Michael Neill, Partner - A&L Goodbody

Michael Neill

Michael Neill is based in our Belfast office and is Head of both the Restructuring & Insolvency and Litigation Departments. He specialises in all areas of business recovery work, which includes advising local and national insolvency practitioners, banks and other creditors. He is widely acknowledged as a leader in his field in this practice area. Michael also conducts a wide variety of financial services, fraud and insolvency-related litigation acting on behalf of financial institutions including life, property, pension and investment companies.


Michael has acted for banks, companies, creditors and insolvency practitioners in the majority of high profile corporate failures in Northern Ireland in recent years. In particular, he has acted for the Administrators of the Taggart Group, the Carvill Group, Quinn Windfarm Limited, Reid Transport Limited, and for the major creditors of Thermomax Ltd (in Administration), DMMI Limited (in Administration) and Nortel (UK) Limited (in Administration) and Jermon Limited. Michael also drafted the innovative CVA which implemented the successful restructuring of the Quinn Group. This innovative CVA was the first of its kind in Northern Ireland in terms of its size (indebtedness of circa. €1.2 billion), complexity and multi-jurisdictional reach. The Quinn restructuring was named Deal of the Year by Finance Dublin Magazine. He has also acted for the Special Liquidators of IBRC (in Special Liquidation).

Market Recommendations

  • "He is an analytical, methodical lawyer who is highly respected by clients." (Chambers UK 2017)
  • "Clients praise his skilled navigation of deals…he possesses the technical knowledge to consider all options…he provides pin-sharp, wholly practical advice. He has an excellent practice." (Chambers UK 2016)
  • Michael is characterized as a "well-prepared and astute practitioner, with a commercial approach that suits the business objectives of his clients." Michael is "brilliant - no question…he's commercial, and good at communicating complex issues in an easy-to-understand way." (Chambers UK 2015)
  • Michael has "a fantastic presence" with a "top-notch technical knowledge" and ability to "balance the technical aspects with a commercial approach." (Chambers UK 2014)


  • LLB (Law & Accounting), Queens University Belfast, 1995
  • IPLS, Queens University Belfast, 1997
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Northern Ireland, 1997

Professional activities

He is a member of the Law Society of Northern Ireland (1997) and sits on the Law Society Finance Committee. He is the current chairman of R3 (The Association of Business Recovery Professionals) for the Northern Ireland region.

Michael has professional I and II qualifications from the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He also writes extensively in the areas of corporate recovery and insolvency.

Michael Neill

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the leading solicitor in this area, combining a highly commercial stance with undoubted knowledge of the subject matter

(Legal 500 UK 2014)