Firms To Watch: Real estate

DAC Beachcroft Dublin launched its real estate practice in September 2020, when it brought on Ronan McLoughlin from Gallagher Shatter. McLoughlin is experienced both in negotiating leases and in transactions involving real estate.
Dentons Ireland established its real estate team in September 2020, with the hiring of Andrew Muckian from William Fry, who is highly experienced in transactions across a range of asset classes.
Simmons & Simmons brought in Peter McKeever from Matheson LLP in September 2020 to lead its new real estate practice. McKeever frequently acts for funds in acquisitions and investments in this space.
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A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP handles transactions in some of the fastest-growing areas of the Irish real estate market, including logistics, manufacturing and the private rental sector, acting for a broad client base. The team provides comprehensive advice on financings, acquisitions, disposals and forward sales as well as high-value leasings. Niamh O’Sullivan leads the team and is the key relationship partner for a number of prominent investment funds. Mairead Sherlock handles transactions involving large assets as well as property portfolios, and Ger O’Toole, Stephen O’Riordan and Paul Diggin are also key partners in the team.

Practice head(s):

Niamh O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Mairead Sherlock; Ger O’Toole; Stephen O’Riordan; Paul Diggin; Andrew Ion; David Fitzgerald; Jamie Rattigan

Testimonials

‘They are good at getting straight to the matters that count, dealing with issues in a pragmatic matter, and balancing the legal element with the commercial reality.’

‘Great experience and expertise in their respective fields. Deep team and access to a range of internal supports. A top-tier firm.’

‘We have been working with the real estate team at A&L Goodbody for a number of years and have found the quality of their advice and their grasp of commerciality, ability to find workable solutions and attention to detail all extremely strong. These I believe are the firm’s biggest strengths.’

‘The real estate team is in my view the best in the market. They are commercial, practical and solution focused with a keen attention to detail and legal nuances. Very strong negotiators and able to take on the most complex of deals.’

‘David Fitzgerald makes himself available, brings commercial matters to the fore and deals with the legal and technical elements. He has excellent knowledge of the market.’

‘Ger O’Toole is very strong on detail and legal knowledge. He anticipates the client’s requirements and needs, often before we do. Jamie Rattigan is an excellent all-rounder who is very engaging and competent, meets deadlines and works well with his peers.’

‘Andrew Ion is an exceptional lawyer – he is very personable and the kind of lawyer you can pick up the phone to and work through a problem with easily. Ger O’Toole is a stalwart in the market with a very strong reputation.’

‘Mairead Sherlock’s can-do attitude is standout. She works extremely hard and nothing is ever a problem. She is commercial in her approach to all advice, particularly on tricky points. She is relentlessly committed to getting a deal done. Fantastic. I could not recommend her highly enough.’

Key clients

Henderson Park

Union Investment

Marlet Property Group

IPUT Real Estate Dublin

Wells Fargo

Irish Life Investment Managers

DWS

Kennedy Wilson

Davy Real Estate

Dalata

Hines

NAMA

Goodbody Platform ICAV

Targeted Investment Opportunities ICAV

PATRIZIA AG

AIB

Activate Capital

Greystar

Glenveagh Living Ltd

TIO South Docks Fund II Ltd

GLL Real Estate

Bain Capital

Mapletree Investments

Starwood Capital

Motel One

Aviva Friends First

Cortland

MeiraGTX

Savills Investment Management

Mountpark Logistics

M7 Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised Union Investments on its acquisition of the planned 8th Lock residential quarter in Dublin from developer Ballymore for circa €200m, the first-forward funding of a residential development in Ireland.
  • Advised Kennedy Wilson in relation to the sale of Bank of Ireland’s offices at Baggot Plaza for €141m.
  • Advised Henderson Park on the sale of 2 Burlington Road for circa €94m following the acquisition of Green REIT for in excess of €1.3bn in 2019.

Arthur Cox

The real estate team at Arthur Cox has a strong track record of handling high-value transactions on both the buy and sell-side, including deals involving large-scale residential schemes, portfolios of nursing homes, data centres and energy infrastructure. The team has a particular focus on advising funds on investing in Irish real estate, and also acts for banks in financing these deals. Beyond transactions, the practice receives mandates from clients on landlord and tenant matters, including pre-lets. Key figures in the team include Deirdre Barrett, Kenneth Egan, Simon Hannigan and Deirdre Sheehan, with the firm’s finance, construction and funds partners also providing support in this space.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Egan

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre Barrett; Simon Hannigan; Deirdre Sheehan

Testimonials

‘Technical expertise combined with good commercial knowledge of the real estate market.’

‘Simon Hannigan combines technical expertise with a real love for the real estate sector.’

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

Cofinimmo

Union

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone on the portfolio acquisition of Burlington Plaza, a 238,000 sq ft office complex predominantly let to Amazon, and Three’s Irish headquarters building.
  • Advised Amundi on the forward purchase of the Fitzwilliam 28 office scheme located in central Dublin, which is entirely pre-let to Slack Technologies, from ESB.
  • Advised Ardstone on numerous high-value private rental sector and social housing investments.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP advises a broad client base of developers, investors, public bodies, and construction companies on high-value real estate transactions. The team has a particular focus on forward sales and purchases, advising on deals involving residential properties, office space and mixed-use developments. The practice experienced some changes at the top in Janaury 2022, with Michael Walsh becoming Chair of property and Alison O’Sullivan taking over as sole practice head. Walsh is a noted expert in conveyancing law, while O'Sullivan is particularly focused on the private residential sector. Ronan Egan is also highly experienced in this area, and leads much of the team’s work for public bodies. Michelle McVeigh is another key contact and leads the property retail and asset management group.

Practice head(s):

Michael Walsh; Alison O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Ronan Egan; Michelle McVeigh; Derville White; Neil Dunne; Aoife Hearne

Testimonials

‘The team at ByrneWallace deliver an exceptionally professional service. In both real estate and banking they have both the experience and market knowledge to offer a premium service. Through portfolio deals and complicated title structures, they are able to cut through the complexity to offer clear advice that greatly assists us as their client.’

‘Byrne Wallace are leaders with proven capability and competencies aligned in their field. From a client perspective they have the capacity to integrate their specialisms with a team approach, combining effective and efficient application within a high-performance culture. This in turn reflects a learning organisation, where their individuals are assured, engaging and solution oriented, based on informed knowledge and experience. Very importantly their people are accessible, make themselves available, return calls and communicate by email in a timely and professional manner. Their service has demonstrated great versatility, resilience and high levels of performance during Covid-19.’

‘We have found them responsive and flexible. They have been innovative in delivering results that enable us to move quickly and no issue is met with a stopping mentality. There have been good conversations on issues that are high risk and need careful thinking but they have delivered in all cases.’

‘The ByrneWallace practice proved to deliver excellent and efficient assistance in complex contract matters. Their multi-domain expertise matched perfectly the needs of a complex, trans-border real estate deal. The practice was very well prepared for online collaboration with the client.’

‘The real estate team at Byrne Wallace are top class. Neil Dunne and Alison O’Sullivan are standouts. Their commitment and hard work is exemplary.’

‘Neil Dunne is always on hand to help. He has a can-do attitude and goes beyond the day job to help.’

‘Alison O’Sullivan offers exceptionally good service, often working extremely hard with difficult counterparties and on very complicated deals. Overall, it is a pleasure to work with her as she provides the reassurance that is such a rare and valued quality in a partner.’

‘Michael Walsh is well respected with in-depth knowledge of his subject matter.’

