Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Macallister McAleese Solicitors, founded in 2020 by Kevin MacAllister and David McAleese, is active in a broad range of litigation.

Dispute resolution in Northern Ireland

A&L Goodbody Northern Ireland LLP

A&L Goodbody Northern Ireland LLP‘s team covers a multitude of specialist areas, and is regularly active in high-stakes commercial litigation for major domestic and international clients. The group also has experience in alternative dispute resolution, with a record of achieving out-of-court settlements. The group is co-led by Micaela Diver and Sam Corbett. Diver has a particular strength in the energy, utilities, health, transport and construction sectors, while Corbett is noted for his financial and insolvency litigation practice. Former department head Brendan Fox remains active in the team, and has a focus on construction disputes. Also key are Belfast office head Michael Neill, and IP specialist Ciaran O’Shiel. At the associate level, Ciaran McCorry and Ronan Marlow are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Sam Corbett; Micaela Diver

Other key lawyers:

Brendan Fox; Michael Neill; Ciaran O’Shiel; Ciaran McCorry; Ronan Marlow


‘This is a very strong team with a wide range of experience and highly competent and professional solicitors. The preparation of cases is to the highest standard and the team are able to deal with and frequently act in some of the largest litigation cases that occur in Northern Ireland’

‘Micaela Diver is very experienced in competition law and procurement, and Brendan Fox is a master of all construction related disputes.’

‘They deliver consistently excellent outcomes. Attention to detail is strong and they never knowingly drop the ball. However, common sense and reasonableness is the key driver in managing their clients’ risks.’

‘Sam Corbett – Technically superb with an efficient and commercial approach. Invested in delivering the right outcome for clients.’

‘The team are engaging, proactive, results-driven and commercial in their approach to issues. They will always make themselves available to discuss your case, but also other queries you may have – a truly client centric focus, rather than just focusing on the case at hand which other firms do. ‘

‘Sam Corbett – a shrewd litigator who always looks for the best result for the client, within the agreed criteria while ensuring that no stone is left unturned. He provides the highest quality of written and verbal advice by comparison to competitors.’

‘We have a longstanding and rewarding relationship with the team at A&L Goodbody ,with significant levels of success. They were able to commit resources at short notice to meet very tight deadlines for us in relation to a group-wide project at a very demanding time of the year for them.’

‘Michael Neill and Sam Corbett are very experienced lawyers and are skilled at understanding and advising on the issues referred to them in the broader context of our business and the local market, and will always seek to negotiate a better outcome for us.’

Key clients

easyJet plc


IFA (Irish Football Association)

News Group Newspapers

Northern Ireland Water Limited

Kingsbridge Group Limited

Danske Bank

Whitemountain Quarries Limited

McGinnis Group

Eircom UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Volkswagen Group regarding emissions allegations concerning diesel engines.
  • Acting on behalf of North South Pig Company in a complex corporate litigation matter concerning allegations of breaches of directors’ duties, diversion of business and breaches of a shareholders agreement.
  • Acted throughout 2022 for the administrators of the George Best Hotel in relation to a dispute concerning investments made in the project by over 70 separate investors.

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast is active within Northern Ireland for a significant number of premiere multinational clients, including Coca-Cola, Sky, and Mastercard, in addition to prominent automotive companies such as Renault, Volvo, and Jaguar. The team handles an extensive range of commercial disputes, with expertise in contractual, finance, fraud, and insurance cases. Managing partner and department head Catriona Gibson covers the full range of commercial litigation and operational disputes. Chris Ritchie regularly represents clients from outside the jurisdiction, and has expertise in public procurement and judicial review. David Black covers general commercial disputes, and has expertise in professional negligence matters.

Practice head(s):

Catriona Gibson

Other key lawyers:

Chris Ritchie; David Black


‘Unfailingly accurate in their guidance and assessment of outcomes, easily accessible and easy to talk to and discuss cases with in straightforward, plain English, always willing to explain a point of law or interpret a legal definition with patience. ‘

‘Catriona is superb with clients, and David has a sharp mind and eye for the detail while keeping the big picture in view.’

‘The litigation team at Arthur Cox Belfast are experts in dispute resolution.’

