Firms To Watch: Healthcare and life sciences

DLA Piper has landed a number of impressive M&A transactions and commercial engagements in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, along with tax and competition-related matters.

Healthcare and life sciences in Ireland

A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP has a strong connection to the healthcare and life sciences sectors with much of the firm servicing clients in these industries. The life sciences group has a particularly impressive record in transactions, patent litigation and other disputes. Regulatory enforcement is also a key part of the practice. The firm is especially active in capital markets offerings, along with M&A and private equity deals, and has seen an increase in regulatory enforcement and investigations (including competition law investigations) for a variety of clients. It has also worked on a series of headline patent disputes. Cliona Christle is an experienced figure in healthcare disputes and investigations, including professional indemnity and medical negligence. David Widger is rated for corporate transactions in the field, and John Whelan for patent disputes.

Practice head(s):

Cliona Christle; David Widger

Other key lawyers:

Sheena Doggett; John Whelan; Alan Casey; Ronan Lyons; Róise Nic Ghráinne


‘Our organisation is a long standing client of A&L Goodbody, which is itself a testament to our high level of satisfaction with the service they provide. The knowledge base within A&L Goodbody is extensive and any interactions my colleagues and/or I have had with A&L Goodbody personnel have been hallmarked by their attention to detail and even when on occasion they are delivering advice that may be unwelcome they do so in a collegiate manner.’

‘Readily available and the excellent advice and support provided by Cliona Christle was exhaustive and thorough. Cliona’s knowledge of our sector is second to none in Ireland. The project was lengthy and involved a high degree of detail – Cliona was absolutely central to the successful conclusion of the project.’

Key clients

Iterum Therapeutics plc

Osmotica Pharmaceuticals plc

WuXi Biologics

Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd

Accord Healthcare Limited


Amgen Technology (Ireland) Unlimited Company and Amgen, Inc.

Boston Scientific Corporation


Baxter Healthcare Ltd

Endo International plc

SK Biotek

Tonix Pharmaceutical Holding Corp.

Nabriva Therapeutics plc

Malin Corporation Plc

Novartis AG

Aralez Pharmaceuticals


Prothena Corporation Plc

Coxon Medical/ Coxon Industry Ireland Limited

Beckman Coulter

Icon plc and Icon Clinical Research Ltd

Teleflex Inc

Perrigo Company plc

Medtronic plc


Becton Dickinson

BioCryst Ireland

Noden Pharma DAC

Retrophin Inc.


Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc

Abbott Laboratories

Gilead Sciences Ireland

Eli Lilly

Takeda Pharmacuticals International and Takeda Ireland ltd


Felix Pharmaceuticals PVT Limited

Smith & Nephew plc

Fusion Pharmaceuticals

Baudax Bio Limited

PDL BioPhama Inc.

Fountain Healthcare Partners

Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

Pinewood Laboratories Limited


Efficient Frontier Investing

Chubb Insurance Group SE

Parma Investments Limited

Fountain Healthcare Partners

Leo Pharma

Merit Medical Ireland Limited

KCI Manufacturing and 3M

Reva Inc

Xeris Pharmaceuticals Inc


Theratechnologies Inc

Doctor Care Anywhere plc and Doctor Care Anywhere Ireland

AlloVir International DAC

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

Coombe Women’s and Infants University Hospital

Rotunda Hospital

Tallaght University Hospital

Work highlights

  • Advised UDG Healthcare plc on the recommended cash offer by Clayton Dubilier & Rice, the US-based private equity firm. This transaction was the first scheme of arrangement since legislative changes were introduced in the BREXIT Omnibus Act 2020.
  • Acted as lead corporate counsel and Irish deal counsel to ICON plc, alongside Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, on its acquisition of PRA Health Sciences in a cash and share transaction valued at approximately $12bn.
  • Advised PHOENIX Pharmahandel GmbH on Irish aspects of the acquisition of parts of McKesson’s European business activities of its portfolio companies in Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Slovenia, as well as the European headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany and the minority stake in the joint venture Brocacef Groep in the Netherlands.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox has a fully-rounded healthcare and life sciences practice, noted for its history in corporate transactions and its well-established regulatory team. The firm has been active in relation to access to private hospitals by Covid-19 patients during the pandemic, regulatory investigations in the life sciences sector, and has seen additional growth in IP litigation. The firm frequently works alongside global law firm leaders in the healthcare and life sciences segments, advising some of the biggest names in the industry. In particular, it advises a range of US-based pharmaceutical and biotech businesses on regulatory matters in Ireland. It is also at the forefront of healthcare sector regulation, particularly for private hospitals. Colin Kavanagh leads the team on corporate and regulatory matters in the life sciences sector, and Joanelle O’Cleirigh is a leader in dispute resolution and investigations in healthcare.

