Healthcare and life sciences in Ireland

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody has extensive experience advising life sciences clients on corporate and capital markets transactions in the sector, including M&A, IPOs and relocations to Ireland. The team counts a number of Irish-listed life sciences companies among its clients, and also has a niche expertise in advising Asian biopharmaceutical companies on setting up operations in the jurisdiction. Other areas of strength include patent litigation; regulatory advice, including on Brexit planning; and life sciences and healthcare sector disputes. The 'very solid' Cliona Christle specialises in product liability and clinical negligence claims and regulatory investigations, while David Widger focuses on corporate transactions, John Whelan handles IP matters, and senior associate Róise Nic Ghráinne has experience in clinical negligence and medical device litigation and mental health law.

Practice head(s):

Cliona Christle; David Widger

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


Malin Corporation Plc

Novartis AG

Aralez Pharmaceuticals


Prothena Corporation Plc

Coxon Medical/ Coxon Industry Ireland Limited

Beckman Coulter

Fractyl Inc

Teleflex Inc

Perrigo Company plc

Medtronic plc


Becton Dickenson

BioCryst Ireland

Noden Pharma DAC

Nypro Inc

Retrophin Inc


Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc

Abbott Laboratories

Merk & Co Inc

Gilead Sciences Ireland

Eli Lilly

Takeda Pharmacuticals International and Takeda Ireland


Work highlights

  • Acting for Iterum Therapeutics plc, an Irish incorporated biopharmaceutical company, on its IPO on Nasdaq.
  • Advised Wuxi on its establishment in Ireland to create Ireland’s largest biomanufacturing facility using single-use bioreactors.
  • Defending a subsidiary of Smith & Nephew plc, a global leader in medical technology, in numerous Irish product liability claims related to orthopaedic hip implant devices.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox has a 'broad spectrum of expertise' across the life sciences and healthcare sectors, with clients including pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech companies, hospitals, state healthcare agencies and health insurers. Colin Kavanagh leads the life sciences side of the practice and has extensive experience in advising on corporate transactions, including M&A, investments, and reorganisations and redevelopments, in the sector. On the healthcare side, the team is active in handling disputes and statutory inquiries, and advising on the regulation, funding and closure of healthcare services. Joanelle O’Cleirigh has a strong reputation for acting for regulators in hearings and inquiries, as well as handling medical negligence and product liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Joanelle O’Cleirigh; Colin Kavanagh


Broad spectrum of expertise covering all aspects of our activities. Clear, concise advice. Highly responsive. Strong leadership and support given in the management of often difficult cases.

The individuals are highly qualified with a very broad range of expertise. They have gained a particular understanding of our values and the work that we do and their advice and support is always provided in a context that is relevant to our work.

Always a pleasure to work with the genial Colin Kavanagh.

Key clients

Becton Dickinson/C.R. Bard

Blackrock Hospital Limited

Boehringer Ingelheim

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Chanelle Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Ltd

Daiichi Sankyo

Emergent BioSolutions

Gilead Sciences

LEO Pharma




Orion Corporation


Shire plc/Takeda

St. Vincent’s Centre

St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group DAC


Work highlights

  • Acting for Orion Corporation in judicial review proceeding against the Irish medicines board, the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), challenging the issuance of a marketing authorisation to a competitor for a generic version of an Orion pharmaceutical.
  • Advising various Stryker entities on a number of product liability cases related to allegedly defective hip prostheses.
  • Advising Emergent BioSolutions on the acquisition of Dublin-based Adapt Pharma.

Byrne Wallace

Byrne Wallace counts domestic and international biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies among its clients, as well as an increasing number of companies in the foreign direct investment space. The practice handles M&A and corporate financing deals, IPOs, and licensing and commercial agreements. Healthcare law is also a key area of expertise: the team advises on corporate finance and governance, litigation, and inquiries and investigations. Colin Sainsbury, who has 'fantastic experience' in the life sciences sector, leads the practice jointly with Sinéad Kearney; the 'impressiveOlive Doyle specialises in mental health law and healthcare litigation; the newly promoted Catherine Dowling has expertise in corporate transactions and clinical trial agreements; and senior associate Laura Greene is particularly experienced in advising international clients on Irish regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Colin Sainsbury; Sinéad Kearney

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Dowling; Olive Doyle


The Byrne Wallace team have a deep understanding of the legal context, legislation and precedents.

