Dispute resolution in Ireland
A&L Goodbody counts major Irish and multinational entities among its clients, and has acted on complex, high-profile matters across a range of sectors, including financial services and pharmaceuticals. The team has expertise in handling multi-jurisdictional litigation and acting in regulatory, corporate and other investigations, where it has seen its workload increase. Enda Hurley, who took over as practice head in December 2018, has significant experience in company and securities law, public law, and taxation and real estate disputes. Liam Kennedy acts on domestic and international disputes; Eileen Roberts handles large-scale commercial litigation and has a strong mediation practice; and the 'enthusiastic and dedicated' Tom Casey has experience in matters involving financial services, commercial property and disruptive shareholder activity.
Bank of Ireland
Allied Irish Bank plc
Permanent TSB Group Holdings plc
Perrigo Company plc
Irish Life Assurance plc
Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Limited
Smith & Nephew Plc
Parma Investments Limited
Endo Pharmaceuticals plc
Osmotica Pharmaceuticals plc
Friends First Life Assurance Company DAC
Baxter Healthcare Ltd
Glenveagh Properties plc
Cairn Homes plc
Football Association of Ireland
State Claims Agency
Irish Continental Group plc
Marlet Property Group
- Acted for a client in a test case regarding the Irish register of title stated by the High Court to the Court of Appeal and then successfully resisted an application to have the Court of Appeal judgment revisited by the Supreme Court.
- Acting for a global healthcare company in an ongoing appeal to the Tax Appeals Commission and Commercial Court judicial review proceedings regarding a tax assessment.
- Successfully defended a financial institution against a contractual claim for more than €100m which was resolved by way of a private expert determination process.
Arthur Cox's 'excellent' team has a strong reputation for handling complex, high-value, and often cross-border disputes, as well as acting in statutory and non-statutory investigations. The practice's domestic and international client base includes leading corporates, financial institutions and state bodies. Practice head Andrew Lenny is particularly active in high-profile competition and procurement disputes. The team also includes Eve Mulconry, who specialises in litigation in the financial services sector, such as debt recovery and enforcement cases; Conor McDonnell, whose areas of experience include shareholder and banking disputes and professional negligence claims; and 'pre-eminent litigation partner' Isabel Foley, who specialises in product liability matters.
‘Excellent partners and team. Highly intelligent. Extraordinary dedication and commitment. Excellent strategic and tactical advice.‘
‘The team stand out for their intelligence, competence, professionalism, market and industry knowledge, commercial good sense and dedication.’
‘As a top tier firm, Arthur Cox possess all of the elements necessary to handle the more serious legal problems in Ireland.‘
‘Isabel Foley is a pre-eminent litigation partner. She is the person I would turn to first in any legal emergency, confident that her wide and deep experience and professional qualities are equal to any legal crisis.‘
Bank of Ireland
Bank of New York Mellon
Blackrock Hospital Limited
Bord na Mona
Central Bank of Ireland
Child and Family Agency
JTI Ireland Limited
KBC Bank plc
Lloyds/Bank of Scotland
Musgrave Group plc
- Acted for BNY Mellon Fund Services in its defence of claims of alleged breach of contract, negligence and breach of duty arising from its provision of fund administration and accounting services to a Cayman-registered and domiciled hedge fund.
- Defended Dunnes Stores against proceedings brought by Aldi Stores (Ireland) relating to an in-store comparative advertising campaign which the claimant alleged breached regulations.
- Acting for Eurotoaz in the defence of proceedings issued by Trafalgar Developments Limited and other defendants over a “raider attack”.
'Very responsive and commercially focused', the team at Mason Hayes & Curran LLP is noted for its strong track record of handling Superior Court cases. The team handles litigation in a wide range of sectors, particularly financial services, built environment, technology, energy, insurance and healthcare, and also represents clients in government and regulatory inquiries. Other areas of expertise include professional indemnity claims and charities and childcare-related litigation. Maurice Phelan heads the practice and specialises in banking and insolvency litigation, while the 'experienced' Liam Guidera is highly active in investigations and in alternative dispute resolution. The 'extremely astute' Colin Monaghan, who was promoted to partner in June 2018, has experience in high-profile financial services and technology sector litigation.
‘Mason Hayes & Curran have a competitive edge in terms of sector and practice area expertise and a key focus on providing clients with insights and thought leadership.’
‘Liam Guidera gave exceptional personal commitment to assignments we worked on with him.’
‘Very responsive and commercially focused – they instinctively understand the needs of clients.’
‘Peter Johnston is a highly skilled and tactically astute lawyer in litigation and has delivered very positive outcomes.’
‘At the forefront of their approach are the commercial needs of clients – all of their advice hinges on those needs. Relatedly, the team is extremely efficient and responsive. They communicate in plain language and get quick answers from counsel where that is required.‘
‘Colin Monaghan is extremely astute, both commercially and legally. He builds a good rapport with clients and counsel and is skilled at listening to different points of view and arriving at a strategy. He has particular strength in technology and data protection litigation.‘
‘The MHC team are practical, approachable and understanding of the client’s needs and concerns. The team really invest in client relationships and take the time to get to know the client’s objectives and overall strategy.’
‘Sinéad Power is a standout partner – she thinks around the corner and sees potential developments before the client.‘
‘They prepare very well and are willing to compromise.‘
‘Liam Guidera is excellent at dealing with litigation, especially negotiations.’
‘Liam Guidera is one of the most experienced practitioners in the jurisdiction in the field of dispute resolution. His expertise in high-level mediation was invaluable.‘
‘Liam Guidera is Ireland’s paramount practitioner in the field of ADR. He is strategically brilliant and always available to counsel and to the clients.‘
‘Associates Conor O’Leary, Orla O’Leary and Shane Glynn are excellent.‘
‘The team quickly developed a good understanding of what was important for us and was able to offer advice to help us achieve that.‘
‘Liam Guidera and Conor O’Leary both provided a lot of attention to the case and demonstrated that they really cared about the outcome.’
