Donnelly Neary & Donnelly Solicitors (Construction Solicitor Newry). The firm through its offices in Newry, Dublin and Castlewellan provides practical and commercial advice in this expanding market. The continued focus we have placed on this area of work allows the firm to adopt a practical and commercial approach, working closely with clients to understand their commercial objectives and to provide practical and commercial advice.

We are proud of the quality of the work we undertake, the expertise of our people and the relationships we develop with our clients. The practice is broad based with clients including government bodies, public authorities, public companies, private companies, partnerships and individuals. The firm also acts for developers, main contractors, specialist contractors, suppliers, consultants, insurers and financial institutions.

Our skills cover a broad range of matters, including:

  • Advice on and drafting of all forms of Building Contracts
  • Advice on and drafting of Civil Engineering Contracts
  • Collateral Warranties
  • Partnering Contracts including PPC 2000, NEC
  • Consultants’ Appointments
  • Sub-contract agreements
  • Funding agreements
  • Novations
  • Performance Bonds
  • Parent Company Guarantees
  • Advice on property aspects of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005
  • Health & Safety
  • PFI advice (for example in the healthcare and education sectors)
  • Advice on CITB Training Levy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Dispute avoidance and resolution
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Professional Negligence
  • Adjudication
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Litigation including proceedings in the Technology & Construction Court and Court of Appeal
  • Advising consortia on the various bid requirements for PFI/PPP Projects, including the formation of special purpose companies and related joint venture arrangements with consortium members;
  • Advising public sector bodies and private sector consortia on procurement issues and on concession contracts, including direct agreements and lenders and subcontractors;
  • Advising construction companies on the differences between JCT construction contracts and those used in PFI/PPP projects and on direct agreements with lenders and public sector bodies;
  • The preparation, negotiation and review of development, construction, engineering and professional contracts;
  • The preparation, negotiation and review of bonds and collateral warranties;
    advising companies on facilities management and operating contracts;
  • Advising lenders and consortia on project finance issues, including the negotiation of loan, security, inter-creditor and direct agreements; and
  • Advising professional team members on collateral warranties and direct agreements;

Advising parties on property and surplus land issues.

If my you have any questions and want an immediate response please contact our Mr Kevin Newry who is happy to answer your questions by return of email to

Licensed to practice in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

A vital extra dimension to all these services is that, since we are licensed to practice in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, we are uniquely placed to advise the increasing number of businesses choosing to pursue commercial projects on both sides of the border.

Being licensed to practice in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, we provide high-quality, all-Ireland legal services to business. Our Strategic location in the city of Newry near the border and within easy reach of Belfast and Dublin also offers obvious advantages.

Whatever your requirements then – acquisitions to restricting, from property to inward investment – our professional approach and practical advice ensure that you maximise your business opportunities while avoiding the pitfalls.


Kevin J Neary
Notary Public Solicitor
Advocate – Principal

Educated at St Colman’s College in Newry, Kevin graduated from University College Dublin in 1982 with a degree in Law (BCL).

He graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Certificate of Professional Legal Studies in 1984 and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 1984. He was later admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland in 1992, as well as in England and Wales in 2008. He qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in 2013. He is also a certified Mediator.

Kevin has worked at Donnelly Neary & Donnelly since he was admitted to the Roll in 1984 and has been a partner in the firm since 1988.

Kevin is a Notary Public, and is currently the President of the College of Notaries in Northern Ireland. He is also a Trusts and Estates Practitioner (TEP) of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a member of the NI Commercial Property Lawyers Association. Kevin currently acts as Treasurer for the Irish Legal History Society and is Deputy Chair of the Statutory Committee for the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.

Kevin has experience in all areas of practise; however, Kevin specialises in commercial property, as well as in general conveyancing, trusts and wills.

Lisa Hynes
Solicitor – Principal

Born in Donegal, Lisa was educated at Falcarragh Community School. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2007 with a degree in Law (LLB). In 2008, Lisa graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Masters Degree in Law. Her dissertation was focused on public interest law and was supervised by Gerard Whyte B.L. and Gerard Hogan, now Advocate General of the European Court of Justice.

Lisa graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a certificate in professional legal studies in 2010 and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 2010. She was then admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland in 2015.

Lisa sits on the Board of Governors of St Matthew’s Primary School. She has also participated on the Young Professionals on Arts Boards programme and was previously on the Board of Trustees of Aware NI.

Lisa has a special interest in conveyancing, as well as probate and administration of estates.

Daniel Neary
Notary Public Solicitor
Advocate – Associate

Daniel was educated at the Abbey Grammar School in Newry. He then went on to study Law (LLB) at Queen’s University Belfast, graduating in 2014.

He graduated from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 2016.

Daniel is the fourth generation of the Neary family in the firm.

Daniel has a particular interest in immigration law. He also has experience in conveyancing and civil litigation.

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