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Hayes solicitors provides a comprehensive range of legal services to corporate, public and private clients in Ireland and internationally, especially in the UK. The firm enjoys a strong reputation for long-standing advisory relationships, handling complex mandates, providing strategic advice and representing clients in high value litigation.

Areas of practice

The firm’s commercial and business team advises a high quality, diverse client base including public and private corporations, multinationals, banks and financial institutions, private equity investors, partnerships, charities, start-ups and small traders. Hayes provides a full range of corporate and commercial legal services, from company formation and regulatory advice, to M&A support, IP, outsourcing arrangements and a wide range of day-to-day corporate law advisory matters.

Hayes has a strong and growing reputation in litigation and dispute resolution and represents clients in commercial disputes of all kinds. The team includes specialists across the firm covering commercial and business, defamation and media, employment, and medical law. The firm is especially active in commercial and high court insolvency/receivership, property, medical and professional negligence cases. Hayes has a number of trained mediators.

The Hayes employment law team advises and represents employers and employees, companies, trade unions and staff/management associations on the full range of workplace issues. The firm is recognised as a leading adviser on TUPE regulations and works extensively on company restructuring, re-organisations and issues arising from the transfer and outsourcing of businesses and staff. Hayes represents clients in leading cases before the Irish employment law forums and courts at all levels.

The firm’s property team offers a wide range of services including sales and purchases and leases of commercial property. Clients include international and national retailers, large multinationals, property developers, semi-state bodies, charities, banks and other financial institutions, and receivers. Advice covers all aspects of property transactions and projects, including M&A and distressed property scenarios.

The Hayes banking and financial services team advises on corporate borrowing facilities, acquisition finance transactions, working capital facilities, property finance, syndicated lending, corporate restructuring and workout arrangements, consumer credit and retail banking, and asset-based secured lending. The firm represents leading financial institutions, including the pillar banks, private equity investors, loan asset servicing managers, statutory bodies and insolvency practitioners.

The firm has one of the largest and most experienced multidisciplinary healthcare practice in Ireland, specialising in managing clinical negligence claims, inquests, Medical and Dental Council complaints and disciplinary hearings, tribunal hearings, medico-legal and ethical issues, and contractual/employment matters. Hayes acts for leading indemnifiers the Medical Protection Society, Dental Protection Limited and the Veterinary Defence Society. Hayes also acts for the State Claims Agency, defending high value and complex claims against hospitals and representing the interests of clinicians and nurses.

The firm’s insolvency and restructuring team offers an integrated service with expertise from banking, litigation, commercial and property.

Hayes has one of Ireland’s leading practices in media, defamation, privacy, reputation management and contempt law. The firm advises and represents The Irish Times in print and digital formats, and provides pre-publication advice to book publishers, TV and film makers and advertisers.

The Hayes team provides specialised advice on data protection queries, including obligations under the GDPR, drafting, reviewing and updating data protection notices, privacy and policies, consent forms, agreements and addressing data protection concerns in outsourcing and commercial transactions.

The firm has a strong regulatory and administrative law practice, advising statutory bodies on their duties as well as representing members in professional inquiries and disciplinary hearings.

Hayes has one of the most experienced and widely respected family law practices in Ireland.

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  • David Phelan (managing partner)

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