Paul McBride

  • Paul McBride
  • +44 28 9089 4531
  • Arthur Cox, Victoria House, Gloucester Street, Belfast BT1 4LS, Northern Ireland


Paul McBride joined Arthur Cox as a Corporate Partner in 2017. He is a former Partner and Head of Office for a top-100 international law firm.

Paul has advised in numerous significant mergers and acquisitions, management buy-outs, venture capital investments and project financings in Northern Ireland. Paul is named as a leading lawyer for corporate/mergers and acquisitions by ‘Chambers UK’, ‘Chambers Europe Guide to the Legal Profession’, and Legal 500. ‘Chambers’ comments that ‘Paul always provides clarity in any legal discussion and is “a super negotiator”’.


  • Ladbrokes Plc – Paul advised Ladbrokes Plc on its entry into the NI bookmakers market by the acquisition of North West Bookmakers and Eastwoods.
  • Terra Firma – Paul led the team of lawyers advising on the sale by Terra Firma of Phoenix Natural Gas to Hastings’ managed fund Utilities Trust of Australia (“UTA”) and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Pension Fund.
  • W&R Barnett – Paul led the team of lawyers advising one of the North’s oldest family businesses, W&R Barnett on the £67 million acquisition of Tate & Lyle’s former molasses business.
  • Aventas Group – Paul advised Aventas Group on the disposal of several businesses across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe worth in excess of £300 million.
  • Liberty Insurance – Paul advised Liberty Insurance on its entry onto the NI insurance market by the acquisition of Hughes Insurance.
  • Phoenix Gas – Paul advised Phoenix Gas on the unbundling and sale of the NI gas transmission and supply systems.
  • I-Squared Capital – Paul advised I-Squared on the acquisition of Viridian Group.
  • Shrader Electronics – Paul advised Shrader Electronics in relation to a range of pan-European commercial matters.
  • Ulster Carpets – Paul advised Ulster Carpets in relation to various corporate and commercial matters including the acquisition of Roger Oates and Griffith Textiles.
  • Allstate Insurance – Paul advised Allstate Insurance on its establishment in Northern Ireland and an ongoing range of commercial matters.
  • Phillips Digital – Paul was an advisor to Phillips Digital on its acquisition of Belfast-based Path XL
  • Kx Systems – Paul led the team of lawyers advising Kx Systems, a Californian software company, on its sale to First Derivatives.
LLB (Hons), Queens University, Belfast LLM, Cambridge University
Admitted as a Solicitor in Northern Ireland