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RG Sinclair Solicitors Belfast Founded On Tradition, Focused On Clarity.

Our Legal Team Of Solicitors

RG Sinclair Solicitors Belfast

Founded On Tradition, Focused On Clarity.

RG SINCLAIR BELFAST SOLICITORS.

COVERING ALL OF NORTHERN IRELAND.

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Robert Sinclair LL.B

Managing Director

Robert Sinclair was educated at Queen’s University Belfast and after graduating, he completed his apprenticeship at L’Estrange and Brett.

Robert took the decision to set up his own practice and founded Robert G Sinclair & Co in 1983. Robert has acted for leading corporate and commercial clients and is well known in this field of work. He has acted in many high profile cases in these areas including tax cases, VAT cases, fraud cases and restructuring of major companies. Robert has acted for many major banks who have set up in Northern Ireland. He has drafted much of the security documentation used by major lenders and continues to review these. At present Robert is involved in re-drafting security documentation for major lender clients to comply with Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requirements specifically related to Northern Ireland.

Robert has been involved in advising companies and lenders involved in administrations, receiverships and liquidations and schemes of arrangement. Robert holds practising certificates in Northern Ireland, England & Wales and the Republic of Ireland and carries out transactions in all jurisdictions. Day to day, Robert’s primary role is in relation to the strategy of the firm and cementing relationships with key existing clients and developing relationships with new clients. Further, Robert’s role involves cultivating and maintaining relationships with English and Irish solicitors and accountants who lead their fields within areas in which our firm operates.

In the office, Robert runs a specialist caseload involving banking, insurance and property related matters at all levels.

Robert has been appointed to the advisory board of several leading companies by the government. He has also been appointed by the Northern Ireland Department of Education as a governor of Our Lady of St Patrick’s Grammar School, Knock. He is a trustee of several leading Northern Ireland Companies as well as a non-executive Director.

Robert is well known in national hunt horse racing circles. He has owned a number of Cheltenham festival winners and winners of national hunt races in Ireland. He is a keen runner having completed events such as the New York Marathon and is a member of several golf clubs including the K-Club, Helen’s Bay where he has been Captain, Clandeboye, Aloha (Marbella) and Dunham Forest (Cheshire). As Managing Partner in the firm for over 20 years he oversees each specialist department.

With his vast commercial and legal experience and as a Queen’s Law Graduate, Robert was delighted to be appointed to the Queen’s University Foundation Board where he helps advance the strategic goals and objectives of the University. He was actively involved in the second fund raising campaign for the University and has been appointed to the committee of Health Sciences as led by Professor Paddy Johnston (Professor Johnston is now vice-chancellor of Queens University). Professor Johnston spearheaded the centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology which was supported by the Queen’s Foundation Board.
Robert is also a member of the Marie Curie Development Board for Northern Ireland which, among other duties works to promote the development of the Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast. Robert has run charity events for cancer research and raised substantial sums for charity.

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Kathy Sinclair LL.B

Director

Kathy Sinclair was educated at Queen’s University Belfast and Manchester University. In addition to this Kathy has lectured at University of Ulster for 34 years. Most recently she was lecturing in Equity and Trusts and Mediation.

Kathy has built a wealth of experience and expertise in banking litigation for a variety of lenders. Kathy has successfully dealt with a significant number of complex defended lender actions and has acted in a series of high profile Intellectual Property Litigation cases. She has extensive expertise in both personal injury and commercial litigation.

Kathy is an Accredited Mediator and is a member of the Law Society’s Mediation Service.

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Edmund Sinclair LL.B

Director

Edmund Sinclair, educated at University of Ulster, specialises in Lender Services, Insolvency and Business Restructuring. He currently manages a top 5 UK Bank mortgage litigation contract and has extensive experience of asset and debt recovery.

He conducts the day to day operations of a large mortgage litigation team and has carried this out for 20 years, ensuring that the firm adheres to stringent service level agreements. Edmund has developed a team within lender services to proactively address rehabilitation issues in order to maintain the position of the lender within a difficult property market. He has extensive experience in all areas of recoveries including asset recovery, shortfall recovery and bankruptcy and his clients include lenders and large corporations.

Stemming from his experience in these areas he provides training and seminars on repossession procedures e.g. to Citizens Advice Bureau and debt advice agencies.

