A&L Goodbody > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Firm Profile

A&L Goodbody
Northern Ireland

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

According to one client, A&L Goodbody is ‘the top law firm in Northern Ireland’, and with its leading corporate practice in Dublin is an ideal choice for 'island of Ireland' deals, such as its lead role for SHV Energy on its acquisition of 60% of the share capital of Energy Metrics Monitoring and Management, which covered both jurisdictions. Alastair Keith leads the team and alongside all-Ireland deals, is also active in corporate deals across the Great Britain and mainland Europe markets. Peter Stafford chairs the Belfast office and is highly skilled in handling private equity and inward investment transactions. Other corporate partners of note include Mark Thompson, who is well known in the media, energy and healthcare sectors, and David Rowan, who specialises in the energy, technology and agri-food industries.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Keith


David Rowan has always given us the most professional advice – his consistent ability to “speak truth to power” is a trait that is highly valued by my business partners and I.’

‘A&L Goodbody in Belfast is the top law firm in Northern Ireland. They have strength and depth across all service lines.’

‘Peter Stafford is calm, commercial and a pleasure to work with. The go-to person for all corporate matters in Northern Ireland, with a wealth of experience.’

‘Alastair Keith – a very strong corporate lawyer who brings huge experience to the table.’

‘They have vast experience; they work as a team to ensure that the client receives the best possible advice. We have worked on several complex transactions and the service has been fantastic. The corporate and commercial teams are innovative and forward-thinking we have seen them integrate new technology during the Covid lockdown, which has ensured a seamless service throughout.’

‘David Rowan has been a fantastic leader, working across several teams to deliver complex documentation under time pressure – his ability to coordinate multiple team members and ensure delivery in a timely manner sets both David and the ALG team apart from its peers.’

Key clients

SHV Energy N.V.

Mzuri Holdings Limited

Devenish (NI) Limited

The Old Bushmills Distillery Company

Energia Group

Neurovalens Limited

Irish Football Association

Haldane Fisher Limited

Selazar Limited

Green Lizard Technologies Limited

Axial 3d

Cumulus NeuroScience Limited (formerly BrainwaveBank)

Riot Games Inc

Highwire Press Inc

MJM IOM Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised SHV Energy on its acquisition of 60% of the issued share capital of Energy Metrics Monitoring and Management Limited.
  • Advised Mzuri Holdings which received a £10m investment from the Business Growth Fund.
  • Advised BrainWaveBank Limited on its investment rounds.

Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 1

A&L Goodbody's 'very strong' team handles major cases in Northern Ireland as well as advising on the local aspects of disputes spanning across the UK and Europe. Leading the team is 'market leaderBrendan Fox, who is well known for his strength in construction litigation and has recently appeared before the Northern Irish High Court, as well as the UK Supreme Court. Belfast office head Michael Neill is highly skilled in financial services and fraud-related litigation, and has been advising Volkswagen on the local aspects of the case concerning its global emissions scandal. The firm is also a well-known name in procurement cases, having acted for the Renewable Heat Association Northern Ireland in a judicial review stemming from the so-called ‘cash for ash’ scandal, led by the 'well-respectedMicaela Diver. Insolvency litigation is another cornerstone of the practice, where Sam Corbett is particularly active. Barbara Creed has wide-ranging expertise in commercial, property, insurance and product liability disputes.

Practice head(s):

Brendan Fox


‘A very strong litigation team. They cover all bases in litigation from banking, insurance, construction and insolvency-related matters to general litigation. They are able to offer an all-Ireland practice and have a modern, efficient system of practice administration.’

‘Brendan Fox is a market leader in construction. Sam Corbett is one of the best solicitors in Belfast. He is extremely academic and a doyen of insolvency-related litigation. Micaela Diver is very well regarded and the market leader in competition-based claims. She is also an expert in procurement law.’

‘Sam Corbett was invaluable in guiding us through the process and advising us to bring our case to a conclusion that was favourable to ourselves, prior to trial. This saved us a considerable amount of money in court and counsel fees. He was very easy to deal with, and explained the legal process to us very well. We found him to be a very effective communicator, responding quickly to any queries and requests for action.’

