Insurance in Ireland

A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP's far-reaching expertise in the insurance sector ranges from M&A transactions and private equity investments to regulatory matters and insurance disputes. Frequently acting for insurance companies and insureds, it is noted for its work in CBI investigations, product liability claims, and Covid-19 disputes. The insurance group is headed up by James Grennan. Laura Mulleady is rated for transactional matters, while disputes and investigations co-chair Enda Hurley is recommended for contentious insurance work. Other key names to note include Sinéad Lynch, Liam Kennedy SC, and Cliona Christle. Eileen Roberts became a High Court judge in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Enda Hurley; James Grennan

Other key lawyers:

Laura Mulleady; Sinéad Lynch; Liam Kennedy SC; Cliona Christle


‘They provide quality advice in an efficient manner.’

‘The team responds promptly to matters that arise, the approach they take to solving matters is both professional and practical for businesses. I would associate Joe Kelly with this description.’

‘Top quality team. Multiple partners, each of whom brings something different to the table. Expert, experienced and engaging team. My go-to firm for the most complex non-contentious insurance matters and the largest projects.’

‘James Grennan is a leading expert in the non-contentious insurance market. Laura Mulleady is very experienced, reliable, adaptable and solution focussed.’

Key clients

Zurich Life Assurance plc and Zurich Insurance plc







Arch Capital


Berkshire Hathaway

Standard Life



Prudential International/M&G

The Standard Club

North of England Protecting and Indemnity Association

Phoenix Group

Försäkringsaktiebolaget Agria

Extend, Inc.



Work highlights

  • Advised ERGO Versicherung on issues relating to its Irish business interruption insurance policies and losses caused by COVID-19.
  • Defended a subsidiary of Smith & Nephew and its insurer in numerous Irish product liability claims arising from orthopaedic hip implant devices.
  • Acted for a European private equity fund, a shareholder in two companies, and six insured directors of the Irish and Luxembourg entities, in defending Commercial Court proceedings brought by the companies’ minority shareholders alleging oppression and disregard of the minority’s interests contrary to section 212 of the Companies Act 2014.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox fields a highly regarded corporate insurance practice, noted for its expertise in insurance and professional indemnity disputes. It continues to advise on a series of headline M&A transactions, business combinations and private equity investments in the sector, while on the contentious front, the team handles coverage issues, indemnity cases, regulatory investigations and liability defence. The 'excellent' Elizabeth Bothwell manages multiple transactional matters, while Joanelle O’Cleirigh is rated for insurance disputes, inquiries, and regulatory hearings. Richard Willis and Michael Twomey specialise in disputes and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Bothwell; Joanelle O’Cleirigh

Other key lawyers:

Richard Willis; Michael Twomey; Robert Cain


‘Strong full-service team with a range of experience.’

‘Elizabeth Bothwell is excellent – she provides a great service to clients and is really easy to work with.’

Key clients

Aon plc

ELG Holding Ltd (ELG)

Covéa Coopérations

Swiss Re

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd

Rothesay Life plc


Quilter plc


Liberty Insurance SE


RSA Insurance


Electric Insurance Company

RSA Insurance

Aviva Life and Pensions DAC

Intercontinental Adjustors Group

Thornton Group



Aon plc

Liberty Insurance

Private Hospital Association

Brown & Brown Inc

Work highlights

  • Acted for RSA in the defence of High Court personal injury proceedings issued by an individual plaintiff against the insured.
  • Advised Societe Generale and ALD Automotive on Irish law aspects of its acquisition of consortium LeasePlan, including the acquisition of LeasePlan’s Irish insurance undertaking.
  • Acted for CNP Assurance on Irish law aspects of its acquisition of Aviva’s life insurance businesses in Italy, including the taking over of a majority stake in a joint venture with UniCredit.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Various insurance companies, claims management companies and entities from the self-insured sector turn to Mason Hayes & Curran LLP's 'excellent and knowledgeable team' for claims defence and regulatory work, underpinned by its strong record in professional indemnity, product liability, personal injury and property damage claims. In healthcare, the firm regularly represents the State Claims Agency, and it is also noted for its construction claims expertise. It was recently appointed to HDI Global’s legal panel and re-appointed to AIG’s panel. In insurance regulatory matters, the firm is making further progress thanks to the efforts of Liam Flynn and Rowena Fitzgerald, among others. Rachel Kavanagh, who leads the insurance disputes team, has a fine record in personal injury claims, property damage claims, product liability, defamation and coverage disputes. Deirdre Munnelly is recommended for public and employer’s liability, motor, and product liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Kavanagh; Liam Flynn

