Dispute resolution in Ireland

A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP's sizeable dispute resolution team handles a range of complex litigation. In addition to acting in disputes between companies, such as breach of contract claims, the practice acts for corporations against Irish state bodies in disputes concerning tax assessments and judicial review proceedings. Practice head Enda Hurley acts for companies in the financial services, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing sectors, among others. Dario Dagostino specialises in contentious work against regulators, frequently acting against the Central Bank of Ireland. Eileen Roberts and Liam Kennedy SC both have broad commercial dispute experience, while Joe Kelly focuses on work involving allegations of white-collar crime. Tom Casey is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Enda Hurley

Other key lawyers:

Dario Dagostino; Eileen Roberts; Liam Kennedy SC; Joe Kelly; Tom Casey; Ciarán Ó’Conluain; Sarah Murphy

Testimonials

‘Dario Dagostino is an exceptional lawyer, easy to deal with, practical, and has unparalleled knowledge and understanding of the regulatory space, which goes far beyond the letter of the law. It is invaluable to a client.’

‘Capable and hugely knowledgeable. Advice is extremely comprehensive and they have an ability to see all angles of an issue. They will actually recommend an approach while leaving the ultimate decision up to us, which is extremely refreshing, instead of just citing the strict legal position. Very good understanding of forensic expectations in matters of this kind also.’

‘Dario Dagostino and Mark Devane have been our leads on a recent matter. Dario is exceptionally available, and willing to share his vast knowledge and experience from a legal, commercial and regulatory perspective. I value that he helps us address our little worries as well as our big questions. Mark is clever and thorough, and will challenge us in what we can produce to get a better result.’

‘A&L Goodbody’s dispute resolution team is providing excellent quality of work products, has a very good understanding of client needs and has very good accessibility and short response time.’

‘Intuitive, pragmatic and very conscientious.’

‘Very focused and dedicated team, responding to all queries promptly, good management of counsel and strategic direction in complex litigation.’

‘Alison Fanagan is excellent to work with. I have complete confidence in her advice and judgement on all aspects of our case. Hannah Shaw has also been a great support. ’

‘Enda Hurley is very good and knowledgeable ’

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Bank plc

Rabobank

Ulster Bank

Permanent TSB Group Holdings plc

Pfizer

Perrigo Company plc

Volkswagen Group

Irish Life Assurance plc

IPUT

Renault Group

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Limited

NAMA (National Asset Management Agency)

Smith & Nephew Plc

MAN Trucks

Parma Investments Limited

Endo Pharmaceuticals plc

Osmotica Pharmaceuticals plc

Aviva Insurance plc

Baxter Healthcare Ltd

Baxter AG

Glenveagh Properties plc

Cairn Homes plc

Chubb Insurance

Football Association of Ireland

Hammerson ICAV

Allianz plc

State Claims Agency

Allergan

Heineken

Irish Continental Group plc

Marlet Property Group

Hibernia REIT plc

ABP Group

Clancourt Group

DWS Grundbesitz GmbH

Cantor Fitzgerald

Medical Council of Ireland

Work highlights

  • Acting for Perrigo in a Commercial Court challenge to the largest ever corporation tax assessment.
  • Acting for Permanent TSB in relation to successful defence of minority shareholder claims in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal.
  • Acting for Irish Ferries in challenging a decision of the National Transport Authority referred by the High Court to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox provides 'clear, commercial advice' to a client base including companies in the financial services, healthcare, transportation, and construction sectors, among others. The team's work includes shareholder agreement disputes, breach of contract claims, and judicial review proceedings. Eve Mulconry replaced Andrew Lenny as practice head, however the latter remains active and has a particular focus on regulatory matters. Mulconry frequently handles disputes involving financial services. Keith Smith is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Eve Mulconry

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Lenny; Joanelle O’Cleirigh; Richard Willis; Keith Smith; Gavin Woods

Testimonials

‘Highly responsive and available. Clear, commercial advice.’

‘Keith Smith is a key strategic advisor. Pragmatic, commercial and pitches advice well to in-house teams. Does not overcomplicate matters. Willing to make difficult calls. Available. Does not “team up” with too many juniors charging excessively.

‘The dispute resolution team in Arthur Cox are extremely responsive and bring a very practical and commercial approach to their advice.’

‘I mainly work with Gavin Woods and he is an excellent lawyer. He is very practical, always available at short notice for a query and has a wealth of technical expertise. In terms of associates, Sean Carroll has great attention to detail. ’

‘The team gel very well together and no piece of work or size of the task phases them. Expert knowledge in all areas of dispute resolution, resolving matters of contention, negotiations leading up to court pleadings , court practice & procedure. Arthur Cox leave no stone unturned when taking into consideration all aspects of a litigious case.’

‘Gavin Woods is an excellent negotiator and able to work out and appease almost any contentious situation at ease, galvanise the parties into a collaborative & solution focused modus operandi. Despite how contentious or litigious the parties to legal proceedings may be, Gavin is able to smooth out a comfortable path for resolution and closure. No task is too large or too small for Gavin, and no legal question (whether litigation/ADR related or not) is ignored by Gavin.’

‘The in-depth knowledge of the team, their focus and ability to always think strategically and from a client focused perspective is excellent. Advice was always pragmatic, tactical and coupled with an energy and commitment that ensured positive outcomes, even when dealing with complex and contentious matters.’

‘Eve Mulconry is an excellent litigator and the consummate professional who works tirelessly for her clients. Eve is a tactical thinker, with a fearless approach to even the most contentious proceedings and also a very approachable lawyer and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

AB Volvo

Bank of Ireland

Blackrock Hospital Limited

Central Bank of Ireland

Chanelle Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Limited

Marlet Property Group

CRH plc and Roadstone Limited

Daa

Davy Target Investments PLC

Dawn Meats Ireland Unlimited Company

Eurotoaz Limited

Facebook Ireland Limited

Idic Limited (formally ConnectIreland) and The Taxback Group

Island Capital Management Limited (and related entities)

KBC Bank plc

McKesson Corporation

National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) / National Asset Loan Management Limited (NALM)

Ryanair DAC

Ulster Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Blackrock Clinic, a leading private hospital in Ireland, in a series of complex and long-running disputes concerning the alleged breaches of shareholder agreements, dividend claims, and conspiracy actions.
  • Acting for Ryanair in high-profile Commercial Court proceedings against the operators of various price comparison websites and online travel agency websites for the alleged unlawful use of the data on Ryanair’s website (i.e. screen scraping).
  • Advising various financial institutions on the Central Bank’s industry-wide tracker mortgages inquiry, which is the largest and most high-profile regulatory investigation ever initiated by the Central Bank.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Under the leadership of Maurice Phelan, Mason Hayes & Curran LLP's team handles disputes in the High Court, Commercial Court, Court of Appeal as well as in arbitration. The practice is frequently instructed by prominent Irish and multinational companies, as well as state bodies. Phelan is experienced in banking and insolvency-related litigation, and is praised by clients for providing 'careful but commercial solutions'. Liam Guidera specialises in investigations and white-collar crime work, while Colin Monaghan is 'extremely effective, knowledgeable, and intuitive in his thinking' and has a broad practice.

Practice head(s):

Maurice Phelan

Other key lawyers:

Liam Guidera; Colin Monaghan; Sinéad Power; Colm Farrell; Declan Black; Gerard Kelly; Peter Johnston; Judith Riordan

Testimonials

‘Mason Hayes & Curran has had a market-leading litigation team for a long time within the Irish market. I find the firm to be responsive, practical and speedy.’

‘Declan Black, although now the managing partner, still plays a strategic role in larger cases. Objectively, he is one of the very top litigation solicitors in the Irish market. Liam Guidera is a much more senior solicitor than the others on the list – he would be described as a seasoned operator whose breadth of experience is his strongest suit. Gerard Kelly has an extremely large following in intellectual property and technology related litigation. He acts for clients like Virgin Media, Facebook and Twitter in high-profile matters and is a market-leader in that area of litigation. Colin Monaghan is a very client-focused solicitor who is extremely responsive. Peter Johnston is an extremely thorough lawyer who always thinks through his cases very well. Judith Riordan has particular expertise in insolvency work.’

