Managing Partner: Catriona Gibson
Chairman: Alan Taylor
Number of partners: 17
Number of other fee earners: 45
UK Offices: Belfast, London
International Offices: Dublin, New York, Silicon Valley
Banking & Finance: Stuart Mansfield
Banking Litigation/Financial Regulation: Catriona Gibson
Commercial Litigation: Catriona Gibson, Chris Ritchie, David Black
Commercial Property/Real Estate: Alastair Todd, Mark Jameson, Chris Milligan
Construction: Cahal Carvill, Chris Ritchie
Corporate/Commercial: Alan Taylor, Paul McBride, Lynsey Mallon
Dispute Resolution: Catriona Gibson, Chris Ritchie, David Black
Employment: Rosemary Lundy, Emma-Jane Flannery
Energy: Alan Taylor, Paul McBride
Environment & Planning: Alastair Todd, Cahal Carvill
Insurance Litigation: Chris Ritchie
Insolvency & Restructuring: Stuart Mansfield, Catriona Gibson
Intellectual Property: Alan Taylor
Media: Alan Taylor, Paul McBride, Lynsey Mallon
PFI/PPP/Projects: Alan Taylor, Cahal Carvill
Public & Administrative Law: Rosemary Lundy
Private Equity: Alan Taylor, Lynsey Mallon
Procurement: Alan Taylor
Sports Law: Alan Taylor, Lynsey Mallon
Telecoms: Alan Taylor, Lynsey Mallon
One of the foremost full-service law firms in Northern Ireland; strengths include company and commercial law, M&A, banking and finance, projects and procurement, commercial property and construction, environment and planning, commercial and finance litigation, energy, employment, licensing and information rights. Established in 1920, the firm has offices in Belfast, Dublin, London, New York and Silicon Valley, over 500 legal staff including 100 Partners and a total staff in excess of 850.
With almost 100 staff in Belfast alone, Arthur Cox provides a comprehensive service to an international client base, ranging from multinational organisations, banks and financial institutions and established global industry leaders, to government agencies and new players in the technology and media sectors. The firm’s authoritative reputation is based on proven professional skills, a thorough understanding of client requirements, sound judgement and a practical approach to solving legal and commercial problems.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Banking & Finance: Arthur Cox has Northern Ireland’s largest and most experienced banking group, consistently ranked in the top tier of banking teams in Northern Ireland. The firm is an increasingly international practice, praised for its ever-broadening expertise and reputation.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution: Well known for its high profile work, the firm is entrusted with some of the most sensitive and valuable cases in Northern Ireland. Arthur Cox is the go-to firm for major commercial and financial organisations when instructing on litigation matters in this jurisdiction and the team deals with complex contentious matters across a broad range of disciplines.
Corporate/Commercial: Arthur Cox in Belfast is widely recognised for the quality of its mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance advice. The group advises on highly complex commercial transactions and contracts and continues to be involved in most large M&A transactions in Northern Ireland. It regularly acts on crossborder, all-Ireland transactions and inward investments.
Employment & Pensions: Arthur Cox advises private and public sector clients on all aspects of employment law, including fair employment, discrimination and equal pay. It also advises on all aspects of termination of employment (including redundancy, collective redundancy, unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and constructive dismissal) and supports corporate clients on employment issues arising in an M&A context.
Energy: Arthur Cox acts for major energy clients in the public and private sector and has been involved in the restructuring and financing of energy infrastructure and markets across Ireland. It advises on all financing, trading and regulatory matters relating to the energy industry.
Insolvency & Restructuring: The firm’s business recovery and insolvency group provides comprehensive advice on various issues arising from business rescue, reorganisations and insolvency. The firm has a multidisciplinary team of specialists who provide advice to insolvency professionals, funders, creditors and businesses across the various relevant areas of law. In Northern Ireland, it also acts extensively for international investment banks, lending banks, insolvency practitioners, national and international companies and individual creditors.
Intellectual Property: Arthur Cox has one of Northern Ireland’s foremost intellectual property practices, acting for many emerging and established innovative companies and research organisations, and advises major US and European companies operating in Northern Ireland, Great Britain and Ireland.
Media: The firm acts for broadcasters, cable companies, production and distribution companies, publishers, advertising agencies, record companies and talent, as well as many digital, social media, content provision and telecommunications companies.
PFI/PPP/Projects & Construction: Arthur Cox’s all-Ireland projects team is a market leader with more than 30 specialist lawyers. The team in Belfast has been the firm of choice for the public sector in Northern Ireland in recent years, advising awarding authorities on virtually all significant infrastructure and ICT projects.
Public & Administrative: Arthur Cox acts for commercial and public sector clients, providing advice on a range of issues including freedom of information and data protection. The team has represented clients in many high profile judicial review applications.
Procurement: Arthur Cox has a team of specialist public procurement lawyers in Belfast, with unrivalled experience advising the public and private sectors on all aspects of public and utilities procurement law. It is the ‘go-to’ firm for complex project procurements in Northern Ireland; procurement litigation is also a key strength.
Commercial Property/Real Estate & Environmental & Construction: Arthur Cox’s commercial property group in Belfast is one of Northern Ireland’s leading commercial property practices. The firm has unrivalled experience of the local commercial property market, having been involved in most of the major commercial property projects carried out in Northern Ireland in recent years. Its clients span the entire property spectrum from private developers to government departments.
Sports Law: Arthur Cox has unrivalled exposure to sports law matters in the jurisdiction. Its clients include Sport NI and Sport England and the firm has advised on each of the three major sports stadia projects for Gaelic games, football and rugby (Casement Park, Windsor Park and Ravenhill).
Telecoms: The Arthur Cox technology and communications group advises clients operating in technology industries and availing of technology services on all aspects of the law. With leading specialists in IT and communications law, intellectual property, privacy and data protection, outsourcing, e-commerce and m-commerce, media and entertainment law and betting/gaming law, Arthur Cox offers a one-stop shop for any business or public sector body active in the sector.