Practice head(s):

Colin Kavanagh; Joanelle O’Cleirigh

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Ferry; Leanne Dolan; Kerry Corbett


‘We have had dealing with Arthur Cox over many years and, without fail, their service has been of a consistently high standard. Their capacity to adapt to quickly changing circumstances is first class and during Covid their engagement with us was managed in a way that ensured first class service at all times. Their teamwork approach ensures that all necessary departments seamlessly engage in activities relating to any particular issue.’

‘Arthur Cox is very professional and I do have a lot of business with Arthur Cox. They are very precise and clear in the way they deal with us as a customer. We see them as a partner to our business.’

‘Great communication with details of each litigation matter under representation. Sets realistic expectations and looks for solutions that do not always involve spending more money.’

‘Their personal availability to us at all times is highly valued by us as is their seamless interaction between departments and individuals. They have worked with us particularly in the areas of Healthcare, Litigation and property and have managed a low key approach in recent high profile controversies. Joanelle O’Cleirigh is our key contact and has provided us consistently with a wise and valued service.’

‘We have regular catch-ups on litigation matters that are being handled by the team I work with. I always feel that I am in a good place of understanding what we are currently doing and what our next steps are. Joanelle O’Cleirigh, Leanne Dolan and Kerry Corbett work very well together as a team and provide outstanding counsel.’

‘The partner we deal with, Ryan Ferry, gives amazing attention to our company whether it’s day, evening or night. He has a great knowledge of the Pharma and Life sciences industry that we are in. They always give a clear answer and a clear roadmap.’

Key clients


Bristol-Myers Squibb

Becton Dickinson

Blackrock Healthcare Group (which incorporates Blackrock Hospital, Hermitage Clinic and Galway Clinic)

Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Gilead Sciences


Johnson & Johnson


Medical Council



Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland




Religious Sisters of Charity



St. James Hospital

TÜV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH

UMPC Group

Valeant/Bausch Health

Leo Pharmaceuticals

Chanelle Pharmaceuticals

Tallaght Hospital

Private Hospitals Association

Stewarts Care

Child and Family Agency (Tusla)



National Maternity Hospital

Nursing Home Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advised the Private Hospital Association (PHA) in relation to the negotiation of heads of terms and final agreements in respect of the provision by all the private hospitals in Ireland of their available clinical capacity to the state on a short-term basis in order to address the Covid-19 public health emergency.
  • Acted for Orion Corporation in judicial review proceeding against the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)
  • Advised BMS on the post-acquisition integration of the Celgene business.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP has demonstrated a strong commitment to the healthcare and life sciences sectors, particularly in regulatory, transactions and disputes matters. The firm has developed dedicated teams for both life sciences and healthcare, and has become a recognised leader in the market. This includes working with start-ups right through to IPOs and beyond. Colin Sainsbury leads the life sciences team, with child protection and child care specialist Sinead Kearney  heading the healthcare services group. Olive Doyle  is a leader in mental health law and Catherine Dowling is an emerging talent.

Practice head(s):

Colin Sainsbury; Sinéad Kearney

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Dowling; Olive Doyle; Patrick McClean; Daniel Holohan


‘Excellent team – highly responsive, reliable and high level of expertise in the area of healthcare, particularly around capacity and mental disorder-related issues.’

‘Best in the country when it comes to Life Science and Healthcare legal matters.’

‘The Byrne Wallace team have excellent experience of the Life Sciences area. Particular experience in Licensing Agreements, and especially in finding creative solutions during the final stages of negotiations. Very good at working to deadlines for transactions. Documentation review and quality control strong, making client activities as straightforward and fool proof as possible.’

‘Colin Sainsbury is polite, friendly and highly professional in all matters. Colin’s experience in such negotiations was obvious from the outset. The deliverables speak for themselves. As legal counsel there is a clear recognition that we are seeking to build a long-lasting relationship.’

‘Patrick McLean – hardworking, reliable, efficient, accessible and excellent communicator. Olive Doyle – thorough and expert in her field of healthcare, particularly with regard to capacity and psychiatric disorder -related issues.’

‘Olive Doyle has a comprehensive knowledge of the broader legal and corporate environment in which healthcare decisions are made, and is very committed to guiding and advising clients to optimal outcomes. Patrick McClean has a particular ability in dealing with highly urgent complex cases, and manages to ensure that fully informed decisions are made in very short timeframes.’

‘Colin Sainsbury has very extensive experience in life sciences that has been invaluable in finalising negotiations.’

‘Catherine Dowling is great to work with.’

