Dispute resolution in Ireland

A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP has a combined disputes and investigations group, reflective of the firm's growing status in the financial regulatory and competition investigations fields and the spin-off litigation that results from them. The firm also continues to see growth in tax and real estate litigation. It has an outstanding corporate client base, increasingly international in nature. Enda Hurley co-heads the team, alongside Dario Dagostino, who is an experienced figure in financial regulatory investigations. Eileen Roberts is another senior litigator, and Joe Kelly co-heads the fraud and white-collar crime team. Liam Kennedy became the firm's general counsel in January 2022 with Sarah Murphy taking on much of his disputes practice. Tom Casey is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Enda Hurley; Dario Dagostino

Other key lawyers:

Eileen Roberts; Liam Kennedy; Joe Kelly; Tom Casey; Ciarán Ó’Conluain; Sarah Murphy; Mairéad O’Brien

Testimonials

‘The ALG team are simply sublime. They provide expert guidance and counsel and are good people. I find their strategic thinking and approach to be refreshing and they are always looking at potential risks to the business (rather than purely legal).’

‘In terms of the partners and associates, they are extremely responsive, personable, and highly skilled in their respective areas. In particular Sarah Murphy.’

‘Great response times and to correct level or expertise.’ 

‘Joe Kelly – a sublime operator, great in front of the Board Room and clearly an expert in his field.’

‘Ciaran O’Conluain – diligent, commercially aware with expert knowledge and great presence.’

Mairéad O’Brien – up and coming associate with a great attention to detail and strategic thinking.

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Bank plc

Rabobank

Ulster Bank

Permanent TSB Group

Pfizer

Perrigo Company

Volkswagen Group

Irish Life Assurance plc

IPUT

Renault Group

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Limited

NAMA

MAN Trucks

Parma Investments Limited

Endo Pharaceuticals

Aviva Insurance

Baxter Healthcare

Baxter AG

Glenveagh Properties

Cairn Homes plc

Chubb Insurance

Football Association of Ireland

Hammerson ICAV

Allianz

State Claims Agency

Allergen

Heineken

Irish Continental Group plc

Marlet Property Group

Hibernia REIT plc

ABP Group

Clancourt Group

DWS Grundbesitz GmbH

Cantor Fitzgerald

Medical Council of Ireland

Henderson Park

ERGO Versicherung AG

ED&F MAN

Wirecard UK and Ireland Limited

Leslie Buckley

Work highlights

  • Acted for global healthcare company, Perrigo Pharma International DAC, in Commercial Court proceedings against the Irish tax authority and the Irish Government in a challenge to the largest corporation tax assessment in the history of the state.
  • Represented the Irish subsidiary of the Wirecard Group in the context of a high profile raid of its business premises by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (executing a mutual legal assistance request from the German authorities) and significant follow-up work.
  • Advised the Volkswagen Group dealing with all Irish regulatory and litigation aspects of the NOx emissions issue.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox has an outstanding record in big-ticket cases before the Commercial Court. It is experienced in banking and financial services cases, real estate disputes, contentious tax matters and white-collar/corporate crime. The firm is also at the forefront of financial regulatory investigations. The group has successfully brought through a new generation of partners and associates in the last two years to maintain its high standing in the market. Financial services disputes specialist Eve Mulconry leads the team, which includes senior name Andrew Lenny who continues to be rated for financial regulatory investigations. Joanelle O’Cleirigh leads the healthcare and life sciences disputes group. Keith Smith is a leading name in real estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Eve Mulconry

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Lenny; Joanelle O’Cleirigh; Richard Willis; Keith Smith; Gavin Woods; Amelia Walsh; Sean Carroll; Michael Egan; Ryan Ferry; Kate O’Donohoe

Testimonials

‘Very attentive and full team always very together and on board and available to offer up all resources, advice and help as required in difficult negotiation or court work. Collaborative working at its best.’

‘Best performing practice in the Irish market. Superb depth in team. Very client-focused. Are not cheap but provide value for money.’

‘Keith Smith – business acumen, direct access without delegation, subject matter expertise.’

‘Eve Mulconry is a force. She is cutting edge commercial and drives our commercial objectives though innovative legal strategy.’

‘Joanelle O’Cleirigh & Kate O’Donohoe – excellent knowledge of their brief. Prompt response to any queries.’

‘Ryan Ferry is an extraordinarily shrewd, smart & strategic thinker. His capacity to manage a very large work load is enviable. He is deeply passionate about his work and completely outcome focussed.’

‘Special mention for Richard Willis and Amelia Walsh. Richard leads his team very well and has a great manner with clients. Amelia is very bright and is a real rising star.’

‘Gavin Woods and Sean Carroll, and Michael Egan stand out for me. Their attention to detail is immense and Michael’s ability to comprehend the IT and technical aspects of a litigation case is a really good benefit to our business.’

Key clients

AB Volvo (Publ)

Bank of Ireland

Blackrock Hospital Limited

Central Bank of Ireland

Chanelle Pharma

CRH plc and Roadstone Limited

daa

Davy Target Investments PLC

Dawn Meats Ireland Unlimited Company

Eurotoaz Limited

Facebook Ireland Limited

Hines Real Estate

The Taxback Group

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Limited (In Special Liquidation)

Island Capital Management Limited (and related entities)

KBC Bank plc

Marlet Property Group

McKesson Corporation

Ulster Bank

MCD Productions Limited

Green Property Group

Breezeglade Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (In Special Liquidation) (IBRC) in proceedings against the former executive director responsible for lending at Anglo Irish Bank.
  • Represented Hines Real Estate Ireland in defending a challenge to the grant of planning permission for Phase 1 of a three-phase development for over 1,300 new homes on a prime brownfield site in Dublin city centre.
  • Represented both CRH plc and various subsidiary companies, and separately acted for a co-defendant CPI (part of the Grafton Group), in the defence of competition proceedings brought by Framus Limited and related companies concerning allegations of anti-competitive practices in the concrete and cement industries in Ireland.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has one of the largest litigation teams in Ireland, offering a broad swathe of expertise across the disputes arena. The firm has made a particular impression in tech disputes, including judicial review cases, representing some of the biggest corporate names in the world; the firm has a strong background in data privacy matters. IP, property, financial services, product liability and construction disputes are also key areas for the team. Maurice Phelan leads the team and is a key name for commercial litigation, and restructuring and insolvency. Liam Guidera heads the investigations and white-collar crime group and stands out for his experience in major tribunal proceedings and headline inquiries. Colin Monaghan is noted for technology disputes and financial institutions litigation.

Practice head(s):

Maurice Phelan

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

Excellent dispute and commercial knowledge, and the ability to draw on other areas of expertise as required. Communication, planning and teamwork were also excellent.

The multi-disciplinary approach to complex and technical issues is a distinctive feature of the Commercial Litigation department in Mason Hayes & Curran. The exceptional support offered by Commercial Litigation to other departments in the firm means that potentially contentious matters are identified at an early (often embryonic) stage, which, coupled with timely advice, facilitates prompt resolution.  Frank Flanagan is the “go-to guru” when it comes to specialist (often opaque) areas of the law.

Maurice Phelan’s deeply pragmatic advice helped us navigate our way out of the situation with an excellent result.  His knowledge of the law allowed me to assess the risks and make the right choices to get the matter under control in the first instance and then resolved. Maurice and his team were incredibly responsive too. They delivered when they said they would and often kept me on track when I got distracted with other projects/matters that I was working on. In short, Maurice and his team are the whole package as far as Dispute Resolution lawyers are concerned – very knowledgeable, incredibly pragmatic and super-responsive.

Liam Guidera is calm and experienced and very pragmatic. He knows the market extremely well as well as the machinations of the Commercial Court system which he guided us through beautifully. The level of contact was just right and the billing process was clear and transparent.

We worked with Liam Guidera primarily. Liam was an excellent lead for MHC on a recent engagement. He has an exceptional ability to communicate well with the client, give consideration to the many nuances of the work we were doing, and make himself available for group and individual discussions as needed.

Colin Monaghan is a calm and sensible litigator, who always thinks of the client’s strategic objectives and how to best achieve them.

