Data privacy and data protection in Ireland

Maples Group

A&L Goodbody LLP

Led by John Whelan, A&L Goodbody LLP acts for leading Irish companies and multinationals, with a particular focus on the technology sector. The team advises clients on data protection and GDPR compliance, data sharing agreements, and also assists with responding to inquiries from the Data Protection Commissioner. John Cahir is another key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

John Whelan

Other key lawyers:

John Cahir

Key clients

Digital Europe

Enterprise Ireland

Symantec Ltd

Liberty Insurance DAC

Heineken Ireland

PicMonkey International

TransferMate

Aptiv

Ding

Work highlights

  • Acting for Digital Europe, as an amicus party, in proceedings in the Irish Commercial Court which have been referenced to the CJEU by the Irish High Court concerning the validity of the European Commission standard contractual clauses. Acted for Digital Europe as intervener before the CJEU.
  • Advising Enterprise Ireland on all aspects of its GDPR compliance project including data protection notices, data processing agreements, data sharing agreements with other public authorities, internal policies and procedures, data transfers agreements, data minimisation principles, GDPR training, the role of its data protection officer and data retention.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox advises a range of technology companies, financial institutions, and state bodies on data protection and privacy work. The team's recent work includes assisting with compliance with GDPR and other regulations, as well as advising companies entering the Irish market on data protection work. The practice also handles the data protection aspects of corporate and commercial transactions, including mergers and IT services contracts. Rob Corbet is known for his work in the technology sector, and alongside Colin Rooney and Olivia Mullooly also advise clients on data breaches.

Practice head(s):

Rob Corbet; Colin Rooney; Olivia Mullooly

Key clients

CRH

Musgrave

Paddy Power Betfair plc now Flutter Entertainment plc

Intel

Genomics Medicine Ireland

Egis Road and Tunnel

Indeed

Viridian Group

Trinity College Dublin

Openmind Networks Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the NTMA on data protection matters arising for NTMA, the State Claims Agency, the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) and the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI).
  • Advised the European Commission on the SWIPO Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) Codes of Conduct pursuant to Article 6 of the Free Flow of Non Personal Data Regulation (EU2018/1807).
  • Advised Flutter Entertainment plc an Irish-incorporated and dual Irish/UK listed company on its recommended all-share combination with The Stars Group Inc. to create a global leader in sports betting and gaming which was announced on 2 October 2019.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP stands out for its work representing prominent clients in high-profile Data Protection Commission inquiries. The team is handling several of the first inquiries related to GDPR regulations, and acts for clients before the Irish High Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. In addition to acting in contentious matters, the team also advises clients on non-contentious issues, including the launch of new products in Ireland. The practice is led by Philip Nolan, who alongside Robert McDonagh advises multinational technology companies on European regulatory matters. Oisín Tobin recently returned to Dublin from the firm's San Francisco office and handles both investigations and non-contentious matters. Jevan Neilan was promoted to partner in May 2020. John Farrell is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Philip Nolan

Other key lawyers:

Robert McDonagh; Oisín Tobin; John Farrell; Brian Johnston; Jevan Neilan

Key clients

Facebook

LinkedIn

Adobe

Verizon/Oath/Yahoo

WhatsApp

Etsy Ireland

Slack Technologies Limited

FitBit

Airbnb Ireland

Twitter

Work highlights

  • Acting for Facebook in Irish High Court proceedings brought by the then Irish Data Protection Commissioner.
  • Advising WhatsApp on the DPC’s statutory inquiry into WhatsApp’s transparency around its use of user and non-user data and its relationship with Facebook.
  • Advising Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp on the high-profile statutory inquiries opened by the DPC following the complaint made by ‘None of Your Business’ (NOYB), the not-for-profit run by Max Schrems.

Matheson

Led by Anne-Marie Bohan, Matheson handles data privacy and data protection matters including outsourcing, GDPR compliance and data transfers. Chris Bollard is a 'standout partner' who works across the firm's San Francisco and Dublin offices. Deirdre Kilroy is another key partner in the team.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Marie Bohan

Other key lawyers:

Chris Bollard; Deirdre Kilroy

Testimonials

‘The collaborative and practical nature of the advice provided is very impressive.’

‘Michael Byrne and Aoiffe Moran are strong.’

