Worthingtons Solicitors

Graham Pierce

Commercial Property

Chambers | Ranked Lawyer 2023

Graham Pierce is a partner in Worthingtons Solicitors, Belfast and is a member of the Commercial Property Team. After qualifying and becoming a partner with L’Estrange & Brett and latterly with international firm Pinsent Masons, Graham joined Worthingtons in 2013. Graham is well known in Northern Irish commercial property circles and has been ranked several times as a leading individual in the area of commercial property law in Chambers Guide and has been recognised as a Recommended Lawyer by Legal 500 for his expertise in real estate.

Graham has over twenty five years’ experience in Northern Irish commercial property matters and in that time has been involved in some of the country’s most high profile property and corporate deals. Graham acts for a number of household name property companies and retailers and his practice spans the full range of commercial property practice including landlord and tenant, investment acquisitions and sales, coastal and off-shore renewable energy projects and business sales and acquisitions with significant property elements.

Graham Pierce is head of the real estate department at Worthingtons. He is a commercial real estate lawyer who has particular expertise in representing clients in the retail sector. He regularly advises on acquisitions, disposals, leases and other transactional matters. Chambers UK 2023

Career Highlights

  • Acts for a number of household-name retailers with operations in Northern Ireland including Dixons Carphone plc, Hotel Chocolat and O2
  • Acted for Ladbrokes on its entry to Northern Ireland including the acquisition of a number of independent bookmakers chains
  • Active in the licensed trade and leisure sectors including sales and acquisitions of hotels and off licences and asset management of a large chain of off licences
  • Acted for The Crown Estate on all its coastal, sea bed and gold & silver interests in Northern Ireland for twenty years
  • Acted for Morrison Homes (AWG) on its industry-leading apartment /mixed developments across Northern Ireland
  • Acted for Telereal/Trillium on the Northern Ireland aspects of Project Warren – the sale, leaseback and financing of BT’s entire UK property portfolio as well as subsequent refinancings

Areas of Expertise

Commercial Property

Graham Pierce's latest article

The draft Building Safety Bill and its implications for Northern Ireland

Whilst developers of residential buildings in 2021 are basking in the sunshine of increased residential sales arising out of the stamp duty holiday, many are also nursing a hangover from lockdown...

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