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Millar McCall Wylie LLP

IMPERIAL HOUSE, 4-10 DONEGALL SQUARE EAST, BELFAST, BT1 5HD, NORTHERN IRELAND
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Work 028 9020 0050
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Fax 028 9020 0051
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www.mmwlegal.com
Belfast BT1, Belfast BT4

Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Millar McCall Wylie LLP’s ‘very professional’ litigation group continues to be active in construction and insurance matters. Highlights included defending Italian central heating flue manufacturer Groppalli in a £2m dispute over an allegedly defective heating system in an apartment development. Other clients include construction company JPM Contracts and McAleer & Rushe. Caroline Prunty heads the practice. Associate William McSorley is also recommended.

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Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Millar McCall Wylie LLP ’s ‘very responsive’ corporate team has handled instructions from clients in the technology, real estate, renewables and infrastructure sectors. In a standout transaction, the group acted for DRC Capital in its multimillion-pound sale of the CastleCourt shopping centre in Belfast to Wirefox. In another matter, the firm assisted computer animation company Humain with a £1m investment made by Crescent Capital, techstartNI and Innovation Ulster. Practice head Damian McParland attracts praise for his ‘very strong commercial acumen’. Abbie Long is another name to note. In June 2017, Scott Kennedy joined from Cleaver Fulton Rankin .

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Northern Ireland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Millar McCall Wylie LLP’s ‘strong and responsive’ banking team has expertise in both borrower- and lender-side work and has been particularly active in loan sales and refinancing transactions, as well as seeing an uptick in acquisition mandates. Highlights included assisting a global bank with financing agricultural company Glenmore Estate’s acquisition of the Grianán Estate on Lough Swilly from Donegal Investment Group; advising Fairfield Real Estate Finance on the refinancing of the property portfolio of Kilmona Holdings, which involved the acquisition of a new development site; and acting for the Bank of Ireland in financing the acquisition of a large residential nursing home business in West Belfast. Other clients include DRC Capital and Danske Bank. Christopher Neill, who joined the firm from Cleaver Fulton Rankin in 2017, leads the team, which also includes Simon Fleming and Andrew Kerr.

Next generation lawyers

Christopher Neill - Millar McCall Wylie LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Millar McCall Wylie LLP’s insolvency practice provides ‘good quality advice’ and is ‘very strong’ in the property and construction sectors. It assist with the appointment of fixed charge receivers and administrators, as well as handles liquidation procedures. Highlights included the group acting for Grant Thornton as the fixed charge receiver of lands in County Down; the team advised the client on the ultimate disposal of the lands. Other clients include ASM Accountants, PKF-FPM Accountants and Duff & Phelps. Damian McParland heads the team, which also includes the ‘very responsive’ Simon Fleming, who has an excellent reputation for acting on property-related insolvencies, and solicitor Neil McCreadie.

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Northern Ireland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Millar McCall Wylie LLP’s employment group is adept in contentious and non-contentious employment matters. On the non-contentious side, the team is noted for advising companies on their entry into the Northern Ireland market and providing advice on day-to-day employment issues; highlights included advising commercial printing company Nicholson Base on its purchase by the Bradley Group and TUPE matters pertaining to staff transfers. On the contentious side, Jan Cunningham and solicitor Louise McNally acted for the Ulster branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union on the employment rights of two professional rugby players facing allegations of rape; the players were cleared of the charges. In another key matter, solicitor Kevin Gallagher successfully represented a client before the Industrial Tribunal in a high-profile claim brought against the Northern Ireland Prison Service of discrimination on the grounds of sex.

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Northern Ireland: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Millar McCall Wylie LLP’s ‘very proficient’ private client team has notable strength in handling wills, tax advice and administration of estates, involving both domestic and overseas assets. The group acts for a range of clients including high-net-worth individuals and professional bodies. Other key areas of instruction include the administration of trusts and succession planning. The ‘very thorough and extremely knowledgeable’ Conor Wylie heads the team.

Leading individuals

Conor Wylie - Millar McCall Wylie LLP

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Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 3

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Millar McCall Wylie LLP’s energy practice handles a range of energy mandates, with a prominent focus on matters relating to renewable energy and anaerobic digestion. Banking and finance head Christopher Neill acted for First Trust Bank in providing debt facilities to a local generator for operating an anaerobic digestion generation facility in Northern Ireland. Other key clients in 2017 included Scottish Power Renewables and Bank of Ireland. Andrew Kerr heads up the energy practice.

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 2

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

‘First and foremost a safe pair of hands’, Millar McCall Wylie LLP’s ‘very practical’ and ‘solution-driven’ property team provides ‘a superb service for clients’. Recent work for the group includes advising property developers and investors on high-value acquisitions, lease negotiations and refinancing matters. Highlights in 2017 included acting for Signature Living in the acquisition via a share sale of Belfast-based Scottish Mutual Building, which the client intends to turn into a hotel. Other clients include Fairfield Real Estate Finance and Moffet Property Holding. Practice head Peter McCall is ‘a highly pragmatic lawyer with an ability and desire to get the deal done’; Simon Fleming is ‘a technically excellent lawyer with a meticulous eye for detail’; and Andrew Kerr attracts praise for his ‘thorough, prompt and thoughtful advice’. Solicitor Neil McCreadie  is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Peter McCall - Millar McCall Wylie LLP

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Northern Ireland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Millar McCall Wylie LLP

Millar McCall Wylie LLP’s IP practice is well versed in advising film and media companies on distribution arrangements, copyright ownership, rights licensing and content exploitation, as well as acting for corporates on trade mark matters, patent licensing and IP-related investments. Highlights included assisting Northern Ireland Screen with funding awards granted to local and international producers pertaining to media production and development projects, including HBO’s Game of Thrones. In another matter, the team is acting for industrial equipment supplier E McIntyre & Sons on the trade mark assignment of Kilrea-based butterfly valve supplier Frenstar. Other clients include Fine Point Films, semiconductor IP company Amphion Semiconductor, and software and imaging company Cirdan. Scott Kennedy, who joined the firm in June 2017 from Cleaver Fulton Rankin, leads the group, which also includes Damian McParland, who is highly regarded for his expertise in advising investors on IP-related mandates, Abbie Long  and solicitor Louise Cavanagh.

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