Firm Profile > TLT > Belfast, Northern Ireland

River House
48-60 High Street
Northern Ireland

Banking and finance Tier 2

Primarily acting for lender clients, TLT advises on financing mandates in the real estate, construction and energy sectors. Richard Houliston jointly leads the team and is highly experienced in acquisition and real estate finance matters, while co-head Anna Vangrove specialises in debt finance work.

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Northern Ireland Investment Fund

Crescendo Real Estate Debt Fund

ICICI Bank UK plc



Danske Bank

Bank of Ireland



Ortus Secured Lending

SQN Asset Finance

Braidwater Limited


Dispute resolution Tier 2

With particular strengths in banking, property and IP disputes, TLT 'benefits from being a national company, meaning it is able to call on specialist lawyers in other offices around the UK for their experience and knowledge'. Katharine Kimber leads the practice and is notably strong in financial services litigation, with the added advantage of having formerly worked as a barrister. The 'exceptional' Fergal Maguire  has expertise in litigation and mediation, and is highly active in property and land disputes.

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‘TLT benefit from being a national company. There aren’t many such practices in NI. It means they’re able to call on specialist lawyers in other offices around the UK and call on their experience and knowledge. This most definitely gives them an edge over the regional practices.’

‘They are very down to earth and approachable. No pretension. You know that they know their stuff inside out but they put the client at ease which is not something you always get.’

‘Fergal Maguire at TLT is exceptional. He is a formidable player in this sector. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge – excelling in dispute resolution. He quickly deciphers complex cases and decides quickly on the best strategy to adopt. He also knows which other players to bring on board. No stone is left unturned with Fergal. He is accessible, very approachable and knows how to communicate to the client in layman’s terms.’

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Lambert Smith Hampton

BW Homes & Constructions Limited

Jennifer Herald and Subway Realty Limited

Pinpoint Property Ltd

Speed Motion Films Ltd

Allied Irish Banks

Bank of Ireland

Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

Regularly representing both sponsors and lenders, TLT is building its reputation in the clean energy space, most notably in wind energy and waste-to-energy projects. Andrew Ryan leads the practice and advises on the construction, planning and regulatory compliance of renewable projects. The team also draws upon Kevin Murphy, an expert in the real estate aspects of energy projects.

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Greenville Energy No

ABO Wind NI Ltd No

Low Carbon Group

Albion Community Power Limited

Brookfield Renewable

B9 Organic Energy/Granville EcoPark Ltd

Allied Irish Bank

First Trust Ban

Planning and environment Tier 2

TLT's planning and environment team operates under the leadership of Andrew Ryan, who demonstrates particular strength on renewable energy projects, particularly relating to environmental impact and habitats regulations assessments. Also recommended is real estate lawyer Judith Allen, who has a record of work on planning issues surrounding property developments.

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No Arc

The Lotus Group

GRG Concerned Community Ltd

Cloghan Point Holdings Limited / LCC


Hyde Air Park

EP UK Investments

SSE Renewables

Brookfield Renewables

Commercial property Tier 3

Bringing 'a London attitude to Belfast work', TLT  is currently very active in advising on residential developments, with other work covering commercial, office and retail real estate. Practice head Judith Allen has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters, and is 'knowledgeable, detailed and not afraid of a fight when it is necessary'. Transactions expert Kevin Murphy is another key name - he focuses primarily on the energy and natural resources sector.

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‘A London attitude to Belfast work.’

‘Judith Allen is exceptional, she goes above and beyond what is needed. She is knowledgeable, detailed and not afraid of a fight when it is necessary. The team is well respected in the local market and is very proactive within their various sectors.’

‘They have run a number of seminars and webinars which have been very useful with great detail around various issues in the sector.’

‘Judith Allen, Kevin Murphy and the rest of the team show great awareness around the commercial issues and I have found them very responsive to queries with deals always delivered on time.’

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Andras House Group

Braidwater Limited

Lotus Group/Murlock Group

Jenkins Shipping

SSE Renewables

Greenville Energy

Moorefield Hospitality Limited

Deramore Developments Limited

Lookers/Charles Hurst Group

Low Carbon Developments

UBRN Limited (Anthropologie)

Card Zone

BDV Atlantic

Tim Hortons



MyPizza Slice


Old Castle Developments

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

TLT, which has offices across the UK, is a relatively recent entry to the Belfast market and has grown its reputation through its work in the private equity, renewable energy and technology spaces. The 'highly competent, pragmatic and client-focused' Andrew Jennings leads the team following his recruitment from Arthur Cox Belfast in 2018. Jenning's workload typically encompasses cross-border M&A and private equity and venture capital deals.  Associate Grant Edward, who is 'technically very strong' and 'a good negotiator', regularly supports Jennings on the group's mandates.