‘What stands out about the team is the quality of advice given, particularly in the presence of provocative and self-dealing practices presented by opposing counsel. They introduced a novel format for mediation in the context of the Covid restrictions. Plain speaking on the part of Brendan Fox.’

‘Brendan Fox is as fine a litigator as I have ever worked with. He is pragmatic, always available, and sincerely advocates for his clients’ interests. He is genuinely invested in his clients’ outcome rather than exclusively in their fee, as can seem the case with other firms.’

Key clients


News Group Newspapers




Deloitte UK

George Best City Airport

The Renewable Heat Association NI

Devenish Nutrition

Danske Bank

Bank of Ireland

Ulster Bank

Irish Football Association

Titanic Quarter

Matt D’Arcy Whiskey

Work highlights

  • Acting for Volkswagen in the Northern Ireland element of the international product liability case regarding emissions allegations.
  • Acted for landlord Peninsula Securities Limited, which challenged the validity of a covenant contained in a lease with Dunnes Stores, on the grounds that it is void in restraint of trade.
  • Acted for News Group Newspapers, defending multiple High Court proceedings involving claims relating to defamation, privacy and data protection.

Northern Ireland > Employment Tier 1

A&L Goodbody stands out for its expertise in immigration, employment contracts, redundancies and reorganisations, with a Dublin office that allows it to advise on both of Ireland’s jurisdictions, making the firm ‘unique for complex Brexit and regulatory regime matters’. The team advises major employers in the region such as Danske Bank, Citibank and Hastings Hotel. ‘Always responsive‘ practice head Gareth Walls is experienced in all of the aforementioned areas, and has expertise in both advisory and disputes work. Senior associate Shirley Blair, who has a particular focus on the retail sector, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Walls

Other key lawyers:

Shirley Blair; Aisling Byrne


‘The legal practice and particularly the employment team have a very good understanding of our business and how they can support us. They understand our people strategy and policies and provide effective advice that helps our company remain compliant and agile in dealing with people-related challenges.’

‘The team members all have strengths in different areas (including immigration, contracts, redundancy, organisational design/restructuring) and this helps us to tap into the right team members as required.’

‘Proactive Belfast office of an all-island law firm. Young, energetic, engaged team.’

‘Advice was given in a timely manner, and the entire exercise taken through to successful completion.’

‘The fact that they have a team north and south of the border makes them unique for complex Brexit and regulatory regime matters.’

‘Gareth Walls is always responsive and provides us with clear and firm advice.’

‘Aisling Byrne is a very proactive and responsive lawyer with a commanding knowledge of employment law matters. She is a reassuring sounding board for any employment-related issue.’

Key clients

Glentoran Football Club

Hastings Hotel Group

Danske Bank


Proofpoint Inc (US)

WhiteHat Security (US)


Invest Northern Ireland

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Northern Irish Football Premier League club Glentoran Football Club in the defence of tribunal proceedings brought by a former team physiotherapist.
  • Advised Proofpoint on a range of employment matters.
  • Advised CitiGroup on complex employee relations issues.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

A&L Goodbody is a stand out name for complex finance transactions and regulatory advice, with its specialist team in Northern Ireland forming a key part of a larger multijurisdictional practice. The group works closely with other departments at the firm to provide full-service support, including energy, property and restructuring and insolvency. One of the names to note in Belfast is recently promoted partner Christopher Jessup, who specialises in providing regulatory advice to financial institutions; his wide-ranging experience includes structuring regulated entities across the UK and Ireland, the development of fintech solutions, LIBOR transitions and SMCR implementation. On the transactional side, the team's expertise spans acquisition and leveraged finance, project finance, social housing finance, general corporate lending, securitisations and bond issues, as well as loan portfolio sales, among various other matters. Ciaran McAlinney leads the first-rate team, which also includes Judith Brown, Louise Bailey and associate Aisling Owens.

Practice head(s):

Ciaran McAlinney


‘Consistently professional team who continue to deliver.’

‘Ciaran McAllinney is arguably the top banking lawyer in the market with a breadth of experience across complex transactions.’