Key clients

Ballymore Group

LRC Group

Aviva Life & Pensions

Collen Construction

Davy Hickey

European Parliament

Quanta Capital

Vestry Limited Partnership

Arrow Capital Partners

Oaklee Housing

Irish Water

Lidl Ireland GmbH

Glenveagh Properties Plc

Twinlite Group

Qualtrics

Ericcson

Tullow Oil

Edifis Capital

Cinamol Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Ballymore Group on the forward funding of a major mixed-use development including 435 apartments in a highly publicised deal with Union Investments for a price reported at in excess of €200m.
  • Advised the European Parliament on the forward purchase of a large office under construction in central Dublin in a deal with a reported value in the region of €40m.
  • Acting for a Far Eastern sovereign wealth fund in the purchase of over 1,000 residential assets valued at circa €200m, the single largest residential trade in the Irish market.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland has expertise across a range of real estate-related transactions, advising on purchases, sales and leases, including pre-lets. The sizeable team is involved in deals involving high-value assets as well as property portfolios. The team’s work in the retail sector is led by Sean Greene and Terry O’Malley, and includes advising retailers entering the Irish market on all their leasing transactions. Joe Stanley leads the overall team and is highly experienced across the real estate space, while Cian MacGinley advises a number of international funds on Irish transactions. Marie O’Riordan is another name to note, with a broad practice covering acquisitions and disposals as well as landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):

Joe Stanley

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Strong historic depth in the real estate sector.’

‘Marie O’Riordan is very capable, hardworking and extremely reliable.’

‘They have a large and diverse range of expertise in commercial property transactions.’

‘They have an excellent real estate team that brings a commercial approach to our dealings.’

‘The breadth and depth of experience of the partners shines through. The associates are also strong.’

‘Knowledgeable, experienced, client focused, organised and on top of the workload, both the detail and the bigger picture. Joe Stanley, Marie O’Riordan and Cian MacGinley are excellent partners.’

Key clients

Hibernia REIT plc

Aldgate Developments;

Cairn Homes plc

Ronan Group Real Estate

PIMCO

Urbeo Residential

Credit Suisse AG

HSBC Global Asset Management

LinkedIn Corporation

Orange Capital Partners

DWS

Tetrarch Capital

Angelo Gordon and Carysfort Capital

Avestus Capital Partners and Richmond Homes

MKN Property Group

GIC

KanAm Grund

Hibernia REIT plc

Aldgate Developments;

Cairn Homes plc

Ronan Group Real Estate

PIMCO

Urbeo Residential

Credit Suisse AG

HSBC Global Asset Management

LinkedIn Corporation

Orange Capital Partners

DWS

Tetrarch Capital

Angelo Gordon and Carysfort Capital

Avestus Capital Partners and Richmond Homes

MKN Property Group

GIC

KanAm Grund

Work highlights

  • Advised Ronan Group Real Estate on the joint venture acquisition with Oaktree of a controlling interest in the former Irish Glass Bottle site in Ringsend, Dublin.
  • Advised a significant European fund on the €140m acquisition of a private rental sector development in Dublin, one of the largest PRS deals of the year.
  • Advised a UK investor on the €59m acquisition of a portfolio of five primary care centres.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

At Mason Hayes & Curran LLP, the real estate practice operates in a broad range of sectors, including residential property, energy, healthcare and logistics. The team’s client base is equally broad, with the practice receiving mandates from investment funds, banks and developers. In addition to handling standalone deals, the practice acts alongside the firm’s construction team to advise clients on the full lifecycle of projects, covering financing, development, leasing and disposal, including matters involving forward sales. Michael Doran and Vanessa Byrne jointly lead the team. Jamie Fitzmaurice is particularly focused on acting for private equity funds and REITs.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Byrne; Michael Doran

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Fitzmaurice; Tom Davy; Oliver Fitzgerald

Testimonials

‘The key attribute of the firm is their commercial ability to deliver with minimal stress on the client. The firm are extremely efficient and diligent, delivering projects on time and accurately. A member of the team is always available to be contacted and each member will be fully briefed on where the work is at. Unlike some other firms, billing is very transparent and worked through logically; should the fee quote need to be amended, the client is always advised before an additional cost is incurred. During Covid, no communication or deliverability issues arose and high standards were maintained throughout.’

‘The team are cohesive, reactive and extremely easy to deal with. They maintain a strong line of open and honest communication between law firm and client even when the conversations are difficult. I found the firm offered a considerable value-add service, tailored know-how sessions and access to pro bono specialist advice – and proactively followed up on such offers.’

‘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 turnaround times and never fail to make a deadline.’

‘The team are personable, commercial, responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘In all the deals I have worked on with Jamie Fitzmaurice, he has taken control of the transaction, managed all of the data and continually chased the other party and their solicitors to ensure all queries and milestones are achieved with the timeframes set out. Other firms that I have dealt with in the past often only proceed on specific instructions, meaning the transactions take much longer to complete.’

‘Michael Doran has a straightforward and commercial approach to matters and gives clear and concise advice in a timely fashion.’

‘Tom Davy and his team in the real estate department are exceptional. Very responsive, detail orientated and carry out the task while at the same time being aware of the commercial sensitives of each transaction.’

‘Tom Davy and Jamie Fitzmaurice are excellent real estate lawyers.’

Key clients

Irish Life

DomusVI Group

TikTok

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Irish Residential Properties REIT plc

Aviva Real Estate Investors

Hammerson

Hines

Twitter

Kennedy Wilson

Work highlights

  • Advised DomusVI on the acquisition of the Trinity Care Group, which comprises seven purpose-built (and one part-built) nursing homes around Ireland.
  • Advised Rohan Holdings on the acquisition of a prominently located development site comprising an ex-BMW dealership and a school in Milltown, Dublin.
  • Advised Irish Life Assurance on the Covid concession arrangement for the entire Irish Life property portfolio of circa 250 multi and single-let properties.

Matheson LLP

The real estate team at Matheson LLP has broad expertise in this space, handling transactions and leases involving complex assets such as data centres, energy projects, manufacturing facilities and mixed-use developments. The team is also frequently engaged on deals involving large portfolios of residential real estate. Practice head Brian Doran is noted for his work in the private rental sector, particularly on forward funding and forward sales. Sally Anne Stone is also a key figure in the team and acts for a broad client base including prominent investors and developers. Cillian O’Boyle, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, is particularly focused on real estate financings.

Practice head(s):

Brian Doran

Other key lawyers:

Leonie Dunne; Sally Anne Stone; Cillian O’Boyle

Testimonials

‘We have always considered Matheson to be best in class for all real estate and construction matters in Ireland. They have an incredible range and depth of expertise in their team and they always provide comprehensive, coherent and considered legal advice and have never been afraid to provide commercial and practical guidance whenever requested. Some of their key strengths are the quality of their advice and their in-depth knowledge of our business and the issues they know are important to us. We have never had an issue with Matheson on fees or budget. They always provide incredibly comprehensive and well-thought-through fee quotes and have always been very willing to discuss and address any budget delivery queries that we may have.’

‘The team is very well versed in all real estate matters: acquisitions, disposals, financing and in particular leasing and pre-lets. The breadth of experience the team has on significant real estate transactions is second to none.’

‘Flexible, unflappable, consistently good and clear advice. Understated negotiation tactics which was appropriate for the parties to the transaction.’

‘We value the quality of their advice – they strive very hard to get things exactly right and to offer guidance which is both comprehensive and commercial. Responses are always prompt and there is good depth in the team. I have never known them to drop the ball.’

‘Sally Anne Stone is a very experienced and commercial legal adviser who strikes the right balance between minimising client risk and getting the deal done. Sally Anne takes a personal interest in her clients and is very approachable which is reassuring.’

‘Both Brian Doran and Sally Anne Stone are trusted expert advisers and we rely very heavily on them to manage the extensive range of complex real estate transactions that we deal with in the Irish market. They are both incredibly responsive and are always willing to make themselves available to jump onto calls and into meetings, often at very short notice. They are also both very willing to step beyond the bounds of a trusted legal adviser and will happily give a steer on commercial issues based on their years of experience as leading experts in the Irish commercial real estate market.’

‘Cillian O’Boyle has extensive knowledge of the sector and has a pragmatic approach which is a huge help in negotiating with key project stakeholders.’

