Firm Profile > Millar McCall Wylie LLP > Belfast, Northern Ireland

Millar McCall Wylie LLP
IMPERIAL HOUSE
4-10 DONEGALL SQUARE EAST
BELFAST
BT1 5HD
Northern Ireland

Intellectual property Tier 1

Millar McCall Wylie LLP stands out for its strengths for film, TV and video production clients, and regularly advises local production companies on licensing agreements and rights ownership issues. Abbie Long has carved a niche in the film and TV industry, whereas practice head Scott Kennedy is very active in e-learning, advising clients on a range of other emerging technologies. Corporate head Damian McParland also handles IP agreements concerning media, entertainment and software.

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Testimonials

‘Professional, reliable and trustworthy. They are approachable and go out of their way to assist.’

 ‘Scott Kennedy is a dedicated solicitor who is willing to collaborate with other professionals and experts in order to provide the best services to his clients.’

‘Other solicitors within the firm have gone over and above to provide the services requested of them. The team has an exceptional group of lawyers, making them one of the leading firms in Northern Ireland.’

‘Always approach work with a practical commercial mindset, giving the best possible service to their clients across the various departments.’

‘Damian McParland builds a partnership with his clients, getting to know his clients and the businesses, resulting in him being exceptional in his field of expertise.’

Key clients

Learning Pool

Cirdan Imaging

Causeway Sensors

Kanisi Limited

Keystone Group

IVA Watch Limited

Voxbit Ltd

Makematic Limited

Northern Ireland Screen

MyCarNeedsA.com

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Millar McCall Wylie LLP is led by name partner Conor Wylie, who stands out in the local market due his qualifications as a chartered tax adviser and being an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is praised for 'taking time to explain legal jargon' and his 'high level of empathy for his client'. His recent workload has involved the management of high value estates, many of which were domiciled or included residents from the Republic of Ireland.

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‘Conor Wylie is a very knowledgeable and professional individual. He takes time to explain legal jargon to clients and has a high level of empathy for his clients. ‘

‘Conor Wylie was exceptional in his professional handling of my father’s estate. All of the partners are courteous, professional and approachable.’

‘Conor Wylie is one of the most capable and exceptional lawyers I have ever dealt with.’

Banking and finance Tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP is instructed on real estate finance work by major financial institutions in the region including Barclays, Danske Bank and the Bank of Ireland. Managing partner Peter McCall is co-head of the practice and is an expert in property finance work, while fellow co-head John Finnegan focuses on matters involving the securitisation of non-property assets.

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Key clients

Fairfield Real Estate Finance Services Ltd

Danske Bank

Assetz Capital

Whiterock Capital Partners (Growth Finance Fund)

Barclays Bank plc

First Trust

Bank of Ireland

McAleer & Rushe Group

Assetz SME Capital Limited

Commercial property Tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP regularly works with major builders and investors in Northern Ireland, as well as real estate investment firms from as far afield as New York and London, providing expertise in the acquisition, disposal and financing of local properties. Name partner Peter McCall leads the team and has a track record of work on retail developments, as well as an active practice in the residential space. He is supported by Simon Fleming, who also has a strong focus on the retail sector, and Andrew Kerr who is very strong in landlord and tenant matters.

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‘The team are commercially focused and are not scared to give meaningful advice in the context of the matter in questions. They are also proactive and responsive. ‘

‘Peter McCall is very commercial and brings a wealth of experience to every deal. ‘

‘Simon Fleming is very measured, calm and diligent, and this comes across in any matter he assists with.’

‘Neil McCreadie is thorough and attentive.’

‘The firm has a talented set of lawyers who provide excellent advice right across the legal spectrum. We deal with them primarily on construction/finance/property development matters and they are always very knowledgeable and well resourced when undertaking work for us. ‘

‘They are a very approachable team who make themselves available at short notice when required. They take a commercial approach to problems and we feel we can rely 100% on them at all times.’

‘Peter McCall is an exceptionally knowledgeable lawyer who always gives crystal clear and concise advise when dealing with all matters. We find him to be excellent to work with and we have no hesitation in identifying Peter as a standout professional lawyer.’

‘Neil McCreadie is an exceptionally talented and hardworking lawyer. Neil always has his eye on the detail of the deal.’

