Real estate in Ireland

A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP's nine-partner real estate team advises an extensive client base, including Irish and international investors, on a range of property matters. In addition to handling transactions involving residential property, office space, and hospitality venues, the practice also advises on real estate financing. Particular areas of focus for the team in 2020 were transactions involving large portfolios and forward sales of private rental properties. Niamh O’Sullivan leads the team, with Mairead Sherlock and Stephen O’Riordan also involved in high-value deals. Ger O’Toole is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Niamh O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Henderson Park

Union Investment

Marlet Property Group

IPUT Real Estate

Wells Fargo

Irish life Investment Managers

DWS

Kennedy Wilson

Davy Real Estate

Dalata

Hines

Goodbody Platform ICAV

Targeted Investment Opportunities ICAV

PATRIZIA AG

Allied Irish Bank plc

Glenveagh Living Ltd

TIO South Docks Fund II Ltd

Kells ICAV (investors Meyer Bergman and BCP)

Henley Bartra

Glenveagh Properties Plc

GLL Real Estate

Bain Capital

Mapletree Investments

Starwood Capital

Motel One

Aviva/Friends First

Cortland

Work highlights

  • Acted for Henderson Park on its successful bid, acquisition and financing of the Green REIT plc portfolio, comprising of 17 prime commercial (office and logistics) properties valued in excess of €1.3bn.
  • Acted for Starwood Capital on its disposal of the Project Cedar portfolio, a prime Dublin office portfolio comprising of six properties, to Blackstone for a value in excess of €535m.
  • Acting for GLL Real Estate Partners on the acquisition of Bishops Square Dublin from Hines GREIT and related acquisition finance.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox counts REITs, corporations, and property developers among its clients, advising on the acquisition, disposal, and leasing of high-value real estate assets. Real estate finance is another area of strength and the team works closely with the firm's wider financing group to support clients in this area. The team's transactional work includes advising on direct asset transactions as well as share sales. Kenneth Egan leads the team; Deirdre Barrett advises on matters across asset classes, including offices, private rental schemes, and hospitality properties; and Simon Hannigan, Brian O’Rourke, and Deirdre Sheehan are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Egan

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre Barrett; Simon Hannigan; Brian O’Rourke; Deirdre Sheehan

Key clients

DWS

Spear Street

Blackstone

Kennedy Wilson

Facebook

Bain Capital

TIO South Dock Fund Ltd

Ronan Group Real Estate

Archer Hotel Group

Hibernia REIT

Phoenix Tower International

Intercom Inc

Davy Target Developments Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised on the landmark €1.34bn sale of Green REIT plc to Henderson Park.
  • Advised Blackstone on its acquisition of the Cedar Dublin office investment portfolio from Starwood.
  • Advised Grundbesitz Europa ICAV, a DWS fund, on the purchase by way of forward commitment of 368 PRS units at Cualanor Dublin from The Cosgrave Group.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP has a proven track record in handling high-value transactions in the real estate space, advising on the sale and acquisition of high-value assets and portfolios. The practice also acts for corporate and public sector clients in the forward purchase and leasing of properties. Practice heads Michael Walsh and Alison O’Sullivan are both active in the growing area of private rental schemes, while Ronan Egan is noted for his work for public sector clients. Michelle McVeigh is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Michael Walsh; Alison O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Ronan Egan; Derville White; Michelle McVeigh; Aoife Hearne; Sheena Beale

Testimonials

‘The team can offer multi-sectorial expertise. It demonstrates excellent communication skills with clients and provides timely response to clients’ instructions.’

‘Michael Walsh, Fergal Ruane and Sheena Beale all showed attention to detail and excellent knowledge of their respective fields. They have demonstrated that they are capable of providing an in-depth analysis of the subject combined with appropriate solutions and complemented by a thorough explanation to the client who might not be familiar with the Irish legal context. ’

‘Exceptional level of service.’

‘Always provide honest solid advice.’

‘Michael Walsh is one the finest real estate lawyers in Ireland and he has built a team of dedicated professionals that are, quite literally, always on-call to deliver. We work with 5 large law firms in Ireland and easily place the real estate team in Byrne Wallace as number one.’

‘Aoife Hearne is an outstanding lawyer, dedicated and hard working, she never misses deadlines and is always available to her clients. A future star.’

Key clients

Lidl Ireland

Dwyer Nolan Developments

LRC Group

HIG Capital LLC

PATRIZIA Immoblien

Twinlite

Quanta Capital

Castlethorn Construction and Chartered Land

AIB Banks plc

Ballymore Group

Work highlights

  • Acted on the sale of Tesco Ireland’s 70,000 sq. m main distribution centre to a Korean fund €160m.
  • Advised Fingal County Council on the procurement and delivery of three large housing development projects.
  • Acted for LRC Group on the acquisition and financing of several pre-let high-value PRS portfolios in lot sizes of between 60 and 600.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland's real estate practice handles transactions involving both individual assets and property portfolios, as well as sites for development. The team is also heavily involved in private rental schemes, acting for both developers and institutional investors, as well as advising landlords and tenants on commercial leases. Joe Stanley leads the team; Cian MacGinley frequently advises on property portfolio transactions; and Marie O’Riordan and Sean Greene are also key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Joe Stanley

Other key lawyers:

Cian MacGinley; Marie O’Riordan; Sean Greene; Aoife Uí Mhaoilmhichíl

Testimonials

‘Cian MacGinley is one of the best in town and surrounds himself with a great team.’

‘Very good technical knowledge, smooth process and transparent billing. Eversheds are my first choice on every deal. Unfortunately they are also popular with the developers we buy from, so we can’t use them on every deal.’

‘Cian MacGinley and his team have a great technical knowledge of the law and specifically property items. I feel safe that he knows the answers and is very diligent in the execution of his work. He is also very smart in thinking through difficult issues. Darragh Blake is great on the finance side. Knows his stuff. Very easy to work with. Makes the process smooth. ’

‘Very strong & personalised client service. Ability to problem solve & generate creative solutions that assist both the client & the transaction. Strong attention to detail on the conveyancing completion basics at associate level.’

‘Marie O’Riordan is a standout individual, both expert and highly responsive.’

‘Firstly they have years of experience in conveyancing and Real estate – it becomes very obvious as one deals and engages with partners and staff. Their knowledge is wide-ranging, as evidenced by client portfolio’

‘Joe Stanley pays excellent attention to detail, very experienced. Cian MacGinley is a good negotiator and Aoife Uí Mhaoilmhichíl is an excellent addition to their team.’