‘Matheson’s data privacy team is top notch. Our legal department has instructed on a whole range of data protection issues: data sharing agreements, DSARs, DPIAs and security breaches. Chris’ team is reliable, responsive and technically strong.’

‘Chris Bollard is a standout partner: he is responsive and technically very strong. He is also a robust negotiator with impressive communication skills. ’

‘I value my firm’s relationship with Matheson very highly. Chris Bollard leads an enthusiastic young team, who are incredibly keen not just to provide advice, but also to learn about our business. The Matheson team is certainly up there with some of the best teams in Ireland that I’ve worked with. Mathesons’ willingness to get underneath the bonnet and really understand the business is a huge asset. Our business is complex but I always have confidence that Chris and the team will really look into the technical details that surround the legal issues in order to inform their analysis. ’

‘The stand out for me is Chris Bollard. He is a trusted adviser and a great ally. Chris has a genuine interest in our business and has tackled many complex issues for me. Because he makes a real effort to understand not just the legal issues, but also the business dynamics, he is able to craft advice is a way that is most optimal for me to understand, implement, or escalate, as the need arises. I see Chris not just as a business adviser, but a true partner to our business.’

‘They get our business and know the real pain points for in-house counsel in today’s market. There is no guff, just to-the-point advice.’

‘Chris Bollard is a top notch adviser. Very much our go to for all matters data protection. He understands the market, the regulatory landscape and our business. He has a great team around him and we always feel very comfortable with his advice.’

Key clients

Facebook

WhatsApp

Segment

Irish Distillers

Microsoft

Football Association of Ireland

Horizon Therapeutics

Western Union

Work highlights

  • Advising Facebook on European data protection matters.
  • Assisting the WhatsApp legal team in Dublin with a range of matters relating to data protection.
  • Advise Horizon Therapeutics on its European data protection obligations.

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald advises clients from a range of sectors, including state bodies, on data protection and advisory matters. The team is active in assisting clients with ensuring that new products, commercial agreements, and corporate transactions comply with Irish and European data regulations. The practice also collaborates with other international law firms to advise on the Irish aspects of cross-border matters. Practice head Paul Lavery frequently handles GDPR matters, and is praised for his experience dealing with regulators. Adam Finlay 'always has practical solutions on how to broach an issue', and advises technology companies and financial institutions. Doug McMahon is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lavery

Other key lawyers:

Adam Finlay; Doug McMahon

Testimonials

‘Paul Lavery and Doug McMahon are exceptional communicators, very relatable and efficient. Doug McMahon has been particularly outstanding advising on GDPR related matters.’

‘Calm, sensible, and practical advice, with great application of logic, and an awareness of how to make it work in the real world of a busy financial institution.’

‘Adam Finlay is the standout individual. Nothing phases him. He’s seen it all and he always has practical solutions on how to broach an issue. He’s aware of cost and timing realities. A fountain of calm in the ever-changing world of data protection. He’s simply fantastic.’

‘I consider McCann FitzGerald – and Paul Lavery in particular – to lead the field in the area of data privacy law in Ireland.’

‘Paul Lavery is the leading expert in this field in Ireland – he brings a depth of experience, including in dealing with the regulatory authority – to his advisory practice.’

‘The advice is top notch. The team knows its brief inside out. Advice received is practical and very commercially orientated. When I call this team about a query, I feel that I am calling a friend for advice. I have an enormous amount of trust in this team and they are always my first port of call. They are available 24/7. They are excellent value for money.’

‘The stand-out partners are Paul Lavery and Doug McMahon. I trust them and feel that they have my back. They would answer the phone to me at midnight. They explain the law and offer commercial solutions. They stick to their quotes and I have never had any nasty surprises. The client care is excellent. I actually feel like we are friends.’

‘Excellent, well-informed and current, business context specific legal advice is provided – with access to expert advice in specific areas.’

Key clients

Hostelworld

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Vhi Insurance

Pandora Media

United States Department of Justice

National Transport Authority

Independent News & Media

Alkermes

World Rugby

Law Society

Trace International

Work highlights

  • Advising Hostelworld on a range of matters, which include all aspects of Hostelworld’s data protection compliance matters, including in relation to international data transfers, e-mail marketing, record retention, cookies (including the appropriate inclusion of notices and consents in privacy statements in respect of cookies) and user generated content.
  • Advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland on all aspects of its data protection compliance, including the implementation of its GDPR compliance programme, including drafting connected policies and procedures, and the sharing of personal data with third parties.
  • Acting for Vhi in connection with all aspects of its processing of personal data, including revising its data protection notices in connection with the implementation of new services and drafting and reviewing various data protection policies.

