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A&L Goodbody’s team shows ‘decisive strength of character and expertise’. The practice is defending Motorola and Nokia against a €460m claim by Imagine Group relating to the provision of equipment for a Wi-Max network. Eileen Roberts has been handling property litigation for the Irish Stock Exchange and Enda Hurley is acting for ACC Loan Management in respect of Euribor and Libor. Liam Kennedy and David Baxter head the practice.

Arthur Cox’s team is ‘all over complex litigation and ensures that advice is clear and comprehensive’. David O’Donohoe is handling multi-jurisdictional patent litigation for Memjet Technologies and Keith Smith successfully defended Congo Airways against two Mareva injunctions to freeze assets. Gregory Glynn heads the practice, which also includes ‘the very experiencedConor McDonnell and the ‘completely reliableIsabel Foley.

Mason Hayes & Curran’s practice head Maurice Phelan, who has ‘a strong will to win’, has been representing SPV Osus in recovery proceedings against HSBC arising from the Madoff fraud. Although the team features particularly strongly in the financial services industry, it has also been active in significant IT and aviation cases. Other names to note are ‘well respected’ firm chair Emer Gilvarry and ‘charismatic’ managing partner Declan Black.

Matheson’s impressive practice includes ‘standout’ insurance litigator Sharon Daly and Bríd Munnelly, who is ‘a tactically excellent adviser in regulatory enforcement matters’. The team has handled some of Ireland’s most significant cases and Nicola Dunleavy is defending a client in a patent infringement and competition law case brought by Vodafone relating to broadband services provision. Tom Hayes heads the practice.

McCann FitzGerald is considered a ‘go-to firm in Ireland for cross-border litigation, asset tracing and recovery’, areas in which ‘impressive tacticianAudrey Byrne continued to be active for clients such as IBRC. Practice head Seán Barton, who provides ‘a high-quality service’, has been acting for Vodafone in regulatory proceedings, while product liability expert Roddy Bourke defended DePuy International against claims arising from faulty hip implants. Helen Kilroy is ‘a very strong litigator and mediator’.

William Fry has broad-ranging expertise, notably including retail, financial services, healthcare and media. Recent highlights include practice head Owen O’Sullivan successfully obtaining an injunction against RTÉ regarding publication of Denis O’Brien’s banking arrangements, and ‘very practical adviserGarrett Breen defending Egis Lagan Services and Lagan Construction Group Holdings in procurement litigation over the N20 road.

Cases are ‘researched very well’ at Beauchamps Solicitors, where the ‘dedicatedClaire Callanan has been acting for the Law Society in a landmark liability case against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau following the collapse of Setanta Insurance. Practice head Mark Heslin, Thomas O’Dwyer and professional negligence specialist Emma Keegan are also recommended.

ByrneWallace is probably best known in the healthcare and public sector space, where Sinéad Kearney represents clients such as the Health Service Executive (HSE). Practice head Jon Legorburu is acting for SCA Tissue France in a hygiene products patent infringement case against Catering Disposables.

DAC Beachcroft Dublin’s team is led by Lisa Broderick, who has particular expertise in disclosure and privilege issues. Gary Rice acts in regulatory and disciplinary cases for clients such as the Turf Club. The practice is also noted for its strong personal injury and medical negligence capability.

Dillon Eustace focuses on commercial, insurance and banking and financial services disputes, and is defending the Motor Insurers’ Bureau in the Supreme Court against a claim arising from the liquidation of Setanta Insurance. Key players include practice head Kieran Cowhey, insurance specialist Peter Bredin and John O’Riordan, who continues to act for investors in the ongoing Madoff litigation.

Eugene F. Collins is ‘particularly strong in large, complex commercial disputes’ and its caseload includes representing clients in injunctive proceedings brought by Denis O’Brien. Recently promoted partner Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin is ‘a natural litigator’, Terry Leggett is ‘an expert in insolvency’ and practice head Ronan O’Neill combines ‘problem-solving and client care’.

Eversheds Sutherland’s ‘professional and responsive team’ is led by the ‘practical and attentiveNorman Fitzgerald, who is acting for Persona Digital Telephony in the Supreme Court in a case that will determine the status of litigation funding in Ireland. Dermot McEvoy and Pamela O’Neill have been busy on real estate and regulatory enforcement mandates, respectively.

LK Shields Solicitors has experienced an uptick in disputes relating to IP and technology, shareholders and pensions. Practice head Michael Kavanagh is representing four members of the Retired Aviation Staff Association in pensions litigation with the government. The ‘superbly efficientJennifer Clarke and Edmund Butler are the other key figures.

Construction litigator Dudley Solan leads Maples and Calder’s team, which combines advocacy expertise with ‘strong, steady and thoughtful case management’. Conor Owens is defending Lagan Cement Group against a deceit claim relating to property damage caused by quarry materials. Regulatory specialist Brian Clarke is handling various judicial reviews.

Philip Lee has a strong public sector practice and recently earned panel appointments with the HSE and An Bord Pleanál. Practice head Damien Young and Ann Henry recently represented the Irish Data Protection Commissioner before the European Court of Justice in proceedings relating to the transfer of data from Europe to the US.

Hayes Solicitors has ‘particular expertise in the defence of pharmaceutical and/or product liability claims’. Key players include medical negligence specialist Mary Hough and Joseph O’Malley, who is defending Tony Kilduff in the Belfry Property Funds negligence case.

Founding partner Michael Lavelle at Lavelle Solicitors focuses on commercial disputes and successfully represented Tipperary Raceway in a Supreme Court appeal relating to the scope of an injunction. The firm is on the litigation panels of NAMA and AIB.

At McDowell Purcell, practice head Killian O’Reilly is ‘highly experienced in dealing with the cut and thrust of personal injury litigation’, and Mark Woodcock is ‘a great negotiator of insolvency disputes’. The team is particularly well regarded for its regulatory work.

Ronan Daly Jermyn has a strong professional indemnity practice, which recently added new clients such as HDI Global. The team is also well known in the media space, where it handles defamation cases for clients such as news publisher, the Irish Examiner. Darryl Broderick and Fergus Long head the practice.

First-class tacticianJohn Lynch heads the practice at Whitney Moore, which has notable expertise in aviation and motor industry litigation. Gerry Carroll handles regulatory work and Aoife Murphy focuses on IP disputes.

Holmes O’Malley Sexton’s ‘very strong team of litigators’ includes Harry Fehily, whose 2016 caseload included trade mark litigation and various judicial reviews. Practice head Robert Kennedy and Donal Creaton focus on defending insurance claims.

JW O’Donovan Solicitors’ team is led by Cormac O’Hanlon, who has ‘a wealth of experience’ and regularly acts for insurers in the defence of professional indemnity litigation. Other areas of work include property disputes and shareholder litigation.

At Kennedys, department head Michael Walshe has particular expertise in aviation disputes and commercial litigation with an insolvency angle. Insurance litigator Daniel Scanlon ‘identifies the key issues quickly’.

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