‘Sally Anne Stone is an engaging, bright and commercial lawyer and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Park Developments Group

Ballymore Group

Oxley Holdings

Google

Trinity College Dublin

Amazon

Tishman Speyer

Chartered Land

Horizon Therapeutics

U + I Group PLC

JCD Group

3M

Stryker, Inc

Just Eat Takeaway

IGIS Asset Management

DB Schenker

Franklin Templeton

Toast, Inc

Steris Group

United Health / Optum

Equinix, Inc

Genesys

La Francaise Forum Real Estate Partners

Danske Bank Group

Bank of New York Mellon

Omnipay / Fiserv, Inc

Invesco

Zendesk, Inc

Lufthansa

State Street

DoTerra International LLC / Lee River Holdings

eBay

Hines

Selfridges

FBD Insurance plc

Xerox

Irving Oil

Pepsico

Oaktree

Roundhill

DWS

Macquarie Principal Finance

Steg Europa Immobilien GmbH / AM Alpha

Savills Investment Managers

SAP

EDF Energy Renewables

Glenveagh Homes

Elavon

Norton Life Lock

Coillte

AvAir LLC

Bord na Mona

Low Carbon

Work highlights

  • Advising Oxley Holdings and Ballymore Group on the development, pre-letting and sale of the Connolly Quarter, which will comprise 741 build-to-rent apartments distributed across eight blocks.
  • Advised AM Alpha on the acquisition of Block A and Block B of 76 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin, from TIO South Docks Fund II, which comprises 92,600 sq ft of grade A office space distributed across two blocks.
  • Advised Park Developments Group on the forward sale of two blocks of residential apartments located at the Clay Farm development, Leopardstown, Dublin, to Urbeo Residential.

McCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP‘s sizeable real estate team counts some of the most prominent developers in the Irish market among its clients, acting for them in high-profile matters across a range of sectors. The team provides comprehensive advice on the financing and development of major projects, as well as on M&A transactions involving these projects. Shane Fahy leads the team. Richard Leonard focuses on financings, lettings and transactions; Shane Sweeney works closely with a number of international investment and asset management funds; Jennifer Halpin is experienced in financings and loan sales; Donal O Raghallaigh has a broad practice extending to tax and insolvency issues involving real estate; and Emily Mac Nicholas leads on much of the team’s work in the highly active housing sector. Other key contacts include senior partner Jim Murphy.

Practice head(s):

Shane Fahy

Other key lawyers:

Richard Leonard; Shane Sweeney; Jennifer Halpin; Jim Murphy; Donal O Raghallaigh; Emily Mac Nicholas

Testimonials

‘McCann Fitzgerald’s real estate team have gotten up to speed incredibly quickly on the key issues of our matter and have provided high-quality advice.’

‘Commercial nous is key in the real estate sector, which requires finding solutions as opposed to problems. Shane Sweeney is an exceptional solicitor for bringing a number of solutions to the client when a problem arises, which is rare in this field.’

‘The team is very strong and has the capacity to absorb an impressive workload and turn things around very quickly. The lawyers are always available and provide insightful advice. What I found most impressive was the way they anticipated questions that we would have had at a later stage. It stands out compared to other firms we have worked with in Ireland.’

‘The real estate team delivers a high level of client service. They provide guidance and advice that is tailored to the needs and circumstances of our business. Their key strengths are their responsiveness and commercial awareness and vision.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable and solution driven with good partner engagement. Extremely strong at working to tight deadlines.’

‘Shane Fahy is a standout partner. He has provided exceptional client care and legal advice to give myself, as client, the advantage in negotiations. He is focused on protecting and adding value.’

‘Richard Leonard is very approachable; he understands our business and the issues we deal with and he is always able to provide different solutions in order to ensure the best outcome for our business.’

‘What stands out is their availability. The team are always on hand to discuss relevant issues and able to offer credible solutions. They have ownership of a matter and an in-depth understanding as to the detail of the specific transaction together with a professional manner and approach.’

Key clients

AIG

Allied Irish Banks plc

An Post

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers

Ballymore

Brookfield Renewables

Cellnex Telecom

Central Bank of Ireland

Coillte / Bank of Ireland

daa (previously Dublin Airport Authority)

Electricity Supply Board

EQT Partners

Bank of Ireland

Hammerson Plc

Lioncor Developments

M&G

Mapletree Investments

Marlet Property Group

MSD (also known as Merck)

National Asset Management Agency

Orpea SA

PHP REIT

Quintain

St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group DAC

Urbeo

VicAsset Advisors UK (previously Sabal Financial)

Irish Family Office

Vodafone Ireland

Apollo Global Management

Work highlights

  • Advising Ballymore Group on one of the largest single mixed-use developments to ever be developed in Dublin at the iconic St James’s Gate, with a value in excess of €1bn.
  • Advising Hammerson Plc on Dublin Central, a high-profile development with a value well in excess of €1bn.
  • Advising Marlet Property Group on a series of related real estate finance deals for its substantial portfolio of significant development sites in Dublin.

William Fry

The real estate team at William Fry receives varied mandates from clients including international private equity funds, REITs and some of Ireland’s most prominent developers. The team is active across a range of asset classes, advising on financings and transactions involving data centres, private rental properties, logistics infrastructure and mixed-use developments. Practice head Edward Spain acts for a substantial client base, with a focus on international investors and asset managers, while Brian O’Callaghan specialises in the retail sector. Lisa McCarthy and Conor Treacy are also names to note in the team, acting on transactions as well as lettings, including pre-lettings.

Practice head(s):

Edward Spain

Other key lawyers:

Brian O’Callaghan; Conor Treacy; Lisa McCarthy; Helena Ryan

Testimonials

‘I would like to highlight the quality of the advice, efficiency and billing transparency.’

‘Helena Ryan stands out for her expertise and commitment to clients.’

‘Experienced, pragmatic, commercially driven and highly responsive.’

‘Lisa McCarthy is very commercially driven, always very responsive and has been great source of good advice.’

‘Always attentive to client needs. Fast, friendly and efficient.’

‘Lisa McCarthy runs an excellent team who have the same qualities of attention to detail and client service that she has.’

‘The firm and in particular the individuals provide excellent service and are solutions based.’

‘Their efficiency, proactiveness and solution-based approach makes them stand out from other firms I have worked with.’

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

IBM

Qualcomm

Digital Realty

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers

BCP Asset Management

Ballymore Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Diageo on the €1bn redevelopment of the historic Guinness Brewery at St James’s Gate in Dublin into a new urban quarter.
  • Advised leading global investment manager BlackRock on the reported €100m disposal of the Liffey Park Business Campus, owned jointly with O’Flynn Group, to Stoneweg SA.
  • Advising Smurfit Kappa Group on the sub-lease of its premises at Botanic Road, Glasnevin, to the National Council for the Blind for a state-of-the-art training school for the visually impaired in Dublin.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The sizeable real estate team handles the full range of matters in this area. The practice frequently collaborates with the firm’s corporate team to advise on transactions involving real estate assets, and it is also frequently instructed to assist with lettings, particularly those involving retail properties. Kathi Ó Riain leads the practice, taking over from Sean Twomey, who handles financings, land sales and development agreements, with a particular focus on the social housing sector. Justine Territt is active in transactions involving commercial property, while Mark Walsh specialises in commercial leases as well as matters involving hotels. The team expanded further at partner level in January 2022 with the arrival of Neil Bourke from McCann FitzGerald LLP.

Practice head(s):

Kathi Ó Riain

Other key lawyers:

Sean Twomey; Justine Territt; Mark Walsh; Neil Bourke

Testimonials

‘The property team have excellent technical skills and their advice is valued. On transactions, fees are reasonable and work is carried out promptly.’

‘The people are available and easy to deal with. Each understands our organisation.’

‘They work very well together at all levels. Very attentive to client needs and often able to advise on matters without much notice.’

‘Justine Territt has the ability to respond to any demands and is always a pleasure to deal with . She is hardworking and interested in the client as a whole, and willing to put in the work to get the transaction progressed.’

‘The real estate team are precisely what a client should look for: communicative, highly knowledgeable, with a keen awareness of the industry and clients’ commercial needs, and competitive on fees.’

‘Kathi Ó Riain and team are immensely proficient when it comes to understanding a client’s transaction and achieving efficient delivery of it from a legal perspective. Kathi has a problem-solving mindset and tremendous commercial awareness, ensuring that transactions progress as they should.’

‘The real estate team, and in particular Kathi Ó Riain, are in my opinion one of the most commercial and collaborative law firms in Dublin. They actively engage with the wider professional disciplines throughout the due diligence process, identifying issues before they arise and pulling on the skills of the whole team to provide solutions rather than problems.’

‘Mark Walsh is effective, efficient and sensible in all his actions.’

