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Litigation — Northern Ireland


A&L Goodbody - Litigation Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Highly reputed department that advises on financial disputes and shareholder disagreements and is increasingly instructed on contentious issues related to social media. A popular choice for banks, the team frequently represents many key names from that sector. Other clients include housing associations, technology companies, construction companies and an impressive selection of multinationals.

Strengths Clients say: "They are very prompt in their response."

Another impressed source praises the team for being "very commercial," adding that the lawyers can "communicate an opinion in a way everyone can understand."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of a global pharmaceutical company regarding a claim arising out of failings in the design and manufacture of machinery intended for the production of biochips.

Acted for the Bank of Ireland in the defence of High Court proceedings issued against it by two borrowers claiming breach of contract and negligence in relation to the manner in which the bank enforced security it held.

Significant clients Gaelectric, NewRiver Retail, Ulster Bank, Northern Ireland Water, BDO.

Notable practitioners

Brendan Fox remains a leading litigator who is known for his expertise in construction and IP law. Sources say he "delivers high-quality commercial legal advice, and will fight for his client's interests."

Michael Neill assists clients with insolvency and banking litigation, advising significant groups from the financial services sector on a regular basis. Sources commended both his expertise and interpersonal skills, describing him as a "good commercial operator," who is "very pleasant to deal with."

Barbara Creed has recently led a number of high-value disputes for major construction and pharmaceutical companies in Northern Ireland and beyond. According to clients, she is a "very good communicator."

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Arthur Cox - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Services a host of blue-chip multinationals from a range of industries, including transport companies and soft drinks manufacturers. A popular choice for clients in the banking sector, its typical instructions include contentious issues arising from insolvency, fraud and supplier disputes. Recent work includes advising on commercial disputes involving elements of professional negligence.

Strengths Clients say that the team possesses "experienced lawyers who are prepared to give good advice and definitive direction."

Others note: "The team is comprised of smart, hard-working and commercially aware lawyers that will always strive to achieve the best result."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Ulster Bank and Ulster Bank Ireland in two sets of proceedings brought against former property developers relating to a £5 million personal guarantee made by those developers.

Continued to defend Aer Lingus against Belfast International Airport's breach of contract claim worth £30 million.

Significant clients Coca-Cola, Sky, Zurich, PwC, Hiscox.

Notable practitioners

Chris Ritchie is a popular choice for insurance-funded matters, with sources commenting that he "deals with the big cases very well." His practice also includes substantial work in the field of product liability.

Cahal Carvill assists clients with a wide range of commercial litigation. Interviewees comment that "his technical knowledge and his practical application of that knowledge is exemplary."

Catriona Gibson leads the firm's dispute resolution team and regularly advises on high-value contentious matters for major clients such as Aer Lingus and Ulster Bank. Clients praise "her comprehension and understanding of complex matters, and her ability to focus on the key issues."

David Black regularly assists on high-profile commercial disputes, with a particular focus on those in the banking sector. His work rate and demeanour particularly appeal to clients, who highlight his "boundless willingness to do whatever it takes to help advance the process" and his "cool head."

About the Team (content provided by Arthur Cox)

Arthur Cox  is well known for its high profile work in heavyweight cases.  We are entrusted with some of the most sensitive and valuable cases in Northern Ireland. 

As well as being the go-to firm for major indigenous and multi-national companies when instructing on litigation matters in this jurisdiction, the team deals with complex contentious matters across a broad range of disciplines.


Expertise

The team has long-standing experience in public and administrative law disputes, Commercial litigation, personal injury defence litigation, insurance litigation, banking litigation, construction disputes, professional negligence including medical defence, intellectual property disputes, product liability and insolvency litigation.

