Firm Profile > Arthur Cox Belfast > Belfast, Northern Ireland

Arthur Cox Belfast
Northern Ireland

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

A ‘highly regarded all-island firm’, Arthur 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.

Practice head(s):

Lynsey Mallon

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. ’

‘The team are always available when required and the fact the partners we deal with have been with the firm for a numbers of years is helpful in terms of continuity. ’

Key clients

Agro Merchants Group / Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

Sunrise Medical Holdings Limited

Musgrave Group

Re-Vana Therapeutics Ltd

WindNI Limited

Spirit Aerosystems, Inc

Parkelect Ltd

Arena Capital Partners Limited

Intertoll Europe Zrt

Wind NI Limited

Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 1

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 'astuteDavid Black, who focuses on contentious competition, breach of contract and professional negligence cases, and associate Carley Shields, who specialises in commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Catriona Gibson


‘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.’

Key clients



Aer Lingus

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



iPower Ltd




Northern Ireland > Employment Tier 1

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 'excellentEmma-Jane Flannery is another key name in the team and excels in advising on the employment aspects of major restructurings and insolvencies.

Practice head(s):

Rosemary Lundy

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.’

Key clients

JMC Packaging Limited

Progress Software Corporation

Bunzl PLC

Moy Park Limited

Aer Lingus

Artemis Technologies Ltd

Construction Employers Federation (CEF)

Sunrise Medical

Spirit Aero Systems Inc.

TRU Hotels and Resorts LLC

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Mansfield

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.’

Key clients

Ulster Bank Limited

Garrison Earlsfort Investments DAC

Bank of Ireland

Danske Bank

Close Brothers

Starwood Property Trust Inc

Tourism NI


TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Alan Taylor

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.’

Key clients


Musgrave Retail Partners NI Limited

Thompson Aero Seating Limited

Department of Finance (LPS)

Sunrise Medical Holdings Limited

The Mount Charles Group Limited

Funds-Axis Limited


Musgrave Distribution Limited

North West of Ireland Print and Publishing Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Alan Taylor

Other key lawyers:


‘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.’

Key clients

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

Tourism NI


Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Mansfield

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.’

Key clients


KPMG and Arthur Boyd & Co





Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Chris Ritchie

Key clients

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Maximus Crushing

WYG plc

Courtaulds Textiles

UIA Insurance


Travelers Insurance

Education Authority for NI



Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Alan Taylor

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

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.

Tughans’ energy practice has been significantly strengthened through the promotion of Andrew Kirke to partner and the arrival of Chris Milligan from Arthur Cox Belfast, who both now lead the practice. Kirke is an expert in the regulatory and contractual aspects of energy transactions. Milligan meanwhile is particularly skilled in advising on the property aspects of major energy and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

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.’

Key clients

Mutual Energy Group (including Moyle Interconnector Limited and Premier Transmission Limited)

Phoenix Natural Gas Limited

Arena Capital Partners Limited

WindNI Limited

HHT Management Limited

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Ulster University


Department of Finance (LPS)

Practice head(s):

Andrew Kirke; Chris Milligan


‘Andrew Kirke is technically excellent in terms of legal advice and knowledge and also has a strong commercial and practical outlook which is hugely helpful in terms of reaching solutions which are legally compliant as well as business focused. Andrew has excellent client management and communication skills, particularly in terms of his responsiveness and his ability to communicate legal advice to people with non-legal backgrounds.’

‘Chris Milligan brings experience and knowledge to the team, he’s very approachable, diligent.’

‘I have worked with Chris Milligan during the delivery of a national infrastructure project, the project had a unique and sometimes complex structure. Chris brought a depth of knowledge in a particular from the perspective of land and financier requirements.’

‘Good knowledge of Northern Ireland property related matters.’

Key clients


Greencoat Capital

Adman Civil Engineering

First Trust


Natural World Products

Northern Ireland Water

Granville Ecopark

Lissan Coal Company

Bryson Recycling

Real estate > Commercial property Tier 2

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 WhiteMark Jameson and associates Chris Williams and Laura McGaffin.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Todd

Other key lawyers:


‘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.’

