Firms To Watch: Real estate

Taylor Wessing launched its real estate practice in April 2023 with the hire of former DWF and Arthur Cox partner Órlaith Molloy, who has been active in large office investment deals.

Real estate in Ireland

A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP houses a comprehensive real estate practice, with a strong track record in high-end deals involving all asset classes within the commercial real estate and PRS space, including hotels, logistics and office properties. The ‘extremely competent, well informed and diligent‘ team has an impressive client roster containing key Irish and international investors and developers, as well as landlords and occupiers. In addition, the firm is noted for its strength in real estate finance. The sizeable group includes ‘very capable team leaderNiamh O’Sullivan, Ger O’Toole, Paul Diggin, John Williams, David Fitzgerald and Deirdre Griffin, who was promoted to partner in January 2023. Mairead Sherlock lends senior expertise to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Niamh O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Mairead Sherlock; Ger O’Toole; Paul Diggin; John Williams; Andrew Ion; David Fitzgerald; Deirdre Griffin


‘Excellent partners that are always on hand with a strong and capable bench underneath.’

‘Fully resourced team at all levels which is key for large-scale/time-sensitive transactions. Collaborate well across internal departments. Excellent availability of key individuals on transactions. Fees appropriate to transaction and no unmerited variations.’

‘David Fitzgerald has strong attention to detail, offers balanced legal advice and gets things done.’

‘Paul Diggin’s knowledge and expertise is very sound. His attention to detail is his major strength, which is of great comfort to clients.’

‘An extremely competent, well informed and diligent team.’

‘Mairead Sherlock is a super experienced partner in the A&L property team. Mairead is very commercial, pragmatic, and extremely good at problem solving/finding solutions to DD risk items whilst ensuring clients keep the train on the tracks. Not only does she have a lovely bedside manner, but she is also highly respected in the market.’

‘A&L consistently sets a very high benchmark in relation to advice and direction required on many complex real estate transactions. They have a very clear understanding of clients’ goals and objectives and are able to untangle and distil very knotty transactional issues into clear and comprehensible language which simplifies decision making.’

‘Niamh O’Sullivan is a very capable team leader who shows strong leadership skills and exceptional problem-solving abilities. Deirdre Griffin is an asset to the firm and her clients. Deirdre has an ability to remain calm even when faced with complex or testing scenarios, and is quick to respond to queries while her advice is both commercial and reliable.’

Key clients


IPUT Real Estate




M7 Real Estate


Ario Properties Limited

Mountpark Logistics

Fortress Investment Group

Henderson Park

Palm Capital/KKR



Davy Real Estate

Morgan Stanley

Activate Capita

lUnion Investment

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Advised Fortress Investment Group on the disposal to Blackstone of the Spencer Place South office and hotel development in Dublin’s Docklands.
  • Advised Citibank in relation to the sale of its existing HQ building at North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 and the acquisition of a site for a new Citi European HQ.
  • Advised Pontagedea on the acquisition of the Opus Building, Hanover Quay, Dublin 2 comprising a PRS scheme located in Dublin’s South Docklands.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox‘s ‘second-to-none‘ real estate team remains the first port of call for marquee deals across the office, retail, logistics, data centre and hotel sectors, acting for a diverse domestic and international client base which includes major institutional investors, developers and state-sponsored bodies. The firm’s areas of expertise range from the sale and acquisition of properties to real estate finance and leasing matters. Simon Hannigan, who is highly experienced in high-profile real estate transactions across the full range of asset classes, leads the team. The enviably deep bench also includes the ‘phenomenalDeirdre Barrett, Kenneth Egan, Brian O’Rourke, Deirdre Sheehan and Gillian Beechinor.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hannigan

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre Barrett; Kenneth Egan; Brian O’Rourke; Deirdre Sheehan; Gillian Beechinor


‘The team is very responsive and understanding of issues.’

‘A deeper bench than any other practice in the city.’

‘Simon Hannigan has the confidence and brio to deliver for his client in most negotiations.’

‘The Arthur Cox real estate team is second to none. The group is consistently filled with hardworking, intelligent lawyers who get the job done and always give sound advice. No other firm in Dublin even comes close to comparing to Arthur Cox in quality. The people are also excellent to work with.’

‘Deirdre Barrett is one of the most talented real estate partners globally. She is incredibly hardworking and gives excellent advice on how to deal with complicated issues as well as market context around legal points.’

Deirdre Barrett is phenomenal. She has every attribute you could wish for in a real estate lawyer – frighteningly bright, commercially savvy, great sense of humour and has the ability to identify and win important points – but without alienating the counterparty. Someone you’d always want sitting by your side and never sitting across the table.

Key clients

Spear Street Capital


Kennedy Wilson

Ardstone Partners ICAV


Bain Capital

Irish Life

Rohan Group


Hibernia Real Estate Group

Phoenix Tower International

Aviva/Friends First

Davy Target Developments Ltd



Barola Capital DAC

Aberdeen Standard


Land Development Agency

Starwood Capital Group

Permanent TSB




Julius Baer

Primonial REIM

Work highlights

  • Advised BlackRock and SW3 on the acquisition and financing of East Village Clay Farm (295 apartments), Leopardstown, Dublin 18 in two separate lots for €128m.
  • Advised Ronan Group Real Estate on the acquisition of Citi Group’s European Headquarters at 1 North Wall Quay and associated financing.
  • Advised Julius Baer on providing financing to the Selfridges Group for the purposes of acquiring the Brown Thomas and Arnotts portfolio of properties in Ireland for €300m.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland fields a diverse real estate practice which handles prominent transactions (including acquisitions, sales, financings and forward funded deals) across the offices, hotels, social housing, PRS, data centre, healthcare and retail sectors. The team, which is also experienced in landlord and tenant matters, has considerable strength in acting for both international and Irish investors, developers and occupiers. Thanks to its international platform, it is also well equipped to advise on cross-border transactions. Key names from the ‘excellent‘ team include practice head Joseph Stanley, ‘great problem solverSean Greene (who has expertise in the leisure and retail sectors), Cian MacGinley, the ‘talentedMarie O’Riordan and Terry O’Malley.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Stanley

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Excellent firm with very approachable and easy-to-reach partners. Due to the size of firm, they have experience across multiple sectors but aren’t a size where partners don’t know each other well. Working well across multiple areas is a big plus when dealing with Eversheds.’

‘Terry O’Malley is probably the most approachable solicitor around. He is solution driven, which saves significant back and forth.’

‘A team with excellent knowledge of the sector that is very commercial in their dealings and understanding. They legally protect clients’ positions but understand the ultimate goal. They are very accessible and proactive with reaching out and professional and timely in all their responses.’

‘Cian McGinley is calm, reassuring, legally excellent but commercially savvy. He understands commercial requirements and is excellent at leading and managing the process. He is also very accessible, sees the big picture and is a really good guy.’

‘A team with real strength in depth and embedded experience of dealing with real estate developers and large projects for many years.’

‘Marie O’Riordan is both talented and extremely assiduous.’

‘A commercially-led practice firmly focused on solutions.’

‘Sean Greene has an in-depth knowledge of the property sector and is a great problem solver.’

Key clients

Hibernia Real Estate Group Limited

Aldgate Developments

Cairn Homes plc

Ronan Group Real Estate


Urbeo Residential

Alpha Real Capital

HSBC Global Asset Management

LinkedIn Corporation

Orange Capital Partners


Tetrarch Capital

Angelo Gordon and Carysfort Capital

Avestus Capital Partners and Richmond Homes

MKN Property Group


KanAm Grund


First Step Homes

Eagle Street Partners

Emerald Investments

Frasers PLC

Aviva Investors


Assura plc



Bluemont Developments

Land Development Agency




New Look


Martin Property Group

SMBC Aviation Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Cairn Homes on the high-profile forward sale of 142 new homes at Archers Wood, Delgany, Co Wicklow, to the Land Development Agency as part of Project Tosaigh.
  • Advised Ronan Group Real Estate on the refinance of 12 significant investment assets, including office developments.
  • Advised Richmond Homes on the forward sale of its marquee PRS development at Eglinton Road, Dublin 4, to M&G for approximately €100m.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP’s ‘excellent‘ team acts for a host of key players in the Irish real estate market, ranging from international and domestic investors and developers to housing associations and multinational tenant occupiers. The firm is a particularly strong performer in acquisitions, disposals and leasing matters in the office sector, but its broad practice also spans the retail, energy, PRS and social housing spheres. The ‘technically superbVanessa Byrne and Michael Doran, who has a focus on advising major investors, co-head the practice. Tom Davy (a specialist in the tech occupier space), Jamie Fitzmaurice, Oliver FitzGerald, Janet Cafferky and Áine Quigley are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Byrne; Michael Doran

Other key lawyers:

Tom Davy; Jamie Fitzmaurice; Rachel Carney; Marcus Kennedy; Áine Quigley; Oliver FitzGerald; Janet Cafferky; Caoimhe Cusack


‘The team is extremely commercial, solutions oriented and cost conscious.’

