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A&L Goodbody’s ‘extensive’ team provides ‘an exceptional level of service’ to blue-chip clients such as Volkswagen and Nokia. ‘Very focusedEnda Hurley and associate Tom Casey successfully acted for Permanent TSB Group Holdings in defeating a series of court challenges to the bank’s restructuring plan, and the ‘invaluableEoin MacNeill is representing Carlo Tassara Assets Management in its Commercial Court claim against ÉireComposites and others arising from an alleged forced sale of shares. Other key figures are Liam Kennedy and David Baxter, who head the practice, and Eileen Roberts.

Industry knowledge is second to none’ at Arthur Cox, where the team focuses on complex, high-value High Court cases. Practice head Andrew Lenny is defending Volvo and Renault Trucks in 48 sets of proceedings arising from alleged truck pricing fixing, and Richard Willis is acting for Bosal Nederland in a contentious shareholder dispute with its former CEO. The sizeable team also includes ‘superb tacticianIsabel Foley, David O’Donohoe, who was active in the civil fraud space, Conor McDonnell, and newly made-up partner Michael Twomey.

Dispute resolution is a key practice area for Mason Hayes & Curran with managing partner Declan Black and chairperson Emer Gilvarry members of the team. Practice head Maurice Phelan, who ‘provides optimum solutions’, is acting for SPV Osus in a claim arising from the collapse of the Madoff Ponzi scheme, and Richard Woulfe is representing Facebook Ireland in a High Court action brought by the Data Protection Commissioner regarding the validity of standard contractual clauses. Tanya Colbert is ‘thoughtful and strategic’ and Jane Pilkington is ‘extraordinarily thorough’.

Matheson is a popular choice for ‘more complicated cases’, with the ‘first-class’ team regularly instructed on cross-border work for international financial institutions and technology providers. ‘Original thinkerNicola Dunleavy successfully acted for Avobone in the enforcement of an arbitral award issued by the ICC International Court of Arbitration against members of the San Leon Energy Group, and ‘excellent negotiatorSharon Daly is defending a leading financial institution in multiple claims arising from the Madoff Ponzi scheme fraud. Practice head Tom Hayes and regulatory specialist Carina Lawlor are additional contacts.

McCann FitzGerald’s ‘reliable and efficient’ team is a strong choice for cases with a public sector element; practice head Seán Barton is acting for the Government of the US as amicus curiae in proceedings brought by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner against Maximilian Schrems and Facebook Ireland. Active private sector clients include DePuy International and Vodafone Group. Other key figures are ‘astute commercial lawyerHelen Kilroy; patent litigator Roddy Bourke; and ‘strong and experienced litigatorsAudrey Byrne and Karyn Harty.

William Fry’s expertise in commercial disputes was once again in evidence with the ‘knowledgeable and insightfulLisa Carty defending Davy in a number of actions pertaining to the sale of investment products, and Fergus Doorly representing Danbywiske, Ronald Wilson and the Wilson Limited Partnership 1 in proceedings relating to shareholder oppression and option agreement enforcement. Other names to note in the team are practice head Owen O’Sullivan, who is ‘an excellent legal thinker’, multijurisdictional disputes specialist Garrett Breen, and ‘excellent IP litigation strategistCarol Plunkett.

Beauchampsprovides comprehensive and expert service’ across a range of sectors including financial services, healthcare, and insurance. In 2016, the ‘totally committedThomas O’Dwyer was particularly active and represented Motion Picture Association in Commercial Court proceedings against nine internet services providers relating to illegal streaming. Other key figures are practice head Mark Heslin, the ‘practical and robustClaire Callanan and insolvency specialist Barry Cahir, who joined from William Fry.

Although ByrneWallace is probably best known for its employment expertise it also excels in areas such as commercial litigation and healthcare. In one standout matter ‘strong litigator’ and practice head Jon Legorburu is acting for ACC Loan Management and Ulster Bank Ireland in contentious matters arising from a nationwide review of tracker mortgages. Sinéad Kearney leads on healthcare litigation. The ‘very well-informedValerie Hourigan and Sean O’Donnell made partner.

At DAC Beachcroft Dublin, practice head Lisa Broderick is ‘a confident decision taker’ whose recent work encompassed representing AIB in contentious matters arising from a nationwide review of tracker mortgages. Another name to note is regulatory and disciplinary specialist Gary Rice, who provides ‘realistic advice’ to the likes of The Turf Club. The firm handles a high volume of insurance-backed litigation, with James Colville recommended for his ‘strong industry knowledge’.

Dillon Eustace is ‘an obvious choice for insurance-related defence work’ and in one standout matter practice head Kieran Cowhey and John O’Riordan (both ‘very strong technically’) successfully acted for the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland in a case to determine liability for losses following the collapse of Setanta Insurance Company. John O’Riordan, John Doyle and the ‘authoritative’ Peter Bredin were all active in significant commercial disputes arising from fraud and unpaid guarantees.