Edmund has been instrumental in developing core ICT competencies of the firm.

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Commercial Conveyancing Solicitors

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Robert Sinclair LL.B

Managing Director

Robert Sinclair was educated at Queen’s University Belfast and after graduating, he completed his apprenticeship at L’Estrange and Brett.

Robert took the decision to set up his own practice and founded Robert G Sinclair & Co in 1983. Robert has acted for leading corporate and commercial clients and is well known in this field of work. He has acted in many high profile cases in these areas including tax cases, VAT cases, fraud cases and restructuring of major companies. Robert has acted for many major banks who have set up in Northern Ireland. He has drafted much of the security documentation used by major lenders and continues to review these. At present Robert is involved in re-drafting security documentation for major lender clients to comply with Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requirements specifically related to Northern Ireland.

Robert has been involved in advising companies and lenders involved in administrations, receiverships and liquidations and schemes of arrangement. Robert holds practising certificates in Northern Ireland, England & Wales and the Republic of Ireland and carries out transactions in all jurisdictions. Day to day, Robert’s primary role is in relation to the strategy of the firm and cementing relationships with key existing clients and developing relationships with new clients. Further, Robert’s role involves cultivating and maintaining relationships with English and Irish solicitors and accountants who lead their fields within areas in which our firm operates.

In the office, Robert runs a specialist caseload involving banking, insurance and property related matters at all levels.

Robert has been appointed to the advisory board of several leading companies by the government. He has also been appointed by the Northern Ireland Department of Education as a governor of Our Lady of St Patrick’s Grammar School, Knock. He is a trustee of several leading Northern Ireland Companies as well as a non-executive Director.

Robert is well known in national hunt horse racing circles. He has owned a number of Cheltenham festival winners and winners of national hunt races in Ireland. He is a keen runner having completed events such as the New York Marathon and is a member of several golf clubs including the K-Club, Helen’s Bay where he has been Captain, Clandeboye, Aloha (Marbella) and Dunham Forest (Cheshire). As Managing Partner in the firm for over 20 years he oversees each specialist department.

With his vast commercial and legal experience and as a Queen’s Law Graduate, Robert was delighted to be appointed to the Queen’s University Foundation Board where he helps advance the strategic goals and objectives of the University. He was actively involved in the second fund raising campaign for the University and has been appointed to the committee of Health Sciences as led by Professor Paddy Johnston (Professor Johnston is now vice-chancellor of Queens University). Professor Johnston spearheaded the centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology which was supported by the Queen’s Foundation Board.
Robert is also a member of the Marie Curie Development Board for Northern Ireland which, among other duties works to promote the development of the Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast. Robert has run charity events for cancer research and raised substantial sums for charity.

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David McCormick LL.B

Solicitor

David McCormick graduated from Queens University Belfast in law in 1987, attended the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, and qualified as a solicitor in 1989.

He has vast experience and knowledge in a variety of mainly non-contentious work, with a strong background in land and property matters, and joined the firm in June 2012.

David works primarily in the Private Client Team, dealing with residential and commercial property and asset protection. He also assists the teams dealing with repossession sales and remortgage transactions.

Residential Conveyancing Solicitors

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Nikki Bell LL.B

Head of Residential Conveyancing

Nikki Bell obtained her Law Degree at the University of Ulster and went on to undertake a Masters Degree in Human Rights Law at Queens University Belfast.

Nikki joined the firm in July 2011 as a paralegal and subsequently obtained an Apprenticeship with the firm to complete her Solicitor training at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies. Nikki is now Head of the Residential Conveyancing Department specialising in all property matters to include residential sales and purchases as well as acting for developers. Nikki also acts for a number of major lender clients in relation to post possession sales.

“I have enjoyed being looked after By Nikki at RG Sinclair. The level of speed & professionalism was fantastic & I felt completely secure that my solicitor had my back. “- Khara Pringle

“What great service and support we received from Nikki Bell! As a family living overseas but wanting to set roots back where we came from, we were fortunate to have Nikki Bell of Robert G Sinclair and Co. Ltd Solicitors recommended to us. Purchasing a house from distance is a tricky business but we found Nikki to be very responsive with any questions big or small. She explained each step in the process of buying a house clearly. She was helpful with checking out queries that were important to us when buying our home and she was happy to help. She took each questions seriously and made sure she took the time and effort to explore it fully and to provide a comprehensive answer.”- Tara Nixon

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Malachy Hagan LL.B

Solicitor

Malachy Hagan has been practising as Solicitor since 1981 after having graduated from QUB in 1980 and attending the Institute of Professional Legal Studies

He has worked in general practise in excess of 35 years gaining a wide range of experience in conveyancing family law litigation and criminal law. Of latter years he has specialised in domestic conveyancing. He is an accredited family mediator, collaborative lawyer and children order member.

