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Meet the team

  • Brian Speers

    Brian H Speers LL.B
    Solicitor, Mediator
    Managing Partner
    Qualified in 1982
    Brian is managing partner of the firm and undertakes work relating to housing developments, site acquisition, site development, planning issues, joint ventures, licences, corporate sales and acquisitions, commercial litigation and reputation management. He has a particular experience in acting for consortia of landowners in concluding planning agreements.
    Brian is regarded as one of the most experienced solicitor mediators in Northern Ireland and has pioneered the use of mediation for the resolution of commercial disputes and has lectured extensively in mediation both locally and internationally.
    Brian is presently a member (and former Chair) of the Education Committee of the Law Society of Northern Ireland and has undertaken an extensive review of solicitors' vocational training in Northern Ireland. Brian is also a member of the Council of the Law Society of Northern Ireland and former President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland for 2010 -2011.
    Main Areas of Work:
    Corporate & Acquisition
    Banking & Securities
    Commercial Agreements
    Commercial Property Development
    Residential House Building Developments
    Construction Law
    Planning Law
    Commercial Disputes
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Matrimonial & Music Law
    Contact: Brian.Speers@ccdsolicitors.co.uk

  • Michael Robinson

    Michael Robinson LL.B
    Solicitor, Advocate
    Partner

    Admitted as a Solicitor in Northern Ireland, England and Wales, and the Republic of Ireland.

    Accredited Solicitor Advocate in Northern Ireland.

    Senior Vice-President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland 2013-2014.

    President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland 2012-2013.

    Junior Vice-President of the Law society of Northern Ireland 2013-2014.

    Registrar: Cathedral Church of St Anne, Belfast.

    Council Member, Law Society of Northern Ireland (Elected)

    Chair: Law Society Client Complaints Committee.

    Current member of Law Society Committees: Judicial Committee, Policy Committee, Professional Ethics and Guidance Committee, and the Family Law Committee.

    Previously member of Law Society Education, Financial Services, Access to Justice and the Human Rights and Equality Committee.

    Board Member/Director of the Ulster Youth Orchestra.

    Previously Director and Chair of "Kabosh", one of the leading and award winning independent professional theatre companies in the UK.
    Contact:
    michael.robinson@ccdsolicitors.co.uk

  • Jonathan Hewitt

    Jonathan Hewitt LL.B
    Solicitor, Mediator
    Partner
    Qualified in 1995
    Jonathan joined CMG in September 2001 and became a partner in the firm the following year. He specialises in all property matters including development, commercial property and Landlord and Tenant and also has a large corporate and commercial practice.
    Jonathan also acts for bookmakers and has a wide experience of media law.
    He is available from our Bangor offices.
    Main Areas of Work:
    Commercial property and Building Development
    M & A
    Banking and Security
    Corporate Partnership/Shareholder Matters
    Contact: jonathan.hewitt@ccdsolicitors.co.uk

  • Hugh Logan

    Hugh Logan LL.B
    Solicitor
    Consultant

    Hugh Logan has been a member of the firm since 1970. He became a Partner in 1977 and remains in that capacity.

    He was educated at Belfast High School from 1956 to 1963 when he entered Queen’s University Belfast and obtained an LLB Honours Degree in 1967. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1970.

    His main areas of work are Conveyancing, both domestic and commercial, matrimonial, probate, liquor licensing and Chancery High Court litigation. Of recent years, he has become involved in Sports Law, mainly due to the fact that he is a Judicial Officer dealing with matters of discipline in rugby football both on and off the field, acting on behalf of the Irish Rugby Football Union, International Rugby Board, European Rugby Cup and Six Nations. As a result of this involvement, he attends annual courses relating to discipline and sports law and this has included representing the Irish Football Association at a 2 day legal conference on legal issues involving soccer held by UEFA.

    Outside the context of his legal practice, Hugh has always been involved in the sport of rugby football and is a past President of the Ulster Branch of the IRFU and of Malone RFC. He is also a past President of the Ulster Reform Club, which has been in existence since 1885. He is also a member of an IFA Licensing Committee that deals with the licensing of soccer clubs to play European football and he is a member of the limited company that runs and governs his old School.

  • David Marshall

    David Marshall B.A
    David Marshall has over 25 years' experience in handling public liability defence claims for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and has acted for the Commercial Property Department of that body for over 15 years.
    In the wider commercial field David acts for a local fuel company which conducts operations throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe. He also acts for a major building group in this country. He has dealt with multi-million pound litigation for a Spanish bank. He has extensive knowledge of all facets of debt recovery litigation and handles miscellaneous construction, transportation and general commercial litigation for a number of local companies as well as acting as agent in Northern Ireland for many English legal firms.
    Main Areas of Work:
    Public Liability defence claims
    Debt recovery litigation
    Commercial litigation

  • Keith Cowan

    Keith C E Cowan M.A (Cantab)

    Qualified in 1983
    Keith qualified as a solicitor in1983. Having spent 16 years with Tughans solicitors he joined CMG in 1999. Throughout his career to date Keith has specialised in advising clients on all aspects of Insolvency Law and Commercial Litigation, including in particular Building Contract Law in which he acted as Advisor to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive for 20 years, for the Department of the Environment and a large number of private Companies and Individuals with building related claims. He has considerable experience of the High Court and in particular of the Commercial Branch of the High Court, of Arbitrations both in Northern Ireland and the Mainland and abroad and mediation. Keith’s present workload comprises a balance between Insolvency work and Commercial Litigation.
    Main Areas of Work:
    Commercial and Construction Litigation
    Insolvency Law
    Contact: Keith.Cowan@ccdsolicitors.co.uk