‘Chris is very responsive and discusses issues constructively. He has good knowledge of the local legal market and key individuals in it. He has good judgement and a good sense of how the courts will act.’

‘Quality of the litigators and level of service is second to none. They deal with magic circle quality work.’

‘Catriona Gibson is a top commercial litigator – she has steel. A no-nonsense commercial approach.’

‘What stands out for me is their ability to consistently deliver successful outcomes. The standard of their work, across a broad range of areas, is always very high, and you feel reassured that the solicitors you are dealing with are experts in their field.’

‘We regularly deal with David Black. I would characterise David as erudite, commercial and approachable. He has expertly navigated us through some extremely complex matters.’

Key clients



Aer Lingus

Global Media & Entertainment



Jaguar Land Rover Limited




Work highlights

  • Acting for all Volvo entities in Northern Ireland in defence of all claims made (in the context of a vast Europe-wide set of claims) raised by various customer of Volvo.
  • Advising the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in relation to matters of contractual interpretation.
  • Acting for PwC as appointed administrators of Williams Industrial Service Limited.

Carson McDowell

Carson McDowell‘s sizable litigation team works across a number of disciplines, providing comprehensive dispute resolution expertise. The group is active in high level and complex matters both within Northern Ireland and internationally, with experience acting in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court. Declan Magee is department head, while Stuart Murphy leads on construction matters, Darren Toombs is head of debt recovery, and Hugh McGrattan heads insurance. Peter Guzhar covers a range of commercial disputes, and has particular specialism in contentious intellectual property matters. John Dugdale is a key name for construction and real estate litigation. Senior associate Lucy Clarke, who is dual qualified in Northern Ireland and England and Wales, leads the English litigation team.

Practice head(s):

Declan Magee; Stuart Murphy; Darren Toombs; Hugh McGrattan

Other key lawyers:

Peter Guzhar; John Dugdale; Lucy Clarke


‘The practice is unique in that they blend legal competency with commercial awareness which is what we look for in a law firm. They are concise, efficient, thoughtful and continually follow up. Compared to other firms we have used they are head and shoulders above.’

‘Peter Guzhar is an exceptional lawyer. He provides clear, concise advice and is not afraid to provide his opinion. He appreciates that the decision lies with the client but will provide all information necessary for the client to give an informed decision.’

Key clients


DAF Trucks

A utilities provider

Sentence Review Commissioners

An operator in the plumbing, heat and air conditioning industry

Mediahuis UK Limited

A transport, storage and distribution company

A construction main contractor

Two former shareholder of a large construction company

A global manufacture of screening machines

Work highlights

  • Advised a global manufacturer of adhesives for the commercial and consumer construction sectors in a dispute with a competitor.
  • Advised one of NI’s main utilities provider in a contractual dispute in relation to the provision of their fleet vehicles.
  • Defended an urgent injunction seeking to prevent Mediahuis UK Limited, publisher of Sunday Life, from publishing an article in relation to the leadership of a paramilitary group in Northern Ireland, with costs being awarded to Mediahuis.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Cleaver Fulton Rankin fields an ‘exceptionally hard-working’ team active across a broad range of industries, including the charity, retail, construction, and financial sectors. Team lead Jeanette Donohoe has expertise in financial services and insolvency litigation. Managing director Jonathan Forrester is a key name for commercial and real estate litigation, while Aaron Moore is noted for his experience of landlord and tenant disputes, dilapidations claims and adverse possession proceedings. Also prominent within the department are Michael King, who covers technology and IP matters, and Patrick Fleming, whose focus is construction and procurement law. Associate director Rachael Gamble covers real estate and commercial litigation, in addition to contentious probate and trusts litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jeanette Donohoe

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Forrester; Patrick Fleming; Aaron Moore; Michael King; Rachael Gamble


‘The team is exceptionally hard-working and cannot do enough for their clients. As a large firm, they are well resourced and have access to a wealth of talent that many other firms can often be deficient in.’

‘Michael King is an exceptional lawyer who has a broad scope and very detailed knowledge in relation to dispute resolution covering commercial, intellectual property and personal injury. Michael has a great manner and calmness that is very reassuring to clients.’