Key clients

Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland DAC

Vodafone

Tifco Group

Marks & Spencer

Corum Asset Management

AIB

MNK Partners

Bartra Capital

Inditex Group

Bank of Ireland

Kepak

Apollo

Catella Real Estate AG

Petrogas

Arkphire

Geodis

Fold Housing Association

Sophia Housing Association

Q-Park

Irish Distillers/Pernod Ricard

Work highlights

  • Advised Corum Asset Management on its acquisition of Block A, Navigation Square, Albert Quay, Cork City.
  • Advised JD Sports on the letting of a significant warehouse (over 90,000 sq ft) in Dublin to cater for its increased online business.
  • Advised Murdock Builder Merchants on the property aspects of its proposed acquisition of Brooks Timber & Building Supplies Group from Premier Forest Groups.

Beauchamps LLP

At Beauchamps LLP, the real estate team advises on land acquisitions, development and construction contracts, and property transactions across a range of sectors. The team is particularly well regarded for its expertise in the social housing sector, where it acts for approved housing bodies and local governments; Fidelma McManus is the key partner in this space. The team also advises funds, public sector bodies and developers on transactions involving commercial properties, office space and logistics parks. Aidan MarshMaitiú Ó Dónaill and Imelda Reynolds lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Aidan Marsh; Maitiú Ó Dónaill; Imelda Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Fidelma McManus; Gerry Gallen; Jacinta Niland

Testimonials

‘Beauchamps are very experienced in social housing conveyancing. They also have construction documentation expertise and are in a strong position to negotiate with funders’ legal teams when required. Fidelma McManus leads a strong team that works collaboratively to deliver social housing units in a timely manner.’

‘Fidelma McManus has been a great support partner to us. Fidelma is always available to my team for legal advice and goes out of her way to work with us to find solutions to complex issues as they arise. Fidelma is a consummate professional who goes above and beyond to deliver the best possible service to us as her clients and ensures that we get the benefit of additional experience she gains.’

‘Fidelma McManus is our first point of contact. She always ensures that she or a member of her team are immediately on hand to offer advice and assistance. Fidelma has assisted in providing a clear understanding on all aspects of the matter in a very professional and courteous manner. As she has reviewed and advised on the national templates for leasing she has a specialist and unique knowledge of all aspects of the current leasing initiatives, and she understands the schemes from both the local authority and the proposer prospective. This has been instrumental in having satisfactory resolutions found on complex issues, thus ensuring that leases exchange in a timely fashion.’

‘We were impressed with the interaction which was regularly required between their real estate division and their banking and litigation divisions. They delivered a seamless, efficient service to a high standard. They provide partner-led and direct work on each instruction, which is important for us. Their real estate practice is long established with a strong reputation for achieving results. We also needed solicitors who can negotiate, which they can do. They offer consideration of the options and strong advice on the best route to take, and the ability to deal with a wide spectrum of issues across multiple assets. They also embraced technology during Covid to host meetings, cross-party negotiations and the execution of documents.’

‘Gerry Gallen has great attention to detail and is excellent at advising on difficult one-off documentation outside the norm, which we regularly have. Maitiú Ó Dónaill is a good negotiator and excellent on documentation relating to deal-specific contract and lease clauses. Imelda Reynolds provides high-quality work and also has a wider skill in compliance.’

‘Imelda Reynolds is very experienced and knowledgeable. She has made it her business to understand our business. She is a valued trusted adviser.’

‘Beauchamps are a multi-disciplinary practice who serve all aspects of real estate.’

‘Aidan Marsh and Jacinta Niland are both excellent, experienced lawyers.’

Key clients

Colony Capital

South Dublin County Council

IDA Ireland

Lioncor

Coolbrook Developments Limited/McCormack Family

Dublin Port Company

Dublin City Council

daa plc (Dublin Airport Authority)

Linders Property Group

Sorohan Builders

Goldman Sachs

Home for Life

Mace

AIB

VHI

Angelo Gordon

Cityjet

Cardinal Capital

Signal Capital

Clúid Housing

Swiss Life

Respond

The Housing Agency

Work highlights

  • Advising Colony Capital as secured lender on the sale of the Three HQ and the adjoining multi-let Whitaker Court office complex at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and the Amazon European HQ at Burlington Plaza to Blackstone.
  • Advised Astra Partners on the acquisition of Liffey Park Technology Campus in Leixlip, Co Kildare, a 180-acre technology park, currently with nine buildings and with plans to extend to 22 buildings.
  • Advised Respond on the site acquisition and development of 153 apartments at Elanora Court, Long Mile Road, Dublin.

Dillon Eustace

At Dillon Eustace, the real estate practice supports clients in the full range of matters in this area, including acquisitions, disposals and leasings. The team is also engaged to handle the financing and refinancing of transactions and developments. The practice is involved in matters involving a variety of types of real estate, with a particular focus on the private rental sector. Practice head Kelly O’Hara has more than 20 years’ experience in this space, Martin Colman leads on property finance transactions and senior associate Brendan Cunnane handles both deals and investigations into titles.

Practice head(s):

Kelly O’Hara

Other key lawyers:

Martin Colman; Brendan Cunnane; Clare Lacey

Testimonials

‘The Dillon Eustace real estate team are approachable and excellent at communicating the aspects to be addressed on conveyancing matters.’

‘Clare Lacey is very responsive and is efficient at addressing matters in order to have a smooth process.’

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

NAMA

Fairfield Real Estate Finance Limited

Lone Star

Garlin Investment ICAV

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

Permanent TSB

Abarta Investments ICAV

Centric Health

AIB

Ulster Bank

House Building Finance Ireland

Coillte

FBD Insurance plc

RoundShield Partners LLP

Homestore & More

Work highlights

  • Advised Round Hill Capital and its joint venture partner, Quadreal Property Group, on the forward purchase of 297 private rental sector apartments at Blackwood Square in north Dublin for €123.5m.
  • Advising on all matters relating to the leasing of part of the landmark Exo Building, North Wall Quay, Dublin, to the anchor tenant.
  • Advised Greenoak on providing finance for the major re-development of the former Clerys department store on O’Connell Street in Dublin and the creation of a new quarter to be known as the Clerys Quarter.

Maples Group

In the real estate space, Maples GroupComparative Guides promotional icon is highly rated for its work acting for investment funds and asset managers. In addition to advising on acquisitions and disposals, including handling the financing of deals, the team provides assistance with landlord and tenant matters. The practice is active across a range of asset classes, including greenfield development sites, commercial units, residential apartments and office space. Diarmuid Mawe leads the team. Other key contacts include Craig Kenny, who specialises in the commercial property sector.

Practice head(s):

Diarmuid Mawe

Other key lawyers:

Craig Kenny

Testimonials

‘Maples have a great international platform and range of services.’

‘Craig Kenny is a very good mix of legal detail and commerciality. He is personable and engaged, and prices work competively.’

‘Speed and attention to detail.’

‘Diarmuid Mawe is easy to work with and the service we get is 100%.’

‘Excellent response times and quality of advice.’

‘Diarmuid Mawe is top class.’

‘First class on real estate – highly responsive, excellent, commercially orientated advice, sensible on fees.’

‘Diarmuid Mawe is a top-quality real estate lawyer in all respects.’

Key clients

Marathon Asset Management LLP

Glenveagh Properties plc

Tristian Capital Partners

AIB

Aviva Ireland

Archer Hotel Group

Signature Capital

Irish Life Assurance plc

Green Property

Falcon Asset Management

Orange Capital Partners

Quadoro Investment GmbH

Grafton Group

BNP Paribas REIM

Lioncor Developments

Deutsche Borse

Catella

Avestus Capital Partners

Henderson Park

Goldman Sachs

Marlet Property Group

Savills Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Advising Goldman Sachs on all landlord and tenant matters at the Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland’s largest shopping centre and retail park development, including negotiating significant new leases.
  • Advising BNP Paribas REIM on the acquisition, development and leasing of a new state-of-the-art logistics facility at Kingswood Business Park, Dublin.
  • Advised Allied Irish Banks plc in relation to the refinancing of the O’Flynn Group’s significant Irish real estate portfolio, which involved the re-taking of security across the entire portfolio.