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‘Highly competent, pragmatic and client focused. Grant Edwards and Andrew Jennings are both highly competent, pragmatic and eager to deliver to client demands and time frames.’

‘Grant Edwards, to date has been extremely good. Grant is technically very strong and a good negotiator on our behalf. His advice is always calm and measured, proactive and has taken the time to understand our investment stance and perspective on deals so that they can tailor their advice accordingly.’

‘Proactive – planning well ahead to meet the necessary deadlines. Good communicators bringing the rest of the team along with them. Responded to all queries in a very efficient manner.’

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Par Equity

Blackfinch Ventures

WH Smith PLC

Savills PLC

Kraydel Limited

BSG Civil Engineering Limited

Nevisco Holding Limited

Lough Shore Road Limited

Tap SOS Limited

Bob & Berts Group Limited

Employment Tier 3

TLT's 'professional, confident and extremely knowledgeable' employment practice is led by legal director Leeanne Armstrong, who started the practice in 2018 following her recruitment from Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP. She handles general advisory work and also acts in tribunal litigation including discrimination claims, contract breach issues and unfair dismissal cases.

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‘The depth of knowledge is impressive and the level of responsiveness is always reliable.’

‘Leeanne Armstrong is always fully engaged and focused. Her work has integrity and her fantastic interpersonal skills added to her depth of knowledge make her a really trusted adviser.’

‘Everyone within the TLT team I have interacted with have been excellent.’

‘Professional, confident, extremely knowledgeable and well respected. I have worked in the main with Leeanne Armstrong. Leanne stand-outs out as very personable and I can see she has the respect of all her peers.’

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Lough Erne Resort

Braidwater Limited

Par Fund Management Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

TLT's new practice is led by Caitriona Morgan, who recently joined from Cleaver Fulton Rankin and has represented establish names in the local market including Arthur Boyd & Company, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore and Grant Thornton NI. Banking litigation specialist Fergal Maguire also joined from Cleaver Fulton Rankin and regularly handles debt recovery cases.

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Wealth of experience and knowledge in the litigation and insolvency team – team going from strength to strength.

Wealth of experience and technical knowledge.

The knowledge of Fergal Maguire and Caitriona Morgan is second to none in the market place. They are always accessible and have made a big impact in the NI marketplace for TLT.

Both Fergal and Caitriona have interpersonal skills that make them easy to work with and flexible in their approach. They are always happy to assist with queries that may arise when considering to take on insolvency cases.

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Arthur Boyd & Company

Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

Begbies Traynor


Cavanagh Kelly

Grant Thornton (NI)

JT Maxwell

Keenan Corporate Finance

Rachel Fowler Advisory

TLT uses its experience and expertise to help clients grow their business and deliver their products and services effectively and without risk. The firm is recognised for its focus on client service and its collaborative and flexible approach to delivering legal services.

The firm’s Future Law team delivers new products and services built on insight, process and technology to achieve better outcomes for clients.

The firm: The firm advises across the three UK legal jurisdictions of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Its experience is primarily in the clean energy; digital; financial services; leisure, food and drink; public sector; real estate; and retail and consumer goods sectors.

The firm has a number of long-standing relationships with a range of UK and international clients from major household names to high-growth businesses and private individuals. Clients include RBS, Triodos, Santander, Sainsbury’s, WHSmith, Greene King, BT, BBC, CCS, Ecotricity, Savills and Persimmon.

Types of work undertaken: The firm works with clients on high-value strategic work and major projects. The firm also supports clients on day-to-day legal requirements, using its infrastructure, systems and resources to deliver and drive an efficient and consistent service.

Banking and finance: advising on all types of finance transactions, both domestic and cross border.

Commercial: advising across the whole spectrum of business and trading arrangements.

Commercial shipping: advising on the full range of finance and commercial issues involving a diverse range of vessels traded worldwide.

Competition and EU law: advising on all aspects of competition law from merger notifications to cartel and market investigations.

Construction, infrastructure and projects: advising on the full spectrum of construction matters and disputes for private and public sector projects of any size.

