Dispute resolution in Northern Ireland

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody‘s ‘very broad and experienced team‘ act for high-profile clients such as Volkswagen, Screwfix, and Deloitte. The practice covers a broad swathe of industries and is particularly well regarded for its strong contentious intellectual property, media, and technology practice. Brendan Fox is department head and has a special focus on disputes in the construction sector. Financial litigation specialist Michael Neill is head of the Belfast office and specialises in fraud, proceeds of crime, and insolvency-related matters. Fox works closely with fellow financial services expert Sam Corbett. The public & regulatory litigation team of the department is led by Micaela Diver, who is active advising clients in relation to Brexit, the Northern Ireland Protocol, and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Brendan Fox

Other key lawyers:

Michael Neill; Sam Corbett; Micaela Diver; Ciaran McCorry


‘ALG have a very strong team. They are market leaders in Northern Ireland in commercial litigation. They have a depth of knowledge and a very broad and experienced team of solicitors.’

‘Sam Corbett is stand-out and one of the best solicitors in Belfast in commercial litigation.’

‘Ciaran McCorry is an excellent litigator.’

‘Brendan Fox is very strong in construction and arbitration-related matters.’

‘Micaela Diver is highly regarded in competition and procurement.’

‘This is a solid team whose performance is equivalent to that of its peers.’

‘They are hard working and try very hard to deliver in line with client expectations.’

‘The team is responsive. To a shocking degree. They also listen, and are incredibly competent.’

Key clients


News Group Newspapers

Danske Bank

Deloitte UK

Times Newspapers Limited


Bank of Ireland

Northern Ireland Water


easyJet plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for Volkswagen Group in the Northern Ireland elements of an international product liability matter regarding emissions allegations.
  • Acting for Newsgroup Newspapers in the defence of multiple High Court proceedings involving defamation and data protection claims.
  • Acting on behalf of the Renewable Heat Association NI in multiple Judicial Reviews of the Department for the Economy’s decision to cut RHI tariff payments.

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast is known for its range of multinational clients, including Coca-Cola, Sky, and Hiscox, and for its high-profile caseload, including the EU-wide truck manufacturer ‘price fixing’ case and the representation of Volvo and Renault in defence of all claims against their Northern Irish entities. Managing partner Catriona Gibson leads the department and deals with contractual disputes, commercial litigation, and operational disputes. Chris Ritchie undertakes a varied caseload of high-value commercial disputes, with experience representing insurers and large corporates. David Black, ‘sharp and subtle in his analysis‘, and associate Carley Shields are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Catriona Gibson

Other key lawyers:

Chris Ritchie; David Black; Carley Shields


‘We recently worked with Catriona Gibson and her assistant Carley Shields on a large fraud case in the Northern Irish High Court. They were excellent at working with international clients.’

‘Ability to provide legal advice and service akin to a London magic circle firm.’

‘Catriona Gibson – a first class litigator who isn’t afraid of a fight. She has steel when it matters and is an excellent strategist.’

‘Catriona Gibson is calm, measured, and commercially savvy. David Black is another partner who is worthy of note – sharp and subtle in his analysis.’

‘A tight team within a large corporate firm, they get great banking and finance related litigation from their corporate standing.’

‘David Black is great with clients and extremely commercially minded.’

Key clients



Aer Lingus (airline)

Global Media & Entertainment (Capital FM, Heart Radio, Capital Xtra, LBC, Classic FM)



iPower Ltd




Work highlights

  • Acted exclusively 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 customers of Volvo.
  • Advised Global, a major UK media company, in relation to an issue and conflict of contractual provisions arising from a premium advertising space at a high-volume retail area in Belfast.
  • Acted on behalf of SDM Fuel Solutions Ltd in a breach of contract dispute between the client and a supplier of a tanker which was not fit for purpose and had been misrepresented to our client.