James Morrin is commercially minded and proactive in finding ways to progress cases. He combines strong legal knowledge with a hands on approach and appetite to generate positive results for the client. There are certain solicitors who are satisfied to exchange prolonged correspondence with their opposite numbers, which does little to resolve the situation at hand. James Morrin is eager to drive real engagement between plaintiffs & defendants to drive the best commercial outcome for the client in the shortest possible timeframe.

Key clients

Facebook Ireland Limited

Virgin Media Television Limited

Airbnb Ireland UC

State Claims Agency

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Banque Nationale de Paris Paribas (BNPP)

Commission for Aviation Regulation

Norddeutsche Landesbank (London)

Trocaire

Work highlights

  • Acted for Facebook Ireland Limited and WhatsApp Ireland Limited in judicial review proceedings before the High Court concerning on-going Data Protection Commission inquiries into their Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp services.
  • Represented Banque Nationale de Paris Paribas in Commercial Court proceedings brought by a Chinese aviation leasing company who was the subject of a complex cyber fraud.

Matheson LLP

Matheson LLP‘s commercial litigation group is growing in prominence, thanks in part to the appointment of leading litigator, arbitration counsel and regulatory enforcement expert Nicola Dunleavy as Senior Counsel, one of few solicitors in Ireland to hold this status, and the elevation of Angela Brennan to partner. The group has a particular focus on technology disputes, financial services regulatory and investigations, insurance coverage cases, contentious insolvency and restructuring, and construction disputes. Tax cases are another forte for the firm. Julie Murphy-O’Connor is another senior member of the team, Karen Reynolds leads the regulatory investigations group and April McClements leads the insurance disputes group. Michael Byrne is noted for TMT disputes.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Angela Brennan; Karen Reynolds; April McClements; Michael Byrne; Ruadhán Kenny

Testimonials

‘I have found Matheson as a firm extremely helpful, responsive and detailed in their work. I would be happy to recommend them as the first port of call for any dispute resolution advice.’

‘They are always prepared, they have strategies dealing with our case. They are always at least one or two partners involved.’

‘This team were prompt on their action, understood the issues well and dealt with a changing scenario very professionally. They applied logic and wasted little time in their deliberations keeping costs under a managed level.’

‘Nicola Dunleavy & Ruadhán Kenny in particular are great to deal with, providing good, practical, commercially focused advice and are always at hand when needed.’

‘Nicola Dunleavy is an exceptional lawyer in this area.’

‘Angela Brennan goes the extra mile for client needs.’

‘Angela Brennan was an exceptional asset to us in this period. She was available, flexible, extremely professional and was always open to bringing other experts to the table when required. We have settled that Angela is our now ‘go to’ in legal matters of particular difficulty.’

Key clients

CAO (Central Applications Office)

Indaver

Stellantis

Breccia Unlimited Company

INM

Aviva

AIB plc

Adoption Authority of Ireland

Parma Developments Limited

Kenmare Resources plc

FBD

Work highlights

  • Advised Aviva on an ongoing landmark subrogation claim against Electricity Supply Board and its successful appeal to the Supreme Court.
  • Acted for Opel in connection with complex, high-value, multi-party product liability litigation arising from the fire in Douglas Village Shopping Centre carpark on 31 August 2019.
  • Represented Utmost in relation to its successful appeal to the High Court of a legally binding decision of the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman and the FSPO’s appeal of this decision to the Court of Appeal in which judgment is awaited.

McCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP has a long history of engagements in major litigation, arbitration, regulatory and white-collar crime investigations and other contentious proceedings. It continues to be recognised for its strength in insurance and financial services cases, contractual disputes, product liability matters and public law cases. The sizeable team has a wide variety of engagements spread across the individual partners and other team members. Helen Kilroy is a leading figure in commercial litigation and mediation, including shareholder disputes and breach of warranty claims. Rosaleen Byrne is another with outstanding experience in big-ticket disputes. Former partner Sean Barton  has moved into a consultancy role with the firm.

Practice head(s):

Terence McCrann

Other key lawyers:

Seán Barton; Michelle Doyle; Ciara Ryan; Rosaleen Byrne; Helen Kilroy; Brian Quigley; Audrey Byrne; Catherine Derrig; Michael Coonan; Fiona O’Beirne; Shane O’Brien; Amy Brick

Testimonials

‘The Dispute Resolution practice in McCann FitzGerald has extensive experience and knowledge across the board in terms of the various areas that make up a dispute resolution practice. The team provides considered yet practical advice and is quick and dynamic in advising and assisting clients in legal proceedings. A particular strength of the practice is the Project Services Group who are excellent and well versed in assisting clients with large scale discoveries or other document review projects.’

‘Stand out individuals include Fiona O’Beirne, Rosaleen Byrne and Amy Brick. Fiona O’Beirne has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge and is a pleasure to work with. Rosaleen Byrne is extremely experienced and has a practical, client friendly approach. Amy Brick is excellent – she is extremely diligent, very approachable and provides good practical advice.’

‘Rosaleen Byrne – significant in depth experience of our sector from extensive advices and representation over a decade. Strategic and effective. Catherine Derrig – a trusted and sought after advisor by our non-legal in-house colleagues. Timely strategic and effective Amy Brick – a very knowledgeable, diligent advisor.’

‘Michelle Doyle is excellent in so many ways.’

‘Shane O’Brien and Fiona O’Beirne are two partners who really go the extra mile for clients. Responsive and courteous, they are always available to deal with matters that arise unexpectedly in litigation. Superb on the law but also extremely practical. Amy Brick is an associate worthy of special mention. Amy is highly efficient and effective.’

‘Brian Quigley, Catherine Derrig, Rosaleen Byrne and Michael Coonan are all top-flight litigators and unquestionably experts in this area. Brian Quigley is a leader in his field in commercial litigation, particularly relating to insurance law, and brings a wealth of experience and pragmatism to bear on any dispute. Michael Coonan has an ability to drill down into the most complex fraud and cross-border matters and never fails to develop a strategy to meet his client’s objectives.’

‘Brian Quigley really stands out as a leader in terms of litigation practice. His engagement both with clients and in terms of the substance of the legal and commercial issues is exceptional. Catherine Derrig is also extremely capable.’

Key clients

Hypertrust Limited (part of the Loyola Group), Aberken Limited (part of the Chris Kelly Group( (the FBD test case)

The Government of the United States of America

Twitter International Company

Data Protection Commission

Central Bank of Ireland

Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)

DePuy International Limited

Kinross Gold Corporation and Tasiast Mauritanie Limited Société Anonyme

Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority

Everyday Finance DAC

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

National Asset Loan Management DAC

DAF Trucks NV and DAF Trucks Deutschland GmbH

The Voluntary Health Insurance Board

Mediahuis Ireland Group Limited (formerly Independent News and Media Group Limited and formerly Independent News and Media plc)

National Transport Authority

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (In Special Liquidation)

Industrial Development Authority

Davy Hickey

CHC Helicopter

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the claimants in two of the four much-publicised test cases heard by the Commercial Court over 3 weeks in October 2020 relating to policy holders’ entitlements to business interruption cover under policies held with FBD Insurance plc following the outbreak of Covid-19.
  • Represented Trafalgar Holdings Limited, Instantania Holdings Limited, Kamara Limited and Bairiki Incorporated claiming to be subject to a raider attack with the aim of defrauding the clients of their shares and arresting control of the target in Russia.
  • Acted for a number of current and former directors of Mediahuis Ireland Group Limited (formerly Independent News and Media Group Limited and formerly Independent News and Media plc) in respect of protected disclosures made by two senior executives, leading to regulatory challenges, including an investigation by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement.

William Fry

William Fry stands out for its involvement in a range of big-ticket and landmark disputes. The core of the practice is not centred around one or two partners, with a range of senior individuals routinely engaged on significant matters. This includes mainstream commercial litigation, financial services and regulatory enforcement, inquiries, healthcare disputes, and professional negligence. Garrett Breen leads the team and is one of the most senior commercial litigators in the market, while managing partner Owen O’Sullivan, Lisa Carty and Paul Convery are amongst the firm's most recognised disputes partners. Laura Murdock and consultant Deirdre O’Donovan are also key names.

