Úna O’Connor


Úna O'Connor is a consultant in Lavelle Solicitor’s Property and Construction Law Department. Úna has extensive experience in acting for commercial and residential property developers as well as all round commercial property expertise.

For the last 15 years, she has acted for a number of leading property developers. She has acted for various Lending Institutions advising on security for loans in commercial property transactions with an emphasis on security for lending to developers. Her clients include banks, investors, loan acquisition companies and developers, whom she has advised on the acquisition, funding, construction and sale of large scale residential and commercial developments, including tax based property schemes. She has particular expertise in negotiating occupational leases in commercial developments.

Úna has advised international loan acquisition companies on the bidding of loan portfolios, conducting the due diligence and subsequently assisting the client in the workout of the portfolio.

Relevant Professional Experience:

Úna’s experience includes the following:

  • Advising on planning and environmental law issues related to property development
  • Reviewing facility letters for development funding and advising lenders on security documents for development funding
  • Advising on construction contracts and related construction law agreements, including Letters of Appointment, Step-In-Agreements and Collateral Warranties
  • Drafting and negotiating high value commercial leases
  • Acting for developers in drafting and negotiating scheme documents for tax based property schemes (e.g., Multi Storey Car Parks, Hotel and Office Premises) and for residential, commercial and mixed use schemes
  • Advising both developers and Banks on Stamp Duty and other tax schemes
  • Drafting and negotiating option agreements contingent on rezoning, planning and related issues
  • Negotiating exclusivity agreements for restricted use in commercial developments

Education and Professional Memberships

  • Bachelor of Civil Law (UCD)
  • Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 1989
  • Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration (TCD)
  • Diploma in Management (IMI)
  • Member of the Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of the Society of Construction Lawyers