by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

Leading law firm John McKee Solicitors has announced the appointment of two new partners.   Alan Bissett is one of Northern Ireland’s leading corporate, commercial and energy lawyers and is qualified to practise here and in England.

His specialist practice areas are in energy and renewables where he advises on all aspects including project development, finance, power generation agreements and energy trading.


Donald Thompson specialises in commercial property having been involved a wide range of complex real estate related transactions, acting for investors, developers, banks and alternative funders and has considerable experience in dealing with shopping centres and in the care home sector. In addition to practising in Northern Ireland, Donald is qualified in England where he continues to represent clients.


Chris Ross, Managing Partner of John McKee Solicitors said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of two new partners, Donald Thompson and Alan Bissett. The last 12 months have been an exceptionally busy time for us and we have grown in size by 20%. Our people are our strength and it is high calibre appointments like these that are fundamental to sustaining the growth and success of our business and enable us to provide our local and national clients with the very best expertise and service to help them achieve their goals.


Alan brings a wealth of experience in corporate and commercial transactions and advisory work specialising in the energy sector. Donald’s vast experience in commercial property in Northern Ireland and England adds further weight to our expanding real estate team.  For many years, John McKee Solicitors has been thought of as mainly a banking and finance firm, but this is no longer the case. We have been working hard and building the foundations to provide a strong corporate and commercial offering and the expertise of our growing partner base, solicitors, paralegals and supporting teams reflects this.”  


John McKee Solicitors was established in 1887 and employs 55 staff in its Belfast and London offices. The leading law firm specialises in corporate and commercial, financial services, energy and renewables, real estate and dispute resolution.

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Chris Ross (centre), managing partner of John McKee Solicitors welcomes the leading law firm’s new partners Alan Bissett and Donald Thompson.


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