They have a meticulous attention to detail and a depth of wisdom in advice.

The team are highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced in the healthcare and life sciences area. Their immediate grasp of the issues and challenges are invaluable, save time and effort and give me confidence in their advice and guidance.

Colin Sainsbury is without compare when it comes to knowledge and skill set in the life science arena.

A very specialised service with an experienced team of lawyers.

A problem-solving approach is followed and is always reflected in the advice provided.

Sinéad Kearney is particularly impressive.

Byrne Wallace is to be extremely helpful. The quality and speed of advice has been impressive.

Senior associate Laura Greene is extremely helpful and timely in her response.

The team have many decades of experience in the area of healthcare law at a regional and national level. They offer sound legal advice across a broad range of areas.

The solicitors at Byrne Wallace act as part of a cohesive team under the experienced guidance of Olive Doyle and Sinéad Kearney. They handle the pressure of work extremely well.

Olive Doyle has an ability to see the wider picture and to avoid unnecessary side issues when time is limited.

The integration of transactional, corporate, and tax advice has been instrumental in driving the highest performance for our company.

Colin Sainsbury has been invaluable in providing corporate guidance as well as transactional advice given his broad experience in the life sciences field.

Great quality work done by a team that is easy and pleasant to work with

Colin Sainsbury is a particularly noteworthy attorney. He very responsive and ensures that the work provided is in line with our requests and needs.

Very strong real-world experience in pharmaceuticals

Colin Sainsbury has fantastic experience.

All members of the team are high-calibre professionals – clearly very intelligent, well versed in their practice area, communicative, engaged with client needs, and affable.

The team at Byrne Wallace has a huge breadth of experience and expertise, with a detailed knowledge of both the legal and administrative rules and practical aspects of this area of practice.

Sinéad Kearney combines a huge breadth of experience and legal knowledge with an extremely practical and personal approach.

Olive Doyle and Patrick McClean have a very impressive insight into health care, mental health and wardship matters.

High level of expertise in healthcare law, and particularly within the specialist areas of law relating to capacity and the interface between physical and mental health.

Olive Doyle is a particularly impressive individual, demonstrating a broad range of exceptional skills.

Key clients

Tusla – The Child and Family Agency

Nua Healthcare

Brindley Healthcare

Nuvo Pharmaceuticals Inc

Inflazome Limited

Healthbeacon Limited

Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Neuromod Devices Limited

Artugen Therapeutics Limited

Q3 Medical Devices Limited

Latch Medical Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Nuvo Pharmaceuticals in relation to its acquisition of pharmaceutical assets from Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Advised Inflazome in relation to its series B financing to fund clinical trials.
  • Advised Q3 Medical Devices on a range of corporate, commercial and IP-related matters, including commercial and clinical trial agreements and the proposed listing of its shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Hayes Solicitors

The 'excellent' Hayes Solicitors has a strong reputation for clinical defence litigation, handling medical negligence claims, inquests and fitness to practise inquiries for medical professionals and leading indemnity bodies. The team is also increasingly active in product liability claims, and advises on commercial compliance and corporate governance issues in the healthcare sector. 'Wonderful' practice head Mary Hough specialises in sensitive catastrophic injury and cerebral palsy claims. Other key contacts are Caroline Crowley and Louise O’Rourke, who have expertise in medical negligence claims and professional disciplinary hearings; regulatory specialist Kevin Dunne; and the 'first-class' Stephen McGuinness, who handles medical and dental negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Mary Hough

Other key lawyers:

Stephen McGuinness


The team provide expert advice in a manner that clinicians understand. They are approachable, non-judgmental and provide clear direction. The service experienced to date has been excellent. It is an excellent firm to work with and I feel we are in good, safe hands.