‘There is access to partners when necessary.‘
‘Maurice Phelan is responsive to client needs and adopts a practical and commercial approach.‘
‘The team are very knowledgeable with a very good understanding of our business. They are practical in managing issues. They are focused, attentive and very professionally engaged. We have a high level of trust in the team’s competence and capabilities.‘
‘John O’Leary is very capable, intelligent and professional. He has a very good understanding of our business and that assists in identifying the best solution to an issue.’
‘Senior associate James Morrin is very capable and professional.’
‘Depth of knowledge on an individual basis and as a group. A wealth of internal resources to leverage from for every issue, each with vast expertise. They are on point. They are calm but sharp.’
‘They have ability to read situations and take the correct course of action, always with a sharp and prompt response.’
‘Maurice Phelan is as sharp of a mind as there is – calming and focused and invaluable.’
‘Mason Hayes & Curran have a very experienced team. Their key strengths lie in the level and range of experience they possess in key areas of the law. Not only do they have a keen eye for optimising representation for the client, but they also have the ability to accurately assess the risks associated with pursuing a dispute to final resolution in all circumstances.‘
‘The individuals we work with stand out because they have invested time and effort in becoming intensely familiar with our business and the contractual challenges facing us on a day-to-day business.’
‘The team are incredibly responsive, pragmatic and a joy to work with. The individuals I have worked with have particular expertise in technology (including data privacy) and regulatory disputes.‘
‘Peter Johnston and Colin Monaghan stand out.‘
‘It is their passion and determination to succeed that sets them apart.’
‘Gareth Steen would be my first point of contact on any issue. His ability to put himself in his client’s shoes, understand the risks and work with us to develop an appropriate strategy sets him apart.‘
Bank of Scotland
Allied Irish Banks p.l.c.
Chubb Insurance Company of Europe
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited
International Transport Workers’ Federation
Commission for Communications Regulation
Department of Communications Climate Action & Environment
Ulster Bank Ireland DAC
- Acted for the International Transport Workers’ Federation in a claim against the Irish government for its failure to vindicate the rights of victims of alleged systematic trafficking in the Irish fishing industry.
- Acted for the joint official liquidators appointed to the O’Brien & O’Flynn construction company in two significant litigation proceedings.
- Acted for the Dublin Port Company in seeking repossession of a site in the Dublin port area.
Matheson handles complex litigation, often with a cross-border element, across a number of areas, with a particularly strong reputation in the financial services, technology, real estate and public sectors. The team also acts in regulatory investigations and is noted for its ediscovery offering. 'Outstanding litigator' Nicola Dunleavy is acting in a number of high-profile current cases, and is also strong for arbitration, while Julie Murphy-O’Connor has a particular focus on shareholders' disputes and corporate restructuring and insolvency-related litigation. Other key contacts include Michael Byrne, who specialises in technology, product liability, defamation and public sector litigation, the 'extremely knowledgeable' Claire McLoughlin, who focuses on financial sector disputes, and senior associate Aoife McCluskey, who has particular expertise in technology and consumer law. Sharon Daly relocated to head the London office and Tom Hayes left the firm.
‘The team is innovative, cost conscious, solutions driven and calm under pressure. I am constantly impressed by their preparation and approach. They have proven time and time again they have the skills needed to navigate litigation successfully.’
‘The entire team provide a wide range of expertise with great depth of experience.’
‘Sharon Daly is a first-class litigator, a very talented lawyer. She has an exhaustive knowledge of the law in the area of litigation. I am very relieved she is on our side.‘
‘Claire McLoughlin is extremely knowledgeable. She is always attentive to our needs and very flexible despite her workload. Claire has the ability to distil very complex legal matters into easily digestible information. An absolute pleasure to work with.‘
‘Senior associate Thomas Turner is logical, very practical and often provides alternative ideas when working though the various matters.‘
‘If you need information on the cases it’s senior associate Aoife McCluskey you go to. She is very knowledgeable and timely. She is solution focused and always well prepared.‘
‘The team have a practical and responsive approach to the issues raised.‘
‘They add huge value to a complex case, always make themselves available, provide quality contributions and expert insight, and deliver a completely reliable service.‘
‘Nicola Dunleavy is an outstanding litigator. Her advice and support to our business has been fantastic.‘
‘Associate Darren Lynch is user friendly, hardworking and completely reliable.‘
‘The service we received from Matheson from the beginning was hugely beneficial. Their availability also made a huge difference to the progression of the matter.‘
‘They have a combination of expertise and experience, with thoughtful client relationship management. Matheson provides clear and concise advice that is on point and pertinent, and its lawyers apply the law to the facts. Matheson are comfortable navigating legal uncertainty and providing reliable, practical advice. The team is always responsive and manages client relations and expectations effectively.‘
‘Claire McLoughlin, as well as all of her associates and fellow partners, is a standout adviser.‘
‘This practice is always our first point of call for advice on any dispute or potential litigation matter because of the purposeful client service and support, the unfailing professionalism and, most importantly, the thoughtful advice imparted with clarity and simplicity. The attention given to their clients gives us great comfort about the reliability of the advice.’
Adoption Authority of Ireland
Allied Irish Bank plc
Baker Tilly Hughes Blake
BNY Mellon Trust Company (Ireland) Limited
Breccia (part of the Parma group)
Chartered Accountants Ireland
Duff & Phelps
Gurnet Point Capital
IMRO – Irish Music Rights Organisation
- Acted for Nama in relation to a significant data subject access request received from two individuals pursuant to Article 15 of the GDPR.
- Acting in a number of complex, multi-jurisdictional pieces of funds litigation arising from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme fraud.
- Acting for Aviva in a landmark subrogation claim against the Electricity Supply Board arising from flooding in Cork City in November 2009.
Described as 'at the forefront of dispute resolution in Ireland', McCann FitzGerald regularly handles high-profile Commercial Court litigation across a range of sectors. The team also has expertise in regulatory disputes, international asset-tracing litigation, product liability claims, and IP and public sector litigation, and handles regulatory and internal investigations. Roddy Bourke has extensive experience in litigation in the pharmaceutical sector; the 'excellent' Helen Kilroy has a particularly strong reputation for mediation; Seán Barton specialises in contentious public and administrative law matters; Karyn Harty has expertise in complex commercial disputes; and 'class act' Rosaleen Byrne and the 'fantastic' Catherine Derrig are experienced in competition and regulatory litigation.