Philip Lee LLP

Philip Lee offers clients a comprehensive service in the real estate space, advising on financings and refinancings as well as transactions involving both individual assets and large portfolios of properties. The team is also engaged in the negotiation of leases of office space, as well as the leasing of property for social housing use, a high-profile area of the Irish market. John O’Donoghue leads the team; his clients in this space range from investment funds to public sector bodies. Other names to note in the team include Eimear Fitzgibbon and Thomas O’Malley, who specialises in social housing.

Practice head(s):

John O’Donoghue

Other key lawyers:

Eimear Fitzgibbon; Thomas O’Malley; Tom Conway; Brendan O’Connor

Testimonials

‘A very responsive team. Always looking to employ the common-sense approach to a problem. Very knowledgeable on the law but also very focused on the commercial realities.’

‘I’ve dealt extensively with John O’Donoghue and I’ve found him very responsive, easy to talk to, very practical in his approach to solving problems and very reliable in meeting deadlines. I’ve built up a high level of trust in John and I believe the professional relationship we have built up saves my organisation time and money in meeting our real estate objectives.’

‘Incredibly proactive and problem solving. They field a multi-disciplinary team, each with their own skillsets, which as a collective combines to focus on achieving the objective. Equally, individual team members remain connected to the issues outside of their specific remit so that questions can be addressed throughout a project. Refreshingly honest yet very commercial.’

‘Unlike others, they actively drive a project towards completion, are always available and offer extensive experience across all areas. On complex projects requiring different inputs, they have a strong and dedicated team.’

‘What sets Philip Lee apart is their proactive approach. Once they are given a brief they chase both the lawyers representing the other party and us as the client to resolve issues. This gives us quick turnaround on all our property purchase and lease issues and allows us to do better deals with vendors and landlords. They achieve this by bringing the expertise needed within the firm onto team calls with the client, so that decisions can be made. They are very good at documenting next steps for the client.’

‘Thomas O’Malley has spent considerable time coming to understand our business and its future needs. He is an expert in this real estate market, with a strong reputation within the legal profession. This has allowed him to negotiate on behalf of and guide our organisation. He is superb at one-to-one negotiation with third parties, a responsibility many practices pass back to the client. His speed of delivery has been a major factor in the speed of growth the business has achieved in recent years.’

‘The offices of Philip Lee in Dublin kept us in constant communication regarding the entire process of our transaction. They guided us at all times and where necessary intervened on our behalf with third parties.’

‘Tom Conway was methodical in his work on our behalf and available at all times, during and outside work hours, from day one of the project. His tacit knowledge of the legalities was essential in the final closing of our deal.’

Key clients

First Step Homes (Trinity Investment Management)

RELM Finance Limited

JMC Logistics Centre

Ethika Properties Limited

Focused Investment Property ICAV

Trafalgar Capital Limited

Housing Agency

Corrib Oil Ireland Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising First Step Homes on the acquisition of individual properties and development sites intended for leasing to local authorities to meet social housing demand.
  • Currently acting for the Housing Agency on number of housing projects.
  • Advising RELM Finance on a suite of real estate finance facilities throughout Ireland secured on varying asset classes, ranging from portfolios of petrol stations to portfolios of pre ’63 residential housing units.

RDJ LLP

RDJ LLP‘s real estate team is highly active in advising on the acquisition and disposal of real estate across the residential, office and hospitality sectors. Social housing is a particular area of focus for the team, and it is increasingly involved in representing investors in this sector as well as advising on the financing and development of projects. In addition to its offices in Cork and Galway, which are led by John Dwyer and Peter McGarvey respectively, the firm continues to expand its presence in Dublin; Evin McCarthy is the key figure in the capital, with a focus on the private rental and social housing sectors.

Practice head(s):

John Dwyer; Evin McCarthy; Peter McGarvey

Other key lawyers:

Margaret Ring; Simon Lynch

Testimonials

‘The Dublin real estate team led by Evin McCarthy is one of the best teams in the city. They are experienced, pragmatic and technically excellent. They are solution driven and they adopt a commercial approach to all matters.’

‘All of our experiences and interactions with Ronan Daly Jermyn have been positive ones for our business. The firm has smart-street, savvy lawyers who not only have a broad understanding of the sectors they advise on but also really good commercial acumen and business sense. They understand how the legal issues and advice they give impact on our business and work really hard to fully understand the rationale behind our business decisions. The legal advice is never given in a vacuum and always takes account of the commercial perspective.’

‘John Dwyer is a very talented and experienced solicitor who really gets the business issues impacting on his clients. He is very personable and always great to deal with. 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.’

‘Margaret Ring is an outstanding property lawyer. John Dwyer is also excellent – I value his sound judgement.’

‘Evin McCarthy is a great blend of technical knowledge and commercial practicality. He is always engaged, available and up to date on the real estate sector. Simon Lynch is very commercially minded, with wide-ranging knowledge of the sector. He is very personable and engaged.’

‘Any partners I’ve engaged with have been great communicators, with a nice balance between detailed legal understanding and commerciality. RDJ have a nice blend of experience and ambition and are also competitively priced.’

‘RDJ offer a range of services we need for our business but at very competitive fee levels. They have excellent sectoral knowledge and offer commercial advice on all transactions.’

‘While the firm has grown significantly over the years, the accessibility of senior partners and the depth of talent within the organisation ensures my best interests are protected. The service is always of the highest standard.’

Key clients

O’Callaghan Properties

Marlet Property Group

Glenveagh Homes Limited

Bain Capital

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

GSK Trading Services Limited (GlaxoSmithKline)

Clarendon Group

John Cleary Developments

Dublin City University

Durkan New Homes

The European Commission

University College Dublin

Lugus Capital Advisors

CORE Industrial Properties

Park Developments Group

Derreen Construction

Musgraves

Trean Meadow Limited

InfraRed Capital Partners

RevCap Advisors Limited

Arena Housing

Bolt Capital

Hallmark

Deloitte Real Estate

Duff & Phelps

Work highlights

  • Advised Marlet Property Group in respect of the property elements of a development finance facility in excess of €270m for the development of College Square in Dublin.
  • Advised Tempus (SeaPoint Capital and HIG Capital) on the acquisition of numerous apartment blocks over the course of the past 12 months.
  • Advised Trean Meadow on the sale by forward-fund development agreement of the development of 101 houses at Ballybrit, Co Galway, to approved housing body Respond.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is highly active in the social housing sector, handling acquisitions and leases in this space, and is also involved in matters involving commercial property. The team has recently been engaged by clients to advise on issues related to leases stemming from the economic impact of Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland. Breen Purcell leads the team, with Paddy Smyth another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Breen Purcell

Other key lawyers:

Paddy Smyth

Testimonials

‘Paddy Smyth, Breen Purcell and the rest of the Fieldfisher team are always responsive and well informed in helping us structure our loan transactions – they are excellent at working through complex issues and are always practical with their solutions.’

‘The team at Fieldfisher are always contactable which helps when any issues arise. Paddy Smyth is excellent at providing a steer on how to solve problems to maintain progress on transactions.’

‘The team are experienced and commercial, meaning they were able to focus on key points and advise in clear language on risks, moral market practice and so on, to enable us to reach relatively quick conclusions without the necessity for protracted and expensive debate.’

‘Commercial approach, clear billing practices and regular communication are strengths for this firm.’

‘The practical, solution-focused approach from Paddy Smyth has impressed.’

‘Commercial vision and delivery to budget.’

‘Breen Purcell is a tireless professional who gets the job done. A pragmatic performer who listens to clients’ requirements.’

Hayes Solicitors LLP

The real estate practice at Hayes Solicitors LLP is noted for the breadth of its work, handling matters in sectors including retail, logistics, healthcare, infrastructure, education and social housing. The team is active both in the acquisition and sale of assets and in leasing matters; it is regularly instructed by receivers to advise on the disposal of real estate. Key figures in the team include practice head Jackie Buckley and Áine Coghill, both of whom are experienced in handling complex matters involving issues such as unclear titles.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Buckley

Other key lawyers:

Áine Coghill; Camilla Leigh; Fiona Shipsey

Testimonials

‘Hayes’ real estate team were very effective in completing our recent lease transaction. Communication was excellent throughout and the team were proactive and always available. Very pleasant to deal with and good value for money.’

