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McCann FitzGerald

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Adam Finlay

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McCann FitzGerald

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Technology & Innovation, Intellectual Property, Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Commercial Contracts


Adam is a partner in the firm’s Technology & Innovation Group and advises on a wide range of information technology, intellectual property, data protection, freedom of information, confidentiality and sports law issues. He has particular expertise in relation to the protection and commercialisation of intellectual property, including drafting and negotiating assignment, licensing, collaboration, technology transfer, franchising, distribution, agency, sponsorship and naming rights agreements and advising on brand protection strategy, advertising and product placement. He is also a registered trade mark agent. On the technology side, Adam drafts and negotiates software licences, services agreements and outsourcing agreements and advises on legal issues in connection with transacting online and dealing with consumers. In the area of rights and obligations in relation to information, he regularly advises clients in the public and private sectors on data protection, freedom of information, access to information on the environment, open data and confidentiality matters.


Qualified 2007


Graduate of Trinity College Dublin LLB 2003


Information technology

Within: Information technology

McCann FitzGerald's team is 'top of its field' and has 'extremely high levels of subject-matter expertise', advising on a range of subjects including technology projects and contracts, IT outsourcing, data protection, cyber security and digital commerce. The 'superb' Paul Lavery, whose 'in-depth knowledge of his practice area and authoritative advice is invaluable', leads the practice. Adam Finlay advised the Courts Service on the courts' data protection regime. Consultant Annette Hogan and senior associate Douglas McMahon are other key team members.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

McCann FitzGerald is known for its strong patent and trade mark litigation and its ‘dedicated partners’, who are ‘capable of clear analysis, innovative thinking and reliable representation’. Practice head Fiona O’Beirne, ‘a practitioner of vast experience with extensive specialist knowledge in this area’, is acting for Gilead Sciences in three ongoing cases regarding its supplementary protection certificates for HIV medicine Truvada. Paul Lavery handles non-contentious matters, including advising on licensing provisions. Adam Finlay is noted for his ‘wealth of experience across the areas of intellectual property, technology and data-related issues’.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

The practice at McCann FitzGerald has 'strength in depth from junior solicitors to partners in the media field' and counts major domestic and international operators in publishing, broadcasting, TV and film, internet, and betting and gaming among its clients. Karyn Harty 'ably' leads the team; she specialises in media defence litigation, representing Channel 4 in proceedings brought by Ryanair over a Dispatches documentary and Guardian News & Media in relation to a claim brought by two Cork boat owners over an article on the Irish fishing industry. Adam Finlay is advising media and internet company IAC on a GDPR project. The 'experienced and efficient' Alan Heuston heads the newly formed betting and gaming group.

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