‘CFR is a strong practice with excellent individuals throughout. It is a go-to firm for litigation, with a great reputation for dealing with the largest disputes.’

‘Jonathan Forrester is a market leader. He is respected throughout Northern Ireland as a leader in the industry. Rachael Gamble is a hugely capable individual.’

‘Client focused; experienced; authoritative.’

‘Aaron Moore – responsive and authoritative. Patrick Fleming – pleasure to work with; calm; highly knowledgeable.’

‘The advice is always sound, with a real focus on the practical commercial aspects being considered.’

‘Very proactive with clients and internally, knowledge and expertise second to none.’

Key clients


Victoria Housing Estates Limited

Linfield Football Club

Catalyst Inc.

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

North West Regional College

Department of Infrastructure

HSBC Bank plc

Ulster Bank Limited

The Consumer Council

Work highlights

  • Appointed by the Muckamore Abbey Hospital (MAH) Inquiry to assist individuals wishing to contribute to the Inquiry and to take witness statements.


Tughans fields a diverse team of specialists who are experienced working across Northern Ireland, England and Wales, and the Republic of Ireland. Areas of strength for the group include energy, technology, manufacturing, and banking. Senior partner Michael McCord heads the department. McCord covers contract issues, debt recovery and shareholder disputes, and has significant expertise in construction litigation. Managing partner Patrick Brown is a key contact for insurance claims, professional negligence, and financial services litigation. Toby McMurray leads the firm’s insolvency and business recovery group. Directors Nadine Brennan and Ellen Forester are core team members.

Practice head(s):

Michael McCord

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Brown; Toby McMurray; Nadine Brennan; Ellen Forrester


‘There is a broad and highly skilled team within Tughans. The firm can cover any form of commercial dispute and are retained by most of the largest firms in Northern Ireland to deal with high value and complex disputes.’

‘Patrick Brown is the managing partner, but still manages to deal with complex cases. Nadine Brennan is a very well regarded associate solicitor. Ellen Forrester is another up-and-coming star.’

‘Michael McCord, partner, was the lead. He very quickly gets to grip with the engineering aspects of each case and is very good at identifying strengths and weaknesses in the Plaintiff’s case and discussing these with the Plaintiff.’

‘Tughans are able to provide access to a committed and energetic team of staff who, collectively, have a breadth of experience that enables the team to ensure resources are aligned with the specific issues at hand. ‘

‘Friendly, approachable, understanding, efficient in response and highly able and professional.’

‘One of the leading names in the dispute resolution market. Very well respected lawyers.’

‘The team is led by two heavy hitters in Patrick Brown and Michael McCord. Both are extremely well thought of and very strong litigators. Nadine Brennan is very astute and technically very good.’

‘It was clear from the outset that the team had excellent problem-solving skills to utilise on our behalf, as well as commercial aptitude and excellent team working expertise.’

Key clients

FP McCann Limited

Dell Computer Corporation

Bank of Ireland (UK) plc

Randox Laboratories Limited

Farrans Construction

Karro Food Group Limited

Lagan Construction Group Limited

BAM McCann



Work highlights

  • Advising Randox, an international health and toxicology company, in defence of a claim brought in respect of alleged losses arising from positive Covid-19 test results on set of the Netflix film, The Northman.
  • Advising S&P 500 listed Dell in connection with a challenge to the Encompass Managed and Hosting Services Procurement run by the HSC Business Services Organisation.
  • Advising Farrans in respect of 3 separate claims against a subcontractor based in the Netherlands, in respect of 3 separate projects.


DWF is highly active on insurance matters, particularly professional negligence and large loss claims. Mark Taggart leads the team, and is described as ‘a determined and experienced litigator.’ Olivia O’Kane joined in October 2022, after previously acting as associate general counsel, EMEA disputes, for Meta Platforms. Also new to the team over the course of 2022 are director James Griffiths, who joined from Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP, and senior associate Carley Shields, who moved from Arthur Cox Belfast.

Practice head(s):

Mark Taggart

Other key lawyers:

Olivia O’kane; James Griffiths; Carley Shields


‘This is a well experienced and proficient team in commercial litigation.’

