Information technology in Ireland
A&L Goodbody's 'client-focused' team is noted for its strength in advising on financial services and public sector technology transactions. The practice counts a number of internet and technology sector companies among its clients, advising on the technology and IP aspects of M&A transactions, outsourcing and managed services, and GDPR compliance. John Whelan handles commercial, regulatory and contentious matters in the sector; the 'practical and responsive' Claire Morrissey specialises in IT contracts and major outsourcings in the financial services sector; and John Cahir acts for several multinational corporations with operations in Ireland. Mark Rasdale departed for DLA Piper.
John Whelan; John Cahir; Claire Morrissey
‘A&L Goodbody’s information technology practice group takes a very client-focused approach. The firm impresses with their strength and depth and manages to blend this well with accessibility and commerciality. They take the time to understand things from a business and a legal perspective. Advice is always practical, clear and solution-focused.‘
‘Claire Morrissey is always available, practical, responsive and solution focused. She ensures that we are kept closely involved in the deal process and that all stakeholders are fully engaged.‘
- Advising Digital Europe, as an amicus party, on proceedings in the Irish Commercial Court concerning the validity of the European Commission standard contractual clauses.
- Advised Bank of Ireland on its national GDPR compliance project.
- Advised AIB on outsourcing the provision of cash management services.
The 'technically strong' team at Arthur Cox advises leading domestic and international technology and financial services companies and public bodies on contentious and non-contentious matters in the technology sector. Key areas of expertise include contracts, such as IT procurements and outsourcings; transactions such as fundraisings and joint ventures; technology sector disputes; and data protection. Practice head Rob Corbet has expertise in innovative technology, while other key contacts include the 'excellent' Colin Rooney, who advises on IT agreements and disputes, and Pearse Ryan, who specialises in outsourcing and projects.
‘Very technically strong and always pragmatic‘
‘Hardworking, committed, fair, technically very good.‘
‘Colin Rooney is excellent.‘
Flutter Entertainment plc (previously Paddy Power Betfair plc)
Genomics Medicine Ireland
Egis Road and Tunnel
Trinity College Dublin
- Advising Flutter Entertainment plc (formerly Paddy Power Betfair plc) on contract, gambling and data security issues.
- Advising a number of large corporations – including CRH, Musgrave, Ellucian, Egis Road & Tunnel, the Irish Banking Resolution Corporation (IBRC) and Intralot – on software, IT services contracts and data protection.
- Advising Origin Enterprises on strategic IP research and development agreements in the specialist agronomy sector, including new technology applications.
Mason Hayes & Curran LLP is known for its strong client base of multinational technology companies which have their European headquarters in Ireland, while other clients include media, financial services and insurance companies. The 'business-focused' team has experience in outsourcing deals, IT sector disputes, regulatory and IP issues, and GDPR compliance. The 'totally tuned-in' Philip Nolan leads the practice; Robert McDonagh advises on large-scale outsourcing transactions; Wendy Hederman has experience in commercial agreements, technology licensing and ecommerce; and John Farrell has expertise in new and disruptive technologies.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Mason Hayes & Curran team has worked hard to establish a one-on-one relationship with me and my company. They always make me feel like they are not just my law firm but my partner.‘
‘They are always quick to respond. Guidance is always pointed and practical. Philip Nolan is excellent, always providing practical advice.‘
‘Business-focused advice, clear understanding of the challenges facing multinational companies, show great depth as a team.‘
‘Philip Nolan is totally tuned in to the privacy challenges facing the multinational.‘
Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
- Advising the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment on the implementation of Ireland’s National Broadband Plan.
- Advised Kamstrup on Ireland’s Smart Metering Project.
- Advised the World Meeting of Families on the media and technology agreements relating to Pope Francis’ visit to Dublin.
Noted for its 'commercial knowledge and great technical skill', Matheson has particular expertise in the financial services sector, advising financial institutions on technology transactions as well as acting for a number of fintech and payment services companies. The team also assists with systems implementation and integration, outsourcings and cloud-computing arrangements. 'Expert' practice head Anne-Marie Bohan has extensive experience acting for financial services clients; Chris Bollard, who divides his time between Dublin and San Francisco, has expertise in e-commerce; and Deirdre Kilroy specialises in non-contentious IP and IT law.
