work programme to be achieved.’

‘Jackie Buckley is readily available and has a wealth of experience in the commercial property area. She is generous with her time and very thorough in explaining why a particular course of action should be taken.’

‘Strong conveyancing team, pro-active in terms of communication.’

Key clients


DHL Supply Chain (Ireland) Limited

Giraffe Childcare

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading multinational retailer on its property transactions in Ireland, including sales, acquisitions, landlord and tenant issues.
  • Assisted various logistics clients with their property requirements in Ireland.
  • Assisted large telecommunications client with the disposal of a number of sites and warehouses.

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Holmes O'Malley Sexton handles real estate matters across a broad range of asset classes, from commercial property to development sites, and is highly active in the negotiation and drafting of leases. The team receives varied mandates from clients, including government entities, developers, REITs and organisations in the healthcare and education sectors. The team is led by Sandra Egan, Harry Fehily and Lisa Killeen in Limerick, alongside Lorraine Power who works from Dublin.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Egan; Lorraine Power; Harry Fehily; Lisa Killeen

Other key lawyers:

Gillian Butler


‘Holmes O’Malley Sexton LLP provide legal advice with practical and commercial considerations.’

‘Gillian Butler has the ability to translate legal points into language a client can grasp.’

‘Sandra Egan, always available when required, gets the job done on time, always agrees on fees before sending fee notes.’

Key clients

Limerick Twenty Thirty Strategic Development DAC


Legal Aid Board

Yew Grove REIT plc

The Go-Ahead Group Plc

Shannon Group plc

University of Limerick

Industrial Development Agency

Technology University Dublin

Land Development Agency

FuturEnergy Ireland

Work highlights

  • Assisted Yew Grove REIT plc with their acquisition by Slate Office REIT for €127.8m.
  • Advised Coillte on the terms of sales, acquisitions, wayleaves and CPOs throughout Ireland.
  • Advised Legal Aid Board on numerous matters including the leasing of properties.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has built a strong reputation for advising international private equity firms, investment firms, and investment funds on real estate opportunities in Ireland. In addition, the practice has also increased its presence in the private residential and build-to-rent sectors. Practice head Clair Cassidy has extensive experience in the acquisition and disposal of development land and commercial properties, while Patrick Ryan specialises in negotiation and drafting of commercial leases. Peter O’Reilly regularly assists a variety of financial institutions with property-based lending transactions, and senior associate Elaine O’Connor covers all the real estate aspects of mergers, acquisitions and management buyouts.

Practice head(s):

Clair Cassidy

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Ryan; Peter O’Reilly; Elaine O’Connor


‘LK Shields Solicitors LLP’s team is highly responsive and pragmatic when it comes to commercial decisions.’

‘Clair Cassidy has an excellent temperament complemented by strong legal and commercial instincts.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable, accessible, and well respected.’

‘Patrick Ryan is calm and unruffled under pressure.’

Key clients

Shannon Group

Elkstone Capital Partners Limited

Dean Swift Property Holdings

Propchain| Solutions Limit|ed

Kajima| Corporation

ADM Mersey plc T/A ADM Londis

Brink’s ATM Services Limited

MNK Partners

Avery Dennison Ireland Limited

SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc.

Monaco Properties Limited

Ellwood Homes Developments Limited

Gowan Group Limited

Crown Capital Properties

October Investments (Ireland) ICAV

Bord na Mona

Work highlights

  • Advised Elkstone Capital Partners Limited on its acquisition of various development sites.
  • Advised October Investments (Ireland) ICAV on the letting of four floors at the new 35 Shelbourne Road office development to Waystone.
  • Advised Ellwood Homes Developments Limited on the forward sale to Louth County Council of a social housing scheme in Drogheda, County Louth.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Under the headship of Kevin Collins, Pinsent Masons LLP’s real estate team advises on land acquisitions, development and transactions across a range of sectors. The practice has particular focus on the energy sector where it covers transactions involving wind and solar assets.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Collins

Key clients

LCN Capital Partners

H & M Hennes & Mauritz Ireland Limited

Regenerate Asset Management

Sirio Investment Management Limited

Eli Lilly

EP UK Investments Limited

Lioscarran Holdings

Obton A/S

Work highlights

  • Advised Signa and Central Group on the acquisition of Selfridges Group, including the assets of Brown Thomas and Arnotts in Ireland.
  • Advised LCN Capital Partners on its acquisition of the headquarters of Flutter Entertainment plc for c. €100m.
  • Advised Eli Lilly on the acquisition and development of a new pharmaceutical plant in Limerick.