‘We don’t want to be involved in commercial litigation but, when it happens, we want to evidence that we are taking the matter seriously and that we are obtaining good advice. The dispute resolution practice of MH&C has an excellent reputation and ticks these boxes. We take it for granted that they know the legal landscape etc. and importantly MH&C are responsive to our needs, and those of our insurers, and are able to articulate the legal issues so that we at all times understand the process and the arguments. Litigation is an expensive process but MH&C are commercial in resolving matters, not just litigation focused and represent good value for money in general terms.’

‘We work mainly with Peter Johnston, dispute resolution partner, and Kevin Farrell, senior associate. From our perspective, they understand our firm, our values and what is important to us. They also understand that, in relation to litigation, we must be mindful of the concerns of our insurers.’

‘The practice is very commercial. It recognises the technical issues that arise but grounds its advice in commercial reality. It is a very supportive practice. The leaders demonstrate real regard for the relationship and, since most have had in-house experience themselves, they show due appreciation for the demands in-house solicitors face when advising their instructing businesses. Compared to other firms, each of them supports in a way which makes you feel like you are a key client of the practice. Also, they are highly responsive.’

‘Maurice Phelan can be depended upon to provide careful but commercial solutions to seemingly intractable problems. I knew I could trust his judgment.’

‘Well co-ordinated, prompt in their response, with issues allocated to the appropriate expert within the organisation. Advice and support provided has been precise and comprehensive.’

‘I have worked closely with Colin Monaghan and found him to be extremely effective, knowledgeable, and intuitive in his thinking. He has a great ability to process detail and form expert legal opinions quickly. His knowledge of the area of commercial litigation is superb and I would trust his guidance implicitly. I would have no hesitation engaging Colin again on any relevant matter.’

Key clients

Booking.com BV

Facebook Ireland Limited

Bank of Scotland plc (part of the Lloyds Banking Group plc)

ESM Fund I, L.P.

Arthropharm (Europe) Limited

Health Insurance Authority

Commission for Aviation Regulation

Twitter

IMRF II Frascati Limited Partnership

AirBnB

Work highlights

  • Acting for Facebook in Irish High Court proceedings brought by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner seeking a referral to the Court of Justice of the EU regarding the validity of standard contractual clauses through which data is transferred from the EEA to the US.
  • Acted for the Assessor appointed by the Minister for Finance under the Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Act 2009 (“Act”), in successfully defending High Court judicial review proceedings brought by Mr Patrick McKillen.
  • Acting for Booking.com in High Court proceedings brought by Ryanair against Booking.com and Oy SRG Finland Ab relating to the “scraping” of data.

Matheson

Matheson's 'excellent' team has recently been particularly active in insurance-related disputes, acting for both insurers and policyholders in coverage and warranty and indemnity disputes. The team's varied practice also handles litigation involving data breaches, shareholder disputes, and judicial reviews. The practice is jointly led by Julie Murphy-O’Connor, Nicola Dunleavy, and Tony O’Grady. Murphy-O'Connor is well-regarded for her work representing financial instutitions, while Dunleavy is an 'outstanding litigator'. Karen Reynolds is another key partner, focusing on regulatory disputes.

Practice head(s):

Julie Murphy-O’Connor; Nicola Dunleavy; Tony O’Grady

Other key lawyers:

Karen Reynolds; Maria Kennedy

Testimonials

‘The team work in a collaborative manner, they get to know the business and the nuances. They do not just provide legal advice and stand back like some of the other firms, instead they work with the in-house team to progress solutions that are bespoke to the business requirements.’

‘I find Nicola Dunleavy fantastic to deal with. Nicola really got to know and understand our business, she provides professional well thought out advice and also works through the advice as part of the broader team and understands the complex business we operate. Nicola is a superb professional advisor, with good business acumen, who deploys a common sense approach to problems.’

‘Matheson are completely switched on to client support. They have an excellent team who have guided our business through a number of tricky contentious matters. ’

‘Nicola Dunleavy is an outstanding litigator. She has a deep understanding of the litigation process and how issues might play out. She is able to deliver quality strategic advice and add value in all interactions. ’

Key clients

The Adoption Authority of Ireland

Kenmare Resources plc

National Asset Management Agency

Allied Irish Banks plc

Aviva

Sky Ireland Limited

Breccia Unlimited Company

Southwire Company LLC

Independent News and Media plc

IMC Cinema Group

Irish Music Rights Organisation

Parma Developments Limited

Hines

eBay

RTÉ

Institute of Chartered Accountants

Central Bank of Ireland

Work highlights

  • Represented Aviva in its successful Supreme Court appeal in the case of UCC v. ESB, a landmark subrogation claim against ESB, holding ESB liable for a severe flood event which occurred in November 2009.
  • Representing INM in relation to a number of civil claims issued by the so-called “INM 19” against INM and Leslie Buckley arising from the highly publicised investigation by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement followed by the appointment of High Court Inspectors to investigate certain matters including a data interrogation that took place in 2014.
  • Representing AIB in an insurance coverage dispute challenging the declinature of a claim under its fidelity insurance policy relating to losses arising from the fraudulent trading of an employee at a US subsidiary.

McCann FitzGerald

Led by Terence McCrann, McCann FitzGerald's dispute resolution practice covers the full gamut of matters in this sector. The practice is adept at representing clients both in court and in arbitrations. In regulatory disputes, the team acts for companies and state bodies across sectors including transportation, telecoms and utilities. The sizeable team also includes Seán Barton, Michelle Doyle, Ciara Ryan, and Rosaleen Byrne. Helen Kilroy and senior associate Amy Brick are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Terence McCrann

Other key lawyers:

Seán Barton; Michelle Doyle; Ciara Ryan; Rosaleen Byrne; Helen Kilroy; Amy Brick

Testimonials

‘Stand out individuals include Rosaleen Byrne and Amy Brick. I value their specialist knowledge and their judgement. ’

‘A key attraction of this practice is the fact that they are actively involved in many of the high profile matters occurring in this space. This means that they are fully up to speed in all that is happening in this field and have insights above and beyond their peers. ’

‘Audrey Byrne excels in her field and provides highly savvy and seasoned business-friendly and practical advice. Her incredible wealth of experience and reasoned and clear advice inspires great confidence in our boardroom and beyond. She’s my first port of call in a storm. ’

‘Ciara Ryan is very approachable and helpful. She has a way of making complicated legal matters and terms clear, easy to understand. Her team, Darragh Murray and Alice Ward, are very approachable and professional, striving to achieve the best outcome. They both give good breakdowns of legal issues and options.’

‘The work output from the dispute resolution practice is consistently excellent. Advices are clear, concise and considered with key issues regarding strategy and net outcomes carefully assessed and factored into every aspect of their communication. The team is very responsive, pleasant and easy to work with.’

‘Ciara Ryan is an excellent lawyer. Her attention to detail and granular knowledge of the file is impressive and is consistently demonstrated through her very focused and effective handling of contentious litigation. Ciara is also very approachable and responsive to client needs – be that advice on legal strategy or mechanisms to help address or control/deal with costs. Alice Ward is a very efficient associate, who is responsive, thorough and always helpful in her approach. ’

‘My experience with this firm is second to none. I found their attention to detail unrivalled. Their correspondence is direct and to the point without being aggressive. What amazed me was their ability to reply to litigious correspondence almost immediately while keeping to the highest standards. I was particularly impressed by the analytical review of a case and their ability to call an important determination. I would highly recommend.’

‘I found Brian Quigley’s ability to furnish a quick and accurate prognosis of my case unrivalled. He thinks very like a counsel and his in-depth knowledge of the law and process was top class. He came highly recommended and exceeded those recommendations. Solicitor Gerard Sadlier’s ability to correspond on important litigious matters in a most detailed and direct manner sets him aside from other solicitors at his level. I have little doubt that he will become one of the top litigators in Ireland in years to come. I highly recommend him. Solicitor Patrick Longworth is a very hard worker who will benefit from working under such a strong team of senior solicitors and partners. He never failed to return a call and was always to the point. One to watch.’

Key clients

Independent News & Media plc

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (In Special Liquidation)

Government of the United States of America

DAF Trucks NV and DAF Trucks Deutschland GmbH

Central Bank of Ireland

Vhi Healthcare

National Transport Authority

National Asset Management Agency

DePuy International Limited

Vodafone Group

Twitter International

CarTrawler

Permanent TSB P.L.C.