Practice head(s):

Garrett Breen

Other key lawyers:

Owen O’Sullivan; Lisa Carty; Paul Convery; Fergus Doorly; Laura Murdock; Deirdre O’Donovan; Derek Hegarty; Laura Scott; Colette Brady

Testimonials

‘William Fry are, without question, one of the top litigation firms in Ireland. They have an amazing roster of blue chip clients combined with a huge practice acting for the State (and State bodies) in some of the most challenging litigations.’

‘I think the William Fry litigation offering is strong.’

‘Garrett Breen is very perceptive and responsive. His advice is well balanced and he understands both the legal and the commercial aspects of the advice required. His advice is highly valued.’

‘Owen O’Sullivan is, historically, the top litigator in the firm and is now Managing Partner. Fergus Doorly is now assuming that mantle. He is a very good tactician in high-end commercial litigation.’

‘Paul Convery and Garrett Breen both lead litigation teams in claims against HSBC arising out of the Madoff collapse, and lead first class teams of litigators in a complex trial.’

‘Laura Scott is a brilliant litigator – wonderful strategic and tactical senses. What amazes me most is how she ends up being more expert than all the expert lawyers in the litigation no matter what the subject matter. This is the sign of a great lawyer!’

‘Laura Murdock in particular has been extremely engaged in respect of dispute resolution matters on which we have worked bringing a clarity of purpose to strategic discussions while simultaneously maintaining an attention to detail which is second to none.’

‘Colette Brady is a fantastic lawyer, high energy with superb insight.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Skyscanner

Hines / King Street Capital

Hines GREIT II Ireland Fund ICAV

Zimmer & Peacock AS /Zimmer & Peacock Limited

Boehringer Ingelheim

Synopsys Inc

Suzuki GB plc

Fingal County Council

Mazepin, UCCU, Uralchem, Bolotnikova & Konyaev

Department of Finance (Government Department)

Kilsaran Concrete

Dr Edmond Harty

Andrena Moynihan

RSM Ireland

PwC Ireland

RSM Ireland

BSA The Software Alliance

Valeo

Uniphar

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hines / King Street Capital in Commercial Court proceedings against Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, a local authority and planning authority in Dublin, in relation to €57m of common infrastructure in Cherrywood, a designated strategic development zone, on the basis that it was entitled to offset that cost against development contributions that are due to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council pursuant to the relevant planning scheme.
  • Represented the Russian billionaire businessman Dmitry Mazepin and other related parties in proceedings relating to an allegation that the defendants have been involved in corporate raiding of a large utilities company in Russia.
  • Represented the Department of Finance and current and former employees before the Commission of Investigation into Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) formerly Anglo Irish Bank.

Addleshaw Goddard (Ireland) LLP

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The team handles a balanced mix of regulatory investigations engagements and more mainstream commercial litigation. It has experienced a rise in property disputes, copyright infringement work, professional negligence, product liability and bank enforcement cases. Ronan O’Neill and Maura Connolly are key for regulatory investigations, with the former also noted for banking litigation. Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin impresses in property disputes, professional negligence and financial services cases. David Cantrell  is a key name in professional negligence, while Terry Leggett provides further senior level gravitas as a consultant in the team. Paul Dempsey leads the debt recovery department. Rachel Shanley heads the media group and is experienced in contentious matters in this sector.

Practice head(s):

Maura Connolly

Other key lawyers:

Margaret Austin; Rachel Shanley; Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin; Ronan O’Neill; Paul Dempsey; David Cantrell; Terry Leggett

Testimonials

‘The team is widely regarded and respected by other law firms both nationally and internationally. This recognition has been gained through their single most valuable asset -the people who represent them. Potential clients would wish to know they are getting the best professional representation and legal minds and expertise available.’

‘The team spend as much preparation time as is needed and explain all aspects (positive and negative) on the issue. Then our objective is decided and a strategy is devised. There is a very good track record on success, because the individuals deliver on expectation.’

‘The team brings a strong depth of knowledge, they are keenly strategic and see around corners in their advice.’

‘They are very responsive and provide effective and client focused advice.’

‘Terry Leggett is a true professional, kind, diligent, efficient and hugely understanding and sensitive to the needs of his client. Terry is measured, reassuring and calm to the extent that nothing fazes him, a testimony to his vast experience in his chosen field of expertise. He has all the attributes a client needs to instil confidence and this was clearly evident from our first meeting. A great listener, an excellent litigator and insolvency lawyer. Terry is legally astute, a master strategist and is highly regarded and respected by his colleagues and peers. I was never treated as anything other than a valuable client. He has guided me through a lengthy and stressful process, a class act and marvellous individual.’

‘The partner we use is Maura Connolly. She has an excellent team. We get a common approach and message and feel supported’

‘Rachel Shanley – accessibility, subject matter expertise, confidence and control of issue.’

‘Paul Dempsey: knowledgeable, speed of response, easy to talk with and very helpful and down to earth.’

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

Danske Bank A/S

Bank of Ireland and Bank of Ireland (UK) Limited

Allied Irish Banks, plc

Red Flag Consulting Limited

Whirlpool SSC Limited

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland

Karshan Limited

Irving Picard, Trustee for the Liquidation of the business of Bernard L Madoff Investment LLC

Kepak Group Unlimited Company

Susquehanna International Group

Havbell DAC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Havbell DAC, who acquired a substantial portfolio of loans from Permanent TSB, on an ongoing basis in a large volume of contentious High Court and Circuit Court proceedings against both commercial and individual borrowers.
  • Acted for The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland in the successful prosecution of an individual who misrepresented himself as a “building surveyor” and “architect” in breach of the 2007 Act.
  • Acting for Red Flag and a number of its officers and employees in defamation proceedings brought against them by businessman, Denis O’ Brien.

Beauchamps LLP

Beauchamps LLP has carved out an impressive market share of significant engagements in the market, including business interruption cases linked to the Covid pandemic, such as Sean’s Bar v FBD Insurance, and major regulatory investigations. The fast-growing team represents a sizeable array of big-name financial institutions, corporates and high-net-worth individuals. ‘Formidable commercial litigatorEmma Keegan leads the large team, which includes the highly rated Thomas O’Dwyer, who heads the crisis management and white-collar crime unit, and senior insolvency specialist Barry Cahir. Sharon Delaney is an emerging talent.

Practice head(s):

Emma Keegan

Other key lawyers:

Thomas O’Dwyer; Barry Cahir; Sharon Delaney; Edward Lyons

Testimonials

Excellent availability and being able to provide commercial and practical solutions.’

‘Beauchamps is a progressive commercial firm and consistently demonstrates a commitment to understanding our needs. As a team, their accessibility and responsiveness, from Partner to NQ, is crucial to our requirements. Beauchamps consistently succeed in offering an excellent tailored strategy to meet our changing commercial objectives.’

‘We continue to be impressed by their response to the global pandemic. Beauchamps immediately instigated measures to support our needs throughout the crisis. Their transition to remote working was seamless, which ensured our relationship was protected in unprecedented times.’

‘Emma Keegan is a very talented lawyer and knowledgeable in her practice area. She understands our business and provides innovative solutions to issues that arise for us.’

‘Emma Keegan is a formidable commercial litigator with extensive expertise in financial service litigation. Emma is unrivalled in the market for her ability to manage large scale commercial litigation. Emma’s commercial acumen is crucial to our relationship with Beauchamps. Sharon Delaney is a strategically tactical litigator with acute commercial awareness necessary to meet our needs.’

‘Ed Lyons is also an impressive advisor normally on Fitness to Practise issues and Sanction Hearings. He is very good at providing insight.’

