Kirsty Mairs > DWF > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Northern Ireland
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Kirsty specialises in real estate, banking and licensing with particular expertise in all aspects of residential and commercial conveyancing, residential development and site assembly, acquisition and disposal.


Partner // Head of Hospitality (Belfast), Belfast


She acts for local developers in relation to all their property requirements with a particular focus on the acquisition of land for residential/mixed use developments.

Kirsty is the Head of Hospitality in the Belfast office and specialises in the provision of advice on Northern Ireland’s unique licensing and gaming regime, having represented global supermarket chains, local publicans, bookmakers and bingo operators in the acquisition, disposal, transfer and leasing of licensed premises. She has appeared in numerous contested licensing applications and Judicial Review applications in both the County Court and High Court.

Kirsty provides advice to administrators, administrative receivers and fixed charge receivers in relation to the management and sale of licenced premises and residential property.


She is a member of the Belfast Solicitors’ Association, the Northern Ireland Commercial Property Lawyers’ Association and Women In Business NI.

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Real estate > Commercial property

DWF‘s Northern Ireland team is best known for its retail work, managing the property portfolios of major clients such as Lidl, M&S and Poundland. The firm is also active in a broad range of other sectors, including telecoms, leisure, and residential work. Department head Julie Galbraith focuses on landlord & tenant advice and in 2021 was appointed co-head of the firm’s National Occupier Team. Kirsty Mairs has a particular focus on the acquisition of land for residential/mixed use developments, while Mark Tinman advises well-known retailers on acquisitions and disposals.