Real estate in Ireland
A&L Goodbody's Dublin-based real estate practice handles commercial property transactions for clients based in Ireland and internationally, and it has noted an increase in work for foreign investors. Practice head Niamh O’Sullivan is a 'strong leader' with 'admirable expertise'; she has a core focus on real estate investment and property-based lending. Real estate transactional specialist Mairead Sherock and Stephen O’Riordan, who is active in investments and and transactions, are other key names. John Williams, Paul Diggin and Ger O’Toole are also noted.
‘Strongly led team – always available – responsive – the A team in every transaction we do.‘
‘Niamh O’Sullivan – strong leader, admirable expertise, gets the best deal for her clients.‘
Ario Properties Ltd
KDCOR Ireland Ltd
Davy Target Investments
Goodbody Platform ICAV
Targeted Investment Opportunities ICAV
Glenveagh Living Ltd
TIO South Docks Fund II Ltd
Glenveagh Properties Plc
Henderson Park Capital
- Advising Credit Suisse on the purchase of New Century House, IFSC, from Hibernia REIT.
- Acting for Barclays Bank on the purchase of the Project Porto loan portfolio.
- Advising Wells Fargo on acquisition lending provided to Irish Life ICAV concerning the purchase of a private residential sector development from Park (the developer).
The 'second to none' real estate team at Arthur Cox is a popular choice for some of the largest and most innovative commercial property transactions in Ireland, including the most substantial development projects progressing in the country today. The team works alongside the commercial property team in Northern Ireland to assist with cross-boarder real estate transactions, and is also able to leverage the strength of the firm's tax, finance and corporate practices. Described by one client as 'one of the most talented real estate attorneys our company has ever worked with', Deirdre Barrett is a key name to note; she specialises in investment acquisitions and disposals. Other key members of the team include practice head Kenneth Egan, Deirdre Sheehan and Simon Hannigan.
‘The Arthur Cox Real Estate Team is second to none. They possess a deep legal understanding of complex issues and they have incredible business acumen.‘
‘The Arthur Cox Real Estate team is one of the strongest I have worked with in both the US and Europe.‘
‘Excellent, knowledgeable commercial responsive team.‘
‘An experienced team with more depth than any other practice in Dublin.‘
‘We enjoy working with Arthur Cox, who provide us with high quality advice that is thought through.‘
‘Leaders in their field.‘
‘Simon Hannigan has such an in-depth experience of the Irish commercial property market and the length and breadth of his knowledge of complex legal matters is astonishing.‘
‘Deirdre Barrett is one of the most talented real estate attorneys our firm has ever worked with. She is like an encyclopedia of real estate and has seen it all!‘
‘Simon Hannigan is an excellent organiser and has an acute sense of the commercial elements of a transaction.‘
‘Deirdre Barrett – we consider her the best property lawyer in town.‘
‘Karen Kiloran – excellent industry knowledge and ability to resolve complex problems in a fast and efficient manner.‘
Ronan Group Real Estate
Green REIT plc
Spear Street Capital
Hines Real Estate Ireland
Saco Property Group
Tetrach Capital Mid-West Holdings
- Advising Facebook on the expansion and acquisition of the Bank Centre in Ballsbridge by way of both a long lease and property purchase comprising circa 900,000 sq. ft. of office space.
- Assisting Kennedy Wilson with the Capital Dock development, including a substantial and detailed title restructuring of the scheme and the introduction of bespoke title transfers and lettings of both residential and office blocks. Also acted for the client in putting in place security over the entire scheme.
- Advising Facebook on the acquisition and development of Phase 2 of a substantial data centre in Clonee, County Meath.
Considered by one client to be 'firmly established among the top real estate legal advisers in Dublin', Byrne Wallace has one of the largest property groups in Ireland. The team is particularly active in the private residential sector and has handled a number of headline matters. The practice is led by the 'diligent, attentive and committed' Michael Walsh. Other key names include and transactions and leasing expert Alison O’Sullivan and Michelle McVeigh, who acts on acquisitions, disposals and leasing matters.
‘Excellent turn around times without compromising quality of work.‘
‘The Byrne Wallace team show a diligence to getting work completed well and always provide insightful advice.‘
‘Key determination to get the job done and ensure the client’s needs are met.‘
‘We consider them to be firmly established among the top real estate legal advisors in Dublin.‘
‘Very responsive and commercial in their approach.’
‘Alison O’Sullivan and Martin Cooney in particular deserve mention here. Both are approachable and available solution oriented subject matter experts who provide commercially minded advice.‘
‘Michael Walsh, Michelle McVeigh and Bryan O’Gorman for being able to guide the client through some very detailed and complex deals. They drew on their experience to provide excellent legal advice with an understanding of the commercial needs for the deal to succeed.‘
‘Michael Walsh is diligent, attentive and committed.‘
‘Alison O’Sullivan has been a pleasure to deal with. She is very strong on all real estate matters and very reliable.‘
Jaguar Land Rover
Glenveagh Properties Plc
GL Ireland ICAV (Avenue Capital)
Circle Housing VHA
Allied Irish Banks plc
Teagasc (the Agriculture and Food Development Authority)
- Acting for Glenveagh Properties Plc on the purchase of two development sites in County Kildare.
- Acted for Sonas Bathrooms on the largest industrial letting in Ireland in 2018 – Unit 103 Northwest Business Park, which comprises a detached logistics unit, which extends to a total area of approx. 12,550 sq. m on a site of approx. 2.6 ha.
- Assisted the LRC Group, a Cypriot-based fund, with the acquisition and financing of the Turner Portfolio, which was reported as being valued at €150m and comprises 600 assets.
The real estate team at Eversheds Sutherland's Dublin office 'goes above and beyond in its level of service'. The experienced group is a popular choice for complex real estate transactions in the Irish market. Led by practice head Joseph Stanley, the practice advises on transactions, investments, and landlord and tenant matters across the island of Ireland. Marie O’Riordan is another key name; she acts for investors on acquisitions and disposals. Cian MacGinley is also noted.
