Andrew Kirke

Director

Andrew works with clients across a full range of commercial contract matters, with a particular focus on energy and technology law, and is qualified as a solicitor in NI, ROI and England & Wales.

He regularly advises clients on general commercial contracts such as supply or purchase, agency or distribution agreements, technology contracts such as website hosting or software licence agreements, and energy contracts such as power purchase and grid connection agreements. His other practice areas include data protection (in a post GDPR landscape) and betting and gaming legislation.

Andrew joined Tughans in 2013, having worked offshore as a corporate finance lawyer for a time. He recently finished a year-long secondment to SONI Ltd, the high voltage transmission system operator for Northern Ireland, as the sole in-house counsel, and has previously been seconded to Lagan Construction.

Andrew is a member of Mutual Energy and sits on the NI branch board of the Energy Institute (serving as Secretary and Chair of the YPN group). He is also involved in a number of start-up mentoring programmes across Northern Ireland.

Highlights

  • Assisting Randox Healthcare successfully negotiate and conclude a five-year sponsorship agreement in respect of the Grand National, the most valuable jump race in Europe, alongside a package of associated rights.
  • Working with SONI Ltd to secure a year long system support services contract with AES Kilroot Power Limited, keeping the plant at Kilroot available to the electricity system in Northern Ireland for a further year.
  • Working with the Chinese state owned utility company, CGN, to help it secure a portfolio of wind farms from Gaelectric Energy, in CGN’s first foray into the Irish utilities market.
  • Working with leading NI tech company B-Secur Limited on the full spectrum of its contract, technology and IP contracts, including assisting the company secure its IP portfolio for the benefit of a series of investment raises and expansion into China.