Healthcare and life sciences in Ireland

A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP's 'customer-oriented' team is particularly active in corporate and capital markets matters in the life sciences sector, advising domestic and international pharmaceutical companies on M&A, capital raisings and IPOs. The team also has significant expertise in IP litigation, procurement and competition issues, and gives regulatory advice, including assistance with Brexit preparations. Cliona Christle, who specialises in medical negligence and product liability litigation, and David Widger, who focuses on corporate matters, lead the team. In addition, John Whelan advises on IP issues and senior associate Róise Nic Ghráinne on healthcare litigation and regulation.

Practice head(s):

Cliona Christle; David Widger

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Very customer-orientated team providing current legal advice, well connected globally.’

‘Sheena Doggett and David Widger are excellent, customer service-focused individuals.’

‘The team are always available, working extremely long hours at times of exacting deadlines, and can always be relied upon with very timely responses and support.’

‘Their knowledge of the overall landscape and background to similar cases ongoing in Ireland was extremely helpful and provided confidence during very testing times.’

‘Extremely friendly, approachable and excellent at explaining issues, especially the differences with the Irish system to English law. Despite the issues of being in another country their support was always timely, constant and professional.’

‘John Whelan is personable, commercially minded and calm in even the most stressful situations.’

Key clients

Iterum Therapeutics plc

Osmotica Pharmaceuticals plc

WuXi Biologics

Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd

Accord Healthcare Limited

Pfizer

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

Boston Scientific Corporation

Allergan

Baxter Healthcare Ltd

Endo International plc

SK Biotek

Tonix Pharmaceutical Holding Corp.

Nabriva Therapeutics plc

Malin Corporation Plc

Novartis AG

Aralez Pharmaceuticals

BioMarin

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

Mylan

Becton Dickinson

BioCryst Ireland

Noden Pharma DAC

Retrophin Inc.

Nutricia

Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc

Abbott Laboratories

Gilead Sciences Ireland

Eli Lilly

Takeda Pharmacuticals International and Takeda Ireland ltd

Alexion

Felix Pharmaceuticals PVT Limited

Smith & Nephew plc

Fusion Pharmaceuticals

Baudax Bio Limited

PDL BioPhama Inc.

Morgan Stanley

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Work highlights

  • Acting for Morgan Stanley as financial adviser to AbbVie on its $63bn acquisition of Allergan plc.
  • Advising HANetf on the establishment and regulatory approval of the first cannabis ETF established in Europe (The Medical Cannabis and Wellness UCITS ETF).
  • Acting for Nabriva Therapeutics plc on the entry by its wholly owned subsidiary, Nabriva Therapeutics Ireland Designated Activity Company, into a sales promotion and distribution agreement with MSD International GmbH and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox acts for a wide range of Irish and international clients, including pharmaceutical and medical device companies and public and private hospitals. The team has significant experience in regulatory issues in the life sciences sector, including advising on clinical trials and medical research. Corporate transactions and high-profile litigation in the healthcare sector are also areas of expertise. The practice is jointly led by Colin Kavanagh, who specialises in regulatory, commercial, M&A and IP matters in the life sciences industry, and Joanelle O’Cleirigh, who has an extensive track record in healthcare litigation and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Colin Kavanagh; Joanelle O’Cleirigh

Key clients

Allergan

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Becton Dickinson

Gilead Sciences

Johnson & Johnson

Mallinckrodt

Monsanto

MSD

Novartis

PatientMPower

Regeneron

Sanofi/Genzyme

Stryker

TÜV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH

Valeant/Bausch Health

Leo Pharmaceuticals

Chanelle Pharmaceuticals

Blackrock Hospital

Private Hospitals Association

Stewarts Care

Child and Family Agency (Tusla )

Work highlights

  • Advising Allergan plc on its cash and stock acquisition by AbbVie, Inc., with an enterprise value of approximately $83bn.
  • Advising the European Molecular Biology Laboratory on the Irish regulatory and legal compliance aspects of conducting research on human biological material, including on human embryonic stem cells and embryos.
  • Advising Genomics Medicine Ireland on the first successful appeal of a decision of the Health Research Consent Declaration Committee under the Health Research Regulations.