‘The property team at MHC are really excellent. They are experts, and are extremely knowledgeable and competent in their area. They are excellent guides while navigating the complex world of property rights and contracts. They are extremely customer focused; they deal with requests rapidly and are always available when needed. They are extremely professional and communicate with clients extremely clearly and regularly as we work through different matters. Overall, they are an excellent team.’

‘Mason Hayes & Curran provides consistently excellent service in all areas of real estate. The team are experts in their field and importantly provide a level of responsiveness and duty of care for their clients which sets them ahead of other firms in my view.’

‘Michael Doran provides excellent and practical advice. He has a calm manner and can unravel complex issues to provide a workable solution.’

‘Tom Davy leads his team in a very hands-on way whilst at the same time letting the team develop. Between them, Tom and Áine Quigley provide consistently sound and rapid advice and act as sounding boards when decision making is difficult. Tom is always available.’

‘Janet Cafferky is a talented lawyer. She is a rare breed of real estate lawyer as she understands and focuses on achieving commercial objectives rather than academic analysis. She is supremely able, responsive and a delight to work with in all transactions, from both the client and counterparty perspective. A lawyer that gets deals done.’

‘Vanessa Byrne is technically superb and commercially very astute. The advice she gives is clear and solution oriented. When matters get complicated Vanessa’s vast experience comes to the fore. She always exceeds expectations and focuses on the best outcome for the client. Vanessa knows the market inside and out.’

‘Oliver FitzGerald is very personable and professional. He is readily available and keeps on top of projects.’

Key clients

Irish Life

DomusVI Group

Irish Residential Properties REIT plc

Aviva Real Estate Investors


AXA Investment Real Estate

BNP Paribas



Kennedy Wilson

Mission Critical

Allied Irish Banks



SSE Airtricity



Union Investment


McAleer & Rushe

Fingal County Council

Work highlights

  • Represented Irish Life Assurance plc on all matters regarding granting the leases for the Cadenza building, a cutting-edge modern office building in Central Dublin.

Matheson LLP

Matheson LLP‘s real estate practice is widely recognised for its strength in advising developers and occupiers on high-profile sales, acquisitions and leasing deals (including forward-funded transactions). In addition to its standout expertise in the data centre sector, the team has experience in matters across the office, retail, industrial and logistics, and residential spheres. Sally Anne Stone was promoted to head of the commercial real estate department in January 2023, overseeing a sizeable team which also includes Brian Doran and Leonie Dunne, who jointly lead the new homes and development land group, the ‘excellentKaren Sheil, Cillian O’Boyle, Hilda Wrixon, who was promoted to partner in January 2023, and Cork-based Laura James.

Practice head(s):

Sally Anne Stone

Other key lawyers:

Brian Doran; Karen Sheil; Leonie Dunne; Cillian O’Boyle; Hilda Wrixon; Laura James; Jennifer O’Shea


‘Cillian O’Boyle in the real estate team has a commercial focus, understanding what is deliverable while ensuring clients’ positions are always protected. His diligence post transaction means that focus is maintained on any post-closing items to be satisfied.’

‘A one-team collaborative approach.’

‘Karen Shiel is an excellent lawyer. She is really client centric and anticipates potential issues before they are raised as issues. She has also a very hands-on approach and has really good attention to detail. ’

‘Matheson has in-depth knowledge regarding real estate. Their expertise was critical in negotiating key terms and conditions. The individuals within the real estate practice were all professional and knowledgeable.’

‘The attitude, personable nature and industry knowledge at partner level and senior associate level is excellent. The team’s strength is certainly their industry knowledge, willingness to understand exactly what the client needs and also their ability to set realistic deadlines to allow themselves to provide quality advice. The team also make themselves available as and when needed at short notice, which is greatly appreciated as urgent, time-sensitive matters arise.’

‘Brian Doran’s guidance is exceptional – he is acutely aware of clients’ business needs and provides invaluable advice. With his team he delivers in the highest-quality legal service in Dublin.’

‘Sally Anne Stone is an expert in exceeding clients’ expectations and in problem solving. Laura James is very efficient in her dealings with clients and is particularly good with international clients who are not familiar with the market.’

‘Sally Anne Stone is one of the best lawyers in Dublin.’

Key clients

Tirlán Limited (previously known as Glanbia Ireland DAC)


Surplus Property Soluctions


PVR Invest



Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland DAC (Property Division)


An Post

McGarrell Reilly Homes

CA Ventures

Grant Thornton

Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.


Kennedy Wilson

JCD Group

Fiserv, Inc


Chartered Land

Goldman Sachs

Trinity College Dublin

EirGrid PLC

JP Morgan





State Street



Oxley Holdings


Tokyo Electron


Three/Hutch Whampoa




Irish Life

Irish Distillers/Pernod Ricard


Park Developments Group

Värde Partners

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

Tudor Homes

Bord na Móna

EDF Energy Renewables

Glenveagh Homes

Work highlights

  • Advising Park Developments Group on the construction and forward sale of three blocks of residential apartments located at the Clay Farm development in Leopardstown, Dublin, to BlackRock and SW3 Capital.
  • Advising Datadog on its lease of 44,000 square feet of office space from Hubspot to establish its new Irish HQ in the IFSC area.
  • Advising a Kennedy Wilson vehicle on its acquisition of a number of industrial facilities from EPUT Property Trust.

McCann FitzGerald LLP

Acting for an impressive array of Irish commercial and residential developers, as well as for investors, occupiers and lenders, McCann FitzGerald LLP‘s ‘market-leading’ real estate practice is well equipped to handle high-profile deals in the office, retail, social housing and student accommodation sectors (and enjoys a particularly strong reputation for real estate finance). Donal O’Raghallaigh leads the group, while Shane Fahy, ‘excellent communicatorShane Sweeney, Jennifer Halpin (a specialist in the sale of real estate loan portfolios) and Richard Leonard are other key names at senior level. Emily Mac Nicholas and Ruairí Stewart, who was promoted to partner in May 2023, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Donal O’Raghallaigh

Other key lawyers:

Shane Fahy; Shane Sweeney; Richard Leonard; Jennifer Halpin; Emily Mac Nicholas; Ruairí Stewart


‘A trustworthy, hardworking and knowledgeable team with excellent communication skills and clarity of thinking. There is a great depth to their team.’

‘Donal O’Raghallaigh demonstrates professionalism, expertise, and a genuine commitment to helping clients navigate complex deals.’ 

‘Emily Mac Nicholas’ significant experience in all things real estate law, tied in with her sound commercial acumen, make her a great partner to have on both complicated transactions which require significant input from both parties and less complicated leasing transactions where she uses prior experience to make the process smooth and simplistic without compromising on quality of outcome.’

‘Shane Sweeney is an excellent communicator and strategic legal advisor on the real estate side.’

‘The knowledge and expertise of McCann FitzGerald is market leading. They all have a can-do attitude no matter what hurdles are faced. There is nothing that phases them and they do it all with a positive attitude and stellar legal knowledge.’

‘Richard Leonard goes above and beyond for every transaction to ensure the best possible result for the client. He always makes himself available no matter what the issue.

‘A superb team, joined up across disciplines.’

‘Ruairí Stewart is solution oriented, extremely capable and a joy to work with.’

Key clients

Lone Star/Quintain Ireland/Hudson Advisors

National Transport Authority (NTA)

Hammerson plc

MEAG MUNICH ERGO Asset Management GmbH

Primary Health Properties, plc

Lioncor Developments

Ardstone Partners ICAV


Sofidy (part of Tikehau Capital Group)

D|Res Developments


M & G

Ruby Hotels GmbH

IPUT plc


Orpea S.A.

Apollo Global Management, Inc

Vodafone Ireland

Leopardstown Park Hospital Trust

Deutsche Bank

An Post

Housing Finance Agency

National Asset Management Agency

Transport Infrastructure Ireland


Crosbie Receivership

Central Bank of Ireland

Sherry FitzGerald

Marlet Property Group Limited

Bartra Capital Property Group

Rohan Group Ltd

Ronan Group Ltd

Irish Life Assurance Plc

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers

Urbeo Residential Fund ICAV


Global Student Accommodation Group UK



Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Bank

Activate Capital


Boston Scientific


IMMAC Holding

Grangegorman Development Agency

HP Inc

Summix Capital


Start Mortgages


Galway County Council

Lakeland Dairies

Godolphin Ireland Stud Farms


Union Investment (UniInstitutional Infrastruktur SICAV-SIF)

Storebox Self-Storage

HCC International Insurance Company Plc

Pure Data Centres Group

Bain Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Hudson Advisors on its large residential and commercial development land-banks at Cherrywood, Adamstown and Portmarnock in Dublin.
  • Advised Marlet Property Group on its €384 million financing facility with AIG and Activate Capital to fund the development of over 1,100 apartments across locations in Dublin.
  • Advised IPUT plc on a major redevelopment of an existing office block within Dublin’s CBD.

