Firms To Watch: Commercial property

Gateley Plc are developing an NI offering, beginning with the hiring of transactions specialist Alison Reid from DWF.

Commercial property in Northern Ireland

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody acts for UK and international institutions on the acquisition, development, and administration of high-value property investments in Northern Ireland, assisting with complex individual projects and major real estate portfolios. Tracey Schofield leads the team and specialises in sales and acquisitions of investment properties as well as land development matters. Gregory Martin is a key name in the department and offers experience in acting on high-value matters across multiple jurisdictions – including the $1.1bn sale of Euroautions to Richie Bros. Consultant James Pringle  brings over 30 years of experience in all aspects of commercial property to the table. Senior associate John Tougher has significant experience in the retail sector.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Schofield

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Martin; James Pringle; John Tougher

Testimonials

‘Very experienced property team that reacts quickly to requests for information. Excellent diversity and collaboration culture.’

‘Tracey Schofield and James Pringle would be my most regular contacts. Both have vast experience in the local commercial property market and are well placed to advise on all aspects of commercial property.’

‘The team is first class – it has an unrivalled track record in providing both high-quality legal advice and an excellent service. ’

‘Tracey Schofield is highly respected – she is both technically and commercially excellent. She is deal-smart – identifies the issues quickly, is highly focused and works hard for her clients.’

‘The team has a fantastic depth of knowledge and experience.’

‘Tracey Schofield has a solutions-based approach to commercial property transactions enabling efficient completion.’

Key clients

Oakland Group

EuroAuctions

AJ Capital Partners

MJM Group

Northern Ireland Investment Fund

McAleer & Rushe

Northern Ireland Water

Hanesbrands UK Limited

Arkford Limited

Vita Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Oakland (FRO) Limited on the sale of Merchant Square, Belfast to an overseas buyer for £87m, being the highest value office property investment deal on record in Northern Ireland.
  • Representing AJ Capital Partners who acquired The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle, being the first significant hotel transaction following lockdown.

Carson McDowell

Carson McDowell‘s ‘exceptional practice’ acts on high-value matters across a wide range of sectors, including retail, energy, education and transport. Dawson McConkey leads the team and is highly experienced in acquisitions, disposals and lettings. Emma Cooper advises on contentious and non-contentious matters across Northern Ireland and England and Wales. The team was joined in September 2021 by Richard Dickson, who previously led the commercial property department at Johns Elliot. Mary-Kim Doherty and Chris Phillips are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Dawson McConkey

Other key lawyers:

Emma Cooper; Richard Dickson; Mary-Kim Doherty; Chris Phillips

Testimonials

‘Excellent at forming and cementing long-lasting relationships. Great at giving practical advice and making complex matters as straightforward as possible.’

‘Dawson McConkey has carried out our work for a significant number of years. Very down-to-earth, approachable and reliable.’

‘Have found the team to be very efficient and approachable and able to offer advice on all aspects of a transaction.’

‘Main contact in the organisation is Mary-Kim Doherty who is technically competent and willing to go the extra mile to provide advice and information to faciltiate any decisions that need to be made.’

‘Carson McDowell provides us with a range of legal services covering all aspects from property to business services, construction and litigation. They are an exceptional practice that provides the highest quality advice at all times.’

‘Dawson is an exceptional lawyer and manager of his staff. His team’s attention to detail and efficiency was outstanding.’

Key clients

The Belfast Harbour Commissioners

Belfast International Airport

Ulster University

McAleer & Rushe

Queen’s University of Belfast

Newpark Developments

South Bank Square

PWC

Investec Bank

Renewable Energy Systems

Work highlights

  • Acted for South Bank Square on the multi-million pound sale of a 37 hectare development site in Derry/Londonderry and the drafting, negotiation and agreement of a development agreement with a social housing developer for the phased construction of over 750 dwellings.
  • Acted on behalf of a McAleer & Rushe SPV in the multi-million pound sale of a development site in Belfast City Centre to Belfast City Council.
  • Acted for Turkington Group of a new 7,000 square metre delivery station for Amazon in Portadown, only its second such station in Northern Ireland.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Cleaver Fulton Rankin is home to ‘one of the most respected teams in Northern Ireland‘, with broad sector coverage that includes the industrial, education, leisure, and residential sectors. The department has a particularly strong reputation in retail, where clients include Primark, River Island, and Home Bargains. Team leader Joe Marley has additional experience in the energy & renewables and telecommunications sectors. Marley frequently works closely with Kathryn Collie, who has a history of complex real estate transactions. Alan McAlister shares this focus on non-contentious matters, and advises on construction issues.