‘Excellent team, very diligent and professional and go above and beyond in their level of service and I could not talk highly enough of them.‘
‘Highly experienced & quality Real Estate/Property advisors.‘
‘Excellent, committed team with deep property expertise, as well as a client focus and real emphasis on meeting deadlines.‘
‘Leaders in the real estate field in Dublin. Quality partners providing thorough due diligence and good commercial advice.‘
‘Eversheds have shown a unique willingness to consistently learn whats going on in my business which saves a huge amount of time compared to other legal firms we’ve dealt with.‘
‘Prompt service, professional and experienced advice, good diversity of professionals covering the various disciplines.‘
‘Cian McGinley very intelligent and composed and gives excellent legal advice in all aspects of conveyancing.‘
‘Very protective of their clients’ positions – Solution focused on problems identified.‘
‘Sean Greene (Partner) & Michelle Stewart (Associate) – Highly skilled and good communicators.‘
‘Marie O’Riordan, Joe Stanley, Lee Murphy lead excellent teams and demonstrate real understanding of their brief and provide significant value add to our transactions.‘
‘Terry O’Malley is my main contact. Recently made partner and extremely deserving of the role. His availability and knowledge of the market stands out.‘
Hibernia REIT plc
Cairn Homes plc
Ronan Group Real Estate
Barclays Bank Corporate Real Estate
Credit Suisse AG
Angelo Gordon and Carysfort Capital
Avestus Capital Partners and Richmond Homes
Ardale Property Group
Westhill Land & Property
McGarrell Reilly / Sean Reilly
- Advised a member of the Carlyle Group London on the acquisition and funding of a student accommodation scheme at Carmens Hall.
- Acted for Clarington Group on the sale of three newly constructed primary care centres in Newbridge, Celbridge and Dublin.
- Acted for HID Global on the lease of its relocated European Centre of Excellence facility to Galway City.
The 'practical and commercially minded experts' at Mason Hayes & Curran specialise in residential and commercial real estate property. Its client portfolio includes companies from a variety of industries, including energy, hospitality, retail, financial services and technology, and it acts for international investment companies, as well as high-profile domestic institutional landlords. The team is led by Vanessa Byrne, a specialist in property transactions, and landlord and tenant matters, and Michael Dorran, who mainly advises institutions and investors. Tom Davy is also noted.
Vanessa Byrne; Michael Doran
‘Practical and commercially minded experts in their field.’
‘The real estate team are very strong on asset management issues and leasing. They are very commercial in their approach to negotiation and resource their team well.‘
‘High standard, partner involvement, flexible can do attitude.‘
‘I was most impressed with the firm’s commercial acumen, as sensible commercial guidance was given along with legal advice.‘
‘The team are very open to tailoring a bespoke programme or project of work that suits their client’s needs.‘
‘From my experience, working with MHC on real estate, we find their knowledge, experience and support meets our various business needs without exception.‘
Vanessa Byrne, David Mangan and Adam Hogg deserve particular mention here. All three are very personable and approachable and are practical, commercially minded subject matter experts who know their industry.
‘Michael Doran provides an exceptional service to us.‘
‘Tom Davy was very commercial and resolved our transactional issues very swiftly.‘
‘Adam Hogg – knows his client very well.‘
‘Jamie Fitzmaurice, Janet Cafferky and Shane Dolan have each been very helpful at each of our engagements regarding real estate.‘
‘Tom Davy, who led the team, was pivotal in managing the complex transaction with so many moving parts.‘
Irish Life Assurance plc
Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.
Irish Residential Properties REIT plc
Dublin Institute of Technology
Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU)
Circle Voluntary Housing Association Rohan Holdings Limited
Glenveagh Properties plc.
- Advised a consortium of investors including M&G Investments, Aberdeen Standard Investments and Canada Life Investments on a private placement investment in a portfolio of seven primary care centres owned by Primary Health Properties plc within an ICAV (Irish Collective Asset Management Vehicle) all of which are let to the Irish health service HSE on long-term leases.
- Assisting French fund SCPI Pierval Santé with several healthcare investments in Ireland including development and trading assets comprising five nursing homes in Dublin, which were simultaneously leased to new operators in three instances and leased back to the vendors in two instances.
- Acting for the sellers of the four-star Hilton Hotel Dublin Airport to Westmont Hospitality Group.
The commercial real estate team at Matheson's Dublin practice has acted on many of the largest, most high-profile and significant property transactions that have occurred in the country over the last few years. The experienced Brain Doran leads the team and is particularly sought after for the most complex and sophisticated deals in the market. The group has notable expertise advising international and Irish institutional and private equity investors on real estate assets and real estate-backed loans. Leonie Dunne, Sally Anne Stone and Peter McKeever are other key names. The group was further bolstered in 2019 by the promotion of Niamh Maher to the partnership. Senior associate Rachel Ward is another name to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent service levels and very responsive.‘
‘The team is responsive to client needs and works quickly and efficiently to find solutions.‘
‘They have a unique and innate understanding of our business and they know what key drivers are fundamental to our real estate needs.‘
‘The real estate team is exactly that, they act as a team. As a result, the client’s requirements are fully met. If people are unavailable, there is never a need to chase others.‘
‘They are very focused on the client. Senior leaders are available to discuss any matters that arise.‘
‘Peter McKeever – very knowledgeable and experienced solicitor- breaks down complex issues to simple speak.‘
‘Sally Anne Stone is exceptional, a strong negotiator, solution focussed and very commercial.‘
‘Sally Anne Stone stands out as a partner who is knowledgeable, reactive and able to apply her knowledge to quickly progress a project.‘
‘For me the key differentiator with Matheson’s real estate and construction team is their breath and depth of experience.‘
‘Sally Anne Stone has exceptional attention to detail and is very strong in acting for occupiers.‘
‘They have great experience and knowledge of the real estate arena, they are always on hand to take calls and advise.‘
Park Developments Group
U + I Group plc
Glenveagh Properties PLC
La Francaise Forum Real
Danske Bank Group
Bank of New York Mellon
United Healthcare Group
Trinity College Dublin
Macquaire Principal Finance
- Advised Oxley Holdings Limited on the forward sale of No.4 and No.5 Dublin Landings to the Central Bank of Ireland with a purchase price of €204m and on the forward sale of 268 PRS units to Greystar Holdings for over €154m.