‘A&L Goodbody have a very strong reputation and are one of the top local law firms. The lawyers in the banking team are of a high calibre and they are a very strong team. They have leading knowledge and expertise in the area of banking and finance in Northern Ireland and always make themselves readily available to deal with highly complex matters quickly and efficiently.’

‘I cannot rate them highly enough, they really do instantly become part of the team. The effort, commitment and perseverance to get the job done is phenomenal. I would happily recommend them to anyone.’

‘A&L Goodbody’s Belfast office provides the only locally-based legal adviser in financial regulation. Their cross-border capability complements their proposition for Northern Ireland-based financial services firms and they present their advice with a practical focus.’

‘Chris Jessup heads up the Belfast financial regulatory team and draws on the expertise of his colleagues in employment or other areas where necessary to provide a fully developed view in his advice. Chris is responsive and engaging, with a practical, business-focused approach to his advice.’

‘The team are well informed, accessible and able to explain issues and solutions in plain English.’

‘Judith Brown – partner. I have worked with her for circa 15 years and always found her technically sound, diligent and flexible.’

Key clients

Wellwood Propco Limited

British Business Bank

J.P Morgan Merchant Services

Danske Bank

Oakland Group

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Firstcom Europe Group

OH (Office) Developments Limited

Barclays Bank


Ulster Bank / RBS

Wells Fargo

Allied Irish Banks plc


Bank of Ireland

The Progressive Building Society

WhiteRock Capital Partners LLP

J&E Davy group

Clarendon Fund Managers Ltd

EVO Payments International GmbH

Investec Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Wellwood on the acquisition financing of landmark Beaufort House, close to Belfast City Hall.
  • Advised British Business Bank on a fund used to support struggling businesses during Covid 19.
  • Advised J.P. Morgan Merchant Services on an ongoing basis in relation to regulatory issues and developments in the payments sector relevant to its merchant acquiring and payment processing business.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

A&L Goodbody's restructuring and insolvency department has a pre-eminent reputation among local and national banks, financial institutions, funds and insolvency practitioners. It is seen as a go-to for advice on the most high-profile and complex mandates seen in the market, as is reflected by the fact that a significant portion of the work has a cross-border dimension. Also notable is that the firm has played a key role in handling the most significant retail sector failures in the UK and Northern Ireland; in 2020, it acted on seven administrations of well-known retail brands, including those of Peacocks and Accessorize. Elsewhere, in 2020, Ross Kane's work included advising banks on CBIL lending and restructurings in light of the Covid 19 pandemic. In addition, he also assists insolvency practitioners with property-related insolvency issues. Associate Tanya Surgeon specialises in acting for local and national banks in litigation concerning loan enforcement, complex repossession actions and the enforcement of personal guarantees. Managing partner Michael Neill and Sam Corbett co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Michael Neill; Sam Corbett

Other key lawyers:

Ross Kane; Áine Hughes; Tanya Surgeon


‘A&L Goodbody has a good balance of high quality partners who work effectively with their associate solicitors in providing quality advice and solutions.’

‘Michael Neill – Highly skilled problem-solver who articulates intelligently based on learned experiences in a meaningful monotone that grabs attention.’

‘Sam Corbett – A highly talented litigation and debt resolution lawyer. It is hard to find the equal of Sam within law firms in Northern Ireland. Top class.’

Great team who provide the best technical insolvency advice in the NI market.’

Sam Corbett, Partner and Tanya Surgeon, Associate. Very responsive, excellent advice and very professional.’

Key clients

Northern Bank Ltd trading as Danske Bank

Bank of Ireland UK plc

Ulster Bank Limited

AIB Group UK plc



Grant Thornton

HNH Group

Ernst & Young LLP


BDO Northern Ireland


Cavanagh Kelly

PJG Recovery

Gildernew & Co

Keenan Corporate Finance

FRP Advisory Limited

Alix Partners

Duff & Phelps

Work highlights

  • Advised FRP on the Northern Ireland aspects of seven administrations of well-known retail brands, such as Peacocks, Monsoon, Jaeger, Accessorize and Bonmarche.
  • Advised the administrators of Wrightbus/Wrights Group on various matters arising from its insolvency.
  • Advised Duff & Phelps on its appointment as joint administrators of the George Best Hotel.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 1

