Practice Areas – Property

J.W. O’Donovan LLP advises Irish and International clients on an extensive range of property law matters. We offer services to large institutional and private investors, developers and major retailers in the Irish market. Our property service comprises three distinct practice areas – commercial property, construction and residential property.

Commercial Property

The multi-disciplinary approach that is a characteristic of this firm enables us to offer a comprehensive legal service taking in a number of other areas of law, such as taxation, planning and environmental and landlord and tenant issues. We advise on developments, acquisitions and disposals and design and undertake the necessary due diligence investigations to identify the potential commercial risks associated with property transactions.

We have a particularly strong expertise and reputation in the retail sector and have been involved in many of the recent retail and mixed-use property developments in Cork’s larger commercial centres.

Our services include the following:

  • Advising on the purchase of development land
  • Planning and environmental issues
  • Negotiations with anchor tenants and UK-based multiples for retail developments
  • Drafting construction phase documentation, including development agreements, building contracts, appointments of design team, collateral warranties, step-in agreements etc.
  • Financing of developments
  • Drafting scheme documentation including leases, licences and management company agreements
  • Negotiation of lease terms with tenants
  • Interaction with other professional advisers such as architects, engineers, project managers, accountants and estate agents
  • Taxation issues
  • Tax-based investment
  • Investment property
  • Commercial and occupational leases
  • Landlord and tenant issues
  • Hotels and licensing
  • Property development structures
  • Building estates
  • Joint ventures
  • Property management
  • Property sale and purchase
  • Sale and leaseback
  • Option agreements
  • Sales and acquisitions
  • Industrial, commercial and residential development
  • Property lending, mortgages and loans

Residential Property

We advise on all aspects of the purchase and sale of residential properties, advising first time buyers, owner occupiers and investors on all aspects of the conveyancing transaction. We also advise on the acquisition and sale of agricultural property.

We also provide a full range of advice on planning matters and stamp duty issues as well as comprehensive advice on landlord and tenant matters.

Our services include the following:

  • Sale and purchase
  • Sub sales
  • Construction agreements
  • Transfer of property
  • Mortgaging and re-mortgaging
  • Deeds of family arrangement
  • Voluntary disposals


J.W. O’Donovan LLP provides legal advice to private developers, contractors and designers in relation to construction and engineering. Our advice covers the entire construction process, from drafting and negotiating contracts to the managing and resolving disputes after construction.

J.W. O’Donovan LLP also advises developers on the legal and planning hurdles that must be jumped before their projects can be realised. The strict requirements of today’s Residential Estate Development (RED) standards are designed to achieve high quality, innovative and safe residential environments.

Our services include the following:

  • Drafting building and civil engineering contracts
  • Collateral warranties
  • Consultants appointments
  • Subcontract agreements
  • Performance bonds
  • Contractual claims
  • Health and safety
  • Tender documentation
  • Project advice in setting up estate schemes
  • Dispute resolution
  • Project and development agreements
  • Project management and construction agreements
  • Development and Greenfield site issues to include planning and environmental law issues, licensing and public law compliance

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