Rory leads our Real Estate team and advises on all aspects of commercial property, including general conveyancing law, acquisition and disposal of development land, real estate finance, commercial landlord and tenant law, portfolio and asset management, investment acquisitions and disposals, real estate due diligence, real estate aspects of company share and asset disposals and real estate aspects of corporate insolvency.

Rory qualified as a solicitor in 2005, having graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree. He subsequently obtained a Diploma in Commercial Conveyancing Law from the Law Society of Ireland. Rory is also a non-practising member of the Law Society of England and Wales. He joined Whitney Moore in 2014 as an associate, having spent nine years practising at another Dublin law firm. He became a partner in 2015.


Rory is consistently recommended by international legal journals such as The Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Europe. Quotes include:

‘Rory is recommended and described by clients as a wonderful lawyer who is able to provide thorough and practical legal advice.“‘
Chambers Europe 2019

‘Rory is recommended as a leading lawyer and noted for his advice to Five Guys Ireland on a high-profile letting at Dundrum Town Centre.’
The Legal 500 EMEA 2018

‘Clients enthuse that Rory is “an ideal real estate transactions lawyer with strong legal capabilities and a mastery of the details of a deal.”  Sources say that “he is easy to work with and very commercial.”
Chambers Europe 2018

‘Rory McDonald assists with conveyancing law, real estate finance and asset management.
Clients say he has “extensive knowledge and a very commercially-focused approach.”
McDonald also advises on commercial landlord and tenant law. He acted for CMP Investments on the €28m disposal of an apartment complex.’
Chambers Europe 2017

‘Recently promoted partner Rory McDonald is highlighted as “a very accomplished lawyer with expert knowledge in the area of real estate.” His practice covers all aspects of commercial property, including acquisition and disposal of land, financing and portfolio management and insolvency.’
Chambers Europe 2016