William Fry LLP

The retail and leisure sectors are cornerstones of the real estate practice at William Fry LLP, which frequently acts for major investors and retailers on significant investment and leasing deals in this space, although its broad range of expertise also covers the PRS/BTR, data centre, healthcare and office spheres. The firm is particularly noted for its active real estate finance practice. Brian O’Callaghan, who heads the firm’s retail and leisure unit, jointly leads the practice with Lisa McCarthy, an expert in property finance. Other names to note include Edward Spain, who has a stellar record in PRS transactions, Conor Treacy, Tiernan Diamond and Aisling O’Gorman.

Practice head(s):

Lisa McCarthy; Brian O’Callaghan

Other key lawyers:

Edward Spain; Conor Treacy; Tiernan Diamond; Aisling O’Gorman


‘A full-service team with a lot of capacity to cover big workloads within tight deadlines.’

‘William Fry is very proficient in the area of tenant representation. In terms of strengths the teams are efficient, easy to deal with and are good at providing direct advice and recommendations. Something that differentiates them from others firms is their communication skills and efficiency.’

‘The individuals in the company are very efficient to work with – they provide invaluable advice and are on hand to answer any queries. They are easy to contact and can join calls with limited notice. Aisling O’Gorman is an incredibly efficient and professional lawyer, and Edward Spain and Conor Treacy stand out for their sound and direct advice.’

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

OCP Capital Partners


Tesco Ireland Limited


Irish Life Assurance plc

Real I.S. Investment GmbH

GA Developments

Union Investment

Nuveen Management AIFM Limited



Digital Realty

BCP Asset Management

Ballymore Group

Carr Golf


Care Property Invest NV

Inter Gestion REIM

Remake Live SCPI

Work highlights

  • Act for Hines and Peterson on the pre-lets on its Central Bank Dame Street portfolio, which includes the iconic former Central Bank headquarters.
  • Acted for developer Shane Whelan of Westridge Real Estate and GA Developments on the financing of the former DIT campus on Kevin Street to facilitate the development of a high-profile mixed-use scheme.
  • Acting for Diageo in the €1bn re-development of the historic Guinness Brewery at St James’s Gate in Dublin into a new urban quarter.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard‘s ‘exceptional‘ real estate practice is particularly well known for its high-profile client base in the retail and hospitality spheres, but has been active on mandates in a range of sectors, including healthcare, offices, social housing and residential. The firm acts for an increasing number of international investors, as well as household-name domestic lenders and developers. Sean Twomey has taken over leadership of the team, while Neil Bourke has recently advised on several of the market’s most significant transactions in the office and residential spaces.

Practice head(s):

Sean Twomey

Other key lawyers:

Mark Walsh; Justine Territt; Neil Bourke; Frances Colclough; Lisa Griffin


‘All of the personnel in Addleshaw Goddard are exceptional. Their knowledge, approach and efficiency is the best in the industry. Communication is key to ensuring transactions happen – this is where Addleshaw Goddard are a cut above any other law firm in Dublin.’

‘Neil Burke in the real estate team is without doubt a leader in his field. His knowledge and approach ensure a seamless process whilst always having the client’s best interests at heart. He is not a distant lawyer but one that is very much part of the entire team to ensure the client secures the best outcome. He goes above and beyond.’

‘Professional, prepared and consistent.’

‘Sean Twomey gives a first-class service. He deals with matters promptly and communicates clearly and precisely, highlighting issues early and allowing them to be addressed early.’

‘A very dynamic team which as a group takes charge of their process so that when someone is out the case continues normally. They are friendly and explain step by step in plain English and give updates regularly and are very clear on billing.’

‘A good commercial and client-centric team.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard stands out in a number of areas, first and foremost for the attention to detail they show in their customer service and the level of engagement clients get at each and every point. Not only do they deliver a top-class service at a most reasonable rate but they are always willing to collaborate across a number of areas of business.’

‘Sean Twomey and Lisa Griffin are exceptional lawyers. They are highly professional in their communication style and customer service approach. They have an ability to get to the issue at hand and provide advice and direction that is easily understood.’

Key clients

Bartra Property (Healthcare) Limited

Irish Distillers/Pernod Ricard


Land Development Agency


REInvest Asset Management SA

Cluid Housing ABH

Vue Entertainment

Iroko Zen SCPI

Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland DAC


Tifco Group

Marks & Spencer

Corum Asset Management


MNK Partners

Bartra Capital

Inditex Group

Bank of Ireland



Catella Real Estate AG




Fold Housing Association

Sophia Housing Association


Home Building Finance Ireland

Sonder Hospitality

Work highlights

  • Advised Bartra Property (Healthcare) Limited in connection with Project Sapphire, the sale and leaseback of three nursing homes and the forward sale and leaseback of a nursing home to Aedifica.
  • Advised Corum on the acquisition of Block F1, Cherrywood Business Park, Dublin 18 from Spear Street Capital.
  • Advised Salesforce in connection with the disposal of its lease of Fitzwilliam 28, a brand-new sustainable building in the central business district in Dublin 2, to SMBC Aviation Capital.

Beauchamps LLP

Beauchamps LLP‘s real estate practice is widely hailed for its prowess in the housing sector, acting for many of Ireland’s largest approved housing bodies and local authorities on the financing and development of high-profile social and affordable housing projects. The team is also well versed in significant leasing transactions, particularly in the office sector, where it advises several prominent multinationals. Fidelma McManus, who is ‘at the fore of the social housing space‘, jointly heads the practice with Aidan Marsh, Maitiú Ó Dónaill and firm chair Imelda Reynolds.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Gerry Gallen; Tony O’Sullivan; Conor McEvoy; Caoimhe Banks; Anne Doyle; Jacinta Niland; Laura Brophy; Sian Browne


‘The team finds solutions to the many challenges that can arise in the sector. They are both approachable and available and provide a balanced service of technical and commercial acumen.’

‘Fidelma McManus stands out for her passion for the sector and her commitment. She is constantly horizon scanning and is both highly technically skilled and practical.’

‘Whilst a large firm they retain the feel of a local practice with their staff having no egos. Excellent access to partners in a diverse range of specialities.

‘Imelda Reynolds is a very experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who takes a proactive solution-focused approach. She is a trusted advisor.’

‘Aidan Marsh is an excellent solicitor who carefully considers the risks and is not afraid to make decisions.’

‘Fidelma McManus is at the fore of the social housing space. Not only is she super knowledgeable, but she is both pragmatic and solution focused and has an inherent courtesy and respect for everyone she deals with. Her passion for social housing delivery is tangible and combined with an inherent positivity and simple humanity makes her a joy to engage with. She works with her team in a way that makes the complexity of dealing with multi-legal areas seamless and secure. She is a true leader and that is particularly reflected in the invaluable contribution demonstrated by Caoimhe Bank and Conor McEvoy.’

‘A long-established real estate practice with vast experience, a solid reputation and who are commercially orientated and pragmatic.’

‘Tony O’Sullivan offers commercial, pragmatic solutions to real estate issues. He has an understanding of clients’ core needs and how these can be serviced. He is hardworking, responsive and efficient, and very helpful and easy to work with, and engages with businesses in a clear, comprehensive way.’

Key clients


Angelo Gordon

Astra Partners Property Investor

Cabot Financial (Ireland) Limited

Ardstone Homes

Cairn Homes plc

Cardinal Capital

CEVA Logistics PLC


Clúid Housing

Colony Capital

Cooperative Housing Ireland

daa plc (Dublin Airport Authority)

Dublin City Council

Dublin Port Company

Fingal County Council

Goldman Sachs

Home for Life

IDA Ireland

JP Morgan

Kildare County Council

Leinster Rugby

Linders Property Group


Lotus Investment Group


Manley Developments Limited/Manley Construction

North & East Housing Association

Pepper Group

Permanent TSB


Signal Capital

Sorohan Builders

South Dublin County Council


Swiss Life

The Curley Family

The Land Development Agency

The Housing Agency


Work highlights

  • Advised on a number of substantial and high-profile innovative and complex projects for Respond, one of the largest not-for-profit approved housing bodies in Ireland, as its sole external legal provider.
  • Advised Linders Property Group on the acquisition, development, financing and letting of over 320,000 square foot of Grade A offices at Smithfield, Dublin.
  • Advising Astra Partners on the lease of circa 220,000 square foot of office and technology space to AWS following its acquisition of the former Hewlett Packard complex.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP stands out for the breadth of its real estate offering; in addition to advising on high-profile sales, acquisitions and leasing matters involving office properties, the firm has a thriving practice in the social housing sector, and is increasingly active in the data centre space. The ‘very experienced‘ team has also seen a recent uptick in instructions relating to forward funding deals. Michael Walsh chairs the property department, while ‘go-to counselAlison O’Sullivan now serves as department head. Other key names include housing group lead Neil Dunne, Ronan Egan, Aoife Hearne and Michelle McVeigh, who heads the property retail and asset management group.

