Pamela Gillies

Pamela Gillies is our exclusively recommended Advisory Services expert in Northern Ireland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Pamela directly using the contact details above.

Pamela is a Director in the Advisory department of BDO Northern Ireland. A qualified accountant, Pamela has had extensive experience in business restructuring, corporate finance and management consultancy, specialising in business and strategic planning and performance improvement. Since joining BDO in 1997, after completing a Masters in Business Administration, Pamela has gained wide experience across both the public and private sectors being involved in a large range of projects.

Pamela has focused on growing entrepreneurial businesses, helping them to maximise their potential and achieve their goals. In the development of corporate strategies and indeed in carrying out performance improvement reviews, Pamela focuses upon the creation of efficiencies in the Profit and Loss and Balance Sheet, whilst also recognising the importance of considering the organisations capabilities, its financial health and the need for restructuring, its market strategy and most fundamental of all, the aspirations and support of the people behind the business. Pamela has worked with numerous clients, helping each to build its vision for the future, whilst advising as to whether the business has the necessary resources and competencies to deliver its strategies, and whether the necessary systems and controls are in place for restructuring, survival and indeed growth.

Pamela Gillies has been involved in numerous strategic and financial reviews for both private and public sector clients, venture capitalists and various banking institutions. She has particular expertise in business planning assignments undertaken on behalf of private sector clients in raising finance from a range of sources including Invest NI, banks, venture capitalists and Business Angels.

Firm Overview:

About BDO Northern Ireland

BDO Northern Ireland is based in the heart of Belfast City Centre and has been serving its clients for more than 30 years.

Whilst part of the BDO International network, BDO Northern Ireland is an independently owned partnership and we specialise in helping businesses, whether start-ups or multinationals, to grow.

As a member of the BDO network we are part of the largest European led Audit, Tax and Advisory practice.

A Different Approach

Through our own professional expertise and working directly with businesses, we’ve developed a unique insight into what makes a business successful. It is this insight that makes us leading business advisers; we are much more than financial consultants.

We are part of the world’s fifth largest accounting network, which provides us with a platform to learn new and innovative approaches to business while bringing new ideas directly to our clients. BDO Northern Ireland has 5 Partners and with over 170 staff, BDO have a very unique culture.

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Paul Gallagher S.C.

Paul Gallagher has been practicing in the Irish Bar for 40 years. He was appointed a senior counsel in 1991 and a Bencher of the King’s Inns in 2005. He is a former vice-chair of the Irish Bar Council. He has lectured and tutored in law in University College Dublin and the King’s Inns and lectures and writes on a range of legal issues. He has degrees in law (University College Dublin, King’s Inns, Cambridge University), and in history and economics (University College Dublin). He practices widely in the areas of commercial law, European law and public law. He is an adjunct professor of law at University College Dublin, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He was Ireland’s nominee to the arbitration and conciliation panels of the International Centre of Settlement of Investment Disputes (1997–2007). He served as an observer on the High-Level Advisory Group for the Future EU Justice Policy 2007–2008 representing the UK, Cyprus and Malta.

He is a director of the Irish Centre for European Law and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for International and European Affairs. Paul Gallagher was Attorney General of Ireland between 2007 and 2011 and during that period he had responsibility for advising the government on all legal issues and was responsible for the conduct of all litigation involving the state. He was responsible for all legislation passed during that period and was deeply involved in all legal aspects of the financial crisis.

Shaun O’Shea

Shaun O’Shea is our exclusively recommended Mid-Market M&A Law expert in Ireland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Shaun directly using the contact details above.

Shaun is a partner and head of our corporate & commercial team. Shaun works closely with Irish and international business clients across a wide spectrum of industry sectors – including technology, healthcare & life sciences, retail, and hospitality – advising on the full range of business law issues that arise.

Shaun has broad expertise in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, inward investment and general commercial matters.

In addition to his practise as a corporate lawyer, Shaun is a registered Chartered Tax Advisor and CEDR Accredited Mediator.

From 2008 to 2011, Shaun served as Beauchamps’ Managing Partner.

Firm Overview:

Working side by side with our clients to achieve more.

Beauchamps is one of Ireland’s top full service commercial law firms. We are growing, creative and ambitious with 190 people in our Dublin headquarters.

Beauchamps has been part of the fabric of Irish business for over 200 years. We are proud of our heritage, our culture and our client base, made up of international and domestic companies fuelling Ireland’s economy.

Ainsley Heffernan

Ainsley Heffernan is a partner and head of our award-winning energy & natural resources group. He has over 15 years’ experience advising clients in the energy sector. Ainsley and his team have extensive experience representing clients involved in wind farm projects, bioenergy, hydro, solar PV, AD and CHP. Ainsley specialises in energy law, planning and development, corporate law and contract negotiation.

Ainsley has spoken at numerous conferences and regularly contributes to a variety of industry publications. Ainsley is also included in the Energy Ireland Yearbook as one of the “leading movers and shakers in the energy sector”.

Recent Experience:

  • ABO Wind, as owner’s legal advisor, on Milestone, Castlewaller, Clogheravaddy and Sheskin Wind Farms
  • Allied Irish Banks plc, as lender’s legal advisor, on Carrownaweelaun, Kilmeedy and Crockbrack Hill Wind Farms
  • Triodos Bank, as lender’s legal advisor, on Gurteen Wind Farm
  • AGNA on the development of a 200MW solar PV project in Libya
  • Grange Backup Power on the development of a 115MW electricity power station in Grange Castle, Co. Dublin
  • Vayu on its Power Purchase Agreements and other contracts in Ireland

Firm Overview:

Working side by side with our clients to achieve more.