Eugene F. Collins provides ‘a focused and balanced assessment’ across specialisms that include professional negligence, media and financial services disputes. Maura Connolly and the ‘determined and analyticalCaoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin are acting for the liquidators of an insolvent Cayman Island hedge fund in a Commercial Court claim for negligence and breach of contract against BNY Mellon. Other names to note are ‘intelligent and insightful’ practice head Ronan O’Neill, ‘smooth operatorDavid Cantrell, ‘great strategic thinkerTerry Leggett, and the ‘very capableRachel Shanley.

Eversheds Sutherlandparticularly impresses in the areas of commercial acumen and appropriateness of advice’, and the practice is also noted for its ‘very strong’ insurance aspect, with ‘second to none’ healthcare specialist Aisling Gannon and Jim Trueick the names to note in this regard. Practice head Norman Fitzgerald, who is ‘calm under pressure’, is acting for 3V Benelux in a claim concerning the wrongful termination of a services agreement. Pamela O’Neill leads on regulatory work. Stephen Barry made partner.

LK Shields Solicitors’ team has ‘a high level of negotiating skills and industry knowledge’ across a range of areas including pensions, advertising and IP. Practice head Michael Kavanagh, who is ‘a strong advocate’, and the ‘diligent’ Amy Bradley are representing 729 pensioners in a claim against the state arising from reductions to the Retired Aviation Staff Association members’ pension. Other names to note are the ‘extremely effectiveJennifer Clarke, consultant Edmund Butler, and newly made-up partner Ciara O’Kennedy.

Maples and Calder has particular expertise in the construction, financial services and insurance sectors; in one standout matter ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ practice head Dudley Solan and Enda O’Keeffe are acting for Quinn Insurance in its €1bn professional negligence action against PwC. The practice is also recommended for its insolvency work with Robin McDonnellexcelling in finding commercial solutions to difficult issues’. Brian Clarke and Peter Lennon are additional contacts.

Philip Lee provides ‘well-prepared and to the point’ advice and in one highlight practice head Damien Young acted for the Data Protection Commissioner in proceedings against Maximilian Schrems and Facebook Ireland relating to the validity of standard contractual clauses as a method of transfer of personal data to the USA. Anne Bateman is ‘excellent for contentious patent matters’, and Rachel Minch is recommended for statutory appeals litigation. Ann Henry joined Pinsent Masons LLP in 2018.

At ‘leading medical malpractice firmHayes Solicitors, the ‘widely respectedMary Hough defends a high volume of personal injury claims for the Medical Protection Society and the State Claims Agency. Joseph O’Malley leads on commercial disputes and ‘deals with contentious issues in a proactive and lateral way’.

Ronan Daly Jermyn excels in the insurance space where it is arguably ‘one of the best pound-for-pound defence firms’. The practice also handles a range of commercial disputes and is acting for O’Learys Lissarda Motor Dealership in litigation against Volkswagen Group Ireland relating to invalidly terminated dealership contracts. Cork-based Darryl Broderick heads the practice.

Whitney Moore has ‘a practical and commercial approach’ across a varied caseload that includes employment, regulatory, IP and insurance defence work. Practice head John Lynch is ‘a first-class tactical thinker’, and aviation specialist Gerry Carroll is ‘an excellent communicator’.

Holmes O'Malley Sexton is well known in the insurance defence sector, where practice head Robert Kennedy and Harry Fehily provide ‘an excellent turnaround service’. Fehily was also active in a number of defamation claims. Donal Creaton has ‘excellent knowledge of the courts process’. All named partners are based in Limerick.

At Cork-based JW O'Donovan Solicitors, ‘very knowledgeable and trustworthy’ practice head Cormac O’Hanlon handles a range of insurance and commercial cases for clients such as Aviva and Boston Scientific. David Pearson is the other name to note.

Kennedys’ practice is led by the well-regarded Michael Walshe, whose expertise takes in insolvency disputes and breaches of regulations by credit unions. Insurance specialist Daniel Scanlon is recommended for contentious procurement issues.

Lavelle Solicitors’ ‘first-class’ team is led by Ciarán Leavy, who attracts praise for his ‘technical knowledge and interpersonal skills’. Managing partner Michael Lavelle has expertise in insolvency cases. AIB and NAMA are clients.

McDowell Purcell has ‘an in-depth knowledge of litigation procedures’ and the practice is active in its key areas of personal injury and insolvency. Practice head Killian O’Reilly is ‘very experienced’, and Mark Woodcock and Susie Higgins ‘adopt a hands-on approach’.

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  • The Companies (Amendment) Act 2009

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  • Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Ireland

    The enforcement of judgments between the EU member states is regulated by the Brussels I Regulation (44/2001, OJL 12/1, 16 January 2001) (“the Regulation”). On the 22nd December 2000, the European Council agreed the Regulation to replace the Brussels Convention on Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgments 1968 (“the Brussels Convention”). The purpose of the Regulation was to bring the law contained in the Brussels Convention into the main body of EC Law. The Regulation was implemented in Ireland by Statutory Instrument 52 of 2002, European Communities (Civil and Commercial Judgments) Regulations 2002, which came into force on the 1st March 2002.
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