Walkers assists domestic and international investors, developers, funds, managers, and financial institutions on property investments. The practice is led by Rachel Rodgers, who advises both lenders and borrowers on real estate elements of lending transactions. The team has further experience in landlord and tenant law, acting for both landlords and large international tenants, and senior associate Robert Upton advises on all matters relating to the acquisition, funding, development and disposal of property assets. Jody Toner left the practice in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Rodgers

Other key lawyers:

Robert Upton


‘The team has a good communication, awareness and understanding of client’s needs.’

‘Rachel Rodgers is an excellent lawyer with good commercial awareness.’

Key clients

Marlet Property Group

Virgin Media Ireland Limited


Man Group plc/ Man GPM Aalto



The Hertz Corporation

Apex Group

Iceland International Seafood, Oceanpath, Carr & Sons Seafood Limited

Daol Financial Group

Virtu Financial Services (Ireland) Limited

Eagle Street Partners Ireland Limited


Down Syndrome Ireland

Grant Thornton

Work highlights

  • Assisted Nuveen Real Estate / TIAA with its green loan to The Ardstone Group.
  • Assisted Eagle Street Partners with its acquisition of a number of office blocks in its portfolio
  • Advised the owners of ESS Modular on its sale to ISG.

Whitney Moore

Whitney Moore’s real estate department handles issues arising from landlord and tenant matters and the residential sector for a wide variety of domestic and international clients. The team works closely with the firm’s corporate and litigation departments to provide holistic advice on corporate transactions with substantial property elements and property-based disputes. Rory McDonald heads the practice and advises on all aspects of commercial property transactions; he is supported by senior associate Cathy McFadden  who has longstanding experience of working with property investors, landlords and occupiers, lending institutions, and housing associations.

Practice head(s):

Rory McDonald

Other key lawyers:

Cathy McFadden


‘Whitney Moore LLP is very quick to act on any issue or setback.’

‘The real estate team at Whitney Moore LLP is approachable and trustworthy and has a broad range of expertise. Even at short notice, the team is always willing to assist.’

‘Cathy McFadden is friendly, dependable, responsive and has a huge amount of technical knowledge. Cathy has the ability to simplify complicated real estate transactions.’

‘The team is capable and diligent. Very experienced real estate practice with a range of expertise in corporate real estate, transaction and lease.’

‘Rory McDonald is attentive and thorough. He is clear on raising issues and problem-solving where required. Works hard in the client’s interest.’

Key clients

YOYO Capital

Whinsfield Holdings

Pen Light Construction

Homare International Real Estate

Permanent TSB

Hermitage Investment Trust

Quanta Capital

Claremont Newclub

Glen Dimplex

Irish Life Investment Managers

IDA Ireland

Round Hill Capital

The Housing Agency

Five Guys Ireland

PJ Hegarty Group




Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Banks

Ulster Bank


Merrion Hotel

Claire’s Accessories

Foundation Quay ICAV

Redco Group

Banesto Group

Greencroft Construction

Hilton, Pasley & Co

Smith Capital

First Derivatives plc

Bodytonic Group

McCambridges Group

Lam Research Group

Ely Wine Bar

Independent Vetcare

OSLO Beauty

3 Dental

Sona Nutrition Group

Fayman Europe

Sempre Group

Pepper Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised a Round Hill Capital/SFO Capital Partners JV on the forward purchase of in excess of 80 PRS (single family residence) units.
  • Advised a Round Hill Capital on the acquisition of over 40 PRS (single family residence) units.
  • Advised Independent Vetcare Ireland Limited on the acquisition of numerous veterinary practices in Ireland.


