John graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1980; the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in 1981 and was admitted to the roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 1982. He has been Managing Partner of the practice since 1985
A Licensed Insolvency Practitioner with wide experience in restructuring, rescue and Director Disqualification. John has represented some of the most high profile property developers in the last number of years. He also has responsibility for the Employment Law Department within the practice and has developed an unrivalled knowledge in the field of Education, Trusts and Charity law. As primary advisor to the Maintained schools sector in Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Commission for Catholic Education he has been at the cutting edge of developments in the field of Education reform.
John served as Treasurer of the Law Society in Northern Ireland for 14 years and recently stepped down as a Law Society Council member after 22 years service to the profession.
John is also a Trustee of the Solicitor Benevolent Association and the Ulster Historical Foundation as well as Treasurer of the Irish Legal History Society. He has been recommended in Chambers and Legal 500 each year in both Employment Law and Restructuring/Insolvency.
‘… the foremost personal insolvency expert in Northern Ireland. He has advised on some of the biggest insolvency cases in the province and is approachable and knowledgeable.’ Margaret Canning, Journalist
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Brigid has been practising in the area of Insolvency and Commercial Litigation for over 30 years. She is a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner and a Notary Public.
Brigid is the only Northern Ireland lawyer ranked for three consecutive years in Band One for Personal Insolvency in the UK by Chambers & Partners. She has been described as the “doyenne of personal solvency in Northern Ireland” and as “second to none in her ability to review documentation, make recommendation and makes things happen”. She currently advises on all aspects of Personal and Corporate Insolvency and is regularly appointed Trustee in Bankruptcy and as a Liquidator in Members’ Voluntary Liquidations, Creditors Voluntary Liquidations and by the Insolvency Service in Compulsory Liquidations. Brigid regularly advises on alternatives to bankruptcy and liquidation for clients facing Personal and Corporate Insolvency; and on directors’ responsibilities, disqualification and personal liability.
She lectures on insolvency and also provides in-house instruction and advice to Accountants and Estate Agents.
Brigid received the “Best in Professional Services Award” from Women in Business and was awarded Advanced Coaching status by the Institute of Leadership and Management. She currently sits on the Council of the Law Society of Northern Ireland.
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Denis’s main areas of practice are property, trusts and charity law.
Denis acts for several charities, including independent schools and educational trusts, advising on matters such as grant funding, wider community use of charity premises and purchase and sale of property. He advises the Catholic Diocese of Down and Connor and many parishes within the diocese on property matters generally.
Denis is also responsible for ensuring the firm retains its ISO accreditation, key to our quality commitment; and for other areas of regulatory compliance.
He has been a lecturer and course tutor for the Northern Ireland Law Course run by the Institute of Auctioneers and Valuers in Ireland (IAVI) and has provided training in property law to staff of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies. He lectures on property matters for the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.
Denis is experienced in all aspects of property law and has handled personal and corporate transactions of all sizes. He will ensure you have a clear picture of the legal issues of any situation or proposed transaction and move matters forward in accordance with deadlines and timescales.
Outside the office, Denis is a member of the Board of Governors of St Killian’s College, Garron Tower.
“The advice given was invaluable”: McCune Management Services Ltd.
“Fabulous service”: T. McMillen.
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Joseph Qualified in 1999, is a Partner in the firm and leads the Dispute Resolution/Litigation team.
Recognised by Legal 500 he represents public sector, corporate and charitable clients across a diverse legal portfolio; Personal Injury, Commercial, Administrative, Charity, and Education.
Maintaining an active County and High Court practice Joseph also manages the provision of contractual legal services to a number of large regional and national organisations delivering bespoke business and claims management advice. He holds a Certificate in Advanced Advocacy.
Joseph represented a Core Participant at the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry and acts for a number of Religious Congregations. He is the NI Representative on FOIL’s Abuse SFT.
Joseph also specialises in Private Client work, is a member of STEP and holds Accreditation Certificates from STEP in recognition of expertise in Probate and Administration of Estates and Trusts.
He is a member of the Board of Governors of St Patrick’s Grammar School, Downpatrick.
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Maria specialises in Business Advisory Services particularly Insolvency, Financial disputes & Commercial Law including Data Protection.
Maria joined the firm in 2004 with a First Class Honours degree in Law from Queen’s University, Belfast. She is a highly accomplished member of our team which is clearly demonstrated by the fact that she is the first and only solicitor in this jurisdiction to be accredited as a licensed Insolvency Practitioner following success in the Joint Insolvency Examination Board.