Key clients

Hibernia REIT plc

Aldgate Developments;

Cairn Homes plc

Ronan Group Real Estate

PIMCO

Barclays Bank Corporate Real Estate

Credit Suisse AG

HSBC Global Asset Management

LinkedIn Corporation

Carlyle

DWS

Tetrarch Capital

Angelo Gordon and Carysfort Capital

Avestus Capital Partners and Richmond Homes

MKN Property Group

JR AMC

KanAm Grund

McGarrell Reilly/Sean Reilly

Urbeo Residential

Work highlights

  • Advised KanAm Grund, a German institutional investor, on the acquisition of two multi-let office blocks in Dublin for €55m.
  • Advised Cairn Homes on several large PRS forward-sales of residential units totalling approx. €200m.
  • Advised Credit Suisse on the sale of La Touche House (office block) in Dublin IFSC.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP's real estate practice spans the full gamut of matters in this area, ranging from the financing and acquisition of portfolios to pre-construction agreement for leases. The team is particularly involved in acting for financial institutions, such as REITs, on acquisitions, disposals and leases. The 'impressiveVanessa Byrne and Michael Doran, who 'has a superb grasp of real estate legislation', are the practice heads. Jamie Fitzmaurice, Tom Davy, and Oliver Fitzgerald are all also well regarded.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Byrne; Michael Doran

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Fitzmaurice; Tom Davy; Oliver Fitzgerald

Testimonials

‘Not only are the MHC Real Estate Team experts in their specialist areas, they are commercially minded and very practical. They also have exceptional service levels and turn around times.’

‘Vanessa Byrne’s skills as lead partner are impressive. Her availability, ability to ensure the work is done at the right level and ensuring work outputs (both complex and routine) are delivered within often tight timeframes is commendable.’

‘Jamie Fitzmaurice is always available for any query. Always provides value added service – doesn’t shy away from commercial and practical advice’

‘Michael Doran has a superb grasp of real estate legislation and brings a pragmatic and commercial approach to every brief he works on. He has a very strong understanding of client needs and demonstrates this time and time again.’

‘We found the team fully listened to our instructions and guided us with their industry and market expertise while bearing these instructions in mind. That has not been our experience with many firms. Very strong technical skills and an ability to relay complex legal and technical concepts in a clear & relatable manner.’

‘Excellent interpersonal skills from all team members – they were very down to earth, respectful of us their clients and other third parties involved and this demonstration of integrity and respect resulted in a very positive professional experience. Oliver Fitzgerald, the partner involved, was extremely diligent, responsive and truly felt like a trusted advisor who was working in the best interest of his clients. Associate Paul Bassett provided very timely and easily digestible advice. ’

‘Jamie Fitzmaurice has supported a number of real estate transactions for our company this year and has been a pleasure to deal with. He is available at all times, and very much focused on what is important to our organisation, he makes decisions easy to digest, a very pragmatic approach, with a focus on speed to execution.

‘Oliver Fitzgerald is the partner I deal with. I have a great working relationship with Oliver. He is readily available by phone or email and has provided an excellent service to date. ’

Key clients

Hines

Irish Life Assurance plc

Hammerson

Kennedy Wilson

Irish Residential Properties REIT plc

Aviva Real Estate Investors

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Twitter

Permanent tsb

Chartered Land

Work highlights

  • Advised Allied Irish Banks (as senior lender) on Project Le Monde. This project involved the refinance and acquisition of a portfolio of 200 industrial and mixed-use commercial properties throughout Ireland, with facilities totalling €135m to a fund controlled by Quanta Capital.
  • Advising tech giant Slack on the lease and fit-out of ‘Fitzwilliam 28’, which will comprise 135,000 square feet of grade-A office accommodation over eight floors.
  • Acted for Irish Life on the pre-construction agreement for the lease of 10,500sq m of property, to be known as the Cadenza Building, at Earlsfort Terrace and Adelaide Road in central Dublin.

Matheson

Matheson's real estate team provides 'innovative and creative solutions'. The group provides a comprehensive service, advising on the development, pre-letting, and eventual sale of large properties such as office blocks. The team is heavily involved in growing areas of the real estate market, including build-to-rent property. Practice head Brian Doran has particular expertise in forward sales and Sally Anne Stone is 'exceptional' and is especially active in representing international clients in transactions. Leonie Dunne and Niamh Maher are also noted, and Cillian O’Boyle was promoted to partner in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Brian Doran

Other key lawyers:

Sally Anne Stone; Leonie Dunne; Niamh Maher; Jessica Branigan; Cillian O’Boyle

Testimonials

‘Hugely committed, commercial and overall great fun to work with. Matheson take the time to understand your business so that the advice that they give is tailored to the risk profile and ambitions of the client.’

‘Sally Anne Stone is an absolute star, the most engaging, bright and impressive lawyer in Dublin. Her advice is always on point.’

‘Matheson are my go-to firm for real estate transactions in Ireland. I consider their legal expertise, market knowledge and responsiveness to be exceptional. From complex site acquisitions through to more routine discrete enquiries, the standard of their support is always of the highest calibre. I work with law firms across a number of different jurisdictions and would consistently class Matheson as amongst the best performers.’

‘Sally Anne Stone assisted me with a number of significant transactions in the past year. I would say that her expertise, commercial awareness and speed of service were exceptional. I see her as a trusted advisor and key ally on my matters. John Lahart was also centrally involved on my transactions in the past year. His subject matter expertise with regard to technical infrastructure is a rare and valuable resource. I particularly valued John’s calmness under pressure throughout some tense negotiations. Both Sally Anne and John are highly personable and a pleasure to work with. ’

‘Leonie Dunne always responds as quickly as she can, willing to share the pain in jobs with low recoveries from a fee perspective and isn’t afraid to deal with the more granular issues that some other solicitors would push to the bottom of their to-do list. ’

‘The Matheson team provided both innovative and creative solutions to a range of complicated property transactions. They proved to be both resilient in getting deals completed but also pragmatic in managing all stakeholders to ensure a cohesive deal.’

‘Niamh Maher was the partner who led the transactions over the last 2 years. Niamh is a problem solver who understands how to negotiate to achieve completion. Niamh has a rare combination of deep technical skills; exceptional communication skills and high emotional intelligence. This allows Niamh to work across organisations and stakeholders; to build confidence and trust and to get deals done.’

‘Sally Anne Stone & Jessica Branigan have been stand out to me. They have been huge supports to us with Real Estate projects and driving lease negotiations while ensuring that we understand every aspect of said leases. I appreciate how thorough both have been and collaborative in a project and look forward to partner with both on any upcoming Real Estate projects. ’

Key clients

Park Developments Group

Ballymore Group

Oxley Holdings

Google

Trinity College Dublin

Guggenheim Partners

Chartered Land

Horizon Pharma

U + I Group PLC

3M

Steg Europa Immobilien GmbH

Udemy

IGIS Asset Management

United Health / Optum

Nuance

AXA Insurance

Genesys

La Francaise Forum Real Estate Partners

Danske Bank Group

Bank of New York Mellon

Omnipay / Fiserv, Inc

Invesco

Zendesk International Ltd.