The commercial real estate team of BHSM LLP is regularly instructed by clients on the acquisition, development, management, leasing, and disposal of real estate assets. More recently, the team has handled a wealth of transactions involving the acquisition of office sites, healthcare facilities, and social housing infrastructure. Practice head Giles G Smyth frequently advises Ireland’s top developers, property companies, funds, and banks on property-related matters, while Rob Gibbons works with landlords and tenants on commercial leasing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Giles G Smyth

Other key lawyers:

Rob Gibbons


‘Rob Gibbons and his team have strong knowledge and experience in the sector and provide the right level of resources/engagement to deliver on the advice sought.’

‘Stand out partner Rob Gibbons has qualities valued relationship management, client engagement, good advice, responsiveness, and sector knowledge.’

‘The team has an excellent knowledge of the local market, answers questions clearly and in a timely fashion and manages complex workstreams effectively. The quality of the advice from the partners has been excellent and has been very helpful in reaching business decisions.’

‘Rob Gibbons does an excellent job in advising on complex topics surrounding the firm’s investment in the real estate sector.’

‘BHSM’s team bring a strong mix of experience, expertise and professionalism. They bring a fresh can-do mindset to each engagement and ensure the client’s objectives are achieved. They are excellent at succinctly communicating the problem and potential solutions.’

‘Giles G Smyth is an excellent leader of his team. He is on top of all matters and ensures nothing is missed. He routinely comes up with practical solutions and efficiencies in tricky conveyances and has an amazing ability to lead a deal through to completion and engage all parties. All the team members achieve the best result for clients.’

‘Giles G Smyth has significant expertise and experience and manages an excellent team to deliver exceptional service. Rob Gibbons has an excellent experience mix with banking and distressed debt knowledge blending well with his real estate experience.’

‘The BHSM team deliver a service that is client driven and with an emphasis on value. Experienced solicitors are available to deal with all client queries. Partners are always available whenever needed to give advice and options. Work is conducted at a level appropriate for the particular requirement.’

Key clients

Glencar Healthcare Limited

Harcourt Developments

Core Capital Limited

OCES Property Holdings Limited

GSInfra Limited

Infrastructure Investment Fund ICAV

Real I.S. AG

Kroll Advisory (Ireland) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Declan Taite on all matters in relation to the asset management and sale of Ashbourne Town Centre.
  • Advised OCES Property Holdings Limited on the entry into Agreements for Lease of the anchor units to H&M and Flannels.
  • Advised Real I.S. AG on the surrender and the new letting of over 1,200 square metres to Gerson Lehrman Group.

DLA Piper Ireland LLP

Under the headship of Graham Quinn, DLA Piper Ireland LLP‘s real estate team advises on land acquisitions, financing and development, and property transactions across a range of sectors. Barry Noonan and Jeremy Curran are the other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Graham Quinn

Other key lawyers:

Barry Noonan; Jeremy Curran; Niamh Murphy


‘Barry Noonan is extremely knowledgeable of the Dubai real estate and hospitality market. He is very responsive with a practical approach.’

‘DLA Piper manages to integrate the construction and real estate finance function seamlessly. They are highly practical and commercial in their approach. Their market knowledge and experience give huge peace of mind in complex transactions.’

‘Graham Quinn’s breadth of experience and ability to distil the complex into the simple is second to none. He is highly skilled at removing blockers in deals and is hugely respected in the market. Niamh Murphy is highly reliable and responsible. She is able to keep the deal moving and pull out of the partners for their expertise at critical times in the transaction. Jeremy Curran is at the top of his game and has a depth of experience.’

Key clients

Harrison Street Real Estate

Slate Asset Management

Corum Asset Management

Lego Group

Netapp Inc.

Netgear International Limited

PIB Group

Lufthansa Technik


ABM Industries

Fairfield Real Estate Finance

Dr. Martens (Airwear)

UltraClean Technologies (QuantumClean)

Work highlights

  • Advised Slate Asset Management on the real estate aspects of its public takeover of Yew Grove REIT p.l.c.
  • Advised Harrison Street Real Estate on its investment into the acquisition and development of a 554 residential unit.
  • Assisted LEGO Group with the negotiation of the agreement for lease and subsequent lease of its new Irish flagship store.