‘Mark Taggart is very well known in the industry and is a determined and experienced litigator.’

‘Very thorough and precise in their analysis of the issues.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for Dental World 1 Limited in a successful urgent injunction seeking relief from forfeiture in respect of six commercial premises.
  • Acted for MBNL in a contested lease renewal, which has involved an interlocutory argument about discovery in the Lands Tribunal.
  • Acting for Bank of Ireland in a successful application to strike out a claim relating to collections under a commercial finance agreement.

Elliott Duffy Garrett

Elliott Duffy Garrett‘s experienced team of litigators has expertise in a diverse range of areas, including contractual disputes, procurement disputes, corporate and financial litigation, and product liability matters. The team is led by name partner Christopher Duffy, who has over 30 years’ experience in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Marie-Louise Lowry has a broad practice which includes contentious procurement, energy and licensing issues, and regulatory matters. Associate Keara Powell is experienced in insolvency and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Duffy

Other key lawyers:

Marie-Louise Lowry; Claire Martin; Keara Powell


‘This is a mid-size firm which punches well above its weight.’

‘While many firms try to establish a “unique” selling point, EDG get the fundamentals right: they provide objective, accurate, cogent and timely advice and go about their business to “get the job done” and to achieve the best available outcome for their client.’

‘We have worked with Marie-Louise Lowry over many years – she is knowledgable, enthusiastic, and positively motivated. She takes the time to fully understand the issues and engage with the client to identify the optimal outcomes and to put in place the appropriate strategies to achieve them.’

‘Elliott Duffy Garrett are active across all areas of commercial litigation and dispute resolution in the High Court in Belfast. They are highly respected by both branches of the legal profession and the Bench.’

‘Christopher Duffy leads the dispute resolution and litigation team. His professional commitment to his clients is unparalleled. He has over twenty years experience in high value, complex litigation. His attention to detail and commercial judgment is second to none.’

‘The full team at EDG provide an incredibly high quality of response and support. They bring a wide range of expertise across a number of regulatory processes. They are interested and supportive across the full range of issues and don’t offer just a silo response.’

‘The level of both expertise and experience provided by this team is outstanding. Their depth of understanding of the issues and processes and the client response they offer makes them invaluable.’

‘The full team at EDG provide an incredibly high quality of response and support. They bring a wide range of expertise across a number of regulatory processes. They are interested and supportive across the full range of issues and don’t offer just a silo response.’

Key clients

Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman

Northern Bank t/a Danske

Choice Housing Ireland Limited


Trinity Mirror Plc

Tennent’s (NI) Limited

The Freedom Group of Companies Limited

Andras House Group

Connswater Credit Limited

Premium Credit Limited

Work highlights

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Millar McCall Wylie LLP provides specialist expertise in disputes arising in a diverse range of sectors, including construction, financial services, and insurance. Team lead and founder of the department Caroline Prunty has expertise in contentious procurement, real estate disputes, and complex contractual disputes. Core team members include Jan Cunningham, whose specialism is shareholder and partnership disputes, and William McSorley, a leading name for insurance litigation and liability claims. Associate director Emma Rooney and associate Ashley Black are key names.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Prunty

Other key lawyers:

Jan Cunningham; William McSorley; Emma Rooney; Ashley Black


‘I’m of the opinion that MMW provide an excellent service for their clients. The solicitors’ interaction with the client is outstanding, as they are problem solvers.’

‘Caroline Prunty continues to be one of the very best litigators in this jurisdiction. Not only is she an exceptionally experienced solicitor, she is a great team leader. Caroline has the ability to bring out the very best of the other solicitors and support team in her department.’

‘Very professional in their approach to my specific case.’

‘Prompt response to queries. Professional. Regular updates.’

‘Millar McCall Wylie provide an excellent dispute resolution service with a close-knit team of highly capable professionals led by Caroline Prunty. They are highly responsive and excellent availability at partner level.’

‘Caroline Prunty is a hands-on litigator who provides exceptional service to her clients. She is dedicated and always practical in her advice.’