Lufthansa

State Street

Knotel

DoTerra International LLC / Lee River Holdings

eBay

Hines

Selfridges

RaboBank

Xerox

Irving Oil

Pepsico

AIB

Oaktree

CA Ventures

Roundhill

DWS

Macquarie Principal Finance

Blackrock

PTC Pharmaceuticals

Legg Mason

Savills Investment Managers

SAP

Work highlights

  • Advised Park Developments Group on the acquisition, financing, redevelopment, leasing and ultimate sale of The Reflector Building at Hanover Quay to Deka Immobilien.
  • Advising Oxley/Ballymore on the realisation of the Dublin Landings development in Dublin’s North Docks, which involved the completion of the sale of No.4 and No.5 Dublin Landings to the Central Bank of Ireland, the sale of No.3 Dublin Landings to IPUT plc, the sale of 268 PRS units to Greystar Holdings and two development finance packages from AIB and HSBC.
  • Advising Google on the proposed letting of The Sorting Office a 202,000sq ft (18,766sq m) seven-storey office block in the Dublin Docklands with an annual rent over €12m per annum for a term of 12 years.

McCann FitzGerald

The real estate team at McCann FitzGerald acts for prominent financial institutions, corporations, and commercial real estate companies, among others. The team advises on matters involving residential, commercial, and industrial properties. Practice head Shane Fahy has a particular specialism in acting for investors in transactions. Donal O’Raghallaigh has more than 21 years' experience acting for a range of clients in this sector, with Jim Murphy, Richard Leonard, and Shane Sweeney also well respected. Senior associate Neil Bourke provides additional support in landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):

Shane Fahy

Other key lawyers:

Donal O’Raghallaigh; Jim Murphy; Richard Leonard; Shane Sweeney; Neil Bourke; Edel Corry; Jennifer Halpin; Denise Dockery; Philip Flaherty; Ruairi Stewart; Kevin Kelly; Maeve MacDermot Casement; Tom Dane; Niall McDowell; Claire Cregan; Tereza Kostova

Testimonials

‘Neil Bourke is very hard-working and is diligent in all aspects of his role. Prepared to go the extra step to get issues resolved. We are always satisfied that our lending interests are well protected.’

‘The real estate team are leaders in their field compared to some other law firms. They are highly knowledgeable and experienced which provides us with a lot of confidence and support. Typical of McCann Fitzgerald, the real estate team are all so pleasant and approachable to work with (from Bank and Borrower perspective). This makes transactions run all the more smoothly.’

‘Donal O’Raghallaigh, Edel Corry, and Jennifer Halpin have all played a huge part in helping us close some very large and important transactions. Their attitude, knowledge, commercial approach and efficiency is excellent. ’

‘One stand-out partner would be Shane Sweeney. Shane’s ability to understand the brief to bring a commercial sense to the legal component and his hands on approach which lead to a very responsiveness engagement.’

‘Stand-out individuals in the team include Donal O’Raghallaigh, Denise Dockery and Philip Flaherty. I value their specialist knowledge and their commercial, pragmatic and solutions focused approach. They are very client-centred and responsive. ’

‘The teams work very efficiently across different departments with strong relationships evident between Real Estate, Construction, Banking/Finance and Corporate. The ability for anyone of these departments to host and chair a transaction call with vendors, banks and investors has proved indispensable’

‘The working relationships I have formed with all of the team in McCanns has been excellent. It is also fantastic to see the growth of the associates and the trust placed in them by the partners in turn providing confidence to their clients. Shane Fahy and Ruairi Stewart in Real Estate, Kevin Kelly and Maeve MacDermot Casement in Construction, Tom Dane, Niall McDowell and Claire Cregan in Banking all stand out for their commitment to their clients needs’

‘The main people I work with are Jennifer Halpin, Siobhan Lafferty, and Tereza Kostova from Property and Ciara Ryan from Litigation. I find them second to none in terms of their availability and dedication in getting the job done. They collaborate and work together to find solutions to get matters completed efficiently. I have confidence in the level and ability of the people I work with and I know that they will seek assistance from their seniors as and when required. I have struck up a working relationship with them that is both professional and friendly, which I believe is key.’

Key clients

Lone Star/Hudson Advisors/Quintain

MSD (known as Merck in the US)

Salesforce

Primary Health Properties REIT

WeWork

Irish Life

Axa Real Estate Investment Managers

Ashleaf Shopping Centre

Ardstone

Global Student Accommodation

Vhi

St Vincent’s Hospital Group

Irish Forestry Unit Trust

Fidelity

Boston Scientific

Urbeo

Housing Finance Agency

Davy

Electricity Supply Board

Deutsche Bank

Citibank

Lioncor Developments

LloydsPharmacy

McDonald’s

The Collective

Apollo Global Managers

Lakeland Dairies Co-Operative Society

Dublin Airport Hotel

Union Investment

Hines

An Post

ESB

Davy and Jayfield Investments

Vodafone Ireland

Prime Living AB

Mapletree Investments

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advising St. Vincent’s Hospital Group on the relocation and development of the National Maternity Hospital in Elm Park.
  • Acting for US tech giant, Salesforce, on the lease of a new purpose-built, leading edge campus at North Wall Quay in the heart of Dublin’s “Silicon Docks”.
  • Acting for AXA Real Estate Investment Managers on its acquisition through a 50/50 joint venture with Kennedy Wilson of a portfolio of PRS units with a combined total value of over €230m in Central Park, Sandyford, Dublin and in the iconic Alto Vetro building in the centre of the Grand Canal Docks area in Dublin City Centre.

William Fry

With 21 lawyers in the team, William Fry's real estate practice offers clients a range of specialisms across the real estate space. The team counts international and Irish investors, REITs, and developers among its clients, advising on acquisitions, disposals, and leases, in particular pre-lets. Edward Spain leads the practice, and alongside Lisa McCarthy handles work across the real estate sector. Brian O’Callaghan has a particular niche in advising retail and leisure clients entering the Irish market on property acquisitions and leases, and Andrew Muckian specialises in acting for investors in transactions. Conor Treacy is also well regarded; he handles high-value acquisitions and leases.

Practice head(s):

Edward Spain

Other key lawyers:

Lisa McCarthy; Brian O’Callaghan; Andrew Muckian; Conor Treacy; Liam McCabe; Emma Egan

Testimonials

‘The Real Estate and Construction team worked as a great partnership led by the two partners Liam McCabe and Brian O’Callaghan. The Real Estate team did a great job protecting the client’s interests in developing leases.’

‘Brian O’Callaghan and Emma Egan are two excellent Real Estate practitioners and helped us navigate building and office leases with ease.’

Key clients

Hammerson plc

Allianz Real Estate

OCP Capital Partners

NAMA & NTMA

Tesco Ireland Limited

Hines

Irish Life Assurance plc

U + I Group plc

Kennedy Wilson

Real I.S. Investment GmbH

GA Developments

Blackrock

Union Investment

Nuveen Management AIFM Limited

Qualcomm

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers

BCP Asset Management

Ballymore Group

Work highlights

  • Advising GA Developments on the acquisition of the Kevin Street DIT premises.
  • Advised Blackrock on the disposal of Point Campus to DWS Group for circa €170m.
  • Advising AXA IM Real Assets and BCP Capital on the acquisition of La Touche House in the IFSC.

Beauchamps LLP

Led by Aidan Marsh, Maitiú Ó Dónaill and Imelda Reynolds, Beauchamps' large real estate team handles the full range of matters in this area. The firm acts for property developers, state entities, and international funds on financing, acquisitions and developments. The practice is also heavily involved in affordable housing projects, with Fidelma McManus advising many of Ireland's largest approved housing bodies.