‘The team’s knowledge and experience of our business makes it stand out.‘
‘Catherine Derrig is a fantastic asset for the team. Her expertise and manner in dealing with complex issues is exceptional and she is a pleasure to work with.‘
‘Clear, concise and comprehensive advice without unnecessary complexity.‘
‘Clearly knowledgeable in the area, they were able to provide advice within the context of our concerns and considerations directly relevant to the matter, while noting the issues of general applicability.‘
‘Rosaleen Byrne is a class act – very smart and client focused.‘
‘Fiona O’Beirne is really calm and pragmatic. Very smart.‘
‘Senior associate Amy Brick is really smart and very client focused. Gives 100% to the issue.‘
‘Most reputable team in Ireland. Deep knowledge and experience.‘
‘Roderick Bourke is highly appreciated – he is easy accessible and very skilled.‘
‘Senior associate Aisling Morrough is very efficient and supportive.‘
‘McCann FitzGerald’s dispute resolution team always provides timely and comprehensive advice to our business. They adopt a risk assessment approach rather than exclusively promoting a “belt and braces” legal approach which may not always be as acceptable commercially.‘
‘Catherine Derrig applies her detailed knowledge of our company and its strategy to all her advice, thereby providing holistic and business-appropriate advice.‘
‘Excellent defence strategies and advice on legal commercial and reputational risk and all aspects of dispute resolution, particularly mediation and statutory appeals.‘
‘Depth of industry sectoral knowledge and public service needs with the ability to contribute to the achievement of economic, competition and regulatory objectives.‘
‘Strength and depth. A firm that brings all their experience to bear on proceedings as a collective. A sure set of hands to guide you through all risks in litigation. At the forefront of dispute resolution in Ireland.‘
‘Michael Coonan is confident and self assured, and puts your mind at ease.‘
‘Karyn Harty makes the biggest problems seem eminently manageable.‘
‘McCanns is a standout firm for international disputes with deep experience on cross-border contentious restructurings.‘
‘Audrey Byrne brings an often needed common-sense, commercial approach to complex cross-border disputes. Cool and considered in the heat of battle.‘
‘Michael Coonan is my go-to Irish litigator for complex, contentious cross-border restructurings. He is the extremely bright, commercially astute, innovative and persuasive negotiator you want on speed dial when the odds are stacked against you.‘
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
National Transport Authority
National Asset Management Agency
DePuy International Limited
Permanent TSB P.L.C.
- Advising Independent News & Media plc on a range of regulatory challenges, including the appointment of Companies Act inspectors to the company, an investigation by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, protected disclosures and a series of large data subject access requests.
- Represented the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (In Special Liquidation) in litigation with the Quinn family, the largest piece of litigation in Ireland’s history.
- Acting for the US government in proceedings in the Irish and EU courts by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner against Facebook.
William Fry's 'strategic and results-oriented' team counts major domestic and international corporates, financial institutions and state bodies among its clients. The team has been involved in high-profile recent litigation across a broad range of areas, including the technology, financial services, pharmaceuticals and regulatory sectors, and has experience in cross-border matters. Other areas of expertise include defamation actions and contentious IP, property and insolvency. Practice head Owen O’Sullivan has a strong reputation for shareholder and investment disputes; Garrett Breen - who has 'unrivalled experience and excellent judgement' - has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional matters; the 'responsive and exceptionally focused' Paul Convery has expertise in financial litigation; and Lisa Carty, an 'excellent lawyer with outstanding negotiation skills', acts in high-profile commercial and financial services cases. Senior associate Deirdre O’Donovan, who has particular experience in shareholder and contractual disputes, is also recommended.
‘The team is very client-oriented and works collaboratively to help clients attain the best results. They are practical and focused on progressing matters.‘
‘Paul Convery is very responsive to clients and exceptionally focused. He analyses matters very clearly and comprehensively.‘
‘Extremely strategic and results oriented. They keep their eye on the business result the client seeks, and don’t get caught up in litigation for the sake of litigation.‘
‘Owen O’Sullivan is a great tactical thinker.‘
‘Lisa Carty and her team are exceptional. The overall level of service is excellent. They have in-depth knowledge and experience of the relevant sectors and provide very balanced advice in frequently fraught circumstances. They have a particular emphasis on regulatory bodies where their experience is unrivalled.‘
‘Lisa Carty is an excellent lawyer with outstanding negotiation skills. She is very strategic in her approach and I would regard her as a very trusted adviser who really understands our business. Her expertise and the service she delivers is unrivalled in the Irish market.‘
‘Senior associates Hilary Rogers and Deirdre O’Donovan have an amazing insight and depth of experience coupled with an exceptional focus on results for the client.‘
‘Depth of knowledge and expertise‘
‘Garrett Breen has unrivalled experience and excellent judgement. He and his team also work extremely hard and I have never been involved in a case where a deadline has been missed or where better trial preparation could have been achieved.‘
‘The dispute resolution team at William Fry are very impressive. They are responsive, technically strong and the team that you want on your side for any particularly thorny disputes.‘
‘Derek Hegarty and Shane Kelleher are an excellent team. Their technical expertise, attention to detail, ability to read into the complexities of long-running cases and to distil advice and assistance in a calm and confident manner is really impressive.‘
‘Excellent junior staff provide first-class back-up to the front-line litigators.‘
‘A long tradition of conducting complex litigation in every Superior Court in Ireland.‘
‘Paul Convery has good nerve, relates easily to international clients, and has an excellent eye for what really are the key issues in complex cases.‘
‘Garrett Breen has tons of experience in handling the heaviest litigation and first-class tactical sense. He relates really well to clients, counsel and opposing teams, a real advantage when negotiation is called for.’
‘Senior associate Sarah Twohig has a superb grasp of the issues and first-class organisational capacity in complex litigation. Entirely reliable execution of complex instructions in preparing complex trials.’
BSA | The Software Alliance
Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)
- Acting for BSA | Business Software Alliance as amicus curiae in ongoing data privacy litigation against Facebook.