Practice head(s):

Alison O’Sullivan; Michael Walsh

Other key lawyers:

Neil Dunne; Ronan Egan; Derville White; Aoife Hearne; Brian O’Gorman; Michelle McVeigh


‘A team of subject matter experts with a strong focus on commerciality and problem solving.’

‘It is a privilege working with Byrne Wallace; they are professional, experts in their field, and have a genuine commitment to helping clients navigate complex legal issues.’

‘What truly sets them apart is their unwavering commitment. They genuinely stay invested in every deal and work tirelessly on behalf of clients. They have excellent relationships in the sector which also helps.’

‘A very experienced real estate team, with credentials in all aspects of real estate investment, development, financing and divestment. Very knowledgeable on Irish property matters and provide workable solutions to any problems clients face.’

‘Michael Walsh has experience at the highest level, and is invaluable at scoping projects and dealing with challenging issues.’

‘Bryan O’Gorman is exceptionally capable in delivering high-quality work, efficiently.’

‘Derville White has good leadership skills and is always very accessible. Neil Dunne approaches each transaction diligently to get it done.’

‘Alison O’Sullivan is a go-to counsel in Ireland. She is accessible, savvy, and practical in her approach to deals.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Bank plc

Arrow Capital Partners

Aviva Life & Pensions

Ballymore Group

Bank of Ireland (Group Property)


Collen Construction

Davy Hickey

Edifis Capital

EQT Exeter


European Parliament

Glenveagh Properties Plc

Uisce Éireann

Land Development Agency

Lidl Ireland GmbH

LRC Group

Oaklee Housing

Patrizia Immoblien


Quanta Capital


Red Rock

Tullow Oil

Twinlite Group

Vestry Limited Partnership

Work highlights

  • Acted for Kennedy Wilson in its investment sale of several office blocks in Blackrock Business Park, Dublin, to a French investor.
  • Acting for Patrizia Immoblien in its forward purchase of 72 residential units and two commercial units in the Benson Building, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, in Dublin’s South Docks.
  • Advised The Vestry LP on the real estate aspects of the financing of a portfolio of 1,200 assets.

Maples Group

Maples Group‘s ‘commercially-minded‘ team stands out for its expertise in investment deals and real estate finance transactions across a wide range of sectors, including offices, logistics, retail, hotels and social housing, acting for a host of major financial institutions and international investors. Its practice also extends to advising large landlord clients on their retail and office portfolios. ‘Exceptionally professional and talented‘ practice head Diarmuid Mawe is a specialist in commercial landlord and tenant matters, while Craig Kenny is also noted for his broad experience.

Practice head(s):

Diarmuid Mawe

Other key lawyers:

Craig Kenny; Aisling Burke


‘Maples is an exceptional firm, consistently providing support regardless of the day or time. Their partners, who are recognized as experts in their respective industries, prioritize the needs of their clients above all else.’

‘The team at Maples is genuinely committed to providing the highest level of assistance. They consistently go the extra mile for their clients, ensuring they are always equipped with the most current information.’

‘Diarmuid Mawe is an exceptionally professional and talented commercial landlord and tenant lawyer.’

‘Diarmuid Mawe leads a strong real estate team at Maples. Alongside excellent technical skills and an exceptionally strong work ethic, Diarmuid has a wonderfully calm and measured disposition which ensures clients’ interests are well represented and transactions are successfully completed in accordance with expectations.’

‘A commercially-minded practice that is responsive and straightforward, and who don’t needlessly over-lawyer matters. Speed is of the essence in the real estate industry and Maples consistently deliver on time. The instant availability and accessibility of their partners and solicitors is important. Their commitment to quality, client service and timely delivery makes Maples an invaluable advisor in any professional setting.’

‘In so many legal firms it can be extremely difficult to make progress due to lack of engagement. This is not the case at Maples. Proactive, responsive and commercial!’

‘A dynamic, results-driven team with hands-on partner involvement. They are able to provide focused, pragmatic advice in a responsive manner. They are also very approachable and easy to deal with.’

‘Craig Kenny is a highly experienced real estate lawyer with excellent industry knowledge. He gives calm and considered legal advice and is both commercial and pragmatic. He is dedicated and efficient and very approachable. The service provided is of a very high quality with excellent value for work done.’

Key clients

Heitman LLC

Goldman Sachs

Remake Live

Falcon Asset Management

Iroko Zen

Henderson Park

Lioncor Developments

Avestus Capital Partners

Allied Irish Banks plc

Aviva plc

Marlet Property Group

Tristan Capital Partners

BNP Paribas REIM

Irish Life Assurance plc

Grafton Group plc

Herbert Park ICAV

Work highlights

  • Advised French investor Iroko ZEN on its acquisition of numerous properties in the Irish real estate market, including a portfolio of Bank of Ireland branches, an office block and a logistics unit.
  • Advised Henderson Park on its development, financing and subsequent letting of the next phase of Horizon Logistics Park located near Dublin Airport.
  • Advising Goldman Sachs on all landlord and tenant matters related to the Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15, which is Ireland’s largest shopping centre and retail park development.


Ogier‘s broad real estate practice spans development finance, sales and acquisitions, and landlord and tenant matters in a range of sectors, including offices, industrial, retail and hospitality, but it is most prominent in major transactions (including forward sales) in the BTR space. Clients include large domestic real estate developers, as well as investors. John Hogan heads the ‘commercial and practical‘ team and is experienced in commercial property investment deals. Andrew Nagle and Gavin Fitzgerald, who was promoted to partner in March 2023, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

John Hogan

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Nagle; Gavin Fitzgerald; Sarah Keenan; Aoife O’Dea


‘Ogier is very commercial and practical to deal with. They will go the extra mile to come up with commercial solutions for issues that arise during a transaction. They are proactive and responsive to requests. They will assist with any aspects of the transaction they can and give strong legal advice.’

‘Gavin Fitzgerald is a very commercial solicitor and will always seek to get commercial and practical outcomes while giving strong legal advice. We is very good and efficient to deal with.’

‘The team are very competent in what they do, have the necessary skillset to address key client concerns and are active in the market, which is important for keeping up with the latest trends and key commercial requirements from borrowers and lenders.’

‘A very personable and approachable team that pick up the phone and are open to having queries bounced off them. Gavin Fitzgerald deserves special mention in that regard.’

‘Responsive, energetic and personable.’

‘Approachable and they distil complex issues.’

‘Ogier is informative and offers good advice. A really good team of people to work with.’

‘A very personable team. They guide clients through the process with regular updates and always return a call the same day. Clients feel supported in whatever process they are going through.’

Key clients

Rabbitte Group Properties Limited

National Plastic Packaging Group Limited

Rise Point Limited

Navybrook Limited

Ingaro Limited

McGrath Group Properties

The GEM Group

Hibernia Real Estate Group

The Barina Group

Brian M Durkan Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Brian M Durkan Limited with the development funding and forward sale of 282 build-to-rent apartments in Dublin 12.
  • Acted for The Gem Group in the site acquisition, financing, forward sale and development funding of a Dublin property with permission for the construction of 331 BTR residential units and several commercial units.
  • Acted for the McGrath Group on the the financing, development, and forward sale of 250 BTR apartments in Palmerstown, Co. Dublin.

Philip Lee LLP

The housing sector is a core area of focus for Philip Lee LLP, which provides ‘standout‘ advice to major residential developers, as well as investors, public bodies and government agencies, on transactions in the PRS and social housing space. The firm’s practice also spans sales, acquisitions, and landlord and tenant matters in the office, healthcare, hotels and leisure, and energy spheres. The ‘exceptionalJohn O’Donoghue, who focuses particularly on residential developments, heads the team, which also includes Tom Conway, Michael Neary, Thomas O’Malley and Eimear Fitzgibbon.

Practice head(s):

John O’Donoghue

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The team is very commercial and can draw from their experience when required.’

‘Philip Lee LLP has the broad and specialist knowledge to deal with all queries. They have an excellent grasp of subject topics with real rather than just academic experience. This allows the firm to discuss the topic from a solutions perspective, as well as a clear legal advice perspective. They are timely in their responses and make themselves available for meetings/discussions at short notice. They have kept pace with modern technology advancements and meetings are extremely interactive.’

