Car­son Mcdow­ell helps to hon­our Com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment of the year

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and sys­tems over the last four years.

Says Neil: “We mea­sure our­selves against the best ef­fi­cien­cies and client ser­vice lev­els in the UK. We have an in-house IT team who work with the dif­fer­ent de­part­ments, in­clud­ing the prop­erty team, to con­tin­u­ally en­hance the firm’s work­ing prac­tices, risk man­age­ment and client ex­pe­ri­ences. The team is sup­ported by ex­ter­nal spe­cial­ist con­sul­tants.

“The in­no­va­tive work we do for our ma­jor clients of­ten re­sults in im­prove­ments for our pri­vate clients. The firm has pro­vided on­line case track­ing for res­i­den­tial con­veyanc­ing clients for the last 14 years. We are cur­rently work­ing to­wards im­proved on­line di­rect par­tic­i­pa­tion in the con­veyanc­ing process for clients who wish to do so.”

The 30-strong Wil­son Nes­bitt prop­erty team spe­cialise in com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial prop­erty con­veyanc­ing and don’t ven­ture into other ar­eas of law that might com­pete for their at­ten­tion. Ef­fi­ciency and com­mu­ni­ca­tion are the un­der-rid­ing prin­ci­ples of the team struc­ture and clients en­joy as smooth a process as pos­si­ble un­der­pinned by spe­cial­ist knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­enced risk and se­cu­rity man­age­ment. We are de­lighted to have lead­ing Belfast solic­i­tors Car­son McDow­ell on board to sup­port the 2016 Belfast Tele­graph Prop­erty Awards.

The com­pany which has the largest com­mer­cial prop­erty team in North­ern Ire­land is aptly spon­sor­ing our Com­mer­cial De­vel­op­ment of the Year Award.

This cat­e­gory is open to de­vel­op­ers ei­ther op­er­at­ing within North­ern Ire­land or to lo­cal de­vel­op­ers car­ry­ing out work out­side the prov­ince.

Rose­mary Car­son is a Part­ner and Head of Real Es­tate at Car­son Mcdow­ell.

She says: “The com­mer­cial prop­erty sec­tor in North­ern Ire­land is en­joy­ing a pe­riod of op­ti­mism fol­low­ing a chal­leng­ing time over the past decade.

“This is mainly due to the in­ter­est in Belfast from in­vestors and de­vel­op­ers and the ex­cel­lence and am­bi­tion of the peo­ple we will recog­nise at the Belfast Tele­graph Prop­erty Awards 2016.

“Car­son Mcdow­ell is pleased to play its part in ac­knowl­edg­ing the achieve­ments of the sec­tor by spon­sor­ing the Com­mer­cial De­vel­op­ment of the Year award. “

The com­pany’s pro­fes­sional com­mer­cial prop­erty team is sup­ported by ex­pe­ri­enced stand­alone plan­ning, en­vi­ron­men­tal, prop­erty lit­i­ga­tion and con­struc­tion teams.

This unique of­fer­ing sets the firm apart from other lo­cal law firms and has led to its suc­cess­ful in­volve­ment in many of the most ex­cit­ing trans­ac­tions in North­ern Ire­land in re­cent times, in­clud­ing act­ing for the Belfast Tele­graph on the sale of our Royal Av­enue premises and sub­se­quent move to Claren­don Dock.

Rose­mary says the firm is look­ing to the fu­ture re­de­vel­op­ment of Belfast: “We whole­heart­edly sup­port Belfast City Coun­cil in its cam­paign for re­gen­er­a­tion and we re­main focused on col­lab­o­ra­tively work­ing to­gether to de­liver a city cen­tre which will drive eco­nomic growth and so­cial ben­e­fits.

“As part of this work we were de­lighted to be part of the Belfast del­e­ga­tion at this year’s in­ter­na­tional prop­erty show­case at MIPIM.”

She adds: “The city cen­tre is al­ready en­joy­ing some­thing of a re­nais­sance at the mo­ment with plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions in for a num­ber of new of­fice and ho­tel de­vel­op­ments, and work un­der­way on many oth­ers.

“We have been in­volved in many of th­ese projects right through from site as­sem­bly to even­tual leas­ing and rel­ish work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with our clients to bring th­ese projects to fruition. As a prac­tice we want to be the first name on our client’s team sheet.”

Car­son Mcdow­ell has also been busy on the re­tail side of the mar­ket this year. The com­pany has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in this sec­tor and act for many shopping cen­tre own­ers and a host of mul­ti­ple re­tail­ers, both well es­tab­lished and new­com­ers to the North­ern Ire­land mar­ket, in­clud­ing Tesco, Ar­ca­dia, DV8, Kiko Cos­met­ics, The En­ter­tainer, Greggs and Patis­serie Va­lerie.

This year has seen con­tin­ued resur­gence in some of Belfast’s tra­di­tional re­tail pitches such as the Done­gal Place and Cas­tle Lane area, in part driven by the favourable rates reval­u­a­tion.

New ven­tures by re­tail­ers such as Skech­ers, Moss Bros, Stradi­var­ius and DW Sports have all opened in re­cent months and a num­ber of ex­ist­ing re­tail­ers, such as Zara and House of Fraser, have com­pleted ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ments — con­firm­ing their con­fi­dence in the city cen­tre.

Says Rose­mary: “North­ern Ire­land has an ex­cit­ing fu­ture ahead and the com­mer­cial prop­erty sec­tor will play a vi­tal role in shap­ing and delivering that fu­ture.

“Car­son Mcdow­ell looks for­ward to being a part of that and wishes all the short-listed en­trants luck in the awards.”

Rose­mary Car­son of Car­son Mcdow­ell Solic­i­tors

Neil Lo­gan of Wil­son Solic­i­tors

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