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Real Estate Litigation — Northern Ireland


Carson McDowell - Real Estate Litigation Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains a position at the top end of the real estate litigation market and continues to provide a broad spectrum of services. Strong track record in construction disputes as well as property cases such as landlord and tenant issues. Clients include sizeable developers and national retailers, while the team also offers strong experience of disputes relating to ports, airports and transportation projects.

Strengths One interviewee attests: "I find them to be very practical. They make time to work through your problems and they are very proactive."

Work highlights Represented HCL BPO (Services) in defence of dilapidation claims brought by its landlord regarding a call centre in Belfast.

Represented roofing suppliers Monier Redland as a third party to an ongoing litigation concerning defective roofs at a Belfast property. The team successfully pushed for the dispute to be addressed at mediation.

Significant clients Translink, Tesco, First Title Insurance, The Michael Herbert Group of Companies, J D Wetherspoon.

Notable practitioners

Declan Magee co-heads the firm's commercial litigation team. He handles property disputes as part of a broader litigation practice and is widely identified as a leading figure in the market. Sources describe him as "a very savvy operator."

Neil Allsopp is a highly rated associate with a burgeoning reputation for his handling of real estate and construction disputes. Interviewees consider him to be "very hard working and very able."

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin - Real Estate Litigation Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent team undertaking a variety of real estate disputes, including landlord and tenant issues, rent reviews and cases with insolvency aspects. Regularly acts on high-profile and complex cases for private individuals, developers, large corporates and financial institutions, among other clients. Also noted for its handling of alternative dispute resolution, offering a number of experienced mediators.

Strengths One interviewee attests: "They were careful, and they struck a balance between being aggressive and being commercial. They looked at the big picture and they were very clear about the objective."

Work highlights Acted for Debenhams Properties to bring a claim against its landlord at the Quays Shopping Centre in Newry, in County Down. The action involved allegations that the landlord had breached the terms of the lease by seeking to build an extension on spaces granted to the tenant.

Advised BT in connection with a dispute stemming from the over-occupancy of space that was sub-let to another telecommunications company.

Significant clients Northern Ireland Science Park, BMW, B&Q, Hammerson, Ulster Bank.

Notable practitioners

Patrick Fleming heads the firm's real estate litigation team. He handles a full range of property disputes, including landlord and tenant matters and boundary disputes, on behalf of major financial institutions, developers and other clients. Sources say: "He has a very good manner, and he also has a real understanding and knowledge of his field."

Sources report that the "incredibly diligent" Jonathan Forrester has "a very strong reputation in this field and gives quality advice." He acts for clients in connection with a range of high-value property disputes, including landlord and tenant matters.

Aaron Moore is noted for his strength in matters such as landlord and tenant disputes, dilapidation claims and adverse possession proceedings. He also excels in professional negligence litigation.

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The Real Estate Litigation department at Cleaver Fulton Rankin is led by Director, Patrick Fleming.  The team represents a broad Real Estate Litigation practice having acted on behalf of a diverse range of clients from local, national and multinational companies to property developers and commercial tenants.

In addition to real estate litigation, the team also specialise in dispute resolution, construction, procurement, professional negligence, private client, charities/social enterprises, defamation, enforcement of security, contentious banking, commercial litigation, IPR & technology, debt recovery and competition/EU.

Managing Director, Jonathan Forrester, and Directors Aaron Moore, Michael King and Fergal Maguire are trained mediators having completed the Institute of Professional Legal Studies Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation Training Course; Director, Lisa Boyd has a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Procurement and Policy; Associate, Julie-Ann McCaffrey-Flynn is an internationally qualified Civil and Commercial Mediator; Solicitor, Rachael Gamble is also an accredited mediator; and Directors Patrick Fleming and Aaron Moore are currently completing the RICS Diploma in Adjudication in the Construction Industry to become qualified Adjudicators.



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A&L Goodbody - Real Estate Litigation Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid team acting on a wide spectrum of property disputes. Client base features shopping centre operators, financial institutions, housing associations and energy companies, among other clients. Particularly recent activity in connection with landlord and tenant disputes, while also impressing in litigation relating to professional negligence and development joint ventures.

Strengths Sources in Belfast consider the team to have "a very strong local presence and a lot of traction in the Northern Ireland market."

Other interviewees attest to the group's provision of "excellent advice and support," and name A&L Goodbody as "a pre-eminent firm in Northern Ireland."

Work highlights Acted for Peninsula Securities, the owner of a shopping centre in Springtown in Londonderry, in a High Court dispute against Dunnes Stores, its anchor tenant. The litigation stems from a restrictive covenant contained in the tenant's lease which restricts the landlord's ability to develop the centre and attract new tenants.

Acted for a number of purchasers of apartments in the James Clow development in Belfast, successfully obtaining a judgment in the High Court enabling them to rescind their purchase agreements and retrieve their deposits. The case was among the first group actions in Northern Ireland.

Significant clients NewRiver Retail, Invest Northern Ireland, Bow Street Mall, Gaelectric, Northern Bank.

Notable practitioners

Barbara Creed is a highly experienced litigator with experience of all aspects of real estate litigation. Sources say that she is "easy to deal with and professional in her approach."

The "very formidable" Brendan Fox enjoys an enviable reputation in the property litigation arena. His areas of strength include property development disputes and restrictive covenants. Interviewees report that he is "great strategically and works very hard for his clients."