- Representing ComReg in proceedings brought by Sky challenging the client’s decisions on the supply of next generation broadband.
- Representing the Department of Finance before the Commission of Investigation into Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC), formerly Anglo Irish Bank.
Beauchamps counts a number of domestic household names among its clients, and is noted for its strength in acting for public and regulatory bodies. The team is also active in large-scale financial services litigation, and handles disputes in the healthcare, insurance, technology and professional services sectors. The practice is led by Emma Keegan, who has a strong reputation for handling significant regulatory investigations and also acts in professional negligence claims. The 'exceptional' Thomas O’Dwyer has experience acting for international clients and is active in litigation across a range of areas, including security enforcement and property disputes, and Barry Cahir specialises in contentious insolvency and restructuring.
‘Pragmatic advice and fast response times.’
‘Beauchamps provides direct partner access with credibility and strong support.‘
‘Thomas O’Dwyer was exceptional. The dispute resolution case we recently entered was successfully negotiated by Thomas with constant updates and concise advice prior to decisions.‘
KBC Bank Ireland Plc
Ulster Bank Ireland DAC
Allied Irish Banks Plc
Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE)
Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA)
Law Society of Ireland
Dublin Port Company
Dublin City Council
- Acting for the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in High Court proceedings brought by Bulmers/Magners over the sponsorship of a festival in Australia.
- Acting for the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) in a high-profile case relating to an investigation into Irish News & Media (INM) and its largest shareholder.
- Representing the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) in judicial review proceedings and an urgent injunction application by the National Maternity Hospital following the death of a patient.
Byrne Wallace is particularly strong in public sector litigation and acts for a number of public and semi-state bodies. The team is also highly active in regulatory investigations, with a particular focus on the healthcare, education, financial services and insurance sectors. Jon Legorburu specialises in large-scale regulatory investigations and has a niche expertise in acting for credit unions. Olive Doyle focuses on healthcare litigation, Mona Costelloe on contentious property matters and Seán O’Donnell on data protection. The team's partnership ranks were bolstered by the promotion of property and planning litigation expert Helen Gibbons and the arrival of Mark O’Shaughnessy, who leads the firm's reputation management offering, from A&L Goodbody.
‘Pragmatic and client-focused approach.‘
‘Work ethic and attention to detail.‘
‘They have a wide range of expertise and experience. Always available and a pleasure to work with.‘
Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)
Bray Capital Limited & Stanton Fisher Limited
Courts Service of Ireland
Curve Devco Limited
Rentokil Initial PLC
Ballymore Group and Ballymore Residential Limited
- Acting for a national public health body in a dispute with one of Ireland’s major health insurers relating to the failure to discharge payments.
- Acting for ASTI in High Court proceedings against the government over the unequal treatment of teachers.
- Acting for UK claims specialists Bray Capital and Stanton Fisher in a Commercial Court dispute with their Irish partners in relation to payments for claims brought in France stemming from defective breast implants.
DAC Beachcroft Dublin
Best known for its strong insurer client base, DAC Beachcroft Dublin also acts for leading domestic and international companies, including property developers and manufacturers. The team has been particularly active in contractual, property and construction disputes, and has also seen an increase in arbitrations. Dublin office head Lisa Broderick, who is 'really good at what she does', has expertise in cross-border disputes, particularly in the product liability and financial services spaces. She leads the practice jointly with Rowena McCormack, who specialises in defamation and data protection matters.
London & European Title Insurance Services Limited
- Acting for London & European Title Insurance Services in relation to a third-party right of way dispute.
- Acting for QBE Insurance (Europe) in a number of contractual disputes with policyholders over the breach of a long-term agreement.
- Acting for Kiernan Homes in proceedings to recover sums due to the client in relation to a high-value residential construction project.
Dillon Eustace has particular expertise in litigation in the insurance and financial services sectors, with clients including funds, financial institutions, leading insurers and state bodies. The team also represents financial services clients in regulatory investigations and has acted in significant recent defamation, property and professional negligence claims. Team head Kieran Cowhey has a strong insurance defence practice but also handles product liability and aviation sector litigation. Other key contacts include John Doyle, who has particular expertise in employment and defamation cases (and is also recommended for his arbitration experience); John O’Riordan, who handles commercial, financial and property-related litigation; and 'safe pair of hands' Peter Bredin.
‘Very pleasant and easy to deal with, even on complicated matters. Sound and consistent advice and solution driven.‘
‘Peter Bredin is extremely consistent and sound in his advice. Excellent awareness of both legal issues and commercial drivers. Very client focused with a good ability to react to ever-changing client requirements. Adopts a positive and solution-based approach to tricky matters and is overall a very safe pair of hands.‘
‘Really good partner to associate balance with plenty of partner involvement and associates who are very knowledgeable and proactive in resolving issues that arise.‘
‘Hands-on engagement from the partners and a well-resourced department.‘
‘They have real depth in the insurance litigation space. Reliable, accountable and always looking round corners.‘
‘Peter Bredin is one to watch. He is very professional.‘
Sunday Business Post
National Asset Management Agency (Nama)
Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI)
Home Building Finance Ireland
Havbell DAC, Seaconview DAC, Tanager DAC
Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman
Irish Daily Mail/Irish Mail on Sunday
State Claims Agency
- Defended the Sunday Business Post against defamation proceedings brought by Denis O’Brien, one of Ireland’s richest businessmen.
- Acting for Seaconview and Ulster Bank in proceedings brought by borrowers seeking to prevent the sale of a portfolio of commercial properties in the UK.
- Acting for Nama in a case against an Irish businessman who was the guarantor of loans advanced by Anglo Irish Bank before its collapse and which were subsequently transferred to Nama.
Eugene F. Collins is active in litigation across a wide range of areas, including financial services litigation, product liability claims and an increasing number of high-profile property disputes. The team also has expertise in professional negligence litigation, with additional experience in professional regulation. Maura Connolly, who is strong in employment and regulatory matters, leads the practice jointly with the 'star' Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin, whose areas of expertise include professional negligence claims and cross-border financial services and funds litigation. Other key contacts are Ronan O’Neill, who specialises in banking litigation and medical regulatory matters; the 'very approachable and calm' David Cantrell; and Rachel Shanley, who focuses on media and defamation cases.