‘Matheson’s technology division are highly efficient and very approachable. They take a very practical approach to how they manage their engagements and leverage off the expertise of the wider financial services and banking team when considering impacts of legislation and new regulatory guidelines. Anne-Marie and her team have taken the time to deeply understand our business and business model.‘
‘Anne-Marie Bohan is an expert in the area of technology and privacy. As well as being widely recognised within the sector, Anne-Marie deeply understands the challenges facing our sector and where legislative and regulatory changes have impact on our operations. Anne-Marie is very knowledgeable in outsourcing and vendor negotiations, and her approachable style and flexibility assisted our company in expediting commercial agreements with multiple service providers in a very streamlined manner.‘
‘The Matheson IT team is the foremost in the jurisdiction.‘
‘Chris Bollard has superb judgement. He provides a Rolls-Royce service in relation to technology matters.‘
‘Commercial knowledge along with great technical skill‘
‘Chris Bollard is our go-to for all technology matters.‘
- Representing a multinational technology and software development company in Norwich Pharmacal (third-party disclosure) proceedings.
McCann FitzGerald advises leading technology companies on transactional, e-commerce and data protection matters, while also assisting corporates from a range of sectors with IT projects and contracts, large-scale outsourcings and the technology aspects of setting up headquarters in Ireland. The 'technically excellent' Paul Lavery leads the practice and has experience in innovative technology supply and implementation agreements and outsourcings. Other 'standouts' include Adam Finlay, who advises on software licences and service agreements, and new partner Doug McMahon, who has expertise in blockchain and cryptocurrency projects.
Other key lawyers:
‘Paul Lavery is a real professional with whom it is great to deal.‘
‘The team are responsive, practical and expert in their niche areas.‘
‘Adam Finlay is an expert in data protection and commercial contracts and has provided my organisation with really sound and practical advice at very short notice. Adam is very responsive and efficient and has a wealth of experience which we have benefitted from.‘
‘What makes McCann FitzGerald stand out is their legal expertise, coupled with wide range of commercial and business knowledge and experience. It is a powerful combination from which the team can draw on when providing advice on a particular matter.‘
‘Adam Finlay and Doug McMahon are the standout partners for me. Both make you feel that you are their only client, such is the quality of their personal service and response times.‘
‘Doug McMahon has outstanding knowledge of and insights to the emerging blockchain technology.’
‘Adam Finlay is, in one word, excellent.‘
‘The team are very proactive in their engagement and are commercially focused.‘
‘Paul Lavery is an excellent adviser – technically excellent with a strong commercial focus.‘
‘Highly professional, flexible, practical and subject matter experts. They go the extra mile when it is required.‘
‘Paul Lavery is excellent. He is very clear and lucid in his thinking and in his advice. Paul positions complex legal concepts in an understandable way and applies common-sense solutions to business problems. He is also very accessible. All of our group hold Paul in very high esteem.‘
‘We rate Doug McMahon and associate Mark Ellis highly.‘
Transport Infrastructure Ireland
Institute of Banking
Roche Products Ireland
National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)
National Transport Authority
- Advising Hostelworld on a range of IT, e-commerce and data protection-related matters.
- Advised CarTrawler on its white label partner agreements, agreements with third-party providers of car images and its GDPR compliance project.
- Advising Microsoft on a number of matters, including proceedings in the US brought by the US Department of Justice in connection with a warrant that was issued for emails held on servers in Ireland.
Noted for its 'encyclopaedic knowledge of the law', William Fry has been highly active in M&A deals in the technology sector, as well as advising major technology, financial services, retail and public sector clients on technology-related transactions, outsourcing and GDPR compliance. The practice is led by David Cullen, who has extensive experience advising on contractual arrangements for large-scale IT projects and cloud-computing matters; Leo Moore specialises in outsourcing, e-commerce and systems integration, as well as the commercialisation of new technologies; and John O’Connor has particular expertise in fintech. John Magee moved to DLA Piper.
