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Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Mills Selig

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 'outstanding' Emma 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

Work highlights

  • Represented Kane Group Building Services in a complex, multi-party dispute arising out of the installation of a faulty heating system in 48 apartments at the Ormeau Bakery development in Belfast.
  • Acting for Warrenpoint Harbour Authority (the second biggest harbour in Northern Ireland) in an ongoing land dispute with Crown Estate Commissioners.
  • Acting for 3T Power Limited in a contractual dispute relating to a power purchase agreement with Budget Energy Limited which involved making a mandatory injunction application.
  • Defending the insurers of Delaval Limited, a Swedish manufacturer of large-scale milking equipment, against a product liability claim by a farmer.
  • Acting for Kevin Watson Construction Limited in a dispute with Corbo/Obroc in respect of works carried out to a retail park owned by the plaintiff in Omagh.
Leading individuals

Emma Hunt - Mills Selig

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Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Mills Selig

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:Glenn Watterson

Leading individuals

Chris Guy - Mills Selig

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Northern Ireland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

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

Work highlights

  • Representing First Derivatives Plc in the negotiation of a £130m syndicated loan
  • Acting for McCausland Holdings Limited in a landmark £20m investment in Belfast infrastructure
  • Advising Close Leasing on the acquisition finance of a wind farm
  • Representing alternative lender Ortus Secured Finance in a high-value real estate refinance
  • Advising Marcus Square Developments on the £6.4m purchase of a landmark property asset by way of a share purchase
Rising stars

Naomi Gaston - Mills Selig

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

Mills Selig

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:Richard Craig

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

Leading individuals

John Kearns - Mills Selig

Rising stars

Richard Craig - Mills Selig

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Northern Ireland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

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

Work highlights

  • Advising DCC Energy plc on the employment aspects of the sale and purchase of its oil distribution business.
  • Advising Crossroads Caring NI on the implementation of GDPR.
  • Advising Golf Holdings Limited on compliance with GDPR.
  • Advising Ampliphae Limited on updating employment contracts and implementing a new sales commission scheme.
  • Advising Catagen Limited on drafting contracts of employment for various levels of employees and four different reward schemes.

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Northern Ireland: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Mills Selig

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.'

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Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

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

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

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 'excellent' Anne Skeggs leads the team, which also includes energy specialist Anna-Marie McAlinden.

Practice head(s):Anne Skeggs

Other key lawyers:Anna-Marie McAlinden; John Tougher

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for First Derivatives on the development agreement and lease for premises at a new development located in Belfast city centre.
  • Represented ITV on the sale of the iconic Havelock House studios on Ormeau Road.
  • Acted for TST Logistics on the development agreement and lease for an industrial development on the former Michelin site.
  • Acted for Jain (Europe) Limited on the property aspects of its acquisition of the entire share capital of NI Plastics Limited.
  • Acting for SM Devine Homes Limited on all site acquisitions throughout Northern Ireland.
Leading individuals

Anne Skeggs - Mills Selig

Next Generation Partners

Anna-Marie McAlinden - Mills Selig

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

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

Work highlights

  • Advising Clanmil Housing Association on a range of construction projects.
  • Advising Radius Housing Association as the developer on the £40m Hope Street mixed-use development project.
  • Advising Radius Housing Association on the £35m Visteon development, a scheme for the construction of 244 homes in West Belfast.
  • Acting for BSG Civil Engineering in a high-value dispute relating to the construction of two anaerobic digestion plants.
  • Advising Armagh House on the redevelopment of The Weaving Works office and retail project in Belfast city centre.
Leading individuals

Adrian Kerr - Mills Selig

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Northern Ireland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

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

Work highlights

  • Advising First Derivatives plc on licensing its underlying software to the companies in which it invests
  • Advising First Derivatives in its acquisition of the remaining shareholding in Silicon Valley company KX Systems Inc
  • Advising Locum Match on drafting and negotiating a software platform development and licensing agreement
  • Advising Limitless Digital Solutions on drafting bespoke technology licence terms and conditions for its in-store analytics product
  • Advising Stormharvester on a significant second funding round from a local institutional investor supported by angel investors to develop its weather prediction technology

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Mills Selig

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

Work highlights

  • Advising First Derivatives on the licensing of its technology to the companies in which it invests.
  • Advising One Million Steps on the preparation of IP licensing documents for a new software platform.
  • Advising Locum Match on the drafting and negotiation of a significant platform development and licensing agreement.
  • Advising Precision Livestock Measurement on the drafted and negotiation of an IP development agreement.
  • Advising Limitless Digital Solutions on the drafting of bespoke IP licence terms and conditions for its in-store analytics product.

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