A&L Goodbody has recently changed the structure of its team with Mark Stockdale now leading the practice. Stockdale works across all aspects of the energy industry, particularly in relation to the renewables and natural gas sectors. Former practice heads Ciaran McAlinney and Mark Thompson are still integral parts of the team; McAlinney is a key name for project finance work and Thompson focuses on energy-related corporate transactions. The firm’s wider offering can also draw upon the expertise of Micaela Diver, who is an expert in public law and procurement mandates.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stockdale


‘Mark Stockdale – exceptional.’

Key clients

Energia Group


Brookfield Renewables

Granville Ecopark

Foresight/Simple Power

Renewable Energy Systems

Statkraft Markets GmbH

Energy Trading Ireland Limited

Renewable Heat Association


Work highlights

  • Advising Energia on a collaboration project with Translink (the monopoly public transport provider in NI) to provide hydrogen fuelled buses in Belfast.
  • Advising SONI on a highly important case that will set a precedent for future connection offers and also possibly raise the prospect of retrospective claims.

Real estate > Commercial property Tier 1

A&L Goodbody’s market-leading reputation is underpinned by its breadth and depth of expertise, as well as its involvement in complex mandates that require specialist advice in areas such as planning, environment, finance and construction. Tracey Schofield leads the team, which excels in acting for institutional investors on their most strategically significant investment transactions in Northern Ireland. It is also highly active in development projects; in one matter, recently-promoted partner Gregory Martin is leading a group, which is advising Castlebrooke Developments on the largest redevelopment project ever carried out in Northern Ireland, known as 'Tribeca Belfast'. Elsewhere, the practice is highlighted for its strengths in asset management work, which spans shopping centres, offices and mixed-use properties. In addition, energy projects and student accommodation schemes are other areas of activity. Consultant James Pringle has 30 years of commercial property experience. Senior associate John Tougher is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Schofield

Other key lawyers:

James Pringle; Gregory Martin; John Tougher; Victoria Howson; Niamh Laverty; Richard McLeany


‘The team have a great depth of experience and have a commercial approach to transactions.’

‘Tracey Schofield is extremely knowledgeable and solutions-focused.’

‘Good communication and negotiation on commercial points.’

Key clients

UBS Group AG

NewRiver REIT Plc

Oakland (FRO) Limited

Castlebrooke Developments Limited

OH (Office) Developments Limited

Gas Network Ireland

LDS Devco Ltd

Oakland (Holdings) Limited

Gardrum Developments Ltd

Wellwood Propco Limited (Lotus Group)

Work highlights

  • Advised UBS Group AG on its purchase of a newly built 8,500 sq. m logistics hub in Titanic Quarter, Belfast pre-let to Amazon.
  • Advised NewRiver on the disposal of part of its ownership in Sprucefield Retail Park, Lisburn.
  • Advised Oakland on the refinancing of Merchant Square in Belfast.

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

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.

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

Work highlights

  • Advised the Northern Ireland Housing Executive on defence of enforcement proceedings brought by QMAC Construction Limited.
  • Acted for Amazon Belfast Limited on its purchase of a newly built 8,500 sq. m “delivery station” at Channel Commercial Park in Titanic Quarter, Belfast.
  • Advising LDS Devco on a purpose-built student accommodation project.

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

A&L Goodbody has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious work, with a client roster consisting of multinational brands and leading domestic companies. Brendan Fox is a leading litigator in the market, and most recently represented Matt D’Arcy Whiskey Distillery in a High Court trade mark opposition case. Fox leads the team alongside Mark Thompson, who focuses on non-contentious work and is especially active in handling software and technology-related licensing mandates. Senior associate Ciaran O’Shiel, who focuses on contentious matters, is 'extremely responsive’.

Practice head(s):

Brendan Fox; Mark Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Ciaran O’Shiel; Jonathan Hacking


‘Responsive and pragmatic.’

‘We have received an excellent level of service.’

‘Ciaran O’Shiel is extremely responsive.’

