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Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Elliott Duffy Garrett

Elliott Duffy Garrett handles litigation across a range of sectors, including commercial, defamation, procurement, financial, housing and regulatory disputes. The team acts for public and private sector clients, including a number of housing associations. 'Excellent litigator' Brian Deeny leads the practice and is noted for his defamation expertise; Marie-Louise Lowry specialises in contentious procurement and energy matters, as well as licensing disputes; and Christopher Duffy focuses on insolvency and debt recovery and enforcement.

Practice head(s):Brian Deeny

Other key lawyers:Marie-Louise Lowry; Christopher Duffy


'The team at Elliott Duffy Garrett is hugely competent and is particularly strong for private clients and SMEs. Its attention to detail is second to none and it is extremely client centric and very focused on the commercial outcome.'

'Christopher Duffy has a fantastic work ethic. He is very focused on the detail and particularly strong on insolvency matters.'

'Marie-Louise Lowry has a very strong procurement expertise and is extremely competent.'

'Brian Deeny has vast reserves of experience and his legal knowledge is second to none.'

'The team is personable and commercial minded and the ethos of the firm is notably client focused.'

'Elliott Duffy Garrett is strongly client focused with excellent commercial sense. The approach to commercial litigation is meticulous, yet tempered with the necessary pragmatism, so as to ensure the most effective result for the client.'

'Christopher Duffy is a dedicated, client-focused lawyer, who covers all the bases; his clients can be very confident that he will tenaciously represent their interests.'

'Marie-Louise Lowry is a determined and thorough lawyer, with an impressive record of getting results for her clients.'

'Elliott Duffy Garrett is unique in being a small firm with big capabilities both as regards general litigation and specialist dispute settlement. Its strengths are a broad public law practice for both public bodies and private commercial challengers, and its sector-specific know-how.'

'Marie-Louise Lowry is commercially savvy, down-to-earth, indefatigable, personable and always looking for a creative and cost-effective solution for clients. She is very easy to work with and leads a team without laying it on thick.'

'Michael Wilson, the former managing partner and now consultant, is a very steady hand and a wise head. He has very sound judgment, clients love him, and he is a real elder statesmen on the Belfast commercial dispute settlement scene.'

'Elliott Duffy Garret provides a professional and broad range of legal services that are second to none.'

'Marie-Louise Lowry is highly regarded by her peers and clients alike for her professional, courteous and humane approach to any dispute.'

'Brian Deeny is very responsive, helpful and flexible.'

Key Clients

Connswater Homes

Northern Bank trading as Danske

Premium Credit


Choice Housing Ireland

Trinity Mirror

Tennent’s (NI)

Budget Energy

Andras House Group

Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment

Work highlights

  • Represented a lender and receiver appointed pursuant to security documents in a multi-party High Court action regarding a challenge to the client's appointment and breach of contract claims
  • Acted on behalf of Keenan Corporate Finance as the trustee in bankruptcy in the contentious realisation of assets
  • Defended a housing association in High Court commercial and construction litigation brought by a construction firm for breach of contract
  • Represented MACAAE, a company trading as a bar, in opposing (along with five other independent bars) an application by Wetherspoons plc for a new bar in Belfast city centre
  • Represented Omagh Minerals in an appeal against an aggregate levy tax assessment performed by HMRC
Leading individuals

Marie-Louise Lowry - Elliott Duffy Garrett

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Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Elliott Duffy Garrett

Elliott Duffy Garrett's 'highly experienced' team acts for local and international clients, including family-owned SMEs and a number of public sector bodies such as housing associations. The team is active in the charity, agri-food, construction, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing sectors, among others. Kevin McVeigh leads the team, and newly promoted partner Cathy Murphy specialises in technology-related transactions.

Practice head(s):Kevin McVeigh

Other key lawyers:Cathy Murphy; Caoimhe McCullagh


'What has impressed me most is the commerciality of team and the speed of service. The lawyers provide practical, workable guidance and advice in easy-to-understand language, which combines their first-rate knowledge of the law and many years of relevant experience.'

'What particularly makes Elliott Duffy Garrett stand out is that Kevin McVeigh and commercial property partner Leo Brown are extremely personable and bring calmness and common sense as well as strength in depth of legal knowledge to bear on every assignment. This gives confidence to both clients and other professionals.'