Maria is regarded as a key advocate in the firm regularly representing our clients in the High Court. In 2019, she was selected to join the Chancery and Probate Liaison Committee as a representative of the solicitor’s profession at the Royal Courts of Justice.
In recognition of the importance of continual professional development, Maria assists in co-ordinating the Insolvency Course for trainee solicitors at Queen’s University. She also delivers the ‘Law for Accountants’ course as part of the training provided to those seeking accreditation from Chartered Accountants Ireland. Maria regularly lectures at the Law Society of Northern Ireland and develops bespoke training for our private clients and a range of local organisations including Advice NI, STEP and the Housing Rights Service.
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Andrew’s main areas of practice are commercial property law and residential property law.
He is a member of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, and a member of the Northern Ireland Commercial Property Law Association. He obtained a Certificate in Commercial Conveyancing in 2016.
Andrew represents a wide range of clients to include residential developers such as Killuney Homes Limited, businesses such as Stonypath Developments Ltd, private individuals, and the Catholic Diocese of Down and Connor and Parishes within the Diocese on property matters generally.
Career highlights include:-
Acting for Stonypath Developments Ltd in respect of granting commercial leases of units at Pavilion Retail Park, Strabane.
Acting in acquisition of development site at Drumfad Bay, Millisle, County Down on behalf of W. & C. Scott, Limited and the subsequent sale of residential units.
Andrew has extensive experience in all aspects of property law, and has acted in a broad range of transactions including the acquisition and disposal of commercial property, advising both Landlords and Tenants in respect of commercial leases, and the acquisition of sites for developers and subsequent disposal of commercial units. He has also acted in respect of all aspects of residential property law transactions.
Outside of work Andrew has a young family and enjoys spending time with them. He also enjoys running and participates in running events.
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Lisa’s main areas of practice are employment law, education law and public administrative law. Lisa also regularly provides advice to clients on Data Protection and Freedom of Information.
Lisa’s clients include public sector employers, voluntary grammar schools, telecommunications organisations, small and medium sized employers and also individual employees.
Lisa’s first book, An Introduction to Business Law in Northern Ireland, was published in 2010, and updated in 2016, and is now a key text at both Queen’s University and the Ulster University. It is the essential textbook used by accountancy students sitting the CAP I Law Exam. Lisa is also the Examiner for the CAP 1 law paper for Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Lisa is the author of the Education Quarterly Law Update for Legal Island and has also been a key speaker at their Essentials of Employment Law Course since 2008.
Lisa is a member of the Employment Lawyers Group, Employment Lawyers Association, Education Law Association and Judicial Review Liaison Committee.
Lisa has been ranked as a “rising star” by Chambers UK. One source described Lisa as being “excellent and able to handle difficult matters” while another commented on her “indepth knowledge of education and employment law which is readily available at our fingertips.”
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Maria’s main areas of practice are employer/public/motor liability claims, dispute resolution, immigration and asylum law.
She was awarded a Certificate in Advanced Advocacy in 2014 and is a member of the Advocacy Working Party. Maria has undertaken OISC training in Immigration and Asylum. She was the first Chair of The Immigration Practitioners’ Group and sits on The Law Society’s Human Rights and Equality Committee.
Maria represents BT plc/Openreach, Royal Mail, Education Authority, and Ards and North Down Borough Council. She also acts on behalf of small business and private individuals.
Career highlights include:
LLM in Human Rights Law in December 2017.
Producing a ‘Best Practice’ guide for NICRAS in immigration and asylum law in NI in February 2018.
Legal Adviser to Barnardo’s Independent Guardian Service since June 2018.
Maria has vast experience of civil litigation proceedings in Northern Ireland. She can advise you in relation to any claim you are facing or contemplating. She will provide you with clear, concise, yet comprehensive legal advice, making recommendations and acting robustly where appropriate. Maria is a skilled mediator and negotiator: resolving disputes as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Outside of work, Maria is a member of Belfast Community Gospel Choir and Belfast Ukulele Jam.
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Laura practices within our Litigation and Employment Departments.
She represents BT/Openreach, Royal Mail, Education Authority, Ards and North Down Borough Council and the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools. Laura is also a member of the Employment Lawyers Group.
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Laura has been commended by her Clients for her attention to detail and ability to break down complex legal issues in order to give clear and practical advice.
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