Firm Profile > Johnsons Solicitors > Belfast, Northern Ireland

Johnsons Solicitors
JOHNSON HOUSE
50-56 WELLINGTON PLACE
BELFAST
BT1 6GF
Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Kenny Chambers leads the practice at Johnsons Solicitors, which covers a wide range of areas including product liability, professional negligence, commercial and property litigation. David Craig specialises in defamation, and Gareth Liddy is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Kenny Chambers

Other key lawyers:

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Johnsons Solicitors acts for large insurers and corporates, and is particularly noted for its strength in large loss personal injury cases, especially those involving brain injuries or injuries to minors, and defending against dental clinical negligence claims. The team also regularly advises on product liability personal injury cases. The practice is led by Kenneth Chambers, who specialises in employers' liability cases; David Craig, who is an expert in large loss claims; and Gareth Liddy, who has experience in clinical negligence matters.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Chambers; David Craig; Gareth Liddy

Testimonials

Johnsons Solicitors’ team produces consistently excellent advice promptly. The team is very experienced and is willing to fight actions, often to very successful conclusions.

Kenny Chambers and Gareth Liddy are both very approachable lawyers with vast knowledge and they take a very thorough approach to their work.

The team has a professional, pragmatic, cost-effective and considered approach in all cases it handles.

Ken Chambers is an outstanding lawyer with considerable technical ability and negotiating skills. He is highly respected by his peers and is also commercial in his approach when appropriate.

The practice has a wide level of expertise and customer-focused solicitors providing exceptional service.

The practice has great people skills, supporting customers and providing the right technical information to steer them through what is sometimes a traumatic and emotional experience. The team anticipates customer needs and is proactive in managing expectations. Stand-out partners would be David Craig, Kenny Chambers, and Deaglan Lundy.

Key clients

AXA

Aviva

Allianz NI

Tesco

Bombardier Transportation/Aerospace

Henderson Retail Group

Arcadia

Moy Park Limited

Abacus

Prestige Underwriting Services

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Industry work is a particular speciality for Johnsons Solicitors, which regularly advises clients in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. Other areas of strength are healthcare, including the acquisition of nursing homes and domiciliary care businesses, and retail. 'Excellent communicatorRhys Jones leads the practice and is noted for his M&A experience. Solicitor Jenna Watt and commercial property head David Wilson, who brings additional expertise in telecoms, are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Rhys Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The Johnsons team combines a high level of technical knowledge and expertise, professionally delivered, with a strong commercial awareness and practical approach to problems. The team is accessible and approachable. The lawyers are strong communicators and make the complex problem “simple” for the client to understand.

Rhys Jones has excellent technical knowledge and a practical approach with strong commercial awareness.

The team provides a high level of practical advice on “day-to-day” legal issues. The team is approachable and the level of accessibility is high.

Rhys Jones has a practical and realistic approach to advice given on day-to-day and higher level, strategic legal issues. He is approachable and accessible.

Key clients

Argento Group

Isaac Agnew Group

Balcas Group

Drinksology

MD Healthcare

Douglas & Grahame

Derry Refrigeration Transport

Domestic Care

Richland Group

With offices in Belfast, London and Dublin, this prominent practice is well known for personal injury, dispute resolution, media, intellectual property and corporate and commercial work. The firm also has a thriving private client and employment law department

The firm: Established in 1898, Johnsons has developed an exceptional reputation in a number of key areas under its current partners, providing its clients with a comprehensive and cost effective service across the UK and Ireland, with strong international connections. The firm combines a high standard of legal expertise with a commercial awareness of clients’ objectives.

Types of work undertaken: Johnsons’ corporate and commercial department has experienced significant growth in recent years. In particular its strategic office locations enable it to advise on cross border transactions with the Republic of Ireland and England and Wales. With key personnel having worked in a number of jurisdictions, clients benefit from a breadth of knowledge and experience unrivalled by many of its competitors. Corporate expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and management buyouts, shareholder rights and insolvency and restructuring. Commercial experience ranges from agency and confidentiality agreements to terms and conditions of trading and licensing agreements. Financial cases handled include acquisition finance, asset finance, facility letters, corporate guarantees, personal guarantees, equipment leasing and security documentation.

The media department has been involved in many high profile defamation actions in both Irish jurisdictions and the UK over the past 25 years, often for international personalities. It has achieved record damages for plaintiff clients, while also representing a number of national newspapers and publishers. Clients have included many famous names in the music, film, sport and entertainment worlds, with many cases being given widespread coverage in the press.

Johnsons represents major national and international insurance companies in both the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland jurisdictions. It also has extensive experience in managing employers liability claims on behalf of major private sector employers in both jurisdictions. It is one of the few firms that provides insurance clients with an all Ireland and UK claims handling facility, from processing initial accident notification, through to timely resolution of litigated claims. All aspects of commercial litigation are dealt with and medical negligence and professional indemnity claims are specialities. The firm has recently been involved in what is believed to be the largest contractual/product liability claim of its kind in the Irish Courts on behalf of a Lloyd’s syndicate.

The commercial property department has experience in advising on a broad range of matters including commercial leasing, land acquisition and development, residential development, environmental law and business tenancies legislation. It acts for an extensive range of clients including developers, house builders, investors, individuals and private companies. In recent years the department has acted in mixed retail/residential developments and apartment developments together with sale and leaseback projects on behalf of major, commercial clients and institutional clients.

The employment department has consistently provided corporate clients with exemplary counsel and assistance in dealing with employment issues including employment contracts, redundancy, dismissals, sex and religious discrimination, equal pay, harassment, tribunal actions, and pensions. Transfer of undertakings, recruitment issues, age discrimination and mediation are handled.

The intellectual property department provides advice on the full range of copyright, trademark, patent and related rights. The department has expanded rapidly in recent years, routinely advising clients in the film, sporting and music industries.

The private client department has proven expertise in areas including purchase and sale of residential property, estate planning including advice on wills and inheritance tax issues, trusts, the law relating to the elderly and powers of attorney.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Kenny Chambers
Litigation Kenny Chambers
Litigation David Craig
Litigation Gareth Liddy
Litigation Deaglan Lundy
Media David Craig
Corporate Rhys Jones
Private client David Holley
Commercial Property/Telecoms David Wilson
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr David Wilson  photo Mr David Wilson
Number of UK partners : 10
Number of other UK fee-earners : 10