‘The practice has a broad base of experience.’
‘The firm has an approachable and collaborative style that encourages open and frank discussions at all times. They possess excellent litigation skills. The one item that stands out is client management – they are available, open and willing to listen to the client and actively engage the in-house counsel as part of the overall strategy.‘
‘Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin stands out for commerciality and the ability to take a pragmatic approach to issues. Caoilfhionn is also fantastic at cutting through the issues to get to the point and in bringing the client through the process. More than anything she is available and you know that you are in a safe pair of hands when she is representing you.‘
‘Maura Connolly is always on top of the brief and ensures a high standard of service level is maintained across the team.’
‘They have a depth of Commercial Court experience and ready access to the extensive expertise of their other departments to assist when necessary. They take the time to understand my business as a whole and not just the piece of litigation in front of them.‘
‘I would single Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin out as a star. She never fails to impress. She is client focused and will always go above and beyond to ensure the best possible outcome.‘
‘A very effective team which is very responsive to client needs and effective at securing practical and commercial solutions for its clients.‘
‘Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin is an excellent litigator – aggressive in protecting her client’s interests yet practical in seeking to secure cost-effective results.‘
‘Straight talking, easy to deal with, listen to the client.‘
‘Can-do approach, take views of client on board, excellent knowledge.‘
‘Extremely pleasant and easy to deal with, even on tricky and complicated issues. Extremely consistent, responsive and sound in their advice but still highly cognisant of commercial drivers. An all-round safe pair of hands.‘
‘David Cantrell is very approachable and calm. He thinks through and sticks with our agreed strategy despite the many moving elements.’
‘Eugene F Collins are unique as litigators in that they achieve great results while carefully managing litigation risk. One of the most impressive features about EFC is that they know when and on what terms to settle cases. I really trust their advice and their experience.‘
‘Strong team, very responsive and good commercial acumen.‘
‘Pragmatic and commercial. Accessible. Willing to go the extra mile.‘
‘Very approachable, excellent skills, pragmatic approach to difficult issues.‘
Vodafone Retail (Ireland) Limited
BMW (Automotive (Ireland) and BMW (AG))
Health Products Regulatory Authority
Danske Bank A/S
Takeda Pharmaceutical Ireland
Bank of Ireland
Marks and Spencer
Joint Official Liquidators of DD Growth Premium Master Fund (In Liquidation)
Sky UK Limited
Bank of Scotland Plc
ACC Loan Management Limited
Capita Asset Services
KBC Bank Ireland
Danske Bank A/S
Bank of Ireland
Bank of Ireland (UK) Limited
Allied Irish Banks, plc
IBRC Limited (In Special Liquidation)
Red Flag Consulting Limited
Whirlpool SSC Limited
- Acting for Red Flag Consulting in proceedings brought by Denis O’Brien, one of Ireland’s wealthiest businessmen, relating to an alleged conspiracy to damage his reputation.
- Acting for the joint liquidators of DD Growth Premium Master Fund, an insolvent Cayman Island hedge fund, in large-scale multi-jurisdictional litigation relating to the duties of a fund administrator.
- Acting for Irving Picard, as the trustee for the liquidation of the business of Bernard Madoff’s investment firm, in various Irish matters stemming from the collapse of the company.
Public sector and regulatory litigation is a significant area of expertise for Eversheds Sutherland's 'client-focused' team, which is also experienced in handling disputes in the financial services, insurance and healthcare sectors. The team has also acted on several complex, high-profile cases in the Commercial Court. Clients include multinationals, leading domestic companies, and public and regulatory bodies (which practice head Pamela O’Neill has particular expertise in advising). Other key contacts in the team are Norman Fitzgerald, who handles commercial, regulatory and insolvency-related litigation; Dermot McEvoy, who specialises in contentious property and construction; healthcare sector expert Aisling Gannon; the 'excellent' Stephen Barry, who has niche expertise in health and safety and planning and environmental matters; and Neil O’Mahony, who is experienced in insolvency and banking litigation.
‘Stephen Barry is very authoritative on health and safety matters, and is also expert in contentious insurance matters. He is a safe pair of hands.‘
‘Neil O’Mahony gets it – he understands what is important to a client without having to follow up.‘
‘Stephen Barry is excellent, very responsive and attentive to all matters.‘
‘Strong team. Very accessible. Committed to getting the right answer.‘
‘Leader in the field. Very strong technically but with a good ability to understand a client’s business and adapt accordingly.’
Insolvency Service of Ireland
Dublin Port Company
Earlsfort Centre Developments Limited and Earlsfort Eastpoint Limited
Starbuck Ireland and Butler EE Group
Residential Tenancy Board
Black Lough Wind Farm Limited
Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)
Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman’s Bureau of Ireland
- Acting for EY in a professional negligence claim in the Commercial Court brought by the special liquidators of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC).
- Acting for the Quinn family in long-running litigation with the IBRC arising out of the financial crisis.
- Acting for the Insolvency Service of Ireland and the Official Assignee in Bankruptcy in proceedings over the alleged disclosure of confidential information about the sale of a luxury residence.
Hayes Solicitors' 'exceptional' team has handled a variety of high-profile commercial cases, including product liability claims, financial disputes and enforcement proceedings, and insolvency litigation. The practice has a strong track record for representing state bodies, and also acts for leading Irish commercial organisations, insolvency practitioners and funds. The team also has notable expertise in clinical defence litigation. 'Brilliant litigator' Joe O’Malley has experience in large-scale litigation and cross-border cases, while Mary Hough and Caroline Crowley specialise in the healthcare sector. The team's strong junior ranks include Matthew Austin, who has expertise in professional regulatory matters, Jeremy Erwin, who is experienced in enforcement and recovery actions, and ‘first-class’ senior associate Robbie Slattery.