Trafalgar Developments Limited, Instantania Holdings Limited, Kamara Limited and Bairiki Incorporated

Work highlights

  • Represening INM plc and several of its ongoing and former directors and other staff in a complex range of regulatory challenges, including engagement with Inspectors appointed to the company by the High Court following an ODCE investigation; an investigation by the Data Protection Commission (and litigation arising from the alleged data disclosures), protected disclosures and a series of large data subject access requests.
  • Acting for Trafalgar Trafhold Limited, Instantania Holdings Limited, Kamara Limited and Bairiki Incorporated, the majority shareholders in a multi-billion dollar Russian chemical company in conspiracy proceedings before the Commercial Court against, among others, a minority shareholder in the target and an Irish company, Eurotoaz, regarding an attempted illegal take-over of our clients’ shares in the target (a phenomenon known as a raider attack). The proceedings have included a failed strike out application by 2 defendants, a jurisdiction challenge and an injunction to stop enforcement of a judgment obtained in Russia against our clients’ shares in the Target which is currently pending before the Court. This is hard fought litigation in which virtual hearings have taken place during Covid-19.
  • Acting for Aberken Limited and Hyper Trust Limited, claimants in two of the four ‘test cases’ regarding business interruption insurance following the outbreak of Covid-19 which (despite the presence of an arbitration clause in the relevant policies) were admitted to the Commercial List of the High Court.

William Fry

William Fry's dispute resolution team handles a varied range of matters including breaches of contracts, professional negligence claims, regulatory issues, and contentious insolvencies. Practice head Owen O’Sullivan is a 'great litigation tactician' while Garrett Breen has represented clients before the Commercial Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Lisa Carty has a focus on disputes in the financial services sector, and Paul Convery's practice includes financial and insurance disputes. Laura Murdock is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Owen O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Garrett Breen; Lisa Carty; Paul Convery; Fergus Doorly; Laura Murdock; Deirdre O’Donovan

Testimonials

‘Owen O’Sullivan  is a great litigation tactician. Lisa Carty and Garrett Breen are also highly effective.’

‘I have retained Lisa Carty, and the legal team she leads, as an advisor for seven years and, at all stages, her performance, diligence and advice have been exemplary. Despite the subjective nature of many commercial issues, Ms Carty’s legal advice has always been very sound and coupled with both commercial awareness and tactical skill has achieved multiple pragmatic solutions. Lisa is an extremely effective communicator, not only in dealing with me as the client but also in successfully communicating a perspective to the other party in a dispute. She is always on top of her cases, she is results focused and extremely tactical, delivering results consistently to the clients benefit. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ms Carty to anyone planning, pursuing or defending litigation – they will find an outstanding legal advisor, an excellent communicator and an individual totally focused on delivering the right result for her client.’

‘The partners in this team are pragmatic, solution-oriented and very hard-working. Compared to other firms, what marks them out is their readiness to put in the hard yards early in a case so that their client has the edge at hearing.’

‘Fergus Doorly is a leader in the field, easy to work with and very knowledgeable. Ruairi Rynn and Craig Sowman are both up-and-coming stars, pragmatic and technically sound.’

‘One of the top tier practices in Ireland. They really have great coverage in competition law – cartels, mergers, abuse of dominance, regulation, and litigation. I also really like the fact that their partners are relatively young and dynamic.’

‘Laura Scott is a brilliant EU and competition law litigator. She uses her deep commercial experience to great effect in competition law. She has an excellent team with Sarah Lynam and Florence Meagher’

‘Garrett Breen and Laura Murdock are excellent. Laura Scott is detail-oriented.’

‘The team has an excellent understanding of our business and structures, enabling it to craft legal advice specific to our needs. This knowledge has been built over the course of time and very deliberately to ensure a tailored response to all issues raised.’

Key clients

Dr Edmond Harty

Dermosciences Limited

Abercrombie & Fitch

Acer

Allied Irish Banks plc (AIB)

Aughinish Alumina

Aviva Life & Pensions

Axa Ireland

B&Q

Bank of Ireland

Boyne Waste Services Limited

BSA | The Software Alliance

Chartered Land

Cintra Infraestructures Internacional SLU

Clinical Pathology Laboratories Inc

Commission for Communication Regulation (ComReg)

Denis O’Brien and related corporate vehicles

Defender

Department of Finance

Dermot Desmond and Family

Duff & Phelps

General Motors

Gordon Brothers

Grunenthal GmbH

Hammerson Plc

ICDL GCC Foundation Ltd

Irish Life

J&E Davy

JD Wetherspoon

Kennedy Wilson

Kilsaran Concrete

Dmitry Mazepin, UCCU, Uralchem, Bolotnikova & Konyaev

Medical Protection Society

Merrion Stockbrokers

Michael Walsh

National Asset Management Agency (NAMA)

PwC as Statutory Receiver of Carlovent Limited (in Receivership) and Benreef Limited (in Receivership) (part of the Treasury Holdings group)

Royal College of

Work highlights

  • Advising Defender in respect of losses in excess of €3.5bn incurred as a result of the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
  • Acting for a number of defendants including the Russian billionaire businessman Dmitry Mazepin in proceedings relating to an allegation that the defendants have been involved in corporate raiding of a large utilities company in Russia.
  • Acting for Denis O’Brien and various of his corporate vehicles in the ongoing High Court Inspectorship of INM Group plc.

Beauchamps LLP

Beauchamps acts for clients in a range of sectors, including banking, sports, and property. Practice head Emma Keegan is instructed on a wide range of matters. Thomas O’Dwyer has recently acted on a number of high-profile disputes, while Barry Cahir is noted for his work in contentious insolvency and restructuring. The practice's embrace of technology is also praised by clients, particularly its use of e-discovery, and its collaboration with other advisers.

Practice head(s):

Emma Keegan

Other key lawyers:

Thomas O’Dwyer; Barry Cahir

Testimonials

‘Availability, reliability and technical knowledge of the practice area (litigation and personal insolvency) are industry leading. Fulfil the brief in being a competent, responsive and dependable partner to our business.’

‘Emma Keegan has delivered hands on personal service to our organisation from the inception of the working relationship. Making herself personally available to troubleshoot complex issues and to work collaboratively to form efficiencies in the day-to-day case management. This means that the service provided by Beauchamps is client-specific and targets our particular needs rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.’

‘Thomas O’Dwyer is a stand-out partner – interested, energetic, and always available to do what’s best for the client.’

‘Beauchamps has continually delivered exceptional service to our organisation over the last three years. I find their ability to form pragmatic commercial solutions to complex legal issues a real benefit to their clients and something which sets them apart from their competitors.’

‘Co-operation and knowledge sharing between partners is excellent. We have found a relatively seamless process to brief one partner and to receive follow up support from a separate technical expert who has an in-depth understanding of our requirements.’

‘Our primary contact is with Barry Cahir. Barry has shown himself to be fully committed to support our business and has demonstrated excellent understanding of the key challenges that the business has faced. He has also supported each of the members of our team in managing these challenges. ’

‘Beauchamps are always on hand and available to give sound advice which meets our business needs, they make it easy for us to find solutions to complex issues.’

‘Stephen McLaughlin’s knowledge and expertise on statutory interpretation and judicial review are highly valuable to our business. He is strategic, pragmatic and solution focused.’

‘Ed Lyons is highly competent, strategic and knowledgeable about the way we do business and this is highly valuable in the context of dispute resolution.’

‘Sandra Masterson Power is expert in her field and we value her advice which is always well reasoned, pragmatic, strategic and solution focused. ’

‘The team are extremely knowledgeable on legal and business issues. However what makes Beauchamps stand out from other panel firms is their responsiveness, transparency and they are respectful of cost-sensitivity issues that can arise from time to time. They have a great understanding of the commercial and personal business, and so from a legal perspective they can work out an appropriate strategy at the very early stages of any litigation. As an add-on to the provision of legal services and support, they also provide us with a tailored ‘Knowledge Update’, which I and others on the team certainly find very informative and useful. Beauchamps provide us with wonderful customer service. In order to stand out from the crowd, panel firms in today’s legal environment need to put customer service at the heart of everything that they do. This is where Beauchamps excels. The team are extremely courteous and genuinely care. They are great at taking ownership of the issues and continuously follow up. They display great teamwork, which is so important when managing litigation cases.’