He serves as a board member of his local primary school and a cross community music charity. Away from the office he splits his time between his family and his passion for fly fishing.

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David McCormick LL.B

Solicitor

David McCormick graduated from Queens University Belfast in law in 1987, attended the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, and qualified as a solicitor in 1989.

He has vast experience and knowledge in a variety of mainly non-contentious work, with a strong background in land and property matters, and joined the firm in June 2012.

David works primarily in the Private Client Team, dealing with residential and commercial property and asset protection. He also assists the teams dealing with repossession sales and remortgage transactions.

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Megan Harkin LL.B

Trainee Solicitor

Megan Harkin began working at Robert G. Sinclair & Company in September 2016 having completed her law degree at Queen’s University Belfast. She joined the firm as a Legal Executive undertaking an extensive work load.

In her time with the firm, Megan has progressed to the role of team leader of the re-mortgaging department where she works with both large lender clients and the public. Megan has become a key member of the team and demonstrates an ability to work well with a high volume of cases under pressure.

Megan has now commenced her training as a solicitor, having enrolled with the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in Belfast and has recently joined the litigation department as a Trainee Solicitor.

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Louise Lavery LL.B

Trainee Solicitor

Louise obtained her law degree from Queen’s University Belfast and went on to undertake a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology also from Queen’s.

Louise then joined Robert G Sinclair’s in March 2017 as a paralegal and have recently commenced my apprenticeship as a Trainee Solicitor in September 2018.

In her role as a paralegal Louise was able to gain experience in different departments within the firm including remortgaging and post-completion.

Louise has been a key member of the Conveyancing team for over a year now. In this role she has managed an extensive case load which involves working with large lender clients as well as with private clients.

Gerald Bradley LL.B

Gerald Bradley LL.B

Trainee Solicitor

Gerald studied at the University of Ulster where he obtained an undergraduate degree in Business with Marketing, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours. Gerald made a career change in 2014 when he travelled to England to complete a postgraduate law conversion course at the University of Law, Chester.

Gerald joined the firm in August 2015 and has been proficient when dealing with large caseloads, becoming a key member of the Conveyancing Team. He has experience of working with large lender clients as well as individual purchasers.

Client Comments:
"Thanks for all your help – I have to say you have been a pleasure to deal with on this and extremely helpful so many thanks for everything."

"Many thanks for the efficient way you dealt with our case Gerald."

"Mr Bradley. Thank you for completing this transaction. Your diligence in this matter is greatly appreciated!"

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Zita Duffy

Legal Executive

Zita studied at Lancaster University where she obtained an undergraduate degree in Criminology, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours. Zita is a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and holds the Level 3 Certificate in Conveyancing.
Zita joined the firm in October 2018 and has been proficient when dealing with large caseloads, becoming a key member of the Conveyancing Team. She has significant new-build development experience working both with developers in sales and with private clients in new-build purchases. Outside of work she enjoys supporting Ulster Rugby and spending time with her nieces.

Corporate Solicitors

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Robert Sinclair LL.B

Managing Director

Robert Sinclair was educated at Queen’s University Belfast and after graduating, he completed his apprenticeship at L’Estrange and Brett.

Robert took the decision to set up his own practice and founded Robert G Sinclair & Co in 1983. Robert has acted for leading corporate and commercial clients and is well known in this field of work. He has acted in many high profile cases in these areas including tax cases, VAT cases, fraud cases and restructuring of major companies. Robert has acted for many major banks who have set up in Northern Ireland. He has drafted much of the security documentation used by major lenders and continues to review these. At present Robert is involved in re-drafting security documentation for major lender clients to comply with Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requirements specifically related to Northern Ireland.