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Carson McDowell - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Large, pre-eminent team, well versed in disputes arising from a wide spectrum of sectors and industries, including renewable energy and transport, with a proven track record of acting on behalf of important businesses based in Northern Ireland. Typical work includes contentious issues related to procurement, supply contracts and health and safety. Continues to advise on high-value commercial disputes, with an increasing amount of mediation work.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the firm's "strong resource pool," praising the team's "breadth and depth of quality."

Others described the firm as "very professional and easy to work with ."

Work highlights Continued to represent Belfast International Airport regarding its proceedings against Aer Lingus. The airport alleged that the airline had breached a ten-year agreement to operate out of Belfast International.

Acted for Northern Ireland Local Government Pension Scheme in a high-profile case relating to a person's entitlement to a deceased partner's pension despite their unmarried status.

Significant clients National Trust, Facebook, Marsh UK, Wrightbus, Translink.

Notable practitioners

Declan Magee is praised by clients as "a very savvy operator who tends to get straight to commercial issues." He advises clients on a full range of commercial litigation and is held in high regard for his "broad spectrum of knowledge."

Clients are impressed with Hugh McGrattan's "in-depth knowledge" and "commitment to getting good results." He is well known as a professional negligence and insurance specialist.

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DWF LLP - Litigation Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Highly regarded commercial disputes department offering particular skill in insurance matters, where it acts for a number of leading companies. Also experienced in banking, real estate and planning matters, and particularly strong in defence litigation.

Notable practitioners

Gareth Jones continues to be extremely highly regarded as one of Northern Ireland's top commercial litigators. Sources describe him as "a good operator" and "an excellent solicitor."

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Tughans - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Acts for a whole host of household names on varied litigation work that ranges from landlord-tenant disagreements to charity disputes. Clients benefit from a diverse team of commercial litigation specialists offering specific expertise as well as individuals qualified to practise in the Republic of Ireland. Also acts in high-profile disputes for clients in the energy and construction sectors.

Strengths "I rate them highly: they are very professional, responsive and pretty much deliver everything as expected," says a client.

Others note the team's "depth of experience in commercial litigation," adding: "They are specialised in every area."

Work highlights Acted for a minority shareholder of Rollins, a Northern Ireland-based insurance brokerage company, in relation to his £1 million claim alleging unfair prejudice on the part of the majority shareholders.

Defended Kodaplay in High Court proceedings against claims of misappropriation of confidential information, business secrets, IP and design rights.

Significant clients Marks & Spencer, Bank of Scotland, BT, Northstone, Invest NI.

Notable practitioners

A capable litigator across a variety of commercial disputes, Patrick Brown's practice includes environmental matters, copyright issues and construction disputes. One impressed source says: "He is very measured and factual about the advice he gives us," adding: "He has clearly got a high level of expertise and personal gravitas."

Michael McCord continues to lead the firm's commercial litigation team and enjoys a reputation as an expert in construction and procurement disputes. Sources comment that he is "very quick at grasping issues" and describe him as "a proactive litigator."

Head of insolvency Toby McMurray acts for a range of clients, including banks. He also regularly advises on shareholder disputes. He is "very good with clients" according to market sources, who praise his "knack of explaining complex issues in an easily understandable way."

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Our team’s main focus is defending claims and advising on policy cover on behalf of insurance companies and corporate clients. Our size, coupled with our sector-specific knowledge and skills means we have the depth and expertise to help our clients control and manage claims, including those of a multi-jurisdictional nature. Our clients represent the full spectrum of the sector including insurance companies, brokers, loss adjustors, self-insured organisations, corporates and public bodies.

We work across all sectors to ensure clients receive industry-specific advice from a purpose-built dispute resolution team. It allows us to add real value by providing specialist legal knowledge and practical, business-focused insights. Ideally, and because of our close client partnership approach, we can often anticipate areas of potential disagreement and suggest ways to prevent them becoming a costly distraction.

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin - Litigation Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Assists a number of important national and international clients from the charities, retail and banking and finance industries with varied litigation. Experienced across a range of matters including contractual issues, procurement disputes, construction litigation and shareholder disagreements. Able to assist clients with ADR, with notable advice in relation to mediations.

