Firm Profile > Mills Selig > Belfast, Northern Ireland

Mills Selig
21 ARTHUR STREET
BELFAST
BT1 4GA
Northern Ireland

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Mills Selig has longstanding experience advising on IPOs, and acts for one of the few Northern Irish plcs. The team handles complex, high-value transactions for a number of technology, waste management and energy companies. Chris Guy, who 'has a very good reputation, especially for corporate finance', leads the practice. Senior associate Glenn Watterson is noted for his energy expertise. Kathryn Walls moved to an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Chris Guy

Other key lawyers:

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Mills Selig acts for large local and international clients, including one of Northern Ireland's few plcs, in commercial litigation, and is also strong in the real estate and construction sectors, acting for retail landlords, property developers and social housing providers. The team has developed niche specialisms in claims relating to regulatory, charity and media law (particularly social media). The 'outstandingEmma Hunt leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Emma Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Maeve Fisher; Kirsten Magee

Testimonials

A boutique commercial firm which has an excellent reputation in dispute resolution and licensing.

Emma Hunt is an extremely capable practitioner and an excellent communicator, practical and pragmatic when necessary.

Maeve Fisher is very strong on licensing issues.

The team at Mills Selig are renowned in this jurisdiction for the consistently high standard of their work as commercial lawyers. Diligent preparation of cases, excellent client care and outstanding ability as lawyers have enabled them to be among the leaders in commercial work and especially in dispute resolution.

Emma Hunt is an outstanding partner. She is hugely respected by her peers, a very good advocate and has the confidence to know when to compromise.

Senior associate Richard Craig is an excellent lawyer with a great ability to distill large volumes of material into core items and to present a case in a compelling, concise manner.

Solicitor Rachel Kelly is a very promising addition to the team who has already demonstrated an ability to deal effectively with complex legal issues.

Key clients

First Derivatives

Bank of Ireland

Total Produce

Warrenpoint Harbour Authority

Murdock Property Group

3T Power Group

Channel 4

Ducales Capital

ITV Group

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Mills Selig has a strong track record of advising high-net-worth individuals on tax planning, as well as the drafting of wills and trusts and succession planning. The team also regularly acts for vulnerable individuals in Office of Care and Protection matters. Senior associate Fiona McFall leads the team; she is 'approachable' and 'very knowledgeable on private client matters', with particular expertise in disabled person's trusts and personal injury trusts.

Practice head(s):

Fiona McFall

Testimonials

The team has total commitment to client service and extremely efficient turnaround times, good interchangeability between team members to cover client requirements. There is a dedicated private client department, which is a rarity in most legal firms.

Fiona McFall is great with clients and has an excellent work ethic with quick turnaround times. She is always willing to go the extra mile to deliver client satisfaction, and is very easy to work with.

The level of expertise and understanding that Fiona McFall demonstrates is of the highest level. At all times her thoroughness and speed of response is exemplary.

Fiona McFall’s key strengths are her professionalism, openness and friendliness. She makes everything clear to the client and invites questions.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Mills Selig is primarily active on the borrower side of transactions; its areas of focus include energy finance (particularly advising on the funding of anaerobic digestors and wind farms), real estate finance, and development and acquisition finance. The team counts a number of manufacturing and hospitality sector companies among its clients. 'Fantastic' and 'very strong' senior associate Naomi Gaston joined from Carson McDowell to lead the team; she has particular expertise in asset-based lending and loan sales.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Gaston

Testimonials

Mills Selig is commercial, client focused, pragmatic, friendly to deal with, solutions driven and cost conscious.’

Key clients

Whiterock Capital

Bank of Ireland

First Derivatives plc

Ortus Secured Finance

Danske Bank

Charities Aid Foundation Bank

Privilege Project Finance

Close Leasing

Commercial property Tier 3

Mills Selig has been highly active advising on sales, acquisitions and leasing, particularly in the retail and hotel sectors. The team also advises local developers, housing associations and government bodies on major residential and hotel developments and regeneration schemes. The 'excellentAnne Skeggs leads the team, which also includes energy specialist Anna-Marie McAlinden.

