Expertise

Alison is the office managing partner for Gateley in Belfast and is a partner in the Real Estate and Banking & Finance teams. She is dual qualified and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 2005 and in England & Wales in 2015.

Alison obtained her Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency in 2012 and is an member of the Insolvency Practitioners’ Association and a member of R3.

She has over 17 years’ experience in acting on behalf of a number of developers and real estate clients in commercial and residential acquisitions, disposals and asset management.

She also acts on behalf of Home REIT plc, a social impact fund dedicated to tackling homelessness in England and Wales.

Alison is experienced in all secured lending matters and has a special interest in real estate finance transactions. She acts on behalf of a number of national lenders advising on taking and enforcement of security; appointment of administrators and receivers; debt assignments and settlements; and loan sales.

Alison was also seconded to Ulster Bank GRG Recoveries NI from 2010-2012 where she was an assistant manager dealing with a large portfolio of distressed borrowers.

How do you help clients?

I help clients acquire and dispose of all types of property assets ranging from dwelling houses, cafes and warehouses to large scale development sites. I take them through each step of that process ensuring their desired outcome is achieved, often within a tight timeframe. 

I help my banking clients to provide facilities to borrowers and take security over particular assets, as well as helping borrowers in providing security over their assets to lenders. 

Experience

  1. Acting on behalf of Home REIT plc in the deployment of capital and acquisition of property portfolios in England & Wales.
  2. Acting on behalf of a local developer in the acquisition and subsequent disposal of an apartment development in Northern Ireland.
  3. Acting on behalf of a local developer in the acquisition, construction and disposal of large-scale site in Belfast to a housing association.
  4. Acting on behalf of DESCH in the negotiation of its lease of new warehouse premises in Northern Ireland. 
  5. Acting on behalf of a local company in the negotiation of its lease for new warehouse premises in the South of England.