Strengths Sources say: "They are good guys who are hard-working, responsive, deliver high-quality commercial legal advice and will fight for their client's interests."

Others noted the firm's ability to "strike a good balance between being aggressive and commercial."

Work highlights Represented the Northern Ireland Housing Executive regarding a dispute raised by a contractor relating to an asbestos surveying services contract.

Assisted HSBC in relation to a negligence claim against a firm of solicitors relating to incorrect use of a mortgage deed form.

Significant clients B&Q, Ulster Bank, Sainsbury's, BMW, Debenhams Properties.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Forrester is a renowned property litigation specialist, with sources commending his "incredible diligence" and "high degree of accuracy." He advises on a range of commercial litigation, including high-value partnership disputes and contractual disagreements.

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The Dispute Resolution department at Cleaver Fulton Rankin is led by Director, Patrick Fleming. The team advises on a wide range of sectors including Construction, Defamation, Debt Recovery, Intellectual Property, Product Liability, Professional Negligence, Product Liability, Banking Litigation, Personal Injury, Probate and Trust Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Public Procurement, Insolvency and Family and Matrimonial Law.

In terms of qualifications, Managing Director Jonathan Forrester, Directors Aaron Moore, Fergal Maguire and Michael King are accredited Mediators with the Law Society of Northern Ireland Dispute Resolution Service; Directors Patrick Fleming and Aaron Moore are currently completing the RICS Diploma in Adjudication in the Construction Industry to become qualified Adjudicators; Director Michael King became a qualified Data Protection Practitioner in January 2016; Senior Solicitor Rachael Gamble is a certified member of the Mediators’ Institute Ireland;  and Associate Caitriona Morgan holds a Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency.

The team represents a broad Litigation practice having acted on behalf of a diverse range of clients from local, national and multinational companies to property developers and commercial tenants. The team’s clients come from the construction, energy, insolvency, financial, banking, manufacturing, retail, charity and public sectors.

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Elliott Duffy Garrett - Litigation Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Well-established practice that services a number of significant clients from the banking sector. Particularly active in disputes relating to procurement, with additional knowledge of construction and insolvency issues. Also assists with enforcement actions and debt recovery. Recent work includes advising on a range of commercial disputes for local property companies.

Strengths Interviewees say the team is "very focused on the client, in order to provide the precise service required."

Sources find the firm to be "responsive, versatile and attentive."

Work highlights Successfully assisted Feniton Property Finance in recovering £3.5 million of debt from two high-profile individuals in local industry.

Defended Eastonville Traders with a £1 million damages claim where a litigant in person alleged breach of contract regarding two real estate transactions.

Significant clients Connswater Homes, Gallagher, Premium Credit, Affinity Management, Capital One.

Notable practitioners

"Absolute gentleman" Brian Deeny is well regarded for his wealth of litigation experience, most notably in relation to construction matters. Sources find him to be a litigator who "has an instinctive sense for the key issue in a case."

Sources praise Marie-Louise Lowry for her "professional manner and succinct approach in dealing with issues." She has a broad litigation practice that combines work related to public procurement and regulatory issues with property and banking matters.

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Mills Selig - Litigation Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Acts for companies from the technology, media and banking sectors on a range of contentious matters, from shareholder disputes and property litigation to public procurement. Represents clients from all over the UK and has further expertise in emergency injunction work as well as in construction-related litigation.

Strengths Clients say: "You get the personal touch along with the expertise you'd expect from a larger firm."

Another notes: "Mills Selig take a genuine interest in all aspects of our company's business, and indeed other general industry-related matters which could potentially impact our business."

Work highlights Continued to represent Kane Building Services in a complex, ongoing, multiparty High Court dispute relating to a faulty heating system that effected the Ormeau Bakery Apartments in Belfast.