Key clients

The Law Society

Eurofound

HIQA

IDA Ireland

Football Association Premier League

Axis Construction

Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA)

Stephen Tenant and Everyday Finance

Ennis Property Finance DAC

Ulster Bank DAC

Aviva Stadium

Dublin Airport Authority (daa plc)

Allied Irish Banks

Colony / Dengrove

Beltany Property Finance Designated Activity Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Stephen Tenant and Everyday Finance DAC on a highly publicised matter regarding an order from Dublin City Council compelling that three properties which were occupied by many families/individuals in a state of disrepair be vacated.
  • Acted for Shelbourne Park Stadium in a successful High Court injunction application preventing animal welfare protestors from congregating within a 50m radius of the stadium, and following that, successfully resolved the case by lifting the injunction on the basis that the protestors agreed to a protocol for conducting any future gatherings and abide by certain restrictions.
  • Representing Sean’s Bar in its claim against Ireland’s largest domestic insurer FBD Insurance Plc in relation to its denial of cover for business interruption arising from Covid-19, despite there being a pandemic specific clause in its policies insurance.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP acts for public bodies in disputes, as well as representing individuals, corporate clients and trade unions. Practice head Jon Legorburu frequently advises on regulatory matters, as well as handling investigations; Mona Costelloe is known for her work on property litigation and Seán O’Donnell handles regulatory and enforcement cases. Mark O’Shaughnessy is active in a range of commercial litigation issues.

Practice head(s):

Jon Legorburu

Other key lawyers:

Mona Costelloe; Seán O’Donnell; Valerie Hourigan; Mark O’Shaughnessy; Helen Gibbons

Testimonials

‘Friendly and very knowledgeable’

‘Mark O’Shaughnessy is smart, emotionally committed and very inspiring.’

Key clients

Courts Service of Ireland

Ballymore Group/Ballymore Residential Ltd

Bray Capital Limited and Stanton Fisher Limited

Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman

Kildare County Council

The Football Association of Ireland

Fatfish Marketing

Goldstein Property ICAV

Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland

Parcel Connect t/a Fastway Couriers

Work highlights

  • Acting for a national public health body in a c. €200m dispute with one of Ireland’s major health insurers relating to the failure to discharge payments.
  • Acting for the Courts Service of Ireland in a Freedom of Environmental Information case which involves novel matters of European Union law and a reference to the European Court of Justice.
  • Acting for the Ballymore Group in a high-profile, large-scale High Court litigation against one of Ireland’s leading international corporations, CRH plc and its subsidiary Roadstone Ltd as well as other construction product suppliers.

DAC Beachcroft Dublin

DAC Beachcroft Dublin is known for its work in insurance-related disputes, acting for many of the biggest insurers in the market. In addition, the team represents clients in professional negligence claims, breach of contract litigation, and construction disputes. Lisa Broderick, who is 'dynamic and innovative', and Rowena McCormack lead the team; both have broad practices, acting for clients in court proceedings as well as arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Broderick; Rowena McCormack

Other key lawyers:

Noreen Howard

Testimonials

‘This is a very personable practice. In my experience I have found they are contactable at short notice on queries and provide very detailed explanations in response. I have found the standard of the practice to be exceptional.’

‘I can specifically comment on Lisa Broderick and Simon Halpin. I can commend them both on their personal approach and their ability to translate legal documents and procedures to a level that is understandable to me. In all my dealings with them I have found them to be of excellent character and exceptional knowledge which is invaluable in dealing with significant multi-party disputes.’

‘DAC Beachcroft’s dispute resolution team are exceptional. They are client orientated, providing clients with strategic and tactical advice. They are also hugely expert in their area.

‘The dedicated team is hugely impressive providing expert advice to clients. Lisa Broderick is a first-class litigator. She is a dynamic and innovative dealing with complex litigation expertly. Noreen Howard is highly expert and a practical client-orientated partner. Her commitment is exceptional. Brian Ormond is extremely knowledgeable and provides clear advice. He has expertise in advising regulators and has detailed and specialised knowledge of regulatory law. Simon Halpin has expertise in advising regulators.

Key clients

The Medical Council

Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Tata Steel UK Limited

Kiernan Homes

CPL Fuels Ireland Limited

Savills

Internorm Windows UK Limited

London & European Title Insurance Services Limited t/a Titlesolv

AXA XL

Aviva

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Kiernan Homes in a high-value construction dispute over works carried out to a large period property in County Wicklow.
  • Acting for Tata Steel in multi-party proceedings relating to the construction of a waste water treatment facility outside Dublin.
  • Acting for Aviva in defending its insured, a leading commercial property agent, in defending multimillion-euro proceedings issued by Ulster Bank.

Dillon Eustace

The team at Dillon Eustace handles litigation in the Commercial and High Courts, representing clients in defamation proceedings, contentious insolvencies, and enforcement of loans. The practice is particularly active in acting for financial institutions and insurers. John Doyle now heads the department, with former practice head Kieran Cowhey now as a consultant. John O’Riordan 'has the ability to deal rationally with issues no matter what complexities', while Peter Bredin is another key name.

Practice head(s):

John Doyle

Other key lawyers:

John O’Riordan; Peter Bredin; Kierhan Cowhey

Testimonials

‘Efficient service and great knowledge of the debt recovery process.’

‘Extremely great legal resource for our team, efficient service, and always works to find efficient solution for problems.’

‘The team are personable, courteous, responsive and highly professional. The lead partner for us, John O’ Riordan made sure to really understand our business and our issues, his advice was measured, but at all times, he has felt like a core part of our own team.’

‘John O’Riordan has been exceptional, his gentle guidance, humour and evident expertise have made it easier for us to make difficult decisions in line with his advice. Feeling that he is on our side and a core part of our team has greatly helped. John and his colleague Kate Michalowska are easily accessible and very responsive. The quality of their work is excellent.’

‘Extremely responsive and thorough in their advices.’

‘Peter Bredin and Alan Quigley both have an extremely good eye for detail, are very responsive and are strategic and client focused in their advises’

‘The team was always attentive, responded quickly and seemed very much in charge of the case. ’

‘John O’Riordan was the partner who led and dealt with our case. John is a very calm individual who has the ability to deal rationally with issues no matter what complexities unfold as the litigation action progresses.’

Key clients

Sunday Business Post

BNY Mellon

AIB

Deloitte

RSA Insurance

Allianz

National Asset Management Agency (NAMA)

FBD Insurance

Travelers Insurance

Aer Lingus

Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI)

Havbell DAC, Seaconview DAC, Tanager DAC

Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman

Irish Daily Mail / Irish Mail on Sunday

State Claims Agency

Liberty Insurance

Marsh Limited

Grant Thornton

Pepper Finance Corporation Ireland DAC

KPMG

American Airlines

Work highlights

  • Defended the Sunday Business Post in proceedings brought by Denis O’Brien, one of Ireland’s richest individuals, arising from a publication about persons with substantial borrowings from the former Anglo-Irish Bank.
  • Represented the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) in proceedings arising from the liquidation of Setanta Insurance Company, in which the Supreme Court found that the MIBI was not liable to meet claims brought against Setanta policyholders.
  • Acting for Seaconview DAC and a number of companies in receivership in the defence of proceedings brought by Bill Cullen, a high-profile business and media personality, in relation to a valuable property in Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Eugene F. Collins

Eugene F. Collins acts for clients in contentious matters including professional negligence proceedings, financial services disputes, and regulatory issues. The team also handles media and construction litigation, drawing on the expertise of Rachel Shanley and Margaret Austin, respectively. Practice head Maura Connolly has a particular focus on regulatory matters and Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin frequently acts for clients from the financial services sector. Other partners in the team include the experienced Ronan O’Neill, who specialises in banking litigation, and Paul Dempsey, who was made up to partner in 2020 and leads the debt recovery department.