Key clients

Law Society of Ireland

The Premier League

KBC

Danske Bank

Ulster Bank (owned by RBS Group)

Allied Irish Banks plc

Cerberus

Everyday Finance

Kenmare Property Finance (Goldman Sachs entity)

Pepper Finance

HIQA (Health Information and Quality Authority)

Chief Inspector of Social Services

Lotus Investment Group

Kildare County Council

Wealth Options Limited

Leinster Overview Concepts Limited t/a Sean’s Bar

Seniors Money Mortgages

Ennis Property Finance DAC (Goldman Sachs entity)

Dublin City Council

Link Group

IDA Ireland

daa (Dublin Airport Authority)

Respond

Same Deutz Fahr

Mondofix Inc

Colony Capital

Dublin Port Company

City Jet

Dengrove DAC

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Sean’s Bar in a heavily contested landmark High Court claim against Ireland’s largest domestic insurer FBD Insurance Plc.
  • Successfully acted for a local authority in Commercial Court proceedings which have a direct impact on the Government’s top priority of tackling a housing crisis.
  • 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.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP remains best known for contentious matters involving public sector bodies, including those in the health, education and tourism sectors. Jon Legorburu leads the team and has an impressive history in commercial litigation and public sector disputes. Mona Costelloe is another senior name with extensive expertise in real estate disputes, regulatory enforcement matters and more general commercial litigation. Sean O’Donnell is also noted for contentious regulatory work, and Mark O’Shaughnessy is a growing force in the market. Valerie Hourigan is rated for real estate and procurement disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jon Legorburu

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘I have found the initial conversation from seeking advice to the actual advice is extremely well thought out and makes life easier from client strategy and viewpoint. The speed of understanding of the issues is what made me choose BW team.’

‘I find Byrne Wallace great to deal with. They have a decent breadth of knowledge in a lot of different areas that allows them to cater for a complex organisation like ours. Their approach is one that works, they meet to get a full understanding of the issue and to clarify exactly our expectations. Keep it simple – not full of technical jargon.’

‘Mark O’Shaughnessy is the primary contact and his ability to understand thoughts, provide practical yet strategic advice is exemplary. He is also ultra transparent in all dealings, and even working remotely in no way impacted on service.’

‘My main point of contact is with Mark O’Shaughnessy and I find him very efficient to deal with. He’ll put you in touch with the appropriate person depending on our issue. He understands the importance of value for money in a NFP organisation and they always do their best fees wise. I always get a feeling they genuinely want to help and protect us as best they can. I’ve also had dealings with Patrick McClean – very professional and no issues with my encounters with him.’

‘Attention to detail particularly from Sean O’Donnell was second to none, especially when it came to the important time towards the end of the case.’

‘I dealt specifically with Valerie Hourigan and Grainne Murphy. Both worked well as a team to deliver an excellent service. Both were very accessible.’

‘Valerie Hourigan, partner, is highly experienced and very competent. She was directly involved at all stages of the litigation and was always contactable when I needed her input. She has excellent strategic insight and a strong knowledge of her clients and their businesses, which I found invaluable in representing their interests.’

Key clients

The Courts Service of Ireland

Health Service Executive

Kildare County Council

Staycity Limited

Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman (FSPO)

Ballymore Group/Ballymore Residential Limited

Croi Laighean Credit Union

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Courts Service of Ireland as an intervening party in a landmark access to environmental information case which involved novel matters of European Union law which was ruled in favour of our client.
  • Acted for Kildare County Council in its defence of complex Irish High Court judicial review procurement proceedings issued under the remedies regulations.

DAC Beachcroft Dublin

DAC Beachcroft Dublin has brought its leading insurance credentials to the Irish market, representing numerous big-name insurers. The prominent Lisa Broderick co-heads the commercial litigation practice alongside Rowena McCormack. The Dublin team also has a strong record in contractual disputes, property cases, judicial review and contentious insolvency matters. It is making a further impression in regulatory investigations and has also achieved growth in defamation and IP/brand protection.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Broderick; Rowena McCormack

Other key lawyers:

Julie-Ann Binchy

Testimonials

‘In my opinion DAC Beachcroft are unique from other practices I have dealt because of; 1) Their proven experience in the field of Dispute resolution 2) Their ability to deal with the complexities of what was involved in our case 3) The commercial vision of the firm fits perfectly with our own expectations 4)Their ability to engage professionals as requested in a short space of time that was overall competitive but to the highest quality 5) Their ability to deliver results within an agreed budget. The depth of team gave us confidence for the process.’

‘Initially we engaged DAC for their experience with professional indemnity work which we thought was our original requirement but it has developed into a much more significant case. DAC have both local experience in what we needed and an international reach. Their people have a broad range of skills and made it easy for us to get them to understand our relatively complex requirements.’

‘In the last 12 months I have worked mainly with Lisa Broderick (partner) and Julie-Ann Binchy (senior associate). They are both exceptional people and lawyers with a fantastic attitude. They possess superb qualities such as strong communication, reliability, enthusiasm, adaptive to all situations, team players, calm and to the point when needed.’

‘Lisa Broderick is excellent.’

‘Rowena McCormack – brilliant litigator and a really quick understanding of the issues.’

Key clients

PwC

The Medical Council

Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Tata Steel UK Limited

Kiernan Homes

Wealth Options Trustees Limited

CNA Insurance Company Limited

Liberty Speciality Markets

Austin Reynolds

Aviva

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Wealth Options Trustee Limited, as administrator and distributor of a particular investment scheme known as GPG, which entered insolvency in Germany leading to a complex multi-jurisdictional case which requires liaising with a number of regulators as well as dealing with claims by investors, brokers and liquidators both in Ireland and abroad.
  • Advised CNA Insurance Company Limited’s policy holder, a French medical device manufacturer and distributor, in relation to product liability proceedings issued in the High Court.
  • Advised AXA XL’s policy holder, a German manufacturer and supplier of farming and robotic milking systems, in relation to two sets of product liability and breach of contract proceedings issued in the High Court.

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace is best known for disputes involving the financial services sector, including insurance, banks and investment funds entities. It handles a high-volume of insurance cases, defending clients against over a 1,000 claims every year. It is a growing force in fraud and investigations, particularly matters involving regulated funds and regulated financial services providers. Property-related disputes and general commercial litigation are also key parts of the dispute resolution practice.  Department head John Doyle, Peter Bredin and John O’Riordan comprise an impressive senior bench with Rachel Turner also becoming increasingly prominent. Former department head Kieran Cowhey has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

John Doyle

Other key lawyers:

John O’Riordan; Peter Bredin; Rachel Turner

Testimonials

‘Desire to understand our business needs and challenges.’

‘Very friendly and professional and ‘batting for our team’ mindset.’

‘From our initial engagement with Dillon Eustace they displayed a strong genuine interest in resolving the legal matter on our behalf.’

They have a very strong practical approach. Their work was very clear and timely and explored carefully all options available. Their experience was invaluable to the assessment of those options and allowed me to make a well-informed choice.

‘John O’ Riordan takes control of matters from the outset and drives reassuringly forward on all difficult issues to achieve the best available conclusion.’

‘John O’Riordan is excellent and is very experienced. He clearly described the options available and was able to give practical guidance on the probability of success of each one. His responses were detailed and always done on a timely basis. The successful conclusion was reached within the expected timeframe; the whole process was managed very professionally and I would have no hesitation in selecting John for any future work.’

Key clients

Sunday Business Post

BNY Mellon

AIB

Deloitte

RSA Insurance

Allianz

PIMCO

Legal & General (LGIM)

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

Causeway Capital CGP Limited

Odyssey Validation Consultants Limited

Gradual Investments Limited

American Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advised an insurer in relation to policy coverage issues relating to claims amounting to approximately €60m by policyholders whose businesses have been closed due to Covid-19.
  • Advised PIMCO in relation to a Commercial Court application for approval of a scheme of arrangement under the Companies Act 2014 relating to its migration to a new central securities depository which was required as a result of Brexit.
  • Represented an owners’ management company in injunctive and then in consolidated High Court proceedings arising from a series of disputes with the operator of a car park within a multi-unit development.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland has a sizeable and established team, operating across a variety of contentious disciplines including financial services disputes and regulatory investigations. Commercial litigation, public law cases, insurance defence, professional indemnity and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), are also core pillars of the practice. The team is also especially strong in the healthcare sector. Pamela O’Neill  is head of the dispute resolution and litigation practice, noted for her expertise in public administration cases, financial services, regulatory disputes and investigations. Norman Fitzgerald  is another hugely experienced practitioner in commercial litigation, professional indemnity cases and large recovery actions. Eoin MacAodha is an emerging talent.