Key clients

Inflazome Limited

PrioThera Limited

Neuromod Devices Limited

Avectas Limited

OneProjects Design Innovation Limited

Xeolas Pharmaceuticals

B. Braun Hospicare Limited

Artugen Therapeutics Limited

Versono Medical Limited

ProVerum Limited

Selfsense Technologies Limited

Meroven Limited

MacuHealth Limited

Q3 Medical Devices

Latch Medical Limited

Phibro Animal Health Limited


Miravo Healthcare (formerly Nuvo Pharmaceuticals)

Ionics Life Sciences Limited

Uplift Health Limited


Work highlights

  • Acted as Irish legal advisors to Dublin-headquartered pioneering inflammasome company, Inflazome Limited, in relation to its acquisition by Roche.
  • Advised PrioThera Limited, an Irish clinical stage start-up, in relation to its €30m  Series A fundraising to advance the development of mocravimod.
  • Advised Neuromod Devices on its €10.5m Series B fundraising comprising of both equity investment and venture-debt which was led by Fountain Healthcare Partners.

Hayes Solicitors LLP

Hayes Solicitors LLP has a large and immensely experienced clinical defence litigation team, which features eight partners; Conor Morgan and Lyn McCarthy were recently promoted to the partnership. It has a long history of defending medical negligence claims and has represented the Medical Protection Society for decades and continues to advise key bodies such as the State Claims Agency. The team has extensive experience of product liability claims and catastrophic injury claims. It continues to provide advisory services to hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and dental practices, amongst others. Mary Hough  and Caroline Crowley are highly-rated practitioners, with the latter moving to a consultancy role in 2021, while Louise O’Rourke  is also hugely experienced. Stephen McGuinness  is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Mary Hough

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Crowley; Louise O’Rourke; Kevin Dunne; Stephen McGuinness; Martha Wilson; Katy Meade; Conor Morgan; Mark McCabe; Lyn McCarthy


‘This practice provides an excellent service to their clients. The team are all very professional and helpful. Their knowledge of the healthcare sector and experience in dealing with claims on behalf of the HSE supersedes other practices.’

‘Hayes have a long tradition in the management of medical negligence litigation and the firm is one of the most trusted firms in the defence of medical negligence claims. In addition, Hayes have established a first class reputation with hospitals’ medical staff and medical experts and this is a great ease to the client. Each of the team is accomplished in the defence of medical negligence cases and it is this strength in depth which places Hayes as the leader in the field of medical negligence law firms.’

‘In Hayes, its partners deal with litigation and each of the partners is suitably well-skilled in the defence of medical negligence litigation. Also, Hayes has a tremendous support team to assist the partner managing the litigation. One couldn’t but have great confidence in this firm and the manner in which it manages litigation.’

‘Experience and knowledge of their field of specialisation.’

‘Hayes Solicitors offer an excellent team of highly skilled and experienced lawyers to provide services in the Healthcare and life sciences sector.’

‘The team are extremely professional and highly skilled. They have a vast depth of experience and are aware of how to adequately meet their clients’ needs.’

‘Excellent team, Caroline Crowley, Mary Hough, Martha Wilson, Katy Meade, all great to work with, client management superb and always on top of their brief.’

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection Limited

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP is a major player in healthcare litigation. It defends many of the largest hospitals in the country against clinical negligence claims. It has also achieved considerable growth in life sciences regulatory and product liability cases over the last few years. In the life sciences field, the firm has advised on a growing number of M&A transactions and venture financings, along with higher numbers of digital health-related engagements. Kevin Power is a former medical doctor and is a leader in medical negligence. Martin Kelleher is an experienced life sciences transactions specialist and Michaela Herron heads the life sciences regulatory group.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Power; Martin Kelleher; Michaela Herron

Other key lawyers:

Gerard Kelly; Gemma Coady; Keelin Cowhey; Brian Horkan; Ciara Deasy; Katie McAuliffe; Catherine Allen; Fiona McNulty; Riannagh Morris


‘For medical – legal issues we are normally represented by Brian Horkan and his Fiona McNulty. They are easy to access and work tirelessly to provide practical solutions to complex legal and ethical issues.  They explain difficult legal principles in ways that are easy to understand by medical professionals who are not familiar with the legal process.  The clinical teams trust their judgement, advice and solutions.  They were always available to assist with questions/queries and provided feedback to the team.  They have a great understanding of the health service and give practical legal advice to any query that is raised.  They have access to excellent senior and junior counsel.’

‘Catherine Allen and Riannagh Morris – they are both extremely accessible, knowledgeable and always provide advice in a timely fashion.’

Key clients

Clinical Indemnity Scheme of the State Claims Agency

Health Service Executive

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

Voluntary Healthcare Forum

Child and Family Agency (Tusla)

The Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland

The Irish Medical Council

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services


Allergan Limited

Paulus Holdings Limited / ‘LetsGetChecked’

Surmodics Inc.

Tomar international

Parvalis Tx Limited

McCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP has a multi-faceted healthcare and life sciences practice, with notable experience in corporate transactions, IP disputes and product liability cases. It has represented some of the biggest names in the industries over the years. It has achieved an especially large market share of major product liability cases and patent disputes over the last couple of decades. The firm is also increasingly prominent in regulatory matters. Fiona O’Beirne  has some 30 years experience in IP and commercial disputes in the life sciences segment, and Roddy Bourke  is a leading name in product liability cases. David Lydon has extensive experience in life sciences transactions.