‘MMW have established themselves as the go-to firm in the NI market and the perfect alternative to the large/international/corporate outfits. Their external thought leadership/know-how content is also excellent.’

‘Caroline Prunty and Ashley Black are hugely impressive in commercial litigation.’

Key clients

SERE Group Limited / SERE Holdings Limited

Jet Assist (Aviation) Limited

Northern Ireland Screen

Draugr Productions Limited

Learning Pool Limited

Moffett Belfast CP Limited

De Rigo Refrigeration (SRL)

Cirdan Imaging Limited

Loral Developments

LCC Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of the Plaintiff in their claim for approximately £1,000,000 against a contractor on the grounds of negligence in or about the provision of ground survey work.
  • Acted on behalf of a shareholder in respect of a dispute with the other shareholder in relation to a company whose main business was potato processing and with assets worth approximately £5,000,000.
  • Instructed by our client, a company specialising in the provision of emergency air ambulance services, to take immediate legal action in the Republic of Ireland against the Health Service Executive in respect of the decision of a public body to not award our client a contract for the provision of an emergency air ambulance service.

Mills Selig

Mills Selig fields a team with 'consistent expertise', with areas of strength including commercial litigation, media and defamation, shareholder disputes, and professional liability. Team lead Emma Hunt covers professional regulation and media litigation, and has particular strength in property disputes. Kirsten Magee focuses on intellectual property disputes, while Maeve Fisher is a key name for licensing matters. Senior associate Rebecca Logan is qualified in both Northern Ireland and England and Wales.

Practice head(s):

Emma Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Kirsten Magee; Maeve Fisher; Mark Thompson; Rebecca Logan


‘Consistent expertise across the firm and extremely responsive.’

‘All exceptional; clever and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Warrenpoint Harbour Authority

Twitter International Company

DCC Energy Limited

Mannok Holdings DAC

The Lotus Group

Sir Van Morrison

McCausland Group/ Value Cabs Limited

Ammann Czech Republic AS

Hagan Homes Limted

Associated Newspapers Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a manufacturer of a pneumatic roller which crushed an individual during a workplace fatal accident.  We have represented our client, designated as a Properly Interested Person, at preliminary hearings, and managed the disclosure process.
  • Represented a large, local pig producer, in their successful claim for breach of contract against the national food producer, Karro Food Group Limited.
  • Advising a large independent local hotel group on an appeal of a decision of Belfast City Council.

Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP

Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP‘s team, praised by clients for its ‘considerable depth of experience‘, are highly active on big-ticket litigation, frequently involving cross-border elements. David Kirkpatrick, who leads the team, has particular expertise in professional and financial services disputes. Laura Gillespie specialises in cyber and privacy issues, and is a thought leader in this area. Legal director Deirdre Cormican is a property lawyer with a focus on the retail sector.

Practice head(s):

David Kirkpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Laura Gillespie; Deirdre Cormican


‘Pinsent Masons are leaders in the cybersecurity field and display a high level of expertise in comparison to other market leaders. The engagement, contracting and billing, collaboration and innovative resolution capability is exceptional.’

‘David Kirkpatrick – highly respected and experienced and able.’

‘David is shrewd and strategic and skilled in handling his team to deliver effectively for the clients. The unflappable Deirdre Cormican calmly delivers superb quality work.’

Key clients

Coca-Cola Hellenic Northern Ireland

Dunnes Stores

National Westminster Bank PLC

Robert Bosch GmbH

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP‘s fast-growing team handles financial services litigation, professional negligence, corporate and commercial disputes, and contentious real estate matters. Team lead and Belfast office head Gillian Crotty has experience in all aspects of commercial litigation, with particular expertise in financial services disputes and professional negligence actions. Core team members include associate Emma Wightman, and associate Stuart Nevin, who joined from A&L Goodbody Northern Ireland LLP in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gillian Crotty

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Nevin; Emma Wightman


‘It is a vibrant and young team with real ambition and a strong impetus behind it. It has real momentum.’

‘Gillian Crotty is the best professional negligence lawyer in Northern Ireland. Stuart Nevin has created a real niche in property litigation.’

‘The team work together seamlessly, pointing you in the right direction and introducing you to the best suited expert that specialises in the area you need help with.’