Mary Hough is really wonderful.

Katy Meade is fantastic to work with. She is an excellent listener, and is also very clever, has a superior knowledge base, and is talented and professional.

Organisation and attention to detail

Standouts include Mary Hough, Katy Meade, Louise O’Rourke, associate Conor Morgan and solicitor Laura Mathews.

They have a systematic and disciplined approach to case management.

Commitment and professionalism.

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection Limited

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP's 'strong' team advises on corporate matters in the life sciences sector, including M&A, fundraisings and licensing transactions, as well as handling patent litigation and regulatory advice. It also acts for a range of public and private health sector clients in litigation and provides advice on healthcare law. Among its clients are pharmaceutical and medtech companies, research institutions, hospitals and state agencies. Martin Kelleher advises life sciences clients on corporate transactions, while on the healthcare side the 'excellent' Kevin Power and 'experienced' Gemma Coady handle product liability and medical negligence claims. The team was also strengthened by the arrival of regulatory specialist Michaela Herron from Bristows LLP.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Power; Martin Kelleher


Mason Hayes & Curran is a firm of excellent lawyers and a very professional firm to work with and to depend upon.

Gemma Coady is a very experienced lawyer who has worked on catastrophic cases for years.

Kevin Power is an excellent lawyer who specialises in medial negligence cases.

Keelin Cowhey and senior associates Katie McAuliffe and David Hickey are very able and specialise in the area of medical negligence cases.

All very competent and trustworthy

The team has a practical, friendly and honest approach.

Brian McElligott’s understanding of life sciences, healthcare and emerging technologies sets him apart from the rest. He is passionate yet practical and he has no problem picking the phone up for a quick, pragmatic chat.

Very strong team. Good communicators. It is their attention to detail which sets this team apart.

Kevin Power is an exceptionally safe pair of hands. His knowledge and experience in the healthcare arena is unparalleled. He is solution driven and very proactive. An excellent negotiator.

They have a deep understanding and expertise in the sector.

Brian McElligott is an experienced IP lawyer who has a broad knowledge base spanning the different IP areas, and who is very comfortable handling complex IP transactions. He is a gentleman who is very popular with colleagues and clients alike.

Excellent patent litigation and product liability capabilities, particularly in the life sciences area.

Gerard Kelly is a respected and capable life sciences patent litigator. He really knows his stuff and exudes a calm authority.

Michaela Herron is a fantastic lawyer, loved by clients and with a highly strategic approach to threatened and actual litigation.

Key clients

Clinical Indemnity Scheme of the State Claims Agency

Health Service Executive

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

Allergan Limited

Voluntary Healthcare Forum

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin

The Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland

Child and Family Agency (Tusla)

The Irish Medical Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for Quest Diagnostics in the first case arising out of the cervical cancer misdiagnosis scandal in Ireland.
  • Advised Perfuze on an investment fund from Earlybird Venture Capital, MedFocus, Enterprise Ireland and a syndicate of Irish medical device sector veterans and stroke physicians.
  • Acted on behalf of the National Maternity Hospital for the State Claims Agency relating to the plaintiff’s delivery at the hospital.

William Fry

William Fry has a strong reputation for large-scale litigation in the life sciences and healthcare sector, particularly handling patent litigation and product liability claims for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. The team also advises on corporate and commercial matters in the sector. On the healthcare side, the team represents healthcare providers, insurers and professionals in litigation and regulatory investigations. The practice is jointly led by Laura Scott, who specialises in IP and regulatory law, with particular expertise in patent disputes, and Fiona Barry, who handles contentious healthcare matters. Margaret Muldowney and Sinéad Keavey are also noted for handling medical negligence and product liability claims and fitness to practise inquiries.