Practice head(s):

Joe Marley

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Collie; Alan McAlister; Shane Conlan

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s real estate team for many years and could not be happier with the service we receive.’

‘Joe Marley is our key contact and he heads up the team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin. We know that he takes a genuine interest in our business, and he really wants us to do well in every transaction.’

‘Kathryn Collie we know as one of the most highly respected real estate lawyers in Northern Ireland, who acts for an impressive roster of high-profile clients.’

‘The team was responsive to our needs and guided us as required.’

‘The partner, Joe Marley, was very responsive and proactive to our needs and kept us informed and on the right path at all time.’

‘The members of the practice that we deal with are proactive and respond to our needs professionally and within our timescale.’

‘Kathryn Collie provides an exceptional service.’

‘The team is well set up to offer ‘no nonsense’ practical advice. They understand our operational requirements and are able to meet our needs in an efficient and proactive way.’

Key clients

Ulster University

Invest Northern Ireland

T. J. Morris Limited (t/a Home Bargains)

Harry Corry Limited

Primark Stores Limited

Dalradian Gold Limited

Ulster Carpet Mills (Holdings) Limited

River Island Clothing Co Limited

Infrastrata plc

SCPI Pierval Sante

Work highlights

  • Advising Pierval Santé on the acquisition of Oakmont Lodge Care Home and Hillcrest Care Home, then with leases being put in place in respect of both properties to a local operating company.
  • Advised T. J. Morris Limited on the acquisition and development of new stores throughout Northern Ireland.
  • Acted for Invest NI on their sale of Antrim Technology Park to a pharmaceutical company for £7.55m.

Tughans

Tughans is active on high-value acquisitions, developments, and regeneration schemes, working across the UK and internationally. Team leader David Jones works across all areas of commercial real estate, with a focus on development, investment and large-scale landlord and tenant work. Rebecca Moffett is particularly active in the retail sector, while Joe Moore has expertise in development projects and business tenancies. Chris Milligan is another key team member, and works exclusively on energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects. Associate directors Amanda Byrnes and Gavin Robinson are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

David Jones

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Moffett; Joe Moore; Chris Milligan; Amanda Byrnes; Gavin Robinson; Eamonn Ward; Graham Ord

Testimonials

‘The firm employs a number of individuals who are experts in their particular fields. The team is very commercial and understands the market.’

‘Chris Milligan has a wide experience of dealing with both small and large developments. Chris has taken a very commercial approach to our project and is mindful of our development targets.’

‘The breadth of knowledge amongst the team and ability to think outside the box makes this practice unique and stand out from others.’

‘The stand-out individual within the commercial property team has to be Chris Milligan. He is client-focused, a great communicator and quick to respond to any queries. He offers solutions to problems rather than barriers.’

Key clients

Diageo

Tesco Stores Ltd

CA Student Living

Urban Pulse

Apple Inc

Deloitte

Associated British Foods plc

Corbo Ltd

Randox

McKinney Group

Wineflair

Tilney Smith & Williamson

Bedeck

Bryson Charitable Group

Brookfield/Student Roost

Beaumont Care Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised the developer on the complex bespoke, high-value agreement with Peel for the acquisition of a large, strategically significant development site next to the Trafford Centre in Manchester.
  • Acted for medical diagnostics business Randox on the full range of commercial legal services.
  • Acted on the acquisition of the former Thornhill College school site in Londonderry from the Catholic Church, following a lengthy 7 year process to obtain planning consent for a new, large-scale senior living village.

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast is particularly active in the energy and retail sectors and is sought after for high-value work for major multinational clients. Team head Alastair Todd is experienced in all areas of commercial real estate, including contentious property matters, commercial leasing, and acquisitions and disposals. Former department head Rowan White, now a consultant for the team and continues to act on complex and high-value matters. Mark Jameson leads on retail-focused assets.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Todd

Other key lawyers:

Rowan White; Mark Jameson

Testimonials

‘Excellent law firm in all areas.’

‘From my company’s experience the service received is always very satisfactory in terms of knowledge, promptness in answering queries and delivering solutions.’

