Property & Real Estate

‘very commercial and solution orientated’  ― The Legal 500 (2020)

RDJ has an exceptional, innovative and well-regarded real estate practice that acts for many of the major state bodies, financial institutions, developers and investors on significant commercial property development and investment transactions.

Our Real Estate team are known for their experience on advising property acquisitions and sales, as well as large scale lettings and complex asset portfolio transactions. We advise some of Ireland’s leading property developers on high profile developments throughout the country across a number of sectors including commercial, residential, retail, healthcare and hospitality.

Our multidisciplinary team combines the experience and know-how of our property, construction, finance, tax and corporate lawyers to help you achieve your goals and overcome the unique challenges real estate transactions and development projects can bring.

Our services include advising:

  • clients (domestic and international) on property acquisitions and disposals (both portfolio and single assets).
  • on full lifecycle of development projects (residential and commercial) in conjunction with our market-leading construction, procurement, tax and environmental teams.
  • domestic and international landlord and tenant clients on all aspects of development structures, commercial lettings, forward sales, sale and leaseback and other related transactions.
  • developers on the establishment and development of Private Rental Schemes (PRS)/multi-family schemes as well as disposals of same. Advising investment clients on the acquisition and subsequent management of such schemes.
  • clients in respect of Planning, BCAR, Environmental and Construction matters.
  • lenders (traditional and new market entrants) and borrower clients in respect of real estate finance transactions.
  • loan and assets portfolio sales and acquisitions.
  • liquidators, examiners, creditors and receivers in the management and disposal of distressed property.

  • Advising MasterCard INC in relation to the development of its European Technology Hub and Innovations Campus at One and Two South County, Sandyford (combined sq.ft. c250,000) as part of the US credit card issuer’s major expansion plan in Ireland.
  • Advising O’Callaghan Properties on the development and letting of Navigation Square, which includes four signature buildings and 310,000 sq ft of fourth generation office space in Cork City.
  • Advising on John Cleary Developments the development, financing and letting of Penrose Dock, located on Cork City’s North Quays. The €125M office development includes three signature buildings, 250,000 sq ft of office space and is deigned to Gold LEED standards.
  • Advised Bain Capital/Lugus Capital in the sale of Belgrave Portfolio a PRS Scheme of 264 individual apartment units located in 30 separate refurbished “Pre ‘63” properties in South Dublin City to an international private wealth fund.
  • Advised on significant retail development and urban renewal projects in Cork including Mahon Point, a €230M shopping centre; Opera Lane, a €500M retail and office block development; and Half Moon Street, a 100m retail and office block development.
  • Advised Glenveagh Properties Plc. in the acquisition of a substantial residential land bank comprising approx. 279 Acres at Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15 for in excess €65m.
  • Advised John Cleary Developments in the sale of The Capitol, a newly constructed office and retail city centre development with tenants including Facebook and TK Maxx and Chinese IT firm Huawei, to REAL I.S. AG, one of Germany's leading providers of property investments for private and institutional investors.
  • ‘take the time to fully understand the particular project and our company’s aims and ambitions for the project’ –The Legal 500 (2020)
  • ‘consistently perform to a very high standard in every respect from responsiveness, quality of service to an understanding of our business and how we operate.’ –The Legal 500 (2020)
  • ‘Wide scope of specialisms and can bring large resources to bear without Dublin 4 pricing. Evin McCarthy is responsive and dogged.’ – The Legal 500 (2020)
  • ‘They take ownership of transactions whereas other firms tend to simply act as a conduit of information. Evin McCarthy and David Larkin are very commercial and solution orientated.’ – The Legal 500 (2020)
  • ‘Well informed team. Very much in touch with client requirements’ –The Legal 500 (2020)
  • "personable services with in-depth real estate experience."  – Chambers Europe 2020
  • "The firm is extremely professional and commercial, and dedicates the necessary time, resources and effort to complete projects to our satisfaction." – O'Callaghan Properties
  • "Ronan Daly Jermyn provide an excellent service with an attention to detail that is second to none. This, together with the firms no nonsense work ethic, has been key to the successful conclusion of a number of our deals." – John Cleary Development
  • "understanding of the commercial dynamics underpinning the transaction, focusing on key issues while flagging the detail." – Chambers Europe
  • John Dwyer leads the team. He is a valued adviser and is praised for his “unquestionable skills and expertise. He handles all aspects of real estate, including property finance and commercial tenancies.”  – Chambers Europe
  • Ronan Daly Jermyn’s ‘large and easily contactable’ team is particularly strong in the hospitality sector, where it advises clients such as iNua Hospitality on significant hotel deals. In the office space, ‘likeable’ practice head John Dwyer, Margaret Ring, and Patrick Ahern, who provides ‘high-calibre’ advice, assisted O’Callaghan Properties on the development and letting of Navigation Square in Cork –The Legal 500
  • Margaret Ring is a key member of the team. She wins praise from clients, with one saying: “She brings technical and commercial skills to the table. She is sensible and sensitive to our needs.”  –Chambers Europe
  • Ronan Daly Jermyn is “experienced, efficient and switched on”, and has been active in the field of real estate loan sales; it recently acted on Project Harvest, advising Deloitte on the sale of a set of shopping centres. John Dwyer leads the group. Margaret Ring is “technically excellent, and a great communicator”. –The Legal 500
  • Patrick Ahern covers developments, lettings and sales of commercial schemes, acting for private institutions and public bodies. “Apart from pure legal advice, we get sound commercial advice as well. He will tell us if it's a bad deal,” reports a source. ”  – Chambers Europe
  • "The lawyers here are extremely competent in their field of expertise, offering both business and legal acumen. The team provides practical advice and guidance." –Chambers Europe




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