Practice head(s):

Laura Scott; Fiona Barry

Key clients


Boehringer Ingelheim

Eli Lilly


EirGen Pharma




Merck Sharpe Dohme (MSD)


Medical Protection Society (MPS)

The Adelaide Hospital Society

Work highlights

  • Acting for Eli Lilly in Commercial Court patent revocation proceedings against Eisai.
  • Acting for Boehringer Ingelheim in the defence of Commercial Court proceedings brought by Teva Pharmaceuticals seeking the revocation of a Boehringer patent, and separate proceedings brought by Teva seeking the revocation of Boehringer’s supplemental protection certificate.
  • Acting for the Medical Protection Society in numerous High Court product liability claims relating to implanted hip medical devices.

DAC Beachcroft Dublin

DAC Beachcroft Dublin's 'cohesive' team counts a number of London market insurers and their policyholders - including hospitals and, more recently, dentists, cosmetic clinics and diagnostics clinics - among its clients. The team specialises in medical negligence defence and inquests, but also advises on corporate matters in the healthcare sector, assists professional associations and public sector bodies with regulatory issues, and handles risk management reviews. The 'exceptional' Niamh McKeever, who was promoted to partner in May 2019, leads the practice and is active in medical negligence and professional liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Niamh McKeever


A high-functioning, cohesive team. It is very apparent that the team work very well together and share the same values. They have a knack of making the client feel valued and respected.

Niamh McKeever is quite exceptional in terms of her ability to very quickly get to the nub of the issue. She is focused, responsive and very approachable. She has an easy communication style and a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Niamh McKeever is peerless in terms of her knowledge of healthcare regulatory frameworks and legislation; advice on tactical matters related to stakeholder negotiation and coordinating legal with public affairs strategies; and dedication.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in a complex medical negligence claim.
  • Acting for an insurer in a medical negligence claim relating to a delayed diagnosis of cauda equine syndrome.

Eversheds Sutherland

Noted for its 'technical expertise in healthcare', Eversheds Sutherland has extensive experience acting for public sector healthcare organisations, primary care providers, nursing homes and private hospitals, as well as insurers. The team handles litigation and regulatory hearings, in addition to corporate, commercial and procurement matters. On the life sciences side, the practice advises on financing, M&A, corporate reorganisations, tech and IP work. Tony McGovern acts for multinationals and regulatory organisations in the life sciences sector, while Aisling Gannon - whose 'technical knowledge is unsurpassed' - advises on disputes, risk management and regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Aisling Gannon; Tony McGovern


Exceptional and market-leading technical expertise in healthcare.

Aisling Gannon is known and respected by all who work in the healthcare and healthcare insurance community, and her technical knowledge is unsurpassed.

Excellent communication skills and style – it is obvious that the team work well together.’

Very personable and knowledgeable in their field.

The team stand out for their personal attention, responsiveness, professionalism and general ease of working relationships.

Key clients

Venn Life Sciences plc


Cook Medical

Aspen Pharmacare

Open Orphan DAC


Viasure Medical plc

Atrius Limited

Teewinot Corporation

Integumen plc

Hibergene Diagnostics


Web Doctor

Aegis Limited

Virtus Health

Cooperatief H2 Equity Partners Fund V U.A.

TE Connectivity


Allianz Insurance plc

Irish Public Bodies Mutual Insurances

Berkshire Hathaway

Resolute Management

Hermitage Medical Clinic

Highfield Healthcare

Mater Private Hospital


St. Francis Hospital

Work highlights

  • Advised a nursing home provider on regulatory and commercial issues.
  • Defended a private hospital in a medical negligence claim which was a test case for the application of the statute of limitations.
  • Advised Open Orphan on its reverse takeover of Venn Life Science Holdings plc.


The 'talented' team at Kennedys is noted for its expertise in clinical negligence claims, and also handles professional disciplinary matters and an increasing number of product liability claims. The practice is often involved in cross-jurisdictional litigation alongside other offices from the firm's international network. Clients include leading indemnity bodies, national health organisations and healthcare providers. Practice head Joanne O’Sullivan, who is 'very passionate, robust and ready to paint a realistic picture of any problem that arises', specialises in high-value negligence claims and inquests work.

