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A&L Goodbody

42-46 FOUNTAIN STREET, BELFAST, BT1 5EF, NORTHERN IRELAND
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Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody represents a number of household names, from international financial institutions to local public sector bodies, and has recently acted on several high-profile cases. The team's expertise spans a wide range of sectors: practice head Brendan Fox specialises in engineering and construction disputes; managing partner Michael Neill is particularly active in financial services litigation; Micaela Diver handles public and regulatory litigation; and Barbara Creed's expertise includes corporate and commercial contract matters.

Practice head(s):Brendan Fox

Other key lawyers:Michael Neill; Micaela Diver; Barbara Creed

Testimonials

'The team has strong expertise and always goes above and beyond.'

'Micaela Diver is extremely thorough and pragmatic.'

'Barbara Creed is an excellent lawyer and manages a significant caseload.'

'Standout individuals are Micaela Diver and Ciaran O'Shiel.'

'The team has a superior understanding of public law and judicial review.'

'Micaela Diver is tireless, persistent and personable.'

'A&L Goodbody has strong expertise and always goes above and beyond. It is a very important firm for our in-house team and has strong relationships with the business.'

Key Clients

Volkswagen

Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall

Cerberus LLP

BDO LLP

Foresight Group

KFC

Roma Corp

Bank of Ireland (UK)

Northern Ireland Water

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Work highlights

  • Acting for Volkswagen on the Northern Ireland element of the international product liability matter regarding emissions allegations
  • Defending SGN in High Court proceedings brought by three landowners in connection with the "Gas to the West" gas pipeline project
  • Advising the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in relation to the termination of a consultant for a repudiatory breach of contract
  • Acting for Peninsula Securities, the landlord of a district shopping centre in Derry, in a challenge to the validity of a covenant in a lease on the grounds that it is void as being in restraint of trade
  • Acting for a global pharmaceutical company in a £32m claim arising out of failings in the design and manufacture of plant and machinery intended for the production of biochips for innovative machinery
Leading individuals

Brendan Fox - A&L Goodbody

Next Generation Partners

Barbara Creed - A&L Goodbody

Micaela Diver - A&L Goodbody

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Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody has a strong reputation for advising on high-value M&A transactions, with a particular focus on the agri-food, energy and technology sectors. Clients include domestic and international companies, and the team is experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional matters. Team head Alastair Keith has been active in private equity investments; Belfast office chair Peter Stafford specialises in corporate finance; and Mark Thompson is noted for his energy, healthcare and media expertise. David Rowan was recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Alastair Keith

Other key lawyers:Peter Stafford; Mark Thompson; David Rowan

Testimonials

'A&L Goodbody delivers a genuine full-service offering with real expertise in all areas required to execute a complex corporate transaction. It is the strongest firm in Northern Ireland and is always a pleasure to work with.'

'Peter Stafford has a huge breadth of experience and is a true leader in his field in Northern Ireland. He always has sound commercial solutions to problems and is able to deliver his advice in an easy-to-understand fashion.'

'Solicitor Nikki Stewart is a rising star of the corporate legal market. She takes a commercial approach to issues as they arise and is always a pleasure to work with.'

'A&L Goodbody's sensible and pragmatic team is focused on getting the job done.'

'Alastair Keith is easy to work with. The team knows what we are trying to achieve and works with us to help achieve that.'

'The team stands out for the quality of knowledge and of service. They are incredibly commercial and able to work within our (often) tight timescales with great professionalism.'

'All of the team are impeccable.'

Key Clients

Crown Laboratories Holdings

Viridian Power and Energy

Haldane Fisher

Vetoquinol

Landscaping Centre

Euro Auctions

Kitchenmaster (NI)

Business Growth Fund (BGF)

Ulster Weavers

Neurovalens

Work highlights

  • Advising Crown Laboratories Holdings on its £30m acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Vita Liberata
  • Acting for Viridian Power and Energy on the acquisition of Huntstown Biogas
  • Advising the Business Growth Fund (BGF) in relation to its follow-on investments into Braidwater and Circul8
  • Advising Haldane Fisher on its acquisition of the shares in Key Hardware and, separately, its acquisition of the business and assets of Robert Dickie and Sons
  • Acted for French public limited company Vetoquinol on its acquisition of Farmvet Systems
Leading individuals

