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A&L Goodbody’s broad practice group pools corporate, dispute, regulatory and IP expertise. Healthcare specialist Cliona Christle is acting for the State Claims Agency to defend High Court proceedings arising from the historic surgical practice of symphysiotomy. David Widger, co-head of the practice alongside Christle, has been busy with transactional work for UDG.

At Arthur Cox, ‘excellent disputes practitionerIsabel Foley is handling various product liability cases, while life sciences expert Colin Kavanagh advised Grünenthal on the regulatory aspects of a medicinal product launch. Other clients include the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Mental Health Commission.

Colin Sainsbury leads on life sciences matters at ByrneWallace and has ‘deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector, in particular international licensing agreements’. Sainsbury recently advised Amryt Pharma on the reverse takeover of Fastnet Equity. The ‘effectiveSinéad Kearney litigates healthcare cases for clients such as Tusla (the Child and Family Agency).

Mason Hayes & Curran’s sizeable healthcare practice is led by John Gleeson, who defended the State Claims Agency in a number of high-value medical negligence cases. Corporate partner Martin Kelleher leads on life sciences mandates, where the team advised McKesson on its acquisition of the pharmaceutical distribution business of UDG Healthcare.

Matheson’s healthcare team includes Tom Hayes and Rebecca Ryan, who handle major investigations and medical malpractice claims for various leading professional indemnity bodies. Michael Finn has been advising Raptor Pharmaceuticals on the IPHA Code and the IMDA Code, codes of practice that deal with healthcare advertising and ethics. Corporate transactional partner Robert O’Shea is another name to note.

William Fry’s team includes IP litigator Laura Scott, who handles patent disputes for clients such as Boehringer Ingelheim. Other life sciences work included David Carthy advising EirGen Pharma on selling the business to OPKO Health. Fiona Barry and Sinead Keavey focus on defending clients against high-value medical negligence claims.

At Eversheds Sutherland, Aisling Gannon routinely advises public and private healthcare service providers on contentious and non-contentious matters. Tony McGovern recently advised Venn Life Sciences Holdings on the acquisition of Kinesis Pharma.

Hayes Solicitors’ substantial healthcare practice is now led by Mary Hough, replacing Ciarán O’Rorke, who remains a key figure in the practice. Notable expertise includes regulatory advice and the handling of medical negligence cases for the State Claims Agency.

McCann FitzGerald’s strong roster of pharmaceuticals industry clients includes GlaxoSmithKline, for which Roddy Bourke has been defending against product liability claims, as well as handling an investigation into vaccines trialled in Irish children’s homes. Adam Finlay advises on life sciences IP.

Ronan Daly Jermyn has expertise in defending hospitals against negligence claims and also advises life sciences companies such as CelgenTek on corporate and IP matters. Galway-based Padraic Brennan and Cork-based Fergal Dennehy are key contacts.

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