Firm Profile > Millar McCall Wylie LLP > Belfast, Northern Ireland
Millar McCall Wylie LLP Offices
4-10 DONEGALL SQUARE EAST
Millar McCall Wylie LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Intellectual property Tier 1
Millar McCall Wylie LLP is particularly highly regarded for its advice on IP issues in the local film and television sector, including assisting media clients with distribution agreements, rights licensing and management, and content exploitation and protection. The firm's client base also includes companies in the technology, construction and manufacturing industries, and it is active advising large corporate clients on the IP aspects of commercial contracts. The team is led by Scott Kennedy, and also includes corporate head Damian McParland and Abbie Long.
The team at Millar McCall Wylie LLP is noted for its 'extensive knowledge and experience', particularly in relation to trust and estate planning, including associated inheritance tax and capital gains tax issues, and the administration of estates including agricultural property. The team also handles contentious and high-value probate. Clients range from high-net-worth individuals to accountants and financial advisers. The 'straight-talking' and 'hardworking' Conor Wylie leads the practice; he is 'very knowledgeable in probate matters, particularly around the area of trusts'.
‘The team is hands on, no nonsense, and offers value for money.’
‘Conor Wylie and the rest of the team are extremely efficient and diligent and always provide excellent service.‘
‘Conor Wylie is very personable, thorough and professional.‘
‘The team stands out for its first-class knowledge and interpretation and ability to cut to the chase. Conor Wylie is utterly reliable and dependable.‘
‘The team at Miller McCall Wylie is not only outstanding in its professionalism, but is able to explain the most complicated of issues in an easy-to-digest manner.‘
‘Conor Wylie always makes clients feel valued. He assists them through challenging property and trust issues with tenacity and a personal touch.‘
‘Millar McCall Wylie is very efficient, competent and quick to respond to any queries.’
‘Conor Wylie is the most knowledgeable solicitor in his field that I have come across and his advice is excellent.’
Banking and finance Tier 2
Millar McCall Wylie LLP acts for a wide range of lenders, including banks, funds and peer-to-peer lenders. The team regularly advises on property finance, energy and project finance, and the sale and purchase of mortgage and loan portfolios, while film finance is a niche area of expertise. Managing partner Peter McCall co-heads the practice with the 'excellent' John Finnegan, who has significant experience in the securitisation of non-property assets. Property specialist Simon Fleming and head of corporate Damian McParland are also key contacts. Christopher Neill moved to an in-house role.
‘Millar McCall Wylie is well known and respected in Northern Ireland, which makes transactional work in the region easy. The team is knowledgeable and efficient.‘
‘Millar McCall Wylie is a strong firm with excellent client relationships. It has a particularly strong and responsive banking team with Simon Fleming as partner.‘
‘Simon Fleming is very commercial and he has an insightful understanding of transactions, including of Irish law issues.‘
‘The team is always willing and capable to go beyond the scope to ensure the transaction happens.‘
‘The team is extremely commercial, balancing the need for the precise legal advice with the need to provide commercially beneficial outcomes for the client’s companies.‘
‘John Finnegan is a strong all-rounder with good experience.‘
Fairfield Real Estate Finance Services Ltd
Bank of Ireland
Jefferies Loan Core (Europe) Limited
Blend Loan Network
First Trust Bank
Whiterock Capital Partners (NI Growth Loan Fund)
Commercial property Tier 2
Millar McCall Wylie LLP's 'responsive, knowledgeable and commercial' team regularly advises international funds on property acquisition and refinancing, as well as acting for landlords and tenants on lease arrangements, and large local developers and builders in relation to residential developments. 'Very strong leader' Peter McCall advises on the acquisition of investment portfolios; Simon Fleming has particular expertise in the retail sector; and Andrew Kerr acts for a number of renewable energy clients.