‘John O’Donoghue is exceptional in his profession with very good experience in a range of areas. He can both discuss openly a topic but also ultimately step back and give very clear advice.’

‘Philip Lee is a solutions-based, proactive firm. They understand that progress comes with risk and they advise on the best route forward.’

‘John O’Donoghue is one of the standout people at the firm.’

‘Small practice feel within a big practice. Individual attention and always available to reach by email or phone. They provide standout real estate advice and are not afraid to offer an opinion.’

‘Thomas O’Malley and Tom Conway (among others) are exceptional to deal with and always available to provide assistance where required.’

‘Michael Neary and his team are fantastic. Nothing is too much trouble.’

Key clients

Cairn Homes plc

Carysfort Capital

O’Flynn Group

Housing Agency

Corrib Oil Ireland Limited

Whitbread Group Plc

Queensway Group

First Step Homes, Trinity Investment Management

Shannon Airport Authority

Trafalgar Capital Limited

RELM Finance Limited

JMC Logistics Limited

Ethika Properties Limited

Arresico Limited

Townmore Construction Limited/Bluemont International/TM More Healthcare Limited

Matter Real Estate

St. Agnes Property Limited

Macquarie Corporate Holdings PTY Limited (UK Branch)

Work highlights

  • Advised Carysfort Capital/Angelo Gordon on the sale of the residential and commercial block of 120 apartments and two commercial units located at Opus, Hanover Quay, Dublin 2, to the family office of Zara founder Amancio Ortega.
  • Advised Irish photovoltaic solar farm developer Power Capital Renewable Energy as part of its financing of four ready-to-build solar farms across Ireland.
  • Acting for Corrib Oil on various acquisitions and transfer of land across a number of key strategic counties in Ireland.


RDJ LLP‘s ‘go-to‘ team enjoys an excellent reputation for advising on large-scale PRS and social housing developments, handling matters ranging from acquisition and financing to leasing and forward sales for major domestic developers and approved housing bodies. The team, which further bolstered its expertise in the housing area in July 2023 with the hire of Paul McCutcheon from Kane Tuohy, is also skilled in advising clients in the healthcare, hospitality and university sectors. Evin McCarthy heads the practice from Dublin, while other notable contacts include Cork-based Margaret Ring.

Practice head(s):

Evin McCarthy

Other key lawyers:

John Dwyer; Margaret Ring; Simon Lynch; Paul McCutcheon; David Phelan; Peter McGarvey; Patrick Dorgan


‘Overall an experienced go-to team for property work. They have good sector knowledge and provide a responsive and value-for-money service.’

‘Margaret Ring is outstanding – she provides an excellent and incredibly responsive service.’

‘RDJ has an excellent commercial approach. They are swift in all responses to queries and document turnaround times. The team is always available to take any queries and their advice is always clear.’

‘Simon Lynch is the best real estate around. He is always available to give advice and his commercial and practical approach to issues is greatly appreciated. His team is excellent and Simon always takes a hands-on approach.’

‘The team at RDJ is available 24/7, which is extremely valuable to businesses and provides added comfort to internal teams.’

‘The practice has all the resources necessary to provide clients with an excellent service.’

‘The individual solicitors are highly competent. They take the time to fully understand clients’ businesses and their specific needs.’

‘The RDJ team is very professional and personable.’

Key clients


HIG Capital

Beakonshaw Developments

Musgrave Limited

Fattal Hotel Group


Glenveagh Homes Limited


Marlet Property Group

Oaklee Housing AHB

Flynn Hotel Collection

Bons Secours Health Systems

Brady Hill Development (ARA)

Durkan New Homes

Gresham House Investments ICAV

Cox’s Property Limited

Clonaslee ESG Limited

Tempus Realty Holdings

O’Callaghan Properties

University College Dublin

Dublin City University

Seapoint Capital

Trinity College Dublin

Bolt Capital

Origin Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Rhinescape on the full life cycle of the prestigious development at Oatlands Manor, Dublin, including the BTR forward sale of five blocks of apartments and duplexes to a German institutional investment fund.
  • Advising Brady Hill Developments (ARA Europe) in respect of the leasing and forward sale of Burnell Place, Malahide, Dublin, comprising a 191-unit apartment block, to Tuath Approved Housing Body.
  • Advising Glenveagh Homes Limited, a subsidiary of Glenveagh Properties plc, on the forward sale of 167 apartment and town house units at Glenveagh’s development at Marina Village, Greystones, County Wicklow.

Dillon Eustace

Demonstrating particular strength in investment deals in the PRS, Dillon Eustace acts for a growing client roster of major investors, commercial and residential developers, and state-sponsored bodies. The ‘knowledgable and dedicated‘ team also benefits from the wider firm’s strength in the financial services space, playing an active role in real estate loan portfolio sales and property finance transactions, where practice head Martin Colman, whose clients include Irish pillar banks and alternative lenders, has significant expertise. Kelly O’Hara and Brendan Cunnane are also among the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Martin Colman

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Dillon Eustace’s expertise in commercial leasing and landlord and tenant matters shows a thorough understanding of both the law and the commercial landscape around it. In addition, they operate a very fair and transparent approach to billing and at all times clients feel they are getting real value for money.’

‘Kelly O’Hara is an excellent practitioner. Her advice is always prompt, clear and based on common sense. Moreover, she always indicates a timeframe in which she will respond and does not leave clients wondering.’

‘Martin Colman is fantastic.’

‘The people are very good – knowledgable and dedicated.’

‘Brendan Cunnane is very reasoned, methodical and available past office hours when needed.’

Key clients

IPUT plc

Franklin Templeton

Land Development Agency

Cairn Homes Properties Limited

Nassarius Capital AG

Round Hill Capital

Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland DAC

SW3 Capital/Tristan Capital Partners

Round Hill Capital

Greenoak Europe Secured Lending

Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland DAC

Elleke Vermogens

Fine Grain Property (Ireland) Limited


Fairfield Real Estate Finance Limited

Lone Star

Garlin Investment ICAV

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

Permanent TSB

Abarta Investments ICAV

Centric Health


House Building Finance Ireland

Reil Investments

Remcoll Developments Limite

Homestore & More

Work highlights

  • Acted for IPUT in the leasing of the Tropical Fruit Warehouse, an iconic new office development in Dublin’s Docklands, to TikTok.
  • Acting for Cairn Homes in respect of the sale of Mercer Vale, a 152-unit residential development in Cherrywood, Dublin 18.
  • Acting for Finegrain Property on the acquisition of The Waterside Portfolio, Citywest, which comprises five blocks of grade A offices acquired from IPUT and Davy, for a sum in excess of €65 million.

DLA Piper Ireland LLP

Graham Quinn heads DLA Piper Ireland LLP‘s ‘technically excellent and commercial‘ team, which continues to strengthen its position in the market, advising a roster of high-profile investors, developers, landlords and tenants on transactions spanning the office, student accommodation, retail, hospitality and healthcare sectors. The firm is well versed in acquisitions, disposals, leases and property finance, in addition to handling the real estate aspects of major M&A.

Practice head(s):

Graham Quinn

Other key lawyers:

Barry Noonan


‘A collaborative, proactive, easy-to-work-with team that is technically excellent and commercial in nature.’

‘Graham Quinn is friendly, reachable, proactive and commercial.’

Key clients

Harrison Street Real Estate


Corum Asset Management

Lego Group

Principal Real Estate


PIB Group

Generation Estates

Western Union

Fairfield Real Estate Finance

Leumi UK

Liverpool FC

Work highlights

  • Advising Harrison Street Real Estate in relation to the property aspects of the investment in a joint venture arrangement with Elkstone Partners relating to the financing and development of a purpose-built student accommodation project in Dublin.
  • Advising UPMC on the real estate aspects of its acquisition and financing of Santry Sports Clinic, which was one of the most high-profile recent healthcare transactions in Ireland in the past 12 months.


Fieldfisher acts for a diverse client base of domestic developers, government agencies and local housing bodies, and international investors on transactions across a range of sectors in the Irish real estate market, in particular retail and social housing. The team handles sales, acquisitions and leasing matters, and is also active in property finance transactions, where ‘excellent‘ practice head Breen Purcell has notable expertise.

Practice head(s):

Breen Purcell

Other key lawyers:

Paddy Smyth; Neil Dineen; Joanna Bannon


‘The real estate team at Fieldfisher offers an excellent level of client service that is based upon clear and concise advice, professionalism and reliability. The team is always in tune with current trends in the real estate market, which enables them to offer the best advice to their clients. They are also approachable, responsive and always proactive in how they manage case files.’