Practice head(s):

Pamela O’Neill

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘The Eversheds Sutherland dispute resolution team comes highly recommended in the area of dispute resolution. They are experts in legal, commercial and reputational risk and are able to manage strategy from every angle to achieve clients’ key objectives.’

‘The Eversheds team have significant experience in dealing with quasi-judicial/ regulatory matters across a number of organisations, while also having private sector commercial experience. This broad balance of experience has been hugely beneficial to us, as they supported in preparing to implement a major change in our legislative framework and subsequent to this as we deal with significant legal challenges. EVS were able to bring people into the team with relevant experience as necessary, while ensuring we also had consistency in terms of co-ordination and lead.’

‘I can vouch for Eversheds-Sutherland as a second-to-none dispute resolution team. Their partners and associates are committed and knowledgeable advocates for their clients. They advise their clients accurately and confidently. They achieve great results.’

‘Eoin McAodha – I have worked with Eoin on contracts in two different organisations and we have significant confidence in his advices on process, development as well as individual cases. Eoin is always available to us, and for urgent matters works well beyond scheduled hours, attends meeting when on leave etc.’

‘Pamela O’Neill has been invaluable to me as CEO in terms of dealing with key strategic and legal matters within the organisation. Pamela, while having a great legal mind also has a great commercial acumen which means she is a trusted advisor to the organisation and understands and can balance business needs of our organisation while advising on legal issues. She is also my ‘go to’ on any sensitive legal matters across the organisation. Pamela also has great presence and negotiation/mediation skills always looking for a solution. Pamela is always available to the org, will take a call out of hours on leave etc, and where there is a priority will always find time to deal with it.’

‘Norman Fitzgerald – Business acumen, partner availability, calm control of issue, subject matter expertise’

‘Eoin MacAodha, Pamela O’Neill and David O’Beirne (corporate and commercial) are all leading individuals in the field of dispute resolution and offer in-depth knowledge of the law combined with business common-sense and a keen sense of strategy, which allows them to offer holistic advice to their clients. Eoin MacAodha is unrivalled in his dedication to his clients’ interests and is unfailingly willing to go the extra mile.

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

Dublin Cinema Group

Irish Multiplex Cinemas

Payzone

Word Perfect Translations

Johnson Controls

Patrick Rainsford

Work highlights

  • Acted 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).
  • Acted for RGRE Grafton Limited, landlord of the premises at the iconic Bewleys Café on Grafton Street, during a dispute with the tenant of the café as to the ownership of several valuable stained glass windows by the glass artist Harry Clarke.
  • Advised Payzone, Ireland’s leading payments processing operator, on its legal challenge to the award by the National Transport Authority of a contract for the operation of the Leap Card system following a public procurement process.

Hayes Solicitors LLP

Hayes Solicitors LLP is widely recognised for its healthcare expertise, though it does have a rounded dispute resolution practice centred on public sector, financial services, retail/manufacturing, media, technology and construction. Clinical defence litigation is a major forte for the firm, which has worked on many of the headline cases in this area, with eight partners focused on this segment. Professional disciplinary work is another key area for the firm. Joe O’Malley is managing partner and head of commercial litigation. Mary Hough  is head of healthcare with Caroline Crowley  also prominent in this area.

Practice head(s):

Joe O’Malley; Mary Hough

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Crowley; Matthew Austin; David Phelan; Robbie Slattery; Jeremy Erwin

Testimonials

‘Hayes Solicitors offer a very skilled team of lawyers who have vast expertise in dispute resolution.’

‘They are very astute negotiators and are careful to stay balanced, focused and in control during the process. The team in Hayes have vast experience across all aspects of law and meeting clients’ needs.’

‘Very responsive and client focused. Always willing to listen to clients and always keep clients apprised of developments in cases.’

‘Joe O’Malley is top class. Highly experienced, extremely diligent and always courteous.

‘Jeremy Erwin has a vast amount of experience in this area and is extremely capable and thorough. He knows cases inside out and is always very responsive and well prepared. He is exceptionally personable and grounded and is always a pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend instructing Jeremy for any litigious matter.’

‘Jeremy Erwin is also excellent. Hard working and focused on getting the right result for the client.’

Key clients

Country Manor Hotels Limited

Gary McGuinness and David McGuinness

AIB

Arabic Computer Systems and National Technology Group

Baker Tilly Chartered Accountants

Bank of Ireland

Bord Gais Energy

Clare Civil Engineering

Conor MacGuill

Dental Protection (Healthcare)

EFG Bank AG

Hickey’s Pharmacy Group

Investec

Kirby Healy Chartered Accountants

Medical Protection Society (Healthcare)

NAMA

NCPS

OHM Group

Primark

Robert Stöllinger (former Managing Partner KPMG Budapest)

Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI)

State Claims Agency (Healthcare & EL/PL)

The Irish Times

Tony Kilduff

Unilever

Veterinary Defence Society

Willis Towers Watson

Work highlights

  • Represented the state in high-profile proceedings in relation to the HPV vaccine and Thalidomide claims, all giving rise to complex scientific investigations and novel legal issues.
  • Acted for NAMA in relation to three of its most significant and sensitive cases in the last year, all involving complex legal issues and attracting widespread publicity.
  • Acting for Arabic Computer Systems and National Technology Group, the Middle Eastern Microsoft software reseller, in defence of a commercial court claim by Microsoft Ireland for breach of contract in the liquidated sum of $31m.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has a substantial team offering deep levels of specialisation across the dispute resolution segment. Insolvency, IP and TMT, professional negligence and general insurance, and financial services regulatory matters form key parts of the firm’s practice. It has achieved notable growth in shareholder disputes and regulatory cases over the last couple of years. Jill Callanan is head of the litigation and dispute resolution department, and specialises in contentious insolvency and restructuring matters. Former department head Michael Kavanagh left the firm in August 2021 to become a self-employed solicitor.

Practice head(s):

Jill Callanan

Other key lawyers:

Eamon Jones; Ian Lavelle

Testimonials

‘The litigation team has strong links with sensible external counsels who provide a good touchpoint for difficult/awkward points of law that need a second opinion.’

‘LK Shields are an extremely professional firm given the complications and intricacies of dispute resolution. The team were incredibly helpful and available to answer all queries. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others’

Key clients

Various directors of Oviedo Limited

Scania

Samuel Dennigan (founder, majority shareholder and CEO of Strong Roots)

McDonalds Restaurants of Ireland

Millstreet Equestrian Services

Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland

IESA Limited part of the Electrocomponents plc Group

The Randridge Group

P&S Civil Works Limited/Cleantech UK

Fitch Ratings

Pepper (Chargeholder), Duff and Phelps (Receiver), Anne O’Dwyer (Receiver – Duff & Phelps) and Declan Taite (Receiver – Duff & Phelps)

Veon Limited

Maples Group

Maples Group has evolved its practice to centre on financial services and banking disputes, commercial real estate litigation, and regulatory investigations and enforcement. In the financial services segment, the firm is noted for cross-border tax disputes. Brian Clarke is a senior disputes practitioner with an impressive record in Commercial Court cases and arbitrations. Alan O’Sullivan is an experienced figure in banking litigation, commercial litigation, lending enforcement and contentious insolvency. Eugene McCormick, who is also experienced in insolvency matters, was promoted to partner in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Robin McDonnell

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Michael McAteer & Paul McCann of Grant Thornton, Joint Administrators of Quinn Insurance Limited (“QIL”)

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

KC Capital Property Group DAC

Belfry Investment Funds

Energoinvest Reach Active Limited (“ERA”)

Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) DAC

The Caffé Nero Group

Everyday Finance DAC

RediResi Isen Limited

LRC Group

Philip Lee LLP

Philip Lee LLP  is widely recognised for its public sector expertise and its experience in procurement disputes. Healthcare and life sciences are growing areas for the team, in part thanks to the presence of Marie Kinsella. Data protection and privacy cases are another strength of the firm. Damien Young is noted for public law and administrative cases, along with data protection disputes.

Practice head(s):

Damien Young

Other key lawyers:

Marie Kinsella; Anne Bateman; Clare Cashin; Angelyn Rowan

Testimonials

‘The appointment of a dedicated partner to the dispute in question, with a separate senior partner on hand to offer guidance, and to review/second guess the legal strategies being developed. Like most other practices, Philip Lee has made good use of virtual meetings using technologies such as Zoom conferencing.’