Gore & Grimes Solicitors LLP

Gore & Grimes Solicitors LLP’s real estate team has a broad experience in handling transactions and leases involving complex assets such as hospitality units, development sites and residential property. In addition to advising on acquisitions and disposals, the team assists with landlord and tenant matters. Noted as ‘a first-class conveyancer’ Keith McConnell heads the practice and is well known for providing ‘comprehensive, coherent and considered legal advice’.

Practice head(s):

Keith McConnell


‘The team has knowledge of real estate is impressive. It adopts a personal approach when dealing with clients. Their availability is always good.’

‘Keith McConnell is very knowledgeable and experienced in real estate matters. He is very honest and straight talking.’

‘The team has an exceptional experience with exceptional partners on commercial real estate matters enabling an organisation to grow in Ireland.’

Key clients

Armstrong Electronics Limited

Baile Acquisitions

Beachside Company Limited

Beaverstown Golf Club

Bolt Capital Finance

Brendan Gallagher Fitted Furniture Limited

Care (Ireland) Limited

Creedon Group / Creshea Limited

IDA Ireland

Irish Heritage Trust

Maybury Lane Limited

McGarrell Reilly Group

Park Developments Group

Phoenix Croft Limited

S Mac Mahon Storage & Distribution Limited

Spirit Motor Group

St. Michaels House

The Grace Bible Fellowship

Toyoko Inn International Limited

Whiteoak Aviation Limited

Winsac Limited


Industrial & Protective Coatings Limited

Fanuc UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Park Developments Group on a portfolio sale to an investment fund.
  • Advised Beechside Company Limited on the purchase of the Lansdowne Arms Hotel, Kenmare, County Kerry.
  • Advised McGarrell Reilly Developments on the site assembly and set up of a number of residential schemes for North County Dublin.

Lavelle Partners

Under the leadership of Nicola Walsh, the real estate team at Lavelle Partners has a particular focus on the sale and purchase of commercial and residential assets. The practice provides comprehensive advice on the financing and development of projects, along with project-related transactions. Greg Flanagan is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Walsh; Greg Flanagan


‘Greg Flanagan’s key is his good communication, and Lavelle partners are excellent in this respect.’

‘Nicola Walsh works through all of the outstanding issues for clients and effectively communicates the ‘plan of attack’ and the outcomes. She is a true professional and very personable with an empathetic touch.’

‘Nicola Walsh expedited her work most positively; she is extremely diligent and pays great attention to detail. She is always easy to contact, flexible where appropriate and firm in her dealings with other solicitors whilst maintaining good relationships.’

‘Lavelle Partners provides legal advice when challenges arise. They are very proactive in managing cases, are readily available to meet and discuss and are innovative in coming up with solutions to resolve any issues that arise.’

‘Greg Flanagan is very professional and always goes out of his way to assist when assistance is needed and is innovative in coming up with solutions as appropriate. He always delivers on his commitments.’

Key clients

KBC Bank Ireland plc

O'Flynn Exhams

Based in Cork, O'Flynn Exhams‘s real estate team provide comprehensive advice to corporations, developers and utilities on real estate transactions. The practice is highly active in handling matters involving acquisitions and disposals, lease agreements and the purchase of development sites. Practice head Michéal Ó Mulláin specialises in dealing with commercial property and transaction of banking issues; he is supported by Eamonn Muldoon who focuses on the acquisition matters for the semi-state bodies, as well as Aeibhin Cahalan who regularly acts for both landlords and tenants.

Practice head(s):

Micheál Ó Mulláin

Other key lawyers:

Eamonn Muldoon; Aeibhin Cahalan


‘O’Flynn Exhams provides a pleasing service and outputs.’

‘Micheal O’Mullain is reliable.’

‘O’Flynn Exhams team is very experienced in a variety of areas from property to company law. They provide reliable and timely advice and a pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Axis Primary Health Care

Marriott International (formerly Starwood)

PJ Hegarty Group

Sheen Falls Estate Limited

Enable Ireland

PFH Group

Missionaries of Sacred Heart

Louth Meath Education and Training Board

Forcepoint International Limited

Logitech S.A.