- Assisted Hines and its partner APG with circa €80m financing for the development of the TC2 residential plot in Cherrywood, County Dublin.
- Acting for Park Developments Group on the forward sale of 261 apartments at Churchtown, County Dublin to an Irish Life vehicle.
The 'dynamic and commercially minded' real estate team at McCann FitzGerald excels in commercial and residential real estate and has a particularly strong real estate finance practice. Shane Fahy leads the team and has a core focus acting for institutional investors. With over 25 years of experience in real estate, Jim Murphy is a key name to note at the practice. A recent work highlight saw Murphy act for Salesforce on its negotiations for an iconic letting at North Wall Quay, which was the largest single office lease in Ireland. Jennifer Halpin, Richard Leonard, Donal O Raghallaigh and Shane Sweeney are other key names.
Other key lawyers:
‘Highly professional and attentive team. Have always found their advice to be commercial and very responsive to our needs.‘
‘The firm work in a collaborative manner with other partners and other advisors.‘
‘I have always found the RE team to be consistent with their advice and approach to transactions.‘
‘Professionalism & subject matter expertise, comparable with the best in the industry.‘
‘Excellent, multi-disciplinary team. Peerless teamwork and technical insight.‘
‘The property team in MCFs are dynamic and commercially focused.‘
‘Shane Fahy (Partner & Head of RE) and Ruairi Stewart (Senior Associate) have been brilliant to work with over the last number of years for what have been complex RE transactions.‘
‘Barrett Chapman led a multi-disciplinary team with great enthusiasm and skill. Patience and technical ability was needed in abundance.‘
‘I would recommend Shane Sweeney (Partner) and Finn Considine (associate). Finn was particularly excellent through the last transaction I worked with him on.‘
Lone Star/Hudson Advisors
Primary Health Properties REIT
Ashleaf Shopping Centre
Global Student Accommodation
St Vincent’s Hospital Group
Irish Forestry Unit Trust
Housing Finance Agency
Electricity Supply Board
Arrow Global Limited
Apollo Global Managers
Lakeland Dairies Co-Operative Society
- Advised Salesforce on entering into an agreement to lease a new purpose-built campus at North Wall Quay in the heart of Dublin’s “Silicon Docks”.
- Acted for Deutsche Bank on its successful bid to acquire the Project Lee loans from Nama, which were secured on a mixture of retail, commercial and residential assets.
- Advised Urbeo on the real estate aspects of its new joint venture with Starwood Capital, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) and others.
The real estate practice at William Fry has particular expertise in acquisitions, sales and financing, and is active for public and local authorities as well as institutional and private equity investors. The team, which is led by Edward Spain, acts for clients including large institutional investors, international private equity funds, receivers, public and local authorities, developers and major Irish, UK and US retailers. Andrew Muckian specialises in transactions for institutional investors. Karen Sheil and Lisa McCarthy are other key names.
Other key lawyers:
‘Good team, responsive, professional advice.‘
‘We find William Fry excellent to deal with. They have a strong team in all sectors. They are hard working and provide really good advice.‘
‘Great set of values. Good positive culture.‘
‘Committed, hard working, commercial, responsive.‘
‘Karen Shiel – extremely hard working and provides well thought out advice.‘
‘Brian O’Callaghan:-A great RE lawyer. Has a very modern perspective on how a legal team should work. Works really well in a team environment, a very good negotiator.‘
Allianz Real Estate
OCP Capital Partners
NAMA & NTMA
Tesco Ireland Limited
Irish Life Assurance plc
U + I Group plc
Real I.S. Investment Gmbh
- Advising Diageo on the redevelopment of the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.
- Advised OCP on the acquisition of 265 PRA units in South Dublin.
- Acting for Hines on the ongoing redevelopment of Central Plaza.
Beauchamps' real estate practice has a diverse client base, which includes Irish and international investors, financial institutions, developers, asset managers, public bodies, local authorities and companies from across a range of sectors. The team is jointly led by head of commercial real estate Aidan Marsh, retail expert Imelda Reynolds and senior partner Maitiú Ó Dónaill. The practice also has a specialised housing team, which acts for developers, public bodies and approved housing bodies on projects relating to the construction, design and financing of residential housing and developments for all purposes. Jacinta Niland is also noted.
Aidan Marsh; Imelda Reynolds; Maitiú Ó Dónaill
‘They cut to the main issues of commercial relevance. Any time they come to us with an issue they come with a proposed solution.‘
‘They offer an extremely efficient reliable service providing first class commercially relevant advice. They are very consistent in terms of quality of advice and service.‘
‘I don’t believe we could get a better quality of service from another firm.‘
‘We find Beauchamps excellent to deal with. They are very responsive and client focused. The quality of their work is excellent.‘
‘Beauchamps provide an engaged, hands-on legal service which was essential for us as a “foreign” investor.‘
‘They are very commercial and pragmatic, respect timelines and are always accessible and contactable.‘
‘Laura Brophy is an associate on Imelda Reynolds team who is efficient, knowledgeable and easy to deal with.‘
‘Aidan Marsh – he is a pleasure to deal with – he is hard working, considered and we enjoy working with him.‘
‘Jacinta Niland – she is fantastic – she is extremely hard working and dedicated. We enjoy working with Jacinta.‘
‘Anne Doyle (Partner) is detailed, attentive and approachable. She was instrumental in advising us and giving us the confidence to make our first investment in Ireland.‘
‘Tony O’Sullivan the conveyancing partner in Beauchamps has a depth and wealth of knowledge in the property transaction that it makes dealing through him a far less stressful experience than I have found to be the case elsewhere.‘
Dublin Port Company
South Dublin County Council
Respond Housing Association
Allied Irish Banks
Cairn Homes plc
Linders Property Group
- Acted for Colony Capital on the sale of Belfield Office Park at a value of over €70m to Spear Capital.