Robert has been involved in advising companies and lenders involved in administrations, receiverships and liquidations and schemes of arrangement. Robert holds practising certificates in Northern Ireland, England & Wales and the Republic of Ireland and carries out transactions in all jurisdictions. Day to day, Robert’s primary role is in relation to the strategy of the firm and cementing relationships with key existing clients and developing relationships with new clients. Further, Robert’s role involves cultivating and maintaining relationships with English and Irish solicitors and accountants who lead their fields within areas in which our firm operates.

In the office, Robert runs a specialist caseload involving banking, insurance and property related matters at all levels.

Robert has been appointed to the advisory board of several leading companies by the government. He has also been appointed by the Northern Ireland Department of Education as a governor of Our Lady of St Patrick’s Grammar School, Knock. He is a trustee of several leading Northern Ireland Companies as well as a non-executive Director.

Robert is well known in national hunt horse racing circles. He has owned a number of Cheltenham festival winners and winners of national hunt races in Ireland. He is a keen runner having completed events such as the New York Marathon and is a member of several golf clubs including the K-Club, Helen’s Bay where he has been Captain, Clandeboye, Aloha (Marbella) and Dunham Forest (Cheshire). As Managing Partner in the firm for over 20 years he oversees each specialist department.

With his vast commercial and legal experience and as a Queen’s Law Graduate, Robert was delighted to be appointed to the Queen’s University Foundation Board where he helps advance the strategic goals and objectives of the University. He was actively involved in the second fund raising campaign for the University and has been appointed to the committee of Health Sciences as led by Professor Paddy Johnston (Professor Johnston is now vice-chancellor of Queens University). Professor Johnston spearheaded the centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology which was supported by the Queen’s Foundation Board.
Robert is also a member of the Marie Curie Development Board for Northern Ireland which, among other duties works to promote the development of the Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast. Robert has run charity events for cancer research and raised substantial sums for charity.

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David McCormick LL.B

Solicitor

David McCormick graduated from Queens University Belfast in law in 1987, attended the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, and qualified as a solicitor in 1989.

He has vast experience and knowledge in a variety of mainly non-contentious work, with a strong background in land and property matters, and joined the firm in June 2012.

David works primarily in the Private Client Team, dealing with residential and commercial property and asset protection. He also assists the teams dealing with repossession sales and remortgage transactions.

Remortgage Team

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Robert Sinclair LL.B

Managing Director

Robert Sinclair was educated at Queen’s University Belfast and after graduating, he completed his apprenticeship at L’Estrange and Brett.

Robert took the decision to set up his own practice and founded Robert G Sinclair & Co in 1983. Robert has acted for leading corporate and commercial clients and is well known in this field of work. He has acted in many high profile cases in these areas including tax cases, VAT cases, fraud cases and restructuring of major companies. Robert has acted for many major banks who have set up in Northern Ireland. He has drafted much of the security documentation used by major lenders and continues to review these. At present Robert is involved in re-drafting security documentation for major lender clients to comply with Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requirements specifically related to Northern Ireland.

Robert has been involved in advising companies and lenders involved in administrations, receiverships and liquidations and schemes of arrangement. Robert holds practising certificates in Northern Ireland, England & Wales and the Republic of Ireland and carries out transactions in all jurisdictions. Day to day, Robert’s primary role is in relation to the strategy of the firm and cementing relationships with key existing clients and developing relationships with new clients. Further, Robert’s role involves cultivating and maintaining relationships with English and Irish solicitors and accountants who lead their fields within areas in which our firm operates.

In the office, Robert runs a specialist caseload involving banking, insurance and property related matters at all levels.

Robert has been appointed to the advisory board of several leading companies by the government. He has also been appointed by the Northern Ireland Department of Education as a governor of Our Lady of St Patrick’s Grammar School, Knock. He is a trustee of several leading Northern Ireland Companies as well as a non-executive Director.

Robert is well known in national hunt horse racing circles. He has owned a number of Cheltenham festival winners and winners of national hunt races in Ireland. He is a keen runner having completed events such as the New York Marathon and is a member of several golf clubs including the K-Club, Helen’s Bay where he has been Captain, Clandeboye, Aloha (Marbella) and Dunham Forest (Cheshire). As Managing Partner in the firm for over 20 years he oversees each specialist department.