‘Simon Fleming understands clients’ objectives, keeps them closely appraised during the transaction and deals with any issues that arise in a practical and efficient manner.‘
‘Millar McCall Wylie is full of really good lawyers. Whoever I have dealt with from top to bottom is very impressive and they are extremely responsive.‘
‘Peter McCall is undoubtedly a leader in the real estate field in Northern Ireland. He has vast experience but is very approachable and solution driven.‘
‘In particular, Millar McCall Wylie shows a great ability to progress matters quickly and efficiently. The team would be generally regarded as one of the leading property teams in Northern Ireland and I have always been impressed by their expertise and ability to get the work done on time. In my experience , Millar McCall Wylie has always provided an excellent value for money service.‘
‘Whilst Simon Fleming is a technically excellent lawyer, he is always very commercially minded and can therefore provide an outstanding all-round service.‘
‘Simon Fleming is a really capable lawyer. His technical skills are first class and he is always a very calm influence in the heat of a transaction.‘
Fairfield Real Estate Finance
McAleer & Rushe Group of Companies
MJM Group of Companies
Monsoon Accessorize Ltd
Warren James Jewellers
Edinburgh Woollen Mill/Peacocks Stores Group of Companies
CBRE Global Investors
Corporate and M&A Tier 2
Millar McCall Wylie LLP acts for local entrepreneurs, owner-managed businesses, and private equity and venture capital funds, and advises on M&A transactions, including share sales and acquisitions, capital investments and business purchases. Damian McParland, who is 'accommodating, easy to deal with and very good on detail', is noted for his expertise in corporate finance. Scott Kennedy specialises in advising technology-focused companies on investments and Abbie Long has particular strength in the media and entertainment sector.
‘Damian McParland is very experienced, commercial and well respected.‘
‘The firm provides an excellent all-round level of service. Partners are technically very good and work is done in a very timely and proactive manner. Lawyers are easily assessible whenever you need to speak to them.‘
‘From a technical perspective Damian McParland is excellent. Damian is also exceptional on very quickly getting to grips with the commercial reality of the deal so that the transaction progresses as quickly and efficiently as possible. Damian is always available to deal with issues personally in a very timely and proactive manner.‘
‘The team’s expertise in each area is excellent and the practice still has the ethos of treating the customer very well.‘
‘Damian McParland is exceptional in his field of M&A.‘
‘The service provided by Millar McCall Wylie is way above other firms not just in terms of the team’s knowledge, but also in terms of turnaround and the ability to deliver.‘
‘The team is technically strong but also able to take a commercial view when required.’
‘Scott Kennedy has been a trusted legal adviser for some time. Scott is very strong technically but also pragmatic in approach. He is solutions focused and doesn’t waste time.‘
‘Scott Kennedy has the skill and ability to manage complex transactions with many parties involved. He consistently goes beyond the scope of works to ensure all parties remain involved and the transactions complete on time.’
‘The team offers exceptional value for money combined with responsive, practical advice, with great specialisms to help deliver great advice. They are very commercially driven and help drive solutions to issues at all times.‘
‘Damian McParland is an excellent lawyer with arguably the broadest skills base of any corporate lawyer in the business, with very strong commercial acumen. He has an excellent ability to summarize complex concepts into simple statements and documents, benefiting his clients and facilitating smooth transactions.‘
‘The legal team work and function efficiently together and communicate well.‘
‘Damian McParland provides a personal, hands-on approach and has a great working knowledge of what is required.‘
McAleer & Rushe Group
Signature Living Hotel Group
WhiteRock Capital Partners
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Unusually for Northern Ireland, Millar McCall Wylie LLP regularly acts for both plaintiffs and defendants. The team is particularly active in the real estate sector, with clients including major construction and property development companies, and also handles procurement challenges, director and shareholder disputes, and insurance indemnity claims. The 'outstanding' Caroline Prunty leads the team, which is based in the firm's East Belfast office.
