Firm Profile > Mills Selig > Belfast, Northern Ireland

Mills Selig
21 ARTHUR STREET
BELFAST
BT1 4GA
Northern Ireland

Commercial property Tier 2

The 'very experienced but down to earth' team at Mills Selig advises on housing, retail and hospitality property, with property developers, investors and restaurant groups among its client base. Dual-qualified Anne Skeggs leads the practice and has a track record of work on high value transactions, most involving distressed properties. Anna-Marie McAlinden, who is particularly strong in the energy space, is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘With Mills Selig we have worked with the same people for quite a number of years and have an excellent working relationship with them. The team we work with are all very experienced but down to earth at the same time, and are great people to work with. ‘

‘When they have a deadline to work to they do not let you down. One of the main benefits we find with using Mils Selig is that we work with the same people on all of our residential sites.’

‘Anne Skeggs is very experienced and makes herself readily available as and when required. ‘

‘Associate Caroline Glover is very experienced in land purchase and her attention to detail is second to none especially on tricky deals.’

Key clients

Herbert Group/Kirk Bryson Limited

Murdock Property Group/Lotus Group

Ducales Capital

Galliard Homes Limited

Marcol Group Limited

IMC Cinema Group

ITV Group plc

Clanmil Housing Association

Total Produce Limited

Quinn Industrial Holdings

Waterways Ireland

A P Wireless Ireland Investments Limited

Quicklet Properties Limited

Earlsfort Capital Partners

Lloyds Development Capital (Holdings) Limited

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Mills Selig is a key name for high-value domestic deals, with a strong track record in M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. Chris Guy leads the team and is notably active in high-profile mandates for Bamford Bus Company and Novosco. Managing director John Kearns is also an important figure and an expert in corporate and restructuring matters.

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‘A genuine personal relationship with us as clients.’

‘Regular communication on all matters.’

‘Chris Guy was very responsive and provided an excellent service.’

Key clients

Bamford Bus Company Limited

First Derivatives plc

Quinn Industrial Limited

Novosco Limited

Devenish Nutrition Limited

McAuley Fabrication Limited

MAW Engineering Limited

Ampliphae Limited

SDC Trailers Limited

Savage & Whitten Wholesale Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Mills Selig is an established name in the market for real estate and construction disputes and acts for domestic and international clients. Emma Hunt leads the team; alongside construction and real estate knowledge, she is also active in banking litigation, defamation claims and IP disputes. Former practice head Paul Spring has retired.

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‘Mills Selig is a notable mid-range firm in the commercial dispute resolution sector in NI. It provides a boutique approach to commercial disputes, which is partner-led by Emma Hunt, strongly supported by the impressive Kirsten Magee, with a particularly strong presence in the areas of property, technology, green economy industries, transport and insolvency. The service offering is an impressive one for a team of its scale.’

Key clients

First Derivatives plc

Quinn Industrial Holdings

Fannin (NI) Ltd

Warrenpoint Harbour Authority

Choice Housing Ireland Limited

Murdock Property Group

Tifco Ltd

Channel 4

Boojum Limited

Ammann Czech Republic A.S.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

The team at Mills Selig is led by senior associate Fiona McFall, who 'delivers a hands-on service' and 'excels at distilling complex legal issues into easily digestible portions'. She is active in advising on high-value and cross-border estate administration, with particular strengths in tax planning.

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‘What we really liked was the team’s refreshingly no-nonsense approach: they came to see us, listened to what we said we wanted, set out the legal position in terms that we understood, confirmed we understood what they said they would do, when they would do it, and how much it would cost.’

‘Fiona McFall delivers a hands-on service where the client truly feels they are at the centre of the work, and they have a full understanding of the legal issues under consideration, the range of options open to them, and the implications of each.’

‘Fiona McFall excels at distilling complex legal issues into easily digestible portions. Always get solid advice in a professional and pleasant manner.’

Banking and finance Tier 3

Praised as 'a young vibrant practice with a can-do attitude', Mills Selig's team was recently instructed on financing mandates in the real estate and energy sectors. Senior associate Naomi Gaston leads the team and is highly experienced in secured and unsecured lending, with Bank of Ireland and Danske Bank as key clients.