‘In-depth knowledge and experience in dealing with property matters. Ability to respond promptly to requests for advice. Very easy to deal with and explain the process clearly.’

‘The individuals in the team are very willing to help out at short notice and provide valuable advice. They will always detail the pros and cons when deciding to take any action and there is always a sense that they care about the client. I have a lot of experience dealing with Jackie Buckley and would always value her advice. She has constantly demonstrated a clear-thinking, professional manner in dealing with various property issues.’

‘Flexibility, commitment, communication and availability has always been excellent. Access to partners has been readily available and always in a professional and courteous manner.’

‘Jackie Buckley is very experienced and commercially aware. Very knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Due to Covid-19, most of our contract negotiations took place during lockdown or limited easement of restrictions. Hayes could not have been more accommodating, flexible and proactive in facilitating virtual meetings between some or all parties, video calls, signing of documents and witnessing of signatures, while all the time maintaining full professionalism even though it must have been very challenging with individuals working from home. It would have been very easy for our project to come to a halt but Hayes kept it all going.’

‘Camilla Leigh has excelled in her management of our deals despite the ever-changing directions we are taking. She has made herself available while on annual leave and nothing is ever a problem for her. I don’t get any problems, only solutions, which is what I want from my solicitors.

‘Fiona Shipsey was excellent throughout the transaction and was extremely proactive in chasing the other side to complete the transaction on time. Her communication was very clear at all stages and her advice was always tailored to meet our business needs.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading multinational retailer on its property transactions in Ireland, including sales, acquisitions, landlord and tenant issues, disputes, rights of way, development sites, property litigation support and general property advisory work.
  • Acted for the various companies within a leading logistics group in relation to their property requirements in Ireland.
  • Acted for a large telecoms client in relation to the disposal of a number of sites and warehouses, along with the negotiation of numerous leases across the country in strategic locations.

Leman Solicitors LLP

Leman Solicitors LLP provides comprehensive advice to developers, investment funds and banks on real estate transactions. The team is frequently engaged to assist with the whole lifecycle of developments, including financings and refinancings, construction, acquisitions and disposals. The practice also advises clients on managing these assets through its expertise in landlord and tenant work. John Hogan leads the team, with Andrew Nagle also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

John Hogan

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Nagle; Gavin Fitzgerald; Aoife O’Dea

Testimonials

‘They offer responsiveness and good market knowledge, including on current issues and developments.’

‘Leman Solicitors have always provided us with an efficient, concise and speedy service. They are consistently innovating and have proposed new technology which they have developed internally that may be useful to the management of our real estate portfolio. I feel they are always looking to the future for client-focused solutions. Leman’s paperless commitment has very been useful for us – it ensures they can provide us with any documentation we request in an immediate fashion.’

‘I have worked with Andrew Nagle for many years and his advice over that time has 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.’

‘Great development team with experience of the latest market issues. Solution focused and practical.’

‘John Hogan and Aoife O’Dea understand the demands of real estate funds and have the expertise and structures in place to deliver.’

‘Leman Solicitors are experienced, accessible and engaging.’

‘John Hogan and Gavin Fitzgerald combine expertise in corporate and property structures. They take the time to understand the client’s needs and are willing to engage all key stakeholders to ensure measured progress.’

Key clients

Press Up Group

Gem Construction

Zipony Limited

Gate Gourmet Ireland Limited

The Durkan Group

Barina Construction

Kellogg Europe Trading Limited

Beannchor Group

Kennedy Wilson

Work highlights

  • Advised Randelswood Holdings on the purchase, forward sale and financing of the development of 101 apartments at Johnstown Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.
  • Advised McGarrell Reilly Group, one of Ireland’s leading privately owned property groups, on the sale of a development site in Lusk Town Centre to one of Europe’s leading food retailers.
  • Advising Oval Target on the sale of land at Temple Road, Blackrock, Co Dublin.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

LK Shields Solicitors LLP handles real estate matters across a broad range of asset classes, from commercial and residential property to development sites, including sites located offshore. The team is frequently instructed by developers and investors to handle acquisitions and disposals, and is also highly active in the negotiation of leases. Elsewhere, the team advises on the real estate aspects of corporate transactions, as well as issues arising from insolvencies. Clair Cassidy heads the team, which also includes John Campbell.

Practice head(s):

Clair Cassidy

Other key lawyers:

John Campbell

Testimonials

‘The team has wide-ranging skillsets and is friendly and open to deal with.’

‘John Campbell is a tenacious and knowledgeable lawyer, with great attention to detail. Someone to have in your corner.’

Key clients

Shannon Group

ADM Mersey plc T/A ADM Londis

Brink’s ATM Services Limited

MNK Partners

Deloitte

SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc.

Monaco Properties Limited

Dentsu Ireland Limited

Eomanna Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised MNK Partners on the acquisition and leaseback of a portfolio of primary health care facilities in various locations throughout Ireland.
  • Advised ADM Mersey on the sale of its office and distribution centre in Johnstown, Naas, Co Kildare, to pan-European investor and asset manager M7 Real Estate.
  • Advised Shannon Group on the sale of a 600-acre land bank in the North Atlantic Deep Water zone at Ballylongford, Co Kerry, to Shannon LNG, which acted in trust for New Fortress Energy.

Walkers

Walkers is well known for its work advising Irish and international investment funds and asset managers on transactions involving real estate, assisting with acquisitions and disposals as well as the leasing of office space. The practice also acts for developers, lenders and other corporations in matters involving commercial, industrial and residential property. Practice head Rachel Rodgers stands out for the breadth of her experience in this sector.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Rodgers

Other key lawyers:

Robert Upton; Jody Toner

Testimonials

‘The advice is very practical and professionally sound. The individual lawyers have a very good understanding of the needs of the client.’

‘Rachel Rogers is always available and understands our requirements and needs. She is excellent at explaining the Irish legal requirements and provides pragmatic rather than dogmatic advice.’

‘The team is knowledgeable, hardworking and responsive.’

‘Rachel Rodgers is a fantastic lawyer with great people skills and ability. Robert Upton is technically strong and practical. Jody Toner is an excellent lawyer with good experience in house which makes him very strong.’

Key clients

Marlet Property Group

Virgin Media Ireland Limited

PIMCO

Man Group plc/ Man GPM Aalto

Kroll

KPMG

The Hertz Corporation

Apex Group

Iceland International Seafood, Oceanpath, Carr & Sons Seafood Limited

KTB Investments & Securities and KTB Asset Management

Virtu Financial Services (Ireland) Limited

Eagle Street Partners Ireland Limited

AIB

Work highlights

  • Advising a property developer on the acquisition of warehousing in a strategically important area of the west of Ireland.
  • Advising a lender on the financing of eight social housing developments in excess of €140m.
  • Advising a fund on the disposal of a shopping centre for a sum in excess of €60m.

Whitney Moore

Whitney Moore is regularly instructed by clients on the acquisition, disposal and leasing of real estate assets. The team has a varied client base, handling matters ranging from advising investment funds on forward acquisitions to assisting the Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency on the development of sites for social housing. Practice head Rory McDonald has a broad practice which also encompasses the financing of real estate transactions. Barry Heslin is another key figure in the team and has practised in this area for almost two decades.

Practice head(s):

Rory McDonald

Other key lawyers:

Barry Heslin

Testimonials

‘Whitney Moore LLP is a full-service law firm with a strong client focus.’

‘Rory McDonald is an incredibly knowledgeable property lawyer with a deep understanding of Irish real estate matters. He is particularly hardworking and remains constantly focused on his client’s needs. Rory has regularly played a significant role in closing complex and significant transactions for us.’

‘We have worked with Rory McDonald for a number of years and have found his straightforward, practical advice and no-nonsense approach refreshing.’

‘They are available – they answer the phone! They can explain legal issues so as to be understood by lay persons. They are efficient.’

‘Expert and professional advice. Excellent grasp of their areas of practice.’

‘Rory McDonald has great experience and expertise and is clear in his communication with us.’