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Regen Waste Limited regarding a judicial review of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s decision to approve a planning application for the development of an energy-from-waste facility at Kilroot Power Station.
  • Acting for major public body and landowner Northern Ireland Housing Executive in the defence of High Court proceedings relating to both a prescriptive right of way and a claim for adverse possession concerning a strip of highly valued development land.
  • Acting for major renewable and clean energy entity ABO Wind in relation to a high value Trust dispute concerning multiple landowners.


TLT is noted for its expertise in banking and commercial litigation, and regularly acts on behalf of prominent domestic and multinational financial clients. Team lead Katharine Kimber, who historically practised as a barrister before becoming a solicitor in 2006, specialises in financial services litigation, and secured and unsecured recoveries. Fergal Maguire has a broad practice which includes contractual disputes, defamation, intellectual property and real estate litigation. Senior associate Brendan Logue specialises in insolvency and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Katharine Kimber

Other key lawyers:

Fergal Maguire; Eoin Devlan; Brendan Logue


‘I find TLT to be proactive in their approach when dealing with more complex and challenging cases, providing good advice and setting out options and risks.’

‘I have worked with many different associates and solicitors at TLT NI, of note I find Brendan Logue very approachable and knowledgeable.’

‘It is a very strong firm. Large number of partners and associates.’

‘Fergal Maguire is well respected and very conscientious.’

‘A very strong team that is able to handle a wide range of disputes, including the whole range of financial services litigation and insolvency and restructuring matters. ‘

‘Brendan Logue is a very good operator. He is very astute, provides sensible advice and has an excellent understanding of the law.’

‘Essentially, the firm are extremely proactive. Direct contact to a real person is easily achievable. They react quickly and get the job done with the minimum of fuss.’

‘TLT’s NI team are a stable option for financial services disputes (including mortgage enforcement, debt recovery, title rectification, prof neg, etc). They know the industry in a way which offers a “leg up” on some rival firms.’

Key clients

Vodafone Limited

AIB Group (UK) plc

Danske Bank

Bank of Ireland

Santander UK plc

Morag Finance Limited

Amber Homeloans Limited

Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Total Relocation Solutions Limited

Maureen Lynn Recruitment Limited

McDon Peat Supplies Limited

SSE Airtricity

HSBC Bank UK plc

Kensington Mortgage Company Limited

Preferred Mortgages Limited

K. Hughes & Co Limited

Dwellworks LLC

Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

BW Homes & Construction Limited

No Arc 21

United Renewables Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a well-known high-street Bank in the defence of a High Court claim in the region of £100 million brought by former borrowers of the Bank and successfully striking out the borrowers’ claim.
  • Advising Vodafone Limited in the defence of a high-value contractual dispute in the Northern Ireland Commercial Court.
  • Acting for a leading UK merchant banking group in a wide variety of civil litigation, asset recovery and insolvency cases for both regulated and unregulated finance agreements.

WP Tweed & Co

WP Tweed & Co is a prominent name for litigation in the media space. The firm attracts a highly international client base, including individuals and businesses from the USA, North Africa, and the Middle East. Managing partner Paul Tweed has over thirty years’ experience in litigation, and is recognised as an expert in the field of media law. Also key are Peter McGrath, who covers media litigation, commercial litigation, and alternate dispute resolution, and senior solicitor Marie Hans.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tweed

Other key lawyers:

Peter McGrath; Marie Hans

Key clients

Stephen Nolan

Frank Sinton

Arlene Foster

Tony Robbins

Paddy McKillen

Kheir Allab

Dr Jorge Bonet Segovia

Rivada Networks Limited

Capital Horizons

Work highlights

  • Advised Paddy McKillen regarding media and reputation management aspects of his ongoing commercial dispute with Maybourne hotels Limited and the Al-Thani family.
  • Advised an international celebrity client in relation to high profile litigation against Buzzfeed (UK) Ltd.
  • Advised Rivada Networks Limited in a high-profile dispute with CNN in respect of a broadcast.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co is a prominent name for insurance cases and professional negligence. Team lead Graeme Moore has over 25 years' experience in professional indemnity claims. Other core team members include insurance litigation specialist Michelle McCullough, and Rory Potter, who made senior associate in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Moore

Other key lawyers:

Michelle McCullough; Rory Potter

Work highlights

Davidson McDonnell Solicitors

Davidson McDonnell Solicitors has litigation and alternative dispute resolution experience in a broad range of areas. Barbara Creed who leads the team, has a broad commercial litigation practice, and is described as an 'exceptional solicitor.' Senior solicitor Elise Quigley covers breach of contract claims and intellectual property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Creed

Other key lawyers:

Elise Quigley


A strong and efficient team of experienced solicitors.’