Practice head(s):

Maura Connolly

Other key lawyers:

Margaret Austin; Rachel Shanley; Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin; Ronan O’Neill; Paul Dempsey

Testimonials

‘In our dealings with this practice we have found that there has been a broad knowledge base within the firm across all areas we have from time to time found it necessary to enquire upon. Where there has been any occasion that the point of contact has not immediately been able to provide a definitive themselves in answer to a query; then the appropriate information has swiftly been provided from elsewhere within the practice.’

‘In our experience with this practice we have found a full willingness to fully explain and explore all legal aspects which are arising concerning our business. The advices we have received have been clear in their direction and towards ensuring we are operating within legal parameters and conventions. Our main contact in the practice is Donal Dunne, who has been a model of professionalism and who has always given extensive time to us in answering our queries in a manner which is both comprehensive and understandable.’

‘Very accessible. Practical and commercial. Solid technically. Good value for money.’

‘Rachel Shanley is very good commercially and gives good strategic advice.’

‘Rachel Shanley and Finola Igoe are both extremely responsive, client-focused, solution-driven and strategic and commercial in their advices.’

‘The team at EFC have been the most effective from our experience in the Irish market. They are concise, speedy and level headed. Delivering objective insight and advice right when it counts.’

‘Really easy to work with – they listen to you. Working with them does not create a whole lot of work for you as the client.’

‘They do not create a whole lot of work for me as the client. They understand the issue and then take that away and come up with the best defence strategy.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton

JD Sports

Vodafone Retail (Ireland) Limited

BMW (Automotive (Ireland) and BMW (AG))

Danske Bank A/S

Takeda Pharmaceutical Ireland

KBC Bank

Bank of Ireland

Marks and Spencer (Ireland) Limited

Hugh Dickson and Steve Akers, Joint Official Liquidators of Insolvent Cayman Island hedge fund DD Growth Premium Master Fund (In Liquidation)

Sky UK Limited

Bank of Scotland Plc

ACC Loan Management Limited

Capita Asset Services

Zurich Bank

Investec Bank

KBC Bank Ireland

Bank of Ireland and Bank of Ireland (UK) Limited

Allied Irish Banks, plc

Red Flag Consulting Limited

Whirlpool SSC Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the HPRA in relation to over 120 separate sets of High Court proceedings which relate to the development of narcolepsy in individuals which is alleged to have occurred as a result of the administration of a Swine Flu vaccine during the Swine Flu pandemic of 2009/2010.
  • Acting for Red Flag Consulting and a number of its officers in defending defamation proceedings brought by billionaire Denis O’Brien.
  • Advised a Domino’s Pizza franchisee in relation to a case in the High Court to determine whether Domino’s Pizza delivery drivers were self-employed independent contractors or worked under contracts of service.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland's dispute resolution practice handles investigations, financial services litigation, insurance defence, and regulatory matters. The team's client base includes private companies and a number of regulators, and it represents clients in court proceedings and arbitration. Practice head Pamela O’Neill has more than 25 years' experience in handling disputes, with a particular focus on regulatory investigations. Norman Fitzgerald is 'commercial and persuasive' and has extensive experience acting in the Commercial Court on a range of matters. Neil O’Mahony, Dermot McEvoy, and Stephen Barry are also key partners in the team.

Practice head(s):

Pamela O’Neill

Other key lawyers:

Norman Fitzgerald; Neil O’Mahony; Dermot McEvoy; Stephen Barry

Testimonials

‘They are commercial and listen to instruction.’

‘Eversheds have provided excellent support to us in agreeing out of court settlements in certain cases. They have shown a deep understanding of the interests of the competing parties and an ability to identify where an agreement may be found that is acceptable to all. Eversheds have also promoted and achieved sign-up to such settlements from all parties in an efficient manner.’

‘Eoin Mac Aodha has been consistently reliable and responsive to our needs. He takes a pragmatic and wise approach to litigation and provided measured counsel in occasionally difficult circumstances.’

‘They offer a highly organised approach to litigation. This is unique to Eversheds in my experience of other top tier firms.’

‘Norman Fitzgerald is calm and controlled, highly technical, commercial and persuasive, and is always available. Stephen Barry is solid, pragmatic, and very commercial. Melanie Ardiff strikes a good balance between detailed approach necessary at associate level and more strategic advice.’

‘Stephen Barry is always responsive and provides high-quality, commercially savvy advice.’

Key clients

Ronan Group

AIB

RTB

EY

Rouse

Tetrarch Capital

Dublin Port

Stena Line

Earlsfort East Point Limited

Abtran

CNG Europe Energy SAS

Ulster Bank

KBC Bank

PTSB

Swissport

Marsh

AIG

Waterman Moylan

BDO

Insolvency Service of Ireland

Duff & Phelps

Butler/Leisureplex/Starbucks/EEGroup

Stephane Fund

Grant Thornton

Irish Response

3V Benelux BV

Gembira

Apollo Management International

Cairn Homes Properties Ltd

Kingspan plc

Prodieco

O’Flahertys (Nassau St) Limited t/a Reads of Nassau Street

Work highlights

  • Acting for EY in defending Commercial Court proceedings brought by IBRC against EY relating to its role as the former auditors of Anglo Irish Bank plc (as it was then known as).
  • Acting as the sole legal provider to the RTB; providing a range of advice across regulatory, general litigation, including managing enforcement actions, statutory appeals and judicial reviews, legislative amendments, and ongoing corporate governance issues.
  • Representing the owners of the iconic Stillorgan Bowl in a dispute with US venture capital giant Kennedy Wilson on their landlord and tenant rights to renewal of the terms of their lease and/or to an entitlement to significant monetary compensation for loss of their premises should the court not grant a new lease.

Hayes Solicitors LLP

Hayes Solicitors LLP stands out for its strong healthcare litigation practice, representing clients in catastrophic injury and medical negligence claims, and has longstanding relationships with the Medical Protection Society and the State Claims Agency. Joe O’Malley is especially active in alternative dispute resolution across a wide variety of commercial disputes and Mary Hough handles healthcare work alongside Caroline Crowley.

Practice head(s):

Joe O’Malley; Mary Hough

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Crowley; Matthew Austin; David Phelan; Robbie Slattery

Testimonials

‘Very collaborative approach and worked highly effectively with other teams.’

‘Very responsive, thorough and always extremely well-prepared and professional. Gives 100% attention.’

‘This practice has a unique ethos, in my view, in terms of the service it provides. It has a very experienced team and the junior members of the team have support at all times. Cases are always very well prepared, organisation is key and nothing is left to chance. There are very adroit lawyers on the team who work very well with counsel. The client gets a very well rounded service. The team has a strong ethical sense and approaches litigation in that context but also with a practical approach.’

‘David Phelan always shows great wisdom, I have come to hugely value his judgement. David has great grasp of the legal detail, and also can stand back and invariably brings excellent overall perspective to a situation.’

‘High quality legal firm with a fully professional service. In all my dealings with Hayes Solicitors I have found them to be competent, efficient, personable and very discreet. ’

‘I have dealt with many solicitors at the Hayes firm, from trainees to senior partners. I have never been disappointed: professional, good knowledge of subject matter, personable, efficient, accommodating and effective. Specific stand-out partners that I have had many dealings with include Katy Meade, Louise O’Rourke, Caroline Crowley, Mary Hough, Martha Wilson, and Stephen McGuinness.

‘Hayes Solicitors’ dispute resolution team are extremely professional in their approach, possess extensive experience, have vast in-depth knowledge, and approach each case thoroughly, leaving no stone unturned.’

‘Caroline Crowley has a vast amount of experience and extremely capable, a leader in the industry. Louise O’Rourke is also an excellent and professional solicitor.