Practice head(s):

Joanne O’Sullivan


Kennedys is excellent at managing multi-faceted litigation. They are very talented lawyers who not only oversee and manage challenging dockets for us but also deliver tremendous results.

The team manages to provide a very flexible and approachable service in a tailored way. The partners and solicitors are always ready to listen and make time to carefully try and resolve problems.

Joanne O’Sullivan is very passionate, robust and ready to paint a realistic picture of any problem that arises so that an appropriate solution can be reached. She has the resources and stamina to deal with very difficult cases.

Key clients

Allianz Versicherung

DCM Optical Express


Johnson & Johnson

Oculentis GmbH

Medlab Pathology Limited

Challenge Indemnity

NHS England

Avoca Cosmetic Clinic

NHS Resolution

Work highlights

  • Acting for Medlab Pathology in the Supreme Court appeal of the test case in the ongoing litigation regarding cervical cancer misdiagnosis.
  • Representing Medlab Pathology in mass litigation over the alleged misdiagnosis of cervical cancer.
  • Representing a multinational product manufacturer in the Irish strand of multi-jurisdictional class action litigation alleging product liability and clinical negligence.


Matheson is particularly active in medical negligence litigation, as well as handling product liability claims. The team also advises on regulatory and statutory investigations and the healthcare law aspects of corporate transactions. In addition to a number of professional indemnity bodies, clients include pharmaceutical companies, healthcare organisations, private hospitals and healthcare providers, and medical practitioners. Practice head Rebecca Ryan specialises in litigation in the healthcare sector, including medical negligence claims, and in professional disciplinary hearings and inquests. Michael Finn departed for Pinsent Masons LLP and Tom Hayes left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Ryan

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald has a strong reputation for handling product liability claim and patent litigation in the life sciences sector. The team also advises on corporate matters such as M&A, financing and restructurings; commercial agreements; IP protection; and regulatory issues. Clients include leading pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, insurers, universities and start-ups. Roddy Bourke has extensive experience in significant product liability cases; Fiona O’Beirne specialises in handling IP litigation in the sector, particularly patent disputes relating to pharmaceuticals and medical devices; and David Lydon advises on Irish and cross-border corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Roddy Bourke; Fiona O’Beirne; David Lydon


It has been a pleasure working with Fiona O’Beirne and Shane O’Brien and I have been really impressed. They have immersed themselves in the technical details and made a really valuable contribution in that regard. I have been particularly impressed by the clarity of their drafting and the fact that they have been prepared to come off the fence and give direct advice. They are extremely user friendly.

The team have a very good knowledge of our industry and over time we have developed a good working relationship.

They are available to us and come up with practical solutions that enable us to meet our legal requirements and make our processes streamlined and more efficient.

Key clients


Adapt Pharma

SISK Healthcare

Novo Nordisk

BTG plc

Gilead Sciences Inc

Science Foundation Ireland

Grunenthal GmbH

Inflection Biosciences


Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Pfizer on a range of corporate and regulatory matters, including a number of restructurings.
  • Acted as Irish counsel to Adapt Pharma on its acquisition by Emergent BioSolutions and advising on its trade mark prosecution strategy.
  • Advising Grunenthal on a series of claims connected with the thalidomide drug.

Ronan Daly Jermyn

With offices in Cork and Galway - hubs for pharmaceuticals and medtech, respectively - Ronan Daly Jermyn is well placed to act for leading companies in the life sciences sector, as well as start-ups and university spin-offs. The team advises on financing, M&A, IP and licensing matters. The team also assists both public and private healthcare sector clients with contentious matters and regulatory and employment issues. In Galway, the 'highly regarded' Padraic Brennan and Imelda Tierney specialise in medical defence litigation. Cork-based Gillian Keating advises life sciences clients on corporate and commercial matters, while Fergal Dennehy has expertise in advising pharmacy organisations.