Associate John Dugdale continues to earn strong reviews for his handling of an array of property and construction disputes. A client notes: "He is very practical, very level-headed and he focuses on the job. He knows when to take a more aggressive approach and when to take a step back."

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Mills Selig - Real Estate Litigation Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Reputable practice that makes its debut in the rankings following impressive market feedback. Areas of expertise include landlord and tenant disputes, dilapidation claims and forfeiture cases.

Strengths Commentators report that the team is "knowledgeable, communicative and down-to-earth," and note that it offers "a practical approach to resolution."

Significant clients First Derivatives, Bank of Ireland, Galgorm Manor Hotel, Warrenpoint Harbour Authority, Royce Developments.

Notable practitioners

Sources say that Emma Hunt is "a skilled and insightful lawyer with the ability to navigate through the most complex litigation." She handles property disputes as part of a broader commercial litigation practice, and regularly acts on behalf of clients such as property developers, landlords and retailers.

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Pinsent Masons - Real Estate Litigation Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active practice covering commercial landlord and tenant issues, dilapidations cases and land rights, among other contentious property matters. Regularly retained by clients in the retail and energy sectors. Benefits from the firm's impressive geographical reach across the UK and internationally.

Work highlights Acted for Belfast Harbour Commissioners in connection with a highly publicised development dispute relating to the regeneration of Belfast's waterfront area.

Advised CGI Victoria Square Partnership in connection with all contentious matters arising from its management of the Victoria Square shopping centre in Belfast. The team assisted with multiple disputes, including matters relating to dilapidations, insolvencies and debt recovery.

Significant clients Department for Communities, Commerz Real, Queen's University Belfast, Invest Northern Ireland, NHBC.

Notable practitioners

The "very personable" Laura Gillespie offers a broad real estate litigation practice, and is particularly experienced in acting for public sector bodies in matters such as rates disputes and dilapidation claims.

David Kirkpatrick is recognised for his strength in matters such as landlord and tenant disputes, forfeiture claims and professional negligence matters. Interviewees agree that he is "very good on strategic issues."

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Band 1

A&L Goodbody

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate John Dugdale continues to earn strong reviews for his handling of an array of property and construction disputes. A client notes: "He is very practical, very level-headed and he focuses on the job. He knows when to take a more aggressive approach and when to take a step back."

Barbara Creed is a highly experienced litigator with experience of all aspects of real estate litigation. Sources say that she is "easy to deal with and professional in her approach."

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Band 1

Jonathan Forrester

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources report that the "incredibly diligent" Jonathan Forrester has "a very strong reputation in this field and gives quality advice." He acts for clients in connection with a range of high-value property disputes, including landlord and tenant matters.

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Band 1

A&L Goodbody

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very formidable" Brendan Fox enjoys an enviable reputation in the property litigation arena. His areas of strength include property development disputes and restrictive covenants. Interviewees report that he is "great strategically and works very hard for his clients."

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Band 1

Carson McDowell

From the Chambers UK guide

Declan Magee co-heads the firm's commercial litigation team. He handles property disputes as part of a broader litigation practice and is widely identified as a leading figure in the market. Sources describe him as "a very savvy operator."

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Band 1

Tughans

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael McCord of Tughans is noted for his handling of matters such as dilapidations and lease-related disputes. He receives extensive praise from the market, and is described as "commercially astute" and "very knowledgeable."

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Band 2

Carson McDowell

From the Chambers UK guide

Neil Allsopp is a highly rated associate with a burgeoning reputation for his handling of real estate and construction disputes. Interviewees consider him to be "very hard working and very able."

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Band 2

McIldowies Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Nigel Brown of McIldowies Solicitors handles property disputes as part of a broader practice that also encompasses construction litigation. Interviewees consider him to be a "very strong" practitioner.

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Band 2

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

From the Chambers UK guide

Patrick Fleming heads the firm's real estate litigation team. He handles a full range of property disputes, including landlord and tenant matters and boundary disputes, on behalf of major financial institutions, developers and other clients. Sources say: "He has a very good manner, and he also has a real understanding and knowledge of his field." 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very personable" Laura Gillespie offers a broad real estate litigation practice, and is particularly experienced in acting for public sector bodies in matters such as rates disputes and dilapidation claims.

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Band 2

Mills Selig

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say that Emma Hunt is "a skilled and insightful lawyer with the ability to navigate through the most complex litigation." She handles property disputes as part of a broader commercial litigation practice, and regularly acts on behalf of clients such as property developers, landlords and retailers.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

David Kirkpatrick

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

David Kirkpatrick is recognised for his strength in matters such as landlord and tenant disputes, forfeiture claims and professional negligence matters. Interviewees agree that he is "very good on strategic issues."

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Band 2

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

From the Chambers UK guide

Aaron Moore is noted for his strength in matters such as landlord and tenant disputes, dilapidation claims and adverse possession proceedings. He also excels in professional negligence litigation.

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Associates to watch

A&L Goodbody

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate John Dugdale continues to earn strong reviews for his handling of an array of property and construction disputes. A client notes: "He is very practical, very level-headed and he focuses on the job. He knows when to take a more aggressive approach and when to take a step back."

^ See whole ranking table