  • Audrey Atcheson

    Audrey E Atcheson LL.B

    Qualified in 1984
    Audrey has acted on behalf of clients in high profile and high value matrimonial matters. She has extensive knowledge and experience in advising on pensions and inherited property matters and advising in Children’s law both in relation to public and private law. She also has experience in relation to foreign adoptions.
    Audrey also specialises in the personal injury field including high value road traffic accident claims and clinical negligence actions as well as industrial injury claims in both the High Court County Court.
    She also has extensive experience of acting on behalf of landlords in landlord/tenant matters having acted for many years on behalf of a major housing organisation.
    Audrey has also gained knowledge of and expertise in employment law and also the workings of Industrial Tribunals ranging from giving critical advice on disciplinary and redundancy matters and advising on contracts of employment to preparing for and attending at tribunals. She has also experience of arbitration in association with the LRA arbitration scheme.
    Most recently she has been engaged in cases of high value in the Commercial Court and also involved in both bringing and defending actions brought against the estates of deceased persons in the Chancery Court.
    Main Areas of Work:
    Litigation including Personal Injury claims including clinical and professional claims
    Matrimonial and Family Law
    Employment Law
    Administration of Estates
    Advice for the elderly including Enduring Powers of Attorney and Wills
    Residential Conveyancing
    Licensing
    Contact: Audrey.Atcheson@ccdsolicitors.co.uk

  • Mark McAdam

    Mark McAdam LL.B

    Mark McAdam graduated from The Queen's University of Belfast in 2000 and commenced his apprenticeship with Cunningham & Dickey. He qualified as a Solicitor in 2002 and continues to work with us. His main areas of work are Conveyancing, both domestic and commercial property, Matrimonial, Probate, Family and Children's Law, Litigation, Wills and Probate. Outside of work Mark enjoys playing rugby to a very low level for his club.

    Mark is Married and has one daughter and one son.

  • Timothy Haslett

    Timothy Haslett B.A (Hons) LL.M
    Qualified in 2010

    Pre-law Timothy has experience working across the industry sectors of retail, charity, IT and sales & marketing. This unique background enables Timothy to apply sound commercial principles to your legal issues. Known for his attention to detail and strong work ethic, Timothy will work tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome in all cases. Timothy is available for instruction in a range of civil claims and commercial disputes. Timothy has a keen interest in corporate governance.
    Timothy specialises in dispute resolution in the fields of:

    Chancery work: traditional & commercial,
    Banking law & personal guarantees
    Governance of companies & charities
    Insolvency
    Judicial review
    Property litigation
    Construction claims
    Personal injury
    Debt recovery,
    Contested probate
    Commercial dispute resolution.
    Contact: Timothy.Haslett@ccdsolicitors.co.uk

  • Christopher Jess

    Christopher Jess LL.B
    Qualified in 2010
    Based mainly in Belfast, Christopher has experience in acting in a large range of residential and commercial property matters. Christopher also advises on wealth management and private client matters including the drafting of Wills, Trusts and the administration of estates. He is also experienced in matters pertaining to capacity such as Enduring Powers of Attorney and applications to the Office of Care and Protection
    Christopher is currently a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners and undertaking the Society's diploma.
    Main Areas of Work:
    Residential Property (First Time Buyer/ Home Owner/ Buy to Let investors)
    Commercial Conveyancing & Building Development
    Defective Construction Litigation/ Claims
    Apartment Management Company
    Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
    Administration of Estates
    Enduring Power of Attorney & Controllership
    Advice for the Elderly Client
    Licensing

    Contact: Chris.Jess@ccdsolicitors.co.uk

  • Emma Stephenson

    Emma Stephenson LL.B
    Qualified in 2014
    Emma graduated from Queen's University Belfast in 2012 and commenced her apprenticeship with CMG Solicitors in 2012, qualifying as a solicitor in 2014. Emma is based in our Belfast office. With her friendly and cheerful nature Emma has built up an excellent set of legal skills in a short space of time in property law. Emma regularly advises on all aspects of residential and commercial conveyancing. Assisting senior partner Brian Speers in acting for a number of well-known property developers, Emma has gained experience in assisting in the development of land including new build housing schemes and commercial leases issues.
    Main Areas of Work:
    Residential Conveyancing
    Building Developments
    Commercial conveyancing


Belfast address

18 May Street
BELFAST
County Antrim
Northern Ireland
BT1 4NL
t: 028 9023 4606
f: 028 9032 6578

Bangor address

3 Market Street
BANGOR
County Down
Northern Ireland
BT20 4SP
t: 028 9145 7911
f: 028 9145 0679

Partners

Brian H Speers
Michael Robinson
Jonathan Hewitt

Consultants

Hugh Logan
David Marshall
Michael Body
Keith Cowan

Solicitors

Audrey Atcheson
Mark McAdam
Timothy Haslett
Christopher Jess
Emma Stephenson

The Law Society of Northern Ireland
Law Society Home Charter Scheme
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