Practice head(s):

Roddy Bourke; Fiona O’Beirne; David Lydon

Other key lawyers:

Paul Lavery; Garreth O’Brien; Shane O’Brien; Catherine Derrig; Mark Ellis


‘The team is excellent and demonstrates great availability and resourcefulness. The firm has also been very creative in its billing practices.’

‘The McCann FitzGerald Competition, Regulatory and Company Secretarial teams have all provided excellent advice in an efficient and swift manner. Their use of technology to overcome the difficulties experienced over the last couple of years has been beneficial.’

‘The lawyers we work with in McCann FitzGerald are very knowledgeable, helpful and supportive of our needs in this area. Paul Lavery is our lead contact and he and his team work with us on a variety of matters in this area. In addition to the qualities already mentioned they are all very hard working, turn material around very quickly and make themselves available for discussions/consultations at very short notice.’

‘What is really helpful and which can be overlooked is the ability to be able to speak to non-lawyers and explain complex legal matters in a way that doesn’t have to be amended. Solution driven and not afraid to make a decision on grey areas. The individuals I have spoken to have been incredibly approachable, responsive and well received by non-legal stakeholders too.’

‘David Lydon and Niall Best (New York) stand out as having key industry knowledge and expertise in this sector. For us, their advice is tailored with the pharma industry in mind which makes it easier for clients to digest. Their practical approach is highly valued as is their ability to explain and provide complicated information to a varied audience . They are reliable and accessible. A positive feature is that they are are in different timezones (Dublin and new York offices) which is great for time sensitive matters when they can act as a team to keep the work moving or for dealing with our US based colleagues.’

‘Shane O’Brien – Efficient, experienced in pharma patent litigation, knowns the business, pragmatic approach, experience in collaboration with counsel in multi-jurisdictional disputes, open to discussion, responsive.’

‘I have worked closely with the McCann Fitzgerald team (Shane O’Brien and Fiona O’Beirne) on several matters, including recent patent/SPC litigation. I have been really impressed. They were both a pleasure to work with, extremely collaborative and providing excellent input at all stages. Their calmness and experience always gave the impression that the case was in good hands. I was especially impressed by their eagerness and ability to get deep into the technical details of a complex pharma case.’

Key clients


Sam McCauley Chemists



Bristol-Myers Squibb


PCI Pharma Services

Adapt Pharma

SISK Healthcare

Novo Nordisk

BTG plc

Gilead Sciences

Chiesi Farmaceutici SpA

Science Foundation Ireland

Grunenthal GmbH

Boehringer Ingelheim


Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association

Work highlights

  • Represented BMS and Pfizer in the defence of two Commercial Court patent/SPC revocation actions brought by Teva related to BMS and Pfizer’s medicine Eliquis.
  • Advised clients in supporting them through the Covid crisis by advising them on a myriad of legal issues including those arising from the use of remote working technologies, testing of staff and executing legal documents in a digital environment.
  • Advised Pfizer on the Irish aspects of the spin-off of its established medicines business and the combination of that business with Mylan to form Viatris Inc.

William Fry

William Fry has a well developed life sciences practice with notable strength in transactions, patent disputes and regulatory matters. The firm is also noted for medical negligence and product liability expertise in the healthcare sector. It continues to be a leader in M&A and private equity transactions in both life sciences and healthcare. Laura Scott leads the life sciences group and has an excellent record in patent disputes, while Charleen O’Keefe is an emerging talent in life sciences. Fiona Barry  and Margaret Muldowney  are key names in the healthcare segment.

Practice head(s):

Laura Scott; Fiona Barry; Margaret Muldowney

Other key lawyers:

Charleen O’Keeffe; Colette Brady; Barbara Kenny; Mary Cooney


‘William Fry are well-renowned for their life sciences practice. The team has particular expertise in life sciences patent litigation. They are responsive and highly diligent as well as being friendly to work with. They are often engaged in substantial cross-border patent litigation matters working in close and fruitful collaboration with patent litigation teams in other jurisdictions. They also bring to bear their broader knowledge of life sciences legal issues in conducting patent litigation. The team are also refreshingly diverse in gender in the patent litigation field which can often be dominated by males.’

‘A reliable focused team, they have always provided us with very detailed work. Practical, focused, experienced providing honest advice with strong detailed legal knowledge and guidance. A personable and reliable team with passion and commitment for each case.’

‘Laura Scott and Charleen O’Keeffe are both highly recommended partners.’

‘Laura Scott is a senior partner who is an experienced leader in Irish patent litigation focusing on the life sciences sector. She is very hands-on and takes a deep, keen interest in litigation she is conducting. She is also a pleasure to work with and very collaborative. She is therefore a ‘go-to’ choice when identifying Irish counsel for life sciences patent litigation.’

