The business marketplace is changing rapidly and we have closely studied the factors that are impacting on the industries in which we operate. Northern Ireland is one of the fastest-growing, most open, and most flexible regions in the United Kingdom. Leading the way across a wide range of sectors including financial services, construction, aerospace and technology, the area offers exceptional opportunities for growth, particularly to small and medium-sized enterprises.
Keystone Law Northern Ireland (“Keystone Law NI”), part of one of the UK’s fastest-growing law firms, assists local and international businesses, as well as high-net-worth individuals, through the firm’s Belfast office situated on Adelaide Street in the city centre.
With access to an international network of 230 lawyers, providing a full range of legal services, across Ireland and the UK, Keystone Law NI is uniquely placed to act for the commercial contingent of Northern Ireland. Our team has a deep understanding of each client and their relevant industry, placing a genuine focus on the fostering of business relationships. Strategic advice, based on industry best practice and senior expertise, adds real value to our legal service offering. Whoever the client, our aim to develop bespoke solutions, for even the most complex legal challenges, remains the same.
Our banking specialists are experienced in advising both Northern Ireland regulated clients as well as international banking groups regarding a range of legal and regulatory issues. We can also assist with regulator liaison and the preparation and review of customer documentation.
Northern Ireland is becoming an increasingly dynamic international business centre. We understand the importance of a business’s commercial contracts clients and that they have the potential to make or break an organisation. We have particular expertise in dealing with compliance issues in relation to trading standards and other consumer protection legislation. In addition, we can help businesses to capitalise on advantage and avoid any unnecessary risk.
Our property lawyers have extensive expertise in all aspects of both contentious and non-contentious commercial property matters in Northern Ireland and beyond. With established relationships with local agents, external surveyors and planners, we can provide a synchronised and seamless service to clients.
Our industry-leading and multi-disciplined corporate lawyers are well placed to deal with all types of corporate deals with a commercial focus. Advising businesses of all sizes ranging from major corporates and SMEs to family-owned businesses, we can assist clients with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity deals, governance and compliance, restructuring and contractual matters.
Our clients require commercially sound advice paired with an in-depth understanding of current market practice. Respected throughout Belfast and Northern Ireland, we are experienced in all matters involving financial mis-selling, restructuring and insolvency, funding solutions and litigation.
Heather’s employment practice spans all areas of employment law. Heather advises clients on the employment aspects of their corporate transactions including drafting and advising clients on their contracts of employment, senior-executive service agreements and consultancy agreements, negotiating contractual terms, and drafting/negotiating employment clauses in sale and purchase agreements. Heather also provides due diligence reports to clients highlighting areas of concern in relation to corporate transactions.
Jim advises on all aspects of commercial property and maintains a particular interest in commercial and residential developments. He regularly acts for landlords and tenants in the negotiation of leases for retail, office, industrial and hotel accommodation, as well as advising on the management of such properties, including the negotiation of rent reviews and lease renewals. Jim has advised both GB and US funds on the proposed acquisition of Northern Ireland loan portfolios. He is also well versed in leading due diligence exercises, having been involved in the financing of various major Northern Ireland property assets by GB and NI banks.
Lauren is a trainee solicitor in the NI corporate team. She has completed several share and asset acquisitions including cross-border deals since joining the team. She has assisted on the finance side of numerous secured lending transactions, which has included drafting all loan and security documentation, and has assisted on large corporate refinancing deals.
John is a solicitor qualified to practise in three jurisdictions: England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. John is also admitted as a Barrister and an Attorney in Bermuda. With particular expertise in corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters, his career has included a number of years spent in private practice as well as in-house. John also has a particular interest in advising clients in the property, energy, retail, hospitality, sport and general contracting industries.
Jonny is a Trainee Solicitor who works alongside the Northern Ireland team on a range of duties relating to commercial property, corporate, finance and licensing law. He attends meetings with clients, assists in drafting various deeds and documents, and helps to prepare complex certificates of title for large commercial properties situated in Northern Ireland. Jonny’s experience has also seen him carry out in-depth investigative work in anticipation of litigation action.