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John McKee Solicitors

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Belfast, London

Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

John McKee Solicitors

Senior partner Leonard Edgar and managing partner Chris Ross lead the team at John McKee Solicitors, which has extensive experience acting for insurers. The team handles construction disputes, professional negligence claims, and commercial and banking litigation, among other matters.

Practice head(s):Leonard Edgar; Chris Ross

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Northern Ireland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

John McKee Solicitors

John McKee Solicitors advises on property, project and energy finance, as well as secured and unsecured loan and credit facilities and securitisation. Clients include a number of banks based throughout the UK and in the Republic of Ireland. Consultant Avril McCammon leads the practice; her wide-ranging experience includes acting for funders on loan portfolio sales, and the financing of corporate acquisitions, residential developments and social housing. Philip McBride and Donald Thompson, who joined from DWF, are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):Avril McCammon

Other key lawyers:Philip McBride; Donald Thompson


'The team is able to deliver complicated, key transactions within very tight timelines.'

'Avril McCammon's legal knowledge stands out amongst her peers. She is able to see the issues and more importantly provide solutions to keep all parties on board and moving towards a satisfactory conclusion.'

'John McKee Solicitors is a well-respected practice that represents both lender and borrower-side clients and is capable of managing the full range of clientele from complex high-value matters to SME commercial borrowing. The team is always responsive, commercial and focused on delivering on the client's expectations.'

'Don Thompson provides high-quality commercial advice. He has an efficient, common-sense approach which finds solutions not problems, and is focused on driving his caseload to meet the client's timeframe.'

Key Clients

Bank of Ireland

Ulster Bank

AIB Group UK plc

Northern Bank t/a Danske Bank

Lloyds Bank

Clydesdale Bank


Work highlights

  • Acting for Bank of Ireland in connection with the refinance of a large quarry business with assets in Northern Ireland and England.
  • Acting in a very short time frame for Bank of Ireland on the funding of the purchase of apartments in a landmark residential block in Belfast.
  • Acting for a bank in Northern Ireland in connection with the refinancing of a chain of licensed premises.
  • Advising Northern Bank t/a Danske Bank on the funding of Titanic Group.
  • Acting for the bank in relation to the funding of an anaerobic digestion plant.
Leading individuals

Avril McCammon - John McKee Solicitors

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Northern Ireland: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 3

John McKee Solicitors

John McKee Solicitors has a strong track record of handling catastrophic and large loss personal injury claims related to farm accidents, workplace accidents on building sites and in factories, and RTAs. Clients include insurance companies and public bodies. Deputy County Court judge Leonard Edgar, who has longstanding experience advising on health and safety investigations and prosecutions, and managing partner Chris Ross lead the team.

Practice head(s):Leonard Edgar; Chris Ross

Key Clients

National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Limited


Ards and North Down Borough Council


CIE (Córas Iompair Éireann)

Sedgwick/ Cunningham Lindsey

Work highlights

  • Represented NFU Mutual in the settlement of a personal injury claim in the sum of £200,000 arising out of a serious road traffic collision.

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Northern Ireland: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

John McKee Solicitors

John McKee Solicitors acts for a number of high-net-worth individuals, and advises on a wide range of private client matters, including the drafting of wills and the administration of estates, the creation of trusts, inheritance tax planning, and elderly client care and protection work. Gerard Small leads the team.

Practice head(s):Gerard Small

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Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy - ranked: tier 3

John McKee Solicitors

John McKee Solicitors is noted for its 'significant industry knowledge and experience'; practice head Alan Bissett, who joined the firm in June 2018 from an in-house role at AES, 'knows everything there is to know about the power sector in Northern Ireland'. The team has expanded its client base to include electricity and fuel distributors, government bodies, power stations and AD facility operators. The team has been particularly active advising on high-profile M&A transactions in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):Alan Bissett


'Alan Bissett's knowledge of his clients' business (and the industry) is wide ranging.'