‘Breen Purcell is an excellent solicitor who leads a fantastic real estate department. Breen is a problem solver and always able to offer a commercial view on matters.

‘The service provided by Fieldfisher makes the process seamless and stress free.’

Work highlights

  • Advised McCafferty’s Bars & Hospitality Group on a major acquisition and refinancing transaction involving a landmark bar in Dublin city centre.
  • Acted as advisor to HBFI on a number of development finance facilities, which includes a number of affordable and social housing developments throughout Ireland.

Hayes Solicitors LLP

The ‘exceptionalJackie Buckley leads the real estate team at Hayes Solicitors LLP, which is well regarded for its experience in the retail sector, where it advises a roster of high-profile domestic and multinational clients on acquisition, sale and leasing matters. The firm is also active in the logistics sector and in advising investors and developers on the financing, acquisition and disposal of real estate developments.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Buckley

Other key lawyers:

Liam Moloney; Fiona Shipsey; Sarah Byrne; Owen Burke


‘With Hayes, whatever the particular issue to be resolved, there will be a partner/solicitor within the practice that can deal efficiently with the matter.’

‘The team at Hayes are very professional from a technical perspective but at their core they are solicitors with personality and just decent people in nature.’

‘Jackie Buckley and her team are very committed, and always looking for constructive solutions to move transactions forward. Their attention to detail is also exemplary.’

‘Jackie Buckley and her team always respond with well-thought-out solutions to what can sometimes be complex issues. Their approach is thorough and always constructive, seeking the best outcome for their clients.’

‘They are very expert in their advice but client focused at the same time.’

‘Jackie Buckley is exceptional.’

‘Fiona Shipsey is excellent in getting to grips with complex, interrelated documents and practical and commercial in reaching solutions acceptable to both sides.’

‘Liam Moloney goes above and beyond to deliver a first-class service to his clients. His knowledge, approachability and practical view of transactions makes him a standout partner who is a go-to in real estate.’

Key clients


DHL Supply Chain (Ireland) Limited

Giraffe Childcare

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading multinational retailer on property transactions in Ireland.
  • Acting for the various companies within a leading logistics group in relation to their property requirements in Ireland, including the acquisition of a state-of-the-art facility.
  • 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.

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Based in Limerick and Dublin, the ‘excellent‘ practice at Holmes O'Malley Sexton advises on a steady stream of real estate transactions across the healthcare, retail, hospitality, residential and office sectors. The team stands out for its advice to public sector clients, particularly in relation to the site acquisitions and financing of major mixed-use developments in Limerick. The ‘highly effectiveSandra Egan is the real estate lead.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Egan

Other key lawyers:

Lorraine Power; Lisa Killeen; Gillian Butler


‘Holmes has a very client-focused ethos and provides excellent advice in plain language. They are very responsive and focus in on what really matters to get the transaction done.’

‘Sandra Egan continues to provide highly effective legal advice and delivers it with a clear focus on the client’s interests. She has a great ability to cut through the complexity of issues and provide clear and concise advice to facilitate informed decision making.’

‘Excellent solicitors with experience, practical focus and attention to the client’s needs.’

Key clients

Limerick Twenty Thirty Strategic Development DAC


Legal Aid Board

Slate Office Ireland YG Limited

The Go-Ahead Group Plc

Shannon Group plc

University of Limerick

Industrial Development Agency (IDA)

Technological University Dublin

Land Development Agency

FuturEnergy Ireland

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Land Development Agency on the acquisition of 95 cost rental homes in Citywest, South Co Dublin, under a new cost-rental scheme.
  • Advising Coillte on almost 500 matters, including the sale of land on a national level, the acquisition of land and leases.
  • Appointed as the sole legal provider to the Legal Aid Board and providing ongoing advice in relation to leases of premises used as offices on a national level.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

Counting prominent developers, investors and lenders among its clients, LK Shields Solicitors LLP‘ real estate team has a particularly strong skill set in PRS/BTR transactions (with notable expertise in relation to student accommodation developments) and is also active in the office sector. The team handles sales and acquisitions of properties and development sites, as well as financings and leases. The ‘invaluableClair Cassidy heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Clair Cassidy

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Clair Cassidy is the standout member of the LKS real estate team.’

‘Clair Cassidy is an invaluable legal advisor, always available and gives an excellent service.’

Key clients

Shannon Group

Elkstone Capital Partners Limited

Dean Swift Property Holdings

Propchain Solutions Limited

Kajima Corporation

ADM Mersey plc T/A ADM Londis

Brink’s ATM Services Limited

MNK Partners

Avery Dennison Ireland Limited

SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc.

Monaco Properties Limited

Ellwood Homes Developments Limited

Gowan Group Limited

Crown Capital Properties

October Investments (Ireland) ICAV

Bord na Mona

Work highlights

  • Advised Elkstone Capital Partners Limited on its acquisition of various development sites, including Queen Street, Galway.
  • Advised Ellwood Homes Developments Limited on the forward sale to Louth County Council of a social housing scheme in Drogheda, County Louth.
  • Acted for Ameresco, a leading cleantech integrator specialising in energy efficiency and renewable energy, in the acquisition of a wind farm located in Cork.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Led by Kevin Collins, the team at Pinsent Masons LLP remains a strong performer in real estate transactions in the renewable energy sector, and has also seen an uptick in instructions in the office and residential spheres, advising clients including international and domestic developers and commercial tenants. Benefitting from the firm’s international network, the team is able to handle cross-border matters alongside its UK offices.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Collins


‘The team offers expertise and a practical approach to overcoming the inevitable hurdles.’

‘A team that is charismatic and honest in their approach and that offers well-researched and factual advice.’

‘They have a good depth of knowledge and are proactive in their management of matters.’

Key clients

Allied World Assurance

Azets Ireland



Eli Lilly

H&M Hennes & Mauritz



Obton A/S

Principal Global Investors

Sirio Group

Stream Bioenergy Ireland

TC Matthews Carpets

Tosara Pharma (part of Teva Group)

Strategic Power Projects

Work highlights

  • Advising Signa and Central Group on the reorganisation of the real estate assets of Brown Thomas and Arnotts in Ireland, including putting in place debt funding
  • Advising Azets Ireland on a new headquarters office lease in Dublin with an annual rent of circa €1m.
  • Advising Sirio Group on the sale of portfolios of social and affordable housing in Cork.


Walkers‘ ‘strong and commercial‘ practice draws on the wider firm’s financial services expertise to advise an impressive roster of lenders and international investors on real estate finance transactions (including green loans) and investment deals in the residential, office, retail and logistics sectors. The team also has growing strength in advising domestic developers and assisting tenants with high-end commercial leases. The ‘accessibleRachel Rodgers heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Rodgers

Other key lawyers:

Robert Upton


‘The team around Rachel Rodgers is very practice-oriented, reliable and fast. They understand the needs of lenders and collateral takers and their advice takes into account the specifics of the client.’

‘Rachel Rodgers gives clients confidence with her pragmatic advice. Her very good availability and flexibility should be emphasized.’

‘The firm has a strong and commercial approach. They are nimble and responsive.’

‘Rachel Rodgers is accessible. She is thorough in her explanations and sensible in her suggested solutions to issues. She also works well with clients.’

‘A team with comprehensive knowledge of the sector that always turnaround docs within the required timeframe, even when tight. Will always be available to discuss concerns or queries.’

Key clients

Marlet Property Group



Iceland International Seafood, Oceanpath, Carr & Sons Seafood Limited

Virtu Financial Services (Ireland) Limited

Eagle Street Partners Ireland Limited

Down Syndrome Ireland



LCI Operations


TIIA (The Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America-College Retirement Equities Fund)

Work highlights

  • Acted as Irish legal counsel to Nuveen Real Estate and Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association of America in relation to a long-term, green loan facility advanced to a Dublin-based core open-ended social and affordable housing fund managed by the Ardstone Group.
  • Advised the Allied Risk Group on the sale of its business.
  • Advised Eagle Street Partners in relation to its third Irish office block acquisition.

Whitney Moore

Under the leadership of the ‘exceptionalRory McDonald, Whitney Moore‘s team has significant experience in commercial landlord and tenant matters (particularly in relation to green leases) in the office and retail sectors, in addition to handling investment acquisitions in this space. The residential sector – both PRS and social housing – is also a core area of focus, where the firm assists both investors and public bodies.

Practice head(s):

Rory McDonald

Other key lawyers:

Cathy McFadden


‘The team has a hands-on approach to resolving any hurdles in transactions. Rory McDonald and the team can be relied upon to complete deals in a timely and efficient manner.’

‘Rory McDonald provides exceptional support. Rory’s attention to detail, speed of response, and the thoroughness of his replies is brilliant.’

‘Very strong property team providing efficient, quality service.’