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre Munnelly; Rowena Fitzgerald; Laura Keane; Joanne Costello; Laura Prendiville; Sarah Burns; Jill Valentine


‘Excellent and knowledgeable team – always available to deal with queries and put the client first understands the needs of the clients. Very professional in their area of dealing with defence work.’

‘I have worked with Rachel Kavanagh for over 14 years in various roles that I have held in insurance companies – she is a consummate professional, able to deal with complex issues, and deliver information in a manner that is easily translatable and understandable. On a personal level she has been a mentor for me over the years and somebody that I can pick up the phone to at any time, to discuss any case.’

‘Sarah Burns, whilst new to the team, is very thorough and helpful in any dealings that I have with the firm.’

‘Rachel Kavanagh is a strong and fearless lawyer with great analytical skills. Her interpersonal qualities are without parallel.’

‘The team I work with are very experienced and knowledgeable about the court system and quickly realise which cases should be settled, rather than allowing wasted costs to be built up, and they ensure all proper investigations take place, with appropriate experts, if cases are to be fought.’

‘Rachael Kavanagh and Laura Prenderville stand out for me with their down-to-earth approach and knowledge.’

‘Liam Flynn is very helpful and has in-depth experience and expertise in all insurance regulation matters, and for questions on how to best deal with the Irish regulator.’

‘It was great to work with Liam Flynn and Joanne Costello. They are very competent and knowledge in their specific field and specialism. Compared to other individuals in the field, Liam and Joanne had the right experience, knowledge and credentials to start immediately with our inquiries without any extensive explanation about our specialised insurance business.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance Plc


State Claims Agency

Chubb Insurance

Aon Claims Management

Davies Ireland

HDI Global



Zurich UK

Berkshire Hathaway European Insurance DAC

XS Direct Insurance Brokers

UniPol Re DAC

Tulip Assist Insurance Ltd./Tulip Assist B.V.

Paragon International Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Zurich Insurance and Budget Rent a Car in a claim by four occupants of the third-party vehicle who alleged they had sustained injuries and pursued personal injuries claims, the judge finding that the accident was staged and dismissed all four claims.
  • Advised a national Irish trade association on the proposed establishment of a discretionary mutual insurer, which will be the first of its kind on the Irish market.
  • Acted for Tulip Assist Insurance on its proposed entry into the Irish gadget insurance market.

Matheson LLP

Matheson LLP has a rounded practice, noted for its expertise across insurance disputes and claims, regulatory matters and transactions. The firm continues to make an impression in insurance M&A through a series of headline deals, along with portfolio transfers and corporate reorganisations, and corporate governance and regulatory issues. It has also achieved prominence in Brexit-related plans for insurance clients. The corporate insurance team is led by the highly-rated Darren Maher, and includes prominent name Gráinne Callanan. Other key figures include April McClements, a leading name in insurance disputes whose expertise spans coverage, D&O, and subrogation claims. Caroline Kearns and Niamh Mulholland joined the firm in August 2021 from DLA Piper Ireland LLP and KPMG, respectively, while Elaine Long was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Darren Maher

Other key lawyers:

April McClements; Gráinne Callanan; Kieran O’Sullivan; Eoin Shiel


‘The FIG team at Matheson are exceptional. We have worked with them for over 5 years and during that time they have gotten to know our business and tailored their advice based on our structure and circumstances. There is a clear division of responsibilities on the team e.g. transaction work, regulatory advice etc.’

‘Darren Maher is second to none. His knowledge and experience of the Irish insurance market is exceptional and always keeps a breast of the most recent developments in the sector.’

‘Darren Maher is an exceptional lawyer. He has a rare combination of deep specialist knowledge and broad commercial and legal perspectives. This allows him to advise on complex issues and bring together threads from more than one area of expertise.