William Fry

William Fry advises clients on the launch of new products, data processing agreements, GDPR compliance, and international transfers of data. The practice is also involved in litigation related to data protection regulation. Clients includes technology companies, manufacturers, and retailers. David Cullen leads the practice, as well as heading up the overall technology team; he is experienced in advising on the contractual arrangements of large-scale IT projects, as well as handling data protection disputes. Leo Moore's practice includes advisory GDPR work and matters related to outsourcing. John O’Connor is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

David Cullen

Other key lawyers:

Leo Moore; John O’Connor

Testimonials

‘John O’Connor is very responsive, thoughtful and committed to client care. He invests in understanding his clients’ needs deeply and as such provides really well calibrated advice. He’s also very reactive – adapting to developing needs.’

‘Nice to work with, knowledgeable and applies practical lessons to DP issues. I find they are responsive, and easy to work with. They assisted us in an number of tricky DP cases we had to deal with.’

‘Leo and his team make a big effort to get to know the breadth of your business and the nuance of how your company culture works, so that they can help you make the best risk-based decisions quickly. They also have a very strong local network and insight into how EU data protection works in practice as well as in theory.’

‘I continue to be impressed with Leo Moore’s desire to learn about my business, learn with me on related topics and ensure our working relationship remains strong.’

‘Highly skilled and very knowledgeable in the Data Protection area, highly available, and guarantee quick turnarounds’

‘Leo Moore has built great knowledge about our company and internal processes over time, and is able to advise us in such a way that we can take a risk-based approach understanding fully what the law says and how it can be implemented in practice. No simple and often useless black or white answers but more knowledge and context for us to use in our decision making process; they are able to provide us with insights about what the industry is doing in the context of our asks.’

‘The team is very responsive, which is very important in an area such as data protection. We benefit from the team’s wealth of experience from advising clients on data protection matters. They are at the cutting edge of data protection matters in Ireland. ’

‘Leo Moore is commercial and practical. Knows his subject inside out. Associate Rachel Hayes is very responsive. Practical advice with a nice manner and can see issues from the client’s perspective.’

Key clients

BSA | The Software Alliance

Facebook Ireland

Instagram

Tesco Ireland

FREE NOW (formerly MyTaxi)

Smurfit Kappa Group plc

Truata

iCabbi

Horse Racing Ireland

Glanbia

Shop Direct Limited t/a Littlewoods Ireland

Allied Irish Bank plc

FBD Insurance Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising BSA | The Software Alliance (whose members include Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, Salesforce, Workday, SAS, Intel and Siemens) on its successful application to be admitted as amicus curiae to provide input and assist the court in a lengthy and complex hearing that took place before the Irish High Court, with certain aspects later pursued before the Supreme Court and a reference to the Court of Justice of the EU that brought an end to the use of the EU-US Privacy Shield for international data transfers.
  • Advising Experian, the prominent global credit checking and financial services firm, on data protection matters on several fintech projects.
  • Advising on several strategic matters for Facebook Ireland and Instagram in relation to existing and new EU products.

Beauchamps LLP

Beauchamps stands out for its work advising public sector bodies on GDPR compliance, data processing agreements, and data retention policies. The team's client base also includes companies from the financial services, technology, and education sectors. Practice head Maureen Daly previously served as chair of the Law Society of Ireland's Intellectual Property & Data Protection Committee.

Practice head(s):

Maureen Daly

Other key lawyers:

Damian Maloney

Key clients

Pobal

Huawei

ServeCentric

Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland

National Council of Special Education

Institute of Technology Sligo

J2 Global

Behaviour & Attitudes

SsangYong

Cabot Financial Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advising Pobal on all legal issues including the implications of the GDPR on services provided by it as well as advising on data sharing agreements and other data protection-related matters.
  • Advise Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland on all legal matters including data protection law and freedom of information law.
  • Advised ServeCentric on data protection matters including advice on the impact of GDPR on its operations.