Key clients

Straidorn Properties

Four Seasons Healthcare Group (FSHC)

O’Connor & McCann Limited

HHT Management Limited

Endeavour Investments

Marathon Asset Management

Atrato Partners

Matagorda2 Ltd

Domus UK

Bank of Ireland

Work highlights

  • Acted for Straidorn Properties in relation to the acquisition of the landmark Custom House building
  • Advised Four Seasons Health Care (FSHC) on the intended auction disposal of the entirety of FSHCs Northern Irish business, as well as a further re-financing.
  • Acted for O’Connor & McCann Limited in relation to an agreement for lease and option agreement for the delivery of a new office building to be developed at the landmark King’s Hall site in Belfast.

Davidson McDonnell Solicitors

Davidson McDonnell Solicitors‘ ‘approachable and pleasant‘ team acts across Northern Ireland and England and Wales on a range of work, including sales & purchases, lease transactions, redevelopments, and commercial agreements. The team is co-led by founding partner Ross Davidson and name partner David McDonnell. Both partners are dual-qualified in Northern Ireland and England & Wales, and are experienced in all areas of commercial property law. Senior solicitor Michaela Kilpatrick is a name to watch.

Practice head(s):

Ross Davidson; David McDonnell

Other key lawyers:

Michaela Kilpatrick

Testimonials

‘The firm as a whole is very approachable and pleasant to deal with. Fees are competitive and there is value for money based on the expertise available.’

‘David McDonnell is very pleasant to deal with and provides peace of mind through the entire legal process. He is available for any questions in a timely manner and explains matters in great detail at the correct level.’

Key clients

Wirefox Group

Travis Perkins Plc

Martin Group

Poundstretcher

Crane Co

Lacuna Developments

Watkin Jones Plc

Errigal Contracts

Dunluce Healthcare

Abbey Bond Lovis

Work highlights

  • Advising Wirefox Group on the purchase of The Scores Hotel St Andrews.
  • Advising Lacuna – Watkin Jones on a build to rent scheme of c 800 apartments at Titanic Quarter Belfast.
  • Advising Wirefox on the repurposing of part of the CastleCourt shopping centre Belfast from retail use to leisure use.

DWF

DWF‘s Northern Ireland team is best known for its retail work, managing the property portfolios of major clients such as Lidl, M&S and Poundland. The firm is also active in a broad range of other sectors, including telecoms, leisure, and residential work. Department head Julie Galbraith focuses on landlord & tenant advice and in 2021 was appointed co-head of the firm’s National Occupier Team. Kirsty Mairs has a particular focus on the acquisition of land for residential/mixed use developments, while Mark Tinman advises well-known retailers on acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Julie Galbraith

Other key lawyers:

Kirsty Mairs; Mark Tinman

Testimonials

‘Julie Galbraith – top of her field; outstanding property lawyer; respected in the jurisdiction.’

‘Department is well resourced with a number of team members who are capable of providing property advice.’

‘Mark Tinman always makes himself available (no matter how busy) and has never failed to give sound professional advice which often involves a number of different ways to sort an issue.’

‘We would comment that the commercial property department in Belfast headed up by Mark Tinman has a vast depth of experience and capability to negotiate and resolve even the most complicated of transactions.’

‘Mark Tinman’s experience and depth of knowledge in the complete field of commercial property and associated transactions gives us great confidence to go forward on any transaction.’

‘Experience and expertise across all relevant geographical regions sets DWF apart in a local context. A collaborative team approach has also been noted throughout my dealings with the firm and is worthy of comment.’

‘Julie Galbraith is the ‘go-to’ commercial property lawyer in the NI market in my opinion. Her experience and practical know how are second to none.’

‘Kirsty Mairs & James Morrisson – They are both very diligent property lawyers for whom nothing is ever too much trouble.’