Carson McDowell

Carson McDowell boasts the largest commercial litigation team in Northern Ireland, with a wide sector range that includes the manufacturing, technology, energy, and education sectors. The firm is frequently active in the High Court, particularly in the construction sector, in addition to offering expertise in handling high-profile cases at the Supreme Court. Declan Magee leads the department, with specialisms including commercial disputes, public and administrative law, and professional negligence. Other key names are Stuart Murphy, head of construction, Darren Toombs, head of debt recovery, and Hugh McGrattan, head of insurance.

Practice head(s):

Declan Magee; Stuart Murphy; Darren Toombs; Hugh McGrattan

Other key lawyers:

Peter Guzhar


‘Client relationship and management is spot on. Always available when required.’

‘Declan Magee is superb. Responsive, on the ball and knows our business, and our needs as a business. Not scared to push the boundaries when required.’

‘Excellent knowledge and experience of the litigation process. Highly collaborative approach with exceptional team-working skills.’

‘Declan Magee – highly empathetic approach with exceptional interpersonal skills.’

‘Depth of knowledge and experience within the team is second to none, the ability within the team to engage the correct specialist people when and where required.’

‘Declan Magee – depth of knowledge and wide spectrum of experience, also knowledge of our business and understanding of how any query we would raise applies specifically to our business.’

Key clients

DAF Trucks N.V.

Mediahuis UK Limited – Sunday Life

Sentence Review Commissioners

Tayto Group Limited and Tayto (NI) Limited


Northstone NI Limited

FP McCann Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised a large construction company on a procurement challenge against the Department for Regional Development over the award of the measured term contracts for resurfacing works on local road network.
  • Act in the defence of numerous competition litigation claims arising from the 2016 European Commission Decision CASE AT.39824 –Trucks.
  • Advised on an application by a notorious paramilitary prisoner sentenced to multiple life sentences that he be considered for release.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

The ‘well informed and well connectedCleaver Fulton Rankin is particularly active in the construction and public sectors, often acting on high-value contract disputes. Department head Jeanette Donohoe specialises in insolvency litigation and regularly acts in High Court disputes. Former head Patrick Fleming remains a director in the department and focuses on construction and procurement law. Fleming’s focus on construction is shared by managing director Jonathan Forrester, who additionally leads on professional negligence and charities. Michael King and Aaron Moore are also recommended. Associate Rachael Gamble provides key support.

Practice head(s):

Jeanette Donohoe

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Well informed and well connected within the legal community, they offer a degree of assuredness that is welcome in a place with a significant culture of lawlessness.’

‘Michael King and Rachael Gamble have provided support across a number of disputes. They have maintained good contact and a timeous approach in addressing correspondence, managing third parties and ensuring that legal documents are prepared in good time to meet various court timings.’

‘The dispute resolution team is packed with talent from top to bottom. You are dealing with a team that marries knowledge, approachability, and hard work, which are exceptional in this day and age.’

‘Michael King is clearly a class leader in dispute resolution. He covers a vast array of areas and brings his enthusiasm industry and talent to all. Michael really does know his stuff and he is the person to call when you need help yet he is always more than happy to assist.’

‘Client-focused; adaptable; dedicated; experts in their field; excellent deployment of technology in pandemic to ensure litigation was progressed.’

‘The team has a wide range of expertise within house that has been drawn upon as well as having access to some of the best external experts.’

‘Unrivalled client base and knowledge of market and legal work in Belfast.’

‘Patrick Fleming, Aaron Moore, Jonathan Forrester – all excellent lawyers work very hard for their clients, and put commercial interests at the forefront of their efforts.’

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

    Elliott Duffy Garrett

    Elliott Duffy Garrett fields a multidisciplinary dispute resolution team, with particular aptitude for contractual disputes, product liability, and insolvency-related matters. The Northern Irish firm benefits from strong connections with the domestic real estate and construction sectors. Name partner Christopher Duffy heads the team and covers commercial litigation, debt recovery and enforcement. Marie-Louise Lowry has been a partner in the team for over a decade and offers wideranging experience from contentious procurement to regulatory matters and public law. Disputes related to personal and corporate insolvency are covered by Ian McFarland. Associates Claire Martin and Keara Powell frequently lend key support.