ByrneWallace LLP

The 'first-class' team at ByrneWallace LLP has continued to expand its client base, adding a number of foreign investors to an impressive roster of pharmaceutical and medical device companies and public bodies. Colin Sainsbury heads the life sciences practice, which has expertise in M&A, fundraisings, licensing and regulatory issues. The health and social care team, which is experienced in litigation, governance and regulation, is led by Sinéad Kearney and also includes mental health law specialist Olive Doyle. Catherine Dowling and senior associate Laura Greene, who has expertise in advising international clients on Irish regulation, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Colin Sainsbury; Sinéad Kearney

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Dowling; Laura Greene; Olive Doyle; Patrick McClean; Daniel Holohan

Testimonials

‘This practice adopts a non-adversarial and solution-based approach to legal problems. Sinéad Kearney stands out because of her innovative use of alternative dispute resolution techniques.’

‘They provide a focused, deep level of knowledge in a very specialised area efficiently, working as a seamless team, so that immediate support is always quickly available. Olive Doyle provides outstanding leadership of this excellent team. Patrick McClean has been consistently helpful and timely in his response.

‘Byrne Wallace is unique in its overall approach. It is one of the few law firms that truly takes a fully holistic approach to the practice of law and integrates legal solutions with practical, workable business solutions to make implementation and operation effective, efficient and compliant.’

‘Colin Sainsbury has impressed me with his client dedication. He approaches the attorney-client relationship like a business/legal partner and not just a lawyer. He is dedicated to overall client success and it shows in every interaction.’

‘Olive Doyle is a strong and experienced partner. She displays great confidence under pressure and achieves consistently good results for her clients. She is widely respected in court by colleagues, the bar and the bench. She is trusted and reliable. Her considerable experience comes through when she instructs or addresses the court.’

‘My experience with the healthcare and life sciences practice at ByrneWallace is that they provide a first-class service in their specialist area in concert with good attention to and understanding of a client’s broader legal requirements, all of which is backed up by a well-resourced, full-service firm with an ethos of attention to client needs. In short, specialist expertise, broad capability and attention to client circumstances combine for an excellent service. I find the team members consistently very competent, responsive, attentive to understanding and responding the client’s requirements, and, critically, they are a pleasure to work with.’

‘I particularly value Colin Sainsbury as a contact partner – I find him very approachable and his depth of expertise, perspective on the life sciences field, and openness to discuss specific needs as well as general concerns, together, give me confidence.’

‘Laura Greene is a top-class senior associate – very experienced, smart, highly skilled, a good communicator, affable, diligent, detailed, practical, responsive, and attentive to the client’s circumstances and needs. I greatly value Laura’s availability and the skill set she brings to the engagement.’

Key clients

PrecisionBiotics Group Limited (formerly Alimentary Health)

Amryt Pharma

ERS Genomics Limited

OneProjects Design Innovation Limited

B. Braun Hospicare Limited

Altan Pharma

Avectas Limited

Artugen Therapeutics Limited

Inflazome Limited

Xeolas Pharmaceuticals

Versono Medical Limited

Neuromod Devices Limited

Meroven Limited

MacuHealth Limited

Q3 Medical Devices

Latch Medical Limited

Phibro Animal Health Limited

Teagasc

Nuvo Pharmaceuticals

Ionics Life Sciences Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of PrecisionBiotics Group Limited in relation to its acquisition by Novozymes A/S for €80m on a cash-free debt-free basis, supplemented by an earn-out structure.
  • Advised OneProjects Design Innovation Limited in relation to the in-licensing of its formative intellectual property from Trinity College Dublin and its subsequent €11m series A fundraising.
  • Advised Avectas on completing a significant new series C equity funding of approximately $20m, as well as on a broad range of sectoral specific agreements in relation to the development and commercialisation of Avectas’ proprietary cell engineering technology.