'Alan Bissett is an extremely pragmatic lawyer who provides advice in a timely, efficient manner. His availability makes him stand out from his competitors - he does whatever he can to make himself available and provides a true "Rolls-Royce" service. He is the only true energy specialist in Northern Ireland.'

'John McKee Solicitors has top-notch local knowledge of both the legal landscape and the industry trends delivered in a way that clients can quickly understand.'

'In addition to being a massive store of knowledge of both the legal structure and the Northern Irish electricity industry generally, Alan Bissett is also an excellent commercial attorney who can help navigate any issues.'

'Alan Bissett knows the sector and is straightforward to work with.'

'Alan Bissett is a great communicator, with the ability to clearly explain complex issues and identify options and impacts or risks.'

Alan Bissett really knows the Northern Irish electricity market.  His commercial and business insights are invaluable and he is in total command of the legal issues.  He is able to communicate those extremely well, to colleagues and clients and in negotiation. A complete joy to work with.

Key Clients

AES Ballylumford Power Limited

AES Kilroot Limited

Department of Finance

Nicholls’ (Fuel Oils) Limited

The AES Corporation

NIGEN Limited

Work highlights

  • Advises AES Kilroot Power Limited on all energy-related matters, including contract negotiations to ensure the Kilroot Power Station remained in operation.
  • Representing Nicholls’ (Fuel Oils) Limited in its acquisition of the oil distribution business of DCC Energy Limited in Northern Ireland.
  • Advising AES Ballylumford Limited on all energy-related matters, including statutory and other emergency fuel-stocking requirements in Northern Ireland.
  • Acting for AES Corporation on the sale by auction of Northern Ireland's biggest power stations, Ballylumford and Kilroot, to Czech company Energeticky a Prumyslovy Holding (EPH) for approximately £163m.
Leading individuals

Alan Bissett - John McKee Solicitors

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 4

John McKee Solicitors

John McKee Solicitors specialises in acting for local authorities, and is active in the public, transport, retail and energy sectors, advising on property acquisition and development and commercial leasing. Gerard Small and Donald Thompson jointly lead the practice; Small, who stands out for his 'personable approach', advises a range of local developers and financial institutions, while the 'first-class' Thompson, who joined from DWF in January 2019, has extensive experience in the care home and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):Gerard Small; Donald Thompson


'The team provides excellent service delivery and commercial, pragmatic advice.'

'The team provides an excellent client-focused service, whilst getting the job done in an efficient and knowledgeable manner.'

'Donald Thompson provides simplified analysis of complex issues. He is the person you want on your side in a commercial negotiation.'

'Donald Thompson and managing partner Chris Ross are well known throughout the commercial property industry and provide good, well-reasoned, no-nonsense advice.'

'The team at John McKee Solicitors has an extremely professional approach to all matters conveyancing, offering a fantastic advice and support service.  They have a good team of professionals that offer a reliable and accurate service.'

'The team balances commercial interests, pragmatism and attention to detail to give a very balanced and excellent service.'

'Gerard Small always makes himself available and proves committed and highly effective.'

Key Clients

DHL Group

Nationwide Building Society

Arris Global Ltd

Lakeland Dairies

UK Mail Limited

Nicholls' (Fuel Oils) Limited

Disability Sport NI Ltd

Moore Construction (NI) Limited

Restrana (Belfast) Limited (Five Guys’ Franchisee)

Ulster Garden Villages Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (Translink) on the acquisition of a site for new offices and engineering facilities in connection with the Belfast Rapid Transit project and the related disposal of three existing sites.
  • Advising Translink on the acquisition of a former Victorian railway station, vesting of lands and other voluntary land acquisitions to assemble the site for the proposed new North-West Multimodal Transport Hub.
  • Acting for UK Mail on the acquisition of a warehouse as its new Northern Ireland parcel-handling facility.
  • Advising Parr Group on the pre-let of a proposed retail development in Ballymoney to Home Bargains, the sale of the landlord company after the completion of construction, and the grant of new lease.

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