    Practice head(s):

    Christopher Duffy

    Other key lawyers:

    Marie-Louise Lowry; Ian McFarland


    ‘EDG is a mid-sized firm which punches above its weight. It is very client-focused and has an extremely high reputation. It is capable of dealing with even the most complex of cases, and is well known for its efficient approach to litigation.’

    ‘Marie-Louise Lowry is excellent in procurement and general commercial litigation. She is well respected by the judiciary and adopts a no nonsense style.

    ‘This is a stand-out firm, combining wideranging legal expertise and commercial pragmatism.’

    ‘Christopher Duffy is a leader in dispute resolution in the local market. His work rate is exceptional, and he remains focused at all times on achieving the best results for his clients.’

    ‘The litigation team at Elliott Duffy Garrett is highly effective and organised and is able to deal with a wide range of work.’

    ‘Ian McFarland is a pleasure to work with. He is highly organised, very responsive, and excellent at getting to the essential aspects of a case.’

    ‘Keara Powell is a very skilled associate and is excellent at handling complex disputes. She is always happy to assist and put in the work to ensure tasks are completed on time to the client’s satisfaction. Nothing is ever too much trouble for her.’

    ‘Professional at all times. Always looking to give the best advice even if it’s not what you wanted to hear.’

    Key clients

    Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman

    Northern Bank t/a Danske

    Choice Housing Ireland Limited


    Trinity Mirror Plc

    Tennent’s (NI) Limited

    Budget Energy Ltd

    Andras House Group

    Connswater Credit Limited

    Premium Credit Limited

    Work highlights


      The ‘hardworking and extremely thoroughTughans team has experience in a broad range of civil litigation matters, including company shareholder disputes, contractual disputes, professional negligence, and property litigation. Senior partner and construction sector expert Michael Mccord leads the team. Managing partner Patrick Brown leads on contentious procurement cases and is advising on the £120m redevelopment of Casement Park Stadium in Belfast. Contentious insolvencies are covered by Toby McMurray, who also acts on high-profile shareholder disputes.

      Practice head(s):

      Michael McCord

      Other key lawyers:

      Patrick Brown; Toby McMurray


      ‘Available, approachable and easy to work and discuss with.’

      ‘They have always responded to any queries or questions expeditiously and often to extremely onerous timescales, and assisted greatly in identifying and appointing expert witnesses to assist in dispute resolution.’

      ‘I have found all of Tughans staff to be extremely approachable and with an ability to discuss complex legal, and contractual, queries in a way which is easily understood and digestible for a legal layman.’

      ‘Patrick Brown is incisive and reads a confrontational situation intuitively. Without doubt a priceless ally on your team. Backed up by some great industrious talent in his team.’

      ‘The team knows no bounds in its zeal for industry. Hardworking and extremely thorough with a strong capacity for delivery under pressure.’

      ‘Patrick Brown is stellar in the field of dispute resolution. Immense technical analysis combined with shrewd commercial acumen makes for excellent strategic and tactical advice.’

      ‘Tughans has the stand-out and one of the most experienced and strongest teams in litigation. They are market leaders.’

      ‘Toby McMurray is one of the strongest insolvency specialists in Northern Ireland. He is approachable, but has a very deep knowledge base.’