Hayes Solicitors LLP

Hayes Solicitors LLP stands out for its 'vast, in-depth knowledge' in the healthcare sector, and specialises in handling medical negligence litigation for indemnity bodies and state agencies at all levels of the courts in Ireland. The team also has growing expertise in product liability litigation and regulatory matters, and advises a range of hospitals and other healthcare organisations on commercial, corporate governance and data protection issues in the sector. Practice head Mary Hough and Caroline Crowley, who have particular expertise in catastrophic injury cases, head of regulatory Kevin Dunne and Stephen McGuinness are among the key contacts.

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

Testimonials

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

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

‘Hayes Solicitors’ healthcare and life sciences team are extremely professional in their approach, possess extensive experience, have vast, in-depth knowledge, and approach each case thoroughly, leaving no stone unturned. They are a top-tier firm in the industry.’

‘Caroline Crowley has a vast amount of experience and is extremely capable – a leader in the industry.’

‘Katy Meade and Louise O’Rourke are excellent.’

‘Very strong partners, very keenly aware of clients’ needs, forensic on detail and good at strategy. Very focused towards achieving the end results and know cases inside out.’

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection Limited

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Noted for its 'excellent service and advice', Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has significant expertise in healthcare litigation, defending public and private sector clients against high-profile medical negligence claims. Other areas of strength include M&A in the life sciences sector, patent litigation and regulatory matters. Kevin Power, who specialises in medical negligence and product liability litigation, and Martin Kelleher, who focuses on corporate transactions, jointly lead the team. Gerard Kelly advises on IP matters, Michaela Herron has significant expertise in product liability matters, particularly relating to medical devices, and senior associate Ciara Deasy focuses on healthcare litigation.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Power; Martin Kelleher

Other key lawyers:

Gerard Kelly; Michaela Herron; Gemma Coady; Keelin Cowhey; Brian Horkan; Ciara Deasy; Katie McAuliffe

Testimonials

‘A good diverse team covering all aspects of legal knowledge required for our business.’

‘Michaela Herron is very proactive.’

‘Excellent service and advice provided by a professional team. Always a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Everyone I work with on the team delivers their work to a very high standard. Their advice is clear and concise. Special mention must be given to Kevin Power, who runs an excellent team. Ciara Deasy’s work is exceptional and her advice is so clearly set out from an early stage right to the end when dealing with negotiation of solicitor’s costs.’

Key clients

Clinical Indemnity Scheme of the State Claims Agency

Health Service Executive (HSE)

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

Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin

Allergan Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated in the first case arising out of the high-profile cervical check controversy in Ireland.
  • Acted on the series C funding round for LetsGetChecked, which develops at-home health-testing kits.
  • Instructed by the State Claims Agency on behalf of the HSE in a medical negligence claim regarding an alleged delay in referral to another hospital.

McCann FitzGerald

The 'very capable' team at McCann FitzGerald has extensive experience in litigation in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, with particular expertise in product liability disputes and patent litigation. The team also handles a range of non-contentious matters, including corporate transactions for leading pharmaceutical companies and regulatory issues, particularly in relation to pricing and reimbursements and medical devices. The practice is led by Roddy Bourke, who is highly regarded for his product liability expertise; Fiona O’Beirne, who has extensive experience representing originator companies in patent litigation; and David Lydon, who handles corporate matters.

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

Testimonials

‘Very broad scope. Experienced lawyers.’

‘Roddy Bourke stands out for his dedication to the case and the client. He is very experienced.’

‘Very capable team with an ability to be an adjunct to the in-house team and having a great insight into the business. Strong players at every level.’

‘David Lydon is superb as a partner to the business, is innovative and understands the broader commercial picture. Roddy Bourke is highly pragmatic.’

‘Great team. Amongst the best at life sciences in Ireland. Shane O’Brien is very easy to work with and provided good, practical advice.’

‘They are able to handle complex regulatory questions in the healthcare and life sciences sector, such as patient support programmes, advertising and clinical studies.’

‘Shane O’Brien has an in-depth sector expertise and is able to tackle a wide range of regulatory matters in the life sciences sector under local laws. I appreciate that he is prompt to answer any queries we may have and provides advice that is clear, actionable from a business perspective, but at the same time nuanced and showing the risks that a business may incur in case of non-compliance with the advice he provides.’