‘Kieran O’Sullivan is an excellent and diligent associate lawyer.’

‘The individuals I deal with are experts in their chosen fields. Gráinne Callanan is an expert in Insurance Regulation and a pleasure to deal with. Gráinne always gets to the crux of the issue and navigates a way through. This approach is a real asset to the firm and distinguishes Matheson from its peers in Ireland. Gráinne consistently goes the extra mile for her clients with no fuss or ceremony. Her goal is always to get to the best possible solution for the client.

‘Matheson have excellent regulatory knowledge in general, and a very astute awareness of how regulators perceive both the market and market participants. Matheson’s partners’ insights have proven invaluable to us on many occasions. In particular, Darren Maher has an outstanding grasp of regulatory matters and provides incisive, commercially-minded, and pragmatic advices, which are invariably proven right over time.’

‘In the litigation space, Matheson has successfully run a high-profile appeal for us in the High Court, and ultimately the Court of Appeal. Despite many twists and turns, Matheson, and April McClements in particular, consistently steered the litigation in the right direction and oversaw an outstanding victory for us in the Courts, vindicating our decision to commence litigation in the first place.’

‘April oversaw the drafting of excellent submissions, both written and oral on the day, which ultimately found favour with all three Court of Appeal judges. If Matheson believes that you have a state-able case, they can be relied upon to attain the optimum outcome achievable in the particular circumstances of your case. Their expertise in this area is second to no-one in the Irish market.’

Key clients

AmTrust International Underwriters DAC

Aon Group


Axis Speciality Europe SE


Compre Holdings Limited

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office PLC

FBD Insurance PLC

Legal and General

Life Company Consolidation Group (Utmost)

Mapfre Asistencia Compania Internacional de Seguros y Reaseguros S.A.

Monument Assurance DAC

PartnerRe Ireland Insurance DAC

Royal London

Travelers Companies, Inc.

United Health Group Inc.

Utmost Ireland DAC

Work highlights

  • Advised Intact Financial Corporation on all of the applicable Irish corporate insurance law and regulatory aspects in relation to the acquisition of RSA Insurance Group.
  • Advised Ark Life Assurance Company on the proposed transfer of its business to Irish Life Assurance, effected by way of Irish High Court approved portfolio transfer.
  • Advised Allied Irish Bank  in respect of a joint venture with Canada Life Irish Holding Company Limited to establish a new life insurance vehicle in Ireland (AIB Life).

McCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP has a strong presence in regulatory matters, M&A and corporate reorganisations, and dispute resolution, acting for both insurers and insureds. The firm is especially noted for policy interpretation and coverage issues, as well as professional indemnity claims, while its expertise in regulatory issues and M&A is underpinned by the efforts of Darragh Murphy. Brian Quigley, Roddy Bourke and Catherine Derrig are all rated for their insurance disputes acumen. Donnchadh Ó Collatáin impresses at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Darragh Murphy; Brian Quigley

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Derrig; David Hurley; Seán Barton; Alan Fuller; Donnchadh O’Collatain; David Lydon; Gerard Sadlier


‘The team has a strong bench of creative lawyers.’

‘Darragh Murphy is fantastic, willing to jump into any crisis and offer wise counsel.’

‘Excellent service and turnaround. Little or no passing down to junior fee earners, which is greatly appreciated and unusual.’

‘Donnchadh O’Collatain is excellent. Provides clear, readily accessible advice often on very tight deadlines.’


Key clients

Great West LifeCo Inc./ Irish Life Assurance plc and related companies

MetLife Europe dac and related companies

Zurich Insurance Company Limited and related companies

The Voluntary Health Insurance Board (Vhi)

Generali AG

CBL Insurance Europe dac

State Claims Agency

White Horse Insurance dac

Canada Life Assurance

XL Insurance Company SE

Monument Re


MML Growth Capital Limited

Loyola Group and Chris Kelly Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hyper Trust Limited and Aberken Limited in test cases heard by the Commercial Court relating to policy holders’ entitlements to business interruption cover under policies held with FBD Insurance following the outbreak of Covid-19.
  • Acted as lead counsel to the Great West Lifeco in the proposed establishment of a life and pensions joint venture with Allied Irish Banks.
  • Acted for Vhi in High Court proceedings brought by medical service provider Limerick Private over a refusal by Vhi to approve an application for insurance cover for a new hospital in Limerick.

