Wilson Nesbitt > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Firm Profile

Wilson Nesbitt
BT12 4HB
Northern Ireland

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

The 'knowledgeable and experienced' team at Wilson Nesbitt covers all aspects of estate administration, and has notable strength in contentious matters. Co-leading are 'exceptional partner' Lenore Rice and 'capable and committed' senior partner Gilbert Nesbitt. Senior solicitor Daniel McCracken and senior associate Ciara Barlow lend key support.

Practice head(s):

Gilbert Nesbitt; Lenore Rice

Other key lawyers:


‘The Wilson Nesbitt team provided excellent service in a family company succession assignment which required patience and empathy in dealing with the founder shareholder.’

‘Gilbert Nesbitt dealt with a family company succession assignment with diligence and empathy. He showed patience and great care in drafting and explaining the shareholders’ agreement. The level of service and care provided to the client was outstanding.’

‘Ms Lenore Rice is a really exceptional partner in our experience of legal advice. Her client centred approach, and unhurried attitude speaks volumes regarding both her professional skills as well as her interpersonal skills.’

‘WN are innovative and always willing to think outside the box.’

‘Gilbert Nesbitt is a very capable and committed lawyer who always goes the extra mile.’

‘This firm has a wide range of experts who have detailed knowledge of specific areas. Each solicitor delivers attention to detail.’

‘The team is experience in private client and provides a no-nonsense and approachable style in dealing with clients.’

‘The team are very knowledgeable and experienced, which I feel is important when putting your trust in them to act on your behalf. Each team member has their speciality and this is a huge strength.’

Work highlights

Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Wilson Nesbitt has particular strength in the real estate and banking and finance sectors. Team lead Gary Adair has experience at all court levels in Northern Ireland, and is described by clients as 'a well regarded and dedicated litigator.'

Practice head(s):

Gary Adair


‘Wilson Nesbitt’s valued strengths are meticulous preparation and diligent pursuit of a client’s case throughout the litigation process.’

‘Small and intimate.’

‘This is a well regarded and experienced team.’

‘Gary Adair is a well regarded and dedicated litigator and is particularly well known for his detailed approach to preparation.’

‘Wilson Nesbitt are the leading firm in Northern Ireland acting for lending institutions. They have an exceptionally strong team with the capability to act in most complex high value disputes.’

‘Gary Adair provides excellent advice in an engaging manner that clients are easily able to understand. Gary puts the client’s needs at the heart of each case.’

‘The team has shown themselves to be adaptable, and commercial.’

‘They are always commercial and collaborative in their approach and take time to fully understand the clients business and exact requirements.’

Key clients

Swift 1st Limited

Pepper (UK) Limited

Big Bear Investments Limited

The Registrar of Companies

CPS Commercials Limited

Hillview Centre Belfast Limited

Yorsipp (Trustees) Limited

Donaghadee Properties Limited

Platform Funding Limited

DUAL Corporate Risks Limited

Syrma Limited

Godiva Mortgages Limited

Pepper (UK) Limited

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

Wilson Nesbitt has expertise in both commercial banking and finance transactions, and is primarily active on behalf of lenders. Max Nesbitt and Natasha Adamson jointly lead the team. Nesbitt is experienced in a range of financing matters. Adamson specialises in property and conveyancing issues, and is a key name for equity release mortgage transactions.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Adamson; Max Nesbitt

Other key lawyers:

Neil Logan


‘Natasha Adamson is an expert on equity release transactions. Her team ensure that transactions are completed smoothly and without delay’

‘Natasha Adamson is always available to deal with any queries or issues. She is extremely professional and helpful.’

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

Fiduciam Nominees Limited

Assetz Capital Limited

Folk2Folk Limited

Aberclay Limited

Sonic Funding Partners Limited

Paddington Street Ltd & Skybridge Lending Limited

Stoneygate 2007 Ltd

Fiduciam Nominees Limited

Sonic Funding Partners Limited

Lloyds Banking Group

Barclays Bank UK plc

HSBC UK Bank plc

Santander UK plc

Aviva Equity Release UK Limited

Just Retirement Money Limited

Leeds Building Society

Clydesdale Bank plc t/a Virgin Money

Nationwide Building Society

Tandem Bank (Previously Oplo)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Aberclay Limited in the granting of a facility to a local property developer to fund the acquisition of the entire shareholding of an SPV company. Deal value £2.5m.
  • Instructed by Fiduciam on a cross border multi-facility, multi-party and multi-property facility with a total value of £8,000,000.
  • Acted for Fiduciam Nominees in a £3.8million facility granted to a property development company to fund the purchase of two development sites in Northern Ireland.

Real estate > Commercial property Tier 3

Wilson Nesbitt acts for major real estate developers and financiers, and is a prominent name in the residential sector. Team lead Drew Nesbitt specialises in mixed-use regeneration schemes. Senior partner Gilbert Nesbitt handles large-scale residential and social housing schemes, while Max Nesbitt has expertise in development transactions. Senior solicitor Izabela Treacy is a prominent name.

Practice head(s):

Drew Nesbitt


‘Advice was clear, pragmatic and no nonsense throughout. Excellent.’

‘Drew Nesbitt is excellent. Very commercial and also very efficient.’

‘With Wilson Nesbitt, each client gets the corporate knowledge but the small family firm service, something that many larger firms lack. The team’s communication is second to none.’

‘Each person has a fantastic knowledge of their field, and I am more than happy to recommend them to any clients. They have all went above and beyond the call of duty and have always given, straight talking, honest advice with the element of common sense applied.’

Key clients

Tealstone Developments

Radius Housing

Law Society of Northern Ireland

Castlebawn Newtownards Limited

Hillview Centre Belfast Limited

NB Housing Association

Triangle Housing Association

Artemis Technologies

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Round Tree Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Tealstone Development on the redevelopment of the old Cabin Hill School, a 7.7-acre prime residential development site.
  • Advised Radius Housing Association on its participation in the Gasworks Northern Fringe regeneration project.
  • Advised Artemis Technologies on its leasing of 10,000 sq. ft. of office accommodation for its new Belfast HQ at Concourse II, Harbour Estate, Belfast.