Alastair Keith - A&L Goodbody

Mark Thompson - A&L Goodbody

Peter Stafford - A&L Goodbody

Next Generation Partners

David Rowan - A&L Goodbody

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Northern Ireland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

The 'exceptionally dedicated, personable and responsive' team at A&L Goodbody acts for local and international clients on the lender and borrower side, advising on loan sale transactions, capital markets, structured finance and syndicated lending, among other matters. Practice head Ciaran McAlinney specialises in acquisition and project finance, as well as large LMA-style financings; Louise Bailey's expertise includes real estate finance; and Judith Brown regularly advises on social housing finance. Senior associate Christopher Jessup has a niche specialism in financial regulation.

Practice head(s):Ciaran McAlinney

Other key lawyers:Judith Brown; Louise Bailey; Christopher Jessup

Testimonials

'Judith Brown is very pragmatic and solution focused and also has an excellent in-depth knowledge of the legal nuances of the transaction at hand.'

Key Clients

Danske Bank

Bank of Ireland

Barclays Bank

Santander

European Investment Bank

Ulster Bank/RBS

Wells Fargo

Allied Irish Banks plc / First Trust Bank

Euroclear

HSBC

Work highlights

  • Acting for First Trust Bank in the sale of a significant, primarily Northern Irish loan portfolio.
  • Acting for Devenish Nutrition, a major agri-tech group based in Belfast, on a €118m refinancing comprising debt provided by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and commercial lenders Ulster Bank and Danske Bank.
  • Advising National Westminster Bank plc as facility agent of a syndicate of banks on the financing of Hilton Food Group.
  • Advising Amigo Loans Limited, in its capacity as originator and subordinated lender, on the Northern Irish aspects of an asset-backed facility and securitisation with RBC Europe Limited (trading as RBC Capital Markets) as senior noteholder.
  • Assisting Radius Payment Solutions with the Northern Irish aspects of £255m term and revolving facilities and £50m accordion facilities.
Leading individuals

Ciaran McAlinney - A&L Goodbody

Judith Brown - A&L Goodbody

Louise Bailey - A&L Goodbody

Rising stars

Christopher Jessup - A&L Goodbody

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody regularly handles complex, high-profile contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring matters. Clients include the major local accountancy firms, banks and loan purchasers, and the team is also experienced in advising on all-island insolvencies. Managing partner Michael Neill heads the practice with strong support from newly promoted partner Sam Corbett, who specialises in contentious mandates, and associate Ross Kane, who acts on consensual enforcement and restructuring transactions.

Practice head(s):Michael Neill

Other key lawyers:Sam Corbett; Ross Kane

Testimonials

'A&L Goodbody is very responsive and very well respected in the wider business community. The team is always willing to give up time, from junior associate right up to partner.'

'Sam Corbett has a great technical knowledge of the industry; he is very personable and extremely well respected in the restructuring community. Sam is probably the go-to solicitor for any insolvency case in Belfast.'

'A&L Goodbody has technical expertise across a range of service lines and offers a broad range of services.'

'Sam Corbett has excellent technical knowledge and is very responsive to queries. You know when you engage with Sam you will get an excellent service, the right answer and an adviser that supports you.'

Key Clients

Ulster Bank Limited

Bank of Ireland UK plc

Santander UK plc

PwC LLP

KPMG

Ernst & Young LLP

Cerberus Capital Management

PJG Recovery

AIB Group UK plc

Ennis Property Finance DAC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Johnston Press plc and its Northern Irish subsidiaries in relation to the administration of the group and a pre-packaged sale of the entire business and assets to the group's bondholders.
  • Advised EY as administrator of McErlain's Bakery (Magherafelt) Limited (trading as Genesis Crafty).
  • Advised Northern Ireland Housing Executive on the compulsory liquidation of Carillion plc and the sale of multimillion-pound housing executive contracts that were in place following the collapse of the construction firm.
  • Acting for Endless plc as purchaser in relation to the Northern Irish aspects of the pre-pack administration sale of American Golf
  • Advising Vaughan Group in relation to the restructuring of debt with its lenders.
Leading individuals

Michael Neill - A&L Goodbody

Next Generation Partners

Sam Corbett - A&L Goodbody

Rising stars

Ross Kane - A&L Goodbody

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Northern Ireland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody's team of 'highly knowledgeable trusted advisers' handles contentious employment work, advises on the employment aspects of major corporate transactions, equality and discrimination matters, and business immigration, as well as providing HR advice. 'Exceptional' practice head Gareth Walls is noted for his strength in employment injunctions.