‘Charleen O’Keefe is an enthusiastic, energetic partner who demonstrates strategic thinking and a keen interest in ensuring that her clients prevail in their litigation. She is sure to be a star of the future in Irish life sciences patent litigation.’

‘I’ve worked with Charleen O’Keeffe over a number of years, she is an experienced partner, personable, reliable, practical, focused, gives honest advice with strong, detailed legal guidance. Shows a true passion and commitment for each case, and is always a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Fiona Barry and Mary Cooney were excellent in accepting instructions in a sensitive and high value case. Their results, under significant time pressures, were first rate.’

Key clients

Genentech Inc

ViiV Healthcare


Clayton, Dubilier & Rice


Toman Venture Holdings Unlimited Company

Uniphar PLC

Life Sciences Partners

Eli Lilly

Zimmer and Peacock AS

Work highlights

  • Acted for Genentech in Commercial Court SPC infringement proceedings against Amgen.
  • Acted for ViiV Healthcare in Commercial Court patent infringement proceedings against Gilead and in the defence of Gilead’s counterclaim for invalidity.
  • Acted as Irish legal adviser to leading private equity sponsor Clayton Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), on all aspects of its recommended cash offer for UDG Healthcare plc.

Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP

Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP is based in Cork and has a major focus on medical negligence defence and broader regulatory matters in the healthcare sector. The defence litigation firm has a broad spectrum of healthcare clients, including hospitals, doctors, nurses and their indemnifiers; the State Claims Agency and Health Service Executive are amongst its client base. Eamon Harrington heads the healthcare and medical law department, representing a number of leading indemnifiers. Patrice O’Keeffe is noted for representing professional indemnity insurers in coverage disputes.

Practice head(s):

Eamon Harrington

Other key lawyers:

Patrice O’Keeffe; Hilda O’Keeffe; Alison Kelleher; Yvonne Joyce; Katherine Kelleher


‘CKT have considerable experience in managing cases related to the Disability Act (2005). They have built up significant knowledge and expertise in this area. This supports a consistent response to all of these cases across the country.’

‘What sets Comyn Kelleher Tobin apart from other firms is the strength of the team across the board. Each individual solicitor in the team is of the highest caliber and their combined forces offer something unique among comparable firms.’

‘Eamon Harrington – responsive and detailed, along with his vast experience. Alison Kelliher – excellent solicitor, impressive attention to detail and depth of knowledge. Patrice O’Keeffe – a very experienced and knowledgeable solicitor.’

‘Alison Kelleher, Patrice O’Keeffe, Hilda O’Keeffe, Yvonne Joyce and Eamon Harrington all deserve mention. Their professionalism and case preparation is simply unmatched in the industry.’

‘Eamon Harrington leads the team by example. A vastly experienced, pragmatic and commercially focused practitioner. He is always available and generous with his insights.’

‘Patrice O’Keeffe is a very able and trusted partner. She is proactive, responsive and measured. We rely heavily on Patrice.’

‘Yvonne Joyce is a very strong performer who delivers consistently excellent advice. She is technically strong in areas like data protection, and the law on confidentiality and consent.’

‘Katharine Kelleher is the doyenne of the healthcare solicitors, and this is reflected in the quality of her instructions. Clients trust her implicitly, and there is nothing she would not do for them. The results speak for themselves.’

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Health Service Executive (HSE)


Allianz Insurance

Irish Public Bodies Insurance



Work highlights

  • Acted for the HSE in a significant case concerning the interpretation of Section 11 of the Disability Act 2005 which clarified the entitlements of applicants under the Act.  
  • Successfully defended an appeal of a High Court decision dismissing the claimant’s claim where the Court of Appeal reiterated the importance of expert evidence in professional negligence cases.

DAC Beachcroft Dublin

DAC Beachcroft Dublin is a leader in medical defence litigation, representing more than ten London Market insurers that write Irish risks, along with other key players in Ireland. The Dublin office frequently collaborates with colleagues in the UK and elsewhere. Niamh McKeever heads the healthcare and medical malpractice department and has played a pivotal role in developing the office's international client base though continues to represent the State Claims Agency on a regular basis.

Practice head(s):

Niamh McKeever


‘I found that Niamh McKeever in Beachcroft DAC was peerless in terms of her; 1. Knowledge of health care regulatory frameworks and legislation 2. Advice on tactical matters related to stakeholder negotiation and coordinating legal with public affairs strategies 3. Dedication; Ms McKeever has frequently made herself available to offer legal advice and crisis management to my organization. This included being available at Christmas and during public holidays.’

‘The practice listens to what you are looking for rather than delivering a stock answer.’

‘Attention to detail, genuine interest in the client, mastery of subject matters. Breadth of Knowledge.’

‘Niamh McKeever stands out for me.’