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‘A young vibrant practice with a  “can do” attitude. Find them collaborative and great to deal with.’

Key clients

Whiterock Capital

Bank of Ireland

First Derivatives plc

Ortus Secured Finance

Danske Bank

Charities Aid Foundation Bank

Privilege Project Finance

Close Leasing

Merchant Money

Murdock Property Group/Lotus Group

Construction Tier 3

Mills Selig is a well-established name for representing housing associations on their construction matters. Adrian Kerr leads the practice and, in addition to housing associations, acts for funders, developers, pension funds and universities on both contentious and non-contentious matters, with the added advantage of also being qualified in England and Wales.

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Clanmil Housing Association

Radius Housing Association

Choice Housing Association

Habinteg Housing Association

BSG Civil Engineering

AES Kilroot and Ballylumford Power Stations

Warrenpoint Harbour Authority

Lotus Homes

GEDA Construction

CAF Bank

Employment Tier 3

Mills Selig's practice is led by Kiera Lee, who advises on the employment aspects of M&A transactions and restructurings; she also has a strong track record in handling mass redundancies, unfair dismissals and the exits of senior executives. The group's client base consists of major domestic companies including Bamford Bus Company, First Derivative and the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society.

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ArjoHuntleigh

Bamford Bus Company

Fannin (NI) Limited

Devenish

First Derivatives Plc

Golf Holdings Limited

Hospital Services Limited

Lloyds Development Capital Limited

MCS Group

Novosco

Royal Ulster Agricultural Society

Smorgs (Travel Lodge)

Warrenpoint Harbour Authority

Whiterock Capital

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Mills Selig's practice stands out for its expertise in advising on personal insolvencies, which is a key area of strength for group head and managing partner John Kearns; he has also acted on a number of important corporate insolvencies in the region. Director Richard Craig is also highly recommended.

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Bank of Ireland

PKF-FPM Accountants

Keenan Corporate Finance

Cavanagh Kelly Accountants

Gildernew & Co Accountants

Grant Thornton

McKeague Morgan & Company

Hannaway & Co Accountants

Arthur Boyd & Company

Rachel Fowler Advisory

Intellectual property Tier 3

Mills Selig regularly represents clients in trademark, copyright and patent infringement cases, and also advises on general IP agreements. Emma Hunt works at the helm and is a highly experienced litigator and as well as in IP is highly experienced in media and defamation cases. Former practice head and renowned IP litigator Paul Spring has retired.

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First Derivatives plc

Novosco Limited

Locum Match Limited

Bluesona Limited

Devenish Nutrition Limited

Ampliphae Limited

Limitless Digital Solutions Limited

Sussd Limited

SDC Trailers Limited

One Million Steps Limited

The firm: Mills Selig is one of Northern Ireland’s most innovative and progressive corporate and commercial law firms. It acts for leading plcs, private equity funds, entrepreneurs, private companies and businesses, property developers, leading retailers and national and international media organisations.

Its expert lawyers also advise on English law and are regularly involved in high-level property, corporate and commercial transactions in Ireland, Great Britain, mainland Europe and worldwide.

Notable clients include First Derivatives plc, Bank of Ireland, Devenish Nutrition, ITV, DCC Energy, Murdock Group, Hughes Insurance, Wine Inns, SDC Trailers, and White Rock Capital Partners. The firm has experienced considerable growth over the past few years in restructuring, liquor licensing, banking, construction, energy and environment.

Principal areas of work
Banking and finance: Mills Selig advise borrowers and lenders on property and corporate finance transactions across many different sectors and can assist individuals and businesses as well as banks on all aspects of financing transactions. The firm’s experienced team have expertise in advising on recovery of secured debt and fixed charge receiverships.

Commercial: Well-drafted commercial agreements are fundamental to successful business. Robust terms and conditions and distribution agreements are imperative in today’s competitive environment. Mills Selig’s commercial contracts team are experts at striking the balance in their advice so that client contracts are both workable from a day-to-day business perspective but also offer all appropriate safeguards to limit the risk of contract disputes.

Commercial property: Mills Selig’s dedicated commercial property team have the technical edge to offer sound and decisive commercial property advice in Northern Ireland, England and Wales. The team works closely with clients and their agents to deliver effective, business-minded solutions in all areas of commercial property law.