Practice head(s):

Padraic Brennan; Fergal Dennehy; Gillian Keating


With substantial regional offices, close to their clients, the Ronan Daly Jermyn healthcare team is there for them in a real, practical, and effective way. The team enjoys a wealth of experience and wisdom, a persistence of energy and effort, and a capacity to care for and hear their clients.

Padraic Brennan possesses a steely strength and patient wisdom that generate well-informed, sensible, and confident decisions by his clients.

Associate Ruth Finnerty is a smart, energetic, and phenomenally thorough lawyer, on top of her cases and minding their every move.

Peter Groarke is an enviable combination of straightforward, tough, smart, and likeable.

The focus on client needs is very impressive. Excellent work and relationship management abilities.

JP Gilmartin has an excellent knowledge IP licensing, large debt and equity fundraising, employee stock ownership plans and corporate structure. He seems to have an encyclopaedic knowledge without the need for reference.

The team at RDJ have developed a deep understanding of the life sciences industry and appreciate the different stages of growth for each business and its corresponding needs, in terms of structure, governance and funding.

I trust JP Gilmartin’s opinion and guidance. Over the years he has become a real expert in the industry.

Solicitor Marie Gavin is someone that I would trust completely – her forensic research of a subject is a great help when making an investment decision.

The RDJ team have in-depth knowledge of the healthcare industry and great insight into the operations of the hospital sector. The team are very responsive and consistently achieve excellent results.

Padraic Brennan is well established and highly regarded in the healthcare industry. He is very comprehensive, responsive, and excellent in dealing with witnesses and experts. Padraic has built a great rapport with his clients and colleagues which has assisted him in achieving excellent results on a consistent basis.

Imelda Tierney has great attention to detail and is very focused and committed solicitor, which has assisted in achieving great results for the firm.

Ruth Finnerty is a very proactive and detailed solicitor. She has been a pleasure to work with.

Peter Groarke is very knowledgeable of the healthcare industry.

Fergal Dennehy is a well-established and well-known healthcare partner. Fergal is very committed, focused and strategic, which has assisted in achieving excellent results. Fergal has an excellent rapport with legal colleagues.

Solicitor Aoife O’Sullivan has shown great potential and is very comprehensive.

The team work well and provide practical, business-focused advice of the highest calibre.

Their understanding and knowledge of the area, their commitment to delivering timely advice and support, their availability to meet with and work with personnel, and their competent, broad experience engenders confidence and reassurance and security.

Imelda Tierney and Padraic Brennan stand out for their commitment to supporting the organisation and providing advice and knowledge; their passion in sharing and using their knowledge and experience to provide guidance and direction; and for the confidence they engender and the security they provide in working to ensure the organisation is expertly represented.

Padraic Brennan has the confidence and wisdom to see spaces for courtesy and graciousness as well as intelligent attack.

Imelda Tierney is a rock of magnificent sense, with a wealth of varied experience at the highest levels of legal practice in Ireland. Imelda knows how to reflect carefully, advise thoroughly, and act decisively in equal measure.

Fergal Dennehy has an easy manner and quick wit, and wears his deep knowledge and his sound judgement lightly, without missing a beat on the issues at hand.

Fergal Dennehy is always attentive and engaging. He is an excellent negotiator with great knowledge of the law and always up to date on the latest developments. He also has great interpersonal skills, particularly in dealing with clients who are always reassured by his professionalism.

Associate Richard O’Brien is enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He shows great attention to detail, has excellent interpersonal skills, and is always available for advice.

Key clients

Bon Secours Health System CLG

Genesis Automation

Neuravi Limited

AventaMed DAC

Irish Cattle Breeding Federation

Agilent Technologies

Neurent Medical Limited

Cambus Medical Limited

Bluedrop Medical Limited

White Swell Limited

State Claims Agency

Liberty Insurance


Travelers Insurance

Mater Private Cork

St Luke’s Nursing Home

Care Choice

Whitfield Private Clinic

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the State Claims Agency to represent University Hospital Galway in a medical negligence case.
  • Advised Bon Secours Health System on its major capital project involving a six-story expansion at Bon Secours Hospital, Cork.
  • Advised Neurent Medical Limited on a series A investment round led by Fountain Healthcare Partners.