DAC Beachcroft Dublin

Led by Rowena McCormack and Aidan Healy, DAC Beachcroft Dublin provides contentious and non-contentious data protection advice to clients, including assistance with regulatory issues, handling data breaches, and responding to complaints made to the Data Protection Commission. The team draws on the wider firm's experience in the insurance sector to advise insurers on data protection matters, particularly related to the reorganisation of operations due to Brexit. McCormack specialises in litigation, while Healy handles regulatory work. The practice also advises clients in the healthcare, sports, and financial services sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Rowena McCormack; Aidan Healy

Key clients

Sport Ireland

Marsh

Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board

Link ASI Limited (formerly Capita Asset Management)

Health Market Research Ireland Limited (hmR Ireland)

Savills

Titlesolv

Irish Pharmacy Union

Work highlights

  • Acting as legal advisor to Sport Ireland, the public body in Ireland responsible for the regulation and promotion of sport. Providing advice on matters including GDPR considerations, the transfer of data to other bodies, and the drafting of regulations, amongst other matters.
  • Providing ongoing advice to Health Market Research Ireland on technical data protection issues, as well as carrying out a data protection audit.
  • Advising the Irish Pharmacy Union and its members on liaison with the Data Protection Commission, data protection issues with the HSE and assisting with the drafting of guidance to assist pharmacies in meeting their obligations under the GDPR.

Eversheds Sutherland

Led by Marie McGinley, Eversheds Sutherland assists clients in ensuring that their data policies and commercial agreements comply with Irish and European data protection and data privacy regulations. The team has also advised clients on responding to data breaches and subsequent investigations by the Data Protection Commission. McGinley is valued by her clients for her advice, which is 'not only expert but also applicable'. Peter O’Neill is another key partner in the team, while senior associate Neasa Ní Ghráda is heavily involved in advising on GDPR compliance.

Practice head(s):

Marie McGinley

Other key lawyers:

Peter O’Neill; Neasa Ní Ghráda

Testimonials

‘The Data Privacy and data protection team at Eversheds Sutherland has significant expertise and experience in this subject area in our industry and also in related businesses. Given our business is 24/7 they are available when required, not strictly 9-5.’

‘Marie McGinley is my main contact and her level of professionalism, knowledge, expertise and commitment is exceptional. Marie has presented to our Board of Directors, medical consultants and senior management on the subject of Data Privacy and data protection and has done so with the ability to apply to their area of practice. Her advice is not only expert but also applicable.’

Key clients

Independent News and Media

AvantCard DAC

Adaptics

St Vincent’s University Hospital

CyrusOne LLC

Personal Injuries Assessment Board

Student Universal Support Ireland

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

Residential Tenancies Board

SunLife Financial of Canada

Kering

Television Audience Measurement Ireland Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Residential Tenancies Board, Ireland’s public body the publishes the National Tenancy Register, on various key and strategic data protection matters as their lead data protection advisor.
  • Advised Sun Life on its recent engagement with Mandiant Fireeye in respect of cybersecurity consulting services.
  • Advised TAM during recent contract negotiations with Nielsen for the use of analytical software including advising on the technical security requirements and data privacy issues that arose in respect of pseudonymisation and anonymisation issues.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

Led by Jeanne Kelly and Peter Bolger, LK Shields Solicitors LLP's specialised data privacy and data protection team acts for a growing client base of prominent, international clients. The team advises on the launch of new products, including those involving novel areas of privacy law, as well as assisting with the data privacy aspects of corporate transactions. It also provides advice on GDPR compliance and responses to any data breaches that may occur.

Practice head(s):

Jeanne Kelly; Peter Bolger

Key clients

Ndevor / Phorest

Prudential / Pramerica

Facteus (formerly ARM Insight)

Baily Labs

Indigo Telecom

Lantale Limited

Integrated Facilities Solutions

Max Benjamin

Work highlights

  • Advising international consumer and business SaaS provider on the cross-border merging of user databases and auto-enrolment for services involving joint control, profiling and automated decision making.
  • Acting for Facteus, global provider of financial business intelligence on anonymisation, pseudonymisation and other data protection and privacy aspects underpinning its data synthesizer application for use on the EU market.
  • Advising the EMEA HQ of Californian publicly listed SaaS on its international processing and sharing arrangements, territorial issues and ePrivacy.