‘Ability to step in and deal with businesses direct – freeing up internal counsel.’

‘Jonathan Hacking- able, efficient ,confident and above all practical.’

Key clients

Rolex SA

News Group Newspapers

Screwfix Direct Limited

Matt D’Arcy Whiskey Distillery

Education Authority

Irish Football Association

BPerfect Limited


Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute

Neurovalens Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Matt D’Arcy Whiskey on various intellectual property matters including several sets of UKIPO trade mark opposition proceedings and an appeal to the Northern Ireland High Court.
  • Advising AFBI on intellectual property matters in relation to its various R&D projects, collaborations and joint ventures.
  • Advising Devenish on various intellectual property matters including on copyright, trade mark infringement, confidentiality and trade secret matters.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

With particular strength in contentious issues, A&L Goodbody particularly excels in property work as well as probate disputes. General litigator Barbara Creed leads the team and regularly acts in private wealth disputes. She is supported by associates Stuart Nevin and Aine Hughes, who both specialise in contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Creed

Other key lawyers:


‘Very professional and well managed.’

‘I have had most dealings with Stuart Nevin who has been professional and supportive. He is easy to talk to and gives clear concise advice. He is conscientious and knowledgeable.’

‘Stuart Nevin and Aine Hughes stand out for their hard work and sound practical advice. Such is my confidence, that based on the service and individuals I have met and dealt with, I recommend ALG to my business associates, confident in the levels of service they will receive.’

‘A&L Goodbody have consistently proven themselves as one of the most respected and reliable firms in the jurisdiction. They are widely regarded as one of the most professional and innovative firms in the city, illustrated by the way their briefs are prepared and the extent of the research that has gone into supporting their client.’

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the beneficiary representative for the trustees of a pension scheme on a multi-party, multi-jurisdictional dispute regarding former directors of the pension scheme.
  • Advising a significant property developer in relation to the redevelopment of a landmark building in Belfast City Centre including four high-value dilapidation claims against former tenants.
  • Advised a high-net-worth individual who is involved in a wealthy family probate dispute worth £500,000.

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

A&L Goodbody’s public and regulatory team has experience of advising on planning and environmental issues involving the energy, manufacturing, hospitality and waste industries. Leading the team is Micaela Diver, who has expertise in both planning disputes and advisory work. Another key figure is associate Deirdre St John, who focuses on planning, enforcement and judicial reviews, and acts for local councils and private companies.

Practice head(s):

Micaela Diver

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre St John; Stephen Geoghan


‘The planning and environment team at A&L are a very credible team – they have the knowledge and ability to successfully advise but they are also straightforward to deal with. They are our ‘go to’ advisers.’

‘Deirdre St John grasps the relevant issues very quickly and is a safe pair of hands on complex matters. She is incredibly knowledgeable about planning and environmental law, especially in an NI context, and she has her finger on the pulse about what is going on in the courts on such matters.’

‘The team’s ability to get to grips with key issues in a timely manner and to produce highly practicable and well thought out advice off the back of the same is second to none.’

‘Lawyer Deirdre St. John has been very helpful to our company in tackling key issues in environmental and planning law. Her willingness to engage and think outside the box when dealing with highly complex issues and scenarios has helped us overcome some key challenges over the past number of years.’

Key clients

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council


CD Consulting

Irish Football Association



Greencoat UK

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Andras House Limited

Benmore Octopus


RG Developments Limited

O’Hare McGovern

Renewable Heat Incentive Association Northern Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advised local councils on the proposed Game of Thrones studio tour.
  • Advise Benmore Octopus on the development of Kings Hall Health and Wellbeing Park as a healthcare hub in Belfast.
  • Advised the Renewable Heat Association Northern Ireland on changes to the green energy scheme.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

A&L Goodbody’s recent workload has included advising traditional companies on digital transformation projects as well as assisting niche start-ups in the medtech and agritech spaces. Corporate partner Mark Thompson has a strong emphasis on the technology sector and is highly skilled in handling software licensing and development agreements as well as data protection work. Renowned litigator Brendan Fox handles disputes in the IT sector, and senior associate Jonathan Hacking, who focuses on IT agreements and data protection issues, is a promising junior name.

