Firms To Watch: Information technology

Since Claire Morrissey joined the firm in October 2020 from A&L Goodbody LLP, Maples Group has developed a practice advising clients on corporate, commercial and data protection matters in the IT space.
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Information technology in Ireland

A&L Goodbody LLP

The information technology team at A&L Goodbody LLP frequently acts for Irish and multinational clients in technology-related outsourcing transactions. The team’s client base spans a range of sectors, including regulated areas such as financial services. In addition, the team assists technology companies with data privacy matters including regulatory compliance, data subject access requests and inquiries brought by the Data Protection Commission. John Whelan leads the team, which also includes John Cahir and Andrea Lawler.

Practice head(s):

John Whelan

Other key lawyers:

John Cahir; Andrea Lawler

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Digital Europe

Norton Lifelock Limited

Enterprise Ireland

AIB

Work highlights

  • Advised AIB on outsourcing the provision of certain cash management services.
  • Advising Enterprise Ireland on the outsourcing of its financial management solutions.
  • Advising Credit Suisse on the outsourcing of its bespoke aircraft leasing software system.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox has experience across a broad range of information technology matters and has close relationships with a number of major Irish companies, advising on commercial IT agreements such as software licensing as well as regulatory compliance. The team is also frequently instructed to advise clients on digital transformation projects, providing assistance with complex outsourcing matters. Data protection is another area of focus for the team. Practice head Rob Corbet has a broad practice in this sector, ranging from handling commercial agreements to advising companies on responding to data breaches. Colin Rooney and Olivia Mullooly, who is particularly noted for her work on issues related to intellectual property, are also key contacts. Ian Duffy, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Rob Corbet

Other key lawyers:

Colin Rooney; Olivia Mullooly; Ian Duffy

Testimonials

‘Arthur Cox has a market-leading practice on information technology and related contracting and outsourcing issues. Their experience, commercial savvy and level of technical expertise are second to none in the Irish market.’

‘Rob Corbet has vital strategic acumen from his many years at the cutting edge of technology deals. Ian Duffy has excellent technical skills, a calm temperament and the capabilities to deliver on complex multi-party mandates. Colin Rooney is also an experienced operator with deep technical expertise and first-rate negotiation skills.’

‘They are knowledgeable, practical and businesslike.’

‘They are always willing to find practical solutions. It’s always about what’s best for the client.’

Key clients

CRH plc

Musgrave

Paddy Power Betfair plc (now Flutter Entertainment plc)

Aryzta

Indeed

Intel

Openmind Networks Limited

Trinity College Dublin

AIB

Work highlights

  • Advised Aryzta on a number of enterprise-level technology projects, including the renegotiation of its global cloud outsourcing agreement and the procurement of a big data solution that aggregates business information from across its European operations.
  • Advising many of Ireland’s large corporations (including CRH, Musgrave and Flutter Entertainment) on software and IT services contracts and technology advisory work, among other matters.
  • Advised AIB on a number of strategically important enterprise-level procurement projects, including the drafting and negotiation of agreements for the supply of novel IT platforms for use in connection with AIB’s mortgage business.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP advises fast-growing companies in the tech sector on contractual negotiations with customers, including software licensing agreements. The practice also draws on its expertise in Irish regulatory law, particularly relating to data privacy and consumer protection, to advise clients on entry to the Irish market and the development of new products. In addition, the team assists clients outside the technology space, including public sector bodies, with the procurement of IT solutions. Philip Nolan leads the team, with Robert McDonagh noted for his work in data privacy and outsourcing. The team expanded significant at partner level in 2021, with James Fenelon joining from Bird & Bird LLP in January, and Dermot McGirr and Mark Fry joining in October from Pinsent Masons LLP and A&L Goodbody LLP, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Philip Nolan

Other key lawyers:

Robert McDonagh; James Fenelon; Dermot McGirr; Mark Fry

Key clients

WhatsApp Ireland Limited

Facebook

Instagram

Udemy

Xilinx

Etsy Ireland

Slack Technologies

Bauer Media Group

Verizon Media/Oath/Yahoo

Work highlights

  • Advising Xilinx on a variety of issues, including technology law matters generally, software licences, agency arrangements, marketing operations and data protection requirements.
  • Advising Udemy on the process of managing a large portion of its contract negotiations with key European customers.
  • Advised Davra on the negotiation of a bespoke software development agreement with global telecoms provider Cisco, which related to the client’s development of the software underpinning Legislate for Webex, designed to facilitate the continued function of legislatures during the Covid-19 pandemic.

McCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP is highly active in advising on commercial transactions in the IT space, including master services agreements, software licensing and development deals. The practice’s work in this area includes handling transactions involving cutting-edge technology, such as software-as-a-service and blockchain matters, and it acts for both public and private sector clients. The team is also frequently instructed on acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures involving technology companies. Paul Lavery leads the team and is supported by Adam Finlay and Doug McMahon. Senior associate Mark Ellis is also praised by clients as ‘consistently excellent.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lavery

Other key lawyers:

Adam Finlay; Doug McMahon; Mark Ellis

Testimonials

‘The McCann FitzGerald information technology practice is very strong. McCann FitzGerald has a very good level of experience in this area of law and we always feel we receive very practical and helpful advice.’

‘The team are on top of every legal development in this area, very knowledgeable and very business orientated. The advice is very practical and not overly legalistic. I feel like they have my back and they always answer the phone, day or night. My first call is to them when I have a problem. They stick to quotes and I never have any billing surprises.’

‘Doug McMahon and Paul Lavery are both down-to-earth people and understand our business inside out. They are the type of individuals who you would spend time outside work with. They are also on top of their game and very knowledgeable.’

‘The McCann Fitzgerald IT team is top class across the board, providing consistently pragmatic, commercial and sensible advice coupled with vast technical knowledge (both in respect of the subject matter and the law surrounding it).’

‘Paul Lavery is pragmatic, commercially minded, highly professional and an absolute expert in his field. Mark Ellis is consistently excellent – pragmatic, concise and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Commercial, pragmatic approach taken, with the advice tailored to the client’s specific circumstances. Managed fast turnaround times and multiple vendors to support our timeline.’

‘Adam Finlay provided excellent support on a recent project. He was always calm and collected. His depth of experience was apparent from the outset and was a great asset in a time-pressured, constrained set of negotiations, supporting us in our risk management.’

‘Doug McMahon is a very strong partner. He is an expert at what he does but also commercial and practical in his approach. The team itself is strong and the advice is always commercial and provided in a timely manner.’

Key clients

AerCap Ireland Limited

CarTrawler

Roche Products (Ireland) Limited

Vhi

CapitalFlow

Alkermes

Irish Life

Navi Group

Visa Europe Services

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

IOB

Ervia and Irish Water

National Transport Authority

BWG Foods

Hostelworld

CreditLogic

Ulster Bank

Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ)

Kingspan

International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland in connection with various large-scale technology and outsourcing agreements for managing and improving the national road network.
  • Acting as lead adviser to Alkermes on its IT and commercial agreements, including on new and amended contractual arrangements with various IT providers in Europe and the US.
  • Advising Vhi, Ireland’s leading health insurer, on the full range of commercial issues, which includes advising on the contractual structure and drafting, reviewing and negotiating of IT agreements.

William Fry

William Fry counts prominent technology multinationals among its clients, providing advice on corporate and commercial matters, including acting on both the customer and vendor sides of outsourcing deals. The practice is also frequently engaged to advise clients on compliance with Irish and European regulation, such as GDPR and other data protection legislation, as well as the EU Copyright Directive. David Cullen leads the team and is supported by Leo Moore and John O’Connor; all three have broad practices in this space. The team’s partnership ranks were also bolstered by the promotion of David Kirton in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

David Cullen

Other key lawyers:

Leo Moore; John O’Connor; David Kirton; Maggie O’Leary

Testimonials

‘The William Fry IT team is the foremost in the jurisdiction. Most of William Fry’s clients are multinationals, so this gives them the edge on other firms in the market.’

‘John O’Connor is a leader in data protection and IT. John always provides pragmatic and commercially and legally sound advice.’

‘The team have continued to offer a top-class service despite the difficulties of the past 18 months. Always available when required, they have surpassed expectations in their ability to work seamlessly regardless of the number of team members involved.’

‘Leo Moore always makes himself available, with great advisory skills across the entire business legal portfolio. He has quarterbacked our work through William Fry. An honorable gentleman.’

‘Leo Moore is practical, excellent technically, composed during negotiations and easy to work with. David Kirton has excellent attention to detail.’

‘They provide attention to detail and consideration for individual business needs. Maggie O’Leary is also extremely responsive.’

