Arthur Cox Belfast > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Firm Profile
Arthur Cox Belfast Offices
Arthur Cox Belfast > The Legal 500 RankingsArthur Cox Belfast is particularly prominent in the agri-food, technology, manufacturing and retail sectors. The team advises on an array of major local deals as well as acting on the Northern Irish aspects of multi-jurisdictional matters. This is reflected in practice head Lynsey Mallon’s recent workload, which involved advising major wholesaler Musgraves on its acquisition of several local retail outlets, as well as acting as local counsel to Agro Merchants Group on its global sale to Americold Realty Trust. Northern Ireland chairman Alan Taylor regularly assists with M&A and restructurings, often with a cross-border element.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team we work with led by Lynsey Mallon have been thoroughly professional in all our dealings with them, when needed in the last year. Competency, capability, legal knowledge, punctuality, receptiveness, engagement, understanding of client requirements, advice and advocacy have all been excellent.’
‘Partners are always available at the outset of the project. Partners establish the best team to complete the project and maintain their input throughout. The firm works well other advisers ’
‘The main individuals I work with are Alan Taylor and Lynsey Mallon. Both have fantastic knowledge of our company and supported and advised on all aspects of our strategy.’
‘Highly regarded all-island firm with refreshed Belfast practice with a highly commercial focus.’
‘Alan Taylor is our lead partner. Has helped with corporate tax restructuring exercise, and family trust matters.
‘The people are very down to earth and are good at explaining legal issues in laymans terms’
‘Lynsey Mallon and Richard Armstrong – great commercial knowledge and understanding their clients needs’
‘Lynsey Mallon is exceptional. Commercially astute. Friendly and very commercial. ’
Agro Merchants Group / Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.
Sunrise Medical Holdings Limited
Re-Vana Therapeutics Ltd
Spirit Aerosystems, Inc
Arena Capital Partners Limited
Intertoll Europe Zrt
Wind NI Limited
- Advised on the Northern Irish law aspects of sale of the entire Agro Group to Americold Realty Trust, the world’s largest publicly traded real estate investment trust.
- Advised Musgrave Retail Partners NI Limited on all aspects of its acquisition and sale (whether via business or share acquisition) of multiple retail businesses across Northern Ireland.
- Advised Sunrise Medical Holdings on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of James Leckey Design Limited.
With 'a wealth of experience in the local market', Arthur Cox Belfast advises multinational clients such as Renault, Volvo and Roche Diagnostics, with a notably strong background in competition and procurement disputes. Financial services litigation is another key area of focus, largely owing to the expertise of practice head and managing partner Catriona Gibson, who is described as a 'skilled negotiator'. Procurement cases are mainly handled by Chris Ritchie, who is also highly skilled in insurance-related disputes. Also recommended are the 'astute' David Black, who focuses on contentious competition, breach of contract and professional negligence cases, and associate Carley Shields, who specialises in commercial litigation.
‘The Belfast litigation team are commercial and hardworking. They provide a first-class service.’
‘The Arthur Cox team have a wealth of experience in the local market.’
‘David Black and Catriona Gibson are extremely capable, knowledgeable and nice people to work with.’
‘Great client base and the entire team are very strong in this practice area.’
‘David Black is astute, easy to work with and has clear commercial logic. Carley Shields demonstrates tireless energy and tenacity in pursuing cases.’
‘Arthur Cox is a highly skilled and experienced law firm with significant presence and professionalism.’
‘The firm employs experienced and extremely learned lawyers at both partner and associate level. Arthur Cox are in the top five law firms in Northern Ireland.’
‘Catriona Gibson is a highly qualified and skilled negotiator in dispute resolutionmatters. She has great presence of mind. David Black is calmness personified and provides great clarity in explaining complex litigation matters.’
Global Media & Entertainment (Capital FM, Heart Radio, Capital Xtra, LBC, Classic FM)
- Advised Volvo and Renault entities in Northern Ireland in defence of all claims originating from a decision of the European Commission in 2016 relating to ‘price fixing’.
- Advised Global Media & Entertainment in relation to conflict of contractual provisions arising from a premium advertising space in a high-volume retail area in Belfast.