Practice head(s):

Aidan Marsh; Maitiú Ó Dónaill; Imelda Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Fidelma McManus; Jacinta Niland; Aisling Farrell; Colm O’Keeffe; Lorraine McDermott; Tony O’Sullivan

Testimonials

‘I have found the Beauchamps team as led by Fidelma McManus to be very efficient and customer focused. They understand our business model and also the pressures we face in navigating the legal aspects of our property delivery programme. Their knowledge of the social housing sector and our constraints and financing challenges makes them a very valuable delivery partner.’

‘Fidelma McManus is a very customer-focused leader. She goes above and beyond in her attempts to understand and meet her clients needs. She takes a huge interest in the social housing industry and her knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities is of great benefit to the sector. What I appreciate most about Fidelma is her accessibility. I know I can call her anytime for advice or her opinion and will get a straightforward, plain English, unbiased response. She cares deeply about the success of the sector and is passionate about getting the best results for us as a client. She is a phenomenally hard worker who goes above and beyond for her clients and I consider us lucky to have her working with us. ’

‘Maitiu O’Donail is a friendly partner who does the client’s heavy lifting before seeking final instructions. He understands that the client requires someone who not only takes the instructions, drafts the contract, negotiates the legal aspects and finalises the contract but who then does all the tidying up before the instruction is fully complete.’

‘Imelda Reynolds is a real expert in her field- she has become a most trusted advisor to the organisation and her advice is highly valued. She is very knowledgeable, commercially aware and client focussed.’

‘Aidan Marsh is highly recommended. Jacinta Niland is extremely hard working and diligent. You can rely on Jacinta to meet time deadlines Aisling Farrell has been excellent to work with. Very diligent and hard working.’

‘We have had a very strong working relationships with Beauchamps over the past number of years. What makes this firm unique is its ability to adjust year on year in line with an ever changing client environment. Beauchamps have been very quick to adapt to new requests, have been very flexible in accommodating same and have also proven time on time again that they can quickly mobilise their team to meet those requirements. In particular Beauchamps will go out of their way to assist particular queries.’

‘Exceptionally strong work ethic, and their willingness to engage pro-actively and positively ensures that Colm O’Keeffe and his team, Isuelt Cody & Lorraine McDermott provide a stand out service over and above other firms. Also with the additional challenges from COVID-19 lockdowns, Colm and his team provided by far the best service in terms of developing solutions to ensure we were not impacted.’

‘Tony O’Sullivan I now consider a close confidant and friend and I take great comfort in knowing he has my best interests, foremost in his mind.’

Key clients

Colony Capital

South Dublin County Council

Dublin Port Company

Linders Property Group

Kintrona Limited

Respond Approved Housing Body

Cluid Approved Housing Body

Elavon Financial Services

Jones Engineering

Home for Life

Work highlights

  • Advising Dublin Port Company on the strategic Brexit-related acquisitions, lettings and relocations in Dublin Port and on the implementation of Dublin Port Master Plan 2040.
  • Advised Colony Capital on both the financing and pre-letting (by way of joint venture with the Ronan Real Estate Group) of the 430,000 sq ft Salesforce Tower in Dublin’s Docklands, as well as the financing and development of 350,000 sq ft Facebook campus at Fibonacci Square, Ballsbridge, Dublin.
  • Advised on a joint venture pilot cost rental project with Tuath Housing at Enniskerry Road.

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace advises both the purchasers and vendors on real estate transactions, and is particularly active in the private rental sector. Additionally, the practice on real estate financing and also has a specialism in assisting with the creation of real estate vehicles, such as QIAIFs and ICAVs, for the purposes of real estate acquisitions. Kelly O’Hara leads the team, while Martin Colman leads on financings. Senior associate Brendan Cunnane is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Kelly O’Hara

Other key lawyers:

Martin Colman; Louise Wright; Fiona O’Neill; Brendan Cunnane

Testimonials

‘The key differentiator is engagement that is proactive and client oriented. Subject matter knowledge is second to none, and this together with peer recognition and reputation for quality is a business enabler. Dillon Eustace take care to gather background information and context, enabling the best possible understanding of the client interests. ’

‘What makes Dillon Eustace stand out is quality communications. That means sharing knowledge and assisting client understanding where needed. Kelly O’Hara is a professional with proven knowledge and experience, and her willingness to share her expertise provides the client with the confidence needed for the decision making process. Kelly is supported by a solid team of associates. Working with Senior Associate Brendan Cunnane, & Solicitor Julia Drennan has been a very positive experience, the work gets done and the team keeps an eye out for anything that could derail a project. ’

Key clients

SW3 Capital/Tristan Capital Partners

Round Hill Capital

Greenoak Europe Secured Lending

Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland DAC

Heitman LLC

Fine Grain Property (Ireland) Limited

NAMANo Fairfield Real Estate Finance Limited

Lone Star

Garlin Investment ICAV

Corum Origin SCPI

Abarta Investments ICAV

Centric Health

AIB

Ulster Bank

House Building Finance Ireland

Coillte

FBD Insurance plc

RoundShield Partners LLP

Homestore & More

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tristan Capital Partners & SW3 Capital on Project Vert, namely the sale of 385 apartments in six apartment blocks in separate residential schemes at Elmfield, Leopardstown and Honey Park, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.
  • Acted for Heitman LLC on the purchase and financing of the purchase of the PRS investment known as the Circle Collection comprising 214 residential and three commercial units in Dublin across 27 different properties.
  • Acted for Fine Grain Property on the purchase (and financing of the purchase) of Westpark Business Park, Shannon, County Clare.

Eugene F. Collins

Eugene F. Collins acts on the full range of real estate transactions, and in 2020 gained new clients including international investment funds and prominent retailers. In addition to advising on leases and private rental schemes, the team also specialises in transactions involving hospitality assets, such as hotels. Practice head Sean Twomey advises financial institutions on the financing of real estate deals and Mark Walsh handles matters involving commercial property. Kathi Ó Riain is also noted, and frequently collaborates with the firm's corporate practice to advise on the property-related aspects of M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Sean Twomey

Other key lawyers:

Mark Walsh; Kathi Ó Riain; Frances Colclough

Testimonials

‘A very responsive and commercially-minded practice who get the balance right between attention to important technical legal details and commercial reality. They are very client and transaction-focused; with Eugene F Collins as a client you never have to worry about point-scoring with other law firms – as a client your interest comes first and they are unfailingly professional, responsive and technically excellent.’

‘Frances Colclough and Mark Walsh are both very personable, diligent and have an excellent eye for detail and legal issues, without losing sight of the overall commercial picture. Frances and Mark always give a great steer on how best to execute a real estate transaction with an eye to the future. Eugene F Collins attracts and retains a stream of excellent senior associates who are very much invested in their client relationships.’