William Fry

William Fry has a well-developed insurance practice, covering both contentious and non-contentious disciplines. It remains active in transactions and authorisations, notably advising on a series of deals involving private equity investments. The firm is achieving further growth in reinsurance and specialty lines, and has a burgeoning presence in ESG insurance, insurtech and joint ventures with tech businesses to create new platforms. Eoin Caulfield now leads the practice, following John Larkin's pivot to a consultant role. Ian Murray is also recommended for his strong transactional background.

Practice head(s):

Eoin Caulfield

Other key lawyers:

John Larkin; Ian Murray


‘William Fry have supported us on many matters over the years. We have worked with the same partner during that time, so he understands our business and requirements. He is supported by a strong team.’

‘Eoin Caulfield has supported our company over many years. Eoin is very knowledgeable and approachable, and always available when we need him. Great to work with and supported by a strong team covering all areas.’

‘Breadth and depth of legal and regulatory knowledge coupled with industry knowledge and practical experience. Their collaborative approach and ability to collaborate with executives from diverse backgrounds is unmatched. The detail and quality of their output differentiates them too.’

‘Breadth and depth of both legal regulatory and industry experience. Able to communicate difficult news in an easy-to-understand and accepting manner.’

‘A one-stop solution for all our legal and tax needs.’

‘They truly understand our business, which makes obtaining relevant advice a straightforward task.’

‘A depth of experience that few firms can offer in Ireland and transactional acumen that means it can work on the very biggest deals in the market. It also has an excellent network of firms it can leverage for multi-jurisdictional work.’

‘Eoin Caulfield is the stand-out partner. Definitely one of a select few partners who can truly advise on insurance and reinsurance transactions with confidence. He combines such a level of experience that he rarely needs to research a matter and can turn equally to complex insurance or reinsurance regulatory matters as well as more transactional deals.’

Key clients


Apollo Global Management LLC

Phoenix Group



Eni Insurance

SCOR Group

McGill Insurance


CNP Santander Insurance

Beazley Group

Chaucer Insurance (part of China Re Group)

Everest Insurance / Everest Reinsurance

Atradius Re

UK General

FCA Capital Re

Chubb Group

Scottish Re

Renaissance Re




Canada Life

Enstar Group

Watford Insurance Company Europe Limited

Royal London


Assurant Group


To add

Work highlights

  • Advised Phoenix Group Holdings on the announced sale of Ark Life Assurance through a competitive bid process.
  • Advised Apollo and its subsidiaries, in particular Irish-authorised insurers Athora Ireland, Catalina Ireland and Aspen (Irish Branch) as well as other Irish regulated group members on the impact under Ireland’s implementation of the Solvency II Directive and the Irish credit servicing regime on restructurings through which relevant Apollo entities have been converted into corporate holding entities.
  • Advised Phoenix Group Holdings on its acquisition of the ReAssure Group (which includes Ark Life Assurance DAC) from Swiss Re and MS&AD Insurance.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's entry into the Irish legal market - via its merger with Eugene F Collins in March 2022 - means that the legacy Dublin office has further credibility in cross-border transactions and regulatory matters, including Brexit-related issues. It remains active in acquisitions and disposals and contentious matters, including professional negligence and policy cases. The firm also continues to work on fintech and new product offerings. Garrett Miller is an authority on insurance regulatory matters, including the establishment and authorisation of insurers, and new product development in Ireland. David Cantrell is hugely experienced in insurance disputes, especially professional negligence cases. Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin is an emerging talent in professional negligence.