With his vast commercial and legal experience and as a Queen’s Law Graduate, Robert was delighted to be appointed to the Queen’s University Foundation Board where he helps advance the strategic goals and objectives of the University. He was actively involved in the second fund raising campaign for the University and has been appointed to the committee of Health Sciences as led by Professor Paddy Johnston (Professor Johnston is now vice-chancellor of Queens University). Professor Johnston spearheaded the centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology which was supported by the Queen’s Foundation Board.
Robert is also a member of the Marie Curie Development Board for Northern Ireland which, among other duties works to promote the development of the Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast. Robert has run charity events for cancer research and raised substantial sums for charity.

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Malachy Hagan LL.B

Solicitor

Malachy Hagan has been practising as Solicitor since 1981 after having graduated from QUB in 1980 and attending the Institute of Professional Legal Studies

He has worked in general practise in excess of 35 years gaining a wide range of experience in conveyancing family law litigation and criminal law. Of latter years he has specialised in domestic conveyancing. He is an accredited family mediator, collaborative lawyer and children order member.

He serves as a board member of his local primary school and a cross community music charity. Away from the office he splits his time between his family and his passion for fly fishing.

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Mark Kelly LL.B

Head of Remortgage

Mark Kelly studied at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown and graduated with an LL.B in Law and Government in 2003.

After graduating, Mark worked for 10 years in the charity sector as a Local Area Director, later being promoted to Manager and Team Leader in 2016. In addition to this, Mark played a key role in in the finance department, while maintaining and developing the Charity’s website and IT infrastructure. Mark joined the re-mortgaging Department at Robert G Sinclair Solicitors in January 2017. Outside of work, Mark is a keen rugby player and enjoys spending time with his family.

Mark also sits on the Board of Governors for a primary school and is a trustee for Abaana, a charity which works with disadvantaged children in Uganda.

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Darren Fitzsimons

Trainee Solicitor

Darren began working at Robert G. Sinclair & Company in July 2017 having completed a law degree at Ulster University, Jordanstown. He joined the firm as a Legal Executive undertaking an extensive work load. Darren commenced his apprenticeship as a Trainee Solicitor within the firm in September 2019.
The Remortgage Team at Robert G Sinclair & Co Solicitors is one of the busiest and most productive in Belfast City and Northern Ireland. We have in place a team of skilled case workers who work to turn around a standard re-mortgage in less than 4 weeks. Our record to date is 4 days where the customer returned the documents the same day; we were able to do an online title check ( which is available in approximately 40% of cases) and funds were released within 24 hours.
Our aim is to continually improve our service delivery to make the process as fast and hassle free as possible.
RG Sinclair Solicitors & Co. have acted for a long number of years for all the main high street lenders including HSBC, Leeds Building Society, Bank of Ireland, Nationwide, Tesco Bank, Atom and more recently Marks and Spencer Bank, Yorkshire Building Society and Accord Mortgages. We are also instructed by an increasing number of individuals on a private case basis due to the positive feedback and referrals from previous clients pleased by our efficiency and excellent service.
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Rebekah Halliday

Legal Executive

Rebekah began working at Robert G. Sinclair & Company in September 2017 having completed a law degree at Queens University. She joined the firm as a Legal Executive undertaking an extensive work load.

The Remortgage Team at Robert G Sinclair & Co Solicitors is one of the busiest and most productive in Belfast City and Northern Ireland. We have in place a team of skilled case workers who work to turn around a standard re-mortgage in less than 4 weeks. Our record to date is 4 days where the customer returned the documents the same day; we were able to do an online title check ( which is available in approximately 40% of cases) and funds were released within 24 hours.
Our aim is to continually improve our service delivery to make the process as fast and hassle free as possible.
RG Sinclair Solicitors & Co. have acted for a long number of years for all the main high street lenders including HSBC, Leeds Building Society, Bank of Ireland, Nationwide, Tesco Bank, Atom and more recently Marks and Spencer Bank, Yorkshire Building Society and Accord Mortgages. We are also instructed by an increasing number of individuals on a private case basis due to the positive feedback and referrals from previous clients pleased by our efficiency and excellent service.

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Daniel Hayes

Legal Executive

Daniel began working at Robert G Sinclair & Company in September 2019 having completed a law degree at Newcastle University in 2017 and a Master of Laws in Human Rights Law in 2018. He joined the firm as a Legal Executive undertaking an extensive work load.