‘I would view this team as one of the top technology practices in Ireland. They have a good underlying understanding of technology generally and also deliver their advice in a business-savvy manner. The firm has retained a team of very strong partners despite a lot of flux in the Dublin legal market. The associates are also strong.’

‘John O’Connor is excellent. Very experienced in this space.’

Key clients

Facebook

TikTok

Spotify

Zurich plc

ConsenSys

W3BCloud

Deliveroo

Fenergo

Momentive (previously Survey Monkey)

BSA | The Software Alliance

Truata

Experian

FREE NOW (formerly MyTaxi)

Workday

X-Celeprint

Work highlights

  • Advised Facebook and its associated businesses on data privacy matters, including the launch of new products, procurement of goods and services, and changes to data protection regulations.
  • Advised TikTok on a number of product development matters, including in relation to intellectual property and data protection issues arising from the new EU Copyright Directive and issues related to user-generated content and content moderation.
  • Advising Spotify on intellectual property issues arising under the new EU Copyright Directive and related product development matters.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The team advises clients from sectors including healthcare, professional services and retail on outsourcing matters such as software licensing agreements and transactions involving software-as-a-service. The practice acts for both vendors and customers in these transactions; elsewhere, it is engaged on M&A deals involving technology companies, and also provides advice on compliance with data privacy and consumer protection laws. David Hackett heads the practice, with senior associate Jane Farren also focused on this sector.

Practice head(s):

David Hackett

Other key lawyers:

Jane Farren

Key clients

BMW Automotive Ireland and BMW Financial Services Ireland

Flutter plc (previously PaddyPower Betfair)

Mango Retail Ireland

JD Sports

Dawn Farm Foods Limited

OSG Group

IDA Ireland

SYSCO Software Solutions

Vestas Northern Europe AB

DABL Limited

McGee Pharma International

Harvey Norman Trading (Ireland) Limited

Harvey Norman Holdings (Australia) Limited

BMW Ireland

Electrolux

Hickey & Co Limited

iHeed

Kepak Group

Rosderra Limited

Marks & Spencer

Vodafone Ireland

PointsBet

Johnson & Johnson Group (includes Neutrogena Corporation, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, DePuy Synthes, Inc.)

Atlantic Therapeutics Group Limited

Oxford Global Resources

Applegreen/Petrogas

Autoglass/Belron

Cilag GMBH International

British Sky Broadcasting Group plc

Virgin Media

AA Ireland

Tifco Hotel Group

Aerospace Software Developments

FCR Media Limited

Sky Ireland Limited

Aylien Limited

Collinson Insurances

Caci Life

Grosvenor Services Limited

Danske Bank

Medmark Limited

Bath Fitter Inc

B Braun Medical

Gist Distribution

Work highlights

  • Advised Cambridge Education Group on the information technology aspects of its acquisition of a majority stake in iHeed Health Training.
  • Advised PointsBet, Australia’s largest online bookmaker, on its acquisition through an SPV of Banach Technology, a market-leading Irish gambling software developer.
  • Advised JD Sports on a complex and time-sensitive IT project required to update the client’s websites for compliance purposes in order that placement and processing of cookies was in line with GDPR requirements.

Beauchamps LLP

Beauchamps LLP‘s information technology practice focuses on commercial matters in this sector, including software licensing deals as well as data processing agreements. In addition to acting for technology companies, the practice provides assistance on tech-related matters to clients in sectors such as energy, entertainment and professional services. Practice head Maureen Daly leads on this work, and also handles IP and data protection matters. Damian Maloney offers considerable experience in this sector, having previously acted as in-house counsel for a number of tech companies; his practice focuses on commercial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Maureen Daly

Other key lawyers:

Damian Maloney

Testimonials

‘They are experts in their field and have made the effort to develop a good understanding of our business.’

Key clients

Glantus Holdings Plc

CAS AG

Pobal

eCom Solutions Ltd

Codling Wind Park

Work highlights

  • Advised CAS in respect of a software solution agreement, service level agreement and data processing agreement.
  • Advised eCom on the negotiation of the renewal of a procurement contract with an internet service provider.
  • Advised Codling Wind Park in relation to its website terms and conditions, as well as its privacy policy.