Key clients

Medical Protection Liability Company (MPLC)

Medical Defence Union (MDU)

State Claims Agency (SCA)

Enstar Group Limited



Irish Association of Physical Therapists (IAPT)

Talbot Group

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland has a considerable focus on healthcare litigation and life sciences transactions. The Dublin team is well plugged into the wider international network, bringing it an additional flow of cross-border engagements. On the healthcare front, the firm represents a number of private hospitals, nursing homes, other healthcare providers and major insurers in big-ticket contentious matters and regulatory hearings, including high-value medical negligence claims. In healthcare, Aisling Gannon has an outstanding reputation for disputes, regulatory hearings and procurement matters. Tony McGovern  is a hugely experienced corporate partner with an extensive record in life sciences transactions.

Practice head(s):

Aisling Gannon; Tony McGovern

Other key lawyers:

Marie McGinley; Gerard Ryan; Enda Cullivan


‘The firm has capability across all disciplines of law to service clients of all types as well as access to an international network within Eversheds to cater for all international needs.’

‘The team is very strong on technical advice which they combine with an in-depth knowledge of our business and commercial needs which allows for a really strong work product. They have an ability to distil complex legal issues and advise us on the right course to steer.’

‘Tony McGovern is an excellent business partner with significant corporate law experience and knowledge. He is personable and easy to deal with. He provides practical advice without trying to overcomplicate and over legalise matters.’

‘Tony McGovern – top notch, affable and business focused and gets the job done’

‘Aisling Gannon is an excellent lead partner and client focussed with best results achieved for clients.’

‘Aisling Gannon is an extremely capable leader in this practice, she is able to insightfully arrive at the key issues for resolution in the cases she deals with.’

‘Marie McGinley is always on top of her brief and her expertise and experience means we have confidence nothing is overlooked.

‘Gerard Ryan is excellent in terms of marshalling and co-ordinating the experts and then providing the layer of strategic guidance of what to do and when.’

Key clients


Allianz Insurance plc

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

Hermitage Medical Clinic

Highfield Healthcare

Mater Private Hospital


St. Francis Hospice

St. Vincent’s Private Hospital

Nursing Homes Ireland


Aspen Pharma

Deepverge Plc

Hibergene Diagnostics

Vivasure Limited

Conveyor Cardiovascular Limited

I360 Medical


Creganna Medical

Avery Dennison Medical

Clanwilliam Health

Portman Healthcare

Owens & Minor

Work highlights

  • Advised i360 Medical on its collaborative venture arrangements relating to the development of leading edge medical device technology for use in the area of women’s health.
  • Acted as Teleflex’s sole employment advisor for its European business in Ireland.
  • Represented Berkshire Hathaway’s insured in the defence of proceedings brought by a former patient against a named private hospital and a named consultant.


Kennedys is rated for medical negligence and product liability cases. It represents a range of healthcare professionals, service providers, umbrella organisations, insurers and manufacturers of pharmaceutical and medical device products. Much of the practice centres on clinical negligence and product liability claims, regulatory matters and inquests. Joanne O’Sullivan is noted for clinical negligence and misdiagnosis claims.

Practice head(s):

Joanne O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Grace Keegan; Shanna Dunne


‘An unusually strong, knowledgeable, passionate and committed team. They get to the crux of the matter very quickly. No frills or racking up costs with this team. One of the most remarkable things about the team is their ability to bring a speedy resolution to claims. They are the most impressive team I have seen in my 28 years experience of healthcare litigation. We have clients who repeatedly ask for them.’

‘Joanne O’Sullivan (Partner) is a great communicator. She is a strong leader and has great integrity. She listens and is respectful. Not only do our clients hold her in high regard but also her own team.’

‘Very client-focused and friendly team. Shanna Dunne in particular stands out as going above and beyond for her clients.’

‘Shanna Dunne is excellent at keeping clients informed of progress on their claims and fighting to get the best results for her clients.’

Key clients

Challenge Indemnity

Medlab Pathology Limited

Sonic Healthcare (Ireland) Limited

Johnson & Johnson

DePuy International Limited

DCM Optical Express

Allianz Versicherung

Oculentis GmbH

Finsbury Orthopaedics Limited

Stryker UK Limited

CPL Healthcare Limited


Sims IVF (Advanced Fertility Care)

My Dental

Challenge Indemnity

Medlab Pathology Limited

Sonic Healthcare (Ireland) Limited

Johnson & Johnson

DePuy International Limited

DCM Optical Express

Allianz Versicherung

Oculentis GmbH

Finsbury Orthopaedics Limited

Stryker UK Limited

CPL Healthcare Limited


Sims IVF (Advanced Fertility Care)

My Dental

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Medlab in the Supreme Court on the recoverability of damages in a case involving a terminally ill patient (Ruth Morrissey (now deceased)), where the patient claimed fatal accident type damages during her lifetime.
  • Instructed by insurers to act on behalf of Waterstone Fertility Clinic in the defence of a clinical negligence claim arising out of alleged negligent fertility treatment provided to the claimant.
  • Acting for various insurers and their insureds in number of professional negligence proceedings before the Medical Council.

