We have experienced a ‘standout’ period of growth, driven by expansion across all its services.
As a multi-specialism firm we laid out an ambitious strategy in 2021 to grow turnover by 50% in three years, a target we are on course to exceed. Growth has come about by building and maintaining sectoral client partnerships, broadening its services and investing in talent development.
Its real estate department, under the ongoing leadership of Peter McCall and Simon Fleming, has acted in some of Northern Ireland’s largest commercial property transactions this year. This included our role in supporting Killahoey Limited, who acquired Rushmere Shopping Centre in February and acting for the purchasers of Foyleside Shopping Centre in September – both pivotal developments for the local retail sector.
The matrimonial and family team continue to increase their client base providing guidance on separation, divorce, education and children’s issues and have been involved in several sensitive, high profile cases this year. Lawyers at the firm have supported the licensed and hospitality trade with several core developments in 2023 including the arrival of the recently opened Room2 Hometel in Belfast and the acquisition of Portrush’s Atlantic Hotel.
Employment law services have been expanded to offer specialist guidance in areas such as data protection, immigration advice and senior management training, whilst the firm’s personal injury team has had its busiest year to date, obtaining over £3million in compensation for its clients. A substantial amount of banking and finance deals, corporate transactions and high-level commercial dispute resolution cases were also secured over the course of 2023.
Jan Cunningham, who stepped into the role of Managing Partner in March, comments:
“2023 is shaping up to be a standout year for Millar McCall Wylie and the culmination of a sustained period of growth. Our results are down to our people and partnerships – neither of which we take for granted. We’ve put a great deal of focus on both broadening and deepening the range of services we offer our clients and that approach is working across all areas.
“We have a team of leading solicitors providing a vast spectrum of expertise and we keep that alive by investing in our people at every level. We plan to announce two important senior hires in the coming months as part of our continued evolution.”
In recent weeks we have maintained our Top Tier status in the Legal 500 rankings and been listed as a top ranked firm by Chambers and Partners. In 2023, we have increased our client portfolio, transactional volume and employee base between our Belfast city centre and Upper Newtownards Road bases in Belfast.