The Remortgage Team at Robert G Sinclair & Co Solicitors is one of the busiest and most productive in Belfast City and Northern Ireland. We have in place a team of skilled case workers who work to turn around a standard re-mortgage in less than 4 weeks. Our record to date is 4 days where the customer returned the documents the same day; we were able to do an online title check ( which is available in approximately 40% of cases) and funds were released within 24 hours.
Our aim is to continually improve our service delivery to make the process as fast and hassle free as possible.
RG Sinclair Solicitors & Co. have acted for a long number of years for all the main high street lenders including HSBC, Leeds Building Society, Bank of Ireland, Nationwide, Tesco Bank, Atom and more recently Marks and Spencer Bank, Yorkshire Building Society and Accord Mortgages. We are also instructed by an increasing number of individuals on a private case basis due to the positive feedback and referrals from previous clients pleased by our efficiency and excellent service.

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Clare Farry

Legal Executive

Clare began working at Robert G. Sinclair & Company in June 2018 having completed a law degree at Ulster University, Jordanstown. She joined the firm as a Legal Executive undertaking an extensive work load.

The Remortgage Team at Robert G Sinclair & Co Solicitors is one of the busiest and most productive in Belfast City and Northern Ireland. We have in place a team of skilled case workers who work to turn around a standard re-mortgage in less than 4 weeks. Our record to date is 4 days where the customer returned the documents the same day; we were able to do an online title check ( which is available in approximately 40% of cases) and funds were released within 24 hours.
Our aim is to continually improve our service delivery to make the process as fast and hassle free as possible.
RG Sinclair Solicitors & Co. have acted for a long number of years for all the main high street lenders including HSBC, Leeds Building Society, Bank of Ireland, Nationwide, Tesco Bank, Atom and more recently Marks and Spencer Bank, Yorkshire Building Society and Accord Mortgages. We are also instructed by an increasing number of individuals on a private case basis due to the positive feedback and referrals from previous clients pleased by our efficiency and excellent service.

Litigation Solicitors

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Robert Sinclair LL.B

Managing Director

Robert Sinclair was educated at Queen’s University Belfast and after graduating, he completed his apprenticeship at L’Estrange and Brett.

Robert took the decision to set up his own practice and founded Robert G Sinclair & Co in 1983. Robert has acted for leading corporate and commercial clients and is well known in this field of work. He has acted in many high profile cases in these areas including tax cases, VAT cases, fraud cases and restructuring of major companies. Robert has acted for many major banks who have set up in Northern Ireland. He has drafted much of the security documentation used by major lenders and continues to review these. At present Robert is involved in re-drafting security documentation for major lender clients to comply with Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requirements specifically related to Northern Ireland.

Robert has been involved in advising companies and lenders involved in administrations, receiverships and liquidations and schemes of arrangement. Robert holds practising certificates in Northern Ireland, England & Wales and the Republic of Ireland and carries out transactions in all jurisdictions. Day to day, Robert’s primary role is in relation to the strategy of the firm and cementing relationships with key existing clients and developing relationships with new clients. Further, Robert’s role involves cultivating and maintaining relationships with English and Irish solicitors and accountants who lead their fields within areas in which our firm operates.

In the office, Robert runs a specialist caseload involving banking, insurance and property related matters at all levels.

Robert has been appointed to the advisory board of several leading companies by the government. He has also been appointed by the Northern Ireland Department of Education as a governor of Our Lady of St Patrick’s Grammar School, Knock. He is a trustee of several leading Northern Ireland Companies as well as a non-executive Director.

Robert is well known in national hunt horse racing circles. He has owned a number of Cheltenham festival winners and winners of national hunt races in Ireland. He is a keen runner having completed events such as the New York Marathon and is a member of several golf clubs including the K-Club, Helen’s Bay where he has been Captain, Clandeboye, Aloha (Marbella) and Dunham Forest (Cheshire). As Managing Partner in the firm for over 20 years he oversees each specialist department.

With his vast commercial and legal experience and as a Queen’s Law Graduate, Robert was delighted to be appointed to the Queen’s University Foundation Board where he helps advance the strategic goals and objectives of the University. He was actively involved in the second fund raising campaign for the University and has been appointed to the committee of Health Sciences as led by Professor Paddy Johnston (Professor Johnston is now vice-chancellor of Queens University). Professor Johnston spearheaded the centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology which was supported by the Queen’s Foundation Board.
Robert is also a member of the Marie Curie Development Board for Northern Ireland which, among other duties works to promote the development of the Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast. Robert has run charity events for cancer research and raised substantial sums for charity.