      Key clients

      FP McCann Limited

      BAM McCann (Joint Venture)

      Farrans Construction


      Northern Ireland Water Limited

      OCS Group UK Limited

      Ulster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association

      Randox Laboratories Limited

      Farrans Construction Limited

      Bank of Ireland (UK) plc

      Work highlights

      • Acted for FP McCann in the defence of adjudication proceedings commenced by a party who claimed to have had its sub-contract wrongly terminated in respect of a project for the construction of new accommodation blocks at Leicester University.
      • Acting for BAM McCann which is a joint venture between BAM Civil Limited and FP McCann Limited in relation to two separate roads projects in Northern Ireland.
      • Advising Farrans in respect of three separate claims against a sub-contractor based in the Netherlands.


      DWF is a well regarded firm known for its work in professional negligence and property litigation. The team is led by commercial disputes specialist Mark Taggart, who is described as ‘an exceptional solicitor who continually goes the extra mile to deliver for clients'. James Griffiths joined the department as director from Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP and brings experience acting for insurers and large corporates.

      Practice head(s):

      Mark Taggart

      Other key lawyers:

      James Griffiths


      ‘Excellent attention to detail and no stone is left unturned.’

      ‘Mark Taggart is forensic and highly regarded. He is very hardworking and diligent and ensures that cases are meticulously prepared.’

      ‘This is a very responsive firm that continually devises innovative solutions to complex problems, always cognisant of the client’s needs and continually delivering desirable outcomes.’

      ‘Mark Taggart is an exceptional solicitor who continually goes the extra mile to deliver for clients.’

      ‘Our dealings with them were superb, both in their attention to detail, their ready grasp of circumstances that were extremely unusual and their constant availability when needed at short notice.’

      ‘Unlike some others in the NI market, this is a global firm with a full host of departments to complement dispute resolution. Excellent electronic communications and facilities.’

      ‘Mark Taggart is very clued in and always on top of a case, knowledgeable, innovative, and widely experienced and respected as a leading practitioner in commercial disputes.’

      ‘Sound practical advice with a fair degree of commercial understanding, but without compromising in terms of feeling that DWF were very much fighting my corner.’

      Key clients


      Bank of Ireland

      Allied Irish Banks

      Killultagh Estates Limited

      BT plc

      Virgin Media



      Law Society Master Policy Insurers

      BDO NI


      Barclays Partner Finance


      CNA Hardy

      Work highlights

      • Acting as sole legal advisor for MBNL on all its Northern Irish telecoms lease renewal applications before the Lands Tribunal.
      • Acting for Bank of Ireland in a number of high-value first instance and appellate cases.
      • Acting for a company in the defence of a multi-million pound breach of warranty claim.

      Millar McCall Wylie LLP

      Millar McCall Wylie LLP continues to attract new sources of work, and boasts key clients in the Northern Ireland film industry, such as Northern Ireland Screen and Draugr Limited. The ‘professional and personally dignifiedCaroline Prunty leads the team, and has more than thirty years of experience in the practice area. Among her areas of expertise are construction disputes, contentious procurement, and banking litigation. Jan Cunningham acts on shareholder, partnership and contractual disputes, with a niche practice in sports and media. William McSorley covers insurance litigation and liability claims. Associate Ashley Black is also noted.

      Practice head(s):

      Caroline Prunty

      Other key lawyers:

      Jan Cunnningham; William McSorley; Ashley Black


      ‘Very easy to work with, good communications throughout the process.’

      ‘William McSorley put me at ease, was reassuring and clear with his communications.’

      ‘I will forever be indebted to Caroline Prunty for the depth of understanding she had of the circumstances I found myself in.’

      ‘Very attentive and understanding and answer queries and respond to phone calls and emails very promptly.’

      ‘Excellent level of service. Very responsive and represent extremely good value for money – priced far more competitively than some of the biggest names in the Belfast legal market, but provide service and insight on par with the best.’

      ‘Caroline is a really experienced litigator and is fearless. She calmly, but ferociously defends her corner and is the go-to person for all litigation disputes as far as I am concerned.’

      ‘I have always had great success with Caroline and her team, Ashley Black is also an exceptional solicitor.’

      ‘Caroline and her team, in my opinion, are the best in the business because of their great attitude with clients and their ability to problem solve any issues without all the drama.’

