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

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Millar McCall Wylie LLP's group is led by Conor Wylie, who is singled out for his qualification as a chartered tax adviser; he is one of the few dual-qualified solicitors and tax advisers in the market. He has also carved out a particular niche in advising on agricultural land and farming mandates. His recent workload also included advising on estates covering Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as well as issues concerning vulnerable people.

Practice head(s):

Conor Wylie

Testimonials

‘Very flexible and accommodating, great attention to detail. Always very responsive and prepared to develop innovative communication solutions to supporting international clients.’

‘Friendly responsive and accommodating. These values help to build a personal bond based on trust and mutual respect.’

‘Very professional and experienced in the fields that I required their services. Act promptly to requests and kept updated with progress reports. Also very satisfied with work carried out and fees that were charged.’

‘Conor Wylie – attention to detail to get matters resolved and makes sure that there will be no come back further down the road.’

‘Strong dedication to client service.’

‘Conor Wylie has exceptional knowledge of all aspects of trusts and can explain the issues in terms that clients understand.’

‘Millar McCall Wylie has been our family solicitor for over thirty years. They have wide expertise in all legal matters. I have no hesitation in recommending the practice.’

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP has a strong pedigree in the banking and finance arena, with its team's transactional experience spanning corporate finance, asset finance, property finance and project finance. Film finance transactions are another niche area of specialism. In addition, other drivers of work include the sale and purchase of mortgage and loan portfolios, the securitisation of portfolios of mortgage loans and other receivables governed by Northern Ireland law. With the firm having a strong track record advising lenders operating in the local market, its recent work included advising on the government-backed “CBILS” loans. It also acted for Bank of Ireland on the provision of £2.3m financing to B. Crowe & Sons Limited. The team is jointly led by Peter McCall  and John FinneganDamian McParland and property finance expert Simon Fleming are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

John Finnegan; Peter McCall

Other key lawyers:

Damian McParland; Simon Fleming; Neil McCreadie; Michael Wilson

Testimonials

‘Commercially focused and get things done.’

‘Damien McParland and John Finnegan are excellent.’

‘On every occasion, I have been impressed by the ability of the team to turn matters round and get over the line in good time.’

‘John Finnegan is responsive and competent.’

‘Excellent level of service. Very responsive and represent extremely good value for money- priced far more competitively than some of the biggest names in the Belfast legal market but provide service and insight on par with the best. ’

‘John Finnegan- Strong all-rounder with good experience across a range of corporate transactions, but particularly robust on property finance transactions. Damian McParland- Excellent lawyer with arguably the broadest skills base of any corporate lawyer in Belfast, with very strong commercial acumen.’

Key clients

Danske Bank

Bank of Ireland

Assetz Capital

Whiterock Capital Partners (Growth Finance Fund, Growth Loan Fund)

Blend Loan Network

First Trust

Fairfield Real Estate Finance Services Ltd

McAleer & Rushe Group

Garvan O’Doherty Group

Atlantic Partners Limited

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP is a strong independent firm with a diverse offering which includes M&A, share sales and acquisitions, capital investments and MBOs. Practice head Damian McParland has 'arguably the broadest skills base of any corporate lawyer in Belfast', with a notably strong track record in technology and media. Technology is also a core strength of Scott Kennedy, who advises on M&A, capital investments and IP exploitation.

Practice head(s):

Damian McParland

Other key lawyers:

Scott Kennedy

Testimonials

‘Scott Kennedy is always easily available and responsive. Also steady and commercially savvy.’

‘Excellent service – they always respond in a timely manner to all requests. Great range of knowledge and experience across the commercial team.’

‘Great service from partner Scott Kennedy. Excellent technical knowledge delivered in very commercial way. ’

‘Excellent level of service. Very responsive – they represent extremely good value for money – priced far more competitively than some of the biggest names in the Belfast legal market but service and insight on par with the best.’ 

‘Damian McParland is an excellent lawyer with arguably the broadest skills base of any corporate lawyer in Belfast, with very strong commercial acumen. Has an excellent ability to surmise complex concepts into simple statements and documents, benefiting his clients and facilitating smooth transactions.’

‘The key members of the team obviously have their individual expertise and it is great to be able to rely on them for requirements that we have. I feel as a practice they have a collaborative approach.’

‘Damian McParland’s help in a recent acquisition was great – the fact that he led the team gave me great confidence.’