Practice head(s):Gareth Walls

Other key lawyers:Shirley Blair; Andrew Spratt; Jill Gracey; Jonathan Simpson

Testimonials

'Gareth Walls is a great partner, who understands the client's business and gives good, timely advice.'

'The team gives a real sense of support and calm reassurance during challenging and emotionally charged disputes.'

'Gareth Walls is exceptional. He is professional, calm and highly intelligent in his approach to settling disputes, but also he has a high level of emotional intelligence and understands how difficult disputes are on a personal level.  He is supportive and reassuring. Gareth is confident and direct in his negotiations and takes no nonsense. He demonstrates a high level of creativity in solving disputes.'

'This is one of the strongest employment teams in Belfast.'

'Gareth Walls is one of the heavyweight employment solicitors in Northern Ireland. He is able to deal with the most complex, difficult and sensitive cases; he has a technical knowledge which is second to none and is known for his ability to stand up for his client.'

'The team is particularly talented at looking at the broader picture and assessing the impact of decisions further on down the line. Much of this comes from the uniquely collaborative approach they take to working with others in their team, with their colleagues in other departments and with counsel when required.'

'The team can adapt to work with each client and absolutely understands their requirements.'

'The team's strengths and key capabilities are responsiveness, commercial awareness, approachability, forensic knowledge, and innovation. The stand-out quality of the team is its ability and desire to find innovative client solutions to any problem that may arise.'

'The team as a whole is head and shoulders above other firms in this field in this jurisdiction.'

'Gareth Walls is the driving force behind this exceptional team. He commands clients' respect and it is clear he knows this field in forensic detail. I simply would not look past him in the field of employment injunctions.'

'Jill Gracey has an instinctively corporate approach and can appreciate the impact of real-time decisions on long-term strategy later down the line.'

'Andrew Spratt is very confident with clients and has an instinctive ability to understand precisely what a client needs in the course of litigation.'

'Jonathan Simpson's knowledge is exceptional. He has a detailed and forensic knowledge of this field which is hugely impressive.'

'Associate Emerald Ellison has the ability to distill complex issues in cases.'

'Shirley Blair stands out for her quick response times and understanding of the complex and wide-ranging issues dealt with by clients in the education sector.'

'The practice offers a personal touch; the team understands the client's business and needs.'

'The A&L Goodbody team is unique in the way it offers a holistic service. Their support goes beyond giving advice on one-off specific issues, instead taking a broader approach to considering the client's end-to-end employment relationships with its staff.'

'It is the personalised service and willingness to go the extra mile that makes Gareth Walls and Jill Gracey stand out.'

'A&L Goodbody has a team of experts who provide excellent advice and support across a number of complex employment areas from employee relations to immigration.'

'The team has a deep understanding of the client's business operations and strategy, and provide valuable external and neutral input to assist in navigating challenging issues as they arise.  They have in-depth knowledge and will refer to the relevant person to provide the right support.'

'Gareth Walls is very easy to approach about any problems and provides clear and concise advice.'

Key Clients

CITI Group

ASDA

Dyson Limited

Mamas and Papas

William Hill Gaming

Whitby Seafoods Limited

Allstate NI

Northern Ireland Cancer Fund For Children

Progressive Building Society

Dalata Hotel Group

Work highlights

  • Defending a global insurance business against a multi-faceted tribunal claim issued by a senior executive.
  • Defending AS Watson Group (in relation to its Superdrug and Savers retail stores) against a wide-ranging constructive dismissal claim brought by a store manager against Superdrug.
  • Acting for a global technology retailer in an unfair dismissal claim, relating to the termination of a longstanding employee's employment following allegations of gross misconduct.
  • Advising a local cancer charity on urgent legal issues in relation to the exit of the longstanding founder and CEO of the charity, following allegations of gross misconduct and capability issues.
  • Advising a local utility provider in relation to employment matters.
Leading individuals

Gareth Walls - A&L Goodbody

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Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody has a strong track record of advising lenders on complex, high-value energy projects, as well as handling high-profile M&A transactions in the sector, including the sale and acquisition of wind, solar and anaerobic digestion (AD) projects. The team also has expertise in electricity and gas regulation, and acts on energy sector disputes. The team is led by Mark Thompson and project finance specialist Ciaran McAlinney. Newly promoted partner Mark Stockdale is particularly noted for his regulatory advice.