‘It has been a pleasure working with Fiona O’Beirne and Shane O’Brien. I have been particularly impressed by the level of detail with which they engaged with the technical (scientific) aspects of the case, including all of the expert evidence. Fiona and Shane have also been extremely diligent and responsive.’

Key clients

Pfizer

Adapt Pharma

SISK Healthcare

Novo Nordisk

BTG plc

Gilead Sciences Inc

Chiesi Farmaceutici SpA

Science Foundation Ireland

Grunenthal GmbH

Inflection Biosciences

Alkermes

Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Pfizer on a variety of corporate and regulatory matters.
  • Advised Adapt Pharma on its acquisition by Emergent BioSolutions Inc and its trade mark prosecution strategy in connection with its sale of nasal spray products throughout Europe.
  • Represented Gilead Sciences in Commercial Court proceedings against Mylan and Teva in relation to its supplementary protection certificate (SPC) for HIV medicine Truvada.

William Fry

Laura Scott, who stands out as a 'real expert in IP matters in the industry', leads the life sciences practice at William Fry, which has been highly active in large-scale patent litigation, IP licensing and commercialisation, e-health and medical technology, and corporate transactions involving pharmaceutical companies. The team was strengthened at senior level by the promotions of Charleen O’Keeffe and Colette Brady, who bring additional expertise in IP and regulatory disputes, in September 2020. Fiona Barry and consultant Margaret Muldowney are key contacts in the healthcare practice, which handles high-profile medical negligence and product liability litigation.

Practice head(s):

Laura Scott; Fiona Barry

Other key lawyers:

Margaret Muldowney; Charleen O’Keeffe; Colette Brady; Barbara Kenny

Testimonials

‘Personal approach. Real passion on behalf of clients.’

‘Integrity. Practical approach. Innovative problem solving.’

‘No client is too small. They understand the sector well and treat all clients equally so that you feel they are totally committed. The team includes some young and very smart partners with lots of enthusiasm.’

‘Laura Scott is a real expert in IP matters in the industry.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Boehringer Ingelheim

Eli Lilly

Genentech

EirGen Pharma

Edwards Life Sciences

ResMed

Uniphar

Boots Pharmacies

Medical Protection Society (MPS)

Sublimity Therapeutics

Life Sciences Partners

ViiV Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Advising the Medical Protection Society on a wide variety of cases.
  • Acted for Genentech in Commercial Court SPC infringement proceedings against Amgen.
  • Advising Uniphar plc on a wide variety of transactions and regulatory issues, including the public listing of the Uniphar Group’s shares and the acquisitions of M3 Medical Limited and Durbin.

Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP

The sizeable healthcare team at Cork-based Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP specialises in the defence of medical negligence claims, acting for major insurers and the state's largest indemnifier. It also has experience in regulatory matters in the healthcare sector. Eamon Harrington, who is noted for his strength in mediation as well as in large-scale medical negligence litigation, leads the team. Other key contacts include Patrice O’Keeffe, Hilda O’Keeffe, Alison Kelleher and Yvonne Joyce, all of whom specialise in healthcare disputes.

Practice head(s):

Eamon Harrington

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Health Service Executive

Medisec

Irish Public Bodies Insurance

Allianz Insurance

Tusla – the Child and Family Agency

State Claims Agency

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the State Claims Agency to represent the HSE in litigation arising out of misreading of cytology under the National Cancer Screening Services Programme.
  • Acting on behalf of the HSE on the instruction of the State Claims Agency in medical negligence litigation.

DAC Beachcroft Dublin

DAC Beachcroft Dublin's 'approachable and available' team specialises in medical negligence litigation, defending a wide range of healthcare clients including hospitals, dental and cosmetics clinics, medical device companies and medical professionals. The team also has expertise in acting for London market insurers, drawing on the international firm's strength in the insurance sector. 'Excellent' practice head Niamh McKeever has a strong track record in high-value medical negligence claims and also advises professional associations on regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Niamh McKeever

Testimonials

‘The expertise and diligence of Niamh McKeever at DAC Beachcroft was without compare in other legal firms.’

‘I found that Niamh McKeever was peerless in terms of her knowledge of health care regulatory frameworks and legislation, advice on tactical matters related to stakeholder negotiation and coordinating legal with public affairs strategies, and dedication. She has frequently made herself available to offer legal advice and crisis management to my organisation.’