Established in 2015, BLM's Dublin healthcare practice specialises in clinical negligence litigation, with particular expertise in complex cancer and catastrophic injury cases. The team is also increasingly active in handling regulatory claims and representing clients in coroners' inquests, and also advises on product liability matters. Clients include both public and private healthcare providers and insurers. 'Dedicated and committed' practice head Nessa O’Roarty has extensive experience in clinical negligence and regulatory claims.

Practice head(s):

Nessa O’Roarty


BLM as a practice really puts its back into the case for the client. It is genuinely rare to see such commitment.

Nessa O’Roarty is perhaps the most dedicated and committed solicitor you could meet. Nothing is too much trouble. If you want a person to fight your corner, and to do so fully armed with all the material that can be gathered, then she is the right person.

Key clients

State Claims Agency




Comyn Kelleher Tobin

Comyn Kelleher Tobin's 'experienced' team is well known for clinical defence litigation, with particular strength in acting for public sector clients, although it also represents private insurers. In addition to complex personal injury claims, the team advises on disputes within hospitals, wardships and clinical trial arrangements. The 'well-established' Eamon Harrington leads the five-partner team in Cork, which has been active advising on high-value medical negligence claims. The team was also bolstered by the arrival of Yvonne Joyce from Hayes Solicitors in 2018. In Dublin, the firm's merger with litigation specialist Jim Eustace & Co Solicitors has led to an increase in work for London-based insurers.

Practice head(s):

Eamon Harrington


Comyn Kelleher Tobin stands out in terms of performance and excellence. We appreciate the firm’s considered judgement, breadth of skill set, excellent relationships with fellow legal colleagues and clients, speedy response times and the fact that they can be strong without being unnecessarily confrontational.

Eamon Harrington is extremely professional in all areas of his work and has an innate wisdom when dealing with dispute resolution. He has excellent evaluative skills and the ability to get to the core of the matter to help resolve even the most complex dispute issues.

The healthcare team in Comyn Kelleher Tobin is one of the most experienced in Ireland. They regularly advise on complex medical negligence cases and provide an excellent service to clients. They are dedicated, knowledgeable and true experts in their field.

Eamon Harrington, Yvonne Joyce and Patrice O’Keeffe are all very hardworking, professional individuals who work tirelessly to bring cases to a conclusion. They have excellent communication skills and go above and beyond to deliver a full service.

The team at CKT consistently deliver an excellent service. They are proactive in their approach to resolving matters and are always available to assist.

Eamon Harrington is very well established in the industry and has a great rapport with clients and colleagues. He is pragmatic and responsive in his approach to resolving matters. Eamon is very good at anticipating the next steps and getting ahead.

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Health Service Executive in a case involving an elderly patient who lacked capacity and was refused discharge from Cork University Hospital.

Maples Group

Maples Group's strong life sciences client base ranges from global companies setting up operations in Ireland to innovative businesses such as biotech and med tech companies, early-stage drug developers and university spin-offs. The team has experience advising on M&A and private equity transactions, commercial agreements, the procurement and licensing of patented technology, and regulatory issues. Deirdre MacCarthy leads the 'personable and fully informed' team.

Practice head(s):

Deirdre McCarthy


Very personable and fully informed.

Key clients


Beats Medical

Bio-Medical Research Limited (Slendertone)


Digital Mind Solutions

GC Aesthetics

Global Medical Treatment Limited (Whatclinic)

Greenfield Global

GW Plastics

Inova Health System Foundation

Nektr Technologies


Northwell Health, Inc




PMD Solutions

PQ Bypass

Sebela Life Sciences


Your Smile Direct

Work highlights

  • Advised Nuritas on its venture debt fundraising by EIB.
  • Advised Nektr Technologies on the procurement and licensing of patented life sciences technology.
  • Advised Digital Mind Solutions on the migration of its business to Ireland.