Practice head(s):Mark Thompson; Ciaran McAlinney

Other key lawyers:Mark Stockdale

Testimonials

'A&L Goodbody has a very experienced banking team who have extensive knowledge in structuring and documenting complex energy-related project finance transactions.'

'Ciaran McAlinney is highly experienced and intelligent, thorough, detailed, hardworking and easy to deal with. He inspires a high level of trust and confidence.'

'Mark Stockdale has excellent knowledge of the energy and renewables sector and complements the banking team on energy-related transactions. He has a strong network in the energy sector, and is very approachable and easy to deal with.'

Key Clients

Brookfield Renewables

B9

SONI

Greencoat UK Wind

SGN

Renewable Energy Systems

Ulster Bank

Energia/Viridian

Gas Networks Ireland

First Trust/AIB Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Action Renewables on establishing the Renewable Heat Association as a special interest group to represent the owners of non-domestic biomass boilers who availed of the Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive. This was in response to the highly publicised RHI scandal which ultimately led to the collapse of the Northern Irish government.
  • Acting as lead adviser to Brookfield Renewables as the purchaser of the 23MW Elginny wind farm, and on the project financing of the wind farm immediately post acquisition.
  • Advising the lender on the Northern Ireland aspects of a bond issue to fund the development of a gas transmission pipeline.  
  • Advising Viridian Power and Energy Limited on the acquisition of Huntstown Bioenergy Limited.
  • Acting for Bayern as lender to the purchaser of a large portfolio of operational single wind turbines.
Leading individuals

Mark Thompson - A&L Goodbody

Next Generation Partners

Mark Stockdale - A&L Goodbody

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody is noted for its strength in advising lenders on the financing of energy projects, including solar, wind and waste-to-energy, and has also been active in relation to projects in the healthcare and education sectors. The team regularly advises on multi-jurisdictional transactions. Mark Thompson leads the practice alongside Ciaran McAlinney, who specialises in high-value, portfolio and syndicated lending transactions, particularly in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):Ciaran McAlinney; Mark Thompson

Testimonials

'A&L Goodbody is the first choice firm in Northern Ireland for energy project financing.'

'Ciaran McAlinney is driven, hardworking across all the detail of the transaction, and inspires confidence.'

Key Clients

Bank of Ireland

Ulster Bank

First Trust/AIB Bank

Société Générale

Brookfield Renewables

Royal Bank of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advising Brookfield on the project financing of the Elginny wind farm immediately post acquisition.
  • Advising a lender on the Northern Ireland aspects of a bond issue to fund the development of a new gas transmission pipeline.
  • Acting for Bayern as lender to the purchaser of a large portfolio of operational single wind turbines.
  • Advising RBS on the project financing of the Laurel Hill solar farm, which was recently acquired by Foresight Group.
Leading individuals

Ciaran McAlinney - A&L Goodbody

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody stands out for its 'good communication' and 'considered advice'. Areas of strength for the team include institutional investment, high-value commercial property transactions, and major development projects, including office and student accommodation developments. The team is also highly active advising on large-scale projects in the energy sector. Tracey Schofield, who took over as practice head in January 2019, has handled a number of healthcare sector developments.

Practice head(s):Tracey Schofield

Testimonials

'The team is completely professional and knowledgeable yet so approachable and commercial.'

'Each individual will talk through any query, providing considered advice which makes for very timely conclusions. Everyone is prepared to give an opinion and a real view on queries as opposed to simply laying out the overall situation generically, which is very refreshing.'