Key clients

Glen Dimplex

Irish Life Investment Managers

IDA Ireland

Round Hill Capital

The Housing Agency

Five Guys Ireland

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

OSLO Beauty

3 Dental

Sona Nutrition Group

Fayman Europe

Sempre Group

Pepper Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised a Round Hill Capital/SFO Capital Partners joint venture on forward purchase private rental sector transactions comprising in excess of 350 units.
  • Advised Independent Vetcare Ireland, a market consolidator, on the acquisition of numerous veterinary practices in Ireland.
  • Advised Irish Life Assurance plc on a significant office letting in Dublin to the Office of Public Works.

BHSM LLP

At BHSM LLP, the real estate practice handles acquisitions, disposals and transfers of ownership involving residential and hospitality properties, office space and development sites. Giles Smyth leads the team and has experience in advising on transactions and leases. He is supported by Rob Gibbons, who has particular expertise in the health and social care sector.

Practice head(s):

Giles Smyth

Other key lawyers:

Rob Gibbons; Siobhan Whelan

Testimonials

‘The BHSM team is close knit. Their practice size is ideal to provide the optimal blend of high-level expertise but with a personal touch. It is easy to forget that BHSM are an external supplier as they assimilate so well with you on the client side and endeavour to achieve the best results for you.’

‘Giles Smyth has extensive expertise and has the ability to find solutions in the most complex transactions. He is an excellent communicator and is a trusted adviser of our company.’

‘Rob Gibbons is thorough and you can be sure he has done all the homework. It is always reassuring when Rob is working on your case and he makes our job easy. He is also an excellent communicator, translating complex issues into plain English and getting straight to the key issues. This ability, combined with his extensive experience, puts him at the highest level.’

‘Siobhan Whelan is a standout adviser. Siobhan is always in control and manages the trickiest of deals with pragmatism and minimises the burden for you as the client.’

‘Very commercially focused and highly efficient.’

‘They have the ability to adhere timelines and the flexibility to negotiate when things change.’

Key clients

Glencar Healthcare Limited

Westridge Real Estate Limited

Consdorf Investments ICAV

Rego Consultancy (Bray) Limited

Core Capital Limited

OCES Property Holdings Limited

Landcorp Private

GSInfra Limited

Infrastructure Investment Fund ICAV

Work highlights

  • Advising Glencar Healthcare on the ongoing management and development of a number of primary care centres across Ireland.
  • Advised Westridge Real Estate on the acquisition of a former landmark public house premises in South Dublin.
  • Advised Infrastructure Investment Fund ICAV on the acquisition of a portfolio of five primary care centres across Ireland in counties Cork, Galway, Kilkenny and Tipperary.

Gore & Grimes Solicitors LLP

The real estate team at Gore & Grimes Solicitors LLP is highly active in handling transactions and agreements involving a range of asset classes, including development sites, hospitality units, residential property and logistics infrastructure. In addition to advising on the acquisition and disposal of these assets, the team is highly experienced in leasing matters, acting for both landlords and tenants; it is particularly involved in long-term, complex pre-letting agreements. Keith McConnell leads the team, with Sally Alford another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Keith McConnell

Other key lawyers:

Sally Alford

Testimonials

‘Our experience of Gore & Grimes since their appointment has been excellent. Keith McConnell brings great tenacity and rigour to his work in the best interests of his clients. He brings a very practical and common-sense approach to complex challenges. We have found his ability to offer solutions and a step-by-step-plan approach to resolution invaluable. He is personable and a great partner to work with.’

‘I have worked with the real estate team at Gore & Grimes on some very complex real estate transactions and I would highly recommend them. They are an incredibly responsive team and they provide clear, succinct, on-point legal advice. They understand the issues of importance to us and tailor their advice accordingly. They have very useful industry insight and are highly experienced in complex commercial real estate matters. The team is very responsive, highly organised and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Their property team combines deep local technical knowledge (legal and non-legal) and an affable way of conducting engagements with a strong problem-solving mentality.’

‘Easy accessibility to a competent team who are capable of continuously delivering a first-class service in accordance with the brief given. Gore & Grimes solicitors operate a very efficient conveyancing system which is capable of consistently completing volume and individual transactions in a timely manner.’

‘Keith McConnell offers truly excellent client service. He is very responsive and goes to great lengths to understand the issue and explain the alternative solutions.’

‘Keith McConnell is a standout partner who provides comprehensive, coherent and considered legal advice. Keith fully understands our needs as a client, and I trust him implicitly to manage complex negotiations on our behalf. Keith has excellent industry knowledge and is a first-class conveyancer. His communication skills are excellent and he is always available to assist us, whether on ongoing transactions or ad hoc queries, where he demonstrates his exceptional attention to detail when answering intricate queries.’

‘I have been dealing with Sally Alford for a number of years and she is always 100% on top of her game. In the number of deals that I have worked on with Sally, I have always felt confident of the successful completion of the relevant legal work in the best possible manner – always on time, always exacting and always within pre-agreed budgets.’

‘Sally Alford is excellent to deal with and very commercial and knowledgeable on all aspects of property transactions. We worked together on a large transaction and she and the team provided great assistance to us in getting the transaction completed.’

Key clients

Armstrong Electronics Limited

Baile Acquisitions

Beachside Company Limited

Beaverstown Golf Club

Bolt Capital Finance

Brendan Gallagher Fitted Furniture Limited

Care (Ireland) Limited

Creedon Group / Creshea Limited

Dermod Dwyer

Fergal O’Leary

IDA Ireland

Irish Heritage Trust

Malahide Cricket Club

Maybury Lane Limited

Michael Heather

O’Dwyer Property Management

Oxfam

Park Developments Group

Phoenix Croft Limited

Pucci Mc Limited

S Mac Mahon Storage & Distribution Limited

Spirit Motor Group

St. Michaels House

Thabana Properties

The Grace Bible Fellowship

Torc Grain & Feed Unlimited Company

Whiteoak Aviation Limited

Winsac Limited

WIPRO

Morrowpoint Properties Limited

Ornua Co-Operative Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Park Development Group on the sale of a portfolio of four investment units to an international investment fund, which involved a rigorous confidentiality processes through a data room and subsequent exclusive negotiations with the preferred bidder.
  • Advised White Oak Aviation Management Services (Irish) in relation to taking an assignment of a lease of the ground floor of 2 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin, from Resource Global Professionals (Ireland).
  • Advised Beechside Company on the purchase of Lansdowne Arms Hotel, Kenmare, Co Kerry, from the receivers appointed on behalf of the previous owner.

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Holmes O’Malley Sexton is highly active in advising clients on transactions involving land and real estate, acting for REITs, developers, government entities, and organisations in the healthcare and education sectors. The practice’s work spans a range of asset classes, including greenfield sites, office space and commercial real estate; it also assists clients with the negotiation and drafting of leases. The team is led by Lorraine Power in Dublin and Sandra Egan, Harry Fehily and Lisa Killeen in Limerick.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Egan; Lorraine Power; Harry Fehily; Lisa Killeen

Other key lawyers:

Gillian Butler

Testimonials

‘Approachable, competent and commercial.’

‘Gillian Butler and Sandra Egan provide an excellent service. They make themselves readily available and provide sensible, commercial advice.’

‘They are very much a firm with all of the capabilities of a big firm but the feeling of a smaller firm in terms of client contact and team spirit.’

‘What stands out is the accessibility and client service. You never feel like you are just one of a number of clients.’

‘This practice is exceptionally well placed to offer an outstanding service to clients engaged in real estate. The competence of the team and their ability to understand and emphasise the commercial aspects of a matter is really excellent.’

‘Sandra Egan and Harry Fehily are the most experienced property solicitors I have ever dealt with. They inspire huge confidence in a client. They always deliver flawlessly and you can relax, knowing you are well represented.’

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

Industrial Development Agency (IDA)

Technology University Dublin

Work highlights

  • Advised Yew Grove REIT plc on the acquisition of an Industrial Development Authority greenfield site, as well as the agreement for lease, draft lease and matters relating to the construction contract, including the collateral warranties, for the construction of an industrial unit on the site.
  • Advising Coillte on sales, acquisitions and the granting of wayleaves throughout Ireland.
  • Acting as the sole legal provider to the Legal Aid Board and advising on numerous matters, including the leasing of properties which are used as offices on a national level.

