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Senior Partner: Leonard Edgar
Managing Partner: Chris Ross
Partners: 6
Consultants: 1
Associates: 1
Assistants: 7
Other fee-earners: 14

Areas of practice:
Litigation: 25%
Corporate/Commercial: 25%
Real Estate/Property:

Banking & Finance:
Philip McBride, Avril McCammon
Alan Bissett
Dispute Resolution: Chris Ross
Employment: Andrea McCann
Intellectual Property/Information Technology: Philip McBride
Licensing: Andrea McCann
Personal Injury – Defendant:
Leonard Edgar, Christopher Ross
Personal Injury – Plaintiff: Christopher Ross
Real Estate: Donald Thompson
Restructuring/Insolvency: Avril McCammon, Philip McBride
Energy: Alan Bissett, Philip McBride

The Firm
John McKee is a leading commercial law firm with a multi-jurisdictional team and specialist capability in financial services, dispute resolution, real estate and corporate legal services and acts for a wide range of local and international clients. The firm has strategic alliances with full-service law firms in the Republic of Ireland, European Union, Asia and the United States. Via these strategic alliances John McKee can offer a complete legal service to clients and prospective clients throughout the island of Ireland.

Principal Areas of Work

Banking & Finance:

All types of secured lending are undertaken for UK, Republic of Ireland and Northern Irish lending institutions. The firm has considerable experience and references in advising UK, Irish and overseas banks and borrowers on a wide range of personal and corporate lending matters, including complex group arrangements and diverse financial structures.

The firm has extensive and longstanding credentials and references in providing advice on corporate and commercial work, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, management buyouts and buy-ins, financing, corporate restructuring, venture capital, shareholder issues and all forms of commercial agreements in a wide range of sectors.

Dispute Resolution:
The firm’s lawyers are skilled in running all forms of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration and adjudication. They will avoid court intervention where possible by seeking constructive and early resolution to disputes and, if possible try to preserve the relationship between the parties. They will however implement a robust approach when the client and the dispute requires this. The team is an expert in resolving all manner of finance, contract, construction and property disputes.

The firm’s employment team advises clients on all employment and human resource matters by offering accessible and instant advice through to representation at Tribunal. This service covers aspects of employment law including unfair dismissal, discrimination, restructuring/redundancy and TUPE.

Intellectual Property/Information Technology:
The firm provides clients with a wide range of IP and IT services including drafting website terms of use and terms and conditions for e-commerce, privacy and data protection policies, standard software licencing agreements/mobile application agreements, domain name and trademark advice and, registrations, non-disclosure agreements/confidentiality agreements, breach of copyright, trademark passing-off and defamation actions.

The firm has extensive credentials in the sector as one of the leading legal practices in the area of liquor licensing and has a long history of acting for local independent chains and also for a number of individual licensees.

Personal Injury – Defendant:
The firm acts for several major insurance clients in relation to motor claims, employer’s liability and public liability claims. The firm specialises in high value catastrophic claims, where a pro-active approach and early intervention are crucial in obtaining the best possible result for the firm’s insurance clients. Specialist legal advice is also provided to assist insurers involved with indemnity, misselling and fraud issues.

Personal Injury – Plaintiff:
The firm acts for both private individuals and Legal Expenses Insurers in relation to a wide range of personal injury claims, including road traffic, employers’ liability and public liability. The firm also legal helplines for several major UK Insurers.

Real Estate:
The firm’s commercial property team provides advice on planning, environmental law, site acquisition and development, construction contracts and landlord and tenant issues to vendors, purchasers, developers and institutional lenders, including a leading UK Building Society.

The firm’s restructuring and insolvency team advises lenders, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners on a wide range of issues including restructuring of existing facilities, acting on behalf of administrators, liquidators, supervisors of voluntary arrangements, and receivers; acting for commercial and residential property agents on fixed charge receivership property portfolios and acting for trustees in bankruptcy.

This team brings together the collective expertise from our banking, corporate and commercial and property departments with extensive experience of working with generators, developers, banks, local authorities, landowners and funders. Its experience includes advising on all aspects of project development and finance, the sale and purchase of energy projects, power generation agreements, renewables, energy trading and dispute resolution by way of expert determination. The team has particular expertise in regulatory, competition, public procurement and EU law matters in the energy sector.