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  • I'm a fan of the Lawyer but I'm afraid I have to take issue with your research for the NI market and some of the statements made. The bigger deals in this sector have been Moyle Interconnector, the sale of the Scotland NI pipeline, the reorganisation of the Phoenix Gas pipeline, the entry of Bord Gais, the Viridian restructuring and the appointment to the Regulator's legal panel in the last few years. Ask anyone other than Carsons and Tughans and they will tell you the firms involved (in lead roles) were McGrigors, Arthur Cox, L'Estrange, MOPs and Goodbody, all of whom have offices in Belfast apart from MOPs. Carsons and Tughans have no lead role on the energy from waste deals, Coxes, L'Estrange and McGrigors are active. You should also take a look at which firms made mass lay offs before getting carried away with statements about work levels increasing threefold.

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  • Interesting, as an in house counsel I'd agree, the heavy hitters in the market are the firms mentioned above, Cox, L'Estrange, Goodbody and McGrigors, all in Belfast, I wouldn't say Tughans are on the same level as Carsons (who themselves do not claim to work on the larger deals), the article says Tughans started the practice area 18 months ago, it's somewhat naive to think this makes it (along with Carsons) the market leader, the other firms above have been doing the big deals in this sector for the last 10 years.

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  • I too am a fan of The Lawyer.  As this was a Northern Ireland specific article it naturally sought the views of the key players in the Northern Irish legal market, namely Tughans, Carsons & L’Estrange. I think that the two comments so far have taken the feature out of context.  Neither Carsons nor Tughans claim to have had lead roles on these type of projects.  A market, particularly a multi-faceted one such as Energy, is made up with all sizes of projects/ assignments.  It is therefore easy to imagine the growth levels mentioned in the article.

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