‘The partner I am working with has experience of working in at least two quite different regulatory environments, which adds a breath of perspective that is helpful and reassuring.’

‘The team provide full support and huge attention to detail. They guide you through the practice and advise you of all options available.’

‘Confident, clear, supportive and makes a difficult process easy to navigate.’

‘Philip Lee are very client focused and when you engage Philip Lee you get a team approach rather than an individual however it is partner led and the partners are fully engaged with the client. Philip Lee invest in their clients and demonstrate this through their understanding of not just the clients’ legal issues but the clients’ business which in turn means they understand the particular objectives and sensitivities that prevail. In terms of providing value for money Philip Lee are always mindful of client costs, are transparent and ensure the client is fully aware of where costs sit at all times.’

‘Clare Cashin – Clare is insightful and reviews issues with a view to providing clients with a clear strategy and plan for dealing with a dispute. Clare has a wealth of knowledge and experience of dispute law and procedures and is very skillful in guiding clients through difficult disputes which can be very pressurised and stressful. Clare leads her own team ensuring they are meaningfully involved so the client has the benefit of a full team delivering its requirements.’

‘Angelyn Rowan – Angelyn is very knowledgeable and experienced in terms of both the project and procurement sectors, she has a detailed understanding of this area of law and practice and therefore provides clear advice that takes into account the full impact of an issue rather than simply the limited scope of what she might be asked to consider. Angelyn has been invaluable in providing services to us in both the contentious and non-contentious areas.’

Key clients

Data Protection Commission

Health Service Executive

Transdev Ireland

Office of the Information Commissioner and the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information

An Bord Pleanála (Irish Planning Board)

Dublin City Council

Work highlights

  • Acting as sole legal adviser to the Irish Data Protection Commission.
  • Representing the HSE in the majority of its commercial and healthcare disputes.
  • Providing judicial review defence litigation services to An Bord Pleanala.

Kennedys

Kennedys is a global titan in insurance. The Dublin office represents a range of the biggest insurers and reinsurers in the world, and acts for insureds in dispute resolution matters. It is also a rising force in healthcare litigation. It has made a further impression in smear misdiagnosis litigation, along with other high-value and seminal cases. Andrew McGahey is an established specialist in financial lines and environmental insurance claims. Joanne O’Sullivan is a prominent healthcare insurance and liability expert. Hugh Kennedy is a key name for shipping insurance and Noel Devins is recognised for construction-related insurance.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McGahey; Joanne O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Hugh Kennedy; Noel Devins; David Strahan; Grainne Donnelly

Testimonials

‘In a rather long term claim, Kennedys provides constantly very sustainable and comprehensive advices.’

‘I have used Kennedys for many years and over the winter of 2020 during lockdown we were involved in a virtual mediation. Their work ethics and availability was excellent during very difficult times.’

‘Even if the issue is a long term claim, Hugh Kennedy and Grainne Donnelly are both very alert and awake to developments and provide specific legal advice in due course so that one can really rely on them.’

‘Hugh Kennedy – my No.1 go to for any legal matters in Ireland. Lots of experience, very good knowledge and reasonable fee rates.’

Key clients

Elk Fertighaus AG

MDO Management Company SA

Securitas Security Services Limited

IN2 Engineering Design Partnership

Cornmarket Financial Services

Medlab Pathology Limited

Electric Insurance Company

Inditex Re

CPL Management Solutions

SIMS Clinic

Midland Radio

Securitas Security Services Ireland

JD Wetherspoon

Tipp FM

JD Sports

Sonic Healthcare (Ireland) Limited

DePuy International Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Medlab in the Supreme Court in relation to the recoverability of damages in cases involving a terminally ill patient (Ruth Morrissey (now deceased)), where the patient claimed fatal accident type damages while still alive.
  • Acted for COSCO & China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association in Admiralty Court proceedings following a collision between a COSCO vessel and a large French fishing vessel off the coast of Ireland.
  • Instructed by two separate insurers, AXA Winterthur and Generali, to act on behalf of their insureds, Kepak and Ornua, in a case arising from damage caused to their produce following a serious racking collapse in a refrigerated coldstore warehouse, being a key part of their logistics chain.

Ogier Leman LLP

Leman Solicitors LLP has a well-established commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation practice. It has impressed in a series of major cases, including high-value banking disputes, large-scale international arbitrations and headline judicial review proceedings. Moreover, head of the litigation and dispute resolution team Larry Fenelon  was awarded Senior Counsel status by the Irish government in 2021. Ronan McGoldrick is at the forefront of financial services disputes, commercial mediation and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Larry Fenelon; Ronan McGoldrick

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Noel O’Connor; Maria Edgeworth

Testimonials

‘The team are very efficient and comprehensive when dealing with all matters presented to them. They are also very forward thinking.’

‘Leman are a modern professional practice and in my opinion it is difficult to find a legal firm like Leman for the quality of their availability, service, knowledge, commerciality and experience in the area of Dispute resolution. The firm is well organised and they have a very detailed monthly billing system with analysis of time spent daily by each staff member. They stay in regular contact and really put in 100% effort supporting your case.’

‘Clear oversight. Ability to see the wood for the trees. Clear and disinterested advice on the risk/reward/cost ratios. Selecting the ideal specialised barrister.’

‘My stand-out Partner is Ronan McGolderick and Senior Associate Stephen Noel O’Connor. Both are very practical in the advice they give and are very good communicators. They are very up- front on their fees which are issued monthly. They explain in great detail the best approach to take in a dispute and have a plan of action prepared. They stay in regular touch with me and we work well together.’

‘Larry Fenelon – clear oversight of the bigger picture and ability to reduce the complexity to the main issues. Maria Edgeworth – extremely diligent, huge grasp of detail. Personally most helpful. Ability to explain to a lay person.’

‘We mainly had dealings with Stephen Noel O’Connor who was accessible at all times. He was comprehensive in his explanations and understood our strategy from the beginning. Nothing was an issue for the team and all negotiations carried out were very well structured and professional.’

‘Larry Fenelon. Leadership and knowledge. Maria Edgeworth. Diligent and thoughtful.’

‘Ronan McGoldrick and the team are passionate, empathetic and honest in their approach. They believed in our case and never relented in their efforts to help us win, and that we did! They delivered time and time again when new challenges arose, they never gave up. Excellent work ethic in the team. Excellent value for money. Ronan chose excellent partners from outside his team to support our case, barristers and economists. Communication, on very important and very minor matters, was excellent throughout. Overall, Ronan McGoldrick as the project manager of the case was exceptional.’

RDJ LLP

RDJ LLP has a fully rounded dispute resolution practice across its Dublin, Cork and Galway offices. Commercial disputes are central to the team's work with Ronan Geary having a solid reputation in this area. The firm is also at the forefront of media disputes thanks to the presence of department head Darryl Broderick and it has a sizeable bench of senior practitioners specialising in healthcare litigation. Professional indemnity is another forte. Richard Martin is another hugely experienced and versatile disputes specialist.

Practice head(s):

Darryl Broderick

Other key lawyers:

Richard Martin; Ronan Geary; Peter Lennon; Fergus Long; Jamie Olden; Ricky Kelly; Lisa Mansfield

Testimonials

‘I found the team, Ricky Kelly and Lisa Mansfield to be supportive, knowledgeable and responsive in all aspects relating to the case. They were happy to listen and consider any points I made and discuss possibilities to move forward and go through all the options.’

‘Ricky Kelly and Lisa Mansfield – Good communication skills, supportive, contactable and knowledgeable.

‘RDJ has been a firm that has worked with us for a number of years They have been both professional and collaborative in their interaction(s) and approaches Their people are always willing, energetic and eager to ensure the problem is resolved’

‘I have worked with a number of persons from the firm, but Darryl Broderick stands out – he has demonstrated flexibility and determination to ensure the right approach / decision is reached.’