- Advising Goldman Sachs (Obsidian ICAV) on the on-going asset management and proposed sales of the Bridge Water Shopping Centre, Arklow Citywest Shopping Centre, City East Retail Park and Skycourt Shopping Centres.
- Acted for Clúid Housing Association (the largest housing association in Ireland) on the acquisition of a 78-unit apartment complex in Cork City from Lugus Capital investment company for €20m.
Dillon Eustace’s 'very knowledgeable' real estate practice group acts for clients including banks, investors, developers, retailers, semi-state bodies and international corporates established in Ireland across all areas of real estate law. The practice specialises in acting for landlords and tenants of all types of commercial property, including in the retail and healthcare sectors. Kelly O’Hara leads the team, which includes Paul Eustace, who is experienced in acting for lending institutions, corporates and developers. Senior associate Brendan Cunnane, who is particularly active in real estate transactions, is another key name to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very knowledgeable in conveyancing with excellent eye for detail.‘
‘The Dillon Eustace real estate team have become part of our team and our trusted business partners. They are straight forward, honest and hardworking in all aspects of delivery.‘
‘Their key strengths are excellent client care and management, maintaining positive relationships with a counter-party throughout difficult negotiations, clear and straightforward billing (no surprises) and very pro-active.‘
‘The team is a pleasure to work with.‘
‘The quality and clarity of the advice provided by Dillon Eustace and the confidence built up many years that complex issues will be dealt with professionally and always in a timely manner.‘
‘Louise Wright and Paul Eustace were available and always on the end of the phone. Their communication was excellent throughout and the cut to the real points and ensured they were dealt with comprehensively.‘
‘Martin Colman – Clear communicator, exceptional client management and ability to maintain positive relationships with counterparties throughout negotiations (Important for our business). Now part of our team.‘
‘Kelly O’Hara – Keen attention to detail, absolute expert, will fight for client to ensure optimal outcome is achieved.‘
‘Paul Eustace – vast level of experience, highly regarded by his peers within the Irish legal real estate sector, ability to provide clear and concise advice on complex real estate and related banking matters.‘
Round Hill Capital
RoundShield Partners LLP
Friends First Life Assurance plc (Aviva Ireland)
SW3 Capital/Tristan Capital Partners
Abarta Investments plc
Homestore and More
Fairfield Real Estate Finance Limited
FBD Insurance plc
The Noonan Construction Co. Limited.
John Sisk & Sons Limited
DID Electrical Limited
- Advised Round Hill Capital and Quadreal Property Group on the negotiation of development and acquisition documents for the forward purchase of a multi-family scheme of 216 apartments from Cosgrave Developments, Bridgefield, Northwood, Santry Demesne, Dublin 9.
- Advised Abarta Investments ICAV on the sale of Twilfit House, Jervis Street, Dublin 2.
- Assisted Abarta Investments ICAV with the Sale of J5 Plaza, a multi-tenanted commercial suburban office premises.
Th real estate team at Eugene F. Collins in Dublin is particularly active in private rental sector acquisitions, investments, and in the hospitality sector. It has been particularly sought after to advise on hotel sales and acquisitions across Ireland. Practice head Sean Twomey has expertise in property and construction, as well as commercial lending and development finance Kathi Ó Riain is also noted.
‘It is a small team but they are specialists in their sector.‘
‘This team is excellent value for money. We get advice with big firm quality at more reasonable rates. The team are very commercial and get to know their clients well.‘
‘EFC is a full service firm with the full range of disciplines we require to cover all our corporate, property and litigation needs. Most importantly the partnership and the partners still maintains a total focus on the client rather than their individual service lines only.‘
‘Kathi O’Riain – exceptional in specialising in acting for occupiers.‘
‘Kathi O’Riain is a practical, efficient and highly commercial partner.‘
‘EFC partners and staff are strong technically but also have a commitment to the deal and anticipating and responding to our needs as they develop. Partners are always accessible at short notice.‘
Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland DAC
Marks & Spencer
Bank of Ireland
Gonville Limited (Fitzwilliam Hotel Group)
Catella Real Estate AG
Westmont Hospitality Group
- Acted for Tifco Limited and Goldman Sachs on the sale of their interests in the Tifco Group of companies to Apollo, which included 20 properties owned by the group.
- Acted for two vendors on the sale of the Central Hotel in Dublin 2 to BCP/Deutsche Finance for just under €37m.
- Acted for Consdorf Investments ICAV (which is controlled by the Bennett Family) on a PRS purchase in the midlands.
Maples Group assists with acquisitions and disposals for investors including Marathon Asset Management. Practice head Diarmuid Mawe is a key name for private equity clients. The team also advises on landlord and tenant matters, an area in which Craig Kenny has special expertise. The group takes a cross-practice approach to real estate financing, working closely with the tax and finance teams.
Marlet Property Group
Marathon Asset Management LLP
Savills Investment Management
Irish Life Assurance plc
Green REIT plc
Doric Investment GmbH
Grafton Group plc
- Advising Earlsfort Centre Hotel Proprietors Ltd on the sale of the five star Conrad Hotel to ArcherHotel Capital BV.
- Acting for Multi Ireland on all landlord and tenant matters at The Blanchardstown Centre.
- Advised Marathon Asset Management LLP on the sale of the majority of the Heuston South Quarter campus in Dublin 8 to Henderson ParkCapital.
The 'pragmatic and approachable' John O’Donoghue heads the team at Philip Lee, which advises high-profile clients including Airbnb, the Housing Agency and O'Flynn Group. Due to its growing client base the firm has expanded its team, with real estate finance specialist Tom Conway joining from A&L Goodbody and Eimear Fitzgibbon recently promoted to the partnership. The practice combines with the firm's planning and environmental group to act for project developers and regulatory authorities.