Key clients

Straidorn Properties

Four Seasons Healthcare Group (FSHC)

Applied Systems Europe Limited

HHT Management Limited

Endeavour Investments

Marathon Asset Management


Matagorda2 Ltd

Domus UK

Bank of Ireland

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

A&L Goodbody is notably strong in construction disputes, with renowned litigator Brendan Fox leading the practice. Fox acts for clients such as architects, surveyors, engineers, developers and housing associations. He is acting for The McAvoy Group in a number of adjudications against Clanmil Developments Limited over the construction of a large housing development. Elsewhere, the firm is active in the non-contentious side of construction, with it featuring in a number of large projects in Northern Ireland; associate Claire McGoldrick, who is increasingly active in this space, acts for clients such as employers, contractors and professionals. Mark Stockdale advises on the construction, development and financing of projects in the energy and infrastructure industries. Micaela Diver is experienced in the procurement of construction works, as well as related disputes. Senior associate James Flanagan recently joined from Arthur Cox Belfast.

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.

Practice head(s):

Brendan Fox

Other key lawyers:


‘In my opinion, they are the best firm of construction lawyers in this jurisdiction.’

‘The construction team headed by Brendan Fox is excellent. They are all team players and work very well together.’

‘The team has what i would refer to as a real world practical approach to solving seemingly intractable disputes.’

‘Brendan Fox has a down to earth approach whilst maintaining the highest knowledge of case law to help him form a balanced judgement and strategy for resolving disputes.’

‘People, effort and endeavour.’

Key clients

Northern Ireland Housing Executive


LIV Belfast Partners

O’Hare & McGovern

The Old Bushmills Distillery Company

The McAvoy Group

Oakland (FRO) Limited

Whitemountain Quarries Limited

NewRiver Retail

Triangle Housing Association

Practice head(s):

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!’

Key clients

Apex Housing Association (Glenmona)

Ulster University (Frederick Street)

Mutual Energy Limited (EP contract)

Department for Communities

McGinnis Developments

Matagorda2 Limited

TES (Hinchley Point C)

Apex (Bishop Street)

North West Regional College

Ards and North Down Borough Council

Offshore firms in London > Irish firms in London Tier 2

Arthur Cox's London team is led by David Molloy and focuses on domestic and cross-border financial transactions.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Catriona Gibson +44 28 9026 2652
Chairman Alan Taylor +44 28 9026 2671
Banking/financial services Stuart Mansfield +44 28 9026 5883
Banking litigation/financial regulatory Catriona Gibson +44 28 9026 2652
Company/commercial Alan Taylor +44 28 9026 2671
Company/commercial Lynsey Mallon +44 28 9089 4512
Company/commercial Paul McBride +44 28 9089 4531
Construction Cahal Carvill +44 28 9026 2659
Construction William Curry +44 28 9026 5881
Dispute resolution Catriona Gibson +44 28 9026 2652
Dispute resolution Chris Ritchie +44 28 9026 5542
Employment Rosemary Lundy +44 28 9026 2673
Employment Emma-Jane Flannery +44 28 9026 5897
Energy Alan Taylor +44 28 9026 2671
Energy Paul McBride +44 28 9089 4531
Environment and planning Alastair Todd +44 28 9026 2674
Insurance litigation Chris Ritchie +44 28 9026 5542
Intellectual property Alan Taylor +44 28 9026 2671
Media Alan Taylor +44 28 9026 2671
Private equity Alan Taylor +44 28 9026 2671
Projects Alan Taylor +44 28 9026 2671
Commercial Property Alastair Todd +44 28 9026 2674
Commercial Property Mark Jameson +44 28 9026 5549
Public procurement Alan Taylor +44 28 9026 2671
Public and administrative Rosemary Lundy +44 28 9026 2673
Sports Lynsey Mallon +44 28 9089 4512
Telecoms Alan Taylor +44 28 9026 2671
Banking/financial services Colm McElroy +44 28 9026 5522
Litigation & Dispute Resolution David Black +44 28 9026 5521
Photo Name Position Profile
 David Black photo David Black Partner
 Cahal Carvill  photo Cahal Carvill Partner
 William Curry photo William Curry Partner
 Emma-Jane Flannery photo Emma-Jane Flannery Partner
 Catriona Gibson  photo Catriona Gibson Managing Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution Group, Northern Ireland
 Mark Jameson  photo Mark Jameson Partner
 Rosemary Lundy  photo Rosemary Lundy Partner
 Lynsey Mallon  photo Lynsey Mallon Partner
 Stuart Mansfield  photo Stuart Mansfield Partner
 Paul McBride  photo Paul McBride Partner
 Colm McElroy  photo Colm McElroy Partner
 Chris Ritchie  photo Chris Ritchie Partner
 Alan Taylor photo Alan Taylor Chairman
 Alastair Todd  photo Alastair Todd Partner
 Rowan White  photo Rowan White Consultant
Number of UK partners : 17
Number of other UK fee-earners : 45
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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.