DLA Piper Ireland LLP

DLA Piper opened its office in Dublin in May 2019, and established its IT practice with the hiring of Mark Rasdale and John Magee, from A&L Goodbody LLP and William Fry, respectively, in the same year. The team is particularly focused on the financial services sector, where it advises major Irish banks on software licensing deals and the outsourcing of core business processes. In addition, the practice provides advice on product launches, regulations and contract drafting, with an emphasis on clients in the fintech and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mark Rasdale; John Magee

Other key lawyers:

Conor McEneaney; Cezary Bicki

Testimonials

‘I have found a key strength of the practice to be that they offer a local presence with international depth. The nature of the projects we have worked together on is that they require availability and responsiveness, and the service offered by Mark Rasdale, Conor McEneaney and the team makes it seem as though we are dealing with a dedicated, boutique local law firm, while their sectoral approach enables ease of access to current best practice advice, insights and precendents from their global practice which are relevant to our business. This global reach has also afforded us access to experts and tools from DLA Piper’s global practice that we have leveraged for advice and process efficiency.’

‘Very strong team in specialist areas such as IT outsourcing and managed service. Partners and lawyers with extensive relevant experience which gets straight to the key issues. Access to firm-wide expertise with respect to current trends in IT outsourcing is a big plus and has allowed us to identify opportunities to focus on key aspects of negotiations and target a beneficial outcome based on insights the DLA team has provided on similar deals in other jurisdictions. Very good toolkit for establishing key positions for us – using DLA’s Ascendant tool significantly reduced the time it took to establish key commercial positions during our request for proposal process and allowed us to easily compare like-for-like positions from all RFP respondents.’

‘The team has a wide array of specialist knowledge areas. The team were also able to future-proof my business for potential risks, which again added huge value to the company assets. The recommendations of the team can be directly correlated with a large positive value shift in my business’ valuation.’

‘We found Conor McEneaney to be exceptional to work with. Conor was extremely professional in every interaction. His availability to explain the legal concepts and to suggest commercial solutions for every challenge is what made him stand out to us. He also showed extreme levels of commitment to get the job completed to timelines.’

‘Mark Rasdale brings a unique combination of technical excellence and operational understanding.’

‘John Magee is the reason we selected DLA as our trusted partner and legal adviser. We’ve had a strong relationship for many years and his ability to understand the problems from the client perspective, to challenge our thinking and to roll with the punches that come from client deals is second to none. John’s expertise and knowledge on data protection is front and centre to us. John pulls out all the stops, providing expertise, FAQs and deep subject matter expertise. I have used his guidance on many occasions and the gravitas he brings to every engagement means he’s my first call for any and all queries in this complex area.’

‘Cezary Bicki was our guy on the ground. I’ve had the (mis)fortune to go through many contracts in my career, so when I say that Cez made this the best possible experience I’ve ever had, I don’t say that lightly! Cez’s ability to draft any and all documentation with a focus on the reader is not something that should be glossed over – he has the gift of speaking both legal and business and his notes demystified for me many complex areas in the world of AI and data privacy and protection. I only wish I had always worked with Cez – I would have saved myself countless hours of effort! His deliverables (in conjunction with his colleagues) have given us what I consider as a significant competitive advantage in this key area.’

‘DLA’s individuals are very client focused and very intent on building a long-term, lasting relationship with our business. Their level of accessibility and responsiveness is excellent and in my experience is significantly better than at other firms I have engaged with in the past. Specific mention should be made of Mark Rasdale and Conor McEneaney, whose knowledge and experience were invaluable. I would describe both individuals as pragmatic and focused, with a clear sense of what can be realistically achieved in a negotiation process.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks plc

The Bank of Ireland

Intuit Inc.

Stripe Payments Ireland Limited

Eurofins Biomnis Ireland Limited

SurveyMonkey

Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

Permanent TSB plc

Dropbox

Version 1

Bristol Myers Squibb

Tech Mahindra

Arvoia

ZAGG

Work highlights

  • Acting on sizeable mandates for all three major Irish retail banks (AIB, Bank of Ireland and PTSB) on transformative technology and sourcing matters.
  • Providing strategic technology advice to a number of clients in the tech sector.
  • Providing technology-related advice to life sciences clients, including those involved in the Covid-19 response.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland's broad technology practice covers the development and launch of new products, compliance with data protection law and tech-related outsourcing agreements. The firm is also heavily involved in advising on the construction of data centres. Marie McGinley leads the team and has broad experience in commercial, data protection and intellectual property law.