Construction: Mills Selig is a market-leading construction specialist employing a dedicated team focusing entirely on construction-related issues — the team has a proven track record of dealing with high-value and technically complex cases. The firm sets itself apart by providing solution-focused advice in relation to live construction projects and provides the full construction legal package.

Corporate: Mills Selig’s corporate team is made up of market-leading specialist corporate lawyers and solicitors who combine superior technical expertise with substantial transactional experience of high-value, complex transactions both nationally and internationally. The team’s approach is based on clear, direct, problem-solving advice driven by business needs and objectives to get the deal done.

Dispute resolution and litigation:
Mills Selig has a highly successful, market-leading team adept at handling all types of litigation — with notable experience in managing high-value and complex cases. The litigation team is particularly skilled at adopting a trusted advisor approach and providing not only commercial but strategic advice.

Employment: Mills Selig’s highly regarded employment team is recognised for its experience in all types of employment matters. In this specialised and complex area of law, the firm’s dedicated team focus on delivering expert advice with a strong commercial focus.

Energy and environmental: Mills Selig’s energy and environmental team draws on key sector knowledge from across the firm’s practice areas, including corporate, commercial and property. The team has advised a wide range of clients involved in the generation of energy from renewable and non-renewable sources, as well as businesses operating in the supply chain.

IP and technology: Mills Selig offers legal expertise across all aspects of IP. The firm advises businesses on strategies that enable their intellectual property assets to be fully protected and commercially exploited – this includes copyright, trademarks and design rights through to joint venture collaborations, franchising and licensing.

Licensing: The licensing team at Mills Selig are recognised market leaders, combining detailed knowledge and practical experience of a wide range of licensing applications. Chambers and Partners ranks the Mills Selig licensing team Band 1. The team’s services include; applications for new licences for public houses, hotels, off licences and restaurants, all types of renewal application, transfers, sale and purchase transactions, protection orders, amendments/additions to licence terms, objections to applications and social club applications.

Media and defamation: Mills Selig’s media and defamation team are recognised experts, representing national newspapers, broadcasters, book and online publishers as well as high-profile individuals. The team enjoy longstanding recognition in Chambers UK legal directory as a leader in defamation and reputation management and have been involved in many of the major libel and media cases in this jurisdiction— including Northern Ireland’s first-ever State Immunity case.

Private client: Mills Selig’s specialist private client team assists individuals and families for whom wealth preservation is a fundamental objective. The team is trusted locally and throughout the UK and Ireland to handle all private client matters sensitively, professionally and with unparalleled expertise. The team has extensive experience in a range of private client matters including wills, trusts, business succession, estate planning and creating bespoke structures to protect personal and family wealth.

Residential property: Mills Selig’s restructuring and insolvency team advises debtor companies, secured and unsecured creditors, financial institutions, banks, insolvency practitioners and failing businesses needing support on all aspects of recovery, turnaround and insolvency. The team is highly regarded for its expert, timely guidance, which has on several occasions helped businesses avoid formal insolvency arrangements.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner - Restructuring and Insolvency John Kearns
Partner - Head of Property Anne Skeggs
Partner - Head of Construction Adrian Kerr
Managing Partner - Head of Corporate Chris Guy
Partner - Head of Litigation Emma Hunt
Partner - Head of Employment Kiera Lee
Partner - Energy and environment Anna-Marie McAlinden
Partner - Head of Private Client Fiona McFall
Partner - Restructuring and insolvency Richard Craig
Partner - Head of Corporate Glenn Watterson
Photo Name Position Profile
 Richard Craig photo Richard Craig Partner
 Chris Guy  photo Chris Guy Managing Partner
 Emma Hunt  photo Emma Hunt Partner
 John Kearns  photo John Kearns Senior Partner
 Adrian Kerr  photo Adrian Kerr Partner
 Kiera Lee  photo Kiera Lee Partner
 Anna-Marie McAlinden  photo Anna-Marie McAlinden Partner
 Fiona McFall  photo Fiona McFall Partner
 Anne Skeggs  photo Anne Skeggs Partner
 Glenn Watterson photo Glenn Watterson Partner
Number of UK Partners : 10
Number of other UK fee-earners : 18