Practice head(s):

Anne Skeggs

Other key lawyers:

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

Construction Tier 3

Mills Selig is known for its strength in the social housing sector, advising local housing associations on major residential developments, as well as representing them in construction disputes. The team also advises funders, developers and contractors on office, retail and other commercial developments, and has been highly active in the energy sector, advising on anaerobic digestion and wind farm projects. Practice head Adrian Kerr has expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Kerr

Key clients

Clanmil Housing Association

Radius HousingAssociation

Warrenpoint Harbour Authority

Privilege Finance

AES Kilroot and Ballylumford Power Stations

Graham Construction

BSG Civil Engineering

CAF Bank

Lotus Homes

GEDA Construction

Employment Tier 3

Mills Selig acts for a number of large employers, including leading Northern Irish companies and SMEs, on general HR matters; TUPE issues arising from M&A transactions; data protection; and exit arrangements for senior executives. The team has particular expertise in matters involving restrictive covenants and acts for several major local recruitment companies. Practice head Kiera Lee handles a range of non-contentious and contentious employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Kiera Lee

Testimonials

Kiera Lee is totally responsive and attentive to the client’s needs and both skillful and creative. Not only is the team at Mills Selig distinguished by its superior legal skills, but also by its highest level of personal integrity and complete dedication to client service.

Everyone at Mills Selig is incredibly responsive and knowledgeable. Kiera Lee can provide intelligent and practical guidance immediately on a host of issues.

Kiera Lee has a charming manner combined with a strong sense of what is practical for small businesses.

Key clients

Warrenpoint Harbour Authority

Golf Holdings Limited

Devenish Nutrition Limited

Arjo UK Limited

Crossroads Care NI

Dunnes Stores

Law Society Of Northern Ireland

FSCom

First Derivatives Plc

DCC Energy Plc

Energy Tier 3

Mills Selig advises on the acquisition, financing and disposal of energy projects, including biomass, hydro, geothermal and wind energy developments. The team also assists with contracts for the supply of energy, including natural gas and electricity generated by wind turbines. Clients include conventional and renewable energy generators and distributors. Practice head Anna-Marie McAlinden specialises in the property aspects of energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Anna-Marie McAlinden

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Mills Selig is particularly noted for its strength in personal insolvencies. The team also acts for insolvency practitioners in relation to company receiverships, liquidations, voluntary arrangements and administrations, and advises financial institutions on enforcement procedures. Clients include major local banks, accountancy firms and businesses. Practice head John Kearns and senior associate Richard Craig are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

John Kearns

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

PKF-FPM Accountants

Keenan Corporate Finance

Cavanagh Kelly Accountants

Gildernew & Co., Accountants

Liz McKeown & Company

McKeague Morgan, & Company

Hannaway & Company Accountants

Arthur Boyd & Company

O’Hagan McGlinchey & Co., Accountants

Intellectual property Tier 3

Mills Selig advises on contentious and non-contentious IP matters, and is particularly active in the technology sector, regularly assisting clients with the development, ownership and exploitation of IP assets via licensing, outsourcing and other agreements. In addition, the team advises on the protection of IP rights and handles disputes such as infringement and passing off claims. Litigator Emma Hunt leads the practice following the departure of Kathryn Walls to an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Emma Hunt

Key clients

First Derivatives plc

Novosco Limited

Locum Match Limited

Mother Bee Limited

Devenish Nutrition Limited

Ampliphae Limited

Limitless Digital Solutions Limited

Sussd Limited

Automated Intelligence Systems Limited

One Million Steps Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Mills Selig acts for some of Northern Ireland's leading businesses and technology advisory groups, as well as investors into the local technology sector; it also advises domestic technology start-ups on matters such as early-stage investment. The team also advises on M&A transactions in the technology sector and software licensing and related matters. Following the departure of Kathryn Walls to an in-house role, the team is led by litigator Emma Hunt, who specialises in social media law, and head of corporate Chris Guy.

Practice head(s):

Chris Guy; Emma Hunt

Testimonials

The team is pragmatic, commercial and highly skilled. They understand our business very well and their advice is practical, clear and client focused.