Practice head(s):

Marie McGinley

Testimonials

‘They are helpful, reliable and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Synch Payments DAC

CyrusOne LLC

SafeTnet Digital

Eaton Corporation

SurveyMonkey (now Momentive.ai)

Rapid Experiments t/a Galactic.jobs

T5 Data Centres

Everworks Ltd t/a Qualio

Glen Dimplex Group

CSS Holdings Limited

Akamai Technologies Inc

BearingPoint

Cora Systems

Insolvency Services of Ireland

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

Openbuilt Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Synch Payments DAC, a joint venture between Ireland’s four pillar banks, in relation to the development and launch of an interbank mobile payments solution on the Irish market.
  • Advised Glen Dimplex on all aspects of the successful development and launch of an interconnected IoT radiator system, whereby the heating system can be controlled through a customer app, and downloaded onto a mobile device.
  • Advising CyrusOne LLC, a provider of mission-critical data centre facilities, on all IT, consultancy and construction agreements for the development of its Irish operations.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

LK Shields provides ongoing advice on tech-related matters to a range of clients, covering contracts with other businesses and customers, data protection issues and Irish e-commerce regulations. The practice also handles outsourcings and software licensing, acting for both suppliers and customers. Since publication, Jeanne Kelly has left the firm.

Testimonials

‘LK Shields provided excellent services to our company. The team were sensitive to our financial situation while also providing the highly specialised legal assistance we required. This made a huge difference to our organisation as we were able to seek the knowledge and advice we required while being comfortable that the team understood our budgets and resources.’

‘We find them very able to deal with our queries, with a great, approachable manner and excellent knowledge of the law. We find them very responsive and they have a great array of clients.’

‘We have worked with a number of firms in Ireland and we have always found the team at LK Shields to be deep experts in their industry specialisms and that aligns very well with our firm. They are also very user friendly.’

Key clients

AxiomSL

Wiggin LLP

Jones Day

St Patrick’s Festival

IFS (Integrated Facilities Solutions Ltd)

erisberg Holdings Limited

Oberg Associates Ltd T/A Max Benjamin

SurveyMonkey/Momentive.ai

Work highlights

  • Advising St Patrick’s Festival on a sponsorship from TikTok, including media rights, platform terms and related matters, all on an emergency basis given the unique national circumstances in 2021.
  • Advising Wiggin LLP on several cross-border projects involving media and technology law, including for international clients of the firm in the film, TV, publishing and broader technology arenas.
  • Advising Oberg Associates in relation to e-commerce platforms for global sales, including online terms of sales and the corresponding consumer law aspects, data protection, and the rollout of a new cookies compliance framework.

Matheson LLP

Matheson LLP‘s broad information technology practice is adept at assisting major technology companies with outsourcing (including public sector procurement), research and collaboration agreements, and compliance with data privacy laws, and also advises non-technology companies, including from the financial services sector, on the procurement of technology for their businesses. Practice head Anne-Marie Bohan has experience advising the customers and suppliers of technology solutions on the negotiation of contracts. Deirdre Crowley focuses on data privacy, including advising on responding to data breaches. Deirdre Kilroy left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Marie Bohan

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre Crowley; Evan Doyle

Testimonials

‘Practical, focused advice from the team whose broad knowledge across the various legal issues related to technology is particularly valuable. The team understand our business very well and the market we operate in.’

‘The breadth and depth of Anne-Marie Bohan’s knowledge is outstanding. Her highly personable approach and focused advice makes us feel that she is integral to our business.’

‘Anne-Marie Bohan understands our needs and brings her insights and experience from her work with technology and fintech clients so we receive a fantastic depth of knowledge from the market. Evan Doyle complements Anne-Marie and they play a good tag-team so we feel very supported. We have had regular Teams meetings and have found them both to be very available to us when needed.’

‘Anne-Marie Bohan is a huge asset to Matheson. She is an excellent and insightful lawyer but brings with it a genuine can-do attitude and sense of humour. Our team really enjoy working with her and she is sought out when we need external support or a second opinion. She is a trusted adviser with no trace of arrogance. She understands our business but I have no doubt that she has other clients in different sectors who will feel the same way about her.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Facebook

Three Ireland

AIB plc

Twitter

An Post

WhatsApp

Segment

CosenSys

Work highlights

  • Advising Microsoft on an ongoing basis in connection with technology, contract and regulatory matters, including contentious matters.
  • Acting as standing counsel for the Adoption Authority, including advising on high-profile new information and tracing legislation.
  • Advised Vertex Inc, a leading global provider of tax technology solutions, on the circa €200m acquisition of Irish company Taxamo, a cloud-based pioneer in tax and payment automation for global e-commerce and marketplaces.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP is highly active in advising on M&A transactions involving companies in the IT sector and also acts for these companies in fundraising rounds. Data privacy is another area of focus for the team, with Sean O’Donnell leading on this work. Darren Daly serves as practice head.