Practice head(s):

Garrett Miller

Other key lawyers:

David Cantrell; Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin; Paul Dempsey

Key clients

Leaseplan Insurance

Collinson Insurance

AXA Corporate Solutions


ECCU Assurance

Credit Agricole Creditor Insurance



Automobile Association Ireland

Medisec Ireland

Red Flag Consulting

Work highlights

  • Advised Leaseplan Insurance on the revision of consumer facing documentation policies arising from the implementation of the enhanced consumer legislation and regulation.
  • Provided regulatory advice to CACI Ireland, an Irish subsidiary group of the Credit Agricole Group, in respect of its substantive payment protection business operating throughout the EU.
  • Advised ECCU Assurance on key issues such as the impact of Brexit, Solvency II, GDPR and policies drafting and implementation.

Beale & Co LLP

Specialist insurance firm Beale & Co LLP represents an impressive range of insurers, self-insured, and professional clients, both domestically and internationally. It is particularly noted for defending insurers and policyholders against professional negligence claims in the non-medical professions, such as engineers, architects, surveyors, brokers, solicitors, accountants and financial advisors. While continuing to expand its professional indemnity client base, the firm has also achieved growth in cyber and data protection claims, as well as its employer’s liability and public liability practice. Tara Cosgrove, who leads the team, has extensive experience in professional indemnity, as do Niamh Loughran and Sarah Conroy. Martin Browne left the firm in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Tara Cosgrove; Niamh Loughran; Sarah Conroy


‘Hard-working, approachable and friendly team. Always willing to discuss and provide assistance when needed. Their technical knowledge and capabilities are evident in the work they produce. One of the most beneficial strategic partners we work with.’

‘Committed and tenacious. Always available and amenable to discuss the latest legal point, with an acute awareness of the commercial impact that legal decisions have on the insurance industry. Tara Cosgrove, especially, has been a significant support & guide in the changing legal landscape of CICA, and our business alliance is pivotal to the success of our business.’

‘Superb response time and excellent knowledge.’

‘Consistently timely responses, and always explain it in detail.’

Key clients

Aviva Insurance UK


AmTrust Europe Limited

QBE UK and Ireland




AmTrust International Underwriters Limited


CNA Hardy

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of a construction professional in the defence of a series of cases with asserted quantum of €400m to €500m.
  • Advised an Irish consulting engineer and their insurers in relation to a circa €20m claim arising from defects in a building being converted into student accommodation.
  • Acted in the defence of a large corporate law firm and their insurers in relation to a claim for circa €4m arising from advice given in relation to the termination of another law firm.

DAC Beachcroft Dublin

Rated for its ability to bridge the Dublin and London insurance markets, DAC Beachcroft Dublin's specialist insurance team defends clients in professional indemnity and corporate liability claims, as well as assisting clients with coverage issues and disputes. The wide-ranging practice boasts a substantial personal injury team, a large group focused on medical and dental defence litigation, and a burgeoning focus on cyber and data risk. Noreen Howard, who leads the team, maintains an esteemed reputation in professional indemnity. Louise O’Reilly is noted for advising London Market insurers on policy coverage and policy disputes, while healthcare practice head Niamh McKeever specialises in medical and dental defence litigation. James Colville heads the personal injury defence team, which includes partner John Sheehy and David Kennedy.

Practice head(s):

James Colville; Noreen Howard; Niamh McKeever

Other key lawyers:

John Sheehy; Louise O’Reilly; David Kennedy


‘DAC Beachcroft (DACB) has consistently demonstrated an ability to provide a high quality service from both a defence and coverage perspective. Both partners and associates always respond to queries raised in an efficient and timely manner. DACB provide interim fees in a clear and concise manner and provide all the necessary documents (fee notes) etc in order to discharge the payment.’

‘Louise O’Reilly is involved in both day-to-day and supervisory roles on complex IFL files, and has in-depth knowledge of the insurance landscape from a legal perspective. Mrs O’Reilly is always available to take a call and, if unavailable, returns calls and emails in a very responsive way.’

‘David Kennedy is highly regarded and provides in-depth, detailed advice on a range of casualty matters. Mr Kennedy is very responsive to queries raised and demonstrates in-depth technical knowledge and problem-solving skills for the files he deals with.’