      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 Limited

      LCC Group Limited

      Work highlights

      • Acted on behalf of the Plaintiff in a claim for approximately £1,000,000 against a contractor on the grounds of negligence in or about the provision of ground survey work.
      • Acted in a shareholder dispute in relation to a company whose main business was potato processing and with assets worth approximately £5,000,000.
      • Acted 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 €12,000,000 contract for the provision of an emergency air ambulance service.

      Mills Selig

      Mills Selig acts on a broad array of disputes, including niche areas such as gross negligence manslaughter, and acted in a precedent-setting dispute involving car parking. Emma Hunt leads the team and specialises in complex property disputes, regularly advising banks, landlords, and retailers. Kirsten Magee offers experience in patent infringement and trade mark disputes. Maeve Fisher is noted for her licensing expertise in addition to her experience in all areas of insolvency and property litigation. Associates Katie Major and Rebecca Logan are names to watch.

      Practice head(s):

      Emma Hunt

      Other key lawyers:

      Kirsten Magee; Maeve Fisher


      ‘Emma Hunt and Kirsten Magee are outstanding partners in this field.’

      ‘Rebecca Logan – courteous, bright, persistent and tuned in to the needs of commercial client. One to watch.’

      ‘Practical, commercially-minded, resolution-focused.’

      ‘Emma Hunt – very hardworking, diligent, experienced and professional.’

      ‘Kirsten Magee and Katie Major – very personable and a pleasure to work with on NI-based matters.’

      ‘Boutique commercial firm with excellent litigation and licensing teams. Always friendly and practical.’

      ‘Emma Hunt – excellent litigator with superb communication skills. Maeve Fisher – stellar reputation on licensing matters.’

      Key clients

      Warrenpoint Harbour Authority

      Boojum Limited

      Smart Parking Limited

      Ammann Czech Republic AS

      Mannok Industrial Holdings

      Channel 4

      Twitter International Company

      Hagan Homes Limited

      Sky News

      Bamford Bus Company Limited

      Work highlights

      • Represented Ammann Czech Republic AS in a coronial inquest and related civil proceedings.
      • Represented a private client in long-running complex proceedings against Ulster Bank.
      • Acted for a manufacturing company defending patent infringement proceedings raised in the High Court and in related challenge to the EPO.

      Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP

      Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP‘s ‘very strong and extremely talented team‘ works across the UK and Ireland on the full spectrum of commercial litigation. Clients also benefit from the firm’s international offices. David Kirkpatrick heads up the Belfast team, specialising in financial services, energy disputes, and product liability. He is supported by Laura Gillespie, who focuses on cyber and data protection and is developing a procurement practice, and legal director Deirdre Cormican, who has a strong reputation as a property lawyer. Associate Catherine Mallon is also noted.

      Practice head(s):

      David Kirkpatrick

      Other key lawyers:

      Laura Gillespie; Deidre Cormican


      ‘Paul Gillen is very approachable and down to earth as well as knowledgeable.’

      ‘Pinsent Masons (Belfast Office) has provided strong local knowledge on both the strengths and weaknesses of opposing counsel and is clear on what evidence is required in relation to the litigation and mediation process.’

      ‘Senior partner David Kirkpatrick provided well-founded advice and guidance to our business.’

      ‘Pinsent has a very strong and extremely talented team in Belfast.’

      ‘David Kirkpatrick is a very well-regarded and experienced litigator.’

      ‘Deirdre Cormican is a very talented procurement lawyer.’

      ‘David Kirpatrick – litigation expert; astute; knowledgeable; diligent; tactical.’

      Catherine Mallon provides excellent support.