‘The litigation and dispute resolution team at Hayes Solicitors are exceptional. They are unmatched in the industry in terms of delivering instructions to barristers and ultimately achieving the very best for each and every client.‘
‘Robbie Slattery is a first-class solicitor delivering the very best in legal services to clients. As part of Joe O’Malley’s team, he offers top-class legal advice and assistance. I have been part of many cases which have resulted in extraordinary outcomes for clients which is largely down to the hard work and skill of Robbie and Joe.‘
‘Hayes are unique in that they combine excellent litigation advice while remaining calm and clear minded.‘
‘Joe O’Malley is a brilliant litigator. His advice is carefully considered. He remains calm and cool even under serious pressure. In contentious and difficult cases, Joe is the man you want in the trenches.‘
Medical Protection Society
State Claims Agency
Bank of Ireland
Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI)
The Irish Times
Veterinary Defence Society
Willis Towers Watson
Baker Tilly Chartered Accountants
Clare Civil Engineering
Kirby Healy Chartered Accountants
- Represented Nama in defence of breach of confidence proceedings arising from the dissemination of confidential information about the loans and secured assets of a high-profile developer.
- Representing Nama in the defence of a public law challenge to various decisions made by the client and a counterclaim for judgment.
- Represented the Nama-appointed statutory receiver over lands owned by the Ballincollig Consortium comprising West City Retail Park, County Cork, in relation to a high-value claim against Dairygold.
Firm chairman Michael Kavanagh heads the team at LK Shields Solicitors LLP, which is experienced in litigation across a wide range of areas, including banking and finance, energy sector, pensions, insolvency and commercial disputes. The team has also been increasingly active in IP and technology litigation, construction litigation and regulatory investigations. 'Standout professional' Ciarán Markey has expertise in contentious technology and IP; Jennifer Clarke in banking and financial litigation; Ciara O’Kennedy in contentious employment matters; and Amy Bradley, who is praised for her 'great leadership skills', in construction disputes. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Eamon Jones, who has extensive experience in commercial litigation and regulatory investigations, as well as niche expertise in export credit insurance matters, following the firm's merger with Kilroys in December 2018.
‘Amy Bradley is able to grasp both the legal and technical complexity of construction and engineering disputes. She has great leadership skills, and is always calm, hardworking and able to multitask.‘
‘Very supportive and helpful. Available outside hours and at short notice. Extremely pleasant to deal with and appreciative of client input.‘
‘Ciara O’Kennedy and associate Muireann Granville were very knowledgeable and pleasant at all times. They provided excellent research and understanding at all stages of the process and were very supportive.‘
‘The team were considered and responded quickly to our needs. Ciarán Markey was a standout professional.‘
Fremantle Media Limited and Simco Limited
State organisation controlling the horse racing industry in Ireland
Members of the Retired Aviation Staff Association of Aer Lingus
TAL Management Ltd/Fachtna O’Ceallaigh
Ervia Irish Water
United Parcel Service of Ireland Limited
Pepper Asset Servicing
- Acting for FremantleMedia and Simco in Commercial Court proceedings protecting the “Got Talent” brand.
- Acting for the state organisation controlling the horse racing industry in Ireland in the prosecution and defence of multiple cases against a racecourse tenant.
- Acting for a high-profile media client in a dispute over the rights to a well-known stage show.
Maples Group's 'strong practice' has acted in several high-profile recent cases in the Commercial Court. Areas of expertise include regulatory investigations and enforcement, contentious construction matters, and litigation in the financial services, funds and insurance sectors in particular. Thanks to its network of offices across the world, the team is well placed to handle cross-jurisdictional disputes. The practice is led by Robin McDonnell, who specialises in insolvency and corporate recovery and restructuring-related litigation. Other key contacts include Brian Clarke, who is also noted for his strength in arbitration; the 'strong, astute' Alan O’Sullivan, whose areas of expertise include banking litigation and lender enforcement; Kevin Harnett, who has experience in financial services, technology and property litigation; and Enda O’Keefe, who specialises in negligence claims.
‘Very pragmatic legal advice, top-notch case management, a fee-conscious approach.‘
‘Brian Clarke was a great steward during a complex process. His case management skills and legal knowledge guided us through a multi-layered cross-jurisdictional dispute with ease. I would not hesitate recommending Brian and his team.‘
‘Alan O’Sullivan is a strong, astute lawyer who you would always want on your side.‘
‘Alan O’Sullivan is extremely commercial, practical and competent and has the know-how and experience to navigate difficult issues and territory.‘
Quinn Insurance Limited (In Administration)
A former director of the Belfry Investment Funds
Lagan Holdings Limited
Deirdre Foley & D2 Private Limited
Calibrate Real Estate Limited
The joint liquidators (Paul McCann and Michael McAteer of Grant Thornton) of the Treasury Holdings Group
Carlow County Council
Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.
Feniton Property Finance DAC
Goldman Sachs & CarVal Investors LLC
Marathon/Bryant Park Group Funds
Special Liquidators of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Limited (In Special Liquidation)
The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland
Commercial Finance Ireland
Pepper Asset Servicing
- Representing the joint administrators of Quinn Insurance in a professional negligence action against PwC.
- Defending a former director of the Belfry Investment Funds against a series of claims relating to the alleged misselling of property investments.
- Acting for Lagan Holdings in the defence of a number of claims concerning alleged damage to property caused by construction materials.
Well known for its strength in acting for public bodies, Philip Lee also represents high-profile domestic and international companies and financial institutions. The team has extensive experience in regulatory litigation, including data protection and planning-related matters; major construction and procurement disputes; and healthcare sector litigation. Practice head Damien Young has particular expertise in data protection matters; Anne Bateman has a strong reputation for IP, pharmaceuticals and aviation sector disputes; the 'commercial minded' Murrough McMahon is experienced in insurance and professional negligence litigation; and the 'first-class' Clare Cashin specialises in construction and procurement disputes.
‘The team have a very broad knowledge across all areas, to include more niche areas such as intellectual property.‘
‘Murrough McMahon is very commercially minded and understands that the needs of a company might vary from the recommended path. Murrough is always available to discuss issues and is able to tackle a multitude of issues.‘
‘An extremely competent team, highly skilled and focused on providing the client with strategic advice.‘
‘Clare Cashin is one lawyer who stands out. Her ability to distil complex disputes into a clear legal strategy is first class. She is highly accessible and responsive to client needs.‘
‘The team has regulatory prosecution expertise.‘
‘The team had a clear understanding of the issue from the outset and they brought their experience and a practical approach to resolving the case to an acceptable solution from our perspective.‘
‘The confidence they portrayed as a team was reassuring to us as the client.’
