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A&L Goodbody has a strong technology client base that includes Stripe. John Cahir is representing Digital Europe, as an amicus curiae, in Commercial Court proceedings issued by the Data Protection Commissioner against Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems. Other key figures are practice head John Whelan and Mark Rasdale, who is ‘excellent at advising on commercial contracts’.

Arthur Cox’s practice acts for a number of international technology companies, thanks in part to the firm’s presence in Silicon Valley, as well as domestic public sector entities. Recent work includes advising CRH and AIG Ireland on data protection compliance mandates and acting for Musgrave in High Court proceedings arising from the implementation of an IT system in its retailers’ stores. Highly regarded practice head Rob Corbet, Colin Rooney and John Menton are all active.

At Mason Hayes & Curran, service is ‘especially high’ for data protection and privacy issues. Practice head Philip Nolan has ‘overwhelming experience acting for top tech-industry clients’; he and ‘utter standout’ Oisín Tobin are acting for Facebook Ireland in the proceedings brought by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner concerning the validity of standard contractual clauses. Outsourcing specialist Wendy Hederman is ‘solution focused’.

At Matheson, practice head Anne-Marie Bohan, who has particular expertise in outsourcing agreements, was active on a range of data protection and commercial contract mandates for clients such as Microsoft. The ‘technically strongChris Bollard was a new arrival from Arthur Cox. Andreas Carney joined Pinsent Masons LLP.

At McCann FitzGerald, practice head Paul Laveryunderstands the variety of issues posed by different IT vendors’; he and the ‘extremely knowledgeableAnnette Hogan are advising Ervia on the development of IT agreements as part of a significant procurement process. In the contentious space, the ‘technically excellentAdam Finlay acted for the US government as an amicus curiae in the Facebook Ireland data transfer case. Douglas McMahon is highly recommended.

William Fry’s ‘strong and vibrant team has strengths in outsourcing and IT services, as well as internet-related services and data protection law’. Practice head David Cullen, who ‘distils salient facts from complicated business scenarios’, is representing Microsoft in its challenge to a decision obtained by the US government requiring the disclosure of customer data held on the company’s Irish servers. Leo Moore, John O’Connor and John Farrell are all ‘practical and diligent’.

At Beauchamps, ‘excellent data protection lawyerMaureen Daly is active in sectors such as food and beverage, technology and communications, and pharmaceuticals. Daly advised the Charities Regulatory Authority on agreements with third-party service providers regarding ICT systems.

Eugene F. Collins’ team is led by managing partner David Hackett, whose practice covers privacy, data protection, service agreements, and front-end and back-end web arrangements. Senior associate Jane Farren is the other name to note.

Eversheds Sutherland handled a number of transactional mandates including advising E-Net on its bid for the national broadband project in Ireland. The team was also busy in the data protection and privacy space. Marie McGinley and Tony McGovern head the practice.

LK Shields Solicitors’ team was bolstered by the arrival of new practice head Peter Bolger and Jeanne Kelly from Mason Hayes & Curran. The duo advise leading technology and social media companies on technology, data privacy and cyber security. The practice is also noteworthy for its specialism in online gambling.

ByrneWallace’s expertise ranges from corporate transactional work in the IT sector to commercial contracts and data protection. Practice head Darren Daly and senior associate Brendan Gavin are key contacts.

Philip Lee’s team is led by Anne Bateman, who recently advised the Health Service Executive (HSE) on its procurement of a major financial ICT system from SAP.

At Ronan Daly Jermyn, Dublin-based Bryan McCarthy is ‘very strong on data protection’; he advised a number of corporates and financial institutions on data protection compliance. Corporate specialist Gillian Keating heads the team from Cork.

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