Blake O'Donnell

Partner - Real Estate

Blake O'Donnell

Blake O'Donnell

Partner - Real Estate

After graduating from University College Dublin with a first class honours degree in law, Blake O’Donnell trained and qualified at A&L Goodbody, one of Ireland’s top firms.

Since then, including working at another highly rated law firm in Ireland and at his own law firm before joining Spencer West, he has accumulated over 15 years’ experience working on real estate transactions, financings and restructurings with a cumulative value of over £1 billion in a number of jurisdictions, particularly the UK, USA, France, Sweden and Ireland. He is a specialist in real estate financings, restructurings and disposals particularly in contentious scenarios. He has also run litigation cases in the Superior Courts of England, the British Virgin Islands, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Ireland.

He understands real estate from a commercial as well as legal perspective. He has arranged financings, overseen construction, conducted sales processes and negotiated restructurings. He advises clients with complex property arrangements in need of strategic legal advice from someone who has actually done large real estate transactions and dealt with issues as a principal and not just as a lawyer. His clients include large real estate developers and high net worth individuals.

“It was refreshing to work with a lawyer who had very wide actual business experience and showed great perseverance and determination to get an effective job done.”

“His experience in commercial negotiation was invaluable.”

“Gave incisive advice on the legal and commercial realities of our case which allowed us to make cost effective decisions.”

“The person you want in your corner if you have to take on a multi-national.”

“He gives actual advice not hypothetical options.”


  • England & Wales


commercial real estate, real estate development, real estate financing


  • - MPhil (University of Cambridge)

    - Solicitor, BCL (UCD), LLM (U of Minn.)


- A&L Goodbody

Blake says...

I have worked on complex international commercial real estate transactions for over 10 years in some of the most difficult market conditions. I understand and appreciate the challenges and risks clients face in their business and am very focused on finding solutions often against the odds, against opposition with large resources.