- Advised Roche Diagnostics on a procurement challenge brought by Ortho Clinical Diagnostics.
Arthur Cox Belfast's multi-disciplinary team offers 'the complete legal service', with strengths in handling industrial relations disputes, immigration matters, redundancies and restructurings. The firm's presence in both Dublin and Belfast means it is well placed to handle employment issues that span across the UK and Ireland. Rosemary Lundy leads the team and stands out for her expertise in equality law, with a unique insight having formerly worked as an in-house legal adviser to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. The 'excellent' Emma-Jane Flannery is another key name in the team and excels in advising on the employment aspects of major restructurings and insolvencies.
Other key lawyers:
Emma-Jane Flannery; Chris Fullerton; Johanna Cunningham
‘There is a true understanding of our business and strategic goals, and they operate more as a valued and central partner to our in-house legal team rather than simply an external adviser.’
‘Emma-Jane Flannery has not simply been an excellent employment law adviser, but also an outstanding partner for the business. She has a deep understanding of our strategic goals, with an easy and pragmatic manner that facilitates the right environment for decision-making, particularly when navigating contentious matters.’
‘Johanna Cunningham has provided invaluable support in relation to Covid-related issues, including regular updates on government reliefs and schemes.’
‘Arthur Cox is a firm that can offer the complete legal service.’
‘I have worked with Rosemary Lundy for many years and she provides an excellent legal service. Her advice has always been on the mark and I would have no problem recommending Rosemary for any employment matter.’
‘Strong knowledge of our business needs. Practical, focused and very commercial approach to our legal challenges – more so than many other firms that we deal with. ’
‘Emma-Jane Flannery’s work with us has been excellent. She is considered a trusted adviser and her views are highly valued.’
JMC Packaging Limited
Progress Software Corporation
Moy Park Limited
Artemis Technologies Ltd
Construction Employers Federation (CEF)
Spirit Aero Systems Inc.
TRU Hotels and Resorts LLC
- Advised JMC Packaging Limited, one of Ireland’s leading importers and distributors of packaging machinery and packaging materials, on the employment aspects of a complex share buy-out transaction.
- Advised Progress Software Corporation on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Chef Software, a global leader in DevOps and DevSecOps, to include advice on the employment aspects of various intra-group transfers.
- Advised Bunzl PLC on complex internal audits, disability issues and managing long-term sickness absence, among other matters.
Arthur Cox Belfast's standing in the market is reflected by the volume and value of transactions undertaken by its team. Also notable is that the group is highly skilled in handling domestic deals, and with the firm having adjoining offices in Dublin and London, it is well-placed to undertake transactions with a nexus to the UK and Ireland. The group is at the forefront of trends shaping the Northern Ireland finance market, as is currently being evidenced by its heavy involvement in highly-leveraged financings of distressed debt purchases/refinancings. The firm's reputation as a market-leader ensures that it attracts a strong flow of work from clients such as major retail banks, investment funds and global private equity firms. The practice is led by Stuart Mansfield, whose transactional experience includes syndicated loans, loan mortgage portfolio acquisitions and disposals, bond issuances and securitisations. Like Mansfield, Colm McElroy is also skilled in handling domestic and cross-border finance transactions for financial institutions and corporate borrowers. In 2020, former finance head Kieran McGarrigle left to establish McGarrigle Legal.
Other key lawyers:
‘Strong Irish practice with great depth of quality team.’
‘Strong partner line-up with both Stuart Mansfield and Colm McElroy considered worth specifically mentioning. Fully focused and assignment-driven you can always count on quality timely delivery from both on all legal assignments without compromise.’
Ulster Bank Limited
Garrison Earlsfort Investments DAC
Bank of Ireland
Starwood Property Trust Inc
- Advised Tourism NI on the funding of an official HBO-endorsed “Game of Thrones” tourist attraction in Northern Ireland.
- Advised TRGP Inc on the financing elements of the acquisition of Northern Irish based company Axon Financial Systems Limited.
- Advised Bank of Ireland on the refinancing of major manufacturer Acheson + Glover Group.
