Firm Profile > KEYSTONE LAW > Belfast, Northern Ireland

KEYSTONE LAW
ROCHESTER HOUSE 1ST FLOOR
28 ADELAIDE STREET
BELFAST
Northern Ireland

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Keystone Law acts for listed and unlisted clients, but has been particularly active in public company M&A. The team advises on domestic and cross-border transactions, with particular expertise in the aerospace and healthcare sectors, as well as handling the corporate aspects of real estate financing and forward funding. 'Very capable' Belfast office head John McMahon leads the practice. London-based consultant JP Irvine has strong experience acting for major regulated utilities.

Testimonials

The team is small and provides a high level of personal attention.

John McMahon has a wealth of experience and an eye for the commercial priorities in every transaction.

A very dedicated and capable team who integrate across various aspects of the business. Led by John McMahon, they are both pragmatic and commercial, and very focused on delivering for their clients.

John McMahon and his team are experienced practitioners. They know what the issues are and flag them for discussion in advance. They are not “learning on the job” – they know the job inside out. Experience, locally, nationally and internationally, means that they don’t lead clients down cul-de-sacs.

Keystone Law provides good value advice.’

Danny McKay and John McMahon provide practical and commercial advice. JP Irvine is also a very hungry and commercial lawyer, who seeks to truly help facilitate deals and make things happen, which is indicative of Keystone Law’s progressive, value-adding service.

Key clients

Tayto Group

Hatch Brothers

Keltbray

Causeway Aero Group

Kilmona Property

Giants Park Belfast

Northside Regeneration

Genesis Aerotech

Commercial property Tier 4

The 'very capable' team at Keystone Law is noted for its advice to developers on major local leisure, residential and student accommodation projects. The office sector is also an area of strength, with the team regularly acting for landlords and tenants on leasing arrangements. The 'excellentDanny McKay leads the team. Jim Houston, whose areas of expertise include advising national and international funds on the acquisition of Northern Irish property portfolios, is also a key contact.

Testimonials

Danny McKay and solicitor Jonny Mullan always seem to be ahead of the curve, flagging well in advance what the issues are and possible solutions. They always seem to have matters in hand with their commercial and pragmatic approach.

Keystone Law is excellent, head and shoulders above competitors.

Key clients

Hatch Brothers Limited

Giant’s Park Belfast Limited

Causeway Asset Management

Allen & Overy LLP

Johncorp (No3) Limited

Straben Limited

A legal pioneer, Keystone Law was established in 2002 by a group of forward-thinking lawyers who were determined to build a law firm that would serve the needs of its clients more effectively than the conventional alternatives. Now a full-service firm with 250 lawyers and 45 support staff, Keystone has won countless awards and is considered a significant force within the legal sector.

The firm: While predominantly practising corporate and commercial law, Keystone’s private client team also caters to the needs of senior executive and high-net worth individuals. The firm’s offering is delivered across 23 service areas and 14 sectors with clients including: FIFA, Amlin, Bosch, Siemens, RSA, Cancer Research Technology, the V&A, Galderma, HMV, Glencore, Hiscox, Nationwide and Thyssenkrupp.

Representing somewhat of a dichotomy, Keystone invests heavily in technology in order to increase human interaction and enhance business relationships. Keystone only recruits senior partner-level lawyers with an average of 23 years’ experience, obtained at the UK’s best law firms and in-house with major FTSE 250 and Fortune 500 multinationals. Lawyers work collaboratively with colleagues across the firm and with others involved in the transaction, whether they are the client themselves, the client’s external legal advisers or their in-house legal team. Keystone also has a range of expert lawyers who specialise and work full time in particularly niche legal areas and are routinely instructed by other law firms to plug any gaps in expertise or capacity and thus to offer a fuller service to their own clients. These niche areas include tax, construction, share schemes, regulatory and pensions in addition to the wider services offered by the firm. In 2014 Keystone launched operations in Australia as Keypoint Law. Two years later, the firm opened its doors in the offshore jurisdiction of the Isle of Man and in 2017 Keystone Law Northern Ireland (KLNI) was launched in Belfast. Keystone continues to have plans in place for further expansion in the near future.

Types of work undertaken: Keystone Law is a full-service corporate law firm offering a complete range of business legal services and additionally providing private client advice to senior executives. The firm operates across a range of industry sectors and boasts a number of former in-house counsel from leading companies who work closely with the rest of the team to ensure they are fully aware of industry insight and issues. The firm also has a range of expert lawyers who specialise and work full time in niche legal areas and are routinely instructed by other law firms to plug any gaps in expertise or capacity and thus to offer a fuller service to their own clients. These niche areas include tax, construction, share schemes, regulatory and pensions in addition to the wider services offered by the firm.

Other offices: Bristol, Douglas (Isle of Man), London, Belfast (Northern Ireland), St Peter Port (Guernsey), Melbourne and Sydney

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing director James Knight
Operations director William Robins
Photo Name Position Profile
 Lauren McGarry  photo Lauren McGarry
 Danny McKay  photo Danny McKay
 John McMahon  photo John McMahon
 Jonny Mullan  photo Jonny Mullan
Number of UK partners : 250