‘Tom Conway is the best legal adviser we have dealt with primarily for his commercial awareness, responsiveness and clarity in his delivery of complex issues and advice in a balanced and practical manner.’
‘The team I deal with in Philip Lee are very responsive and able to turn documents quickly and efficiently. They are astute problem solvers and focus on the material issues affecting particular deals from progressing.’
‘Responsive, practical and refreshingly devoid of ego.’
‘A hands-on approach where they interact well not only on a professional level but a personal level.’
‘Efficient and diligent with strong attention to detail. They offer considered commercial client focused advice. John O’Donoghue is very pragmatic and approachable and offers clear commercial advice.’
‘Very commercially minded and will explore alternative options to suit the needs of our business.’
‘Precise knowledge and knowhow, very important requirements to me as a client in a fast-paced transaction world.’
AG Carysfort ICAV
Wicklow County Council
Corajio t/a Mr Price
Victoria Hall Management Ltd t/a HOST
Beechfield Investments Ltd
Ethika Properties Ltd
RELM Loan Financing DAC
- Acted for the O’Flynn Group on the acquisition of a residential development site located at Chapel Road, Kinsealy for circa €13m.
- Advised AG Carysfort ICAV on the acquisition of 6 Hanover Quay for €101m and completed two separate letting transactions and a financing of the property.
- Acting for Airbnb Ireland on the negotiation of a lease of four floors in the West Wing (in excess of 40,000 sq ft) of the Reflector Building.
Ronan Daly Jermyn is especially active for developers, handling residential, hotel, retail and office developments from its offices in Cork, Dublin and Galway. Practice head John Dwyer and Margaret Ring act from the Cork office, counting O'Callaghan Properties and John Cleary Developments as clients. Dublin-based Evin McCarthy is 'responsive' with 'wide-ranging knowledge', advising leading residential developers such as Marlet Property Group on site acquisitions. Peter McGarvey in Galway and Patrick Ahern in Cork are also noted.
‘A pleasure to deal with. They consistently perform to a very high standard in every respect from responsiveness, quality of service to an understanding of our business and how we operate.’
‘Wide scope of specialisms and can bring large resources to bear without Dublin 4 pricing. Evin McCarthy is responsive and dogged.’
‘They take ownership of transactions whereas other firms tend to simply act as a conduit of information. Evin McCarthy and David Larkin are very commercial and solution orientated.’
‘Evin McCarthy is an exceptional lawyer with a keen eye for detail coupled with a commercial approach. He has a wide-ranging knowledge in the area of real estate practice but is also knowledgeable in many other areas. Evin is incredibly responsive and efficient and very pleasant to deal with.’
‘Ronan Daly Jermyn take the time to fully understand the particular project and our company’s aims and ambitions for the project. I would particularly like to recommend partners Margaret Ring, Pat Ahern and John Dwyer and junior solicitors Martin O’Callaghan and Maria O’Donoghue.’
‘Well informed team. Very much in touch with client requirements. Pat Ahern is well prepared, patient and very very thorough. Brian O’Halloran also has the same professional approach.’
‘Strong national presence particularly in Dublin and Cork. Very engaged, understand our business, easily contacted, personable, well connected.’
John Cleary Developments
Marlet Property Group
University College Cork
Lugus Capital Advisors/Bain Capital
Glenveagh Properties PLC
Strategic Capital Investment Fund PLC
Medtronic Ireland Ltd
Fattal Hotel Group
Duff & Phelps
Health Service Executive
- Advised O’Callaghan Properties on the development and letting of Navigation Square, which includes four signature buildings and 310,000 sq ft of fourth generation office space in Cork City, designed to Gold Leed standards.
- Advised Marlet Property Group on the purchase of the Apollo Building in Dublin 2.
- Advising Larea FA Dac on the sale of the Belgrave Collection, a portfolio of 264 apartments located in 30 locations in South Dublin City.
Fieldfisher is particularly active in the social housing sector, advising government agencies and local authorities on residential properties. Its 'responsive and dedicated' team also handles the property-related aspects of renewable energy projects, including wind farms and biomass developments. The practice is led by Breen Purcell, who concentrates on sales and disposals, and Paddy Smyth, who works on transactions and real estate finance.
Breen Purcell; Paddy Smyth
‘The team at Fieldfisher have been responsive and dedicated to our complex property matters. The team bring a depth and breath of experience under one roof, meaning we have a one-stop shop for our conveyancing needs. The attention to detail and timely responses to demanding legal queries has been second to none.’
Hayes Solicitors acts for high-profile clients including Primark, DHL and Yo! Sushi, working particularly in the retail sector. The practice advises on matters including property transactions, commercial leasing and finance, with practice head Jackie Buckley handling investment advice and Tomás Nyhan specialising in transactions and financing. New partner Aine Coghill has acted for large financial institutions and semi-state companies.
‘The team at Hayes are very responsive, and always available to take a call at short notice. Fiona Shipsey has been a great individual to work with on a complex case.’
‘The firm’s commitment to completing transactions while minimising risk to the client is a key strength. Any issues are set out early and clearly explained. The firm’s follow up and engagement with solicitors is second to none and updates on the status of a transaction are always readily available.’
‘What makes the individuals different from competitors is their commercial experience and application of that commercial experience together with their extensive legal knowledge and experience.’
‘Good customer attention and understanding.’
‘I value the wide and in-depth knowledge / experience provided by what is a relatively small firm – compared to some of their peers. The benefit for me as a client – and one of the key differentiators – is the level of communication and responsiveness.’
‘Provides quality, commercial legal advice at reasonable rates.’
‘Both Jackie Buckley and Tomas Nyhan are extremely responsive and have a good commercial approach. They provide the right balance between being thorough and practical.’
‘Jackie Buckley is very approachable and provides in-depth relevant advice often considering the worst-case scenario.’
Giraffe Childcare Unlimited Company
Bartra Property (Ireland) Ltd
DHL Supply Chain (Ireland) Ltd
DHL Express (Ireland) Ltd
Clare Civil Engineering
Yo! Sushi UK Ltd
- Acting for longstanding client Primark on its extensive Irish property portfolio.
