About Fidelma

Fidelma is a partner and heads our specialised Housing team. Fidelma has particular expertise in complex conveyancing and is an acknowledged market leader in the acquisition, development and management of social housing. Her practice includes all aspects of conveyancing and extends to the acquisition, structuring, financing, disposal and leasing of all types of property, including multi-unit developments, distressed and partially complete residential developments, shopping centres, retail parks and offices. She also advises on all aspects of landlord and tenant law. Fidelma works with local authorities, state agencies, Approved Housing Bodies, lending institutions, pension funds, sporting bodies, receivers, developers, institutional and private investors.

As a result of her extensive experience, Fidelma has a unique insight into the key legal, commercial and social issues around social housing provision and a deep understanding of the unique and complex challenges which arise in the sector. Fidelma has well-developed client relationship management and project management expertise and experience and regularly collaborates with our construction, banking and procurement teams to deliver bespoke advices particular to the social housing sector.

Relevant Experience

  • Respond on various acquisitions and development projects to deliver substantial numbers of social housing units. This work includes acquisition of units and mixed use developments (turn-key and stage payment), purchase of development sites, drafting and negotiating bespoke development agreements, purchase of assets for remediation and advising on all related property and construction matters as well as funding through the Housing Finance Agency.
  • Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency (Housing Agency) on the acquisition and sale of second-hand properties and family hubs units under its vacant housing purchase initiative, as well as bulk acquisitions of new housing schemes both in trust for local authorities and for onward sale to Approved Housing Bodies
  • Clúid Housing in relation to acquisitions of residential housing both individually and by development project including the recent acquisition of a 78-unit complex at Leeside, Cork City
  • North and East Housing Association in relation to the acquisition of numerous individual units and turn-key housing developments including 54 units at Rathmullen, Dundalk, County Louth
  • Fingal County Council on the acquisition of both second hand and new housing units including compliance with Part V agreements required under the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2019
  • National Asset Residential Property Services DAC (NARPS) Beauchamps, predominantly led by Fidelma, has been responsible for the delivery of legal services to NARPS in the implementation of its social housing initiative. This involved the acquisition of circa 2,000 residential units throughout Ireland through multi-unit purchases from NAMA debtors / receivers and the long term lease of units to Approved Housing Bodies funded by housing authorities
  • Ulster Bank DAC and Permanent TSB in relation to the Government’s Mortgage to Rent Scheme
  • Various major developers on the purchase of multiple green field sites and partially-built housing developments and on onward sale of residential and commercial units
  • IDA Ireland in relation to the property aspects of a number of ongoing and strategically important transactions including acquisition lands to facilitate strategic development of IDA Technology Parks and leasing of industrial units to international companies to ensure prudent portfolio management
Fidelma McManus brings an exceptional level of judgement and experience to bear on the client’s extensive portfolio of transactions.
Legal 500 2023
Fidelma McManus has been a constant supporter of the sector and her solution-based, collaborative approach to managing the challenges results in a great deal of time and as a result cost savings.
Legal 500 2023
Fidelma McManus is fantastic and always goes out of her way to make projects happen.
Chambers and Partners 2023
Fidelma McManus is our first point of contact. She always ensures that she or a member of her team are immediately on hand to offer advice and assistance. Fidelma has assisted in providing a clear understanding on all aspects of the matter in a very professional and courteous manner. As she has reviewed and advised on the national templates for leasing she has a specialist and unique knowledge of all aspects of the current leasing initiatives, and she understands the schemes from both the local authority and the proposer prospective. This has been instrumental in having satisfactory resolutions found on complex issues, thus ensuring that leases exchange in a timely fashion.
Legal 500 2022
Fidelma McManus has been a great support partner to us. Fidelma is always available to my team for legal advice and goes out of her way to work with us to find solutions to complex issues as they arise. Fidelma is a consummate professional who goes above and beyond to deliver the best possible service to us as her clients and ensures that we get the benefit of additional experience she gains.
Legal 500 2022
Fidelma McManus leads a strong team that works collaboratively to deliver social housing units in a timely manner.
Legal 500 2022
I have found the Beauchamps team as led by Fidelma McManus to be very efficient and customer focused. They understand our business model and also the pressures we face in navigating the legal aspects of our property delivery programme. Their knowledge of the social housing sector and our constraints and financing challenges makes them a very valuable delivery partner.
Legal 500 2021
Fidelma McManus is a very customer-focused leader. She goes above and beyond in her attempts to understand and meet her clients needs. She takes a huge interest in the social housing industry and her knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities is of great benefit to the sector. What I appreciate most about Fidelma is her accessibility. I know I can call her anytime for advice or her opinion and will get a straightforward, plain English, unbiased response. She cares deeply about the success of the sector and is passionate about getting the best results for us as a client. She is a phenomenally hard worker who goes above and beyond for her clients and I consider us lucky to have her working with us.
Legal 500 2021