      Key clients

      Coca-Cola Hellenic Northern Ireland

      Dunnes Stores

      National Westminster Bank PLC

      Robert Bosch GmbH

      Work highlights

      • Secured a landmark judgment in the UK Supreme Court on behalf of Irish retailer giant Dunnes Stores Limited.
      • Acted for National Westminster Bank PLC in the Part VII Transfer of the banking business from Ulster Bank NI Ltd pursuant to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
      • Acted for National Westminister Bank PLC defending a multi-million pound breach of contract dispute with a major NI developer.

      Shoosmiths LLP

      Shoosmiths LLP is best known for financial services litigation, professional negligence, and property disputes. The firm is frequently active in complex proceedings before the High Court and their client list includes major international and Northern Irish banking clients such as NatWest, Santander, Ulster Bank and Danske Bank. Team leader and joint office head Gillian Crotty is well known as a commercial litigator and is active in multiple sectors, including retail, energy, and financial services. The team has been strengthened with the addition of associate Stuart Nevin from A&L Goodbody in 2021.

      Practice head(s):

      Gillian Crotty

      Other key lawyers:

      Stuart Nevin; Rebecca Walker


      ‘I found the team easy to work with and efficient.’

      ‘Gillian Crotty and Stuart Nevin have been exceptional and proactive in the advice given. They are extremely knowledgeable with a real human touch showing the empathy lacking in many other law firms we have used.’

      ‘Gillian and Stuart are proactive in their responses and able to provide advice without seeking a “QC’s Opinion” which seems to be the default for other NI Law Firms.’

      Key clients

      NatWest Group

      Subway plc

      Boots UK

      Northern Ireland Housing Executive

      Volkswagen Group UK plc

      Santander UK plc

      Ulster Bank Limited

      ABO Wind NI

      Northern Bank Ltd t/a Danske Bank

      Leeds Building Society

      Work highlights

      • Advised NatWest Group in relation to the prosecution of multiple high-value professional negligence actions.
      • Advised Volkswagen Group UK Limited in respect of complex High Court proceedings.
      • Advised ABO Wind NI in relation to a High Court proceedings involving multiple landowners and public bodies.


      TLT is experienced in financial services litigation, with expertise in recoveries, fraud, white-collar crime, and consumer credit matters. The team is frequently active at the High Court and well known for representing major banking clients. Katharine Kimber heads the department,  is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as an Approved Person, and also in charge of the firm’s financial services sector. Fergal Maguire is experienced in working with multinational clients, with strong relationships to charities, local authorities, and leading individuals. Legal director Eoin Devlin works across a broad range of litigation matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Katharine Kimber

      Other key lawyers:

      Fergal Maguire; Eoin Devlan


      ‘Detailed knowledge of the jurisdiction and local market. Experience of handling high-value litigation in Northern Ireland.’

      ‘Extremely user-friendly and able to guide clients through the nuances of the NI system.’

      Key clients

      Vodafone Limited

      Morag Finance Limited

      Amber Homeloans Limited

      BW Homes and Construction Limited

      Subway Realty Limited

      Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

      Tim Hortons UK & Ireland Ltd

      BW Homes & Construction Limited

      Edinburgh Woollen Mill Limited

      Peacock Stores Limited

      Deepbridge Capital LLP

      Total Relocation Solutions Limited

      K. Hughes & Co Limited

      Dwellworks LLC

      Maureen Lynn Recruitment Limited

      McDon Peat Supplies Limited

      Cathedral Graphics Limited

      SSE Airtricity

      PrettyLittleThing.com Ltd (owned by Boohoo Group Plc)

      JMW Farms Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advising Vodafone Limited in the defence of a high-value contractual dispute in the Northern Ireland High Court.
      • Advising Morag Finance Limited and Amber Homeloans Limited on a case which has gone to the Court of Appeal where we obtained a successful judgment.
      • Advising B. Crowe & Sons Limited in defending an application lodged with the NI Lands Tribunal.