Significant clients First Derivatives, Bank of Ireland, DCC Energy, Warrenpoint Harbour Authority, SDC Trailers.

Notable practitioners

Emma Hunt focuses on real estate disputes, but also advises on general commercial litigation. Clients were keen to praise her ability to "cut through all the legal arguments to provide a concise, easily understandable summary," with one stating that "she has steered me through some very choppy waters."

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Pinsent Masons - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Renowned team well versed in handling disputes from a variety of sectors, including renewable energy, education and retail. Receives a wide range of complex, high-value instructions that include disputes regarding negligent advice, financial issues and breaches of contract. Represents both domestic and international clients and continues to be a popular choice for disputes that span multiple jurisdictions.

Strengths Sources say that the lawyers are "effective, highly knowledgeable and approachable problem solvers."

Work highlights Acted for the Financial Advice Network against a range of claims worth in excess of £1 million relating to investment advice given by authorised representatives based in Northern Ireland.

Defended Hambleton Steel against a £1.5 million claim from the main contractor in a multiparty, cross-border case involving the collapse of some concrete slabs during the construction of a school in Guernsey.

Significant clients Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Queen's University Belfast, Gilbert-Ash, Ulster Bank, SSE Renewables.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe David Kirkpatrick as "very experienced and well regarded in commercial dispute resolution," and as someone who "brings a certain gravitas and strength to negotiations." He advises on a range of disputes, including matters related to property, medical negligence and product liability.

Laura Gillespie advises on a wide array of litigation matters, including regular work on professional negligence claims. Sources describe her as "straight, sensible and good to deal with."

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Kennedys - Litigation Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for A popular choice for clients from the insurance sector with typical work encompassing professional negligence, mis-selling, product liability, procurement and discrimination. Also favoured by defendants in personal injury and medical negligence-related matters. Clients include blue-chip multinational insurers and public bodies.

Strengths Sources say that Kennedys is a "very professional firm from a client's point of view."

Notable practitioners

Amanda Wylie is the managing partner of the firm's Belfast office and advises on product liability, professional negligence and personal injury disputes. Sources describe her as "very driven to ensure her clients' interests are protected."

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McKinty and Wright - Litigation Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Long-established department which assists companies from a host of different industries, from retail to financial institutions. Demonstrates particular strength in insurance disputes and possesses additional experience in acting for public sector clients. Also a popular choice for insurers in professional indemnity and personal injury-related matters.

Strengths Sources say: "They promote and support a team effort which invariably achieves the best outcome possible."

Work highlights Defended a UK supermarket chain against a public liability claim relating to an incident that occurred on one of its premises.

Assisted a global insurer providing cover to a manufacturer of motor vehicle parts against an employer's liability industrial disease claim.

Significant clients Amlin, ASDA, Certo, Co-operative Group, Ecclesiastical.

Notable practitioners

A seasoned professional negligence specialist, Lester Doake heads the litigation department and is renowned for his experience in defendant matters. Sources say he is a "wise counsellor," and a "strong advocate" who "just inspires confidence."

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McKinty and Wright's Litigation team represents global businesses and insurers, market-leading retailers, motor insurers and professional indemnity insurers covering the legal, financial, construction and medical sectors.

Central to the firm's continuing partnership with all clients, is a commitment to align what McKinty and Wright does to each client's business objectives. The team at McKinty and Wright understands the context in which they provide litigation services; that clients are accountable to their customers and stakeholders and the priority must be to manage litigation, financial and reputational risk.

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  • casualty claims involving employer’s liability, including industrial disease;
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  • motor claims involving personal injury, credit hire, subrogated loss/recovery. 

Building on the firm’s capabilities in handling volume insurance litigation, when dealing with major loss and high value claims the firm’s 50 plus years of operation gives McKinty and Wright’s solicitors the local knowledge, expertise and reputation amongst NI practitioners to handle claims for their clients at all levels, from modest value to major loss.