Trane Technologies International Limited (formerly Ingersoll Rand International)

Cope Foundation

Cork Education and Training Board

Cork Institute of Technology



Ernst and Young



Grant Thornton

Gas Networks Ireland (formerly Board Gáis)

Irish Water

Work highlights

  • Advised Axis Primary Healthcare on the development of high profile and nationwide portfolio of primary care centres.
  • Advised Trane Technologies International Limited on the multinational group’s property portfolio in Ireland.
  • Advised Irish Water on wayleaves for existing projects.

OBH Partners

The real estate team at OBH Partners supports clients in the full range of matters within the residential and commercial property sectors, including acquisitions and leasings. The duo of June Hynes and John Burke heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

June Hynes; John Burke


‘OBH is a very proactive firm that works well together. An experienced team with a background in larger transactions and an impressive client base including major international institutions.’

‘June Hynes is an excellent lawyer who is very practical and dedicated. She always looks for a way out of difficult issues. She has an excellent knowledge of property law, especially in the commercial area. She represents clients’ interests very well yet is courteous to the other side.’

‘Very professional team, which keeps transaction smoothly on the track.’

Key clients

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Earlsfort Homes

John Sisk and Sons

Teeling Group

Greystones Media Campus Limited

Kinvara Homes

John Cleary Developments Group

Swords Business Campus

Porterhouse Group

Core Real Estate

Iliv Apartments (Ireland) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised DEKA Immobilien Investment GmbH on acquisition of Matheson Docklands HQ.
  • Advised DEKA Immobilien Investment GmbH on acquisition of 26-27 Grafton Street.
  • Advised DEKA Immobilien Investment GmbH on acquisition of 8 Hanover Quay (AirBnB HQ)I.

Reddy Charlton LLP

Reddy Charlton LLP regularly acts for landlords and tenants on lease agreements. The team is knowledgeable of healthcare, hospitality, commercial and residential property assets and is headed by Roisin Bennett, noted for his expertise in acquisition and development matters. Brendan Sharkey and Thomas Marren are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Roisin Bennett

Other key lawyers:

Brendan Sharkey; Thomas Marren


‘Reddy Charlton LLP’s approach is pragmatic and solution focussed.’

‘Brendan Sharkey and Thomas Marren are commercially focused property solicitors, are pragmatic, solution orientated and negotiate on client’s behalf with their best interests to the fore. All the property team within the firm are very responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘When Reddy Charlton LLP puts a team on a project, the team and team leader are always accessible. Regularly provides updates and prompt feedback.’

‘Reddy Charlton LLP listen to their clients & act on any suggestions made. They do their job thoroughly & meticulously, and the client gets the best result.’

‘Brendan Sharkey and Thomas Marren are both knowledgeable & personable. Each one of very approachable & will listen to client’s needs, delivering results & solutions for every problem. They will also strive to assist in any way possible.’

‘Reddy Charlton LLP has a good variety of abilities and levels. Managed well internally and react well to difficult situations.’

‘Roisin Bennett is outstanding and provides excellent service. She is an expert, reliable, responsive, reactive and willing to go the extra mile .’

‘Thomas Marren’s experience and advice have always been exceptional. Brendan Sharkey’s attention to fine detail is second to none.’

Key clients

Lloyds Pharmacy Ireland Limited

Chilaca Limited

Royal Oak Distillery

Industrial Development Authority Ireland

Indeed Operations Ireland


DC Thomson and Company Limited

FindMyPast Ireland

Newbridge Silverware

Gaelic Athletic Association

Indaver Ireland

Bright Motor Group

Fitzwilliam Properties

Solvalla Properties Limited

Optical Express

Wilsons Auctions

Michael Guiney Limited

South Dublin Construction Limited

Weslin Construction

Work highlights

  • Advised OEM International AB on property matters relating to its acquisition of Irish property assets.
  • Advised Bright Motor Group on all property matters including its continued expansion and development of its campus in North County Dublin.
  • Advised Lloyds Pharmacy Ireland Limited on a number of its leases throughout Ireland.