Key clients

Medical Protection Society (Healthcare)

Dental Protection (Healthcare)

State Claims Agency (Healthcare & EL/PL)

Bank of Ireland

Hickey’s Pharmacy Group

Investec

OHM Group

Primark

Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI)

The Irish Times

Unilever

Veterinary Defence Society

Goldman Sachs

Carval

AIB

Willis Towers Watson

Tony Kilduff

Baker Tilly Chartered Accountants

Clare Civil Engineering

Kirby Healy Chartered Accountants

Work highlights

  • Representing the Department of Health, HSE & GlaxoSmithKline in relation to approximately 90 existing sets of legal proceedings brought by claimants who developed narcolepsy & cataplexy following the administration of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine between December 2009 and March 2010.
  • Representing Tony Kilduff as one of a number of defendants in quasi-class action litigation involving 300 claimant investors in various Belfry Property Funds, which involve investments ranging from €250,000 to several million euros.
  • Acting for Robert Stöllinger, the claimant in High Court proceedings claiming breach of contract and negligence against the defendant, a life assurance company, for approving an unqualified and unregulated investment intermediary to advise the claimant on his investment portfolio.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

LK Shields Solicitors LLP is increasingly active in representing clients in construction disputes, particularly in acting for contractors. The team is also active in technology and IP litigation, such as matters involving piracy, counterfeiting, and cyber-squatting, as well as white-collar crime work. Michael Kavanagh leads the team, while Eamon Jones is a key partner with a broad practice. Jill Callanan is active in contentious insolvencies and restructurings, while Ciarán Markey focuses on IP claims. Amy Bradley recently departed for a senior in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kavanagh

Other key lawyers:

Eamon Jones; Jill Callanan; Ciarán Markey

Key clients

629 Pensioner members of the Retired Aviation Staff Association (RASA) of Aer Lingus

Scania

United Parcel Service of Ireland Limited (UPS)

The secured lender and fixed charge receiver appointed to certain assets of Bryan and Derek McGuinness

Leopardstown Club Limited / Horse Racing Ireland

Renewable Energy Technology Companies

FremantleMedia Limited and Simco Limited

Pepper Asset Servicing

BrewDog

McDonald’s Restaurants of Ireland

Leeson Enterprises SA and Jose Alfredo Hernandez Ortega

Elkstone Partners

Work highlights

  • Acting for Scania in the defence of multiple civil actions brought in the High Court in Ireland claiming damages following a European Commission competition/antitrust infringement decision.
  • Representing FremantleMedia in relation to Supreme Court proceedings arising from related Commercial Court proceedings where the firm succeeded in protecting the “Got Talent” brand from infringement in Ireland.
  • Acting for Leeson Enterprises SA and Jose Alfredo Hernandez Ortega in a Commercial Court dispute over ownership of a number of high-value, Olympic standard horses across multiple jurisdictions.

Maples Group

Led by contentious insolvency expert Robin McDonnell, the practice at Maples Group handles a wide range of matters including professional negligence claims, property disputes, and breach of contract litigation. Clients include Irish state bodies and companies as well as multinationals. Other key partners in the team include Brian Clarke, Alan O’Sullivan, and Enda O’Keeffe.

Practice head(s):

Robin McDonnell

Other key lawyers:

Brian Clarke; Alan O’Sullivan; Enda O’Keeffe

Key clients

Michael McAteer and Paul McCann of Grant Thornton, Joint Administrators of Quinn Insurance Limited

A former director of the Belfry Investment Funds

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

The joint liquidators (Paul McCann and Michael McAteer of Grant Thornton) of the Treasury Holdings Group

Susquehanna International Group

James Egan and Adrian Murphy (directors of Shaw Academy Limited)

LRC Group

KC Capital Property Group Limited

Energoinvest Reach Active Limited

Carlow County Council

Feniton Property Finance DAC and PricewaterhouseCoopers

Allied Irish Banks, plc

Calibrate Real Estate Limited

D2 Private Limited and Deirdre Foley

Lagan Holdings Limited

Goldman Sachs and CarVal Investors LLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for the joint administrators of Quinn Insurance in Commercial Court proceedings against PwC relating to professional negligence.
  • Acting for Susquehanna in Commercial Court appeals brought by Revenue against decisions of the Tax Appeals Commission in two separate complex tax disputes.
  • Acting for ERA, a power and utilities contractor operating in Ireland and the UK, in relation to three separate public procurement judicial review challenges against Electricity Supply Board (“ESB”), a semi-state entity which is the owner of the power transmission and distribution systems in Ireland.

Philip Lee

Philip Lee stands out for its experience in acting for public bodies, advising regulators on investigations and enforcement as well as defending them against claims. The team also acts for private companies in a range of sectors, including telecoms, media, and financial services; the team's healthcare expertise was bolstered in April 2020 by the arrival of Marie Kinsella. Practice head Damien Young has a broad practice, with Anne Bateman and Clare Cashin also noted.

Practice head(s):

Damien Young

Other key lawyers:

Marie Kinsella; Anne Bateman; Clare Cashin

Testimonials

‘The Philip Lee team’s strengths that differentiate them from other legal firms we deal with include their focus on providing comprehensive service to the client that is delivered in a comprehensive, practical and cost effective manner.’

‘The services provided are very much a partner-led and delivered service which compares favourably to other firms where the service sometimes may be partner-directed but is often delivered by associates. Notwithstanding the Philip Lee associates and trainees are very much a part of the team and there is strong emphasis on a team delivered service where each member has clear roles and responsibilities. Philip Lee’s excellent approach to building and maintaining client relationships is of particular note and most importantly they are there when you need them the most no matter how short the notice is.’

‘The practice is very clear regarding the steps in dispute resolution and when it should commence in a specific case. They consider each case on its own merits and take a tailored approach to dispute resolution as opposed to providing a “one size fits all” response.’

‘Marie Kinsella has been particularly supportive. She is very knowledgeable regarding case law and legislation in healthcare. Her advice is well considered and provided in a timely manner.’

Key clients

TransdevNo

Data Protection CommissionerNo

Health Service Executive

Office of the Information Commissioner

Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information

Irish Planning Board (An Bord Pleanála)

Irish Water

Port of Cork

Lone star Funds

Word Perfect Translation Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting as sole legal advisers to the Irish Data Protection Commission.
  • Acting for the Health Service Executive in a number of large-scale commercial litigation matters.
  • Acting as the sole legal advisors to the OIC and OCEI.

Kennedys

Kennedys stands out for its work in insurance disputes, handling litigation involving healthcare, personal injury, professional indemnity, and construction claims. The team is active in representing clients before the Commercial Court, High Court, and Supreme Court. The team is led by Andrew McGahey; Hugh Kennedy has expertise in admiralty, marine and aviation litigation and Joanne O’Sullivan handles healthcare work. Noel Devins has a core focus on professional indemnity claims in the construction and financial services sectors. David Strahan joined the team in 2019 from Arthur Cox and counts a number of major insurers amongst his clients.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McGahey

Other key lawyers:

Hugh Kennedy; Joanne O’Sullivan; Noel Devins; David Strahan

Testimonials

‘What I appreciate most is that Kennedys in Dublin do not simply advise but they implement/transpose their proposal into concrete next steps. This makes things very effective and transparent as it provides a very clear picture of what is going on.’

‘Hugh Kennedy and associate Grainne Donnelly are a perfect team and always well prepared.’

‘The level of engagement is exceptional with a hands-on approach being adopted by the team. Cognisant of speaking and relaying messages.’

Key clients

Aviva

Elk Fertighaus AG

MDO Management Company SA

Securitas Security Services Limited

IN2 Engineering Design Partnership

Cornmarket Financial Services

Medlab Pathology Limited

Electric Insurance Company (GE)

Inditex Re

CPL Management Solutions

SIMS Clinic

Midland Radio

Securitas Security Services Ireland

JD Wetherspoon

Tipp FM

JD Sports

Work highlights

  • Acting for the insured, Medlab, in the biggest multimillion-euro healthcare mass litigation in Ireland, involving the alleged misdiagnosis of cervical smears.
  • Instructed to act on behalf of ship-owner Cosco Shipping Captive Insurance Co. by its hull underwriters and P&I insurers, China Ship-owners Mutual Insurance Association, following a collision between a Cosco vessel and a French fishing vessel off the coast of Ireland.
  • Defending Drogheda Port and the client’s UK insurers in High Court Admiralty proceedings issued by Arklow Shipping after an Arklow ship went aground in the channel whilst departing the Port.

Ronan Daly Jermyn

With offices in Cork, Galway and Dublin, Ronan Daly Jermyn has a sizeable dispute litigation practice, handling litigation involving M&A, planning, breach of contract claims, and disputes between shareholders. The team also has a strong practice in insurance claims, particularly related to healthcare. Darryl Broderick leads the overall team, and handles matters including financial disputes and defamation claims. Managing partner Richard Martin frequently acts for insurers and educational institutions and Ronan Geary is active in a range of Commercial Court matters. Peter Lennon, Fergus Long, and Jamie Olden are also key partners in the team.