Key clients

Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland DAC

Vodafone

Tifco Group

Marks & Spencer

Corum

AIB

MNK Partners

Bartra Capital

Inditex Group

Bank of Ireland

Kepak

Apollo

Catella Real Estate AG

Petrogas

Arkphire

South County Investments

Fold Housing Association

Sophia Housing Association

Q-Park

Bartra Property

Work highlights

  • Advised South County Property Investment Limited and South County Property Holdings Limited on the letting and pre-letting of two prime office blocks, One South County and Two South County, both of which are located in the South County Business Park
  • Advised Apollo, the shareholders of the Tifco Hotel Group on the “sale and manage back” of the Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham, Dublin to Covivio, a French real estate investment and development group.
  • Acted for Corum on the purchase of Blackthorn House Office Block in Sandyford Dublin 18.

Maples Group

Maples Group is noted for its work for investors in the real estate sector, advising on acquisitions and disposals of individual assets as well as portfolios of properties. The team also handles asset management for these clients, including the negotiation of leases. Practice head Diarmuid Mawe is 'top quality', and Craig Kenny is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Diarmuid Mawe

Other key lawyers:

Craig Kenny; Tom O’Connor; Siobhán Fox

Testimonials

‘I’ve worked with Diarmuid Mawe for many years and find him excellent.’

‘Strong ability and good response time.’

‘Diarmuid Mawe is top quality.’

‘I worked with the property team at Maples recently on a proposed acquisition of a care home, involving some difficult lease issues. They were excellent.’

‘Tom O’Connor is first rate, no doubt about that, a highly impressive senior lawyer and a real pleasure to work with. Likewise all of the property team: Diarmuid Muir, Craig Kenny and Siobhan Fox.’

‘They show attention to detail, are highly diligent, and have excellent commercial acumen.’

‘Both Diarmuid Mawe and Craig Kenny are exceptional lawyers as they are highly responsive and have extensive market experience and strong commercial acumen.’

Key clients

Marlet Property Group

Marathon Asset Management LLP

Savills Investment Management

AIB

Aviva Ireland

Archer Hotel Group

Signature Capital

Irish Life Assurance plc

Green Property

Multi Ireland

Hines Ireland

Quadoro Investment GmbH

Grafton Group plc

BNP Paribas REIM

Lioncar Developments

Deutsche Borse

Catella

Tristan Capital Partners

Glenveagh Properties plc

Henderson Park

Goldman Sachs

Work highlights

  • Advised Herbert Park ICAV on the €214m acquisition of “Project Vert”, a portfolio of 385 apartments in Dun Laoghaire and Leopardstown, Co. Dublin.
  • Advised KKR on the acquisition and forward funding of a logistics portfolio at Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin.
  • Advised German investor Quadoro Investment GmbH on the €53m acquisition of Allianz House, Elm Park, Dublin 4.

Philip Lee

Philip Lee's real estate practice is well versed in advising on acquisitions, financings and leases across the real estate sector. The team's clients include investors, public bodies and developers. Acting alongside the firm's well-regarded planning and environmental team, the practice is able to offer comprehensive advice on complex transactions and developments. John O’Donoghue leads the team, which was bolstered in January 2020 by the addition of Thomas O’Malley from Fieldfisher. Eimear Fitzgibbon is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

John O’Donoghue

Other key lawyers:

Eimear Fitzgibbon; Thomas O’Malley; Tom Conway

Key clients

Carysfort Capital

IDA

O’Flynn Group

Plaza on the Square Limited

Ethika Properties Limited

Trinity College Dublin

Capagh Investments Limited

National Development Finance Agency (NDFA)

Health Service Executive

JMC Van Trans Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a special purpose vehicle funded by US investment firm Anglo Gordon and managed by Carysfort Capital on the acquisition of 229 residential units made up of apartments, houses and duplexes located in Lucan, West Dublin.
  • Acted for the IDA on the negotiation of agreements with Greystones Media Campus Limited in relation to the acquisition of an option over lands by GMC for the development of a film, studio and media campus.
  • Acted Plaza on the Square, a property investor, on completing the sale of buildings located at Pembroke Street/Merrion Square in the centre of Dublin to be developed as a hotel.

Ronan Daly Jermyn

Ronan Daly Jermyn handles real estate matters including lettings, developments and transactions. The firm acts for developers as well as clients in the hospitality, retail, and public sectors; it is also on the Irish universities panel. Practice head John Dwyer is based in Cork, and has a broad practice including recently acting on a number of high-value transactions. In the Dublin office, Evin McCarthy handles lettings for both landlords and tenants as well as transactions, while Simon Lynch acts on a number of acquisitions and disposals. Margaret Ring in Cork is another key contact and has a particular focus on office leases.

Practice head(s):

John Dwyer

Other key lawyers:

Evin McCarthy; Simon Lynch; Margaret Ring; Patrick Ahern

Testimonials

‘The team provides us with a wide ranging suite of skill sets ranging from Real Estate to Employment Law and Licensing, Our principal point of contact Evin McCarthy is a very experienced, knowledgeable Real Estate lawyer with a great mix of detailed knowledge and commercial pragmatism. His team, along with the wider team, are very strong and professional.’

‘Along with the availability, wide ranging expertise and lack of conflict, there are other reasons for the individuals standing out. For instance there is no sense of brinkmanship with other firms, and the balance between being firm and fair is very well maintained. ’

‘The Dublin Real Estate team in Ronan Daly Jermyn is an exceptional team whose members possess all the skills and capabilities to successfully navigate highly complex property transactions. ’

‘Evin McCarthy is a standout lawyer who is not only technically strong but always commercially minded. He understands and listens to the client’s objectives and never grandstands or over-lawyers. The fact that he previously worked as an in-house lawyer is evident and he understands the pressures and rhythm of an in-house environment. He is solution driven and practical. He is responsive and pleasant to deal with and represents us as his client in the same manner. ’

‘Our experiences and interactions with Ronan Daly Jermyn have always been exceptional. The firm has a strong cohort of talented people who not only have a broad understanding of the sector, but also a really good business sense and work hard to fully understand the rationale behind our business decisions.’

‘John Dwyer is a talented solicitor, very personable with a commercial head on his shoulders. He has a wealth of knowledge and is always focused on the big picture for our business. Margaret Ring looks after our leasing arrangements and is always on top of her brief. Margaret has a superb knowledge of the issues in commercial tenancies and her advice is invaluable to our business in those transactions. Pat Ahern has advised our Company for many years and has a thorough understanding of all the legal issues that arise for our business. Pats works incredibly hard looking after our interests.’