      Clyde & Co

      Clyde & Co‘s dispute resolution team, formerly BLM, is a respected practice for insurance cases and professional negligence, particularly in the construction sector. Graeme Moore leads the team and specialises in professional indemnity claims, often working across UK jurisdictions. Michelle McCullough, who became a partner in 2021, deals with claims involving construction professionals such as architectural technologists and surveyors.

      Practice head(s):

      Graeme Moore

      Other key lawyers:

      Michelle McCullough


      ‘This is a very commercially aware insurance-focused practice with experienced and client-focused solicitors.’

      ‘Equity partner Graeme Moore is a stand-out performer in professional and general negligence in this jurisdiction.’

      ‘A great team of solicitors whose range of abilities complement each other extremely well. Well-organised and hardworking.’

      ‘Graeme Moore and Michelle McCullough are excellent solicitors; both hardworking, sensible, and analytical.’

      ‘They have a very personable approach to our insureds and have worked closely with our insureds when claims have been faced. They are happy to meet insureds face to face which is appreciated and important with negligence claims and disputes..’

      ‘Graeme Moore has been exceptional and has delivered some fantastic results.’

      ‘Persistence in the investigation of incidences, and excellent communication and ongoing relationships with our policyholders.’

      ‘Large team of extremely motivated, hardworking solicitors.’

      Work highlights

        Davidson McDonnell Solicitors

        Davidson McDonnell Solicitors is in the process of expanding and restructuring its department and is supplementing its work for high-net-worth individuals with work across real estate and manufacturing. Team leader Barbara Creed joined from A&L Goodbody in 2021 and has since built on her reputation as a leading commercial litigator. She is supported by associate Elise Quigley, formerly of Carson McDowell, who joined in November 2021 and has particular experience in contract disputes.

        Practice head(s):

        Barbara Creed

        Other key lawyers:

        Elise Quigley

        Key clients

        Wirefox Holdings and subsidiary companies

        BDO NI Limited


        Travel Ireland Coach Tours Limited

        Celpark Limited

        Lacuna Developments Limited

        Lecale Corporate Finance

        ASM Chartered Accountants


        Work highlights

        • Advised a property development company on a dispute regarding option agreements.
        • Advised an investor on a significant contractual claim relating to investment in several overseas companies.
        • Advised a manufacturing and distribution company on a complex case involving the acquisition of shares.

        Eversheds Sutherland

        The ‘first class’ team at Eversheds Sutherland has a particular focus on procurement, construction, and insolvency. The department is increasingly active in multi-jurisdictional matters, where clients benefit from the firm’s global reach. Matthew Howse leads the team and is experienced in areas including financial litigation, commercial disputes and real estate. Associate Emma Paisley joined the team from Worthingtons in 2021.

        Practice head(s):

        Matthew Howse

        Other key lawyers:

        Emma Paisley


        ‘The dispute resolution team in Eversheds Sutherland provides a first class service to its clients.’

        ‘Matthew Howse is a top rate litigator who always goes the extra mile for his clients. He has a wealth of experience in the local market and is a skilled negotiator.’

        ‘Emily Paisley is an astute lawyer who can relay complicated legal issues in a plain speaking manner that is easy for clients to grapple with.’

        ‘Matthew Howse has been a great professional in dealing with our case.’

        ‘Excellent ability to explain the idiosyncrasies of the Northern Ireland legal system and court process.’

        ‘They have quickly taken on board and implemented our specific requirements.’

        ‘Emily Paisley is very approachable and responds to any queries quickly and efficiently.’

        ‘Competent and helpful staff.’