‘Barbara Creed is a well known and proficient solicitor in all areas of dispute resolution.’

‘Exceptionally professional and attentive. Very understanding and discrete. I felt at all times that I was in safe and competent hands and represented by experts in their field.’

Key clients

Wirefox Group

Porter Homes Limited

FSCom Limited

Taranto Limited

ASEE Limited

Kainos Software Limited

Adcroft Amusements Limited

KES Group Inc. Limited


Agritech Solutions (NI) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a major electrical engineering contractor in relation to a high value contractual dispute across a number of jurisdictions.
  • Advised supplier of agricultural equipment in a complex dispute regarding defective machinery.
  • Advised a property development company on a dispute regarding option agreements.

Eversheds Sutherland

Areas of expertise for the Eversheds Sutherland department include procurement disputes, commercial litigation, and construction litigation. Team lead Matthew Howse, who is qualified in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, specialises in financial litigation. Associate Emily Paisley joined the group from Worthingtons in 2021, and covers commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Howse

Other key lawyers:

Emily Paisley


‘Emily and Matthew are diligent and pragmatic – very professional, with sound advice.’

‘Matthew Howse is a dedicated lawyer who leaves no stone unturned when engaged in litigation.’

‘The dispute resolution team at Eversheds Sutherland have developed over a number of years to become one of the market leading teams in Belfast and maintains a significant present in the Commercial and Chancery Courts in Belfast.’

‘Matthew Howse as Partner is top tier in the dispute resolution market in Northern Ireland. He is superb at leading large teams of lawyers working on complex matters.’

‘The firm is extremely detail oriented. They take a collaborative approach so that each team member will be able to deal with matters which arise in a case at extremely short notice.’

‘Emily is able to effectively manage a large case load for us and provide us with expert knowledge on all areas of Northern Irish Law.’

‘The team work quickly and cohesively, readily available and pragmatic and commercially minded legal advice. This is a high standard I have come to expect from this team and are my go-to support for dispute resolution.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland are always willing to adapt their service offerings to match our changing requirements. This is done quickly and efficiently without any adverse drop in service.’

Key clients

Agua Fabrics Limited

Alex Properties Limited

AON UK Limited

AP Wireless II (UK) Limited

Azzuro Associates Limited

Bannatyne Fitness Limited


Bentley Corporate Manufacturing LLP

CDE Global Limited

Clover 51 Limited

CSC Computer Sciences Limited t/a DXC Technology


Ellard Limited

Fermanagh & Omagh District Council

Four Seasons Healthcare Limited

Frasers Group Plc

Funding Circle Limited

Guarantee Protection Insurance Limited

Harcourt Construction (NI) Limited

Keenan Corporate Finance Limited

Kevin Watson Construction Limited

Kildare Projects Limited

Legal & General Group Plc

Lloyds Bank General Insurance Limited

Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee

Northland Deutsche Bucht GMbH

Northstone NI Limited t/a Farrans

Pearson Management Services Limited


Radius Housing Association Limited

Ramos Ferreira UK Limited

Roland Graham

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Shoe Zone

Totara Learning Europe Limited

Trustees of the Calor Group Pension Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising AP Wireless II (UK) Limited after it had been served with 16 separate sets of Article 7 Notices pursuant to the Business Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Order 1996.
  • Advising Lloyds Bank General Insurance Limited on a variety of different types of claim in circumstances where our client provides a policy of home insurance, and where our client’s insured is the subject of threatened or actual legal proceedings.
  • Advising Radius Housing Association Limited in two procurement challenges over the last 3 to 4 months, with values of c.£10million and c.£100million respectively.