Corporate: advising on the buy and sell side of mergers and acquisitions, advising management teams and investors on management buyouts, private equity and venture capital investments, advising on joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements and associated agreements.

Data privacy & cybersecurity: advising on cybersecurity, data protection, freedom of information, confidentiality and privacy issues in the UK and internationally.

Disputes: advising on matters involving litigation, arbitration, mediation and debt recovery.

Employment: advising on all aspects of employment law, as well as dealing with disputes, mediations and complex tribunal claims.

Employee benefits & incentives: advising on all types of short and long term incentive arrangements, bonus schemes, salary sacrifice and exchange programmes.

Family: especially known for complex financial provision on divorce or separation, including international and cross-border issues, complex trust and tax structures, businesses, pensions and property portfolios.

Franchising: advising businesses looking to expand by granting or taking a franchise including the establishment of UK and international franchises, master licensing, development agreements and issues arising in the operation of a franchise such as re-sales and dispute resolution.

Intellectual property: advising on patents, copyright, design rights, trade marks, passing off and unfair competition, database rights, rights in confidential information and related competition issues.

International trade: helping clients get the best out of cross border trade opportunities, whether that’s navigating the law, expanding into new markets or influencing key trade policy.

Investigations: all aspects of regulatory law, from commercially-based compliance advice, right through to protecting the interests of companies or individuals facing regulatory investigation or prosecution.

Licensing: advising on all aspects of premises licensing.

Mortgage litigation and recoveries: providing recovery services to banks, building societies and other secured lenders across the UK, handling mortgage litigation and repossession conveyancing and advising on fixed charge receiverships.

Outsourcing: advising on outsourcing various business functions to deliver cost savings, service improvements and to take advantage of the latest technologies.

Pensions: advising on all pensions-related work, including pensions change and restructuring projects, the implications of corporate transactions and liability management exercises, including buyouts and buy-ins.

Planning: providing a complete planning advice service and a unique multi-faceted perspective on planning issues.

Private wealth: private client expertise across family and personal tax, trusts and probate law.

Real estate: advising across property development, investment, asset management, dispute resolution, construction, planning, environmental, tax and more.

Regulatory: advising on all aspects of regulatory law, from compliance advice to protecting the interests of companies or individuals facing a regulatory investigation or prosecution.

Restructuring and insolvency: advising on restructuring and insolvency law and practice.

Tax: helping clients manage their tax risks in context and across all UK taxes.

Technology and communications: advising on technology development and licensing including OEM/VAR and similar distribution arrangements, ICT procurement, outsourcing, managed service and cloud-based solutions, e-commerce, social media and data privacy.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner James Wood
Senior partner Andrew Glynn
Head of strategic growth David Pester
Practice director Steve Willson
Banking and lender services Jonathan Hoey
Commercial services Bill Hull
Corporate Andrew Webber
Disputes Chris Owen
Employment, pensions and incentives Stuart McBride
Real estate Maria Connolly
Private client Patrick Wooddisse
Clean energy Maria Connolly
Financial services Andrew Lyon
Housing Katherine Evans
Leisure, food and drink Julia Lucas
Public sector Andrew Glynn
Public sector Bill Hull
Retail and consumer goods Perran Jervis
Digital James Touzel
Future Law James Touzel
Number of UK partners : 130+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 500+
Total staff : 1,000+

TLT believes when our employees can truly be themselves they are at their best, so we work to create an environment where every individual is treated with dignity and respect. We promote this by taking every opportunity to celebrate differences, as well as empowering our people to challenge behaviour at odds with this.

We value diversity and actively seek to promote it at all levels of the organisation through ensuring everyone has the same opportunity to succeed irrespective of any differing or defining characteristic.

We work continually to ensure we are meeting the needs of our employees and have committed substantial resources to ensure we are driving the agenda forward across multiple diversity strands, including sex and gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, social mobility, disability and religion. Our efforts are reflected in the ongoing success of our employee networks, which we continue to grow and build. These networks are a valuable resource for the firm in helping ensure that our employees have a voice, but also connecting people and instilling the sense of belonging that we wish for every employee to feel.

In addition to this, we are passionate about growing diversity into the firm, which has been demonstrated by our commitment to various attraction initiatives including the Social Mobility Business Project (SMBP) – a multi-award winning social mobility scheme – and our longstanding partnership with Aspiring Solicitors, which has continued to strengthen over the years.

Whilst we are always proud of what we have achieved, we continue to strive to be better for the benefit of our employees, the firm and the wider legal sector.