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Lawrence Lavery LL.B

Solicitor

Lawrence is a lawyer of 15 years’ experience.

Lawrence is an expert in personal injury litigation and has experience in helping people obtain compensation, especially in situations involving medical negligence, occupational disease, injuries in the work place, and RTAs (with specialist knowledge in credit hire cases). Lawrence also has significant experience in defending people, companies, and organisations against personal injury claims. Lawrence has done this mostly while working alongside his client’s insurance companies.

Lawrence also has significant experience in negotiating and drafting a broad range of contracts and agreements – with particular interest and expertise in the scientific and computer software fields. Lawrence can also advise and represent clients in commercial litigation, e.g. breach of contract situations.

Corporate governance and Intellectual Property are also areas Lawrence can assist in, e.g. regulatory compliance, GDPR compliance, and registering Intellectual Property, along with other business needs.

Lawrence has worked in-house for and represented at court individuals, companies (from SMEs to Credit Suisse), and non-commercial organisations (AFBI, and all NI government departments).

Outside of work Lawrence enjoys spending time with family and friends, and engaging in his broad range of interests, which include music, sport, travelling, and photography.

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Patrick McNeill LL.B

Solicitor

Patrick is a dynamic, modern and experienced solicitor recently returned to his native Belfast after gaining diverse litigation experience at various busy legal centres around the world.

Patrick has worked at a Mediation Firm on Broad Street, Philadelphia, followed up by years, both training and qualifying in private practice on Tyneside, prior to a year at Durham County Council upon qualification in March 2010. This was followed up by a return to private practice and consultancy Manchester, London and Ringsend, Dublin where Patrick spent 2018 prior to deciding upon a welcome Belfast return in 2019.

Patrick is an expert in litigation funding and providing the all-important, early strategic advice on any type of litigated or mediated action. Patrick especially enjoys incepting meritorious, complex claims and test cases.

Patrick is an approachable, plain and efficient solicitor currently licensed to practice in multiple jurisdictions and has taken in excess of ten thousand discrete legal instructions.
Patrick has also amassed ten thousand hours experience in the booming eDiscovery sector. The accent with this solicitor is on 360 degree client care – delivered each and every time.

It is Patrick’s starting point that within the banner of legal services - there is no such thing as “little things.”

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Gavin Cumiskey LL.B

Solicitor

Gavin Cumiskey was educated at Abbey Grammar CBS in Newry and read law at the Queens University of Belfast.

Having worked in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland Gavin brings a wealth of experience to the firm and has worked in numerous areas of the law, most specifically personal injury cases. He has been involved in numerous large settlements for clients who have suffered serious injuries and has an excellent insight specifically into claims arising out of injuries received as a result of motorcycle and bicycle accidents.

Outside of his professional life Gavin is heavily involved in sport, with Gaelic football being his great passion. After playing at a high level for many years and gaining national titles he now focuses on supporting the younger players through coaching at underage level.

Banking Solicitors

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Robert Sinclair LL.B

Managing Director

Robert Sinclair was educated at Queen’s University Belfast and after graduating, he completed his apprenticeship at L’Estrange and Brett.

Robert took the decision to set up his own practice and founded Robert G Sinclair & Co in 1983. Robert has acted for leading corporate and commercial clients and is well known in this field of work. He has acted in many high profile cases in these areas including tax cases, VAT cases, fraud cases and restructuring of major companies. Robert has acted for many major banks who have set up in Northern Ireland. He has drafted much of the security documentation used by major lenders and continues to review these. At present Robert is involved in re-drafting security documentation for major lender clients to comply with Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requirements specifically related to Northern Ireland.

Robert has been involved in advising companies and lenders involved in administrations, receiverships and liquidations and schemes of arrangement. Robert holds practising certificates in Northern Ireland, England & Wales and the Republic of Ireland and carries out transactions in all jurisdictions. Day to day, Robert’s primary role is in relation to the strategy of the firm and cementing relationships with key existing clients and developing relationships with new clients. Further, Robert’s role involves cultivating and maintaining relationships with English and Irish solicitors and accountants who lead their fields within areas in which our firm operates.