Data Protection Commissioner
Health Service Executive
Office of the Information Commissioner and Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information
Word Perfect Translation Services Limited
Irish Planning Board (An Bord Pleanála)
Lone Star Funds
Port of Cork
- Acting for Ryanair in a number of proceedings against Expedia and others concerning the screen-scraping of Ryanair’s website and flights database.
- Acting for the Data Protection Commission in a number of cases, including the ongoing Schrems/Facebook II litigation regarding the transfer of personal data.
- Acting for the Health Service Executive in a major class action brought by hospital consultants and proceedings brought by importers of medicine challenging pricing decisions.
Kennedys is best known for its expertise in insurance-related litigation, but has also been involved in high-profile recent cases in the healthcare, transport and financial services sectors. The team has additional strengths in professional negligence, defamation and construction claims. The practice is led by the 'standout' Andrew McGahey, who has experience in a range of commercial matters, with particular expertise in policy coverage disputes. Other key contacts include Joanne O’Sullivan, who specialises in healthcare litigation; Hugh Kennedy, who has expertise in admiralty, marine and aviation matters; and Noel Devins, who is experienced in professional indemnity claims.
‘Joanne O’Sullivan makes herself available despite time zone differences, understands the big picture, and manages difficult relationships.‘
‘Strength in depth. Excellent client management skills.‘
‘Andrew McGahey is the standout member of the team.‘
‘Client-oriented and hands-on approach.‘
‘Ability to translate rather complex legal proceedings and systems in an understandable manner.‘
‘The team at Kennedys in Dublin were very professional, quick and client orientated.‘
‘Hugh Kennedy and senior associate Aoife Ryan worked together very closely so that their advice on further matters was deliberated very well and comprehensive.‘
‘Taking ownership and the lead in important discussions.‘
‘Professional experience, responsive and proactive.‘
Elk Fertighaus AG
MDO Management Company SA
Securitas Security Services Limited
IN2 Engineering Design Partnership
Shinagh Estates Corporate Services Limited
Cornmarket Financial Services
Medlab Pathology Limited
- Acting for the Northern Ireland Fish Producers Organisation and the Anglo-North Irish Fish Producers Organisation to defend against the prosecution of two fishing boats detained by the Irish Navy for fishing in Irish waters.
- Acting for Medlab Pathology in mass litigation concerning the alleged misdiagnosis of cervical cancer in Ireland.
With offices in Cork, Galway and Dublin, Ronan Daly Jermyn has a strong regional, national and international client base, which includes financial institutions and funds, state and private healthcare bodies, and leading insurers. The team has particular expertise in professional indemnity claims, and also has a good track record for defamation and financial and enforcement proceedings. In Cork, practice head Darryl Broderick handles banking and insolvency litigation, as well as media and IP disputes; managing partner Richard Martin is noted for his strength in insurance matters; and Ronan Geary has particular expertise in property, planning and construction disputes. In Dublin, Jamie Olden focuses on professional indemnity defence litigation, and Peter Lennon specialises in aviation liability claims.
‘Ronan Daly Jermyn’s vital presence in Cork and Galway, in addition to Dublin, results in real relationships with substantial regional clients.‘
‘Ronan Daly Jermyn provides clear, direct and straightforward legal advice in a timely fashion.‘
‘Ricky Kelly and solicitor Lisa Mansfield are approachable, informative, responsive and supportive.‘
‘Apart from their professionalism, the team stand out for the time and effort taken to understand the issues as they relate to our business.‘
‘Nothing is too much trouble for them – Richard Martin and Uilliam Ó Lorcáin are the two partners is particular I would recommend.‘
‘Ricky Kelly went above and beyond. The breadth of experience and dedication of time to the case was remarkable.‘
‘They have a unique perspective and knowledge of the issues that arise in Kerry, and helped us navigate the legal system.‘
‘Ricky Kelly showed total dedication and knowledge of the court system, judges and the best legal approach.‘
‘The level of sophistication and also patience was extraordinary.‘
‘Ricky Kelly is a brilliant legal mind. He has been compassionate, understanding and patient with us, and has always been available at the other end of the phone with sound, sensible advice.‘
‘Ricky Kelly’s expertise is brilliant, his mind is very sharp and accurate, and yet he still has a very down to earth approach and personal way about him.‘
‘The practice is unique in that the level of service is excellent. From the partners to the associates nothing is too much trouble. There is a wealth of practical and academic knowledge together with local knowledge that allows us to make the best informed decisions on litigation. Tough but fair negotiators always acting with integrity.‘
‘The team pulled out all the stops with impressive attention to detail.‘
‘Ricky Kelly picked up our case with enthusiasm.‘
University College Cork
Johnson & Johnson
- Acted for BAM in a case concerning an alleged trespass by its tower crane over an adjoining householder.
- Acted for Atlantic Shellfish Limited and David Hugh-Jones in a claim over the pollution of their Oyster Fishery in Cork Harbour, which resulted in its closure.
- Acting for Comcast in ongoing litigation over the award of a mobile phone licence in the 1990s.
Whitney Moore's areas of strength include banking litigation, such as recovery and security enforcement actions, contentious IP matters and insurance defence, with a niche expertise in motor industry claims relating to product liability and distribution agreements, among other areas. In addition, the firm is noted for its aviation litigation practice, led by Gerry Carroll, who also specialises in regulatory investigations and disciplinary hearings. Aoife Murphy is highly regarded for IP litigation, particularly multi-jurisdictional patent disputes, and Brendan Moriarty specialises in financial services litigation. Managing partner John Lynch leads the overall practice.
O’Flaherty Group (Motor Services Limited)
Chartered Accountants Ireland
Tokio Marine Europe
Irish Life Assurance plc
Bank of Ireland
- Acted for Mercroft Taverns in setting aside the appointment of an interim examiner.
