The Projects and Construction team at LK Shields Solicitors is structured to provide our clients with a full suite of contentious and non-contentious advice.

Our breadth of expertise stretches across all of the main standard form construction contracts utilised on Irish projects, including RIAI, PWC, NEC3/4, JCT, FIDIC and others.

As key members of any project team, our construction lawyers work for (and with) our clients as delivery managers in order to achieve their commercial objectives.  Rather than just traditional outside counsel, we seek to partner with our clients in a more collaborative manner than our competitors, whilst also remaining a trusted advisor throughout the project and transaction life cycle.

We represent public and private sector clients (including some of the biggest global brands) at every level of the project matrix, including forward purchasers, funders, employers, main contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and insurance companies. 

We are also a firm of choice in contentious construction matters. From our offices in Dublin and Galway, our contentious team is relied upon as legal advisor by many of the CIF’s Top 50 contractors in Ireland. We regularly advise clients in arbitration, adjudication, conciliation and mediation.

Our specialist team advise on both major and minor infrastructure, including key asset classes such as social housing, renewable energy, healthcare, transport, PRS, manufacturing, data centres, and mixed-use developments.  We are particularly active advising on third party funded projects, having carved out a developer-borrower niche in recent years.  LK Shields also has significant experience in the offshore projects market, with expertise specifically in subsea and renewable projects.

We maintain strong links with organisations such as the Society of Construction Law, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and we are Corporate Partners with the Construction Industry Federation in Ireland.

Experience

  • Acted for Kajima Ireland Limited in relation to the development and financing of a 258-home scheme in Belmayne, Dublin 13
  • Acted for an international conglomerate in connection with the drafting and negotiation of an EPCM Agreement for a 300,000+ sq ft manufacturing and logistics facility
  • Acted for CareChoice Group in relation to its ambitious roll out of new build and extension projects, increasing the Group’s portfolio by over 400 beds
  • Acted for Crosslane Student Developments in relation to the financing and development of Carman’s Hall, a new 207 bed student accommodation project in South Dublin
  • Acted for MDM in connection with the engineering, design, construction and installation of the Rockabill Cable system, a 229.7km subsea cable project in the Irish Sea
  • We acted for Seabased, a global leader in wave energy solutions, in relation to the drafting of a highly bespoke supply and installation project agreement for a 100MW Wave Energy project in Ghana, Africa
  • We acted for a US medical device manufacturer in drafting construction contracts in relation to a 60,000 sq ft extension to its existing facility in Ireland
  • We acted for a substantial Irish development fund in relation to the development of a 70,000 sq ft office development in Dublin City Centre
  • We have acted for both local and international sureties in connection with claims arising under performance bonds for a wide array of projects in Ireland
  • We have acted for state bodies to claims against contractors, both domestic and abroad, including arbitrations commenced through the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • We advise on applicability of insurance policies in construction disputes. We have acted in arbitrations under insurance policies and we have particular expertise and experience in considering the position of construction professionals
  • We have acted in a large number of adjudications of payment disputes. We have advised adjudicators themselves. We have acted in Judicial Review of Adjudication decisions and have acted in proceedings regarding the enforcement of adjudication proceedings
Head of Practice
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Jamie Ritchie

Partner
Projects and Construction

jritchie@lkshields.ie
+353 1 638 5896


More from our Projects and Construction team

Awards &
Recommendations

‘The team is now a well-established and ever-growing presence in the Irish market and further afield. The team can draw on legal and industry expertise all in one place.’ Recommended for Projects and PPP.

Legal 500 2024
Awards &
Recommendations

‘The team is very knowledgeable, proactive and tactically minded.’ Recommended for Projects and PPP.

Legal 500 2024
Awards &
Recommendations

'Highly experienced unit ideally placed to provide legal services to small and mid-size construction enterprises.' Recommended for Construction.

Legal 500 2024
Awards &
Recommendations

'Collaborative, open approach from the team. Excellent communication and availability. Commercial approach backed by sound legal research.' Recommended for Projects and PPP.

Legal 500 2023
Awards &
Recommendations

‘The team has a unique knowledge of the construction industry and bond law in Ireland along with an insight into insolvency law.’ Recommended for Construction.

Legal 500 2023
Awards &
Recommendations

‘The team makes a particular effort to ensure that the client understands every aspect of the transaction.’ Recommended for Construction.

Legal 500 2023
Awards &
Recommendations

‘The team’s local and international experience provides the perfect blend of knowledge for any serious operator in the Irish market.’ Recommended for Construction and Projects and PPP.

Legal 500 2022
Awards &
Recommendations

Recommended for Construction.

Legal 500 2021
Awards &
Recommendations

Recommended for Projects and PPP.

Legal 500 2021
Awards &
Recommendations

Recommended for Projects and PPP.

Legal 500 2020
Awards &
Recommendations

‘Ahead of the pack in terms of the quality of their advice and service.’ Recommended for Construction.

Legal 500 2020
Awards &
Recommendations

LK Shields team described as ‘extremely commercial’.

Legal 500 2016
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Jamie Ritchie

Partner

jritchie@lkshields.ie
+353 1 638 5896

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Seanna Mulrean

Consultant

smulrean@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 638 5849

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Philip Daly

Partner

pdaly@lkshields.ie
+353 1 637 1582

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Ian Lavelle

Partner

ilavelle@lkshields.ie
+353 1 6385823

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