Practice head(s):

Darryl Broderick

Other key lawyers:

Richard Martin; Ronan Geary; Peter Lennon; Fergus Long; Jamie Olden

Key clients

daa Plc

Musgrave Group

Allianz

RSA

AIB Group

Grant Thornton

Zurich

Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) DAC

R&Q Ireland Limited

Waratek Limited

BBL Group

Munster Joinery Group

Cork City Council

Hiscox

Work highlights

  • Acted for Waratek Limited in a dispute involving a number of parties and concerning a proposed merger between businesses in the US and Waratek Limited.
  • Acted for Cork City Council in successful defence of judicial proceedings taken by the Gleneagle Hotel Group (owners of the INEC, an Event Centre based in Kerry) seeking to challenge state funding of the €85m Cork Event Centre.
  • Acted for the claimants, Atlantic Shellfish Limited and David Hugh Jones, in the successful resolution of proceedings related to the damage done to its world-renowned oysters from the discharge of inadequately treated sewage into Cork.

Whitney Moore

The team at Whitney Moore handles a range of dispute resolution matters, with particular specialisms in areas such as aviation and the motor industry. The litigation practice also acts alongside the firm's other teams, including the data protection and intellectual property departments, to handle disputes in these areas. Aoife Murphy became head of the team in July 2020 and specialises in patent litigation, which she handles alongside Robin Hayes. Former practice head John Lynch continues to have a broad commercial litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Aoife Murphy

Other key lawyers:

John Lynch; Robin Hayes; Colin Hayes; Vicky Riordan; Brendan Moriarty;

Testimonials

‘They are competent and efficient without compromising on friendliness and put clients at ease. ’

‘Brendan Moriarty has one of the sharpest minds in the profession and provides excellent service to all his clients.’

‘Their understanding of the business needs and the importance of obtaining the right commercial result. Their ability to have the right people in the right roles to provide top level knowledge to us as clients is second to none.’

‘Every person I have come across in my interactions have been top quality, really understanding, excellent knowledge and deliver results. The access we get to the managing partner John Lynch is exceptional and this for me is very unusual. That he makes himself so readily available to his clients is fantastic, you can’t buy this level of service. In addition, they do not want to overcharge clients and are very generous  and fair with their time and billing.’

‘From my point of view being in the motor trade they have a very good understanding of how it works. This is very important where a dispute arises and they can give advice from both our stand point and the third party. They don’t just agree with our view point, they will rationalise it out.’

‘The people I deal with at Whitney Moore are very approachable and understanding and always come back to you no matter what. Nothing is a problem. Very sound advice whether you like to hear it or not.’

‘This practice is very patient, highly professional and informative, and take the time to fully appraise on all issues and possible outcomes. In my experience, I have found that they make efforts to limit my expenditure, and advise against actions that might end up incurring considerable costs and investment in time on my part. This is one of the main reasons that I really appreciate their representation in all matters.’

‘I have dealt mainly with two individuals, Cillian Balfe and Colin Hayes. Both are very patient and are very careful to ensure that I am fully informed at the outset and briefed throughout every engagement. I find both of these individuals to be highly professional and they have always delivered favourable outcomes on every assignment.’

Key clients

Allianz plc

IDA Ireland

Novartis AG

Daimler AG

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Pyrite Resolution Board

Antalis Limited

O’Flaherty Group (Motor Services Limited)

Edwards Lifesciences

Vlasman Betonbewerkings

Work highlights

  • Acting for the claimant, Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp., in patent infringement proceedings against Clonmel Healthcare Ltd (a subsidiary of Stada) in the Commercial Court concerning Merck’s Supplementary Protection Certificate for a combination drug used in cholesterol treatment.
  • Acted for Edwards Lifesciences in patent infringement proceedings before the Commercial Court brought by Evalve Inc (Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc) relating to Edwards’ Pascal transcatheter valve repair system.
  • Acting for the former shareholders of Labcoat technology (“Labcoat”) in a dispute arising from a transaction agreement pursuant to which Boston Scientific Limited acquired the shareholdings of the shareholders of Labcoat and all of its business, technology and intellectual property including patents and other IP relating to stent coating technology.

AMOSS Solicitors

Under the leadership of Gavin Simons, AMOSS Solicitors' team represents clients in a varied range of commercial disputes, including litigation related to insolvencies, breach of contract claims, and shareholder disputes. Jerry Burke is another key partner in the team.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Simons

Other key lawyers:

Jerry Burke

Testimonials

‘They emanated calm in a very stressful situation.’

‘Personal prompt professional service; understand the respective strengths and weaknesses to establish a mutually acceptable outcome.’

‘Affable, relatable and very knowledgeable’.

‘Gavin Simons offers wise counsel and is a capable director of operations to push delivery by his talented team.’

Key clients

Androula Charilaou

FBD Insurance plc

Ulster Bank Ireland DAC

Paul McCann and Patrick Dillon of Grant Thornton Ireland

Ulster Bank Ireland DAC

Paul McCann and Patrick Dillon of Grant Thornton Ireland

US Trustee in Bankruptcy

Seaconview DAC

Anne O’Dwyer of Duff and Phelps

Lington Developments Limited

MP & Silva Limited (In Liquidation)

Trimston Holdings Limited

Talos Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Androula Charilaou in defending an alleged conspiracy scheme valued at in excess of $850m.
  • Acting for FBD Insurance plc in defending numerous business interruption claims relating to closures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advising Ulster Bank DAC in relation to a €22m claim brought against borrowers on foot of a compromise agreement.

Fieldfisher

Led by Killian O’Reilly and Mark Woodcock, Fieldfisher acts in dispute resolution matters involving procurement, landlord and tenant disputes, insurance, and financial services. Woodcock specialises in representing financial institutions in litigation, while O'Reilly has a broad practice and is also experienced in mediation.

Practice head(s):

Killian O’Reilly; Mark Woodcock

Testimonials

‘Highly commercially focused. They provide clarity and don’t get caught up in futile legal concepts which add no commercial value to litigation. They are excellent at understanding the real world effects of the law on the insurance sector. ’

‘Killian O’Reilly is commercially focused and clear. Mark Kelly is a strong and consistent communicator ’

‘Very strong experience. Strong process with strategic input.’

Key clients

Ryanair DAC

EU Networks

Iceland Foods

Mazars

AIG Insurance plc

RSM Ireland

Bank of Ireland

Insomnia

TUI Group

Patrona Underwriting Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of the TUI Group in respect of an ongoing High Court action arising from a high-value landlord and tenant dispute.
  • Acting on behalf of Bank of Ireland (the “Bank”) in three related sets of proceedings involving two borrowers.

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Based in Limerick, Holmes O'Malley Sexton's dispute resolution practice covers a broad range of sectors, including data protection, insurance, and breach of contract disputes. Contentious construction and debt collection matters are a growing area for the team, led by Harry Fehily, Michael Murphy, and Pat McInerney.

Practice head(s):

Harry Fehily; Michael Murphy; Pat McInerney

Other key lawyers:

Caitlin Love

Testimonials

‘From my perspective the main strength that I have observed is the ability to give good sound advice at the earliest juncture so as to facilitate an early resolution of a dispute and so avoid costly litigation.’

‘It is clear from the beginning of the solicitor/client relationship that the solicitors would provide clear objective advice on every matter. This is particularly so with regard to Pat McInerney and Caitlin Love, with whom I have been dealing directly. Their ability to analyse both legal issues and factual circumstances and provide direct and reliable advice, pointing out the strengths and weaknesses in any given situation, has been a vital element in resolving disputes that have arisen.’

‘The team are very professional in their dealings with us and are readily accessible when needed. They are efficient and competent.’

‘Caitlin Love is our point of contact. She is very knowledgeable and helpful.’