Other key lawyers:
Leo Moore; John O’Connor
‘The team understands our risk acceptability levels and works to provide strategic advice accordingly.‘
‘Encyclopaedic knowledge of the law combined with a business-friendly approach to advice.‘
BSA | The Software Alliance
Horse Racing Ireland (HRI)
Irish Rugby Football Union
- Acted for BSA | The Software Alliance on its application to be admitted as an amicus curiae in the ongoing Schrems litigation on international transfers of data.
- Advising Free Now (formerly mytaxi) on various matters, including the introduction of new services.
- Advised Digicel on an arrangement with Turkcell relating to the digitisation of Digicel’s telecoms network.
Beauchamps has a strong reputation for advising not-for-profit and public sector clients, and also acts for companies from the technology, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and retail sectors. The team advises on outsourcing, licensing and commercial agreements, compliance with data protection and consumer legislation, and technology-related disputes. The practice is led by Maureen Daly, who handles outsourcing and software development agreements and IP issues, and was bolstered by the arrival of Damian Maloney from an in-house role at Element Fleet Technology.
Western Digital UK Limited
Waterford Institute of Technology
Ordnance Survey Ireland
AIB Development Capital
- Advised Western Digital UK on the Irish aspects of an e-commerce project.
- Advised Waterford Institute of Technology on the licensing of technology.
- Advised EcoOnline on the technology and IP aspects of the acquisition of DCM Compliance.
Eugene F. Collins advises Irish and international clients on outsourcing, regulatory compliance, contracts and licensing agreements, and the technology aspects of M&A transactions, with a particular emphasis on advising companies in the retail, agrifood, pharmaceutical and life sciences, and telecoms sectors. Practice head David Hackett advises on privacy and data protection, as well as service and connection agreements, software development and licensing, while senior associate Jane Farren has expertise in IP and e-commerce matters.
Other key lawyers:
BMW Automotive Ireland and BMW Financial Services Ireland
Financial Risk Solutions
SYSCO Software Solutions
Johnson & Johnson Corporation
McGee Pharma International
Harvey Norman Trading (Ireland) Limited
Harvey Norman Holdings (Australia) Limited
Kylemore Abbey Trust
Hickey & Co Limited
Social Talent Limited N
Dawn Farm Foods Limited
P J Rigney Distillery and International Brands Limited
The Juice Plus+ Company, LLC
The Farm Channel
Atlantic Therapeutics Group Limited
Society for Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI)
Marks & Spencer
Cilag GMBH International
British Sky Broadcasting Group plc
Ask 4 Broadband
Tifco Hotel Group
Irish Hospice Foundation
Aerospace Software Developments
- Advised Aylien on a bespoke software and related services agreement for supply of software as a service (SaaS) to clients.
- Advised BMW Financial Services (Ireland) and BMW Automotive (Ireland) on its online terms and conditions and in relation to data protection requirements.
- Advised Harvey Norman in relation to the provision of Wi-Fi to customers in its stores.
Eversheds Sutherland specialises in advising on technology transactions, including large-scale outsourcing projects and commercial agreements; data centre services; and the development of technology and related IP issues - with a particularly strong reputation for assisting with AI, internet of things and other innovative technologies. Clients include domestic and multinational companies from the technology, telecoms and media sectors. Practice head Marie McGinley is noted for her experience in advising on technology development, procurement and licensing deals, as well as the technology aspects of corporate transactions.
‘Marie McGinley has a personable style and approach which is well received by clients.‘
Independent News & Media
Banach Technologies Limited
Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ)
Asavie Technologies Limited
- Advised Independent News and Media on a bespoke software development agreement and a varied range of contracts, including in relation to digital content as part of its e-commerce business.
- Advising data centre developer CyrusOne on contracts relating to its IT infrastructure for over 900 customers.
- Advising Banach Technologies on a range of matters, including the ownership and exploitation of its software, database rights and internal know-how.
