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Gerard was admitted as a Solicitor in 1996. He joined John McKee Solicitors in 2004 and became a Partner in the firm in 2008. Gerard's main area of expertise is in property law. He heads up the firm's Commercial Property Team and has represented developers, retail and commercial clients and institutional lenders in a wide range of transactions. Legal 500 has stated, "clients are keen to recommend the property practice of John McKee Solicitors for delivering a level of expertise that sets it apart from the larger firms in the region. Gerard Small leads an exceedingly knowledgeable team that provides advice on planning, site acquisition, development, construction contracts and landlord and tenant issues". Gerard also specialises in banking and insolvency matters. He regularly advices banks and other financial institutions in secured lending transactions and the enforcement of security. He now acts for insolvency practitioners in several administrations and administrative receiverships and for numerous fixed charge receivers. The focus of much of this work is the management and sale of distressed property assets.
Gerard is a member of the Northern Ireland Commercial Property Lawyers' Association and the Northern Ireland Company and Commercial Lawyers' Group.