Beauchamps is one of Ireland’s top full service commercial law firms. We are growing, creative and ambitious with 190 people in our Dublin headquarters.

Beauchamps has been part of the fabric of Irish business for over 200 years. We are proud of our heritage, our culture and our client base, made up of international and domestic companies fuelling Ireland’s economy.

At A Glance:

  • Founded: 1803
  • Full service commercial law firm
  • Based in Dublin, Ireland
  • 190 professional staff, 100 lawyers
  • 30 practice & sector areas
  • At the centre of business in Ireland
  • Strong international business networks

Our Approach:

We believe clients get better commercial outcomes when their lawyers work alongside them, rather than a step removed. We work hard to understand a client’s commercial priorities, because the best advice and solutions come from knowing what really drives a business.

This hands on, pragmatic approach allows us to see and deliver solutions quickly, driving down costs for our clients.

Full Service:

We are a full-service commercial law firm with over 30 practice and sector areas including corporate & commercial, commercial property, banking and financial services, litigation and dispute resolution, M&A & private equity, energy & natural resources, construction, employment, insolvency & corporate restructuring, intellectual property and inward investment. This breadth of services gives us a rounded view of our clients’ business and legal requirements.

Market Recognition:

We are recognised as a leading Irish law firm by the top legal directories, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, and a number of our practices have been consistently awarded as the best in Ireland by the Irish Law Awards.

Ideal Size & Experience:

We believe our size is ideal for Irish business because we are large enough to provide a full range of legal services, while making sure clients work with a consistent and experienced team. Our cross-disciplinary team is respected for taking complex assignments with enthusiasm and creativity. Our continuing growth and practice range ensures our capacity to cover all legal issues for our clients.

Side by side with our clients… We achieve more.

Anne O’Connell

Anne O’Connell is our exclusively recommended Labour & Employment Law expert in Ireland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Anne directly using the contact details listed above.

Anne qualified as a solicitor in 2001 specialising in Employment Law and has over 17 years’ experience. Anne holds an LLB Degree together with Diplomas in Employment Law and International Litigation. She is also qualified as a New York Attorney. Having trained in Byrne Wallace, Anne moved on to practice in the Chief State Solicitors Office shortly after qualifying where she practiced for over 2 years in the area of Employment law and International litigation there. Anne acted in the largest International case taken by Ireland to date and also acted in a European case that led to the amendment to Ireland’s Constitution. In 2003 Anne moved to the Employment Law Department of William Fry solicitors’ where she remained dedicated for 11 years of practice. There she advised large multinational companies, semi-state companies, small businesses and employees in all areas of employment law, particularly issues that were likely to become contentious. During this period Anne was seconded to ESB Group to cover maternity leave for their In-House employment law solicitor. In 2014, Anne joined Sherwin O’Riordan solicitors as a salary partner Head of their Employment Law Department and left in early February 2017 to set up her own employment law firm.

Firm Overview:

AOC Solicitors provides a strategic approach to the maze that is employment law. AOC Solicitors is the solutions team for any business addressing any employment law issue. We also advise individual employees facing employment law disputes. We focus on advising our clients on the best solution to achieve their objectives while meeting their needs and business requirements.

As part of its services AOC Solicitors places a high value on being available 24/7 (whenever their clients need them) to avoid claims and offers employers an Employment Law Hotline for a set monthly fee to enable guidance through any process without worrying about fees.

We advise private and public sector companies and individuals in contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, including termination of employment, industrial relations, bullying in the workplace, redundancy, restructuring, equality issues, protected disclosures and transfer of undertakings. We represent clients before employment law statutory bodies, the High Court and Circuit Court. We draft and advise on contracts, staff policies and procedures.

Hugh Clohessy

Hugh Clohessy is our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Ireland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Hugh directly using the contact details listed above.

Hugh has a broad practice focused on work in the areas of Property, Corporate Finance, Company and Commercial Law and Insolvency. Hugh obtained a BCL from University College Cork and qualified as a solicitor with a leading commercial and banking practice and is a co-founding partner of the firm. He has also obtained diplomas in Commercial Conveyancing, Trust and Estate Planning and Aviation Finance and Leasing.

Hugh acts for and advises companies, partnerships, pension funds, investors, developers and private individuals on the acquisition, development, leasing, financing and disposal of commercial property.

Hugh is a member of the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners and also provides advice across a broad spectrum of insolvency and restructuring matters, acting for insolvency practitioners, directors, shareholders, lenders, borrowers and other stakeholders on a wide range of insolvency and restructuring issues particularly those involving property and property related assets.

His commercial work also involves advising on company fund raisings, company exits, shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, joint ventures and shareholder and boardroom dispute resolution. Hugh advises clients from initial start up to growth and development transactions, whether by equity or debt funding, acquisition or joint venture, reorganisation or restructuring, disposal via sale or buyout. Hugh works with an array of corporate borrowers including start-ups, fast-growth businesses and established companies. Hugh also works with private lenders and investor funds and consortia in advising on secured and unsecured lending transactions.

Hugh is also regularly retained to act in resolving commercial disputes and his litigation and dispute resolution work has involved acting in disputes relating to fraud and fund mismanagement, property, construction, insolvency, insurance, banking, company law, partnerships and Financial Services Ombudsman complaints.