Practice head(s):

Darren Daly

Other key lawyers:

Sean O’Donnell

Key clients

Interactive Services

Integrity360

TechMet Limited

Treo Technologies DAC

Ocuco Limited

XtremePush

Ammeon

Supernode

Environmental Protection Agency

M&M Walshe Holdings Limited (topco of group with three trading arms: Ribworld, Callan Bacon and Stirchley Bacon)

PrecisionBiotics

Browserstack

Leveris

Daimler Benz

Fivetran

DNM Technology Group

Payzone

Fexco

Healthbeacon

Headway Software Technologies Limited

Mindfule

Nulia

Phonovation

Prepay Power

Remote Games Limited

Sytorus

Ubiqube (Ireland) Limited

Induction Manager

Not a Hotel Ventures Limited (BOB W)

Trezeo

Internet Corp (now Ekco)

Meetingsbooker.com

Brainomix

Work highlights

  • Provided legal and tax advice to the majority shareholder and the target in the cross-border acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Interactive Services (Holdings) by US-based LRN Corporation, which was backed by Leeds Private Equity.
  • Advised on the cross-border acquisition of a majority stake in the Integrity360 Group, an Ireland-based global cybersecurity firm, by UK-based private equity firm August Capital.
  • Acted for Browserstack Limited in relation to a $200m Series B fundraising which places a $4bn valuation on the business.

DAC Beachcroft Dublin

DAC Beachcroft Dublin is highly involved in the data protection space, advising clients on compliance with Irish and European regulations. The practice also provides assistance to clients following data breaches, aiding them in dealing with the Data Protection Commission. Rowena McCormack and legal director Aidan Healy are the key figures in this area, while Joanne Finn and Sharon McCaffrey focus on providing corporate and commercial advice to tech companies.

Practice head(s):

Rowena McCormack; Aidan Healy; Sharon McCaffrey; Joanne Finn; Lisa Broderick

Testimonials

‘They have an in-depth understanding of our industry and structures.’

‘Aidan Healy has a broad span of knowledge which he applies practically.’

‘DAC Beachcroft Ireland’s information technology practice has proven itself to offer pragmatic advice and commercial solutions which exhibit an in-depth understanding of our industry as well as a keen grasp of all relevant data protection guidance and legislation. DAC Beachcroft’s rates are also attractive without compromising on the quality of the advice provided and, as such, represent excellent value for money.’

‘Aidan Healy is a trusted adviser and partner to our business. Aidan demonstrates a great combination of technical understanding of data protection law with commercial, workable solutions and advice. Aidan also demonstrates an excellent understanding of the specific data protection challenges and considerations within the insurance industry.’

‘They have attention to detail, thoroughness, and are resolution-focused.’

‘They offer responsiveness and mastery of the subject. Rowena McCormack is the standout.

‘The team we worked with at DAC Beachcroft demonstrated key competencies for our needs and these competencies were broadened across the team. This assisted us in our approach to an issue and enabled us to arrive at our desired outcome.’

‘Joanne Finn developed a strategy for us in dealing with a sensitive matter and helped us to develop a pathway to protect our market position and that of our industry.’

Key clients

Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB)

Health Market Research Ireland Limited (hmR Ireland)

Savills

Sport Ireland

Marsh

Wiggin LLP (AT&T, Warner Media)

Work highlights

  • Advising Sport Ireland on compliance with data privacy and data protection matters.
  • Advising Health Market Research Ireland on highly technical data protection issues in relation to anonymisation and pseudonymisation as well as drafting a legitimate interests assessment template for use within the business.
  • Advising the Irish Pharmacy Union and its members on liaison with the Data Protection Commission, data protection issues with the Health Service Executive and assisting with the drafting of guidance to assist pharmacies in meeting their obligations under the GDPR.