‘Millar McCall Wylie provides a very professional service. The team is very efficient and has a wealth of knowledge in all areas: it is streets ahead of any other company that I have dealt with.‘
‘The firm has a competent and skilful approach to the preparation of and dealing with personal injury litigation.‘
‘Caroline Prunty’s most valued quality is her focus on proper preparation of the case, identifying the issues and ensuring the required evidence is identified.‘
‘The team at Millar McCall Wylie has scale and a fantastic range of services but is still firmly rooted in the local business community.‘
‘Caroline Prunty gives straight-talking advice and is always focused on finding practical and effective solutions.‘
‘Caroline Prunty is proactive in taking forward difficult and challenging cases.‘
‘This firm has a team of experienced commercial lawyers and is one of Northern Ireland’s strongest practices in dispute resolution. They make the points strongly for their clients but they have the confidence and perception to know when and where to compromise. Preparation is always thorough and the standard of their written and oral advocacy is very high.‘
‘Caroline Prunty is hugely respected by her peers. She is able to master huge volumes of materials in complex commercial cases and present her client’s case in a concise, attractive way. Caroline works closely with her clients, getting their respect by the example of her diligence and ability, but always maintains the correct level of detachment to allow for careful analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of her client’s case. She is a first-class lawyer.‘
‘Miller McCall Wylie is an exceptional firm of solicitors who have their own individual expertise. In terms of dispute resolution, the team provides a comprehensive service to their clients, the advice offered is delivered in a clear and concise manner, and the client is guided through the process in a manner which ensures that they are fully informed at each stage. The firm can deal with the large volume of work in an efficient but client-friendly way.‘
‘Caroline Prunty is an outstanding head of department. She has a wealth of knowledge in litigation, both commercial and personal injury. Her delivery of advice ensures that the client is fully aware of all aspects of the case. The difference between Caroline and other solicitors is that she makes each client feel that she has given the best possible advice.‘
‘Millar Mc Call Wylie provides excellent legal expertise and advice, balanced with sound commercial awareness.‘
‘Caroline Prunty is a first-rate solicitor. She always grasps the key points early and provides sound legal advice.‘
‘William McSorley is always approachable, helpful and thorough in his representation. He is a very experienced and knowledgeable solicitor in his field.‘
‘Caroline Prunty and her team have developed a reputation for distilling complex commercial disputes into a number of key issues with the ability to concede extraneous issues which have little or no bearing on the final outcome.‘
‘Caroline Prunty provides her own views on matters in a robust and concise fashion. Rather than just setting out the facts she explains why approach A or B will not work, thus narrowing the focus.‘
‘Caroline Prunty is a formidable commercial lawyer who has litigated highly complex cases over many years in Northern Ireland.‘
‘Caroline Prunty has very good communication skills.‘
‘The team is accessible, responsive, keen to understand the brief and deliver on it, and genuinely partner led by the charming and engaging Caroline Prunty. As slick as a big multi-jurisdictional practice, but with all the personality and benefits of a smaller firm.‘
‘Caroline Prunty is exceptionally hard working and thorough; she plans strategically and is full of good ideas to get to the place where success is assured. She is a gifted negotiator and retains the ability to keep the client fully informed and make sure they remain centre stage in the process. Despite Caroline’s success, she remains very grounded and accessible to her clients.‘
‘Caroline Prunty deals with disputes efficiently and strategically, achieving results often avoiding lengthy litigation. Caroline has an ability to work out the best options and focus hard on getting there. She is exceptionally busy yet very personable in her approach, but never fails to plan her strategy and thought processes.‘
McAleer & RusheGroup of Companies
Scottish Power Renewables
JMC Mechanical & Construction
James Boyd & Son (Carnmoney)
CBRE Global Investors
Employment Tier 2
Millar McCall Wylie LLP regularly acts for employers, including local and international companies, on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, such as TUPE issues arising from corporate transactions. The team is also 'very respected in the claimant space', representing employees in the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals. Practice head Jan Cunningham specialises in advising sporting bodies on all aspects of employment law.
‘Millar McCall Wylie has a young dynamic employment team with a clear understanding of client needs. They are detailed and pragmatic in case evaluation.‘
‘Jan Cunningham is a great communicator and brings an enthusiasm to this complex area of law. Always approachable, he is able to bring clear and concise arguments to the table. His detailed knowledge in bringing and presenting cases at hearing is quite exceptional.‘
‘The team at Millar McCall Wylie is highly professional, with a depth of legal knowledge alongside a commercial and practical viewpoint on any issues which may arise.‘
‘Jan Cunningham and his team provide excellent advisory services and take the time to build up their knowledge around the client’s service sector.‘
‘The team’s relatability, knowledge and methods of explaining the law and how it applies to the client’s situation is second to none.‘
‘Louise McNally is a fantastic solicitor; the advice she gives is clear and she is always on top of the client’s case and nothing is ever left unresolved. She is knowledgable, approachable, friendly and organised.‘
‘Jan Cunningham provides sensible, practical HR advice, not just theoretical responses.’