- Advised Giraffe Childcare (Giraffe) on the property matters concerning the acquisition of Giraffe’s entire issued share capital by Busy Bees Childcare, a leading UK childcare provider.
- Acted for Bartra Healthcare, a division of Bartra (Ireland) Ltd, on the refinance of a prominent Dublin city centre site for the development of a large-scale state-of-the-art nursing care facility.
LK Shields Solicitors' real estate practice is led by Clair Cassidy, who acts for developers, funds, family offices and oil companies. The team is very active in the healthcare sector, advising CareChoice on a complex disposal of its primary care centre and both parties on the acquisition of the Marlay Nursing Home. The firm's merger with Kilroys Solicitors added Patrick Ryan to the team; his clients include high-net-worth private and corporate property investors. John Campbell has expertise in transactions and real estate finance.
Crosslane Student Developments
Rehill family/TOP Oil
- Acted for Crosslane Student Developments on the sale and forward funding of a 207-bedroom purpose-built student accommodation in Carman’s Hall, Dublin 8 to Carlyle Group.
- Advised the Reihill family and TOP Oil on the sale of the company to Irving Oil Ltd, a Canadian company.
- Advised CareChoice Group on the disposal of its primary care centre to ValleyHealthcare. The transaction involved a part relocation of a sitting tenant, grant of a new lease to another sitting tenant, works licences, development works, and a lease back of part to CareChoice.
Walkers advises hedge funds and lessors on the management of shopping centres, as well as working with the firm's banking team on real estate finance transactions, and developers including Marlet Property Group. Rachel Rodgers, who is 'outstanding' and 'exceptionally commercially minded', leads the practice, and of counsel Jody Toner acts for secured lenders on development projects. The practice also benefits from the firm's innovation hub, which develops technological solutions.
‘The real estate team in Walkers were incredibly thorough in piecing together complex title. The team conducted due diligence with excellent care and attention and provided critical advice to ensure gaps in the title were fully addressed in advance of completion. Rachel Rodgers was outstanding.’
‘There is a wide depth and breadth of knowledge across all real estate sectors allowing the client flexibility and confidence.’
‘The service provided by Walkers is both highly professional and approachable. The team are very responsive, engaging and pragmatic with a focus on practical resolution of issues and getting the deal over the line. Rachel Rogers is an exceptionally commercially minded lawyer. Rachel was always one step ahead, very approachable and a clear communicator.’
‘The team is very hands-on and has a great experience with real estate but also with financing.’
‘I have found the conveyancing process to be extremely thorough at Walkers, a great commitment to understanding all aspects of a given transaction and outlining any possible risks, I feel that Walkers often cause the law firm on the other side of the deal to raise their game. I have never met anyone as well informed about the nuances of real estate and property law than Jody Toner.’
Man Group plc/Man GPM Alto
Duff & Phelps
Fairfield Real Estate
Marlet Property Group
Quanta Capital Asset Management
- Advised fund services provider Apex Group Ltd on the Irish and Channel Islands elements of its acquisition of the Link Group’s asset services division.
- Acted for Marlet Property Group on its acquisition of a site for development at Howth Harbour.
- Acted for Duff & Phelps, the statutory receiver, on the disposal of a site in Sandyford which, when sold, represented the highest price per acre achieved in 2019.
Rory McDonald heads the real estate practice at Whitney Moore, which acts for clients ranging from high-net-worth individuals to semi-state bodies. The team particularly advises on landlord and tenant matters, with Michael Carney leading on a range of retail and office lettings. The firm has also acted for the Housing Agency, local authorities and approved housing bodies on acquisitions and developments for social housing purposes.
‘Whitney Moore understand the commerce behind development. Their deep understanding of the process mitigates a lot of the risk involved in the transfer of land. The main reason we like working with Whitney Moore is that the process is professional and simplified. I have worked closely with Barry Heslin and Colin Hayes and both have taken the time to ensure I understand what is happening, what we are doing and what we are trying to achieve. Both these gentlemen are professional and just as importantly personable and enjoyable to work with.’
‘The practice offers a personal service so we did not feel like we were “just another client” of a large law firm. The solicitors are not afraid to ask each other for a second opinion when faced with an unusual or particularly difficult query. Rory McDonald worked tirelessly and thought “outside the box”.’
Irish Life Investment Managers
Round Hill Capital
The Housing Agency
Fingal County Council
Five Guys Ireland
Oath (previously Aol)
Ecologic Design and Build
PJ Hegarty Group
Bank of Ireland
Allied Irish Banks
Foundation Quay ICAV
Tom Kavanagh (Receiver, Deloitte)
Hilton, Pasley & Co
First Derivatives plc
Lam Research Group
Ely Wine Bar
- Acted for the Housing Agency on the acquisition, for social housing purposes, of significant residential property portfolios and onward sales to various approved housing bodies.
- Advised Round Hill Capital and NBK Capital on the acquisition of a one-acre site on Farranlea Road, Cork for development of a 145-bed student accommodation complex.
- Advised a private developer on the refinance of two prime residential development sites in Mount Merrion, Co Dublin and Foxrock, Dublin 18.
Leman Solicitors' practice handles the full range of real estate work with notable expertise in commercial developments, property acquisitions, landlord and tenant work, asset management issues, property finance mandates and matters in the retail and leisure sectors. John Hogan leads the department and advises domestic and international property companies. Andrew Nagle is also a key name to note and counts financial institutions, property funds and insolvency practitioners as clients.
The Workman’s Club Limited / Advanced Vision Limited
Gate Gourmet Ireland Limited
Durkan (Davitt Road) Limited
Bridlegrand (Park) Limited
Kellogg Europe Trading Limited
Grand Coast Capital Group
Brushfield Limited (Press Up Entertainment Group)
- Advised The Workman’s Club and Advanced Vision on the purchase, financing and development of a new hotel in Galway.