Arthur Cox Belfast’s multi-disciplined team is highly experienced in intellectual property matters including commercial agreements and transactional work. The team’s work also includes the day-to-day protection of trade marks, copyrights and patents. The retail, technology and manufacturing sectors are key areas of interest, with a high-profile client roster including Coca Cola and major wholesaler Musgraves. Corporate partners Alan Taylor and Lynsey Mallon are key names in the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team have excellent communication and breadth of knowledge. They don’t just treat us as a client that they earn money from but as a partner they are advising to get the best outcome in the most cost effective way.’
‘They make sure they bring in the right expertise from associate up to partner to support on the advice we need which is reassuring and helps us deal quickly with the work.’
‘The expertise is a key part with excellent communication from all of them.’
Musgrave Retail Partners NI Limited
Thompson Aero Seating Limited
Department of Finance (LPS)
Sunrise Medical Holdings Limited
The Mount Charles Group Limited
Musgrave Distribution Limited
North West of Ireland Print and Publishing Limited
- Advised Coca Cola on all IP matters.
- Advising Musgrave on an ongoing basis in relation to its use and licensing of the intellectual property rights contained within its marquee retail brands.
- Advising Thompson Aero Seating Limited on the drafting, review and negotiation of commercial contracts for the sale of bespoke business class seats to commercial airlines, such as Lufthansa and Boeing.
Arthur Cox Belfast has been advising numerous public bodies on commercial IT contracts and digital transformation projects, as well as acting for private and semi-private entities in the retail, higher education and energy sectors. The team also advises medtech and fintech companies. Firm chairman Alan Taylor is a key name and is an expert in technology transfers and licensing agreements, as well as data protection matters. Corporate partner Lynsey Mallon has been advising on medtech and fintech matters and has also advised on AI and automation mandates. William Curry is the key name for large IT projects.
‘Transparent, clarity and openness. Always there to offer a solution to the issue at hand.’
‘Always call me back if they aren’t available, able to think out of the box. Approachable, honest and hard working.’
Musgrave Retail Partners NI Limited
Funds Axis Limited
Department of Finance (LPS)
Sonrai Analytics Limited
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Department for Infrastructure
Belfast Metropolitan College
Northern Ireland Housing Executive
- Acted for Musgrave in connection with a commercial IT contract with PayPoint Network Limited for the supply of certain IT till systems to Musgrave’s stores across Northern Ireland.
- Advising Land and Property Services on all aspects of its Revenue and Benefits Procurement processes.
- Advising the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs on its implementation of a new large-scale IT system for recording and tracking the movements and health of food animals in Northern Ireland.
Arthur Cox Belfast's full-service offering in the restructuring and insolvency arena has made it a go-to for the most active insolvency practitioners in the market, as well as 'big four' accountancy firms, creditors and company directors. Under the leadership of Stuart Mansfield, the team acts for clients on administrations, receiverships, liquidations and corporate restructurings, among various other scenarios. The department's core restructuring and insolvency expertise is complemented by the firm's strengths in ancillary areas, such as banking and finance, corporate, dispute resolution, employment and property. In addition to being visible in the Northern Ireland market, the firm also acts for clients in cross-border matters; in one example, it is acting for the administrators of Gibraltarian company Abbeytown in a complex administration that involves a criminal investigation against the former directors in Northern Ireland. Colm McElroy is another name to note in the team. In 2020, Kieran McGarrigle left the firm to establish McGarrigle Legal.
Other key lawyers:
‘Strong Irish firm focused on client delivery’
‘Strong partner lineup with Colm McElroy considered worth specifically mentioning for this service offering. Fully focused and assignment driven you can always count on quality timely delivery on all legal assignments without compromise. Very knowledgeable on all aspects of insolvency and recovery law and you know you are in safe hands with Colm instructed to represent yourself.’
KPMG and Arthur Boyd & Co
- Advice to administrator in respect of complex administration of high profile construction company, Dixons Contractors Ltd.
- Advised Deloitte as fixed charge receivers in respect of a complex receivership involving over 40 assets.
- Advised the administrator of JBE Mechanical Ltd, a large electrical and mechanical contractor.
