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A&L Goodbody’s impressive financial services expertise is reflected in its public sector practice, and the firm regularly acts for clients such as the Department of Finance. Adrian Burke handled a number of matters for Permanent TSB, including a €400m equity placing. Managing partner Julian Yarr is the main contact.

Arthur Cox’s recent mandates include advising the Irish Forestry Board on several wind farm projects and assisting the Mental Health Commission with establishment of its Office of the Directorate. Healthcare litigator Joanelle O’Cleirigh heads the practice.

Healthcare and social care are areas of strength at ByrneWallace, where Sinéad Kearney has been representing the HSE and Tusla (Child and Family Agency) in numerous high-profile contentious matters. Employment specialist Michelle Ní Longáin heads the team and has ‘excellent civil service knowledge’.

Mason Hayes & Curran acts for a number of regulatory and professional complaints bodies. Practice head Edward Gleeson has been busy representing Garda Síochána (police) Ombudsman Commission in the High Court and in relation to the O’Higgins Commission of Investigation. Catherine Allen is recommended for ‘HSE service arrangements’. Niall Michel’s ‘breadth and depth of understanding of public law is astounding’.

McCann FitzGerald has ‘a strong understanding of the key legal requirements applying to major public sector organisations’. Recent work includes the team acting for Transport Infrastructure Ireland on various largescale construction projects and advising Insolvency Services of Ireland on reforms to the personal insolvency regime. Practice head Seán Barton is a public law specialist.

William Fry provides ‘exemplary’ service to public sector clients across a range of areas, including finance, utilities and education. Practice head Carol Plunkett handles regulatory disputes for clients such as the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg). Shane Kelleher has been advising on various financings. The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) is a key client.

Matheson’s clients include An Post and the Courts Service of Ireland. The team has been advising the Accountant of the Courts of Justice on payments from the Insurance Compensation Fund. Key figures include Helen Kelly and Michael Byrne.

Philip Lee has a strong contentious orientation to its public sector work, where clients include the HSE. Damien Young and Ann Henry acted for the Irish Data Protection Commissioner in a European Court of Justice case relating to the transfer of data from Europe to the US.

Beauchamps Solicitors’ has ‘excellent experience in regulation’, where it advises clients such as the Health Information and Quality Authority and the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority. ‘Industry stand-outEdward Evans heads the team.

Eversheds Sutherland’s team is led by litigator Norman Fitzgerald, who regularly represents the Financial Services Ombudsman in statutory appeals and judicial reviews. Other clients include the National Treasury Management Agency and the Office of Government Procurement.

McDowell Purcell has an arguably ‘unparalleled’ specialism in professional regulatory and disciplinary matters, where clients include the Medical Council. JP McDowell and Aideen Ryan are recommended.

Holmes O’Malley Sexton’s Limerick office acts for local public bodies such as the University of Limerick and also provides regulatory advice to the Private Security Authority. Practice head Harry Fehily delivers advice in an ‘efficient and perceptive way’.

At Ronan Daly Jermyn, Finola McCarthy is an expert in the waste sector and is advising Cork County Council on contracts concerning wastewater and water treatment plants. NAMA is also a client.

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