Key clients

O’Callaghan Properties

John Cleary Developments

iNua Hospitality

Marlet Property Group

Eli Lilly

Clarendon Group

KPMG

University College Cork

Mazars

NAMA

Lugus Capital Advisors/Bain Capital

Glenveagh Properties PLC

RSM Ireland

Strategic Capital Investment Fund PLC

Medtronic Ireland Limited

Fattal Hotel Group

Grant Thornton

Bain Capital

Deloitte

Ophelia Partnership

Duff & Phelps

Health Service Executive

Mastercard Europe Services Limited

National University of Ireland

GSK Trading Services Limited (GlaxoSmithKline)

Red Horizon

SeaPoint Capital/Tempus

Lyonshall Limited

Hallmark Building Services Limited

DairyGold

Work highlights

  • Advised O’Callaghan Properties on a number of high-value acquisitions in Cork.
  • Advised on the sale of a private residential scheme of 171 units comprised in a portfolio of 21 separate properties which were acquired in Dublin 2,4,6 and 8, renovated, re-let and then sold.
  • Advised Mastercard on the development of its European Technology Hub and Campus at Leopardstown, South Dublin as part of the US credit card issuer’s major expansion plan in Ireland.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is known for its track record in advising on social housing matters, acting for local authority funds, government agencies and approved housing bodies in this area. The team also advises retailers and investors on real estate transactions. Breen Purcell leads the team, with Paddy Smyth also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Breen Purcell

Other key lawyers:

Paddy Smyth

Hayes Solicitors LLP

Hayes Solicitors LLP advises on real estate matters for clients in the retail, logistics and telecoms sectors. In addition to acting for buyers and tenants, the team also acts for developers in transactions and financings of real estate developments. The practice is led by Jackie Buckley, who has broad experience in this area and also advises on the real estate aspects of transactions. Áine Coghill is another key contact in the team, noted for her work on real estate transactions and financing.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Buckley

Other key lawyers:

Áine Coghill; Philip Corcoran

Testimonials

‘Hayes Solicitors was recommended to my company due to their excellent reputation in relation to property law matters. Among their strengths was the ability of the Partner to get to grips immediately with our underlying legal issue, in a very thorough manner. ’

‘Hayes Solicitors were very much client focused. We received our legal opinion and advice letters within the agreed time period. Access to the Partner was excellent, Jackie Buckley was only a phone call away if needed. We would recommend the services of Hayes Solicitors and in particular, Jackie Buckley, without hesitation.’

‘Jackie Buckley is exceptional – she is extremely knowledgeable, diligent, calm and client focused. I would describe her a real expert in her field and she became a trusted advisor to our organisation. ’

‘Keen and interested. High levels of personal attention.’

‘Polite, calm and patient. Áine Coghill explains matters clearly and I am never patronised.’

‘Full grasp of the initial brief. Regular communication and updates on specific cases without prompting.’

‘Make an effort to explain complex legal issues in plain and simple language. Phillip Corcoran is my main point of contact and he is very easy to deal with and responsive.’

‘I have worked with Philip Corcoran on a number of matters and find him very approachable, no matter how big or small the matter is. Phil will always hold a call to discuss and understand the matter prior to giving advices, which I like. He is always very responsive and is practical in his solution approach. ’

Key clients

Primark

DHL Express (Ireland) Limited

CHQ

Eircom Limited

Duff & Phelps

DHL Global Forwarding (Ireland) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Primark as its sole advisor on its extensive Irish property portfolio.
  • Acting for DHL Express ion its ongoing property requirements and in particular the leasing, development, sale and acquisition of warehousing facilities.
  • Advising CHQ on the lettings and management of the CHQ Building.

Leman Solicitors

Leman Solicitors has a strong track record handling the financing, acquisition, development and lease of properties such as offices and hospitality facilities. Practice head John Hogan and Andrew Nagle are the key partners in the team.

Practice head(s):

John Hogan

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Nagle

Testimonials

‘I find the Leman team to be very personable and accessible, which is something that separates them from other legal firms we have been involved with. There is a can-do attitude ingrained in everyone at Leman we have been in contact with. It is obvious that this positive attitude flows from the partners through the whole firm.’

‘Leman Solicitors have always provided us with an efficient, concise and speedy service. Their fixed fee approach and commitment to providing a prompt response to our issues is a welcome difference to other firms. The access to partner level at all times is drastically different to how other firms operate.’

‘They take a practical commercial view to legal issues and are very responsive. Good team strengths and appears to be very happy and fulfilled workplace. This leads to a friendly open culture with good client interaction.’

‘As founding partner, John Hogan is always accessible and has an infectious enthusiasm.’

‘My contact in Leman Solicitors is Andrew Nagle. I have worked with Andrew for many years and his advices over that time have been invaluable to our company. He has navigated us through some difficult transactions and always provided practical and real-world advice. He understands our business and the issues that matter to us.’

‘Andrew Nagle and John Hogan  are practical and effective and they don’t waste time on items if it is not required.’

‘Since inception, they have been a highly IT-facing practice and a paperless office. This use of technology has made the firm highly resilient during the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘

‘We have been very impressed by the detailed knowledge of our business and wider property sector possessed by the staff at Leman. We have always dealt with senior solicitors and work has been turned around in a timely fashion, we have never had to chase up to have work completed. The stand out solicitors we have dealt with in Leman are John Hogan, Aoife O’Dea and Gavin Fitzgerald. John has always taken the lead and remained involved in projects, while they were in the very capable hands of Gavin, Aoife or another member of staff. John is a particularly impressive character and the reason we decided to place our business with Leman, a decision we are extremely happy about.’

Key clients

Press Up Group

Avam Limited

Zipony Limited

Gate Gourmet Ireland Limited

The Durkan Group

Bridlegrand (Park) Limited

Kellogg Europe Trading Limited

Grand Coast Capital Group

Beannchor Group

Kennedy Wilson

Work highlights

  • Advising The Workman’s Club Limited/Advanced Vision Limited on the purchase, financing and development of a new 120-bedroom hotel in Galway, including negotiation of finance terms and construction documents.
  • Handling the development, financing, letting and sale of a fully let 17,500 sq. ft commercial office block in Dublin 2 on behalf of Avam Limited.
  • Acted for Kennedy Wilson on a significant refurbishment project at the Stillorgan Village Shopping Centre, a 50+ multi-tenanted shopping centre in South County Dublin.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

LK Shields Solicitors LLP handles real estate transactions involving a variety of asset classes, including residential property, manufacturing facilities, care homes and retail parks. The team acts for Irish and international clients, including investors and corporations. Practice head Clair Cassidy has experience in advising on matters involving commercial property, as does John Campbell. Patrick Ryan is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Clair Cassidy

Other key lawyers:

John Campbell; Patrick Ryan

Testimonials

‘Very thorough.’

‘Good to work with and strong at managing costs.’

Key clients

Infravia Capital Partners

Keurig Dr Pepper

Brink’s ATM Services Limited

OASIS Group

SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc

Deloitte

CareChoice Group

Galway Harbour Company (The Port of Galway)

Monaco Group

Tool and Plastic Industries Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for InfraVia Capital Partners on the sale of Cignal Infrastructure Limited to IBEX 35-listed Cellnex Telecom Group.
  • Advising Keurig Dr Pepper on all Irish legal matters relating to the establishment of a manufacturing plant in Ireland.
  • Advised the CareChoice Group on its sale of a primary healthcare centre, lease back of part, and the extension of its adjoining nursing home at Trim, County Meath.