Key clients

Trinity College Dublin

Munster Joinery Group

Grant Thornton

Dunnes Stores

Citizens’ Information Board

AWN Consulting Limited

Waratek Limited

Accountant – James Norton

BBL Group

Education Procurement Service

Abtran Group

Wissam Al Mana

Waterford Institute of Technology

Lone Star Funds

Valero Ireland

Work highlights

  • Acted for AWN Consulting Limited in High Court injunction proceedings issued by a property developer, Shorevale investments Limited, in relation to an alleged conflict-of-interest pertaining to AWN’s work on a mixed-use property development in Dublin.
  • Advised on a dispute involving a number of parties and concerning a purported merger in 2017 between businesses in the US and Waratek Limited (an Irish entity) in which the entire issued share capital of Waratek Limited, Waratek Inc and Wrasp Security was to be acquired by Waratek Holdings Limited.
  • Acted for Trinity in a judicial review taken by a disgruntled neighbour against An Bord Pleanala’s decision to grant a Special Housing Development planning permission to Trinity for a 358 unit student accommodation development at Darty Co. Dublin.

Whitney Moore

Whitney Moore's sizeable disputes practice has gained a strong standing in banking litigation, intellectual property disputes, data protection cases, insurance defence work, and aviation and motor industry cases. The firm is also active in regulatory investigations in the professional services area and shareholder disputes is another forte for the firm. Aoife Murphy leads the team and specialises in intellectual property cases, particularly patent disputes; Robin Hayes  is another contentious IP specialist. Brendan Moriarty  is a seasoned practitioner with an extensive background in banking litigation.

Practice head(s):

Aoife Murphy

Other key lawyers:

John Lynch; Robin Hayes; Colin Hayes; Michael Ohle; Vicky Riordan; Brendan Moriarty; John Lynch; Marie Claire Scullion

Testimonials

‘Whitney Moore are extremely professional, business oriented and offer excellent value for money. They are one of the best law firms in Ireland and they punch well above their weight.’

‘Just a superb team of people who make navigating through difficult situations less stressful. They have a common sense, can do attitude and want to find the right commercial solution for your organisation.’

‘Excellent accessibility, user friendly service, good attention to detail, diverse and comprehensive expertise.’

‘Brendan Moriarty has an in depth knowledge of banking and land law which he utilises in an efficient and result focused manner, resulting in positive results for litigation clients.’

‘We primarily deal with managing partner John Lynch and partner Marie Claire Scullion. Both are superb individuals, no airs or graces about them and no problem too small for them to deal with. A unique identifier for these individuals is the fact that you get the personal service and not someone lower down in seniority. I could not recommend them highly enough.’

‘John Lynch is an excellent lawyer, wise counsel and superb strategic thinker. There is no better lawyer that you could have on you side.’

‘Stand out attention from partner Colin Hayes, who was exceptional.’

‘Colin Hayes was easily accessible, gave accurate fee estimates, provided commercial advice which was reflective of the larger strategy and was enjoyable to work with.’

Key clients

Allianz PLC

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Novartis AG

Daimler AG

Waterwipes UC

Dolphin Media Ltd

Pyrite Resolution Board

Emerald Contact Centre

Life Insurance Association Ireland CLG

Etex Ireland Ltd

Edwards Lifesciences Inc.

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advised Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp on patent infringement proceedings against Clonmel Healthcare Ltd in the Commercial Court.
  • Advised Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank in its appeal to the Supreme Court against two related judgments of the High Court.
  • Advised WaterWipes UC, the owner of the market-leading WATER WIPES brand, in trade mark infringement proceedings before the Commercial Court.

AMOSS Solicitors

AMOSS Solicitors has a well reputed dispute resolution practice with a particularly strong record in banking and financial services disputes, insurance defence cases, debt recovery and general commercial litigation. Gavin Simons leads the commercial litigation and dispute resolution group, along with the restructuring and insolvency team. Jerry Burke is an experienced figure in banking litigation and insurance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Simons

Other key lawyers:

Jerry Burke

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has a well established and well rounded dispute resolution practice, achieving further growth in cybercrime and data breach cases, data protection and GDPR litigation, and procurement disputes. Professional negligence and employment law mediations are also growing elements of the practice. Insolvency and restructuring cares are another forte for the team. The firm has an impressive client base of big-name corporates, financial institutions and agencies. Killian O’Reilly and Mark Woodcock are two senior dispute resolution practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Killian O’Reilly; Mark Woodcock

Other key lawyers:

Noreen McGovern

Testimonials

‘The benefit of the expertise and client focus of a boutique law firm, coupled with the efficiencies and economies of scale of larger competitors. The quality of practitioner and support staff is second to none.’

‘Noreen McGovern, in particular, discharges her work in an extremely diligent and focused manner, conducted in a way that is highly professional and pleasant. The aim and ultimate result is that she gets the job done.’

Key clients

Ryanair DAC

Orange Business Services

Mazars

AIG Insurance plc

RSM Ireland

Bank of Ireland

Insomnia

TUI Group

Patrona Underwriting Limited

Insolvency Service of Ireland

Deloitte Ireland

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland and Simon Coyle, Partner, Mazars Ireland

Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank and Kieran Wallace Partner of KPMG

Keta Products Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of the EPA, which was identified, as a very significant contingent creditor of Norwegian Air International Limited (in examinership).
  • Instructed by a trade union representing 275 French nationals employed as cabin crew and pilots by an Irish registered company operating long haul flights across Europe for Norwegian Air.

Flynn O'Driscoll

Flynn O'Driscoll is a growing presence in the dispute resolution market, representing clients in a series of high-value and seminal cases. The broad ranging practice encompasses shareholder disputes, regulatory prosecutions, environmental prosecutions, procurement litigation, and employer's liability. Insurance defence and professional indemnity are also major strengths of the practice. David Curran, Kieran Kelly and Eoin Cunneen lead the team.

Practice head(s):

David Curran; Kieran Kelly; Eoin Cunneen

Testimonials

‘Excellent handling of a large (in monetary value and in the amount of clients) cross-jurisdictional dispute. Very good collaboration with us (the local attorneys).’

‘Very persistent and solid litigators who are able to help a client navigate complex cross-border matters.’

‘The Team at FOD provide a personal and focused service to their clients. They are attuned to the needs of the clients as they ensure they develop a strong knowledge of the client’s own business and circumstances, which allows them to provide practical and timely advice to their clients on all matters pertaining to the legal issues that are affecting them. This personal, timely and focused service, serves their clients well in the fast-moving corporate world we live in today.’

‘Eoin Cunneen is very experienced and capable of handling such a complex cross-jurisdictional dispute. He has the ability to quickly perceive the key issues in such a complex case.’

‘Eoin Cunneen is a top litigator with a sharp strategic sense and an efficient collaborative spirit which makes him a great asset in matters involving several jurisdictions.’

‘Stand out performers that I know are Eoin Cunneen of FOD. He provides an excellent and high-quality service to his clients, which is solution-focused at all times. That focus on solutions to problems, the ability to move from managing any critical or difficult situation to getting to a position of resolving the matter is critical for clients. Eoin is also an excellent manager of legal issues, especially in relation to corporate litigation, regulatory matters, including criminal investigations and prosecutions. His negotiation skills and ability to deal with state bodies is unparalleled in terms of its efficiency and he has vast experience of dealing with such matters. That experience, coupled with excellent knowledge of the law, is something that can be seen throughout the FOD firm. There is superb attention to detail and a proper, personal service that never forgets the client’s needs as the critical and vital consideration at all times.’

Key clients

Aer Lingus Limited

AIG

Chill Insurance

Reiss Limited (Ireland)

Foot Locker Retail Ireland Limited

Joe Duffy Group

Volkswagen Group Ireland

Kiernan Milling

Mediahuis including The Irish Independent, The Sunday World, The Herald

Reach plc including The Irish Daily Star

Iconic Newspapers

Virgin Media Ireland

Books, Atlantic Books, Harper Collins

Atlantic Aviation Group

Mannings Construction Limited

IPB Insurance

Arrabawn Co-Operative

Tipperary Co-Operative Creamery

Hibernia College

The Irish League of Credit Unions

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Holmes O’Malley Sexton is principally known for commercial litigation and debt recovery cases. The firm has experienced strong levels of activity in shareholder disputes, commercial and construction contract-related cases, and defamation matters. It has also increased its focus on cyber risk and data protection cases. Managing partner Harry Fehily and partners Pat McInerney and insurance expert Michael Murphy lead the team; all are based in Limerick.