Arthur Cox Belfast advises on employer, public and occupier liability claims; the team is noted for its strength in occupational disease cases, and also handles product liability personal injury claims for large multinationals. Other clients include a number of large insurers, corporates and public bodies. Chris Ritchie leads the team; he has been active in cases involving complex product liability issues, asbestos-related illnesses and noise-induced hearing loss.
Northern Ireland Housing Executive
Education Authority for NI
- Advised Maximus Crushing and Screening Ltd after a customer suffered serious injuries using its machines.
- Defended metal-on-metal hip implant claims for Stryker Corporation.
- Advising WYG in respect of a fatality on its premises.
Arthur Cox Belfast is distinguished through its additional office in the Republic of Ireland, making it well placed to handle trusts and estates that span across the island of Ireland. Firm chairman Alan Taylor leads the practice and advises private citizens and family offices, with a strong track record in handling high-value probate applications.
Arthur Cox Belfast’s sizable corporate practice has a strong presence in the energy and infrastructure sectors, and is also able to draw on the expertise of William Curry, who is a leading procurement specialist in Northern Ireland. Curry leads the practice and has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious procurement issues. Alan Taylor is a key name for corporate deals in the energy and infrastructure arenas, with recent mandates involving wind farms and natural gas projects.
Alan Taylor; William Curry
‘Very methodical and detail oriented.’
‘William Curry has great commerciality.’
‘William Curry was excellent, he was constantly calm and diligent which enabled the deal to get done.’
‘I have recently engaged Arthur Cox in respect of a procurement challenge involving a wholly owned subsidiary of a major utility. Arthur Cox from the minute I contacted them displayed professionalism, courtesy and an expertise in the relevant areas. Arthur Cox displayed an attention to both our needs and to the details of the case which greatly expedited matters. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to my peers.’
‘Arthur Cox has a great level of expertise across a range of specialist services and offer good practicable advice at competitive rates.’
‘I have worked with William Curry for several years in seeking professional advice. The support has always been very valuable and well received.’
Mutual Energy Group (including Moyle Interconnector Limited and Premier Transmission Limited)
Phoenix Natural Gas Limited
Arena Capital Partners Limited
HHT Management Limited
Northern Ireland Housing Executive
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council
Department of Finance (LPS)
- Advised Moyle Interconnector Limited on the drafting and negotiation of a contract with Siemens in relation to Phase II of the Control System Upgrade Project.
- Advised Premier Transmission Limited on whether amendments were required to an existing Tripartite Agreement with National Grid Gas plc and GNI (UK) Limited.
- Advised six local councils (through the arc21 corporate vehicle) on the procurement for an energy from waste facility.
Arthur Cox Belfast's real estate team, which acts for local and multinational clients, is highly active in industries such as energy and retail. Also notable is that practice head Alastair Todd (who acts for clients with property assets across the island of Ireland and in Great Britain) has made a name for himself in the social and affordable housing space. Under Todd's leadership, the practice has continued to build on its well-established reputation in investment transactions, residential and commercial development projects, lettings of commercial and office premises, and asset management work. One notable highlight in 2020 involved Todd leading the advice to Straidorn Properties on its acquisition of the historic Custom House in Belfast. The group also includes consultant Rowan White, Mark Jameson and associates Chris Williams and Laura McGaffin.
‘Partners are generally very commercial.’
‘Alastair Todd (real estate partner) has both the commercial and legal experience to overcome complexity in transactions.’
‘Excellent use of technology especially during recent months. Phone calls always answered and emails always replied to very promptly. Billing transparency. High calibre of partners and staff. The excellent reputation beforehand was confirmed quickly after use.’
‘Clear, concise and quick communication. Total ownership of issues end to end. Excellent local and national market knowledge. Excellent use of technology.’
‘Arthur Cox has a reputation of excellence in the field of all types of commercial property-related transactions.’
‘Personal involvement and understanding of the project(s) – willingness to ‘roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty’ as opposed to delegation.’
Four Seasons Healthcare Group (FSHC)
Applied Systems Europe Limited
HHT Management Limited
Marathon Asset Management
Bank of Ireland
- Advised Straidorn Properties on the acquisition of Custom House.