Philip Lee

Philip Lee acts as the lead advisor to the Data Protection Commission, advising on investigations as well as enforcement notices. The team also represents the Commission in judicial review proceedings challenging its decisions. Elsewhere, the practice advises public and private sector companies on data processing agreements, GDPR compliance, and data access requests. Damien Young handles work relating to all aspects of Irish and EU data protection law, while Eoghan Doyle advises a range of public bodies on GDPR compliance. Anne Bateman handles contentious and non-contentious work, including representing the DPC in judicial reviews.

Practice head(s):

Damien Young; Eoghan Doyle; Sean McElligott

Other key lawyers:

Anne Bateman

Testimonials

‘Eoghan and Sophie have been extremely helpful, professional and comprehensive in the provision of advice and guidance.’

‘The team at Philip Lee brought a sense of ease and understanding to the complexities of Data Protection and quickly got to grasp with the impact that this may have on my business and its operating model.’

‘The ability of the firm to understand the specific requirements and challenges of the public sector, and to tailor their advice/guidance accordingly.’

‘Eoghan Doyle and associate Sophie O’Connor are professional, courteous and friendly. We value their prompt responses, letting us know how long an issue will take to consider, and giving priority to urgent and important matters.’

‘Eoghan, Sophie and Hugo’s dedication to providing prompt, comprehensive and assuring advice is what sets them apart from other legal providers we have experienced. Their clear communication gives comfort, assurance and allows for effective time planning, particularly when a range of different stakeholders are involved in the provision of advice.’

Key clients

Aramark

Bord Bia

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

capSpire

ComReg

Computer Services, Inc

Data Protection Commission

Dawn Meats

Dublin City Council

Grant Thornton

HSE

Irish Credit Bureau

LearnUpon

National Treatment Purchase Fund

Novartis

Pobal

Revenue Commissioners

Riverdance group of companies

Road Safety Authority

Ryanair

Sigmoid Pharma (now Sublimity Therapeutics)

Skillnet Ireland

Sport Ireland

Tipperary, Clare and Limerick County Councils

Volkswagen

Work highlights

  • Acting as sole legal advisers to the Irish Data Protection Commission.
  • Appointed by MGM in April 2020 to advise on issues arising as a consequence of Covid-19.
  • Advised Transdev, one of the largest public transport operators, on various data protection topics.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP stands out for its work in the public sector, advising a range of public sector bodies on regulatory data protection issues as well as acting in litigation. The team also acts for private sector corporations, including providing due diligence on corporate transactions. In addition, the team provides seminars and discussion sessions for its clients' data protection officers through its Data Protection Officers Club. The cross-departmental data protection group is led by Séan O’Donnell. Senior associate Zelda Deasy is also noted. Brendan Gavin is now in-house.

Practice head(s):

Seán O’Donnell 

Other key lawyers:

Zelda Deasy

Testimonials

‘I value being able to have confidential peer to peer discussions and learning about other organisations’ best practice to efficiently implement GDPR.

‘We met a number of members within the team, managed by Senior Associate Zelda Deasy, and they sought a through understanding of our business in order to deal with our requirements effectively. There was a practical approach taken by the team and their knowledge of their individual work areas was exceptional. Their response times to our queries were quick and concise and overall the team was a pleasure to deal with. ’

‘Senior Associate Zelda Deasy was in charge of the team engaged for our Data Protection requirements. Zelda demonstrated strong leadership throughout. She applied an organised approach to the work requirements and the results were delivered in a professional and practical manner and clearly reflected the needs of our business. Her knowledge in this area came across as exceptional.’

‘The team that I dealt with were very personable. It felt like our issue was their issue. They really cared about getting the matter resolved in the best way possible for us. The team were understanding, prompt in their responses to us and patient with the complications that arose. ’

‘ByrneWallace have been our company’s solicitors for many years and they are by far and away the best legal firm in my opinion. The level of expertise of their partners, solicitors and associates is second to none and we are always made feel like we are the top priority and their only client.’

‘I would like to highlight Senior Associate Zelda Deasy at ByrneWallace for her outstanding work on data protection. The project that Zelda took on to manage for us was not straight-forward or indeed easy but Zelda was able to get to grips with it immediately and bring order to a lot of disorder very quickly! Zelda is thorough and will critically examine the matter at hand. Zelda is an expert on data protection matters and is also one of the nicest and most genuine people you will meet.’