In the office, Robert runs a specialist caseload involving banking, insurance and property related matters at all levels.

Robert has been appointed to the advisory board of several leading companies by the government. He has also been appointed by the Northern Ireland Department of Education as a governor of Our Lady of St Patrick’s Grammar School, Knock. He is a trustee of several leading Northern Ireland Companies as well as a non-executive Director.

Robert is well known in national hunt horse racing circles. He has owned a number of Cheltenham festival winners and winners of national hunt races in Ireland. He is a keen runner having completed events such as the New York Marathon and is a member of several golf clubs including the K-Club, Helen’s Bay where he has been Captain, Clandeboye, Aloha (Marbella) and Dunham Forest (Cheshire). As Managing Partner in the firm for over 20 years he oversees each specialist department.

With his vast commercial and legal experience and as a Queen’s Law Graduate, Robert was delighted to be appointed to the Queen’s University Foundation Board where he helps advance the strategic goals and objectives of the University. He was actively involved in the second fund raising campaign for the University and has been appointed to the committee of Health Sciences as led by Professor Paddy Johnston (Professor Johnston is now vice-chancellor of Queens University). Professor Johnston spearheaded the centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology which was supported by the Queen’s Foundation Board.
Robert is also a member of the Marie Curie Development Board for Northern Ireland which, among other duties works to promote the development of the Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast. Robert has run charity events for cancer research and raised substantial sums for charity.

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Edmund Sinclair LL.B

Director

Edmund Sinclair, educated at University of Ulster, specialises in Lender Services, Insolvency and Business Restructuring. He currently manages a top 5 UK Bank mortgage litigation contract and has extensive experience of asset and debt recovery.

He conducts the day to day operations of a large mortgage litigation team and has carried this out for 20 years, ensuring that the firm adheres to stringent service level agreements. Edmund has developed a team within lender services to proactively address rehabilitation issues in order to maintain the position of the lender within a difficult property market. He has extensive experience in all areas of recoveries including asset recovery, shortfall recovery and bankruptcy and his clients include lenders and large corporations.

Stemming from his experience in these areas he provides training and seminars on repossession procedures e.g. to Citizens Advice Bureau and debt advice agencies.

Edmund has been instrumental in developing core ICT competencies of the firm.

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Nikki Bell LL.B

Head of Residential Conveyancing

Nikki Bell obtained her Law Degree at the University of Ulster and went on to undertake a Masters Degree in Human Rights Law at Queens University Belfast.

Nikki joined the firm in July 2011 as a paralegal and subsequently obtained an Apprenticeship with the firm to complete her Solicitor training at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies. Nikki is now Head of the Residential Conveyancing Department specialising in all property matters to include residential sales and purchases as well as acting for developers. Nikki also acts for a number of major lender clients in relation to post possession sales.

“I have enjoyed being looked after By Nikki at RG Sinclair. The level of speed & professionalism was fantastic & I felt completely secure that my solicitor had my back. “- Khara Pringle

“What great service and support we received from Nikki Bell! As a family living overseas but wanting to set roots back where we came from, we were fortunate to have Nikki Bell of Robert G Sinclair and Co. Ltd Solicitors recommended to us. Purchasing a house from distance is a tricky business but we found Nikki to be very responsive with any questions big or small. She explained each step in the process of buying a house clearly. She was helpful with checking out queries that were important to us when buying our home and she was happy to help. She took each questions seriously and made sure she took the time and effort to explore it fully and to provide a comprehensive answer.”- Tara Nixon

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Edmund Sinclair LL.B

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Edmund Sinclair, educated at University of Ulster, specialises in Lender Services, Insolvency and Business Restructuring. He currently manages a top 5 UK Bank mortgage litigation contract and has extensive experience of asset and debt recovery.

He conducts the day to day operations of a large mortgage litigation team and has carried this out for 20 years, ensuring that the firm adheres to stringent service level agreements. Edmund has developed a team within lender services to proactively address rehabilitation issues in order to maintain the position of the lender within a difficult property market. He has extensive experience in all areas of recoveries including asset recovery, shortfall recovery and bankruptcy and his clients include lenders and large corporations.

Stemming from his experience in these areas he provides training and seminars on repossession procedures e.g. to Citizens Advice Bureau and debt advice agencies.

Edmund has been instrumental in developing core ICT competencies of the firm.

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