Walkers

Acting across asset classes including logistics facilities, residential properties, office space, and retail, Walkers acts for investors, developers and corporations on transactions. The team draws on the wider firm's expertise in areas such as tax, finance, and corporate law to advise clients on a broad range of issues. Practice head Rachel Rodgers has more than 15 years' experience in this sector, and frequently acts alongside of counsel Jody Toner.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Rodgers

Other key lawyers:

Jody Toner

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Apex Group

Duff & Phelps

Fairfield Real Estate

Grant Thornton

Iceland Seafood

KPMG

KTB Investments & Securities and KTB Asset Management

Man Group plc/ Man GPM Aalto

Marlet Property Group

Virtu Financial Services (Ireland) Limited

IBRC

Work highlights

  • Advised KTB on its acquisition of Ireland’s largest building, a logistics facility, for €160m.
  • Acted on behalf of a German pension fund in financing the acquisition of a mixed-use residential and commercial development in Dublin 2 for €46m.
  • Acted for a prominent aircraft lessor on the letting of its new headquarters in Dublin 2.

Whitney Moore

Whitney Moore advises on real estate transactions in sectors including hospitality, social housing, retail, and student residences. The firm's recent work includes advising on growing areas such as transactions under the mortgage to rent scheme. Rory McDonald leads the practice; Michael Carney and Barry Heslin are other key partners in the team.

Practice head(s):

Rory McDonald

Other key lawyers:

Michael Carney; Barry Heslin

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Whitney Moore on a few occasions and as a representative of a multinational firm, have found them to be well versed in Irish law, practices, and customs. Their experience and insight are useful in setting expectations of likely outcomes and then achieving them. ’

‘I have worked with Rory McDonald the most and appreciate his candour and competence as we pursued several real estate transactions. Rory was engaged first hand; I never felt passed along to an associate or others in the firm. Timely and clear communication instilled greater confidence with every engagement. ’

‘Very confident in the level of ability of the individual I deal with – at all times I have confidence in the thoroughness of the work done, and in the agreed timelines for delivery. ’

Key clients

Glen Dimplex

Irish Life Investment Managers

IDA Ireland

Home for Life DAC

Round Hill Capital

The Housing Agency

Fingal County Council

Five Guys Ireland

Warren Private

Oath (previously Aol)

Greenleaf Homes

Ecologic Design and Build

PJ Hegarty Group

Sorohan Builders

Carbonvale

Allianz

REHAB Group

Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Banks

Ulster Bank

NAMA

Merrion Hotel

Claire’s Accessories

Foundation Quay ICAV

Apollo / Lapithus

Tom Kavanagh (Receiver, Deloitte)

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Round Hill Capital and NBK Capital on the acquisition of two sites for development as student housing complexes, that will collectively comprise over 600 bed spaces.
  • Acting as lead advisors to Home for Life, the first non-approved housing body appointed to provide social housing under the government’s mortgage to rent (MTR) scheme, on the acquisition, for social housing purposes, of significant residential property portfolios under the MTR scheme.
  • Advised a private investment company on the disposal of an office block, occupied by a multinational telecoms company, in Dublin 2 for €30m.

Gore & Grimes

Led by Keith McConnell, Gore & Grimes is active in property transactions and leases across the residential, industrial and commercial office sectors. McConnell is 'a very practical lawyer, who excels in complex transactions'. Sally Alford is particularly active in transactions involving multi-unit developments.

Practice head(s):

Keith McConnell

Other key lawyers:

Sally Alford

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Gore & Grimes over the past number of years mainly on the property conveyancing and title issues on behalf of various clients. They have been extremely proactive and well versed in the various legal aspects of these transactions and in particular we have found them to be very pragmatic and practical. Often a client can get waylaid from the ultimate goal in any transaction and I have found our handlers in Gore & Grimes very good at cutting through this and steering us on the right path to a successful conclusion.’

‘Keith McConnell and Liam Collins have handled our property related legal issues. They are readily available, respond promptly and give excellent direction with a view to achieving our intended goals by focusing on the core issues and problem solving as required. The key difference that I have experienced is their attention and response time in matters. Often we find response times slow with other legal firms and being self employed living in the commercial realities I need answers and action fast. I have found that Keith and Liam deliver on that.’

‘Keith McConnell is a very practical lawyer, who excels in complex transactions. He can find solutions to difficult problems which results in a positive outcome.’

‘Excellent customer service and availability. Always meeting deadlines and get the job done. Very few companies exceed my expectations and put simply Gore and Grimes always do.’

‘I value this company for a great deal of reliability, flexibility and speed of executing contracts in a very timely manner, often exceeding expectations. You always know that the company is available at short notice via different communication channels. I am mostly working with Keith and Sally and found them to be excellent contacts, that are very knowledgeable and highly professional, at all times. I have bought and sold a few properties this year with Sally and she did a fantastic job, much better than my previous law firm.’

‘Keith McConnell is very responsive and always deals with all issues in a timely manner. Clear, easy to understand opinions are offered which enables decision making easier on how to proceed. ’

‘Both Keith McConnell and Sally Alford are very responsive and will always follow up by either email or phone. I have found they will always confirm when something will be done and stick with the agreed deadline. ’

‘I work with  Keith McConnell, Liam Collins, Sally Alford and Associate Gemma Ni Chaoimh and they are all very attentive and efficient in communicating and explaining in plain English what needs to be done in each case. If they are at meetings they will always return phone-calls promptly. I never have to chase them to finish an assignment. ’

Key clients

Park Developments Group

Winsac Limited

McGarrell Reilly Group

Maybury Lane Limited

Creedon Group / Creshea Limited

Spirit Motor Group

Urbanity Limited

Irish Heritage Trust

IDA Ireland

Torc Grain & Feed Unlimited Company

Allied Irish Banks plc

WIPRO

Fergal O’Leary

Thabana Properties

St. Michaels House

Oxfam

S Mac Mahon Storage & Distribution Limited

The Grace Bible Fellowship

Care (Ireland) Limited

Armstrong Electronics Limited

Beaverstown Golf Club

Malahide Cricket Club

Dermod Dwyer

Brendan Gallagher Fitted Furniture Limited

Pucci Mc Limited

Michael Heather

O’Dwyer Property Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Trafalgar Capital on the remediation of title, set up of a management scheme and the sale of a property to a housing association.
  • Advised the McGarrell Reilly Group on the sale of a substantial apartment block to a housing agency.
  • Acted for an Irish registered arm of Eramol Limited, a UK pharmaceutical company, on taking a lease and obtaining its first foothold in the Irish real estate market.

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Holmes O'Malley Sexton's team, which includes 'proactive, innovative and commercial thinkers',  advises on transactions involving a variety of assets, from office space to hotels. In 2020, the team was particularly active in assisting investment funds and REITs with acquisitions. The team is led by Sandra Egan, based in Limerick, and Lorraine Power and Harry Fehily, both based in Dublin.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Egan; Lorraine Power; Harry Fehily

Testimonials

‘I find HOMS to be very approachable. They are very professional in their approach to my company’s work. They understand timelines and are always open to discussion on how to speed up certain things. ’

‘I deal with a range of individuals within HOMS. I would specifically mention Caitriona Leahy as someone who is dedicated to her role and extremely efficient in her job. ’

‘Always professional to work with.’

‘Strong diverse team with excellent technical skills across a range of sectors. The team has all the technical skills in a Limerick regional office that you would find in Dublin.’