Foreign direct investment-related IT procurement projects, fintech and regtech, and electronic payments are key areas of expertise for LK Shields Solicitors. The team is also active advising on transactional work in the technology sector, including M&A and fundraisings; GDPR compliance projects; and digital content licensing, particularly for gaming and media sector clients. Peter Bolger leads the practice and has extensive experience in the implementation of large-scale IT projects and in IP and AI matters, while Jeanne Kelly counts leading domestic and international corporates among her clients.
Other key lawyers:
MDM Consulting Engineering
- Advising Phorest on the technology and IP aspects of its business, with a particular focus on its SaaS arrangements.
- Advised Merc Partners on the technology aspects of its acquisition by Spencer Stuart International Ireland.
- Advised MDM Consulting Engineers on contracts related to the establishment of an international fibre cable system to provide connectivity between Ireland and the UK.
Byrne Wallace has experience advising technology sector clients on M&A transactions and fundraisings, but also assists with software development and licensing agreements, systems integration and cloud-computing arrangements. The team is also increasingly active in the fintech space and in advising on data protection. Clients include a number of public bodies, as well as companies from the technology, healthcare and financial services sectors. Practice head Darren Daly advises on corporate transactions, e-commerce and online trading, and fintech and blockchain issues.
Wachsman PR Limited
Consortium of Investors
MJ Flood Technology
- Advised UBiqube (Ireland) on its series B round of funding led by NTT Comware Corporation.
- Advised digital health company HealthBeacon on its series A financing.
- Advised Fexco on a large project involving commercial contracts and data processing agreements.
DAC Beachcroft Dublin
Rowena McCormack and legal director Aidan Healy lead the team at DAC Beachcroft Dublin, which has particular expertise in acting for clients from the insurance, healthcare and pharmacy, financial services, professional regulatory and sports sectors. The team also acts for technology companies, recently advising start-ups in the sector. Sharon McCaffrey, who joined from Byrne Wallace as head of the corporate and commercial team, brings additional expertise in technology-related M&A, corporate restructurings and commercial contracts.
Rowena McCormack; Aidan Healy
Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board
Health Market Research Ireland Limited (hmR Ireland)
St. James’s Place International
- Provide ongoing advice to Marsh in relation to complex cross-border data protection issues and the restructuring of the client’s business arising from Brexit.
- Provides ongoing advice to Sport Ireland on a multitude of highly complex data protection issues which arise in anti-doping and the implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code.
Philip Lee's recent experience includes advising on significant national IT projects and technology-related disputes, and the team also handles the implementation of large-scale IT systems, software licensing and related IP issues, outsourcing and cloud computing matters. The practice is particularly strong in acting for public and healthcare sector clients. Sean McElligott, who joined the firm from an in-house role in 2018, has extensive experience in outsourcing transactions, procurement and data protection, while Anne Bateman handles contentious and non-contentious matters in the sector.
Horseware Products Limited
Irish Medicines Verification Organisation (IMVO)
Health Services Executive (HSE)
Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)
Commission for Communications Regulation
- Advising the HSE on the procurement of the national Integrated Financial Management System.
- Acting for Ryanair in proceedings over the screen-scraping of Ryanair’s website and flights database.
- Advising the IMVO on the implementation of a pan-European ICT system around the safety of medicines.
Ronan Daly Jermyn has a strong track record of advising Irish technology companies on corporate transactions, including fundraisings and M&A, often with a cross-border element. The team also advises on customer services agreements, technology development and licensing agreements, IT procurement, and data protection compliance. Gillian Keating leads the practice from Cork and specialises in advising multinational and domestic technology companies on corporate finance, M&A and restructuring, while Diarmaid Gavin has a particular focus on e-commerce, outsourcing and data protection.
GTT Communications, Inc.
- Advising Datalex on its commercial contracts with customers for the supply of its travel booking software as well as source code transfer and escrow agreements.
- Advising Abtran on its business process outsourcing contracts.
- Advising Teamwork.com on drafting a suite of customer contract templates and the negotiation of high-value contracts with multinationals based in Ireland and overseas.