Key clients

Herbert Group

Titanic Properties Limited and Titanic Quarter Limited

Lidl Northern Ireland Limited

Marks & Spencer plc

Homebase

BT Plc

Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL)

Poundland

David Samuels Properties

PWD Developments

Maple & May

Work highlights

  • Advised Titanic Quarter Limited in relation to their JV partnership to develop a waterfront build-to-rent scheme in Belfast comprising 800 apartments.
  • Advised Longford-founded Glennon Brothers on the acquisition of Fermanagh-based Balcas Timber, Northern Ireland’s leading sawmill.
  • Advised Herbert Group on the acquisition of Barry’s Amusement Complex in Portrush.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland‘s nationwide coverage makes it a popular choice for large-scale clients in the retail and leisure sectors, such as New Look, McDonald’s and Domino’s. The team is additionally active in the residential sector, working with major NI housing associations. Practice head Gareth Planck has experience in leases, acquisitions and disposals, and mixed use development skills. Associate Corrina Cassidy, who is praised for her ‘excellent landlord and tenant knowledge’, provides key support.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Planck

Other key lawyers:

Corrina Cassidy; Hannah Boyd

Testimonials

‘The team has excellent retail landlord and tenant experience that sets them apart from other firms in Ireland. The team gives solid commercial advice and has the ability to understand and advise quickly on difficult legal issues.’

‘Gareth Planck – partner overseeing the team. Excellent knowledge of the retail market which gives added value to the services provided.’

‘Corrina Cassidy – excellent landlord and tenant knowledge. Gives solid advice and is very proactive on files. Has the ability to highlight and deal with the key legal issues without a fuss getting the job done quickly and efficiently.’

‘From personal experience Gareth and Corrina are head and shoulders above other commercial property solicitors that we have instructed in Ireland.’

‘National firm with great local and national expertise and experience.’

‘Gareth Planck deserves particular mention. Property law expert like no other who runs a great team in Belfast.’

Key clients

Choice Housing Ireland Limited

Kildare Projects Ltd

Tim Hortons

QSix Real Estate Finance LLP

QSix Real Estate Fund

Martin Property Group

Domino’s Pizza UK & Ireland Limited

McDonalds Restaurants Limited

New Look Retailers Limited

Grafton Street Projects Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Choice Housing Ireland Limited on its largest-to-date social housing project in Northern Ireland with a combined investment value of £125m (including an initial site acquisition fee of £23m).
  • Advised QSix Real Estate Finance LLP on the Northern Irish aspects of the provision of acquisition finance to David Samuel Properties for the purchase of the 170,000 sq. ft. Shane Retail Park Belfast.
  • Advised QSix Real Estate Finance LLP on the provision of cross-jurisdiction acquisition finance to David Samuel Properties for the purchase of Danum Retail Park in Doncaster and Lisnagelvin Retail Park in Londonderry.

Mills Selig

Mills Selig acts across the RoI and the UK in a wide range of sectors, including telecommunications, leisure, and hospitality, with particularly high-value work in the energy sector. Anne Skeggs, who is praised for her ‘clear experience and commercial approach‘ leads the department, and has a particular specialism in property finance. Anna-Marie McAlinden, who has over 16 years’ experience in the field, handles significant acquisitions, lettings and disposals for high-profile clients in addition to heading the firm's climate & energy department.

Practice head(s):

Anne Skeggs

Other key lawyers:

Anna-Marie McAlinden

Testimonials

‘A great team led by Anne Skeggs.’

‘Anne is very commercial, personable, and really knows her stuff.’

‘Mills Selig is an extremely versatile and personable company. Each person you will come across within the firm is knowledgeable, personable and adaptable and willing to go above and beyond to ensure client satisfaction.’

‘Each individual we work with within Mills Selig is highly driven and caring.’

‘They were very quick to respond, available, commercial in their advice and were key to the smooth running of the deal. We were particularly pleased with their collaborative approach to working with us for the client.’

‘We would specifically mention Anne Skeggs. Anne’s clear experience and commercial approach was invaluable.’

Key clients

Ducales Capital

Alpha Real Renewables/Elm Solar Limited

Bamford Bus Company

Euro Garages

Hagan Homes

Glenmayne Group

Galliard Homes Limited

Marcol Group Limited

IMC Cinema Group

ITV Group plc

Clanmil Housing Association

Total Produce Limited

Quinn Industrial Holdings (now Mannok Holdings)

Waterways Ireland

A P Wireless Ireland Investments Limited

Quicklet Properties Limited

Earlsfort Capital Partners

Lloyds Development Capital (Holdings) Limited

Rexel Group

Reed Group

Ortus Secured Finance

Mamas and Papas

Rentokil

Herbert Group/Kirk Bryson Limited

Murdock Property Group/Lotus Group

BSI Wind Limited

TST Holding (NI) Limited

Sky UK Limited

NMQ-One Limited

Travers Smith

Devenish Nutrition

McKibbin Sulliven

Van Rath

Chrifin Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for London investment group Alpha Real Capital (Alpha) on the acquisition of Innova Energy, a multi-million multi-asset operating portfolio.
  • Acted for Natural World Products on receipt of an investment of £20m from MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland and asset manager 57 Stars.

Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP

Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP‘s team is entirely composed of lawyers dual-qualified in Northern Ireland and England and Wales and works with the firm’s other offices to provide total coverage of the UK and Ireland. The department is co-led by Andrea McIlroy-Rose and Joanna Robinson. Mcllroy-Rose leads on retail property and specialist social housing, with expertise in investment and development work. Robinson covers a broad array of commercial property transactions, including acquisitions & disposals, lettings, and developments, and is a leading figure in build to rent in the market. Senior associate Leanne McKeown is a key individual, and has long-term relationships with some of the firm’s major clients.

Practice head(s):

Andrea McIlroy-Rose; Joanna Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Leanne McKeown

Key clients

Saint-Gobain

NatWest Bank

Larne Harbour Limited

Uniqlo

Apex

Commerz Real

Kennedy Wilson

Oxford Street Capital

Fairfield Real Estate Finance Limited

Work highlights

    Shoosmiths LLP

    Shoosmiths LLP field a multidisciplinary team particularly active in the residential, retail, and energy sectors. The department is a popular choice for high-value residential developments as well as for hospitality sector matters. Co-head Mark Blair specialises in institutional investment, diversifying into commercial and residential developments, while co-head Sarah Ewing acts for developers, landlords, and tenants on the full spectrum of real estate matters. John Palmer is well known in the energy sector.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Blair; Sarah Ewing

    Other key lawyers:

    John Palmer

    Testimonials

    ‘Team is very commercial in its approach and has a ‘can do’ attitude to ensuring contract completions on time and within budget.’

    ‘Mark Blair is outstanding in his field. He is well respected amongst his peers, provides practical, commercial solutions to issues which arise, and does what is required to get the job done well!’

    ‘Enthusiastic and make the work a high priority.’

    ‘Great knowledge and commercially-minded.’

    ‘Good quality team.’

    Key clients

    Tristan Capital

    Lotus Group

    Porter Homes

    Kilmona Properties

    Cape Renewables

    Newbridge Energy Holdings

    Magell Properties

    Alterity Developments

    B Crowe & Sons

    The Works Stores

    H&M Hennes & Mauritz

    Ann Summers

    Choice Housing Association

    Mainline Contracts

    Lanyon Homes

    Northern Ireland Housing Executive

    The Richland Group

    Clanmil Housing Association

    Work highlights

    • Advised Choice Housing Association on a very large-scale title review certificate of title exercise across multiple residential housing schemes to the value of £50m.
    • Acted on the relocation of a dozen tenants from the Junction Shopping Centre in Antrim to make way for the development of a new Dobbies Garden Centre on that land.
    • Advising a large international developer on the site assembly for a virtual transmission project in Northern Ireland.

    TLT

    TLT‘s ‘first class‘ team is particularly active on property transactions and investments, working closely with the firm’s energy department to service major clients such as EP Kilroot, Alpha Real Captial and SSE Renewables on real estate elements of high-value energy work. Judith Hewitson leads the team and has extensive experience advising public and private sector clients on the full range of property matters. Allen is supported by Kevin Murphy, who is increasingly active in local investment work, with an emphasis on energy and natural resources. Legal director Patrick O’Hanlon also plays a major role in the department.

    Practice head(s):

    Judith Hewitson

    Other key lawyers:

    Kevin Murphy; Patrick O’Hanlon

    Testimonials

    ‘They put in the late hours when it’s required.’

    ‘For me, key attributes are competence, diligence, commerciality and prompt action. TLT has always demonstrated all of these attributes.’

    ‘Patrick O’Hanlon is an exceptional solicitor who is extremely thorough when dealing with any/every transaction and his professionalism inspires confidence and trust for my clients.’

    ‘First class advice and service.’

    ‘Great understanding of property. Can portray their comments clearly and concisely. Ensured all aspects of the deal/finance were looked at in detail.’

    ‘Attention to detail. Came across in a professional manner. Ability to explain things in simple language.’

    ‘National firm with strong local expertise.’