Ulster Branch, Irish Rugby Football Union
GVC Group Limited
Sean Graham Bookmakers
Hamy Ltd t/a Futurli
Avon Cosmetics Limited
Grant Thornton Limited
Energy Tier 3
Millar McCall Wylie LLP advises on corporate transactions in the energy sector, including restructures, joint ventures and high-value M&A. In addition, the team assists with the development and financing of energy projects, particularly in the renewables sector, including wind, solar/PV and biomass schemes. The team also advises on regulatory and compliance issues. Andrew Kerr, who has particular expertise in the renewables sector, leads the practice.
Scottish Power Renewables (UK) Limited
Millar McCall Wylie LLP regularly advises on corporate restructurings and company voluntary arrangements, as well as appointment-related issues. The practice is led by Damian McParland, who specialises in debt restructuring and pre-pack administration, while Simon Fleming focuses on the commercial property aspects of insolvencies.
Millar McCall Wylie LLP > Firm Profile
Millar McCall Wylie LLP is one of the leading law firms in Northern Ireland, with a particular reputation for media and entertainment law and media finance law, for which it is considered a ‘go to’ firm.
The firm: Millar McCall Wylie was founded in 1997, and has rapidly expanded, with two offices in Belfast. Since 2015 eight new solicitors have been recruited to enable the firm to service its ever-expanding market share of commercial legal work in Northern Ireland.
Established with the ethos of being vibrant and well able to respond to clients’ needs with a refreshing, straightforward and practical approach, MMW is personable and communicative to the individuals who instruct it and constructive in dealing with colleagues in the profession. All this, while maintaining respect for clients’ time and dealings.
Media and entertainment law and media finance law are particularly niche areas in Northern Ireland and the firm dominates these markets for local and multinational clients, with major media television projects under its belt. Other particularly strong areas include employment law, corporate and M&A and commercial property, all of which have grown rapidly in the past two years, and the firm anticipates further growth across all areas, particularly as the Irish economy continues to recover from the legacy of the financial crash of 2008.
Types of work undertaken: Corporate and M&A: the department has seen a marked increase in the quantity and value of its transactional work in the past year and has recruited to meet demand. It has an established reputation for advising clients in relation to M&As and corporate restructuring, and has a growing reputation acting in inward investment transactions.
Commercial property: the team has earned a considerable market share of retail work in Northern Ireland and acts for local, national and international investors in the acquisition and disposal of real estate. The firm continues to win new high-profile clients in a re-emerging real estate market.
Dispute resolution: the team acts for both plaintiffs and defendants in all areas of commercial litigation at High Court and county court level. With qualified mediators, the team has expertise in ADR. The department has considerable recent experience in director disqualification and banking litigation actions.
Employment: the employment team acts for a considerable number of local and national employers in contentious and non-contentious matters. It provides support to the corporate and insolvency teams on all employment aspects of transactions.
Energy: the firm acts for a number of established energy suppliers and providers on regulatory, property, corporate, planning and contentious matters. It also advises businesses and landowners who are moving into renewable energy markets.
Finance: the firm acts for a number of local and national lenders in all aspects of secured and unsecured lending. In addition the team continues to advise lenders and borrowers alike on the implication and realisation of existing security.
Insolvency: the firm advises on all aspects of insolvency law and procedure, as well as corporate recovery and restructuring. It acts for receivers and administrators in enforcement of security and realisation of assets.
Media and entertainment: the firm has a pre-eminent film and television development and production team in Northern Ireland, having represented the Northern Ireland Screen Commission for over a decade on hundreds of feature films, television, regional language, digital media and website development, production and funding projects. The team’s clients range from local independent film, television and theatre producers to multinational and mass-media corporations. Millar McCall Wylie recently worked on contracts for Game of Thrones series 7 and The Lodge, to name just two recently completed projects.
Private client: MMW’s department head is a chartered tax advisor and offers specialist advice to high-net-worth clients and accountants in relation to trusts, tax planning and wills.
|Managing partner||Peter McCall|
|Finance and insolvency||Andrew Kerr|
|Dispute resolution||Caroline Prunty|
|Private client||Conor Wylie|