Firm Profile > TLT > Belfast, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Banking and finance Tier 2

TLT is particularly experienced in acting for lenders, although it has recently expanded its borrower-side client base to include a number of major local and UK-wide companies. The team focuses on complex bilateral financings and financing for large projects, as well as specialist areas such as invoicing and asset finance. Richard Houliston, who has expertise in secured lending and financial services regulation, leads the practice jointly with 'impressive' energy finance specialist Anna Vangrove.


Anna Vangrove is always very responsive. She provides sound, practical advice and is great at tuning in to the client’s core commercial objectives.

Anna Vangrove gets things done with a minimum of fuss.

TLT provides consistently high-quality and professional delivery in all assignments undertaken. The Belfast team is growing, reflective of its strong market offering supported by its national firm footprint.

Richard Houliston is an exceptionally strong and experienced lawyer with exceptional attention to detail and strong commercial awareness. He is always approachable and always offers advice that you can rely on.

Key clients

AIB Group (UK) plc t/a First Trust Bank

Ulster Bank Limited

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland and Bank of Ireland (UK) plc

Northern Bank Limited t/a Danske Bank

Santander UK plc

HSBC  Bank plc

Northern Ireland Investment Fund

Assetz Capital

Braidwater Limited


Dispute resolution Tier 2

TLT is noted for its expertise in banking litigation, counting a number of major financial institutions among its clients, and is growing its practice in a range of other areas, including insolvency, property litigation, defamation and commercial disputes. The 'very engaging and proactiveKatharine Kimber leads the team; Andrew Ryan specialises in contentious planning and environmental matters; and Fergal Maguire, who joined from Cleaver Fulton Rankin, has particular expertise in professional negligence and partnership disputes.


The firm has an efficient structure which allows it to handle a high volume of cases.

The team is knowledgeable and very responsive; it is able to identify alternative solutions and is action based and achieves results.

Solicitors Brendan Logue and Ciaran McCorry are both proactive and understand the client’s business and risk appetite.

The team is very experienced and has access to a range of expertise with its connection to its UK office. There is a wide range of different skills within the team covering chancery, intellectual property and general litigation. They have particular experience within financial services.

Brendan Logue is relatively junior but is clearly a very industrious and careful solicitor. He stands out as being a force to be reckoned with in the future.

Associate Eoin Devlin is a strong litigator who is very efficient and client focused.

The team is experienced and provides consistent responses and advice in a timely manner. They have a clear strategy and provide support and time to us; as clients they understand our objectives and values. They stand out from their peers and we believe in their honesty. They connect and engage with us and also honour our opinion.

The environment, teams and individuals are relaxed but remain professional. They are able to provide sound legal strategies, are assertive when required, analytical, logical and adept at problem solving. They will always persevere. These characteristics make the individuals stand out from the rest.

Eoin Devlin is an outstanding lawyer with great ability to analyse the legal issues and retain a common-sense and proportionate outlook in his cases. His knowledge and ability in personal injury and clinical negligence work is recognised by his peers and he is very popular with clients.

Fergal Maguire has an excellent and deserved reputation.

Key clients

RBS and Ulster Bank

UK Asset Resolution Limited

BT Group plc


The Northview Group Limited


Danske Bank

First Transformation Limited

Evergreen Biomass

Energy Tier 2

TLT is particularly active in the renewables market, with expertise in advising on the development, acquisition, funding and disposal of clean energy generation projects, including onshore and offshore wind, solar and biomass projects. The team acts for a range of utilities, developers, funders and investors. The practice is led by Andrew Ryan, who stands out for his 'knowledge, responsiveness and flexibility', while Kevin Murphy handles the real estate aspects of energy projects. Sarah Ewing moved to Shoosmiths LLP.


TLT stands out for its ability to offer seamless energy specialist resource across all relevant UK jurisdictions.’

Andrew Ryan’s knowledge and experience of the Northern Ireland energy market – particularly in relation to power purchase agreements and the recent I-SEM changes – is invaluable.

Key clients

SQN Asset Finance Income Fund Limited

M.J.M. Marine Limited

Brookfield Renewable

Greenville Energy

H6 Energy Limited

ABO Wind NI Ltd

B9 Organic Energy/Granville EcoPark Ltd

Low Carbon

Albion Community Power plc

Industrial Finance & Leasing

Vortex Projects Limited

SSE Renewables Developments (UK) Limited

Planning and environment Tier 2

TLT has 'particularly good knowledge of domestic and European environmental law and waste law'; the team advises on planning applications and environmental impact assessments relating to major developments, and represents clients in judicial review proceedings and planning appeals. The renewable energy sector is a particular focus, with the team advising on energy-from-waste, wind and anaerobic digestion projects, but recent instructions have included advising on retail, housing and student accommodation developments. Andrew Ryan leads the practice.


Andrew Ryan is a fount of knowledge of planning and environmental law, being particularly adept in identifying points of challenge for objectors.

Key clients

Brookfield Renewable

Braidwater Ltd

The Lotus Group

ABO Wind NI Ltd

Lynwood Homes Ltd

Granville Ecopark Ltd

Organic Fertilisers Ltd

Greenbelt NI Ltd

Hyde Air Park Ltd

Braidwater Ltd

SSE Renewables Developments (UK) Limited

Commercial property Tier 3

TLT stands out for its 'attention to detail and personal touch' and 'partner involvement'. The team acts for major local developers on site acquisitions for commercial and particularly residential developments; other areas of expertise include the retail, clean energy and public sectors. Practice head Judith Allen is noted for her expertise in property finance, while Kevin Murphy specialises in energy sector transactions.


‘The team combines attention to detail with the personal touch.’

‘Partner-level staff deal with our transactions, which gives comfort when dealing with complex issues.’

Key clients

Andras House Group


Norlin Hotels

McGinnis Group

Moorefield Hospitality Limited

TUI Travel


Brookfield Renewable Ireland Limited

Deramore Developments Limited

Vaughan Homes

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

TLT's newly formed corporate practice has a good reputation in the private equity and venture capital space, as well as for advising clients in the renewable energy sector on fundraises and M&A transactions. The team's fast-growing client base also includes retail, leisure and digital companies. Andrew Jennings, who moved from Arthur Cox Belfast, leads the team; he is noted for his experience in international transactions. Jennings was joined by associate Grant Edwards from Tughans.


‘TLT provide a very high standard of service and are very knowledgeable of our business and the retail sector. They have good strength in depth and provide cost effective commercial legal advice.’

Key clients


YFM Equity Partners

Lough Erne Resort (Lough Shore Road)

SQN Capital Management (UK)

McGimpsey Group

Bank of India

Moorefield Contracts



Hadstone Energy

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: 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.

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.

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

Employment and incentives: advising on employment law and incentives including dealing with disputes, mediations, complex tribunal claims and litigation.

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.

Licensing: advising on all aspects of premises licensing.

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

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 client: 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 David Pester
Senior partner Andrew Glynn
Practice director Steve Willson
Banking and lender services Jonathan Hoey
Commercial services Bill Hull
Corporate John Wood
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
Number of UK partners : 130+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 400+
Total staff : 1,000+