‘What makes this practice unique is their responsiveness to each query, big and small. They are very practical and take a grounded approach which is underwritten by their experience. They are approachable and available.’

‘Attention to detail. Commitment to excellence. Follow up calls. Customer service. Breadth of services offered.’

‘Niamh McKeever is excellent.’

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland has 'extensive knowledge, experience and capability' in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, with significant expertise in representing hospitals and health insurers in high-value medical negligence litigation. Led by the 'outstanding' Aisling Gannon, the healthcare practice also advises providers in the primary care and nursing home sectors on corporate, regulatory and procurement issues. Tony McGovern heads the life sciences team, which has been active in handling M&A and fundraisings, IP matters and arrangements for clinical trials.

Practice head(s):

Aisling Gannon; Tony McGovern

Other key lawyers:

Enda Cullivan

Testimonials

‘What makes the service provided by Aisling Gannon and her team stand out is their attention to deal, timely responses and collaborative approach, balanced with a firm approach when appropriate. They provide personal attention and are very approachable.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland’s healthcare and life sciences team possess extensive knowledge, experience and capability in their practice area. They have excellent professionals within the team who are extremely experienced, capable, thorough and provide significant confidence to clients in achieving the right results.’

‘Aisling Gannon is an outstanding leader in the healthcare and life sciences industry. She has a vast amount of knowledge, capability and intellect.’

‘Personal touch while exhibiting excellent professional competence across a wide range of countries.’

‘Tony McGovern uses a combination of commercial and legal expertise and a pragmatic approach to developing working solutions. He has a broad understanding and experience in negotiating hospital contracts for clinical studies in the EU.’

Key clients

HSE

Allianz Insurance plc

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

Hermitage Medical Clinic

Highfield Healthcare

Mater Private Hospital

Jigsaw

St. Francis Hospice

St. Vincent’s Private Hospital

Nursing Homes Ireland

Aerogen

Aspen Pharma

Integumen Plc

Hibergene Diagnostics

Vivasure Limited

Conveyor Cardiovascular Limited

I360 Medical

Webdoctor

Creganna Medical

Avery Dennison Medical

Clanwilliam Health

Portman Healthcare

Owens & Minor

Work highlights

  • Managing a captive portfolio of claims for Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, including the defence of medical negligence proceedings brought against the Mater Private Hospital.
  • Managing a captive portfolio of claims for Allianz Insurance plc, including a medical negligence action brought against the consultants and staff of St Vincent’s Private Hospital.
  • Advised Stamford Devices, the Galway-based parent company of Aerogen Group, on the acquisition of SoloPep Limited, a University of Limerick incubator start-up with unique IP in the area of respiratory and nebulizer technology.

Kennedys

Kennedys is highly active in large-scale litigation in the healthcare sector, with expertise in defending high-value medical negligence and product liability claims. The team has a broad client base including multinational pharmaceutical companies, insurance providers, manufacturers of medical products, and healthcare professionals. Joanne O’Sullivan, who also has expertise in representing interested parties in inquests, leads the practice, supported by experienced senior associates Grace Keegan and David Mckechnie, who specialise in healthcare litigation and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Joanne O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Grace Keegan; David Mckechnie

Key clients

Challenge Indemnity

Medlab Pathology Limited

Hiscox

Sims Clinic

Johnson & Johnson

Oculentis GmbH

DCM Optical Express

Allianz Versicherung

DePuy International Limited

Finsbury Orthopaedics Limited

Stryker UK Limited

CPL Healthcare Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending Medlab in multimillion-euro mass healthcare litigation involving the alleged misdiagnosis of cervical cancer.

Maples Group

Maples Group advises a broad life sciences client base, which ranges from innovators to multinational pharmaceutical and medical device companies, on M&A, capital raisings, and commercial contracts and licensing. The team has also deepened its expertise in regulatory matters, advising on patient programmes and the authorisation, marketing and distribution of products, and in digital health matters. Practice head Deirdre MacCarthy is experienced in cross-border M&A, corporate governance and private equity transactions in the industry.

