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McCann FitzGerald stands out for its ‘depth of insight and knowledge in the public transport area’, where clients include the National Transport Authority and Transport Infrastructure Ireland. Practice head Eamonn O’Hanrahan is advising the Road Safety Authority on a variety of matters including compliance with EU directives. The practice is also noted for its aircraft finance expertise, with Georgina O’Riordan regularly handling ‘the larger deals in the market’. David Hurley and Colm Fanning are the main contacts for shipping and rail respectively.

A&L Goodbody has ‘a strong understanding of the aircraft leasing sector’, with

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Noble Shipping Law

Noble Shipping Law was established on 1 May 2016 by Helen Noble, who has over 22 years’ experience in specialising in all areas of maritime and transport law. Noble Shipping Law is Ireland’s only law firm specialising exclusively in shipping and transport law providing a complete contentious and non-contentious advisory service to its clients. The client base (since initially established in Ireland in 2004 in Ireland) has grown in size year on year and the practice currently employs two full time lawyers and will recruit further in 2017.

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Catherine Duffy and Séamus Ó Cróinín ‘excellent’ in this space. Marie O’Brien acted for Sichuan Development Holding on its joint venture purchase of a seed portfolio of four aircraft. The practice is also well known for acting for operators of ports such as the Port of Cork, and on the competition aspects of shipping arrangements; Vincent Power is the main contact in this regard.

At Kennedys, Hugh Kennedy is ‘a leader in the legal marine market’; his caseload includes ship arrest, disputes concerning contractual terms and shipping regimes and protection of legal privilege; Kennedy recently represented d’Amico International Shipping in the first successful recorded appeal against a Port State Control detention in Ireland. The team also has a presence in the aircraft sector, where it handles insurance-related claims and leasing. Michael Walshe is the other name to note.

At shipping and transport offering Noble Shipping Law, dual-qualified (UK/Ireland) practitioner Helen Noble has ‘good commercial acumen’ and has handled a number of personal injury claims, including representing Standard P&I Club in an investigation following a fatality that occurred on a P&O Ferries vessel. Other mandates took in shipbuilding, ship arrest, cargo damage and advising on pilotage and light issues.

Arthur Cox’s strength in the infrastructure sector ensures that the team has considerable understanding of a variety of transport-related laws and regulations; practice head Aaron Boyle is praised for his ‘depth of knowledge of motorway maintenance contracts’. The team is also handles asset financing matters, with Caroline Devlin assisting China Merchants Bank Financial Leasing with numerous sale and leaseback transactions, and Kathleen Garrett active on ship finance work.

Dillon Eustace’s team is led by maritime specialist Paul Gill, who has particular expertise in wrongful arrests. Gill acts mainly for shipowners and insurance companies against commercial threats and class-actions.

At Mason Hayes & Curran, the ‘decisive’ Shane Dolan handles maritime work including transport of goods disputes, and the sale and purchase of vessels. Dolan also advises clients such as Hines on infrastructure-related transport regulations. Daniel Kiely specialises in export credit aircraft financing transactions.

Matheson assists with all aspects of the leasing and financing of aircraft, aircraft engines, rolling stock, and ships. In one highlight, the team advised Castlelake on the acquisition of a fleet of 52 aircraft and one aircraft engine following the issuance of notes. Key figures include practice head Chris Quinn, Rory McPhillips and

consummate professionalStuart Kennedy, who recently made partner.

Walkers is well known in the market for its asset finance expertise, with practice head Ken Rusha leading light in the aviation industry’. Rush acted for Alafco Aviation on the sale of a portfolio of aircraft to Amedeo and the placing on lease of the aircraft simultaneously with delivery.

At William Fry, David Maughan and newly promoted partner Mary Ward handle a high volume of aircraft financings and leasings; the team advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank on the financing of a portfolio of aircraft for Aviation Leasing Group.

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