‘Rory McDonald is an exceptional lawyer – he is an expert on conveyancing. He provides an excellent level of service, taking the time to get know clients’ businesses and ensuring the best possible outcomes.’

‘The firm offers a broad range of services with highly experienced partners and associates, offering pragmatic solutions to complex issues and always with a high degree of common sense and professionalism.’

‘Rory McDonald, in particular, is head and shoulders above other solicitors in the property sector. He always offers practical, timely and pragmatic solutions to difficult issues. On top of that, he’s a joy to deal with on a personal level. ’

‘A very well-rounded team and one that is always able to assist wherever needed.’

‘The team is excellent in communication, both by phone and email. There is good strength in depth at the practice, and the team delivers excellent, yet practical, advice, recognising time constraints.’

Key clients

Gresham House Investments ICAV

YOYO Capital

OSLO Beauty

Whinsfield Holdings

Permanent TSB

Claremont Newclub

Sempre Group

David Espey

Hermitage Investment Trust

Pen Light Construction

Derek Eakin Limited

Anixter Distribution Ireland Limited

Glen Dimplex

Irish Life Investment Managers

IDA Ireland

Round Hill Capital

The Housing Agency

Five Guys Ireland

PJ Hegarty Group



Bank of Ireland

Merrion Hotel

Claire’s Accessories

Foundation Quay ICAV

Redco Group

Banesto Group

Smith Capital

First Derivatives plc

Bodytonic Group

McCambridges Group

Lam Research Group

Independent Vetcare

3 Dental

Sona Nutrition Group

Fayman Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised a Round Hill Capital/SFO Capital Partners JV on the forward purchase of more than 30 PRS (single family residence) units.
  • Advised Anixter Distribution Ireland Limited on the relocation of its Irish operations from Greenogue Business Park to Brownsbarn, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24.
  • Advised a statutory body on the disposal of a site for the development of a convertor station for the Celtic Interconnector project, a major cross-jurisdictional infrastructure project that will link the Irish electricity grid with Europe via France through an underwater network.


Giles Smyth and Rob Gibbons sit at the head of the practice at BHSM LLP, which spans a wide range of key sectors in real estate, from offices, retail and residential to energy, hospitality and healthcare. The team is particularly active in acquisitions, disposals and commercial leases, acting for an increasing number of international clients.

Practice head(s):

Giles Smyth; Rob Gibbons


‘BHSM provides boutique-level firm service with big firm expertise. They have strong team retention, meaning there are long-standing relationships and knowledge of clients’ properties and arrangements going back years. This means time spent on briefing and getting up to speed is at a minimum and ensures nothing is missed.’

‘BHSM goes above and beyond to sort difficult title issues. They take a pragmatic approach when required and typically are solutions focused. This helps expedite matters and avoids costly litigation over what can be minor matters for both sides. Giles Smyth has extensive contacts in the legal and business world which are incredibly valuable to clients.’

‘The firm is very personally involved in getting clients’ transactions completed. They appear to have a vested interest in assisting the client and will assist in any way they can to find a successful solution.’

‘Giles Smyth knows the Irish real estate market as well as any industry player and combined with his in-depth legal expertise, this is a valuable offering for any client.’

‘The team at BHSM are very commercially aware and always in tune with current market trends. They are very responsive to any requests and always willing to talk things through at short notice. Advice is timely, to the point, accurate and reliable.’

‘Excellent level of service and communication. Clients feel prioritised and receive excellent advice.’

‘The team at BHSM are extremely responsive and solution oriented. They always have a calm demeanor in the face of very challenging issues to deal with, and give clients confidence that they will able to overcome difficulties to get to the best outcome possible.’

‘Giles Smyth is an experienced practitioner who has a huge number of contacts across many industries. He gives excellent, practical advice, and cuts through legal jargon to ensure the client fully understands the key legal issues and potential solutions.’

Key clients

Glencar Healthcare Limited

Harcourt Developments Limited

Real I.S. AG

Infrastructure Investment Fund ICAV

GSInfra Limited

OCES Property Holdings Limited

Core Capital Limited

Glandore Business Centres Limited

Washglade Limited

Country Crest Limited/Ballymaguire Foods Limited

Adrian Dunne Pharmacy Group

Connect Property Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Glencar Healthcare Limited in the acquisition and management of a number of primary care centres across Ireland, on which Glencar Healthcare Limited acts as the property manager.
  • Advising OCES Property Holdings Limited, the owner of the Clerys Quarter in Dublin city, in the sale of the former warehouse site to Premier Inn Hotels.
  • Acted for Glandore Business Centres Limited in the negotiation of a 20-year lease of the Bottleworks building, Barrow Street, Dublin 2, with a capital rent of €28 million.

DAC Beachcroft Dublin

Since its establishment in 2020, DAC Beachcroft Dublin‘s real estate practice has developed significant experience in advising investors and developers on site acquisitions, financing and forward sales, including in the office, residential and social housing spaces. The firm also assists retail and hospitality companies with leasing matters. The ‘very well-respectedRonan McLoughlin leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Ronan McLoughlin

Other key lawyers:

Sinéad Hennessy; Martha McDermott


‘The main strength of the team is the quality of their people and how great they are to work with. They are commercial and efficient but very calm in their dealings with clients and counter parties.’

‘Ronan McLoughlin is a pleasure to deal with. He is very well respected and a very steady pair of hands. He is commercial and practical.’

‘It’s a good team that keeps clients regularly updated with ongoing projects.’

Key clients

Maxol Limited

Bartra Capital Property t/a Bartra Property Limited

Bartra Capital Property

Nando’s Chickenland Ireland Limited

Hals Golf Limited

Dublin Simon Community

Image Supply Solutions

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bartra Capital Property on the acquisition of a development site in Mountgorry, Swords, County Dublin.
  • Acted for Maxol Limited on the acquisition of a service station together with adjacent business premises.
  • Acting for the Dublin Simon Community in respect of the financing and construction of 100 residential social housing units at Usher’s Island, Dublin 8.

Dentons Ireland LLP

Launched in 2020, Dentons Ireland LLP advises a stellar client base of domestic and international retailers, real estate developers and investors on large acquisitions and disposals in sectors including healthcare, data centres and logistics. Under the leadership of the highly experienced Andrew Muckian, the team is also well versed in handling cross-border transactions alongside its international offices.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Muckian

Other key lawyers:

Tom Dalton


‘Dentons Ireland provides a great combination of local knowledge and expertise with all the breadth and depth of a global law firm.’

‘A very knowledgeable team that offers good customer service.’

‘Tom Dalton is excellent.’

Key clients

Irish Life Assurance PLC

Marks & Spencer Ireland Limited

Zetland Capital Partners

AIG Global Real Estate

Crown Square Developments Limited

Real IS AG

Globe Trade Centre (GTC)

Silver Stream Healthcare Group

GIC EQT Exeter

AMP Capital

Savills Commercial Ireland Limited

Aventicum Capital

Round Hill Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Irish Infrastructure Fund and AMP Capital on the sale of the Valley Healthcare portfolio of primary care to John Laing Limited.
  • Advising Frasers Group on the purchase of the flagship former Debenhams department store on Henry Street, Dublin 1, for a price in excess of €42 million.
  • Advising Globe Trade Centre SA on its acquisition of a 25% stake in Liffey Innovation Campus, Leixlip, County Kildare (the former Hewlett Packard Campus) for €115 million.

Flynn O'Driscoll

Flynn O'Driscoll‘s ‘dynamic and responsive‘ Dublin and Galway-based team has robust experience in the acquisition, disposal and leasing of commercial real estate, including office, hospitality, retail and healthcare assets. Handling the acquisition and financing of residential development sites is another key area of activity. Julian Cunningham, who has ‘a wealth of experience‘, leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Julian Cunningham

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Casey


‘An excellent, efficient and decisive team.’

‘The team is very dynamic and responsive as the main partner and senior staff are very accessible and get things done quickly and efficiently. The team has a very broad range of experience including knowledge of the planning system, which adds value.’

‘Julian Cunningham has a wealth of property experience which allows him to provide sound advice when issues arise. Julian is always at the end of the phone when needed which is a great comfort to clients when in the middle of stressful transactions.’

‘Nothing is too big for Flynn O’Driscoll to take on. They are efficient, welcoming and extremely professional. Their knowledge of the law is unparalleled by any other firm. Julian Cunningham in the property team deserves special mention.’

‘Julian Cunningham continues to show phenomenal attention to detail and dedication which is always second to none. He is extremely thorough in his work and takes a very reasonable approach to areas of his field.’

