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McCann FitzGerald’s very broad practice is headed by Eamonn O’Hanrahan, who has been busy advising the National Transport Authority on the opening of selected bus markets to competition. David Hurley handles maritime disputes and Georgina O’Riordan leads the ‘first-class’ aircraft finance practice.

Maritime law specialist Paul Gill leads the team at Dillon Eustace, which advises on the full range of cargo, hull and carriage of goods cases. Clients include Thomas Miller and Allianz.


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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At Kennedys, Hugh Kennedy is regarded by some as being ‘probably the foremost option in the marine market’. As well as shipping work, the team also acts for aircraft owners and recently represented a lessor in Commercial Court proceedings to remove a lien from an aircraft.

New boutique Noble Shipping Law is led by Helen Noble, who founded the firm following Campbell Johnston Clark’s closure in Dublin. Noble’s caseload includes acting for Standard P&I Club and Irish Ferries in relation to storm damage caused to MV Epsilon.

A&L Goodbody’s practice is led by aviation finance specialist Catherine Duffy, who acted for Morgan Stanley on Norwegian Air Shuttle’s Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificate. The team also handles shipping finance for clients such as Nordea Bank Norge.

Matheson’s practice head Chris Quinn has ‘great finance and aircraft leasing industry knowledge’. Recently promoted partner Rory McPhillips advised a fund manager on a securitisation backed by 54 aircraft.

David Maughan heads the practice at William Fry, which has ‘excellent knowledge’ of aircraft finance and also recently finalised International Airlines Group’s takeover of Aer Lingus.

Arthur Cox’s transport infrastructure work recently includes practice head Aaron Boyle advising the lenders on the M11 Gorey-Enniscorthy Motorway PPP. Kathleen Garrett handles aircraft finance.

Infrastructure specialist Rory Kirrane leads the team at Mason Hayes & Curran, which has expertise in aircraft finance and regulation. Niall Michel is representing the Commission for Aviation Regulation in litigation arising from the collapse of a travel trade company.

Aviation finance specialists Walkers advised Apollo Aviation on a ‘warehouse facility’ financing arrangement for the acquisition of 20 aircraft. Ken Rush heads the practice.

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