'Cathy Murphy is very calm, pragmatic and easy to deal with.'

'Kevin McVeigh is very experienced and gets to the key issues promptly and professionally. He saves layers of drafting and explains clearly to clients in layman's terms the commercial implications of legal documentation.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a company in relation to the sale of the business
  • Advised the shareholders of a company on its sale for up to £6m
  • Advised a company on a private equity investment
  • Acted for a company on its sale to a competitor
  • Advised a company on the purchase of a bottled water business
Leading individuals

Kevin McVeigh - Elliott Duffy Garrett

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Northern Ireland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Elliott Duffy Garrett

Elliott Duffy Garrett has 'a strong understanding of clients' needs'; it acts for a range of lenders, including local and UK-wide banks, building societies and credit unions. The team is noted for its experience advising on financial regulation, as well as sale, securitisation and covered bond programmes relating to Northern Irish mortgage portfolios. Kevin McVeigh leads the practice. Associate Patricia Beckett, who is 'always available to provide sound advice', has particular expertise advising on housing association finance from both the lender and borrower side.

Practice head(s):Kevin McVeigh

Other key lawyers:Patricia Beckett

Key Clients

Connswater Homes Limited

Northern Bank Limited

Ulster Bank Limited

Leeds Building Society

Bank Of Scotland Plc

Feniton Property Finance Dac

Premium Credit Limited

Tennent’s Ni Limited

Choice Housing Ireland Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a housing association in relation to loan facilities and associated security over housing schemes
  • Representing a housing association in the perfection of security over housing schemes
  • Acting for a bank in a covered bond transaction
  • Advising Leeds Building Society on a covered bond programme
  • Represented a Northern Irish clearing bank in a lending transaction to fund the acquisition of a business
Rising stars

Patricia Beckett - Elliott Duffy Garrett

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Elliott Duffy Garrett

Elliott Duffy Garrett has 'a very strong insolvency practice'. The team handles contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring matters, advising financial institutions, accountancy firms, insolvency practitioners and property firms, among others. The 'very competent' Christopher Duffy heads the team alongside Kevin McVeigh, while consultant Michael Wilson is 'one of the most highly regarded insolvency lawyers in Belfast'.

Practice head(s):Christopher Duffy; Kevin McVeigh

Other key lawyers:Michael Wilson


'Michael Wilson has knowledge and industry experience which marks him out as a true market leader.'

'Christopher Duffy has very strong technical knowledge and focuses on the detail, while still retaining good commercial instincts.'

'Elliott Duffy Garrett has a dynamic and vastly experienced team, capable of drawing upon a range of expertise and knowledge.'

'Michael Wilson and employment partner Ian McFarland offer a high standard of professionalism and great availability and input.'

Key Clients

Northern Bank t/as Danske

Keenan Corporate Finance

BDO Belfast

HNH Group

Ennis Property Finance

Feniton Property Finance

Premium Credit Limited


McKeague Morgan

Work highlights

  • Representing a lender and receiver in a multi-party High Court action.
  • Advising a liquidator on realisation of assets and retention of title issues.
  • Advising Keenan Corporate Finance as trustee in bankruptcy on the realisation of assets.
  • Acting for Keenan Corporate Finance as administrator on all aspects of the administration of construction firm David Patton & Sons (NI) Limited.
  • Representing a receiver and lender in the contentious realisation of the interest of the trustee in bankruptcy in the estate of the bankrupt.

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Northern Ireland: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 2

Elliott Duffy Garrett

Elliott Duffy Garrett primarily represents employer clients, with particular strength in the public sector. The team handles contentious employment matters, equality and trade union and industrial relations issues, and corporate employment law. 'Very credible and experienced' practice head Adrienne Brock leads the team; Julie Anne Clarke has expertise in financial services, agri-food and manufacturing; newly promoted partner Ian McFarland specialises in corporate insolvency; and associate Chiara Hutton is experienced in data protection issues.

Practice head(s):Adrienne Brock

Other key lawyers:Julie Anne Clarke; Ian McFarland; Chiara Hutton


'I have always been impressed with the team's breadth of knowledge, responsiveness and clear advice. They are very supportive in what can be quite challenging situations and very cost effective for an excellent service.'

