Alternative Dispute Methods

Arbitration Services (Alternative Dispute Solicitor Northern Ireland) Keep costs down by using a mediator, negotiator or arbitrator (Alternative Dispute Solicitor Northern Ireland) to reach a mutual agreement before going to a solicitor. 

Mediation offers a common-sense alternative to court action.

The Law Group (Alternative Dispute Solicitor Northern Ireland) are members of the Dispute Resolution Service of The Law Society of Northern Ireland. From our offices in Northern Ireland, Dublin and Castlewellan we can bring the skills acquired as trained Mediators and Arbitrators to a dispute. We recognize that such disputes are often more efficiently disposed of without the necessity of litigation.


  • Disputes with dissatisfied clients or suppliers
  • Construction disputes
  • Bad debts because of disputes over supply of goods and services
  • Disputes with suppliers or contractors
  • Disputes with marital breakdown
  • Bad debt problems
  • Issues concerning land and access
  • Family Inheritance disputes
  • Initial confidential no obligation consultation
  • Negotiation, mediation and arbitration between all parties
  • Aim to reach a mutual agreement
  • Preparation of the agreement in writing
  • Liaising with a solicitor if necessary

Our Litigation Department is focused on the requirements of commercial clients, providing legal services to those who are contemplating or involved in Civil Proceedings, Tribunals or alternative forms of dispute resolution. We appreciate that in all areas of business, efficient resolution to a dispute is important and thus where appropriate we will explore alternative dispute resolution. Our wide range of clients include construction companies, IT companies, insurers, lenders, manufacturers and PLCs.

  • Agency/Distributor agreement/disputes
  • Building contract litigation and arbitration
  • Commercial actions
  • Debt recovery
  • Defamation
  • Injunctions
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Judicial review
  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Shipping


Litigation is the attempt by means of legal proceedings to resolve a dispute or to claim damages for a wrong that has been suffered. We will advise you whether or not to embark on litigation and also whether or not you qualify for legal aid. In many cases it may be better to compromise your differences and settle for a reasonable sum rather than going all the way to a full Court hearing.

In some cases we may have to advise you that the law is not on your side. We may take a Barristers’ opinion in your case. We must warn you that there can be long delays in litigation, months or even years. However sometimes delay is necessary in your interest. For example, if you have suffered an injury it may take some time before its extent and effects are known. Once a settlement is reached, the case cannot be re-opened, even if an alarming new symptom subsequently appears. We will also advise you in relation to Court timetables, and delays caused by back-logs in the Court system.

The partners in this office are qualified as Arbitrators and Mediators and can offer these services as an alternative to litigation. These methods can offer a quicker and cheaper alternative to the courts in some instances and we can advise you where and when they should be used

If my you have any questions and want an immediate response please contact our Mr Kevin Newry who is happy to answer your questions by return of email to

Licensed to practice in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

A vital extra dimension to all these services is that, since we are licensed to practice in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, we are uniquely placed to advise the increasing number of businesses choosing to pursue commercial projects on both sides of the border.

Being licensed to practice in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, we provide high-quality, all-Ireland legal services to business. Our Strategic location in the city of Northern Ireland near the border and within easy reach of Belfast and Dublin also offers obvious advantages.


Kevin J Neary
Notary Public Solicitor
Advocate – Principal

Educated at St Colman’s College in Newry, Kevin graduated from University College Dublin in 1982 with a degree in Law (BCL).

He graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Certificate of Professional Legal Studies in 1984 and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 1984. He was later admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland in 1992, as well as in England and Wales in 2008. He qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in 2013. He is also a certified Mediator.

Kevin has worked at Donnelly Neary & Donnelly since he was admitted to the Roll in 1984 and has been a partner in the firm since 1988.

Kevin is a Notary Public, and is currently the President of the College of Notaries in Northern Ireland. He is also a Trusts and Estates Practitioner (TEP) of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a member of the NI Commercial Property Lawyers Association. Kevin currently acts as Treasurer for the Irish Legal History Society and is Deputy Chair of the Statutory Committee for the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.

Kevin has experience in all areas of practise; however, Kevin specialises in commercial property, as well as in general conveyancing, trusts and wills.

Lisa Hynes
Solicitor – Principal

Born in Donegal, Lisa was educated at Falcarragh Community School. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2007 with a degree in Law (LLB). In 2008, Lisa graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Masters Degree in Law. Her dissertation was focused on public interest law and was supervised by Gerard Whyte B.L. and Gerard Hogan, now Advocate General of the European Court of Justice.

Lisa graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a certificate in professional legal studies in 2010 and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 2010. She was then admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland in 2015.

Lisa sits on the Board of Governors of St Matthew’s Primary School. She has also participated on the Young Professionals on Arts Boards programme and was previously on the Board of Trustees of Aware NI.

Lisa has a special interest in conveyancing, as well as probate and administration of estates.

Daniel Neary
Notary Public Solicitor
Advocate – Associate

Daniel was educated at the Abbey Grammar School in Newry. He then went on to study Law (LLB) at Queen’s University Belfast, graduating in 2014.

He graduated from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 2016.

Daniel is the fourth generation of the Neary family in the firm.

Daniel has a particular interest in immigration law. He also has experience in conveyancing and civil litigation.

Brendan Hagan
Solicitor – Associate

Brendan Hagan LLB graduated from Queen’s University in 1973 with a BA Honours Degree in Modern History.
Brendan commenced practising as a Solicitor in 1978 and completed his apprentice with John P Hagan.

Brendan specialises in Criminal, Matrimonial and employment law and is a Solicitor Advocate and a member of the Children Order Panel.

Brendan has acted in a number of high profile criminal cases as well as Public Enquiries.

Kate Ervine
Solicitor – Principal

Kate Ervine graduated from Queen’s University and completed her degree in Law & Accountancy in 2006 and Trust & Estate Administration in 2009.

Kate was formerly employed by two provincial firms before joining the practice in August 2007. Kate specialises in Conveyancing, Administration of Estates; contentious Probate; Will drafting; Agricultural law and Taxation. Kate is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Kathryn Hanna
Solicitor – Associate

Educated at St Joseph’s Grammar School Donaghmore, Kathryn graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2002 with a degree in Law and Politics (LLB).

Kathryn obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice with Distinction from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne in 2003.

In 2005 Kathryn was admitted as a Qualified Solicitor in Northern Ireland, England and Wales.
Kathryn worked in our Portadown office JPH Law in 2018 and later moved to our Dungannon office Simmons Meglaughlin & Orr.

Kathryn is a multifaceted general practice Solicitor who specialises in Property, Probate and Wills. She also practices in Matrimonial Law, Children’s Law, Personal Injury and General Litigation.

Michael Grant
Solicitor – Principal

Michael graduated in law with LLB Hons from Queens University Belfast in 1985 He works with JPHLAW as well as being the Principal of Campbell & Grant in Newry.

Michael’s legal expertise includes conveyancing, criminal law, commercial property acquisition, sales development, residential property development, licensing, planning, trusts, inheritance tax, wills and estates both in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland.

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