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Laura Fannin

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Hayes Solicitors

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Commercial and Business, Advertising and Marketing Law, Media Law, Data Protection, Competition


Partner in the Commercial & Business team at Hayes solicitors. Laura advises clients on a diverse range of commercial matters and regulatory requirements. She is an experienced adviser on terms and conditions of sale and purchase, IT issues, data protection, product liability, advertising and promotions, intellectual property and a wide range of commercial agreements. Laura has a broad client base across key commercial sectors including: retail, manufacturing, financial services, advertising & marketing, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), motor and food. In addition to her commercial advisory work, Laura practises extensively in commercial litigation & dispute resolution.


Law Society of Ireland
Dublin Solicitors Bar Association Commercial Committee
Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland


Bachelor in Business and Legal Studies, University College Dublin
Professional qualification as a solicitor (Professional and Advanced Course), Law Society of Ireland, 2008


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Ken Casey leads the practice at Hayes Solicitors, which counts domestic and international companies such as Unilever, Primark and Bank of Ireland among its clients. The team is particularly strong in the media, retail and advertising sectors, and also acts for several high-profile sports personalities and professional bodies. Managing partner and head of commercial David Phelan, Joe O’Malley and Laura Fannin are also key contacts.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The IP team at Hayes Solicitors is very active on the advisory side, particularly in the advertising sector, where Laura Fannin is advising various advertising agencies on the potential infringement of proposed advertisements and other marketing activities for well-known brands. Practice head David Phelan, who is also a registered trade mark agent, advises Primark on copyright, design and trade mark matters. Jeremy Erwin was promoted to partner in May 2018.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Managing partner David Phelan heads the practice at Hayes Solicitors, which advises on defamation, data protection, privacy and contempt law, broadcasting licensing and advertising. The Irish Times is a key client; the team provides the newspaper with pre-publication advice and handles defamation matters and complaints to the Press Council of Ireland. In relation to advertising, key clients include McVitie's, Nestlé and Pepsi. Joe O’Malley and Laura Fannin are the other key members of the team.

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