Key clients

University of Limerick

Irish Greyhound Board

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Dublin City Council

Roadbridge

H&MV Engineering Limited

Corajio UC T/A Mr. Price

Cork Institute of Technology

Legal Aid Board

Limerick 2030 DAC

AIB PLC

Coillte

University College Cork

Tralee Institute of Technology

Port of Cork

BioAtlantis Limited

Clare County Council

Mayan Construction Limited

Westair Aviation Limited

AIG Europe

IT Sligo

Commission for Railway Regulation

Work highlights

  • Acting for an international engineering company in a claim under a construction contract worth £3.3m brought a Swiss company, which involves a counter claim against a German supplier.
  • Secured an injunction for a private client in the High Court against eBay for unlawful processing of our client’s personal data.
  • Acting for a primary school in relation to a significant claim against a contractor and design team for structural defects which have arisen as a result of reconstruction of the school building in 2012.

Lavelle Partners

Lavelle Partners is noted for its work in litigation related to insolvencies and financial services, and also handles contractual disputes. The practice is led by Ciarán Leavy. Other key contacts in the team include the highly experienced Mark Fitzgibbon, managing partner and insolvency specialist Michael Lavelle, and Avril Scally, who handles healthcare litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ciarán Leavy

Other key lawyers:

Mark Fitzgibbon; Michael Lavelle; Avril Scally

Testimonials

‘They provide a clear recommended strategy to best assert client’s position rather than being given range of alternatives and being asked to decide on preferred strategy.’

‘They offer assertiveness in deciding the appropriate strategy and follow through in proactive fashion.’

‘Lavelle Solicitors has a focus on their people and delivering for clients, particularly in comparison to competing firms. We have been successful in a number of disputes with Lavelle, with the legal process completed within short timeframes.’

‘Ciaran Leavy is a strong performer, providing pragmatic and results focused advice. Dermot McLean is a diligent associate, always available and pragmatic in his approach.’

‘Ciaran Leavy is a very responsive point of contact who is always up to speed with matters. he provides effective and commercial solutions to progress matters.’

‘Lavelle Solicitors always provide a top class service at a competitive price compared to other firms. You get the feeling that they really value their clients and will go ‘the extra mile’ for the client.’

‘Ciaran Leavy really stands out as a top class litigator and an expert in his field. Ciaran displays great commercial acumen and always seems to find solutions for a problem. I would highly recommend Ciaran Leavy for representation in commercial litigation matters.’

Leman Solicitors

Leman Solicitors represents international clients from a wide range of industries, including real estate, banking, healthcare, and manufacturing, in various disputes. The practice is led by Larry Fenelon and Ronan McGoldrick, both of whom have experience representing clients in the High Court and in commercial arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Larry Fenelon; Ronan McGoldrick

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Noel O’Connor

Testimonials

‘What makes Leman unique is the level of professionalism that they instill in you as clients. To put it in layman’s terms they made us feel so secure and relieved us of so much worry. They have a unique team at Leman that are engaged and professional, which has been lacking in other firms we have dealt with over the years. We are extremely lucky that Leman were recommended to us as at this stage in our process and we don’t know where we would be without them.’

‘Ronan McGoldrick is professional to the highest level while maintaining empathy with the client and their problem. He is always available by phone or email with a prompt response. Stephen Noel O’Connor is always reachable by both phone and email and has an excellent understanding of the client’s needs. Both Ronan and Stephan have worked so hard for us and we always feel they are a super team together.’

‘The team led by Ronan McGoldrick operates in a very co-ordinated and efficient manner, with Ronan to the fore at all times and a very focused partner-lead approach.’

‘Apart from his excellent legal skills and discipline, Ronan McGoldrick is very much to the fore in case management.’

‘The team at Leman Solicitors are exceptional. We have been utilising their services since 2011 and have always found them to be professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. When working with any of the team they all respond promptly to any emails or calls we leave them and often liaise with us outside of normal working hours to keep us updated and fully appraised as to how the matter is progressing. The team always provides us with clear and concise advice and can be contacted by phone, mobile or email, allowing us access in times of urgency.’

‘We have had the pleasure of working with John Hogan, Larry Fenelon, Stephen O’Connor, Ronan McGoldrick and David Heatley and all have been excellent in assisting us when he have required help with various matters including dispute resolution. All have been very approachable, patient and understanding during difficult periods we as a company have experienced over the years. We value their professionalism as well as their openness and friendliness, always making us feel at ease while providing us with workable solutions.’

O'Flynn Exhams

O'Flynn Exhams handles a range of dispute resolution work, including winding-up petitions and breach of contract disputes. The team is particularly active in disputes related to insolvency, and represents clients in both the High Court and alternative dispute resolution. The practice is led by Shane Crossan.

Practice head(s):

Shane Crossan

Other key lawyers:

Sion Williams; Tom O’Byrne

Testimonials

‘Tom O’Byrne is an outstanding partner. He is always available and turns work in an extremely efficient manner. He consistently comes up with approaches to the benefit of the client in a cost effective manner. He is always conscious of the drivers and internal operations of our business.’

‘The practice has a common sense and innovative approach with very solid grounded and well considered advice, with an ability to seek out competent specialists and interpret their advice in a practical way. They are always keen to be helpful and proactive with any problems that may arise, and are good soldiers in any battles which we have encountered with an honest and sensible approach.’

‘We have primarily dealt with Tom O’Byrne in this practice. He has been an outstanding and solid individual to work with. He has always taken a very balanced view, always with common sense to the forefront, which is perhaps the most uncommon thing of all. We always felt at ease with him and depended absolutely on his judgement, which we found to be without fault. In short, we have found everyone at the firm to be a pleasure to deal with and we always felt very comfortable in their hands.’

‘This firm offers of the services of a very large firm at very reasonable rates.’

‘Shane Crossan has a very good knowledge of the law and can guide clients through complex and expensive disputes. He and his firm are very well respected by their peers which makes resolving matters easier.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks, plc

Gas Networks Ireland (formerly Bord Gáis)

Irish Water

Kerry Group plc

Cork Institute of Technology

Permanent TSB plc

Ingersoll Rand

Cork Education and Training Board

Marriott International (formerly Starwood)

P.J. Hegarty & Sons

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart

Presentation Brothers Trustees

Brothers of Charity

Bord na gCon

Malachy Walsh & Partners

GlobeTech

Westfield Investments

Carey Glass

Parnell Properties (R.E.S.A.M.)

Cummins Sports Limited

Cope Foundation

Grangefield Developments Limited

Murphy’s Irish Seafood Limited

KBC Bank plc

Abbey Machinery Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented seven Serie A soccer clubs in successfully supporting a contentious petition to wind up a sports media company, heard before the Commercial List of the High Court.
  • Acted for Irish Water in a complex case under Section 97 of the Water Services Act 1997 to seek the Court’s authority to allow Irish Water to construct and lay a pipe in Youghal Harbour, which would discharge treated sewage from a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Represented the Cork Institute of Technology and SEFtec NMCI Offshore Training Limited in Commercial Court judicial review proceedings successfully challenging a departmental refusal to recognise training certification and accreditation obtained in other jurisdictions.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP, which established its Dublin office in 2018, fields a dispute resolution team that is active in in a variety of contentious matters, ranging from shareholder oppression matters to IP-related litigation. The team is particularly active in the technology, pharmaceutical, financial services, and energy sectors. Ann Henry handles IP disputes and Michael Finn, who joined from Matheson in November 2019, has a varied practice.

Practice head(s):

Ann Henry; Michael Finn

Key clients

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited

Flogas Ireland Limited

Travel Counsellors Limited

Snorkel Europe Limited

Idox plc

WeLink Investment Holdings Ireland Limited

Standard Life Assurance Limited

DCC Energy Limited

Intertrust Technologies

Commission for Communications Regulation

Leo McGinley and KLM Utilities Limited

The European Marine Energy Centre Limited (EMEC)

Vincent Crowley

Work highlights

  • Acting for Vincent Crowley, one of the 19 individuals affected by the INM plc data security incident, the subject of an investigation by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement, the Data Protection Commission and the Central Bank of Ireland.
  • Acting as counsel to Irish regulatory authority, the Commission for Communications Regulation, in relation to regulatory investigations and enforcement.
  • Representing Snorkel Europe Limited in proceedings against Instant UpRight Limited, UI Property Limited and Go Direct Access Limited, for breach of contract (including a trade mark licence agreement), passing-off and related claims.