Matheson LLP

Matheson LLP has an active practice in the professional liability sphere, acting for insurers and indemnity providers for medical professionals. The firm's corporate department is also well-entrenched in healthcare sector acquisitions and other transactions. Moreover, it has a major presence in life sciences transactions, collaboration agreements, licensing and other regulatory matters. The firm has seen additional growth in data privacy engagements in line with the expansion of the digital health sector. Rebecca Ryan is a top litigator and head of the healthcare practice, specialising in medical and dental negligence and clinical malpractice claims. David Fitzgibbon is a senior corporate partner with a strong focus on the life sciences industry.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Justine Sayers; David Fitzgibbon


‘Excellent presentational skills, concise delivery and explanations. Sound commercial aptitude.’

‘Responsive and commercial, understanding the client’s needs and tailoring the approach accordingly.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories


Arena Pharmaceuticals


Horizon Therapeutics

Johnson & Johnson



PTC Therapeutics

Singapore Biotech



Trinity Biotech plc

Work highlights

  • Acting Medlab and Sonic Healthcare Ireland, and their insurers, in relation to a number of complex and high-value negligence actions arising from cervical check screening.
  • Acted as primary Irish legal counsel for Horizon Therapeutics plc and since taking on that role advised the client on a number of matters connected to its continued growth and the development of its presence in Ireland.
  • Acted as Irish legal advisers to Novo Nordisk A/S on its acquisition of Neotope Neuroscience Limited from Prothena Corporation plc.


RDJ LLP's healthcare and life sciences team is spread across its Cork and Galway offices. It advises some of the largest healthcare providers in Ireland, along with healthcare insurance providers, medical device, biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Acting for large private and public healthcare organisations, the firm handles a steady pipeline of medical negligence claims. Technology transfer and collaborative research arrangements are another forte for the firm. Cork partner Gillian Keating has an impressive record in life sciences M&A and other corporate transactions. Galway's Padraic Brennan and Imelda Tierney are key names in medical negligence and other healthcare claims, along with Peter Groarke and Fergal Dennehy in Cork.

Practice head(s):

Padraic Brennan; Fergal Dennehy; Gillian Keating

Other key lawyers:

Diarmaid Gavin; Imelda Tierney; Peter Groarke; JP Gilmartin; Sean O’Reilly; Richard O’ Brien


‘Partner driven service with attention to detail. Very prompt response to any queries, great consistent service for clients. Experienced in all areas of healthcare practice and litigation.’

‘The healthcare team I deal with provide regular insights into the sector I am involved in, which keeps me appraised on potential developments and areas for growth. In an area of law which can be very complex their approach has always been very practical and easy to understand. Through the pandemic they have utilised their IT capabilities to maintain and ensure continuous contact.’

‘Fergal Dennehy intelligent, enthusiastic, professional hard working solicitor. Nothing is too much trouble for the client. Richard O’Brien, hard working, intelligent solicitor with great experience in litigation. Always available to assist with ongoing queries.’

‘Peter Groarke is the Partner in the Healthcare team I work with most. He has been and is always available to assist. He is very impressive in legal knowledge. He is engaging and supportive and has great interpersonal skills He is always up to date on the latest developments.’

‘Imelda Tierney is an exceptional person. She takes an interest in her clientele and is perceptive to their needs. I have observed Imelda providing much support and encouragement to witnesses, building rapport and trust. Imelda ensures she is well informed which results in her strong decision making abilities and strategic thinking. Imelda is highly regarded and frequently sought after due to her significant experience and extensive knowledge. She has excellent mediation skills based on mutual respect. A genuine and enthusiastic solicitor and a role model for junior staff.’

‘Padraic Brennan is a very knowledgeable and approachable member of the team at Ronan Daly Jermyn. Padraic has extensive experience which is evident in his strategic thinking and advocacy skills.’

‘Partners Imelda Tierney and Padraic Brennan provide dedicated support and advice. Her attention to detail and willingness to given her time and attention and to exhaust all issues to deliver a satisfactory outcome to all.’

‘I have worked with Fergal Dennehy , Peter Groarke and Richard O’ Brien during the last 5 years. These partners and the associate with whom I deal on a regular basis are highly innovative in deciding on strategy. Each of these lawyers takes a very detailed assessment and offers great insight into the problems facing clients. There is a comprehensive approach adopted to issues facing clients.’

