Michael handles a wide range of property transactions, including the acquisition and sale of sites, offices and industrial units, the lease of office and retail units, joint investment agreements and joint ventures (incorporated and unincorporated), property-based commercial lending and the property aspects of corporate transactions. Michael acts for public bodies, institutional clients, private companies and banks, as well as high net worth individuals. Michael is also a member of our Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring team and focuses on property elements of receiverships, examinerships and liquidations.

Michael qualified as a solicitor in 1991, having studied law at University College Dublin. He became a partner in our Real Estate team in 2000. Michael appears in international legal directories and is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers Europe and The Legal 500 EMEA.


Michael is consistently recommended by international legal journals such as The Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Europe and has been since 2007. Quotes include:

‘Michael is noted for demonstrating particular strength in the social housing space and praised by clients for being ‘always present and quick to reply’.
The Legal 500 EMEA 2019

‘Michael is recommended and noted in particular for his public sector work.’
The Legal 500 EMEA 2018

‘Michael Carney advises clients on acquisitions and disposals, in addition to office leasing and property-based lending. Clients report that Carney is “very precise, knowledgeable and detailed.” He represents public bodies and financial institutions. He assisted a number of Irish banks with title reviews and property disposals.’
Chambers Europe 2017

‘Michael Carney has a wide-ranging property practice, notably acting for public bodies, institutional clients, private companies and banks on real estate transactions. Described as “solid, responsive and practical”.’
Chambers Europe 2016