‘ByrneWallace have always been very supportive of our needs. They recognise that we are not legal experts and give their opinions very clearly and with minimal jargon. This is very refreshing for an SME. Some firms try to dazzle with terminology and obfuscate, ByrneWallace do not.’

‘The team has a very deep knowledge of financial regulations, privacy & compliance which make them the ideal partner for anyone that is seeking to set up shop in Ireland to offer any type of financial service.’

Key clients

Environmental Protection Agency

M&M Walshe Holdings Limited (topco of group with three trading arms: Ribworld, Callan Bacon and Stirchley Bacon)

PrecisionBiotics

Work highlights

  • Acting as the EPA’s data protection advisors, providing advice on various ad hoc data protection issues including advice on the legal basis for various data processing activities, data subject requests, data retention and the interaction between the EPA’s statutory and data protection obligations. Also advising on the EPA’s contracts with suppliers and with other local authorities, draft data sharing and data processing agreements, as well as providing bespoke data protection training to the EPA’s regional offices.
  • Advising owners of leading Irish supplier of meat products M&M Walshe Holdings Limited on Irish and other European markets, in relation to data protection warranties and disclosures and data protection queries/issues arising in the context of its acquisition by Eighty Fifty Food Group which was also subject to clearance from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (and which was granted in late June 2020).
  • Advising the shareholders of Irish probiotics company, PrecisionBiotics Group Limited on data protection warranties and disclosures, due diligence/data room requirements and data protection queries/issues arising in the context of its acquisition by Danish biotechnology group, Novozymes.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher stands out for its work advising clients on responding to investigations by the Data Protection Commission into alleged data breaches and non-compliance with data protection regulations. This work includes assisting clients with notifications to the DPC as well as handling responses to inquiries. The team, led by Julie Austin, also assists with operational compliance with Irish data protection law.

Practice head(s):

Julie Austin

Testimonials

‘The combination of substantive privacy experience along with local connections and understanding of local procedural law is a huge advantage.’

‘Julie Austin has excellent understanding of how the Irish Data Protection Commission operates which is a huge asset. Her expertise in Irish procedural law is key to developing a comprehensive strategy.’

Key clients

Kennedy Wilson

Docusign

Law Society of Ireland

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Hayes Solicitors LLP

Hayes Solicitors LLP advises clients from the healthcare, financial services, and consumer goods sectors on data protection matters. In addition to providing day-to-day advice, the team assists with the data protection aspects of transactions and new product launches as well as data breaches. Laura Fannin heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Laura Fannin

Testimonials

‘Very professional in their advice to clients. This firm is always very helpful.’

‘Expert knowledge of solicitors in safeguarding and data protection.’

‘The team takes a practical approach to matters and have a wide range in the legal areas provided. This allows you to have a “one-stop shop” for your requirements.’

‘A straightforward approach to addressing queries and providing clear answers understanding the the differences that exist in our industry and applying advice practically.’

‘Laura Fanning always provides a very professional service and is at all times extremely helpful.’

‘The individuals I have dealt with have been very personable and have looked to address the issues in a way that ensures you can do your business.’

‘Laura Fannin and Matthew Austin developed a comprehensive understanding of our industry in order to better advise for our particular issues. Their knowledge is exceptional and it is delivered in a clear and understandable manner.’

Ronan Daly Jermyn

Ronan Daly Jermyn has a proven track record in advising on compliance with data protection and data privacy regulation to clients from sectors including medicine, education and manufacturing. The team also advises on responding to data breaches and investigations by the Data Protection Commission. In 2020, the practice was particularly active in assisting with data protection issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic, including ensuring that the implementation of temperature checks for employees did not violate data protection law. Dublin-based Bryan McCarthy, who is particularly active in GDPR matters, and Ricky Kelly, who is based in Cork, are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Ricky Kelly; Bryan McCarthy

Testimonials

‘Bryan McCarthy is the partner and Sarah Slevin is the associate who we deal with on a number of legal matters. They are exceptionally responsive and knowledgeable. They understand our business and steer us on all matters relating to commercial law. Jennifer Cashman is the employment partner we deal with and again she is really personable, knows her area so well and helps guide our business through difficult decisions.’

‘They are extremely knowledgeable, ’

‘We exclusively use RDJ for our data privacy and general commercial advice in ROI. They have a very strong data protection team and have helped us with a number of issues ranging from relatively trivial to complex regulatory matters.’