Key clients




Medical Defence Union (MDU)


Medical Protection Liability Company (MPLC)

Allied World



Tokio Marine Kiln


MS Amlin

United Parcel Service

Inter Hannover


Sompo International Insurance Ltd

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace has a rounded insurance practice that features one of the largest defence insurance teams in the market, covering policy cover issues, product liability, business interruption, professional indemnity, personal injury and D&O insurance. The firm is also rated for its regulatory expertise, including the set up of Irish operations and general compliance. The insurance team features a number of extremely experienced professionals, including department head John Doyle and consultant Andrew Bates, who is noted for his regulatory expertise. Paul Breen is a key figure for motor insurance, employer liability, public liability, and product liability claims. Lorna Kennedy specialises in personal injury and product liability. 

Practice head(s):

John Doyle; Keith Waine

Other key lawyers:

Paul Breen; Lorna Kennedy; Peter Bredin; John O’Riordan; Elaine Healy; Andrew Bates; Rachel Turner; David Kavanagh

Key clients

Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland (MIBI)


AXA Insurance


Allianz SE

FBD Insurance





Liberty Insurance

Irish Public Bodies (IPB)

Bupa Global DAC


Work highlights

  • Acted for an insurer in relation to disputes concerning its liability for business interruption claims by policyholders whose businesses have been closed due to Covid-19.
  • Acted for Travelers in the defence of High Court proceedings taken by the Law Society against a number of insurers and insurance brokers.
  • Advised We2Sure, a start-up, on a parametric insurance business model, including its acquisition of an insurance intermediary, funding arrangements and distribution plans.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland is entrusted by an impressive mix of international and domestic insurer clients, along with a range of self insureds. It has landed further engagements from international insurers thanks to the Dublin office’s work alongside colleagues in other offices, including those in the UK. It has an established record in M&A-related engagements and portfolio transfers, and is experiencing further growth in construction claims, and cyber and data protection matters. It is also highly-reputed for insurance regulatory matters, professional negligence, D&O insurance, healthcare and financial services, personal injury and financial lines. Department head Pamela O’Neill is noted for regulatory disputes and investigations, while Stephen Barry is prominent in financial lines and professional negligence. Dermot McEvoy specialises in real estate and construction matters, while Gavin O’Flaherty is an experienced figure in transactions. Alice Moore is a key name to note at associate level. Aisling Gannon has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Pamela O’Neill; Gavin O’Flaherty; Peter Fahy

Other key lawyers:

Norman Fitzgerald; Stephen Barry; Dermot McEvoy; Alice Moore


‘Huge experience in the area of malpractice. Excellent client relationships. Huge pool of knowledge.’

‘Alice Moore joined this busy team this year and has hit the ground running. She’s calm and hardworking and hopefully has an excellent career ahead of her.’

‘The healthcare team are totally efficient and provide a prompt and educated service. The team has significant experience and this shows.’

‘Alice Moore stands out as a professional with significant experience and a very pragmatic and efficient approach.’


Key clients

Swiss Re and Munich Re

Arachas Corporate Brokers

Allianz Insurance Plc

Ardonagh Group

Aston Lark


Guarantee Protection Insurance Limited




Berkshire Hathaway Speciality Insurance

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Royal London Group




Legal & General


AA Ireland

Starstone Insurance SE

Sun Life

SLFC Services Company (UK) Limited


Allianz Insurance plc

Work highlights

  • Instructed by AIG on behalf of the insured, the National Standards Authority of Ireland, as a co-defendant in the primary cases being pursued regarding the Mica defective blocks scandal.
  • Acted for Allianz Insurance in a medical negligence action brought by a former patient against a private hospital and his treating consultant.
  • Advised Aston Lark Group on its acquisition of Marine & General Insurances.

Hayes Solicitors LLP

Turned to by the State Claims Agency, Medical Protection Society, and the Veterinary Defence Society to name a few, Hayes Solicitors LLP is a leader in clinical defence litigation, with eight partners dedicated to the field. It continues to work on catastrophic injuries and high-volume claims, acting in some of the largest personal injury claims in Ireland. Beyond this, the firm is noted for its expertise in health-related product liability, employers’ liability and public liability. Mary Hough leads the healthcare litigation group, which includes managing partner Joe O’Malley and Louise O’Rourke, the latter of whom is noted for her expertise in catastrophic brain, birth and spinal injury cases. Robbie Slattery is also recommended. Caroline Crowley has since retired.