Key clients

State Claims Agency

KM Medical Software Limited

Masco Group

Bon Secours Hospital

Neurent Medical Limited

Healthcare 21

Mater Private Cork

University of Limerick

Royal College of Surgeons

Clinical Research Development of Ireland (CRDI)

Work highlights

  • Advised Advanced Safety Management Limited (ASM) on its sale to Phenna.
  • Advised Sempiternal Aesthetics Limited on its issuance of preferred shares of $5.5m to two US venture capital firms (Greycroft and Bullpen) and a pool of smaller investors.
  • Advised Solvotrin Therapeutics on a €6.7m investment by London-based RAB Capital and existing investor Elkston and ITC Capital.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co LLP has an established clinical negligence practice in Ireland, acting for the likes of the State Claims Agency in headline cases. Nessa O’Roarty is an experienced figure in the clinical negligence field, having represented clients in a number of seminal and precedent-setting cases. Audrey McGinley provides additional senior-level clinical negligence expertise.

Practice head(s):

Nessa O’Roarty

Other key lawyers:

Audrey McGinley


‘Excellent, focused and experienced team.’

‘The team is headed by a very experienced healthcare litigator whose depth of knowledge in the area is unparalleled. This ensures that all staff working under her supervision have the benefit of a massive body of knowledge and experience.’

‘Nessa O’Roarty – Lead partner is a calm and professional solicitor in a highly pressurised litigation environment.’

‘Nessa O’Roarty is someone who has extensive healthcare litigation experience. She has encountered most types of problem and knows how to solve them and implement solutions.’

‘Nessa O’Roarty and Audrey McGinley are outstanding partners in the Dublin office no query is too much and their ability to advise on complex healthcare issues is remarkable.’

Key clients

State Claims Agency

CNA Hardy


St James’s Hospital Board

Philip Lee LLP

Philip Lee LLP has a growing presence in healthcare and life sciences thanks to the presence of a large team of specialists covering corporate transactions, regulatory matters and disputes. Marie Kinsella is an experienced name in the healthcare segment, covering corporate and commercial, and regulatory engagements. John Given is another seasoned professional in life sciences transactions, and Anne Bateman has a longstanding presence in IP, technology and data protection matters in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Marie Kinsella; Anne Bateman

Other key lawyers:

John Given; Ronan Dunne; Philip Lee; Damien Young


‘Engaging and dynamic.’

‘Flexibility and availability.’

‘Very reactive to emergency requirements during the pandemic. Were willing to go the extra mile and ignore normal working hours to deliver results.’

‘Philip Lee – creative solution finder. Ronan Dunne – hard working and effective solicitor with substantial public procurement experience.’

Key clients

Health Service Executive

Sublimity Therapeutics



National Treatment Purchase Fund


Novellus Therapeutics


Celleron Therapeutics

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's growth in the Irish market has been driven to a large extent by its life sciences practice, with a particular focus on generics and biosimilars, biotech and biologics, and medtech and digital health. A series of high-profile lateral hires have given it real prominence in the market, particularly in the intellectual property field, including patent and non-patent actions. It now advises some of the biggest global names in the life sciences sector. The firm is also developing its name in healthcare transactions. Michael Finn combines both IP and regulatory expertise, and Ann Henry  has an established record in big-ticket patent disputes.

Practice head(s):

Michael Finn; Ann Henry

Other key lawyers:

Dennis Agnew; Dorian Rees


‘Very strong experience and close to all the key matters going on in Ireland.’

‘Timely and responsive with sufficient depth to cover a broad array of client needs.’

‘This firm is approachable, delivers and provides quality legal services and knowledgeable advice. It is distinguishable from may other firms by its access to senior staff without arduous approach mechanisms to get a meeting. A collaborative approach is very much the ethos of this firm.’

‘The Pinsent Masons team are always available and willing to provide advice with a commercial angle. A first port of call for questions in this territory.’

‘Michael Finn is reliably delivering practical advice that brings together solid legal knowledge and deep business understanding.’

‘Michael Finn – whip-smart, organised and anticipates client needs well in advance.’

‘Dorian Rees was smart, hard-working and got the job done.’

‘I have dealt with Mr Dorian Rees in the Healthcare and M&A sectors. He is a very knowledgeable lawyer, but very open to approach, and an excellent sounding board. He and his team are very proactive bringing opportunities and solutions as these come to them, and where they see synergies with my businesses.’ 

Key clients

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited/Norton (Waterford) Limited


Cosmo Pharmaceuticals

DCC plc


Northgate Public Services

Kyorin Pharmaceutical

Synbiotic SE

Avantor Performance Materials Poland SA

Medatech UK Limited

Linnaeus Group


Nudge Digital Limited

Reproductive Health Group

BlueDop Medical Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Teva in a number of contentious patent matters, including its appeal of a High Court refusal to revoke European Patent No. (IE) 1379220 entitled ‘Inhalation Capsules’.
  • Assisted clients throughout the life cycle of their products to ensure regulatory compliance at every stage or product development and market entry.
  • Advised Bupa, trading as Smiles Dental in Ireland, on a number of acquisitions of Irish dental practices in the past as well as continuing day-to-day advice around employment, litigation, compliance and regulatory matters.