- Advised Four Seasons Healthcare Group (FSHC) on the disposal of a number of trading and redundant premises across Northern Ireland.
- Advised Applied Systems Europe Limited on the lease of the 2nd and 3rd floors (19,160 sq ft) of Adelaide Exchange, Belfast.
Real estate > Construction Tier 2
Arthur Cox Belfast's practice, which is led by construction specialist Cahal Carvill and procurement expert William Curry, is strong across the entire spectrum of contentious and non-contentious mandates. The firm is consistently involved in projects of significant value, and it is frequently seen as a go-to by employers, building contractors, developers, consultants and banks, among other clients. Carvill and Curry are leading the advice to the Department for Communities on the construction aspects of the £110m redevelopment of Casement Park. On the contentious side, Carvill acted for North West Regional College in a dispute arising from the redevelopment of its Springtown campus.
William Curry; Cahal Carvill
‘Arthur Cox has remained top of the market this year. We see them as our go-to legal team for all construction related matters. They have a very strong team of lawyers led by Cahal Carvill and William Curry.’
‘Cahal Carvill is particularly commercially-minded and is great at seeing the wood from the trees when advising on complex issues and disputes.’
‘Cahal Carvill is top class, always available and responsive and fights our corner to the very end. He is very good at distilling complex issues and developing a strategy and successfully delivering on that strategy. We see Cahal as an extension of our business and key to our ongoing development growth targets. Arthur Cox as a team are simply best in class!’
Apex Housing Association (Glenmona)
Ulster University (Frederick Street)
Mutual Energy Limited (EP contract)
Department for Communities
TES (Hinchley Point C)
Apex (Bishop Street)
North West Regional College
Ards and North Down Borough Council
- Advised Apex Housing Association on its development of the largest single social housing scheme in the history of Northern Ireland.
- Advising Ulster University on a range of matters relating to its construction of a new campus in Belfast city centre.
- Advising Mutual Energy on the key construction contracts for a project to provide a new gas connection to facilitate the construction and operation of a new ‘energy park’ in Northern Ireland.
Arthur Cox Belfast > Firm Profile
One of the foremost full-service law firms in Northern Ireland; strengths include company and commercial law, M&A, banking and finance, projects and procurement, commercial property and construction, environment and planning, commercial and finance litigation, energy, employment, licensing and information rights.
The firm: With over 350 lawyers in Belfast, Dublin, London, New York and Silicon Valley and almost 100 staff in Belfast alone, Arthur Cox provides a comprehensive service to an international client base, ranging from multinational organisations, banks and financial institutions and established global industry leaders, to government agencies and new players in the technology and media sectors. The firm’s authoritative reputation is based on proven professional skills, a thorough understanding of client requirements, sound judgement and a practical approach to solving legal and commercial problems.
Types of work undertaken
Company/commercial: the firm has a strong reputation for corporate finance and M&A, and acts in all company/commercial law matters, including private equity, joint ventures, venture capital, and agency and distribution agreements. It regularly acts on cross-border, all-Ireland transactions and inward investments.
Commercial property: the firm has Northern Ireland’s leading commercial property practice (by both value and volume) with very significant experience of the local market. It has been involved in most of the major commercial property projects carried out in Northern Ireland in recent years and the firm’s clients span the entire property spectrum, from private developers to government departments.
Litigation and dispute resolution: the team has long-standing experience in commercial litigation, personal injury defence litigation, insurance litigation, banking litigation, construction disputes, professional negligence including medical defence, intellectual property disputes and product liability. The firm has a dedicated banking litigation team with a volume of work so substantial that it is the number one ranked legal firm by volume across the whole of the UK for secured recoveries for at least one major high-street lender.
Energy: the firm acts for government departments and major private sector clients and has been involved in the restructuring and financing of energy infrastructure and markets across Ireland. It advises on all financing, trading and regulatory matters relating to the energy industry.