Practice head(s):

Deirdre MacCarthy

Key clients

Greenfield Global

Bio-Medical Research

Innerstrength (t/a Tickerfit)

Beats Medical

Thera Technologies

GW Plastics

Affidea

Technopath Clinical Diagnostics

Cainthus

Digital Mind Solutions

GC Aesthetics

Global Medical Treatment Limited (Whatclinic)

Great Point Partners

iFeel Technology Solutions Limited

Inova Health System Foundation

Luoda Pharma

Your Smile Direct

Nektr Technologies

Neogen

Novaerus

Nuritas

Pharmapod

PMD Solutions

PQ Bypass

Sebela Life Sciences

Sharp Fluidics

Luoda Pharma

3D4 Medical

Work highlights

  • Advising Greenfield Global on its establishment in Ireland.
  • Advising Bio-Medical Research on all matters, including the spin-out of a patented technology to develop a medical device to Atlantic Therapeutics and its shareholding in Atlantic Therapeutics.
  • Advised Great Point Partners, a healthcare specific private equity fund, on its recapitalisation of Steripack Group.

Matheson

Large-scale medical negligence litigation is a key area of strength for the team at Matheson, which acts for a number of professional indemnity bodies, insurers, private hospitals and healthcare providers. It also handles high-profile product liability and regulatory litigation, and represents medical practitioners in inquests, statutory inquiries and internal investigations. Practice head Rebecca Ryan has experience in medical negligence litigation, including catastrophic injury claims, and product liability actions, and is noted for her expertise in mediation.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Justine Sayers

Ronan Daly Jermyn

Ronan Daly Jermyn provides 'confident, pragmatic advice' on a range of matters in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, particularly medical negligence litigation and corporate transactions. Based across offices in Cork and Galway, the team is ideally positioned to advise multinational pharmaceutical and medical device companies located in the south and west of Ireland. In Galway, Padraic Brennan, Imelda Tierney and Fergal Dennehy specialise in healthcare litigation, while Cork-based Gillian Keating and Diarmaid Gavin focus on M&A, fundraisings, IP, and technology transfers and research agreements.

Practice head(s):

Padraic Brennan; Fergal Dennehy; Gillian Keating

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Understanding of the needs of the organisation and the requirements of different situations. Confident, pragmatic advice delivered in a timely and appropriate manner.’

‘Imelda Tierney and Padraic Brennan stand out for their availability and unstinting willingness to engage with the organisation to understand the issues and provide solutions. They have in-depth experience and knowledge of the area.’

‘Excellent practical advice. Fast turnaround time. Very strong in problem solving and addressing issues at an early stage.’

‘Padraic Brennan is an excellent adviser. Diarmuid Gavin also provides excellent industry-focused advice.’

‘A very personable firm with all of the capabilities of the larger firms.’

‘JP Gilmartin’s attention to detail has always been impressive and his appetite to get things done quickly and efficiently is something not shared with other firms I have worked with in the past. JP has a deep knowledge of the necessary moving pieces of life science start-up companies, particularly licensing and financing.’

‘RDJ know us inside out and are almost like in-house counsel.’

‘Sean O’Reilly leads the exceptional interfaces to RDJ for us.’

Key clients

Enterprise Systems Partners

KM Medical Software Limited

Masco Group

Bon Secours Hospital

Neurent Medical Limited

Healthcare 21

West Cork Distillers

University of Limerick

Royal College of Surgeons

Clinical Research Development of Ireland (CRDI)

Work highlights

  • Advised Enterprise Systems Partners on its acquisition by Accenture.
  • Advised Neurent Medical Limited on a series A investment round led by Fountain Healthcare Partners.
  • Advised Bon Secours Health System on its merger with Bon Secours Mercy Health.

