Caldwell & Robinson
10-12 Artillery Street,
Caldwell & Robinson have been providing legal advice on personal and commercial matters for nearly a hundred years. Most of our clients, whether commercial or personal, are individuals, and our approach is built around the primacy of their needs.
Our key strengths lie in the fields of family and child law, entrepreneurial business and commercial property law, as well as litigation, conveyancing and probate.
Our success has been built on the experiences of our Partners over many years in these areas combined with an international reach unrivalled in this region - from our offices within Derry’s historic walls, we are licensed to practice law in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and England & Wales, and have built up solid experience working on our clients’ behalf with agent lawyers in continental Europe (western, central and eastern) and the Far East.
HEAD OF CORPORATE-COMMERCIAL PRACTICE GROUP
The Corporate Commercial practice area of Caldwell & Robinson is headed by Philip Gilliland who in addition to his legal experience has over ten years of senior management experience in international manufacturing, sales and procurement.
A native of Derry, he read History at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Pennsylvania (where he was included on the prestigious Dean’s List for Academic Excellence), and subsequently studied Law at the College of Law in London and Chester.
Philip qualified as an English Solicitor in 1993 and worked for Clifford Chance in the City of London and in Brussels before moving back to Derry to work in a non-legal capacity for international clothing manufacturer Desmond & Sons Ltd for seven years, Marks & Spencer plc for three years (Sourcing Director Childrenswear) and then J. Sainsbury plc (General Manager Asia, based in Hong Kong), all of which gave him extensive commercial and senior management experience. He has been a partner at Caldwell & Robinson since 2004.
Philip advises on all aspects of corporate commercial law, from company sales, acquisitions and restructurings at home and in England, to commercial contracts and corporate arrangements in emerging markets, particularly China. He is a director of Avrio Advocati and was appointed president of the board in 2014.
Outside of work, Philip is President of Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and is a regular speaker on the subject of doing business in China and emerging markets. In February 2013 he was appointed a Director of the Northern Ireland Science Park.
INTERNATIONAL FAMILY LAWYER
Karen is a family lawyer who is tri-jurisdictionally qualified (Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and England and Wales) with extensive expertise on all of the issues which may arise on the breakdown of a relationship. She has specialist expertise in cases involving an international dimension, both public and private law. In 2011 she was invited to join the prestigious International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is regularly consulted by State agencies on registration of orders in other jurisdictions.
Karen is a native of Cahersiveen in County Kerry and was educated at the United World College (New Mexico USA), Birmingham University and The College of Law (Chester). She qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales in 1994 and worked for three years for Gouldens in the City of London and Brussels before moving to Northern Ireland in 1995 when she was admitted as a Solicitor in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
She has been a partner in Caldwell & Robinson since 1998. She is an accredited member of the Northern Ireland Children’s Panel, and is a member of the International Academy of Matrimonial Law, an organisation of leading global family lawyers. Karen is also a trained mediator. She is a member of the Family Law Committee of the Law Society of Northern Ireland. She has a Diploma in European Competition Law from King’s College London, a Diploma in State Aid from the University of Louvain in Belgium and is a qualified Advanced Advocate in Northern Ireland.
Karen is a regular speaker on family law matters and has spoken at prestigious conferences such as the Four Jurisdictions Family Law Conference and to the EU Policy Unit.