Brian O'Callaghan


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Brian O’Callaghan is co-Head in William Fry's Real Estate Department and the Partner responsible for leading our Cork Office. Brian specialises in retail and office leasing for landlords and tenants and investment acquisitions and disposals of real estate portfolios including apartment blocks, shopping centres, hotels and offices. 

Brian also advises on all aspects of contentious property with a particular focus on landlord and tenant issues including dilapidations, service charge disputes and possession cases. 

He has advised extensively in the retail and leisure sector and has over 18 years' experience in providing a broad spectrum of advice to retail clients and has advised multiple national and international clients on their expansion in the Irish market.  

Recent significant work includes advising:

  • Well known retail tenants such as Boots, Dealz (Poundland), Milano (Pizza Express),
  • Iceland, Card Factory and Krispy Kreme on their expansion in the Irish market.
  • On the acquisition by an institutional client of a 50% stake in Navan Shopping Centre.
  • On the acquisition of Castlewest Shopping Centre, Cork,
  • On the purchase of the five-star hotel Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare, Co Kerry. 

In addition to contributing a chapter to the Law Society of Ireland Landlord and Tenant Law manual, he is also a regular lecturer on the Law Society Professional Practice and Continuing Professional Development courses and other industry events.

According to Chambers Global 20201, Brian draws praise for his market knowledge and commercial approach. 

Interviewees in Legal 500 EMEA 2021 say "The Real Estate and Construction team worked as a great partnership led by the two partners Liam McCabe and Brian O’Callaghan. The Real Estate team did a great job protecting the client’s interests in developing leases."

According to Chambers Europe 2020, Brian O'Callaghan is praised by clients for being "very approachable and easy to work with." He is highlighted for his experience in leasing mandates, and is also knowledgeable in high-value transactions and redevelopment projects. 

One client notes that Brian is "a great Real Estate lawyer and has a very modern perspective on how a legal team should work. Works really well in a team environment, a very good negotiator." Legal 500 2020

Brian is praised for being "very engaging and collaborative. He always has the client's goals at the centre of what he is trying to do." Chambers Europe 2019

Market commentators describe Brian as "practical and solution-oriented," going on to explain: "He works with the other side to get the transaction done." Chambers Europe 2018

According to Chambers Europe 2017, clients value that he is "very straightforward to deal with." 



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