    ‘Judith Hewitson and Kevin Murphy deserve particular mention.’

    Key clients

    David Samuel Properties

    Alpha Real Capital

    SSE Renewables [UK] Ltd.

    EP Kilroot Ltd.

    Deepbridge Capital

    Maple & May

    Braidwater

    Lotus Group

    Deramore Developments

    Tim Hortons

    CBRE NIIF

    Baazarvoice

    Andras House

    Cornerstone Construction (NI) Limited

    Deepbridge Capital LLP

    Sainsbury’s

    Lookers Plc

    Nisbets Plc

    TUI

    Norvara Investment Limited

    Crescendo Real Estate Partners

    Work highlights

    • Advising David Samuel Properties on the acquisition of Shane Retail Park, Belfast and Lisnagelvin Retail Park, Londonderry.
    • Advised Signet on the relocation of their Ernest Jones Belfast store from Donegall Place to a new flagship premises in Mayfair Buildings, Arthur Place.
    • Appointed on an exclusive basis to advise Braidwater on all residential site acquisitions, development and subsequent plot sales, with numerous developments ongoing including ongoing strategic site management of the H2 (The Cashel) and Glenmona developments.

    Elliott Duffy Garrett

    Elliott Duffy Garrett acts on a range of real estate transactions and is a popular choice for housing associations as well as clients in the leisure sector. Stewart Nash, dual-qualified in Northern Ireland and England and Wales, leads the team and has over 25 years of experience in acting for local and international clients. Also significant in the department are Leo Brown, who specialises in acquisition, development, and property insolvency matters, and Pierre Boitel-Gill, who is particularly active on real estate sales and acquisitions.

    Practice head(s):

    Stewart Nash

    Other key lawyers:

    Leo Brown; Pierre Boitel-Gill

    Testimonials

    ‘They have a depth and quality within a wide team, but will not take on something outside their specialty. This is a positive as too many legal firms accept any job without adequate experience.’

    Key clients

    John H Lunn Limited

    McGinnis Group

    Eglinton Developments Limited

    The Baird Group Limited

    Jenkins Shipping Company Limited

    Ebrington Leisure Holding Limited

    Oasis Group

    Sam Hagan Leisure (UK) Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Sam Hagan Leisure (UK) Limited on £11m sale of Beacon Fell Holiday Park.
    • Advising Ebrington Leisure Holdings on £15m development of a hotel and leisure facility at and part of the regeneration of an historically significant former military base.

    Millar McCall Wylie LLP

    Millar McCall Wylie LLP has strong relationships with both domestic NI and international clients. Founding partner Peter McCall is department head and offers more than 25 years’ experience in the practice area. Simon Fleming acts for investors, retailers, landlords and developers, with recent highlights including assisting with the property restructuring of the MJM Group during a major refinancing. Associates Michael Wilson and Neil McCreadie are other key contacts.

    Practice head(s):

    Peter McCall

    Other key lawyers:

    Simon Fleming; Michael Wilson; Neil McCreadie

    Testimonials

    ‘The lawyers consistently understand the commercial issues as well as the legal issues and are there to provide advice which takes into account of the realities of the commercial world.’

    ‘My main contact is Peter McCall who is universally regarded as one of the leading commercial property lawyers in Belfast and invariably has his finger on the pulse of the market. He has an eye for the big picture and has an enviable reputation for getting the deal done.’

    Key clients

    McAleer and Rushe Group

    Fairfield Real Estate Finance

    Consolidated Property Group (CPG Wallop)

    Peacocks/Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group of Companies

    NFU Mutual

    Monsoon/Accessorize

    CBRE Global Investors

    MJM Group of Companies

    Card Factory

    Hays Travel

    Tata Steel

    Jollyes

    Scottish Power Renewables

    Portman Healthcare

    Warren James Jewellers

    Moffett Group of Companies

    LCC Group of Companies

    Schuh

    EuroChange

    Work highlights

    • Advised Magmel (Ballymena) Limited on the acquisition of the Fairhill Shopping Centre, Ballymena.
    • Advised CPG Wallop on the acquisition of the Kilroot Business Park, Carrickfergus.
    • Advised MK6 Limited on the acquisition of the former Park Inn Hotel, Belfast and the associated offices.