‘Sarah Slevin is a pleasure to work with. Her advice is always measured and concise.’

‘A highly efficient, extremely accessible & responsive team.’

‘Accessibility, responsiveness of partners – particularly Gillian Keating & Ricky Kelly.’

‘The privacy team at RDJ are very knowledgeable and experienced in managing privacy complaints. They are very efficient to engage, manage and respond, with particular spotlight on Ricky Kelly.’

‘Ricky Kelly was a fantastic support. He was immediately available, entirely engaged in the issue we had and responded to our potential claim within the hour. ’

‘RDJ is unique because we have direct access to partners and senior associates who don’t just know their areas but completely understand our business and go above and beyond every time.’

Key clients

Hiscox

Abtran

Pepsico

Medtronic

University Limerick

DistilledSCH Group

GTT Communications Inc

Gas Networks Ireland

Dominos Pizza UK and Ireland Limited

National University of Ireland, Galway

O’Callaghan Properties

MVCI DAC

Brookfield Renewable Ireland Limited

University College Cork

Horizon8 Technology Solutions

Dublin City University

University College Dublin

Thermo Fisher Scientific Cork

Waterford Institute of Technology

Eli Lilly

Laya Healthcare

CorkBIC

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Horizon Energy Group

Work highlights

  • Providing 24/7 critical incident response services to Hiscox Insurance.
  • Advised University College Cork, University College Limerick, Dublin City University, University College Dublin and National University of Ireland, Galway in relation to their data protection obligations, cyber and personal data security incidents, data subject access requests, data sharing and processing agreements and statutory investigation by the Data Protection Commission.
  • Advised Medtronic Ireland Limited in relation to the data protection obligations arising from the introduction of thermal imaging temperature testing for employees and visitors and in relation to the sharing of employee candidate personal data with third parties.

Walkers

Walkers' data protection and data privacy practice spans the full range of issues in this area, advising on regulatory matters as well as assisting clients with responding to data breaches. The team is particularly active in advising clients from the financial services industry. 'Standout practitioner' Eoin O’Connor leads the team, while of counsel Shane Martin is another key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Eoin O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Shane Martin

Testimonials

‘Great strength in depth across the practice and a number of team members with deep industry knowledge which places them ahead of the other firms we work with in this space. Eoin O’Connor is a standout practitioner and continues to build a market leading team which is responsive to demands and commercially focused in applying solutions for our business.’

‘The Walkers team not only have extensive experience in data privacy matters in our industry, but they also have a good and full understanding of our group, the Dublin office and our internal processes. With their help, the generic specimens have been changed into a practical framework in our Dublin office. Moreover, the team also have a good connection with the Walkers Regulatory department, which allows it to leverage their experience to deal with contentious regulatory matters. As an international firm, the team has access to data privacy experts across its network of offices.’

‘We have found Walkers unique in their ability to not only explain the “what” of data protection legislative and regulatory requirements but also the “how” to apply it. Whilst the data requirements and principles do not change, applying the principles/legal requirements in day to day examples and understanding the particular industry/client is not easily obtained.’

‘Eoin O’Connor and Shane Martin stand out for their dedication and flexibility. They were extremely proactive and responded to all requests in a swift professional manner.’

‘Shane Martin is a trusted adviser. He is reliable, invested in his relationships and is a subject matter expert in key areas. He has a practical approach and his experience as a former Regulator means that he has deep knowledge of supervisory expectations and legislative interpretations. Eoin O’Connor is dedicated to client service and ensuring the right solution for his clients.’

‘We work predominantly with Shane Martin, of counsel within the data privacy team. Shane Martin has worked previously as a regulator with the Central Bank of Ireland and he brings that perspective when advising on data privacy matters. Shane has become a trusted adviser to our business and has demonstrated a willingness to understand and respond to our particular needs. His advice is always practical and technically strong. He also has a deep understanding of the aircraft leasing industry. He shares his perspectives which helps us summarise the main impact of GDPR to our company.’

‘Shane Martin at Walkers was very good to deal with and very practical with his approach to the new GDPR regulations. He didn’t get stuck in the weeds but gave a good overview of what was required in order to comply with the new GDPR regulations. ‘

‘Shane and his team are collaborative and provided practical solution for our needs.’