Practice head(s):

Mark Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Limited

Farmvet Systems Ltd

W&R Barnett

Progressive Building Society

Proximo Spirits Limited

Halo Technologies Europe Limited

BrainWaveBank Ltd (Cumulus NeuroScience)

Neurovalens Limited

Axial Medical Printing Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall on the IT solutions for its ticketing services.
  • Advised Farmvet Systems on a new app for veterinary management.
  • Advised Halo Technologies Europe on data protection issues surrounding its body camera technology.

Offshore firms in London > Irish firms in London Tier 2

Stephen Carson is A&L Goodbody LLP's key partner in London. His practice mainly focuses on asset management and investment funds matters.

Ireland > Insurance

A&L Goodbody LLP's outstanding record in the insurance sector stems from its hugely impressive client list of domestic and international insurers. It typically advises on a steady pipeline of M&A transactions (including private equity investments) and portfolio transfers in the sector. It has extensive experience in regulatory issues (including Solvency II and Brexit-related matters) and has acted for a series of clients in business interruption insurance cases linked to the Covid pandemic. James Grennan is a senior name in the insurance field and Laura Mulleady is a leading name in insurance M&A and business transfers. Sinead Lynch is another emerging talent, while Liam Kennedy and Eileen Roberts  are at the forefront of insurance disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Grennan; Liam Kennedy; Eileen Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Laura Mulleady; Sinéad Lynch; Emma Martin; Cliona Christle; Joe Kelly; Kenan Furlong


‘This team is peerless in the Irish market. The experience, insights, client centric attitude, stellar service levels are second to none. Their practical and solution focused approach is ideal for any in-house lawyer in the sector.’

‘James Grennan and Laura Mulleady are exceptional. Each has a wealth of experience behind them which allows them to guide clients through tricky situations in the most skilful way. They are both extremely responsive, pragmatic and solution focused.’

‘Depth of experience and expertise sets them apart. Highly responsive and engaging.’

‘Laura Mulleady is a trusted and valued advisor. Laura has a practical and commercial approach and is highly responsive, pro-active and engaging. James Grennan really is “one in a million” in terms of the depth of his knowledge, expertise and ability to understand the most complex of issues and provide solutions.’

Key clients

Zurich Life Assurance plc and Zurich Insurance plc







Arch Capital


Berkshire Hathaway

Standard Life



Prudential International

The Standard Club

North of England Protecting and Indemnity Association


Smith & Nephew



Chubb European Group SE

AA Ireland Limited

Zurich Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advised Zurich Life Assurance plc on the transfer of a portfolio of investment policies, known as international portfolio bonds, to Monument Life Insurance DAC.
  • Advised AXA S.A., on the cross-border merger of XL Catlin Services SE and AXA Matrix Risk Consultants S.A.
  • Key support to clients in relation to their response to issues encountered in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A&L Goodbody’s Belfast office works with domestic and international companies and government bodies on their business activities in Northern Ireland. We provide the full range of corporate legal services including corporate, banking and financial services, commercial property and litigation.

We have advised on some of the most significant, challenging and complex assignments in Northern Ireland in recent years.

The Belfast and Dublin office teams work closely together in providing fully integrated legal services across the island of Ireland.

Restructuring & Insolvency Michael Neil
Corporate and M&A Alastair Keith
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Barbara Creed
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Brendan Fox
Finance Ciaran McAlinney
Employment, Pensions & Incentives Gareth Walls
Finance Judith Brown
Finance Louise Bailey
Commercial Property Mark Blair
Corporate and M&A Mark Thompson
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Micaela Diver
Corporate and M&A Peter Stafford
Commercial Property Tracey Schofield


A&L Goodbody’s Belfast office works with domestic and international companies and government bodies in relation to their business activities in Northern Ireland. We provide the full range of corporate legal services including corporate, banking and financial services, commercial property and litigation.

We have advised on some of the most significant, challenging and complex assignments in Northern Ireland in recent years.

The Belfast and Dublin office teams work closely together in providing fully integrated legal services across the island of Ireland.