'Adrienne Brock stands out for her responsiveness, clear reviews and guidance, and real understanding of the culture within the client's business.'

'The service the team provides feels comparable to an in-house service. They understand our business and our culture.'

'Elliott Duffy Garrett has a very knowledgeable and responsive team, which takes a practical approach to problem solving and is willing to work closely with us to deliver satisfactory outcomes.'

'Julie Anne Clarke always provides wise counsel on a range of employment-related issues.'

'The team provides authoritative, pragmatic and responsive legal advice. They know the law inside out and use this knowledge to add value and come up with practical solutions to everyday business issues and problems.'

'Julie Anne Clarke provides outstanding employment law advice. She always makes herself available and always delivers timely, thorough advice.'

Key Clients

United Dairy Farmers Ltd

Ulster Bank

Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman

Iceland Foods Ltd

Bryson Charitable Group

Choice Housing Ireland Ltd

Special EU Programmes Body

Concern Worldwide


Musgrave Group

Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke Association

Work highlights

  • Defending a client against Industrial Tribunal claim proceedings in relation to backdated claim for holiday pay.
  • Advising a client in relation to complex management issues involving a senior employee.
  • Representing a client in high-profile disciplinary dismissal and tribunal proceedings.
  • Advising a client on the the dismissal, via a compromise agreement, of a senior employee.
Leading individuals

Adrienne Brock - Elliott Duffy Garrett

Julie Anne Clarke - Elliott Duffy Garrett

Rising stars

Chiara Hutton - Elliott Duffy Garrett

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Northern Ireland: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Elliott Duffy Garrett

Elliott Duffy Garrett's private client practice covers inheritance tax and estate planning, applications to the Office of Care and Protection, and the administration of trusts and estates, including disputed estates and those involving foreign assets. The team acts for a number of high-net-worth clients and major Northern Irish charities. Stewart Nash, whose 'property law expertise is much appreciated when dealing with trust funds', leads the team. Newly appointed partner Neil Mulholland regularly advises accountancy and financial sector firms on matters involving trusts, estate administration and vulnerable persons.

Practice head(s):Stewart Nash

Other key lawyers:Neil Mulholland


'Elliott Duffy Garrett has unsurpassed technical knowledge but, more importantly, it is a client-centred firm that delivers excellent service.'

'Neil Mulholland has the technical knowledge and eye for detail essential for drafting wills and trusts, no matter how complex. He also has great empathy when dealing with clients.'

'Naomi Lamont is an up-and-coming young solicitor who shows all the promise of being a future leader. She is diligent in her quest for knowledge and already has the edge over her contemporaries.'

Leading individuals

Stewart Nash - Elliott Duffy Garrett

Next Generation Partners

Neil Mulholland - Elliott Duffy Garrett

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 3

Elliott Duffy Garrett

Elliott Duffy Garrett is praised for its 'strength in depth'; the team specialises in advising landlord and tenant clients, and has extensive experience in the social housing sector. The firm also acts for institutional investors on the sale and acquisition of property assets, and for developers, particularly on residential developments. Stewart Nash leads the team; Pierre Boitel-Gill acts for a number of major retailers; and Leo Brown has expertise in handling distressed property transactions.

Practice head(s):Stewart Nash

Other key lawyers:Pierre Boitel-Gill; Leo Brown


'Pierre Boitel-Gill has excellent attention to detail and knowledge of the Northern Irish commercial property market.'

'Elliott Duffy Garrett has a combination of knowledgeable property lawyers who work well together but who also have strong individual traits. They show an understanding of the sensitivities and sub-regional characteristics within Northern Ireland.'

'Leo Brown shows all-round competence mixed with common sense and an understanding of client needs.'

'Pierre Boitel-Gill demonstrates a mastery of lease details; like his colleagues, he is quick to respond to client needs.'

Stewart Nash and Leo Brown efficiently and proactively progress difficult property sales.

Key Clients

Redevco (formerly C&A)

John H Lunn Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Redevco in the sale of a retail investment property in central Belfast to Corum Asset Management.
  • Acting for John H Lunn on ongoing lease matters concerning the Queen’s Arcade in Belfast city centre.

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