    Wilson Nesbitt

    Wilson Nesbitt‘s real estate team has a strong focus on the residential sector, with a longstanding relationship with Northern Ireland’s largest real estate developer, Radius Housing. Practice head Drew Nesbitt is a dual-qualified solicitor able to practice in both England and Wales and Northern Ireland and specialises in mixed use regeneration schemes. Senior partner Gilbert Nesbitt primarily acts for real estate developers and social housing associations. Solicitor Izabela Treacy is a name to note.

    Practice head(s):

    Drew Nesbitt

    Other key lawyers:

    Gilbert Nesbitt; Max Nesbitt; Izabela Treacy

    Testimonials

    ‘The Wilson Nesbitt team has provided me with an efficient and cost-effective service, providing me with leading legal and financial advice.’

    ‘Drew Nesbitt is a highly professional and knowledgable solicitor who has provided expert legal advice to my business.’

    ‘I know that if I need to speak to a solicitor I can just lift the phone and get who I need right away.’

    ‘Efficient and knowledgeable team which gives me confidence in its ability to manage our company’s needs.’

    ‘Max Nesbitt – he is extremely knowledgeable.’

    ‘Izabela Treacy – enthusiastic and professional at all times. I feel very comfortable when speaking with Izabela, which is important for working relationships.’

    ‘Proactive company which goes beyond the norm to ensure success of projects whilst always keeping an eye on risk.’

    ‘The individuals go above and beyond to ensure that projects are realised satisfactorily – creative thinking for problem resolution, clarity of information, long and late hours when necessary and a ‘can do’ attitude.’

    Key clients

    Radius Housing Association

    Loughview Leisure Group Limited

    Brookland Property

    Castlebawn Newtownards Limited

    Hillview Centre Belfast Limited

    CES Quarry Products Limited

    Kestrel Developments Limited

    Tealstone Developments Limited

    Round Tree Development Limited

    Cedona Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Radius Housing Association on the acquisition of multiple parcels of land to facilitate the construction of 119 general needs affordable homes together with a new club house and 3G Gaelic football pitch in a scheme with a GDV of £17m.
    • Advised Loughview Leisure Group Limited on the acquisition of the 196 acres at Castle Upton, Templepatrick as part of the client’s acquisition and redevelopment of the Hilton Templepatrick.
    • Advised Brookland Property on the acquisition of 150,000sqf Flagship Shopping Centre and Multi Storey Car Park as a town centre regeneration and development opportunity.

    Worthingtons

    Worthingtons has become best known for its work on landlord and tenant matters, especially in the retail sector. The practice also holds a place on Northern Ireland Electricity’s framework panel for property work as well as on the AIB Group’s external solicitor panel. Practice head Graham Pierce has over thirty years of experience in the practice area.

    Practice head(s):

    Graham Pierce

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael Press

    Testimonials

    ‘The team’s strength lies in its dedication to personal client service and work is not passed down, but rather the partners act for their clients and response times are great.’

    ‘I work closely with Graham Pierce in the commercial property team, and his attention to detail, and the level of advice, he gives to me when acting on specific projects is second to none.’

    ‘Graham is really personable. He responds in a timely way and most importantly, he speaks in an easy to understand language.’

    ‘We always have our matters handled by a senior solicitor with many years experience and a deep knowledge of their subject matter.’

    ‘We feel like we get a a very personal service and the advice is always very commercial with the needs of our business at the forefront of the advice we receive’

    ‘Our experience with the team highlights the fact that client service is their paramount concern.’

    ‘Working with Graham Pierce is a pleasure as he is professional, diligent and approached each transaction with a level of commercialism that allowed us to achieve the best possible result.’

    Key clients

    Golf Holdings Group

    Currys plc (formerly Dixons Carphone plc)

    Virgin Media O2 (formerly Telefonica O2)

    Whistl UK (formerly TNT Post)

    Cordant Group

    SABA Investments

    Derevoya Holdings Limited

    AIB Group (UK) plc

    Quiz Clothing (Zandra Retail Limited)

    Extern Northern Ireland

    Premiere Employment Group Ltd

    Hotel Chocolat

    Boux Avenue (Theo Paphitis Retail Group)

    Creative Gardens (NI) Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising Currys plc group companies in relation to all aspects of its Northern Ireland real estate portfolio.
    • Advising Virgin Media O2 in relation to all aspects of its retail estate in Northern Ireland.
    • Advising the Golf Holdings Group on all aspects of their property estate in Northern Ireland.