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Mason Hayes & Curran’s media client base includes Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) and Facebook. Recent transactions include advising 9 Story Media Group on the acquisition of Brown Bag Films. Richard Woulfe handles defamation cases and Philip Nolan focuses on privacy work.

Matheson’s entertainment practice is headed by Ruth Hunter, who regularly advises on film and television agreements, with one recent piece of work including assisting TM Productions with the production framework for Vikings, Season 5. Defamation specialist Michael Byrne has ‘a complete command of the legal issues’.

McCann FitzGerald’s Karyn Harty focuses on media defence work and is defending Guardian News and Media in a high-profile defamation case relating to alleged modern-day slavery in the Irish fishing industry. Paul Lavery advises social media clients such as Twitter on commercial and regulatory issues.

Philip Lee’s very strong practice handles film and television financing and productions, advising clients such as The Irish Film Board. Key players include Jonathan Kelly, whom one client calls ‘the outstanding lawyer in Ireland in film and television’, and Brian Gormley.

William Fry’s team includes practice head Ken Casey and Fiona Barry, who recently gave pre-publication defamation advice and have been defending clients such as Associated Newspapers against claims. The practice has a number of television broadcasting clients, including Sky and Wireless Group.

A&L Goodbody was busy on behalf of clients such as Google and YouTube, both of which John Cahir and Kenan Furlong have been advising regarding a Supreme Court appeal concerning questions of online liability and the availability of e-commerce defences. John Whelan is the main contact.

At Arthur Cox, litigator Gavin Woods handles defamation cases and advised Facebook on a notice and takedown with respect to an allegedly defamatory matter. Colin Kavanagh heads the practice, which is also active in areas such as film finance and copyright law.

Leading defamation practitioner’ Simon McAleese at Simon McAleese Solicitors is well known for defending publishers in high-profile cases.

Dillon Eustace regularly defends clients such as the Irish Times and MGN against defamation claims. Practice head John Doyle and David Kavanagh are the names to note.

Eugene F. Collins’ practice is led by Rachel Shanley, who has experience in defamation and privacy matters. The team also has expertise in advising on misleading advertising.

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