Key Clients

Newriver Retail

Starwood Capital

La Salle Investment Management

Tristan Capital

Belfast Harbour Commissioners

Oakland Group

Translink

McAleer & Rushe

Irish Football Association

Benmore Octopus Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Advising EuroAuctions Group on the acquisition of Fraser Homes.
  • Acting for Oakland (FRO) Limited on the financing of the re-development of Merchant Square.
  • Advising Starwood Capital on the Northern Irish aspects of the purchase of a hotel portfolio from Park Hotels & Resorts, the year's highest-value hotel acquisition in the market.
  • Acting for a Singapore-based real estate owner, developer and manager on the financing for a student accommodation development in York Street, Belfast, by AIB Group (UK) Plc.
  • Acting for M7 Real Estate on the acquisition of an office building on Adelaide Street, Belfast, which was the client's first acquisition in Northern Ireland.
Leading individuals

Tracey Schofield - A&L Goodbody

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody acts for funders, employers and contractors in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters, with a specialism in the energy and social housing sectors. The team regularly advises on major local developments, including student accommodation, retail, office and residential projects. Practice head Brendan Fox has a strong reputation for construction litigation and arbitration; Micaela Diver advises on procurement matters; and associate John Dugdale acts on non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Brendan Fox

Other key lawyers:Micaela Diver; John Dugdale

Testimonials

'The combination of expertise and experience together with the level of responsiveness makes the firm invaluable in the resolution of construction-related disputes.'

'Brendan Fox is always available, provides considered advice and experience, and has commercial as well as technical knowledge and experience.'

'The construction department is results and outcome driven with satisfaction for the client being the number one priority. The client is spoken to in plain, non-legalistic language as far as possible and the merits and risks associated with the case are clearly and concisely explained.'

'Brendan Fox impresses with the ease with which he grasps the issues in a dispute. He has supreme people-handling skills and he can talk knowledgeably and with respect to anyone involved in the dispute. When Brendan says he is going to do something for you he does exactly that and it is clear that he also has a very able team of solicitors to ensure that a quality and timely professional service is delivered.'

Key Clients

Viridian Group

Ulster Bank

First Trust Bank

Taranto Limited

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Todd Architects Limited

Construction Employers Federation

NewRiver Retail

The McAvoy Group Limited

Foresight Group

Work highlights

  • Advising York Street (No 1) on a large-scale student accommodation project.
  • Advising Northern Ireland Housing Executive on various matters connected to the insolvency of Carillion.
  • Advising Foresight, as owner and developer, on the construction of a £3m waste-to-energy facility.
  • Advising a design and build contractor in connection with a £6.2m social housing scheme.
  • Advising Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company on the development of the Belfast Transport Hub.
Leading individuals

Brendan Fox - A&L Goodbody

Rising stars

John Dugdale - A&L Goodbody

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody advises public and private sector clients, including local councils and developers, on contentious and non-contentious planning and environmental law matters, and is noted for its 'exceptionally strong support for local government planning authorities'. The team also advises clients in the energy, retail and waste sectors, among others, on planning applications and represents clients in high-profile judicial review proceedings. The 'extremely able and astute' Micaela Diver leads the team.

Practice head(s):Micaela Diver

Testimonials

'A&L Goodbody stands out for its commitment to cases and timely responses to consultations.'

'The solicitors on the team clearly have an impressive understanding of the relevant law and the courts in which they appear. They are experienced and knowledgeable in planning and enforcement. Furthermore, they are keenly aware of any policy considerations which must be borne in mind when representing a public body.'

'Solicitors Deirdre St John and Eimear Digney show competitiveness and wisdom when dealing with difficult opponents and concerned clients. Each of them is personable and easy to work with.'

'The team has the ability to serve public sector needs with a commercial awareness.'

Key Clients

Renewable Heat Association Northern Ireland

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Viridian Power & Energy Limited

Brookfield Renewables

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

CD Consulting

Translink

B9 Energy

First Trust/ AIB Bank

Greencoat UK Wind

Work highlights

  • Providing complex planning advice to the Planning and Regulatory Services Committee of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.
  • Advising RHANI in respect of its judicial review of the decision of the Department for the Economy to implement the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017.
  • Advising Viridian Power & Energy Limited on the planning and environmental law aspects of the acquisition of Huntstown Bioenergy Limited.
  • Advising Brookfield on the project financing of the Elginny wind farm immediately post acquisition.
  • Advising Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council on an appeal against a noise abatement notice issued by the council concerning the playing of Lambeg drums.