Key clients

Learning Pool Limited

Cirdan Imaging Limited

Traction Finance

McAleer & Rushe Group

Whiterock Capital Partners

Cordovan Capital

Keystone Group

Kernel Capital

MJM Group

MyCarNeedsA.com

Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 2

A strong domestic firm, Millar McCall Wylie LLP provides a 'comprehensive service' in dispute resolution, but is particularly prominent in the realms of procurement and construction litigation. The 'excellentCaroline Prunty, who is described as a 'major driving force' within the team, helms the practice and focuses on these areas; she has represented clients before the High Court and lower courts, as well as in mediation. Prunty is also highly skilled in handling matrimonial cases. Personal injury is another strong point of the practice, largely owing to the talents of William McSorley, who particularly excels in acting on workers’ claims of hearing loss.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Prunty

Other key lawyers:

William McSorley

Testimonials

‘The practice is very friendly and knowledgeable. Usually happy to help and assist when asked.’

‘Millar McCall Wylie provide a comprehensive service in dispute resolution. They have particular expertise in employment and commercial cases. They issue regular newsletters online to clients, barristers and others. They are one of the most advanced firms in terms of collaborative effort in cases, whether traditional litigation, mediation or arbitration.’

‘Caroline Prunty is a major driving force in the firm. She is an excellent lawyer with an engaging personality which enables her to get on very well with colleagues, clients, decision makers or mediators. She is adept at distilling the essential points from voluminous materials and providing a concise, accurate analysis of the important points. A very hardworking solicitor, Caroline is always well prepared and she is an excellent advocate, orally and in writing.’

‘Millar McCall Wylie is able to provide excellent legal services to satisfy a traditional range of legal requirements but in my experience its personnel can adapt effortlessly to deal with cutting-edge issues involving data protection, which demand significant technical acumen and the great reserves of sympathy and empathy necessary to manage clients. They can fashion elegant solutions for the most demanding and well-resourced commercial clients, but are equally willing to fight for the underdog, keenly, with flexibility and the patience required to win.’

‘A local firm with significant resources, able to reach out within the sector and build relationships with other firms in a collaborative approach.’

‘It is a professional, well-run, competent, approachable legal assistant for both business and personal requirements. I could not recommend a better company to represent us.’

‘Caroline Prunty and her team are talented and hardworking. They leave nothing to chance and they are a pleasure to work with.’

‘The firm combines a professional approach with complete approachability. The level of expertise is outstanding and instils great confidence in a client.’

Key clients

IMT Medical Transport Limited

Karl Property Investments Limited

The Garvan O’Doherty Group

SERE Group

Interpower Induction Limited t/a Melting Solutions

Northern Ireland > Employment Tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP was a trusted adviser during the Covid-19 crisis to employers such as Ulster Rugby and Clover Pubs NI, illustrating the 'exceptional and approachable' team’s expertise in handling major restructurings and redundancies. The 'measured, calm and diligentJan Cunningham leads the practice and is well versed in TUPE regulations and assisting multinational companies. His background as a former professional rugby player has also given him a unique perspective on employment matters in the local sports sector. Associate David Mitchell, who has experience handling unfair dismissal and discrimination issues, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jan Cunningham

Other key lawyers:

David Mitchell

Testimonials

‘I have during Covid needed advice and counsel on a number of issues, most without precedent. Millar McCall Wylie have always been reliable and provided timely advice.’

‘David Mitchell has gone beyond what could be reasonably expected in delivering. I value both his advice and support.’

‘They are an exceptional and approachable team who make themselves available at short notice when required. They take a practical approach to problems, and clearly outline any risks or issues that may arise. They are always very knowledgeable.’

‘Jan Cunningham is measured, calm and diligent, and this comes across in any matter he assists with. His engagement with his clients is exceptional.’

‘My experience of working with MMW was a very positive one. The approach to the issue was clear and concise but also friendly and approachable. The advice I received meant that the case was dealt with quickly and with no issues. ’

‘From the moment I met Jan Cunningham virtually I knew I was in good hands. His calm and clear demeanour meant I felt 100% comfortable with all communication and the advice. I would not hesitate to use Jan again for all and any legal employment requirements.’

‘Although a large practice, the employment team at MMW offers a service that feels personal and intimate. I always know that whomever I speak to, they will demonstrate empathy and understanding of the situation, and provide advice and guidance that takes into account both legal and practical considerations in a timely manner.’

‘I work in the main with Jan Cunningham. Jan’s knowledge of our industry is outstanding, and his ability to provide legally sound advice that will work for us in practice is really second to none. He often goes above and beyond, providing an excellent service, always going that extra mile for us. Over the ten years I have worked with Jan he has built a very productive working relationship.’

Key clients

Ulster Rugby (IRFU, Ulster Branch)

Avon Cosmetics Limited

Northern Ireland Screen

Peak 6 NI

Mulgrew Haulage Limited

Draugr Productions Limited

Hexagon Group

Grant Thornton UK Limited

FP McCann Limited

Inter Terminals Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP has garnered a strong reputation in the film and media industries as well as the technology and software sectors, advising on the licensing and transfer of patents and copyrights. Scott Kennedy has handled niche work in the game development, gambling and e-learning arenas, while Abbie Long acts for Northern Ireland Screen on the development of motion pictures. Corporate partner Damian McParland is also highly skilled in IP ownership and distribution agreements.