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Millar McCall Wylie - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Frequently represents both claimants and defendants in a range of commercial litigation matters, from shareholder and contractual disputes to unfair prejudice cases. Particularly popular with private individuals, with additional capacity in contentious liquidation issues. The team also works on professional indemnity and clinical negligence cases, regularly acting for construction companies and healthcare providers.

Strengths Interviewees praise the firm's "broad skill base across multiple disciplines," with one particularly impressed by the "mix of extremely intelligent and clued-in staff."

Others say they are "very professional, with a willingness to go above and beyond to help clients."

Work highlights Successfully defended vehicle hire company Bridge Commercials against two insurance indemnity claims worth £500,000.

Acted for a high-profile healthcare provider in defence of High Court proceedings involving clinical negligence claims worth over £100,000.

Significant clients Millin Properties, Warwick Construction, MEA, JPM Contracts, G&L Consultancy.

Notable practitioners

Caroline Prunty operates a varied practice that includes work on construction, property and clinical negligence cases. She is praised for her "equitable approach in legal disputes" and for being "willing to make herself available at very short notice to go over the case."

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TLT NI LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Particularly active in representing banks and other lenders in contentious matters. Also regularly assists with professional negligence disputes and debt recovery. Clients benefit from a network of offices in key locations across the UK. Able to assist on the full range of banking and financial services-related litigation.

Strengths Sources say: "The firm invests significant time into getting to know us as clients and as people."

Work highlights Assisted ROL Testing in bringing High Court Commercial Division proceedings to enforce an adjudication award, securing judgment for the full amount claimed.

Advised UKAR on litigation and enforcement actions arising from the sale of £13 billion of NRAM assets to Cerberus Capital Management.

Significant clients Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Notable practitioners

Katharine Kimber and Richard Waller are key contacts.

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Band 1

A&L Goodbody

From the Chambers UK guide

Brendan Fox remains a leading litigator who is known for his expertise in construction and IP law. Sources say he "delivers high-quality commercial legal advice, and will fight for his client's interests."

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Band 1

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gareth Jones continues to be extremely highly regarded as one of Northern Ireland's top commercial litigators. Sources describe him as "a good operator" and "an excellent solicitor."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Carson McDowell

From the Chambers UK guide

Declan Magee is praised by clients as "a very savvy operator who tends to get straight to commercial issues." He advises clients on a full range of commercial litigation and is held in high regard for his "broad spectrum of knowledge."

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Band 1

Tughans

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael McCord continues to lead the firm's commercial litigation team and enjoys a reputation as an expert in construction and procurement disputes. Sources comment that he is "very quick at grasping issues" and describe him as "a proactive litigator."

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Band 2

McIldowies Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Nigel Brown of McIldowies Solicitors is a well-regarded construction specialist who focuses on litigation. Market sources hold him in high esteem, describing him as "at the forefront of construction law."

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Band 2

Tughans

From the Chambers UK guide

A capable litigator across a variety of commercial disputes, Patrick Brown's practice includes environmental matters, copyright issues and construction disputes. One impressed source says: "He is very measured and factual about the advice he gives us," adding: "He has clearly got a high level of expertise and personal gravitas."

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Band 2

Jonathan Forrester

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Forrester is a renowned property litigation specialist, with sources commending his "incredible diligence" and "high degree of accuracy." He advises on a range of commercial litigation, including high-value partnership disputes and contractual disagreements.

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Band 2

Arthur Cox

From the Chambers UK guide

Catriona Gibson leads the firm's dispute resolution team and regularly advises on high-value contentious matters for major clients such as Aer Lingus and Ulster Bank. Clients praise "her comprehension and understanding of complex matters, and her ability to focus on the key issues."