Key clients

Alucraft Limited

Joe Duffy Motor Group

Horseware Products Ireland Limited


Lagan Homes Ireland Limited

Horseware Ireland Products Limited

Western Office Solutions Limited T/A Iconic Offices

Stanrak Limited

The City Bin Co

JLPS Ireland Limited (Saimer Leasing Limited)

Wealth Options Trustees Limited

Portatare Limited

Pharmed Limited

Chemco Pharmacy Limited

Edenvale Developments Limited

Palmway Holdings Limited

Boann Distillery Limited

Silver Hill Foods

Key Waste Management Limited

CN Farm Limited

OJ Farm Limited

CMAL Limited

AAG Hangar 1 Limited

Finance One Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Wealth Options Trustees Limited on the sale of AIB Bank in Tullamore, County Offaly.
  • Advised Horseware Products Ireland Limited on the lease of Building 2 in the Dublin Airport Central business park for its new headquarters.
  • Advising General Logistic Systems Limited on the lease of a commercial premises for its headquarters.

Gore & Grimes Solicitors LLP

Gore & Grimes Solicitors LLP is well regarded for its advice to prominent domestic developers on transactions including the acquisition, development and sale of land for commercial, residential and mixed-use schemes and the onward sale of completed units. The team also routinely handles landlord and tenant matters and property finance transactions. ‘Fantastic negotiatorKeith McConnell heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Keith McConnell

Other key lawyers:

Sally Alford


‘Very experienced in property matters, readily available for advice, trustworthy.’

‘The Gore & Grimes team is highly efficient and knowledgeable in a way that can steer clients correctly through many issues that arise in complex cases. It is a great feeling to be able to partner with a team with such in-depth knowledge and that can give great and correct advice.’

‘Gore & Grimes consistently punches above its weight in all aspects.’

Key clients

Armstrong Electronics Limited

Baile Acquisitions Limited

Beechside Company Limited

Beaverstown Golf Club

Bolt Capital Finance

Brendan Gallagher Furniture Limited

Care (Ireland) Limited

Creedon Group/Creshea Limited

Clinch Wealth Management Limited

Fanuc UK Limited

IDA Ireland Limited

Industrial & Protective Coatings Limited

Irish Heritage Trust

McGarrell Reilly Group

Nua Money Limited

Park Developments Group

Phoenix Park Limited

S Mac Mahon Storage & Distribution Limited

Spirit Motor Group

St. Michaels House

The Grace Bible Fellowship

Toyoko Inn International Limited

Whiteoak Aviation Limited

Winsac Limited


Work highlights

  • Advised Park Developments Group on a portfolio sale to an investment fund for a sale price in excess of €45m.
  • Advising McGarrell Reilly Developments on the site assembly and set up of a number of residential schemes for North County Dublin.
  • Advised Beechside Company Limited in the refinance of The Park Hotel, Kenmare, County Kerry.

Lavelle Partners

Lavelle Partners‘ real estate team is experienced in the full range of acquisition, disposal, financing and leasing matters in both the residential and commercial sectors, with clients including investors, developers and financial institutions. The practice is jointly headed by Nicola Walsh, who is noted for her tax and property finance expertise, and Greg Flanagan.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Walsh; Greg Flanagan


‘The property team is very responsive and successful in achieving desired outcomes.’

‘Nicola Walsh is very hardworking, efficient and flexible with her time. She is professionally adept and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Lavelles displays an ability to develop solutions to complex real estate problems and to bring a wide range of other legal firms on board for complex transactions.’

‘Nicola Walsh has an ability to find pragmatic solutions in complex transactions and to bring the legal advisers of a range of other parties along in the transaction. Her hands-on, forthright, collaborative and pragmatic approach gets deals successfully over the line.’

Key clients

KBC Bank Ireland plc

O'Flynn Exhams

Michéal Ó Mulláin leads the ‘excellent‘ real estate team at Cork-based O'Flynn Exhams, which advises both domestic and international clients on matters including commercial leases in the office and hospitality sectors and the management of property portfolios. The firm also has notable experience of acting for semi-state bodies on land acquisitions for infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Micheál Ó Mulláin

Other key lawyers:

Eamonn Muldoon; Aeibhin Calahan


‘Micheál Ó Mulláin’s availability is exceptional.’

‘O’Flynn Exhams has an excellent team when it comes to providing specialist and expert advice on all aspects of real estate law.’

‘Aeibhin Cahalan is an expert in commercial and large-scale property matters.’

Key clients

Axis Primary Health Care

Marriott International (formerly Starwood)

PJ Hegarty Group

Sheen Falls Estate Limited

Enable Ireland

PFH Group

Missionaries of Sacred Heart

Louth Meath Education and Training Board

Forcepoint International Limited

Logitech S.A.

Trane Technologies International Limited (formerly Ingersoll Rand International)

Cope Foundation

Cork Education and Training Board

Munster Technological University (formerly Cork Institute of Technology)



Grant Thornton

Gas Networks Ireland (formerly Board Gáis)

Irish Water

BT Ireland

Cork City Council

Alps Alpine

Bourns Inc

Hawksmoor Dublin

IETC Electrical Contracting Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Axis Primary Healthcare on the continued development of its high-profile and nationwide portfolio of primary care centres.
  • Advised Hawksmoor Dublin on putting in place an agreement for lease of a historic protected property for its first Irish steakhouse.
  • Acting as orimary advisor to Irish Water on wayleaves for existing projects.

OBH Partners

OBH Partners‘ real estate practice is well versed in advising on commercial leases and acquisitions in the offices, hotel and retail sectors, in addition to handling the acquisition of residential development sites. Clients include both domestic and international investors and developers. John Burke and the ‘commercial and practicalJune Hynes lead the team.

Practice head(s):

June Hynes; John Burke


‘The team do a remarkable job on various matters relating to real estate fund management, as well as operational issues within several asset classes (retail, offices and hotels). Over the years they build a very professional but also friendly relationship with clients.’

‘June Hynes always gives clients the attention they expect and comes back with agreeable solutions at short notice. She is always open to feedback on any matter and is very solution driven. She is very good in extracting the essence of a problem on short notice. She has a very good commercial sense in the industry.’

‘Quite simply the most commercial legal team in the retail property business.’

Key clients

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Earlsfort Homes

John Sisk and Sons

Teeling Group

Greystones Media Campus Limited

Kinvara Homes

JCD Group (John Cleary Developments)

Swords Business Campus

Porterhouse Group

Core Real Estate

iLiv Apartments (Ireland) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Deka Immobilien on the acquisition of Newmarket Yards Hotel and the leaseback to Premier Inn, reported at €36 million.
  • Advised on the acquisition of Douglas Shopping Centre on behalf of Urban Green Private for a reported €23 million.
  • Advised Westland Park Co Ownership (a Sisk-linked consortium) on the sale and long-term lease of Blocks F and A of Westland Business Campus, Willow Road, Dublin 12, as well as on the acquisition of Block A by French investment fund Iroko Zen.

Reddy Charlton LLP

Reddy Charlton LLP has ‘a wide breadth of experience‘ in sectors ranging from offices, healthcare and retail to hospitality and residential. The team is particularly active in advising landlords and tenants on large commercial leases and in handling the acquisition and development of real estate. Roisin Bennett and Brendan Sharkey jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Roisin Bennett; Brendan Sharkey


‘The team has a wide range of experience and knowledge which is used to deliver first-rate advice. The team ensures that clients get a consistent level of care, and billing is also fair for the work involved, and is also transparent.’

‘They deliver an excellent and efficient service, always putting the client’s needs first and using their analytical and research skills to achieve the best outcome.’

‘They have expertise in the law related to sustainability initiatives, such as green lease clauses for real estate matters, and the legalities surrounding on-site solar installation.’

‘Roisin Bennett is a pleasure to work with. She is very knowledgeable and thorough in her work.’

‘Reddy Charlton LLP is a firm with a wide breadth of experience.’

‘Nothing is ever a problem for Brendan Sharkey; he always makes time for clients.’

‘Close collaboration between different solicitors from the different departments is very evident in large transactions. The individual partners had a good rapport and are used to working together across the spectrum of issues to be resolved.’

‘Brendan Sharkey has considerable experience and an ability to problem solve. He takes a very direct but collaborative approach and speedily resolves matters.’

Key clients

Weslin Construction

BPI Investments


Darcon Properties Limited

South Dublin Construction Limited

Royal Oak Distillery


Newbridge Cutlery Company

Bright Motors Limited

Indaver Ireland Limited



Breanagh Catering Limited

Klass Securities


Fitzwilliam Properties


Institute of Eye Surgery

IDA Ireland

Lloyds Pharmacy Ireland Limited

Chase Fashions Limited

Riverview Veterinary Clinic

Fitzwilliam Properties

Stapleton Property Consultants

Collaboration Ireland

Pat Walsh Consulting Limited

Wonderglade UC

Wilsons Auctions