Philip Lee

Philip Lee strengthened its 'exceptional' practice with the arrival of Marie Kinsella, who joined from the Central Bank of Ireland in January 2020 to lead the team alongside life sciences specialist Anne Bateman, bringing extensive expertise in healthcare regulatory matters and investigations. The team is experienced in advising healthcare providers, regulators and major pharmaceutical companies on litigation, procurement and contractual matters, research arrangements and corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Marie Kinsella; Anne Bateman

Other key lawyers:

John Given; Ronan Dunne; Philip Lee; Damien Young

Testimonials

‘Marie Kinsella is a standout healthcare lawyer. She is not only exceptionally intelligent but very personable and no matter how complex the set of circumstances, she comes up with a solution and has a way of making the legal issues easy to understand.’

‘Good, clear legal advice in relation to legislation and its practical application for clinical practice. Their strength is a common-sense approach when requested to provide legal advice on complex issues for staff and management in the health service.’

‘Marie Kinsella at Philip Lee stands out due to her clarity, clear understanding of the law in practice, reliability and follow up. Her clear and supportive attitude makes her easy to communicate with. Finally, her accessibility has always been a standout feature. Philip Lee solicitors have proved to be partners where good safe advice guides a safe delivery of care to our service users.’

‘I have found the team in Philip Lee extremely professional, responsive to need and demand, and cognisant of the complexities of cases in healthcare that need to be assessed and managed individually.’

‘Marie Kinsella has consistently been a wealth of knowledge and an asset. Marie has always been approachable, responsive and clear with her advice, which allowed me in my role to make informed decisions and calculate potential outcomes and repercussions.’

‘The healthcare and life sciences department in Philip Lee is exceptional. The individuals on the team, including Anne Bateman and Ronan Dunne, are not only highly intelligent but have in-depth expertise in this area. They represent some of the biggest names in the pharma/life sciences sector in the world and, given the reasonably modest size of the firm, they punch above their weight.’

‘The practice has significant knowledge and experience in the legal aspects of healthcare such as informed consent, clinical reviews and case law. Legal advice is provided in a clear way and linked to the relevant policy and current legislation.’

‘Marie Kinsella has significant experience and expertise in the field of healthcare. She is very approachable and personable in her work. Her advice is considered, based on best practice and in line with current legislation, and is provided in a timely manner.’

Key clients

Health Service Executive

Sublimity Therapeutics

Incereb

NeoMed

National Treatment Purchase Fund

PEI

Work highlights

  • Providing corporate legal services advice to the HSE.
  • Advising PEI Surgical from a contractual and regulatory perspective.
  • Advising certain shareholders in respect of the sale of Allergan to AbbVie.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's Dublin office expanded its capabilities in July 2019 with the appointment of 'expert' Michael Finn, who specialises in IP and regulatory matters in the life sciences industry, from Matheson. The team handles patent litigation, regulatory advice and product commercialisation, and corporate transactions in the healthcare space. Ann Henry, who has specialist expertise in data privacy in the sector, co-heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Michael Finn; Ann Henry

Other key lawyers:

Dennis Agnew; Dorian Rees

Testimonials

‘The uniqueness of Pinsent Masons is their people. Even though they are an large international firm, their Irish team is always responsive and accessible, which was a key deciding factor when selecting them. Their local knowledge and subject expertise, particularly of the individual EU markets, is a selling point in itself.’

‘Anyone we have dealt with to date has been excellent. If we were to single out any one person in the firm it would have to be Michael Finn. His support and insight has been exceptional over the years. His sound, honest advice has become something we rely on when dealing with international companies.’

‘Michael Finn has a superb understanding of the law and practice relating to the Irish healthcare system. He is very astute strategically and has a huge amount of experience in this sector.’

‘Michael Finn is an expert in this field but also extremely personable. Michael and his team are always available day or night to deal with any emergencies and turn the work around, always hitting tight deadlines. A joy to work with.’

‘We find them very professional and detailed in their responses. They are very easy to deal with. Michael Finn was professional and complete in all respects.’

Key clients

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited

Bupa

Cosmo Pharmaceuticals

DCC plc

Waterland

Northgate Public Services

Work highlights

  • Representing Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited in a number of contentious patent matters, including its appeal of a High Court refusal to revoke a European patent owned by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG.
  • Advised Bupa, trading as Smiles Dental in Ireland, on a number of acquisitions of Irish dental practices.
  • Advising Cosmo Tech on the licensing of its Aemcolo product to Redhill Biopharma.