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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Joseph Qualified in 1999, is a Director 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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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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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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Paul’s main area of practice is employment law.
Paul studied law at Queen’s University and before joining Napier Solicitors he gained over 15 years post qualification experience as an employment solicitor at a major national law firm. He has worked with clients in a wide variety of employment sectors, including schools, further education colleges and universities.
Paul has specialist knowledge of all areas of employment law, including all forms of unlawful discrimination; unfair dismissal; TUPE issues; protected disclosures (whistleblowing); and cases involving part-time workers and fixed-term employees. He routinely runs complex high value Industrial Tribunal cases and has dealt with Tribunal appeals to the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal.
Paul also provides training to clients in relation to employment law and equality issues. He is a committee member of the Employment Lawyers Group for Northern Ireland.
A Legal 500 source recently said: “Paul Upson is now established as one of the leading employment and discrimination lawyers in the jurisdiction. His grasp of cases and complexities arising is second to none”.
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Gemma specialises in Insolvency Law and Commercial Dispute Resolution.
Gemma qualified in England in 2010 and practiced as an Insolvency and Corporate Recovery solicitor at one of the UK’s top 100 law firms for 7 years before undertaking a non-practicing role as a Senior Insolvency Consultant for HMRC. Gemma joined the firm in 2019 after relocating to Northern Ireland with her family.
Gemma has a wealth of experience in personal and corporate insolvency as well as financial litigation. Her diverse career background allows her to provide rounded legal advice to a range of clients, including private individuals, Insolvency Practitioners, directors and financial lenders. Gemma regularly represents the firm’s clients in the High Court.
Gemma’s cross-qualification adds an extra dimension to the firm’s accomplished insolvency team.
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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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Laura qualified in 2014. Prior to qualifying, she spent a year in Washington studying at the Washington College of Law at American University and interning with the Law Library of Congress. Laura joined the firm in 2015 and is now an integral member of both the litigation and employment law teams. Her main areas of practice are employer/public/motor liability claims, dispute resolution and employment law.
Laura represents a wide range of clients to include BT/Openreach, Royal Mail, the Education Authority, Ards and North Down Borough Council and the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools. Her experience in representing clients, often without the assistance of Counsel, ranges from the Small Claim to both the County and High Court levels as well as the Industrial Tribunal.
Laura has provided training to large scale English-based claims handling teams on litigation practice and procedure in Northern Ireland. She has also delivered bespoke discrimination training to a range of clients.
She is a member of the Law Society for Northern Ireland and a member of the Employment Lawyers Group.
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.
Outside of work, Laura has a young family who keep her busy. She enjoys running and keeping fit.
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