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John McKee Solicitors

THE LINENHALL, 32-38 LINENHALL STREET, BELFAST, BT2 8BG, NORTHERN IRELAND
Tel:
Work 028 9023 2303
Fax:
Fax 028 9023 0081
DX:
470 NR BELFAST 1
Email:
Web:
www.jmckee.co.uk
Belfast, London

Gerard Small

Tel:
Work 028 9023 2303
Email:
John McKee Solicitors

Work Department

Commercial property/banking/restructuring and insolvency/private client.

Position

Gerard heads the firm’s commercial property and private client teams. Over 18 years of practice he has represented developers, retail and commercial clients, and institutional lenders in a wide range of transactions. Gerard’s main focus is on property development and acquisition and commercial leases. His clients include DHL Group, Nationwide Building Society and a number of local property developers. Gerard also specialises in banking and insolvency matters. He regularly advises banks and other financial institutions (Santander, Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank) on secured lending transactions and the enforcement of security. He now acts for insolvency practitioners (including BDO, KPMG, Keenan Corporate Finance) in several administrations and administrative receiverships and for numerous fixed charge receivers. The focus of much of this work is the management and sale of distressed property assets. In addition, Gerard manages the private client department and has long-standing experience in the areas of wills, administration of estates, trusts and taxation. The focus of his private client practice is will-making, business and family protection, and tax planning. Gerard also specialises in the administration of high-value estates and the associated inheritance tax issues.

Career

Trained McCollum & Company; qualified 1996; assistant solicitor McCollum & Company; assistant solicitor Rosemary Connolly Solicitors; John McKee & Son 2004 to date, partner 2008.

Languages

French, Spanish, Irish.

Member

Law Society of Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland Commercial Property Lawyers’ Association.

Education

St Louis’ Grammar School, Kilkeel, County Down; Queen’s University, Belfast (1994 LLB Hons; 1996 CPLS; 2004 Certificate in Commercial Conveyancing).

Leisure

Travel, aviation, golf, music.


Northern Ireland: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

John McKee Solicitors is well known for its full-service private client offering, with a key focus on representing high-net-worth individuals. Past instructions for the practice have included contentious probate, inheritance tax and the administration of estates. The group also has expertise in advising on elderly client care and protection work. Gerard Small leads the team.

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Past instructions for John McKee Solicitors’ commercial property team include acting for banks, developers and retailers in office, residential, transport and retail property transactions. Key clients include Nationwide Building Society, Translink, Lakeland Dairies and travel company The Lotus Group. Gerard Small leads the team, which also includes Andrea McCann, who has expertise in assisting pension trustees with the acquisition, disposal and letting of commercial properties.

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