McKees places emphasis on banking, property, health & safety prosecutions and contract disputes. The group includes lawyers qualified in England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland, lending strength in cross-border disputes. Team lead and managing partner Chris Ross has a broad practice which includes banking litigation, IP disputes, and defamation cases. Also key are Jill Annett, who specialises in banking disputes, and senior associate Aoife Duffy, whose focus is debt recovery and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Chris Ross

Other key lawyers:

Jill Annett; Aoife Duffy


‘Experienced, knowledgeable and seamlessly efficient but still retaining a friendly charm and good-natured attitude which seems to permeate right down from the top to the bottom of the firm.’

‘Chris is clever, charming, and thoroughly commercial. With experience of working in GB and Ireland, he brings a broad view to the challenges that is refreshing.’

‘This is a small but well regarded team who are experienced in a range of cases, including banking cases.’

‘Chris Ross is a well regarded and very experienced litigator.’

‘Strength of leadership is significant and obvious. The team are focused and driven to excel at all levels. Client support is complete. Digital innovations re document handling and case management are excellent, providing real savings in costs and times across the board.’

‘Chris Ross is just excellent. Cool, calm, and collected. His professionalism stands out.’

‘Jill Annett – offers straightforward advice and is easy to reach and responsive.’

Key clients

LE Pritchitt Limited

Ulster Bank Limited

Enstar Group Ltd

McCulla Ireland Ltd

Barclay Communications Ltd

Freehand Hostel Marks LLC

AIB Limited

Nicholl Fuel Oils Ltd

Never What If Group Ltd

AF Roofing Ltd

Keenan Corporate Finance

Work highlights


MKB Law handles a range of contentious matters, including professional negligence claims, shareholders disputes, and construction disputes, and has particular strength in debt recovery litigation. Team lead David McAlinden specialises in debt advisory and financial litigation. Solicitor Gavin Coyle joined the group from McCay Solicitors in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

David McAlinden

Other key lawyers:

Gavin Coyle; Ruairi Maguire


‘David McAlinden remains tireless and fearless in the insolvency realm.’

‘Excellent client care services and communications with a client. A superb multi-disciplinary team for dispute resolution.’

‘David McAlinden is a leading practitioner in dispute resolution, with a particular interest in insolvency including contested insolvency matters, of which he has vast experience.’

Key clients

Barry Hobson t/a Pirates Adventure Golf

Bell and Co

PJG Recovery

Larne Chemists Limited

CCL Interiors Limited

Yesss Electrical Wholesale Limited

A N Irwin Feeds Limited

Commercial Shipping Company (Oils) Limited

Keenan Corporate Finance

Work highlights

Wilson Nesbitt

Wilson Nesbitt has particular strength in the real estate and banking and finance sectors. Team lead Gary Adair has experience at all court levels in Northern Ireland, and is described by clients as 'a well regarded and dedicated litigator.'

Practice head(s):

Gary Adair


‘Wilson Nesbitt’s valued strengths are meticulous preparation and diligent pursuit of a client’s case throughout the litigation process.’

‘Small and intimate.’

‘This is a well regarded and experienced team.’

‘Gary Adair is a well regarded and dedicated litigator and is particularly well known for his detailed approach to preparation.’

‘Wilson Nesbitt are the leading firm in Northern Ireland acting for lending institutions. They have an exceptionally strong team with the capability to act in most complex high value disputes.’

‘Gary Adair provides excellent advice in an engaging manner that clients are easily able to understand. Gary puts the client’s needs at the heart of each case.’

‘The team has shown themselves to be adaptable, and commercial.’

‘They are always commercial and collaborative in their approach and take time to fully understand the clients business and exact requirements.’

Key clients

Swift 1st Limited

Pepper (UK) Limited

Big Bear Investments Limited

The Registrar of Companies

CPS Commercials Limited

Hillview Centre Belfast Limited

Yorsipp (Trustees) Limited

Donaghadee Properties Limited

Platform Funding Limited

DUAL Corporate Risks Limited

Syrma Limited

Godiva Mortgages Limited

Pepper (UK) Limited