Philip Lee LLP

Philip Lee frequently advises public bodies on the procurement and implementation of IT systems, with a particular focus on the healthcare sector. Sean McElligott leads the team and has long-standing expertise in this space, having previously worked in the technology sector before qualifying as a solicitor. Anne Bateman is another name to note, with a broad practice encompassing data privacy, intellectual property and technology matters.

Practice head(s):

Sean McElligott

Other key lawyers:

Anne Bateman

Key clients

Sky Ireland Limited

Health Service Executive

Data Protection Commission

Childrens Health Ireland

Vit Hit

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Student Universal Support Ireland

Horseware Products Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Health Service Executive in the emergency procurement of a new enterprise ICT system to support the national delivery of Covid vaccines.
  • Advising Children’s Hospital Ireland on the procurement of an enterprise ICT system to deliver the Electronic Health Record system for the new Children’s Hospital.
  • Acting for VitHit in High Court proceedings against a supplier for breach of contract and intellectual property.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is highly active in advising clients on technology-related outsourcing matters, including in regulated industries such as financial services. The practice also assists multinational tech clients with their operations in the Irish market, reviewing policies and documents to ensure that they comply with Irish law. Andreas Carney leads the team and frequently acts alongside the firm’s other teams in Dublin and around the world.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Carney

Testimonials

‘Responsive and pragmatic. Explained the law well but remained able to navigate a practical solution.’

‘The strength of the team at Pinsent Masons is their ability to grasp the technical data and incorporate this into contracts. We have access to their global network of specialist lawyers from Dublin, London, Madrid and New York, which is vital to us as a global company. Finally, the sheer professionalism of the people makes for a great working relationship no matter what the location.’

‘We could not have completed our project without Andreas Carney’s understanding of our requirements. Andreas has incredible communications skills, and remains totally focused on the minute details that help to successfully close a deal.’

Key clients

IPledge (International Philanthropy Services Centre Limited)

Encirc Limited

Mercer (Ireland) Limited

Euro Car Parts Limited (part of the LKQ Corporation group)

Work highlights

  • Advised a banking client on its compliance and remediation project relating to the European Banking Authority guidelines on outsourcing arrangements.
  • Advised a multinational cloud services provider on its compliance with regulatory outsourcing requirements across a number of jurisdictions.
  • Advised a financial services client on the cross-jurisdictional outsourcing of insurance policy and fund administration services.

RDJ LLP

RDJ LLP frequently handles M&A transactions involving technology companies and also advises tech start-ups on fundraising. In addition, the team advises technology clients on corporate governance, contracts and data privacy, including data breaches. Gillian Keating leads the practice. She is supported by the firm’s corporate, commercial, tax, employment and regulatory teams; in particular, Bryan McCarthy is noted for his advice on technology transactions, with a focus on matters involving fintech companies.

Practice head(s):

Gillian Keating

Other key lawyers:

Bryan McCarthy; Sarah Slevin

Testimonials

‘They have the ability to understand new briefs and get up the curve quickly.’

‘Bryan McCarthy has a strategic mindset and commercial focus. Sarah Slevin is very smart and detail orientated.’

‘They are approachable and offer specialised advice in various areas of law.’

‘Quick responses, clear advice and very service-minded.’

‘Sarah Slevin is incredibly responsive. I send the same emails to seven law firms in seven countries, and Sarah is always the first to respond. And her responses are clear, thorough and practical, and I feel confident that her legal advice is 100% correct and trustworthy. She also gives feedback in a form that can easily be reused internally, such as by providing specific text proposals or mark-ups. This saves me a lot of work, which I’m very grateful for. She’s my favourite foreign legal counsel, mostly because of her high-quality legal advice but also because of her ultra-fast responsiveness.’

Key clients

GTT Communications, Inc.

FNZ (UK) Limited

Poppulo

Genesis Automation

Irish Examiner Limited

Stanhope Financial Limited

Abtran

Hiscox as insurers for the Kerrys Eye newspaper

Internet Neutral Exchange CLG

Marco Polo Network (formerly TradeIX)

Otonomee (formerly Shockvoyce)

Work highlights

  • Advised Compliance & Risks on its acquisition by Luminate Capital Partners.
  • Acted as Irish legal adviser on the sale of GTT’s infrastructure business to I Squared Capital.
  • Advised Irish communication software company Poppulo on all Irish law aspects of its merger with Four Winds Interactive in a deal that will value both firms at an estimated $1bn, backed by Vista Equity Partners.