Key clients

McAleer and Rushe Group of Companies

Fairfield Real Estate Finance

DRC Capital

Peacocks/Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group of Companies

NFU Mutual

Monsoon/Accessorize

MJM Group of Companies

Eurochange

Card Factory

Hays Travel

Tata Steel

CBRE Global Investors

Scottish Power

Warren James Jewellers

Bangor Marine Limited

Moffett Group of Companies

LCC Group of Companies

Eddie Irvine

Schuh

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Providing 'an excellent all-round level of service', Millar McCall Wylie LLP is particularly active in the technology sector and advises on M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. The 'exceptional' Damian McParland leads the team and recently advised on transactions concerning virtual reality, e-learning and medical software issues. Scott Kennedy also has a strong emphasis on the technology sector and is also very experienced in the manufacturing industry. Abbie Long is another key figure and regularly supports McParland on key mandates.

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‘ Commercial, focused and personable. Grasps the key points to be covered off quickly.’

‘Damian McParland is an exceptional lawyer. He is very commercial, on the key points, but the detail gets done also.’

‘The firm provides an excellent all-round level of service. Partners/Staff are technically very good and work is done in a very timely and proactive manner. ‘

‘Partners and staff are easily accessible whenever you need to speak to them.’

‘Damian McParland was excellent. Damian was also exceptional on very quickly getting to grips with the commercial reality of the deal and he decided at a very early stage what was important and what was not so that the transaction progressed as quickly and efficiently as possible.’

‘Damian was always available to deal with issues personally himself in a very timely and proactive manner.’

‘Millar McCall Wylie are very pragmatic in their approach to transactions and look for solutions not problems when undertaking work.’

‘The firm, and Damian McParland in particular, are very approachable and have a real understanding of the issues at stake.’

‘Diverse firm with excellent lawyers and very commercial people within the firm. Damian McParland – always accessible for quick steers in the early stages and excellent on transactions.’

‘MMW have a broad range of expertise for a small business such as ourselves, along with a down to earth approach to getting things completed.’

‘Accessibility to the partners is key and they excel at this, again making their service very distinct to some of their competitors. Damian has to be one the best in the business in the area of M&A, having a great attitude to commerciality and progressing deals.’

Key clients

Learning Pool Limited

Cirdan Imaging Limited

Causeway Sensors Limited

McAleer & Rushe Group

Signature Living Hotel Group

WhiteRock Capital Partners

Keystone Group

Kernel Capital

MJM Group

MyCarNeedsA.com

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP stands out for its expertise in procurement law litigation; the group is also very active in commercial contract and shareholder disputes. Practice head Caroline Prunty handles procurement claims and has represented clients in a number of High Court disputes; she is also a qualified mediator. William McSorley was promoted to partner in 2019 and has expertise in defending clients in insurance litigation, particularly in relation to hearing loss claims.

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JMC Mechanical and Construction Limited

N K Fencing Ltd

J A Solar Limited

Melting Solutions Limited

Amey LG Limited

Gigha Glenview Limited

MJM Group

Jet Assist Limited

Employment Tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP's employment department operates under the leadership of Jan Cunningham, who acts in contentious issues in the Fair Employment and Industrial Tribunal courts; he also handles advisory issues including matters involving TUPE regulations and the employment aspects of M&A transactions. Associate David Mitchell is also singled out.

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NI Screen

Irish Rugby Football Union

Quinn Building Products Limited

Learning Pool Limited

Trouw (UK) Limited

Thorntons Plc

GVC Holdings (UK) Limited

Specsavers Optical Group Limited

Avon Cosmetics Limited

Nexus NI

Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 3

Led by Andrew Kerr, Millar McCall Wylie LLP is highly experienced in the fields of wind and solar energy, with Scottish Power among its client roster. Kerr advises on commercial and shareholder agreements, as well as acquisitions and disposals.

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Scottish Power

IT and telecoms Tier 3

With a particular focus on digital content technology and e-learning, Millar McCall Wylie LLP advises on M&A and private equity transactions, as well as supply and services contracts and outsourcing contracts. Scott Kennedy, who leads the team, advises early-stage technology companies on their corporate and commercial requirements. Managing partner Damian McParland is also active in the digital media sphere.

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Learning Pool Limited

Kanisi Limited t/as Rotor Videos

Hamilton Internet Services ltd t/as MyCarNeedsA.com

Nexus Point Ltd

Cobain Group Ltd

Voxbit ltd

Makematic Ltd

Automatic Metrics Ltd

Thrive CSR Ltd

Cirdan Imaging Ltd

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Peter McCall
Corporate/commercial Damian McParland
Property Peter McCall
Energy Simon Fleming
Dispute resolution Caroline Prunty
Employment Jan Cunningham
Private client Conor Wylie
Number of UK partners : 10
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15