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Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Marlborough House
  • 30 Victoria Street
  • Belfast
  • County Antrim
  • UK
  • BT1 3GG

Firm profile submitted by Tughans

Senior Partner: John George Willis
Managing Partner: Patrick Brown
Partners: 23
Directors: 10
Solicitors and associates: 29
Other fee-earners: 15

Banking and Finance: Fearghal O’Loan, David McAleese
Commercial Litigation: Michael McCord, Patrick Brown, Toby McMurray
Construction and Projects: Michael McCord, Tim Kinney, John-George Willis
Corporate: John-George Willis, James Donnelly, John McGuckian, Ciara Lagan
Employment: Anna Beggan
Energy: John-George Willis, Maria O’Loan
Environment and Planning: Maria O’Loan
Insolvency and Restructuring: Toby McMurray, Fearghal O’Loan
Insurance Litigation: Kathy McGillie, Neil Cahill, Neil Smyth
Intellectual Property: Adrian O’Connell
Procurement: Patrick Brown
Professional Discipline (healthcare): Andrew Anthony, Alistair Wilson
Real Estate: Phyllis Agnew, John Mills, James Pringle, David Jones, Joe Moore, Rebecca Moffett

The Firm: Tughans, a leading Northern Ireland law firm, is widely recognised for its pragmatic and commercial approach to the law. The firm advises clients ranging from local entrepreneurs and established indigenous companies, to international corporations doing business and those considering foreign direct investment in Northern Ireland. Specialist partner-led teams are at the core of its business, offering bespoke client-focused solutions.
The firm has a formal association with leading Dublin law firm William Fry, and also works closely with international firms in Europe, the US and Asia to ensure a seamless multi-jurisdictional service. Awards: Ranked No1: Experian Deal and Advisor League Table 2015 and 2016, Northern Ireland M&A Activity; Corporate Law Firm of the Year 2016 and 2017 Northern Ireland Dealmakers Awards; Young Dealmaker of the Year 2016 (John McGuckian), Northern Ireland Dealmakers Awards.


Banking & Finance: The team advises financial institutions and corporate borrowers on secured and unsecured finance and lending, and on the structuring of finance and security options. The team has experience in the areas of asset finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, property finance, securitisation and general corporate lending.

Construction & Projects: Members of the team provide specialist advice on non-contentious and contentious aspects of construction law. The team has acted in a number of high-profile construction projects, advising on such matters as building contracts, professional team appointments, collateral warranties and dispute resolution. The firm has advised on some of the largest PFI and PPP projects in Northern Ireland, principally in the healthcare, IT and infrastructure sectors.

Corporate: The department’s principal activities include M&As, share issues, venture capital and inward investment, joint ventures, shareholder agreements and company reconstructions. The department has been involved in significant transactions across a range of business sectors, and continues to attract a high proportion of the multi-jurisdictional work among Northern Irish law firms.

Dispute Resolution: The department, which is the largest in Northern Ireland, concentrates on three specialist areas: commercial; insurance; and clinical negligence and professional disciplinary work. All solicitors in the department have expertise in methods of alternative dispute resolution. The team acts for a number of insurance companies and professionals in professional indemnity cases, and has acted in most significant commercial disputes in NI over the last number of years. The team defends clinical negligence claims, covers professional regulation and provides commercial advice in relation to contracts.

Employment: The team acts for leading employers in both the public and private sectors, advising on both contentious and non-contentious matters. The team also provides employment advice on mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and TUPE.

Energy: The team advises clients in the energy sector, principally in the energy-from-waste, electricity and renewable energy technologies markets, on issues relating to real estate, M&A, equity investment, regulatory, asset management and contentious issues.

Environment & Planning: The team advises on a range of environment and planning issues relating to real estate, M&A, regulatory issues and contentious matters. The team advises clients on brownfield development, planning applications, enforcement notices and appeals, waste management, permitting and licensing, environmental impact assessment and renewable energy development.

Insolvency & Restructuring: The team advises financial institutions, insolvency officeholders, corporates and directors. Having advised on many of the largest and most high-profile insolvencies in Northern Ireland, the team’s experience ensures that it can tackle the most complex restructuring projects and continually fulfil the needs of its clients.

Intellectual Property: The department specialises in the areas of IP, ICT, freedom of information and data protection, providing advice and assistance on all aspects of the protection and exploitation of IP assets in a diverse range of sectors. The team has wide exposure to the technology environment in Northern Ireland, and draws leading clients from both the private and public sectors.

Procurement: The procurement team advises public authorities, utilities and economic operators on all aspects of procurement law. It has advised on the successful completion of a significant number of highvalue and complex procurements across a range of sectors, and has been involved in many of the leading procurement cases in Northern Ireland in recent years.

Real Estate: The department, one of the largest commercial property practices in Northern Ireland, acts for a diverse range of clients, including private, institutional and public sector bodies and housing associations, in all property and landlord and tenant matters. It reinforces its outstanding reputation by providing strong technical expertise, practical advice and reliable delivery of service.


  • Marlborough House,
  • 30 Victoria Street,
  • Belfast,
  • County Antrim
  • UK
  • BT1 3GG
  • Tel (028) 9055 3300
  • Fax (028) 9055 0096
  • DX 433NR Belfast 1
  • Email : [email protected]
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