Corporate and M&A Alastair Keithakeith@algoodbody.com+442890727418
Corporate and M&A Peter Staffordpstafford@algoodbody.com+442890727590
Corporate and M&A Mark Thompsonmthompson@algoodbody.com+442890727591
Corporate and M&A David Rowandrowan@algoodbody.com+442890727487
Corporate and M&A Mark Stockdalemstockdale@algoodbody.com+442890727456
Capital Markets Alastair Keithakeith@algoodbody.com+442890727418
Capital Markets Ciaran McAlinneycmcalinney@algoodbody.com+442890727435
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Private Equity Alastair Keithakeith@algoodbody.com+442890727418
Private Equity Peter Staffordpstafford@algoodbody.com+442890727590
Brexit Alastair Keithakeith@algoodbody.com+442890727418
Brexit Mark Thompsonmthompson@algoodbody.com+442890727591
Brexit Judith BrownJBrown@algoodbody.com+442890727443
Brexit Micaela Divermdiver@algoodbody.com+442890727592
Energy, Infrastructure & Natural Resources Mark Stockdalemstockdale@algoodbody.com+442890727456
Energy, Infrastructure & Natural Resources Mark Thompsonmthompson@algoodbody.com+442890727591
Energy, Infrastructure & Natural Resources Ciaran McAlinneycmcalinney@algoodbody.com+442890727435
Energy, Infrastructure & Natural Resources Micaela Divermdiver@algoodbody.com+442890727592
Commercial and Technology Mark Thompsonmthompson@algoodbody.com+442890727591
Commercial and Technology Mark Stockdalemstockdale@algoodbody.com+442890727456
Commercial and Technology Brendan Foxbfox@algoodbody.com+442890727432
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Mark Thompsonmthompson@algoodbody.com+442890727591
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Micaela Divermdiver@algoodbody.com+442890727592
Finance Ciaran McAlinneycmcalinney@algoodbody.com+442890727435
Finance Judith BrownJBrown@algoodbody.com+442890727443
Finance Louise Baileylbailey@algoodbody.com+442890727436
Finance Christopher Jessupcjessup@algoodbody.com+442890727444
Finance Mark Stockdalemstockdale@algoodbody.com+442890727456
FinTech / FinReg Christopher Jessupcjessup@algoodbody.com+442890727444
Commercial Property Tracey Schofieldtschofield@algoodbody.com+442890727495
Commercial Property James Pringlejpringle@algoodbody.com+442890727452
Commercial Property Gregory Martingmartin@algoodbody.com+442890727703
Projects & Infrastructure Mark Stockdalemstockdale@algoodbody.com+442890727456
Projects & Infrastructure Brendan Foxbfox@algoodbody.com+442890727432
Employment Gareth Wallsgwalls@algoodbody.com+442890727402
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Michael Neillmneill@algoodbody.com+442890727433
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Gareth Wallsgwalls@algoodbody.com+442890727402
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Sam Corbettscorbett@algoodbody.com+442890727425
Betting, Gaming & Liquor Licensing Gareth Wallsgwalls@algoodbody.com+442890727402
Education Gareth Wallsgwalls@algoodbody.com+442890727402
Restructuring and Insolvency Michael Neillmneill@algoodbody.com+442890727433
Restructuring and Insolvency Sam Corbettscorbett@algoodbody.com+442890727425
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Brendan Foxbfox@algoodbody.com+442890727432
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Barbara Creedbcreed@algoodbody.com+442890727445
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Micaela Divermdiver@algoodbody.com+442890727592
Public Procurement Brendan Foxbfox@algoodbody.com+442890727432
Public Procurement Micaela Divermdiver@algoodbody.com+442890727592
Public and Regulatory Brendan Foxbfox@algoodbody.com+442890727432
Public and Regulatory Micaela Divermdiver@algoodbody.com+442890727592
EU, Competition & Procurement Micaela Divermdiver@algoodbody.com+442890727592
Environmental & Planning Micaela Divermdiver@algoodbody.com+442890727592
Number of lawyers : 58
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Primary Contact : Michael Neill (Head of Office, Belfast)
Other offices : Dublin
Other offices : London
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