Practice head(s):

Scott Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Abbie Long; Damian McParland

Testimonials

‘A solid team of people whose knowledge and experience lead to reliable legal advice you can rely on.’

‘Scott Kennedy, is an outstanding solicitor who is knowledgeable in many areas of corporate law. His knowledge of Intellectual Property law is exceptional.’

‘They are an exception and approachable team who make themselves available at short notice when required. They take a practical approach to problems, and clearly outline any risks or issues that may arise. They are always a very knowledgeable team.’

‘Abbie Long and Damian McParland go over and beyond for their clients, building partnerships with them and understanding their clients businesses.’

Key clients

Learning Pool Limited

Cirdan Imaging Limited

Causeway Sensors Limited

Kanisi Limited

Keystone Group

iGame Media

Voxbit Ltd

Makematic Limited

Northern Ireland Screen

MyCarNeedsA.com

Real estate > Commercial property Tier 3

Millar McCall Wylie LLP has a well-established reputation in the retail sector, with its client roster including well-known names such as Hays Travel, Monsoon, Waterstones and Schuh. Elsewhere, the group is highly skilled in assisting oversees investors with the acquisition and refinancing of property portfolios. In addition, landlord and tenant work is another pillar of the practice; in 2020, the department was notably active in handling re-gears, as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Name partner Peter McCall, who leads the team, works with Simon Fleming, as well as associates Michael Wilson and Neil McCreadie. Andrew Kerr left the firm to take up a role as in-house counsel at AllState.

Practice head(s):

Peter McCall

Other key lawyers:

Simon Fleming; Michael Wilson; Neil McCreadie

Testimonials

‘The MMW team compares very favourably to the other solicitors which I have encountered within Northern Ireland.’

‘Millar McCall Wylie are a reputable law firm which our company has used for many years. Their solicitors cover a range of capabilities and they provide good practical legal advice over a broad range of areas. Any time I have dealt with MMW they are reliable, efficient, they offer a personal service and their fees are reasonable.’

‘I have mostly dealt with Simon Fleming from Millar McCall Wylie and he always serves in his clients’ best interests. Simon’s work is always efficient and accurate. He always provides expert guidance and support. Simon always plays a proactive role to get deals pushed through and helps us to negotiate with other parties successfully.’

‘The team at Millar McCall Wylie are exceptional. On multiple deals we have worked on, they have pulled in various associates and partners to add their specialist knowledge to the different aspects of the deals.’

‘My main points of contact in Millar McCall Wylie are Simon Fleming, Peter McCall and Neil McCreadie. The guys are always available to take a call and are always able to provide support no matter what the issue is. I trust these individuals and value their advice.’

‘I have dealt with this firm for a number of years. Peter McCall is an exceptional lawyer and is a very personable and approachable person to whom I can go to for professional advice. His team at MMW are all cut from the same cloth in that they are problem solvers and are very flexible in their approach.’

Key clients

McAleer and Rushe Group of Companies

MJM Group of Companies

Consolidated Property Group

Fairfield Real Estate Finance

LCC Group of Companies

Waterstones

Peacocks/Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group of Companies

NFU Mutual

Monsoon/Accessorize

Schuh

Bon Marche

Eurochange

Card Factory

Jollyes

Cosmo

Hays Travel

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 3

Millar McCall Wylie LLP has revamped its energy team with Simon Fleming  now leading the practice following the departure of Andrew Kerr to an in-house role. Fleming has a particular focus on wind and solar energy mandates, with expertise in commercial agreements and property-related issues. Abbie Long, who is a corporate partner with experience in the energy sector, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Simon Fleming

Other key lawyers:

Abbie Long

Key clients

Scottish Power Renewables (UK) Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

Millar McCall Wylie LLP has a significant presence in the private equity space, and has advised a number of technology-based start-ups and early development companies in the interactive gaming, VoIP and SaaS technology sectors. Practice head Scott Kennedy has extensive experience in advising tech-centred companies on corporate and commercial arrangements. Managing partner Damian McParland, who has a strong presence in digital media, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Scott Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Damian McParland

Key clients

Learning Pool Ltd

Kanisi Ltd t/as Rotor Videos

Hamilton Internet Services Ltd t/as MyCarNeedsA.com

Nexus Point Ltd

Humain Ltd

Voxbit Ltd

Makematic Ltd

Viberoptix

Thrive CSR Ltd

Cirdan Imaging Ltd

Millar McCall Wylie 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