Key clients

First Derivatives plc

Novosco Limited

Crescent Capital III LP

Decom Engineering Limited

Mycardiapp Limited

Ampliphae Limited

Stormharvester Limited

Sussd Limited

Automated Intelligence Systems Limited

One Million Steps Limited

Mills Selig provides a comprehensive range of legal services to businesses and individuals.

The firm: The practice acts for leading plcs, private equity providers, banks, private companies and businesses as well as property developers, leading retailers and national and international media organisations and publishers. It also advises on English law and is 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, Warrenpoint Harbour Authority, Associated Newspapers, ITN Limited, DCC Energy, Murdock Group, Hughes Insurance, Wine Inns Limited, SDC Trailers Limited, Crescent Capital NI Limited and Wind Energy Partnership.

The firm has experienced considerable growth over the past few years in providing legal services in the areas of restructuring, liquor licensing, banking, energy and environment.

Types of work undertaken: Banking and finance: project finance and asset-based finance acting for individuals, businesses and funders, together with all types of contentious matters.

Commercial: supply and sale of goods and services, licensing, franchising, manufacturing, online terms and conditions, property management and procurement.

Commercial property: acquisition and disposal, site assembly and development, securitisation, retail, office, industrial, hospitality and leisure lettings, as well as planning and environment matters, landlord and tenant, ports and harbour work, mining, exploration, golf courses and windfarms.

Corporate: sales and acquisitions of companies and businesses, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital, listings on AIM, corporate reorganisations and demergers, shareholder arrangements, management buyouts and buy-ins and corporate governance.

Dispute resolution: commercial matters, land and property, banking litigation, shareholder and partnership issues, injunctions, professional negligence and personal injury, including medical negligence.

Employment: employment audits, managing the exit of senior executives, and court and tribunal claims, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, unlawful deduction of wages, breach of contract, stress at work, TUPE, and other aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Energy and environmental: advising on all aspects of renewable and non-renewable energy projects with particular experience in large corporate infrastructure projects, as well as anaerobic digestion, wind, solar and hydro projects. Mills Selig advises on all corporate, construction, planning, property, infrastructural and funding aspects of energy and renewable energy transactions, acting for a wide spectrum of clients including renewable power generators, land owners, developers, funds and financial institutions from across the UK

Intellectual property and technology: full-service advice in relation to protecting and commercially exploiting intellectual property to include copyright, trade marks and design rights through to joint venture collaborations, franchising and licensing.

Licensing: 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: libel and slander, breach of confidence, privacy, reporting restrictions, contempt of court, press complaints, copyright and pre-publication work.

Private client: work ranges from wills and probate to estate and tax planning, charity law, and care homes.

Restructuring and insolvency: all types of contentious and non-contentious advice in the areas of administration, voluntary arrangements, receiverships, liquidations, investigations, directors’ duties, security advice, and sale and purchase of bankrupt businesses.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing director John Kearns
Banking and finance Anne Skeggs
Commercial Kathryn Walls
Commercial property Anne Skeggs
Construction Adrian Kerr
Corporate Chris Guy
Debt recovery Emma Hunt
Dispute resolution and litigation Emma Hunt
Employment Kiera Lee
Energy and environment Anna-Marie McAlinden
Intellectual property and technology Kathryn Walls
Licensing John Kearns
Media and defamation Paul Spring
Partnerships Chris Guy
Private client Fiona McFall
Private equity and venture capital Chris Guy
Residential development and property Anne Skeggs
Restructuring and insolvency John Kearns
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Richard Craig photo Mr Richard Craig
 Chris Guy  photo Chris Guy
 Emma Hunt  photo Emma Hunt
 John Kearns  photo John Kearns
 Adrian Kerr  photo Adrian Kerr
 Kiera Lee  photo Kiera Lee
 Anna-Marie McAlinden  photo Anna-Marie McAlinden
 Fiona McFall  photo Fiona McFall
 Anne Skeggs  photo Anne Skeggs
 Kathryn Walls  photo Kathryn Walls
Number of UK directors : 9
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15