Lavelle Partners

Lavelle Partners frequently advises on the development of real estate in the residential and commercial sectors, as well as handling transactions involving these assets. The team also advises on deals involving sites for development. The practice is led by Nicola Walsh.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Walsh

Testimonials

‘Lavelle Partners have an excellent understanding of our business and requirements. They provide expert legal advice and a very speedy turnaround. The team are very collaborative and innovative in providing solutions to any issues which arise.’

‘Lavelle Partners have offered us outstanding service on a daily basis. Their knowledge and advice has been integral to the achievement of our strategic objectives across our varied and many projects.’

‘Nicola Walsh is exceptional in her support, advice and knowledge. She regularly goes above and beyond to deliver for us as the client.’

‘I was impressed that the transaction, which was quite complex, was handled entirely at partner level, giving a high degree of efficiency and excellent continuity in the collation of information.’

‘Nicola Walsh was very responsive, diligent, committed to the delivery of the transaction and flexible with her time.’

‘Lavelle’s real estate team have experience and knowledge that will assist in complex transactions.’

‘Very knowledgeable team with a broad base of expertise in legal and conveyancing matters. I have always found great comfort in dealing with Lavelle Partners as I can rely on their advice and they deal with all issues in a very professional manner. We have regular contact with their team, who provide updates on all cases on a monthly basis and ensure that we can chat to them at any other time we require advice. Pre-Covid, they were always open to group meetings in their offices where they also had counsel attend to give legal updates and advice on specific cases, and this was of great assistance to our teams working on both legal and conveyancing matters.’

O'Flynn Exhams

Based in Cork, O’Flynn Exhams has a broad practice in the real estate sector. The team acts for a varied client base, including property developers, corporations and utilities, and is instructed on an equally wide range of matters, spanning acquisitions and disposals, lease agreements and the purchase of land for development. The team is led by Micheál Ó Mulláin, who focuses on commercial property, while Eamonn Muldoon frequently advises semi-state bodies on matters such as compulsory purchases.

Practice head(s):

Micheál Ó Mulláin

Other key lawyers:

Eamonn Muldoon; Aeibhin Cahalan

Testimonials

‘What I like most about this firm is that it’s all about getting the deal done – they look for innovative solutions, are astute in negotiations and leave no stone unturned.’

‘Micheál Ó Mulláin has been my primary contact for many years and I never have to leave a message – he sees a missed call and returns it. It is hard to beat that level of commitment and good manners. It’s so hard to get the basics right with some firms and yet OFX do this very well.’

‘I think O’Flynn Exhams offer a first-class service at prices that are less than top five firms in Dublin but which are equivalent in terms of expertise and efficiency.’

‘Micheál Ó Mulláin is someone I can pick up the phone to on any property matter. He is very practical in his approach to resolving matters while protecting his client’s interests. He is also an expert in his field and able to advise on solutions that are practical, fair and in line with market practice.’

‘Pragmatic with excellent local knowledge as well as a very good understanding of our business needs.’

‘They understand our business needs and the way we operate. So far we have managed all our transactions with the same team and we are not planning to change that.’

‘O’Flynn Exhams provide a consistent long-term service that facilitates relationships with advisers and they respond quickly and are proactive and on hand when needed.’

Key clients

Axis Primary Health Care

Marriott International (formerly Starwood)

Logitech International Limited

PJ Hegarty Group

Sheen Falls Estate Limited

Enable Ireland

PFH Group

Missionaries of Sacred Heart

Louth Meath Education and Training Board

Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board

Galway and Mayo Education and Training Board

Kerry 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

  • Advising Axis Primary Healthcare on the continued development of its high-profile and nationwide portfolio of primary care centres.
  • Providing high-level advice to Trane Technologies International on the multinational group’s property portfolio in Ireland.
  • Acting as primary adviser to Irish Water on wayleaves for existing projects.

OBH Partners

Led by June Hynes and John Burke, OBH Partners' real estate team advises on acquisitions and leases across the residential and commercial property sectors. Hynes is praised as ‘highly skilled’ in this area of law, while the team as a whole is valued by clients for its ‘tremendous expertise.

Practice head(s):

June Hynes; John Burke

Other key lawyers:

Domhnall McKevitt

Testimonials

‘They offer accessibility to partners, unlike other mid-sized firms. They are highly personable people, with good knowledge and a highly pragmatic approach to problem solving.’

‘June Hynes is highly skilled in real estate law. Domhnall McKevitt has a pragmatic and practical approach to getting the job done.’

‘The team are always available for us and also ready to engage with new matters. OBH Partners can also deploy more resources when we are looking at a portfolio deal or even more complicated matter.’

‘June Hynes and John Burke are exceptional property and commercial lawyers.’

‘OBH have shown tremendous expertise in both the acquisitions and ongoing requirements of a very substantial real estate portfolio. They have been very proactive during the Covid-19 crisis and have made sure that all our requirements and deadlines have been met. You always look for an adviser to have your back and I have no hesitation in saying that OBH go that extra mile.’

‘June Hynes is very pragmatic when dealing with the various parties to a deal and is very comfortable taking positions on our behalf. June and her team are motivated, have excellent sector awareness, have shown great resilience during Covid-19 and, most importantly, have communicated well with all our stakeholders.’

‘They always respond to calls for advice in a timely fashion and importantly will tell you if the information sought requires input from others rather than trying to gloss over answers.’

‘Very good access to partners.’

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

  • Advised Deka Immobilien Investment on a number of property acquisitions in Ireland.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's real estate team is increasingly active in the energy space, advising on transactions involving wind and solar assets. The practice also handles matters involving retail, office space and residential property, advising clients on leases, transactions and issues related to Covid-19. Kevin Collins leads the team and routinely works with partners from the firm’s energy and corporate practices.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Collins

Key clients

Strategic Power Projects

Long Harbour Limited

UDG Healthcare

Obton A/S

NTR

H & M Hennes & Mauritz Ireland Limited

Sirio Logistics Limited

Student Housing Operations Limited (Aparto)

Work highlights

  • Advising Sirio Logistics on the acquisition of the site for a strategic housing development in Douglas, Cork.
  • Advised Arjun Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of the operational Slievecallan and Ballyhoura Wind Farm projects.
  • Advised NTR on its acquisition of a portfolio of solar and battery storage development projects known as Project Wexford.

Reddy Charlton LLP

Reddy Charlton LLP’s real estate practice is active across a wide range of matters, covering healthcare, hospitality, and commercial and residential property. The team’s work encompasses land sales and the development of real estate, from financing through to planning and construction. The team is frequently engaged to advise landlords and tenants on leases of property, including renegotiating leases due to Covid-19. Roisin Bennett leads the team; Tom Marren and Brendan Sharkey are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Roisin Bennett

Other key lawyers:

Tom Marren; Brendan Sharkey

Testimonials

‘I have worked with the property department in Reddy Charlton for many years and the team appointed on any project always exceed my expectations in their engagement with the legal team on the opposing side. I regard the team, billing practices and collaboration with clients as excellent.’

‘I have been dealing regularly with Reddy Charlton on property-related matters (many of which are complex) for many years. The advice provided by the firm is given in a very practical and understandable manner and always thought through to reach the best possible commercial outcome on any given issue.’

‘Tom Marren and Brendan Sharkey in particular are standout individuals within the property team. They are both extremely professional, easy to work with and deal with any matters in a proactive manner, often providing legal solutions to issues that are not immediately obvious.’

‘The team at Reddy Charlton provide expertise in all areas and a fully comprehensive service.’

‘Roisín Bennett provides exceptional service and guidance and practical solutions.’

‘Reddy Charlton provides a consistent and timely service. Their manner of dealing with clients is both professional and gracious. The billing is clear and outlined in a timely fashion. Most importantly, they will provide an excellent service in even the most difficult cases, ensuring that all legal avenues have been explored. Attention to detail is of paramount importance to this firm.’

‘They are courteous and keen on any matter that our company have them involved in.’

‘Roisin Bennett is very knowledgeable. She is extremely organised, efficient and responsive, and offers clear, pragmatic advice.’

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

Indeed Operations Ireland