- Acted for ILG in a High Court injunction application to restrain the client’s landlord from repossessing the premises.
- Acted for Bullrush Horticulture in judicial proceedings against a decision made by An Bord Pleanála which had the effect of preventing commercial peat extraction without planning permission.
The team at Fieldfisher is particularly active in banking and insolvency litigation and professional negligence claims, and also handles shareholder disputes, contentious landlord and tenant matters, planning disputes and insurance defence cases. The practice has also seen an increase in mediation work, and in procurement litigation and judicial reviews arising from tenders. Killian O’Reilly, who has a particular specialism in claims arising out of cyber crime, leads the practice.
‘The team are always there to respond. Our matter was quite small in value terms but this made no difference to the level of support given.‘
‘Killian O’Reilly is a safe pair of hand who manages to retain his composure during high-tension negotiations.‘
Friel Stafford Accountants
Newbridge Tyre & Battery Co Limited
Forrest & Co, Chartered Accountants
Causeway Geotech Limited
Carroll’s Irish Gifts
Northern Foods Grocery Group Limited t/a Fox’s Biscuits
- Acted for the Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland in issuing judgment proceedings against two borrowers, who defended the proceedings on 59 grounds under EU law.
- Acted for a European client in the hospitality industry in a dispute with its landlord over a break option clause exercised in a long-term commercial lease.
- Acted for Newbridge Tyre & Battery Co in a judicial review challenge to its unsuccessful bid for a public procurement tender.
Insurance litigation, defamation and environmental disputes are key areas of strength at Holmes O'Malley Sexton, which is also increasingly active in contentious construction matters. The team, which is based across the firm's offices in Dublin and Limerick, also regularly handles litigation in the public sector, including judicial review proceedings and regulatory matters for healthcare and education entities. Managing partner Harry Fehily is active in a range of commercial disputes and also strong for mediation. Other key contacts include new partners Michael Murphy, who specialises in financial services and insurance litigation, with additional expertise in data protection matters, and Pat McInerney, who regularly acts for public sector bodies.
University of Limerick
Private Security Authority
Irish Greyhound Board
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Legal Aid Board
Limerick 2030 DAC
Traditionally strong in insolvency and mortgage litigation, Lavelle Partners is also active in banking and financial services litigation, clinical negligence claims and defamation (where the team predominantly acts on the plaintiff side). The practice has extensive experience acting on claims against government bodies. Practice head Ciarán Leavy has expertise in professional negligence, insurance and property-related claims; managing partner Michael Lavelle specialises in insolvency and also handles partnership disputes; Marc Fitzgibbon is active in employment claims; and Avril Scally specialises in healthcare litigation.
Noted for its 'depth of expertise', Leman Solicitors is particularly active in contractual and financial services disputes involving banking, pensions, funds, insurance, and debt recovery and enforcement. Clients include domestic and international financial institutions, corporates and shareholders. The team is jointly led by the 'extremely competent and experienced' Larry Fenelon and Ronan McGoldrick, partner and head of financial services disputes, who is a 'brilliant solicitor' and brings 'a significant degree of expertise' to matters.
‘Leman are experts in their fields but it is their practical application of the law to a budget that is their main strength.‘
‘The Leman team apply their experience and know-how in a practical, efficient manner.‘
‘Larry Fenelon is extremely competent and experienced, and well known in Irish litigation circles.‘
‘The transactions are very much partner-led. Ronan McGoldrick is always at hand 24 hours a day with full knowledge and understanding of exactly where the matter is at, not to mention bringing a significant degree of expertise in terms of his overall supervision to the team. Ronan has a lot of very good associates working with him, in particular Brian Conroy.‘
‘Very professional team, hardworking, put in long hours to deliver for their clients.‘
‘Ronan McGoldrick and Brian Conroy are brilliant solicitors. They give the client peace of mind that they are on top of the brief.‘
‘While it has depth of expertise and is a reasonable large firm there is still the personal touch and their response time is excellent.‘
‘They have our best interests at heart and will strive to find a solution to the issue while protecting us, as their client.‘
Cork-based firm O'Flynn Exhams has particular expertise in litigation in the commercial real estate, financial services, retail and utilities sectors, and is also active in commercial arbitration. The team is experienced in judicial review, debt recovery and enforcement, cross-border insolvency matters, disputes relating to commercial contracts and supply agreements, product liability claims, and environmental and planning disputes. Shane Crossan heads the three-partner team.
‘It has an ability to see the bigger picture and understand that, in addition to the legal considerations, there are commercial considerations for their clients in any dispute resolution matter‘
‘Shane Crossan is an excellent lawyer with strong business acumen. When emotions are high in any dispute, Shane is calm, practical and a great sounding board‘
‘The firm seem to have a unique approach in that they gave us a practical response to a very complex situation. They were very quick to grasp the whole case and had a good understanding of the complexities of it. They came up with positive solutions that were right, with a great sense of prioritisation‘
‘Tom O’Byrne – I have found him to be courteous, level headed, competent and down to earth‘
‘I work with Tom O’Byrne in a number of matters. Tom is most approachable and has a fantastic ‘bedside’ manner. He is technically excellent in a wide range of disciplines. Nothing is too much trouble for Tom and he works within tight timelines. You can rely on Tom to provide novel suggestions to tough legal queries‘
Allied Irish Banks, plc
Gas Networks Ireland (formerly Bord Gáis)
Kerry Group plc
Cork Institute of Technology
Permanent TSB plc
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
Parnell Properties (R.E.S.A.M.)
Cummins Sports Limited
Grangefield Developments Limited
Murphy’s Irish Seafood Limited
KBC Bank plc
- Acting for seven Italian Serie A football clubs in successfully supporting a contentious petition to wind up the Irish-registered arm of an international sports media group.
- Acted for Irish Water in an appeal under section 97 of the Water Services Act 1997 to seek the court’s authority to allow the client to construct and lay a pipe in Youghal Harbour which would discharge treated sewage from a wastewater treatment plant.
- Represented Cork Institute of Technology and SEFtec NMCI Offshore Training in Commercial Court judicial review proceedings successfully challenging a departmental refusal to recognise training certification and accreditation obtained in other jurisdictions.