Practice head(s):

Harry Fehily; Pat McInerney; Michael Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Caitlin Love; Shane Costelloe

Testimonials

‘The practice is quite unique due to their ability to combine high-quality work with their cost-effective approach to billing which is particularly important during the pandemic. Their ability to continue to swiftly reply and interact with clients on a virtual basis is equally important considering the implications of COVID-19.’

‘The person (Shane Costelloe) at Holmes O’Malley Sexton LLP that helped with our dispute resolution matter was truly exceptional. Shane was incredibly swift in replying to our queries, very accessible and incredibly quick in sharing the relevant legal documents with us.’

Key clients

University of Limerick

Irish Greyhound Board

Revenue Commissioners

Galway mayo Institute of Technology

Dublin City Council

Roadbridge

H&MV Engineering Limited

Carajio UC t/a Mr. Price

Cork Institute of Technology

Legal Aid Board

Limerick 2030

AIB

Coillte

UCC

Tralee Institute of Technology

Port of Cork

Clare County Council

Mayan Construction Limited

Westair Aviation Limited

AIG Europe

IT Sligo

Commission for Railway Regulation

IDA Ireland

Technological University Dublin

Ulster Bank

National Gallery of Ireland

Amarenco Solar Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Arachas in respect of the business interruption claims initiated against it and various insurers by entities of the Press-Up Entertainment group
  • Acted for Amarenco Solar Limited in the successful pursuit of an injunction against Sustainable Development Capital LLP, after it threatened to wind up Amarenco pursuant to Section 570 of the Companies Act 2014, for an unpaid, disputed debt.
  • Advised a large multi-disciplined construction group in respect of a notice served upon it by the relevant local authority pursuant to section 23 of the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act 1977 (as amended).

Lavelle Partners

Lavelle Partners is known for banking and financial services disputes, insolvencies, debt recovery and mortgage repossession cases. It has a fully rounded practice with additional expertise in other key areas, and has achieved further growth in partnership disputes, insurance cases (including business interruption), employment and professional negligence disputes. Ciarán Leavy is now a recognised name in the market, with employment expert Marc Fitzgibbon and insolvency and restructuring specialist Michael Lavelle providing further senior gravitas. Avril Scally specialises in clinical negligence.

Practice head(s):

Ciarán Leavy

Other key lawyers:

Marc Fitzgibbon; Michael Lavelle; Avril Scally

Testimonials

Comprehensiveness, thoroughness, lucidity, candidness and trustworthiness are the main attributes I associate with the Lavelle Partners team based on my experience with them to date. They excel at (a) setting out and contextualising the legal concerns associated with disputed issues, as well as (b) exploring alternative engagement and resolution options, and (c) skillfully advising and expeditiously following-through on appropriately selected courses of action.’

‘Ciarán Leavy gains excellent insight into the matter and is excellent at correspondence such that it gets the point across to the other side and can narrow the issues at hand or move the process forward.’

Expert advice and the priority they gave, in particular their attention to detail.’

Ciarán Leavy is the outstanding partner. Ciarán is, without doubt, the best solicitor I have encountered in my 45 years dealing with that profession. He is extraordinarily shrewd and sharp in respect of the pertinent legal issues but he is also exceptionally discerning about the related human and ethical dimensions of those issues as they apply ab initio and in the context of unfolding circumstances. In short, he combines efficiency and effectiveness with thoughtful considerateness, along with being both approachable and an especially clear communicator.’

The firm listen to the issues, make sure they understand the precise problems and then accurately summarise the situation with suggested remedies. They make you feel comfortable and you dont feel you are “on the clock”.’

Michael Lavelle has great grasp of issues and wealth of practical experience. Exudes confidence.’

I have immediate access to their advices via email/telephone and it’s always friendly and professional. I can rely on their recommendations at all times.’

Ciaran Leavy stands out as an excellent lawyer who always seems to find a solution no matter what the problem is.’

O'Flynn Exhams

O’Flynn Exhams is a leading Cork-based firm with a quality heritage in disputes, particularly commercial litigation, and is further noted for judicial review cases and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Environmental and planning disputes are another forte for the team, led by Shane Crossan. Tom O’Byrne also impresses.

Practice head(s):

Shane Crossan

Other key lawyers:

Tom O’Byrne; Sion Williams; Eamonn Muldoon

Testimonials

‘Attentive and thorough in detailed analysis and strategy when it comes to complex legal issues.’

‘The manner in which our issues were addressed were extremely competent, with a very sensible approach. They were dealt with in a timely manner and we were extremely happy with the service.’

‘Top class service from a boutique firm.’

‘Tom O’Byrne – very good at quickly understanding the main facts of a case. Good listener and clear communicator. Good contacts with other professionals when required.’

‘Tom O’Byrne is an exceptional disputes lawyer and a pleasure to work with. Tom provides legally sound advice but has a commercial awareness that allows him suggest alternative approaches to a dispute rather sticking to black letter law. His responsiveness and willingness to be available at short notice is second to none.’

‘Mr O’Byrne was extremely competent and trustworthy in all our dealings. I felt confident from the outset that our problems were going to be addressed in a favourable and timely manner, and they were. I would have no hesitation in recommending this firm to anybody.’

‘Shane Crossan is an outstanding PI litigation practitioner.’

‘We work especially closely with Eamonn Muldoon and Sion Williams. Both have been excellent partners with us in some difficult situations, going back many years. We have never considered changing to another practice. They are available, responsive and understand the unique requirements of our organisation. The provision of work is always timely. Both of them have been wise and sure guides to us over the years.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks, plc

Gas Networks Ireland

Irish Water

Kerry Group plc

Cork Institute of Technology

Permanent TSB plc

Trane Technologies International Limited (formerly Ingersoll-Rand International Limited)

Cork Education and Training Board

Caisse de retraite du personnel navigant professionnel de l’aéronautique civile (“CRPN”)

Marriott International (formerly Starwood)

P.J. Hegarty & Sons UC

T&T Precision Ltd

Presentation Brothers Trustees

Brothers of Charity

MWP

GlobeTech

Westfield Investments

Carey Glass

Parnell Properties Limited

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 (Italian Premiership) 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 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 applicants, 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's Dublin dispute resolution team has grown considerably in the last four years, latterly with the additional hires of a senior associate and two solicitors in 2021. The group has achieved further prominence in commercial litigation thanks to a series of engagements where it has acted for clients in high-value Commercial Court cases. The firm represents a range of household names and has made a further impression in patent litigation and in obtaining injunctions. Ann Henry has gained recognition for her roles in a number of major patent disputes and data breach cases. Michael Finn is another experienced figure in IP cases and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ann Henry; Michael Finn

Testimonials

‘The firm is small and very personable, yet has access to key specialists and experts.’

‘New team, first time to use on a project, very positive experience, very engaging and responsive. Solid advice and guidance.’

‘Very responsive, solid advice, well explained and gives you confidence they have your back.’

‘Ann Henry is an amazing litigator and data protection lawyer.’

Key clients

Mercer (Ireland) Limited

Rolls-Royce plc

Medatech UK Limited

Aviareto Limited

Avantor Performance Materials Poland S.A.

Decotek Automotive Limited

O&S Doors Limited

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited/Norton (Waterford) Limited

Standard Life Assurance Limited (part of Phoenix group)

Idox plc

Flogas Ireland Limited

DCC Energy Limited

Commission for Communications Regulation

Travel Counsellors (Ireland) Limited

WeLink Investment Holdings Ireland Limited

Leo McGinley and KLM Utilities Limited

Snorkel Europe Limited

Intertrust Technologies

The European Marine Energy Centre Limited

Xeon Dental Services Limited

Ypsilon.net

Work highlights

  • Represented Teva in its appeal of a High Court decision not to revoke European Patent No. (IE) 1379220 entitled ‘Inhalation Capsules’ (the ‘220 Patent’), which is owned by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG.
  • Represented 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.
  • Advised Aviareto Limited in relation to a contentious matter regarding trade mark infringement by Global Closing Room Limited.