‘Proactive, innovative, commercial thinkers that clearly look to make a deal work rather than trying to block and slow down deals. We especially recommend Sandra Egan, Lisa Killeen, and Harry Fehily.’

Key clients

Limerick Twenty Thirty Strategic Development DAC

Coillte

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Legal Aid Board

Yew Grove REIT plc

The Go-Ahead Group Plc

Shannon Group plc

University of Limerick

Limerick Institute of Technology

Work highlights

  • Advised Yew Grove REIT PLC on all aspects of its €13m transaction for the REIT’s acquisition of Building A, Building B and Building C, at Athlone Business and Technology Park, Garrycastle, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.
  • Advised Yew Grove REIT plc on its acquisition of the property known as the Teleflex Building, Athlone Industrial Estate, Athlone, County Westmeath for €12m.
  • Advised Yew Grove REIT plc ion its acquisition of Office Units and Greenfield Site situation at Millennium Park and Osberstown, Naas, County Kildare for €25.3m.

Lavelle Partners

Lavelle Partners handles leases, acquisitions and disposals for landlords and tenants, private clients, developers, and investors. The team additionally handles property transactions stemming from insolvencies. Nicola Walsh leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Walsh

Testimonials

‘The biggest stand out for me is the response time from everyone we deal with. Too often in the past I have experienced long delays for small matters, but with Lavelles’ they are always prompt even in the often slow world of real estate.’

‘Nicola Walsh has helped get a number of projects over the line in a timely and very professional manner. The big standouts are not bothering us with the little stuff (all the time) but still including it as it’s being signed off, and giving clear impartial advice when a decision has to be made. Exceptional service.’

‘Solid practical advice, with good support in other areas of law. The practice is very approachable and maintains good contact during all transactions.’

‘Nicola Walsh provides down-to-earth, practical, and very efficient advice and actions.’

Key clients

KBC Bank Ireland plc

O'Flynn Exhams

Based in Cork, O'Flynn Exhams handles real estate work involving commercial, residential and industrial property. The firm's client base includes SMEs, developers, and public sector bodies; it is particularly active in compulsory purchase and compensation work. Micheál O Mulláin leads the team, which also includes Eamonn Muldoon, who is experienced in advising on the acquisition of land for infrastructure, as well as corporate leases.

Practice head(s):

Micheál Ó Mulláin

Other key lawyers:

Eamonn Muldoon; Aeibhin Cahalan; Joan Byrne

Testimonials

‘In my experience of OFX, they have both organisational and individual responsiveness. Competence is a given.’

‘Micheal O’Mullain is competent, responsive, practical and available. Hard to ask for more.’

‘This firm has proved extremely effective in handling both the property and corporate aspects of a substantial transaction involving a foreign buyer.’

‘Good client relationships and depth of expertise in the key sectors.’

‘Micheál O’Mullain is a very focused and professional expert.’

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

Trane Technologies International Limited (formerly Ingersoll Rand International)

Cope Foundation

Cork Education and Training Board

Cork Institute of Technology

KPMG

Deloitte

Ernst and Young

PWC

BDO

Grant Thornton

Gas Networks Ireland (formerly Board Gáis)

Irish Water

Work highlights

  • Advised Axis Primary Healthcare on the continued development of its nationwide portfolio of primary care centres
  • Advised Trane Technologies International on its property portfolio in Ireland.
  • Acting as the primary adviser to Irish Water on wayleaves for existing projects.

OBH Partners

Led by June Hynes and John Burke, boutique property firm OBH Partners advises on property transactions, particularly in the hotel sector.

Practice head(s):

June Hynes; John Burke

Key clients

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Earlsfort Group

John Sisk and Sons

Teeling Group

Greystones Media Campus Limited

Kinvara Homes

JCD Group (John Cleary Developments)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Deka Immobilien Investment Gmbh on the acquisition of the Marker Hotel.
  • Assisted Deka Immobilien Investment Gmbh with the acquisition of Reflector Building, Hanover Quay, Dublin 2
  • Acted for Deka Immobilien Investment Gmbh on the acquisition of Charlemont Hotel.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's real estate practice is led by the highly experienced Kevin Collins, who has significantly expanded the practice since joining the firm in 2018. The team is particularly focused on advising on transactions and developments in the hospitality, telecoms and energy sectors, and is active in the growing area of wind energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Collins

Testimonials

‘I am involved in renewable energy and commercial property. The reason why I am with PM is because of the caliber of people that specialize in the area that I am interested.’

‘I would specifically mention Kevin Collins who is, without hyperbole, the best conveyancing solicitor I have had the pleasure to work with. The fact that he is also very up the value chain in renewable energy makes him, for me, the obvious stand-out solicitor which PM should be happy to have on board.’

Key clients

NH Hotels

Long Harbour Limited

Energia Renewables

EDF Energy

Data and Power Hub Services Limited

Obton A/S

Siemens Limited

Centrus

HSBC France

NTR

Work highlights

  • Advised NH Hotels on the acquisition of the business of the Marker Hotel.
  • Advised Long Harbour on the purchase of the Old Storehouse complex including a pub and restaurant.

Reddy Charlton LLP

Reddy Charlton Solicitors is experienced in advising Irish SMEs on property transactions and leases, as well as acting for developers. The practice is led by Roisin Bennett, who has strong links to the sports sector and frequently advises clients in this area; Tom Marren and Brendan Sharkey are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Roisin Bennett

Other key lawyers:

Tom Marren; Brendan Sharkey

Testimonials

‘Reddy Charlton will always do what is in the client’s best interest. The client knows that they will get the best possible result for their situation. Reddy Charlton are very efficient at getting the job done. ’

‘I deal with Brendan Sharkey who is courteous & very efficient. I am confident that any query I send will be dealt with in a timely manner and that he will work to ensure I have the best outcome. I also deal with Tom Marren who is also very courteous & is extremely efficient at dealing with any query. He is also very meticulous which is tremendously important for clients.’

‘Reddy Charlton are very responsive and efficient. They can be relied upon to run transactions smoothly and provide clear consistent advice.’

‘Roisin Bennett has acted for us in a large number of transactions. She is knowledgeable, efficient and reliable. She has a practical pragmatic approach and is very commercially aware.’

‘The firm demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of property law, is very responsive to any query, and highly diligent.’

‘I find them to be efficient, competent and easy to deal with.’

‘They have in-house experts in most fields. As a Construction/Development client we have different legal requirements – Conveyancing, HR, Construction Contracts and potential disputes – all of which can be looked after by Reddy Charlton.’

‘Most of my dealings have been with Brendan Sharkey and his assistant Stephanie Whelan, both have been excellent. You just know that Brendan has your back and I never feel they are chasing fees or unnecessary work. Brendan is extremely practical and really knows what we are looking for.’

Key clients

DC Thomson and Company Limited

FindMyPast Ireland

Newbridge Silverware

Gaelic Athletic Association

Indaver Ireland

Ashley Ford

Fitzwilliam Properties

Mazars

Solvalla Properties Limited

Optical Express

Wilsons Auctions

Industrial Development Authority Ireland

Michael Guiney Limited

South Dublin Construction Limited