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Band 2

David Kirkpatrick

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources describe David Kirkpatrick as "very experienced and well regarded in commercial dispute resolution," and as someone who "brings a certain gravitas and strength to negotiations." He advises on a range of disputes, including matters related to property, medical negligence and product liability.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Millar McCall Wylie

From the Chambers UK guide

Caroline Prunty operates a varied practice that includes work on construction, property and clinical negligence cases. She is praised for her "equitable approach in legal disputes" and for being "willing to make herself available at very short notice to go over the case."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Arthur Cox

From the Chambers UK guide

Chris Ritchie is a popular choice for insurance-funded matters, with sources commenting that he "deals with the big cases very well." His practice also includes substantial work in the field of product liability.

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O'Reilly Stewart

From the Chambers UK guide

James Turner of O'Reilly Stewart is director of the firm's litigation department, operating a broad practice that includes construction, insolvency and commercial disputes. He is described as an "excellent all-round commercial litigator."

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Band 3

Elliott Duffy Garrett

From the Chambers UK guide

"Absolute gentleman" Brian Deeny is well regarded for his wealth of litigation experience, most notably in relation to construction matters. Sources find him to be a litigator who "has an instinctive sense for the key issue in a case."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

McKinty and Wright

From the Chambers UK guide

A seasoned professional negligence specialist, Lester Doake heads the litigation department and is renowned for his experience in defendant matters. Sources say he is a "wise counsellor," and a "strong advocate" who "just inspires confidence."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Laura Gillespie advises on a wide array of litigation matters, including regular work on professional negligence claims. Sources describe her as "straight, sensible and good to deal with."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Mills Selig

From the Chambers UK guide

Emma Hunt focuses on real estate disputes, but also advises on general commercial litigation. Clients were keen to praise her ability to "cut through all the legal arguments to provide a concise, easily understandable summary," with one stating that "she has steered me through some very choppy waters."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Marie-Louise Lowry

Elliott Duffy Garrett

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources praise Marie-Louise Lowry for her "professional manner and succinct approach in dealing with issues." She has a broad litigation practice that combines work related to public procurement and regulatory issues with property and banking matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Carson McDowell

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients are impressed with Hugh McGrattan's "in-depth knowledge" and "commitment to getting good results." He is well known as a professional negligence and insurance specialist.

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Band 3

Tughans

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of insolvency Toby McMurray acts for a range of clients, including banks. He also regularly advises on shareholder disputes. He is "very good with clients" according to market sources, who praise his "knack of explaining complex issues in an easily understandable way."

^ See whole ranking table

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A&L Goodbody

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Neill assists clients with insolvency and banking litigation, advising significant groups from the financial services sector on a regular basis. Sources commended both his expertise and interpersonal skills, describing him as a "good commercial operator," who is "very pleasant to deal with."

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Band 3

Kennedys

From the Chambers UK guide

Amanda Wylie is the managing partner of the firm's Belfast office and advises on product liability, professional negligence and personal injury disputes. Sources describe her as "very driven to ensure her clients' interests are protected."

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Up and Coming

A&L Goodbody

From the Chambers UK guide

Barbara Creed has recently led a number of high-value disputes for major construction and pharmaceutical companies in Northern Ireland and beyond. According to clients, she is a "very good communicator."

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Up and Coming

Johnsons Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Gareth Liddy of Johnsons Law Firm runs a broad litigation practice, advising on matters related to property, construction, liability and insurance. Sources describe him as "an able and pragmatic guy" who is focused on "getting a good result for the client."

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Associates to watch

Arthur Cox

From the Chambers UK guide

David Black regularly assists on high-profile commercial disputes, with a particular focus on those in the banking sector. His work rate and demeanour particularly appeal to clients, who highlight his "boundless willingness to do whatever it takes to help advance the process" and his "cool head."

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Associates to watch

Arthur Cox

From the Chambers UK guide

Cahal Carvill assists clients with a wide range of commercial litigation. Interviewees comment that "his technical knowledge and his practical application of that knowledge is exemplary."

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