        Key clients

        Fermanagh & Omagh District Council

        CSC Computer Sciences Limited t/a DXC Technology


        AON UK Limited

        Northstone NI Limited t/a Farrans

        Legal & General Group Plc

        Agua Fabrics Limited

        Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

        Harcourt Construction (NI) Limited

        Northland Deutsche Bucht GMbH


        Four Seasons Healthcare Limited

        AP Wireless II (UK) Limited

        Clover 51 Limited

        Ellard Limited

        Funding Circle Limited

        Shoe Zone

        Roland Graham

        Legal and General Assurance Society Ireland

        Keenan Corporate Finance Limited

        Pearson Management Services Limited

        Azzuro Associates Limited

        Bentley Corporate Manufacturing LLP

        Guarantee Protection Insurance Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advised AP Wireless, a major telecoms site landlord throughout the UK, in a precedent-setting case in relation to the serving of 16 separate sets of Article 7 Notices pursuant to the Business Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Order 1996.
        • Advised new client AES Global Solutions Limited in relation to a trans-Atlantic contractual dispute it was having with a contractual partner in relation to supply of electrical goods and components.
        • Advised Bannatyne Fitness Limited in relation to proceedings served against it by a contractor in Northern Ireland.


        McKees has particular strength in banking, property, and contract disputes, with a strong record working across UK and RoI jurisdictions. Managing partner Chris Ross is department head and has a wide range of experience, including commercial litigation and defamation matters. Ross is dual-qualified to practice in both Northern Ireland and England and Wales. Jill Annett, who specialises in financial litigation, was made partner in early 2022. Associate Aofie Duffy is also noted.

        Practice head(s):

        Chris Ross

        Other key lawyers:

        Aofie Duffy; Jill Annett


        ‘Communication is very strong and the team acts as a seamless extension of our business.’

        ‘Chris Ross brings experience and pragmatism to the team. He is solution-focused, extremely responsive and always accessible, and is a good sounding board when discussing case tactics and strategy.’

        ‘Highly experienced dispute resolution professionals. Very commercial approach to dispute scenarios, and highly efficient at moving matters forward with practical solutions/suggestions.’

        ‘Chris Ross is team leader and managing partner – unflappable and affable.’

        ‘This is a well-regarded firm with a good reputation.’

        ‘Chris Ross is well-known in Belfast as a highly capable litigator.’

        Key clients

        EP Kilroot Limited

        LE Pritchitt Limited

        Ulster Bank Limited

        Enstar Group Ltd

        McCulla Ireland Ltd

        Druids Golf Ltd

        Barclay Communications Ltd

        Keenan Corporate Finance

        Work highlights

          MKB Law

          MKB Law has a particular aptitude for contentious debt recovery and insolvency, but is steadily growing its general litigation offering. The team is co-led by David McAlinden, who is respected for his work in debt recovery litigation, and Jonathan Jackson, who was promoted to partner in 2021 and specialises in banking and construction disputes.

          Practice head(s):

          David McAlinden; Jonathan Jackson

          Other key lawyers:

          Mollie Thompson


          ‘A results driven team that puts the clients needs and appropriate outcomes before all else.’

          ‘Jonathan Jackson is a once in a generation lawyer.’

          ‘It’s all about their level of commerciality and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of both sides.’

          ‘Very professional.

          ‘The firm has a reputation for being a young and progressive practice.’

          ‘David McAlinden has a reputation for innovative and results based approach to debt recovery.’

          ‘A Belfast-based firm with a significant market presence. Excellent team of solicitors for various specialisims, including with cross-border qualifications.’

          ‘Jonathan Jackson – experienced and knowledgeable solicitor, recently appointed as a director with a focus on commercial litigation. Jonathan is commercially-astute, sensitive to a client’s aims whilst at the same time knowledgeable of the legal points in a case.’

          Key clients

          Barry Hobson t/a Pirates Adventure Golf

          Bell and Co

          Commercial Shipping Company (Oils) Limited t/a CSC Fuel

          Yesss Electrical Wholesale Limited

          Armaan Resales Limited

          CCL Interiors Limited

          A N Irwin Feeds Limited

          Superseal Window Systems Ltd

          Keenan CF

          Work highlights

          • Represented the client in a multimillion pound case involving a vulture fund seeking recovery by way of insolvency action in relation to personal guarantees when the company went into liquidation