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Northern Ireland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody covers contentious and non-contentious IT matters. Its growing client base includes leading local technology companies and a number of international businesses, thanks in part to its close connection to its San Francisco office. The team, which advises on technology start-ups, fundraising, joint ventures, M&A, technology investment and contracts for services, is jointly led by the experienced Mark Thompson and Brendan Fox. Associate Jonathan Hacking is recommended for his GDPR expertise.

Practice head(s):Brendan Fox; Mark Thompson

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Hacking

Key Clients

Irish Football Association

Energia

LoyalBee

Sandhills East

Axial 3D

Beautiful Bundle

BrainWaveBank

Neurovalens

3fivetwo Healthcare

RotaPal

Vetoquinol

Power NI

Work highlights

  • Advising the Irish Football Association on its new outsourced IT player registration database
  • Advising Energia on drafting a suite of new IT documentation and an IT agreement governing the client's requirements for a new product management portal
  • Advising LoyalBe on a number of different documents to govern the use of its app, which allows customers to earn loyalty points by using their bank card at participating retailers
  • Advising Automated Intelligence on an agreement with Sainsbury's Bank in relation to providing IT-related services to the bank's online banking platform
  • Advising Axial 3D on a services agreement with Tallahassee Medical Centre in Florida, which involved the licensing of the client's 3D medical printing technology
Rising stars

Jonathan Hacking - A&L Goodbody

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody acts for a number of high-profile local and all-island clients on the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Areas of strength include handling emergency injunctive proceedings, major patent litigation, and trade mark infringement matters relating to counterfeit goods. On the non-contentious side, the team regularly advises on the protection of IP rights in relation to licensing and agreements. Brendan Fox, who has a strong reputation in IP disputes, leads the team alongside Mark Thompson. Associate Ciaran O’Shiel has a particular specialism in  patent infringement disputes.

Practice head(s):Brendan Fox; Mark Thompson

Other key lawyers:Ciaran O'Shiel

Testimonials

'The team are leaders in their field in Northern Ireland. Their considerable experience means that they are well connected in the region. The team members are knowledgeable and responsive, making them very easy to work with.'

'A very user-friendly department that understands our needs, responds quickly and efficiently, and is generally a pleasure to work with.'

'Barbara Creed and Ciaran O'Shiel are both very responsive and helpful. Their advice is commercial and pragmatic and they are focused on getting the best result for the clients rather than maximising their own fees.'

'Ciaran O'Shiel is a delight to work with; he is very knowledgeable about the differences between English and Northern Irish practice, and very responsive.'

'Ciaran O'Shiel is fantastic - the best media lawyer in Northern Ireland. He has a great can-do attitude.'

'The team is very highly regarded and well resourced with great expertise and significant experience.'

'Ciaran O'Shiel has a laser-like focus and gritty determination when it comes to seeing complex cases through to a successful conclusion.'

Key Clients

Roma Systems Inc

Irish Football Association

The Old Bushmills Distillery Limited

News Group Newspapers Limited

W & R Barnett

Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute

Energia

ICC Belfast

NI Transport Holdings (Translink)

Northstone (NI)

Work highlights

  • Acting for the owners of the global Tony Roma's brand in relation to injunctive proceedings in the Northern Ireland High Court against the proprietors of a Tony Roma's restaurant in Belfast. The matter is based on claims of breach of contract and intellectual property rights (specifically trade mark infringement and passing off).
  • Acting for the Irish Football Association (IFA) on a venue hire agreement for a major international boxing match which took place at the National Football Stadium. This involved ensuring the IFA's intellectual property rights were protected at the same time as ensuring these were sufficiently commercialised.
  • Advising the Old Bushmills Distillery Company Limited relating to the protection and commercialisation of its intellectual property rights.
  • Defending News Group Newspapers in proceedings brought in the Northern Ireland High Court by a firm of solicitors for defamation, misuse of private information and breach of copyright. The claims relate to the national publication of several articles in The Sun.
  • Advising W & R Barnett on engaging with the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) in relation to various matters involving copyright licences.
Rising stars

Ciaran O'Shiel - A&L Goodbody

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