Projects and construction: Arthur Cox’s all-Ireland projects team has more than 30 specialist lawyers and is a market leader. The dedicated projects team in Belfast has been the firm of choice for the public sector in Northern Ireland in recent years, advising awarding authorities on virtually all significant infrastructure and ICT projects.
Public procurement: the firm has a team of specialist public procurement lawyers in Belfast, with unrivalled experience advising the public and private sector on all aspects of public and utilities procurement law. It is the ‘go-to’ firm for complex project procurements in Northern Ireland; procurement litigation is also a key strength.
Banking/financial services: the firm has one of the leading banking and financial services practices in Northern Ireland. It is regularly instructed by lending institutions in Ireland and the United Kingdom, and for international lending institutions in banking transactions involving cross-border elements.
Public and administrative law: the firm acts for commercial and public sector clients, providing advice on a range of public and administrative law issues including freedom of information and data protection. The team has represented clients in a number of high-profile judicial review applications and one of the first cases under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
Employment and pensions: the firm advises private and public sector clients on all aspects of employment law, including fair employment, discrimination and equal pay. It also advises on all aspects of termination of employment (including redundancy, collective redundancy, unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and constructive dismissal) and supports corporate clients on employment issues arising in the context of mergers and acquisitions.
Other offices: Dublin, London, New York, Silicon Valley.
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|Cahal Carvill||Partner||View Profile|
|William Curry||Partner||View Profile|
|Chris Fullerton||Partner||View Profile|
|Catriona Gibson||Managing Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution Group, Northern Ireland||View Profile|
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|Stuart Mansfield||Partner||View Profile|
|Colm McElroy||Partner||View Profile|
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|Alan Taylor||Chairman and Partner in Corporate and M&A practice||View Profile|
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 17 Number of other UK fee-earners : 25
Corporate Social Responsibility at Arthur Cox
At Arthur Cox, we have worked very hard on the design and implementation of our Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) policy. The CSR aspect of our practice is one of the key components of the way we do business. Our CSR policy is made up of four main pillars – pro bono work, volunteering, charitable activities, and the environment. The policy is overseen and implemented by our CSR Committee in Northern Ireland.
The founder of our firm, Arthur Cox, was a well-known philanthropist. From our beginnings, almost 100 years ago, we have always incorporated this ethos into the running of our business.
In 2019 the firm partnered with The Fostering Network as its charity of the year in Northern Ireland and this has been a rewarding partnership. Arthur Cox staff have volunteered at Fostering Network away days, delivered a curriculum vitae and interview skills workshop to fostered children and hosted a number of successful fundraising events for the charity. The firm also partnered with Madlug, a community interest company dedicated to benefitting children in care, purchasing ethically manufactured rucksacks for distribution to the Fostering Network.
Arthur Cox is a leading member of Business in The Community Northern Ireland (“BITC”) with staff representation at board and committee level. We are highly engaged in multiple third sector programmes through the organisation.
Arthur Cox trainee solicitors also participate in our project work in Zambia each year, where the focus is to build radio schools in conjunction with the Canisius Secondary School (one of the earliest and most respected centres of learning in Zambia) to improve access to and the quality of education for local children.
Other CSR activity includes volunteering at a local animal sanctuary, mentoring young entrepreneurs in conjunction with Young Enterprise Northern Ireland and hosting a “Legal Pursuit”, giving 6th form students access into the day-to-day working life of a solicitor.
Inclusion and Diversity
At Arthur Cox, we are committed to creating, developing and nurturing an inclusive and diverse workplace where individuals are valued and supported. We recognize that diversity means treating people as individuals so it is our mission to ensure everyone feels welcome, at ease and supported at all times.
We endeavour to create an inclusive and diverse work environment because it is the right thing to do. In a diverse workplace people are encouraged and inspired to reach their full potential all the while making the firm stronger and better.
We concentrate on developing and implementing policies and initiatives that welcome, promote, and encourage while respecting the varying approaches and perspectives different identity groups bring to our workplace.
It is our objective to develop innovative initiatives to foster the growth and development of our inclusive work environment helping to promote diversity and prevent discrimination.
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- Dispute resolution
- Finance > Banking and finance
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
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- Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
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- Real estate > Commercial property
- Real estate > Construction
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