- Assisted Avam with the development financing, letting and sale of a commercial office block.
- Acted for Zipony on the acquisition, financing and subsequent sale of a development site.
Gore & Grimes
Gore & Grimes handles acquisitions and disposals for investors and developers, including Park Development Group, as well as advising on leases and landlord and tenant matters. Practice head Keith McConnell is 'an exceptional conveyancing solicitor' and is active in sales, purchases and letting.
‘Personable, commercial and great service.’
‘The firm operates in a prompt and efficient basis. Advice is thorough and strong relationships are fostered. Keith McConnell is an exceptional conveyancing solicitor. He is practical, careful and prompt.’
‘A trait that we were impressed with was the dedication to get deals over the line and to problem solve on their feet with the goals of the client always to the fore. The firm is also very transparent in terms of billing.’
‘Excellent team led by practice head Keith McConnell. Keith was extremely knowledgeable and fostered very good communication within his team. Keith was very approachable/available to discuss any issues that might arise during the course of a transaction. Keith is very responsive and is results driven but also with attention to detail.’
‘Keith McConnell is always available and responds quickly. He is very detailed and has a very good knowledge of the issues around real estate.’
‘It is a relatively small practice but with a deep specialism in the area that we require. The team that we use give unparalleled service and we trust them fully. Keith McConnell and his team deliver to the highest standards.’
Park Developments Group
McGarrell Reilly Group
Maybury Lane Ltd
Creedon Group/Creshea Ltd
Spirit Motor Group
Irish Heritage Trust
- Advised Park Developments Group on a substantive letting to a state entity of an industrial, investment-grade, unit in North County Dublin.
Holmes O'Malley Sexton's practice is headed by Limerick-based Sandra Egan and Dublin-based duo Lorraine Power and Harry Fehily. The firm's Limerick office has strong connections to the local region with clients including the University of Limerick and Limerick 2030 Strategic Development DAC; the team advised the latter on the Hanging Gardens office development. The Dublin office has recently been active for investment trust Yew Grove REIT on acquisitions. The team also acts in the healthcare, retail and office sectors and advises on lease negotiations.
Sandra Egan; Lorraine Power; Harry Fehily
‘An outstanding practice of long standing. The practice does not interact with clients as solely customers of a solution, process or transaction but as partners with whom the firm participates in mutual long-term benefit and pride. Harry Fehily is totally committed to the best interest of his client. Pat McInerney is a generalist of no limit because his good sense knows no boundaries. Sandra Egan makes complex aggressive transactions in acquisition and business transfer look simple. Caitriona Leahy is always well ahead of the client’s responses and delivery is her strong focus.’
‘There is good attention to detail. The objective of the client is firstly identified and the service is tailored to the needs of the client. They value your business in a personal capacity.’
‘Sandra Egan is very knowledgeable and very accessible to us on any query of our real estate business transactions.’
‘A great business partner. The one-to-one service provided is top class. The attention to detail is excellent. Sandra Egan leads the team extremely well and its clear that her team are getting good sound advice on matters. I would also mention Melissa Regan who is fantastic to deal with.’
‘Sandra Egan has been exceptional. She is very prompt in responding to our requests and explains everything clearly. She is solution focused and proactively works to get complex negotiations over the line for us. Her knowledge, attention to detail and awareness of future risk is excellent.’
‘Helpful and friendly, practical advice.’
‘They have the scale required so that the team do not disappear just when you need them to work on another client. Sandra Egan has been very thorough in chasing down at times difficult issues and counterparts. George Kennedy has always been available to talk about stuff when required and help on broader commercial advice. I also see a firm, especially managing partner Harry Fehilly, committed to supporting pro bono work and not-for-profit organisations and the broader Limerick environment.’
Limerick Twenty Thirty Strategic Development DAC
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Legal Aid Board
Yew Grove REIT plc (acquired shares in the Yew Tree Investment Fund)
The Go-Ahead Group Plc
Shannon Group plc
University of Limerick
Limerick Institute of Technology
Resilience Healthcare Ltd (part of TTM Group)
Ardhu Ryan Developments Ltd (Brooks entity)
Urban Green Private
- Acted for the University of Limerick on the acquisition of the former Dunnes Store shopping centre.
- Acted for Ardhu Ryan Developments Ltd on its €6.2m acquisition of the former Ardhu Ryan hotel site.
- Advised Limerick 2030 Strategic Development DAC on the construction aspects of the 100,000sq ft ‘Hanging Gardens’ office development in Limerick city centre, as well as assisting with all aspects of the letting of the premises.
JW O'Donovan Solicitors
The team at Lavelle Partners specialises in advising lending institutions on security issues, assisting receivers with the disposal of properties, and acting in property disputes. The firm is instructed in such matters by a wide client base, including landlords and tenants, government bodies, property developers, and retailers. In addition, it frequently assists with more complex commercial property investments, including property partnerships and funding agreements. Practice head Nicola Walsh, who is dual-qualified in both Ireland and England, is a property finance and tax structuring expert. Also key in the team is transactional specialist Una O’Connor, who focuses on investment acquisitions and disposals.
- Assisted a commercial and residential property developer with the sale of a substantial mixed-use property.
- Advised a commercial and residential property developer on the sale of a large property folio named Project Turner.
Cork-based O'Flynn Exhams' commercial property and real estate team advises a range of clients, including well-known names in Ireland's retail sector. It also has over 35 years experience in the specialised area of compulsory purchase and compensation; the team recently acted for a state body regarding land acquisition and rights throughout Ireland. Practice head Micheál O Mulláin is 'professional and courteous' in all dealings and 'goes the extra mile to ensure that transactions are completed in a timely manner'.
Micheál Ó Mulláin
‘OFX are great to deal with. Huge diversity of knowledge and expertise within the firm and the consistent level of efficiency and promptness in dealing with matters, for us, sets the firm apart from other firms.’
‘The partners and staff in OFX have breath and depth in Real Estate. When one is on holidays or unavailable, there are competent colleagues who are readily available and willing to engage.’
‘Exceptionally good at their areas of expertise.’
‘When time constraints posed an issue on a transaction, I have always found the Real Estate Team accommodating in ensuring that the transaction completed on time.’
‘We found Aeibhin Cahalan of O’Flynn Exhams to be both very cost effective, commercially responsive and efficient in the delivery of service and advice throughout the transaction.’
‘Any of the individuals we deal with are consistent with the high level of customer service.’
‘Micheal O’Mullain goes the extra mile to ensure that transactions are completed in a timely manner. Micheal is personable in his dealings and I have found him to be professional and courteous in all dealings.’
Axis Primary Health Care
Marriott International (formerly Starwood)
PJ Hegarty Group
Sheen Falls Estate Limited
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
- Advised Irish Water on the development of the Greater Dublin Drainage Scheme.
- Assisted with the sale of a five-star hotel complex in Kenmare, Co. Kerry known as Sheen Falls Estate.
Boutique firm OBH Partners has a strong commercial property team which has been involved in a number of high-profile transactions, including the acquisition of Whitewater and Mahon Point shopping centres and several hotels. The team also assisted Helped Deka with a property due diligence exercise during its bid for the Green REIT portfolio. Founding partner June Hynes and John Burke jointly head the practice.
June Hynes; John Burke
‘We have worked with Susan Noone, an OBH Partner, on all of our transactions. Susan Noone has a remarkable understanding of Irish & UK corporate law and has always proven to be very effective at getting deals done.’
‘OBH Partners offers tier 1 legal support with the hands on partner engagement more typical of smaller firms.’
John Sisk and Sons
Teeling Whiskey Company Limited
Earlsfort Centre (Developments)
Ravenshall Developments Limited
- Acted for Deka Immobilien Investment Gmbh on its bid to acquire the Green REIT Portfolio and completed property due diligence on the entire portfolio.
- Advised a consortium on its acquisition of Swords Business Campus, Swords, Co. Dublin.
- Assisted Progressive Asset Holdings (a JCD Company) with its acquisition of a site at Albert Quay, Cork.
Formed in October 2018, OCWM Law advises on work across the real estate spectrum, including acquisitions, leasing and development. Managing partners Philip O’Connor, who 'goes beyond the call of duty' and is 'simply outstanding in his field' and the 'outstanding' Carol Maguire jointly head the team.
Philip O’Connor; Carol Maguire
‘The team at OCWM Law understand their clients’ needs and are pro-active in coming up with solutions to problems that add value.’
‘Philip O’Connor and Carol Maguire are hands on and practical and can explain complex conveyancing matters in simple terms.’
‘Exceptional team and practice, they have dealt with dozens of very complicated transactions for us and always delivered a great result.’
‘Philip O’Connor and Carol Maguire are available and focused on achieving the required results.’
‘The team have a broad range of experience which they deliver with a very personal touch. We found their attention to detail and availability for discussion on difficult areas to be excellent.’
‘Mr. Michael Walshe is an attentive listener that asks the right quesitons to properly design a legal strategy for a business venture to make money.’
‘OCWM has a team of veterans with ample expertise and experience that provided me with practical legal and business recommendations that are, in my opinion, hard to find.’
‘Philip O’Connor and Carol Maguire are hands on and practical and can explain complex conveyancing matters in simple terms.’
Fingal County Council
E to Infinity ICAV
Property Trading Co Ltd
IPIC Property Investments Limited
Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services Limited
Teva Laboratories Limited
Kouchin Properties Limited/Cumberland Investments Limited
Duff & Phelps Ireland Limited
Tullamore Credit Union
EWR Innovation Park Limited
- Advised Novelty ICAV on the lease of an industrial premises in Galway to a US multinational manufacturing company.
- Acted for Palmaine Limited on its acquisition of a substantial development site.
- Acted for a client on the acquisition of commercial premises in North Dublin and a sale in excess of €4m.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP's real estate practice advises on issues including investment, corporate real estate, development and real estate finance, with particular experience in the renewable energy sector. Practice head Kevin Collins, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland in 2018, has vast experience in the real estate space.
Ronan Group Real Estate
Cairn Homes plc
State Street Global Advisors Ireland
Impax Asset Management
- Acted for Earlsfort Group on the renegotiation of joint venture arrangements with Dublin Port for East Point Business Park.
- Acted for Staycity on a lease/development agreement for a new hotel site in in Dublin.
- Assisted the Ronan Group, as landlord, with a development agreement / agreement for lease with Facebook for its new HQ building with an annual rent in excess of €20m.
Reddy Charlton Solicitors' recent work includes advising on the development and disposal of mixed scheme developments and acting for a semi-state organisation on the acquisition, disposal and leasing of its property portfolio throughout the country. Landlord and tenant transactions and advisory work are other areas of strength. Roisin Bennett leads the team, which 'handles the key issues directly'. Tom Marren and Brendan Sharkey are also noted.
‘The practice is large enough to have the required expertise and small enough to have our interest at the core. The individual specialists we have dealt with have been very knowledgeable and can explain in layman’s terms the critical points within legal contracts.’
‘Partners and senior staff handle the key issues directly. I believe that staff handling our projects are more senior than with other firms.’
‘Reddy Charlton achieves constructive and resourceful business solutions for its clients. They offer great skill in the area of Real Estate law and clients can be confident they have an extremely competent and skilled law firm in their corner.’
‘The Reddy Charlton team assigned to each project is dedicated to getting the deal completed in the most efficient manor.’
‘The legal representatives within Reddy Charlton strive to ensure the best outcome for us, the client, will be achieved. Tom Marren has always been our go to legal eagle to ensure our best interest was being preserved.’
‘In particular, I find Tom Marren and Brendan Sharkey brilliant to deal with.’
‘Tom Marren offers innovative solutions to his clients that we possibly would not achieve with another law firm. He is a very astute lawyer that is also extremely personable & easy to work with.’
‘Working closely with Godfrey Hogan on complex real estate matters. he has an excellent understanding of property matters.’