Practice head(s):

Joe O’Malley; Mary Hough

Other key lawyers:

Louise O’Rourke; Matthew Austin; Stephen McGuinness; Katy Meade; Martha Wilson; Robbie Slattery


‘Hayes is among the top-tier of solicitor firms operating in the sector. They bring expertise and client commitment to bear on every piece of work.’

‘Hayes Solicitors always have an excellent grasp of the legal, practical, commercial aspects of their cases. When working with counsel, they are always collaborative, ensuring that they get the best from the barristers they engage. They have excellent experience dealing with cases involving extremely voluminous discovery.’

‘Matt Austin goes above and beyond for his clients.’

‘Robbie Slattery is one of the best solicitors in the country. Katy Meade achieves excellent results for clients.’

‘Joe O’Malley is one of the best solicitors in the country, if not the best, due to his commitment to the clients’ interests, work-rate, expertise, and depth of knowledge.’

‘Joseph O’Malley is an excellent litigator, combining an excellent knowledge of the law with a strategic approach to achieving the best possible outcome for clients. Robbie Slattery will always know the case inside out, and has an ability to speak plainly to clients so that complex legal ideas are made easily comprehensible.’

‘The team provide accurate, timely, and clear advice.’

‘Robbie Slattery is clever, reliable, good-humoured and organised. He has excellent interpersonal skills and is likeable whilst doing a great job.’

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection Limited

Veterinary Defence Society


The Irish Times

Bank of Ireland



Work highlights

  • Represented doctors, dentists, nurses, hospitals and allied health professionals in the defence of claims alleging medical negligence on the instructions of indemnifiers the State Claims Agency, the Medical Protection Society and Dental Protection.
  • Represented the State Claims Agency in proceedings in relating to the Pandemrix, Magdalene Laundries and Air Corps Chemical Exposure cases.
  • Represented Irish vets indemnified by The Veterinary Defence Society, in relation to professional disciplinary proceedings.

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Holmes O'Malley Sexton has deep specialisation in insurance across its Dublin, Limerick and Cork offices, supplemented by its presence in London. Its multi-office strategy enables it to offer adaptable services to insurance clients through lower-cost centres. The firm remains at the forefront of professional negligence, personal injury and property damage disputes, while also making a deepening impression in business interruption claims, cyber and data privacy cases, and D&O insurance. Its large team comprises a number of top practitioners, including managing partner Harry Fehily, professional and medical negligence specialist Robert Kennedy, and Donal Creaton, an expert in defending professional negligence claims against barristers. Terry Heaney is a prominent figure in personal injury claims, including those in the motor, public liability and employer liability segments.

Practice head(s):

Robert Kennedy; Harry Fehily; Donal Creaton

Other key lawyers:

Terry Heaney; Michael Murphy; Pat McInerney; Anna Owens; Wayne Finn; Audrey Browne; Triona Walsh; Marguerite Seymour; Aoife Skehan


‘A law firm’s personnel is a most important resource. Holmes excel as market leaders.’

‘Robert Kennedy and Anna Owens are experts in the insurance industry. Their passion for the job, compassion for clients, communication skills, willingness to listen, knowledge of law, and excellent judgements cannot be matched.’

‘Robert Kennedy always provides honest, factual, and clear advice. Not afraid to tell it exactly how it is. Makes detailed and informed decisions and never gets side-tracked by unimportant issues.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance plc

RSA Insurance Ireland dac

AXA Insurance Ireland dax

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE

Davies Group Limited

Ornella Underwriting Limited

TTM Healthcare Limited

GoAhead Ireland

Lidl Ireland GmbH

DWF Claims

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance


NARGC Compensation Fund

Arch Insurance


A.I.G. Europe S.A.

Liberty Seguros, Compania de Seguros Y Reaseguros, S.A, trading as Liberty Insurance

Newline Europe Versicherung AG

Marsh Ireland Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Arachas in the various business interruption claims which were taken against them and various insurers by the Press-Up Entertainment Group.
  • Acted on behalf of Zurich Insurance’s policyholder engineers in relation to professional negligence proceedings which were initiated against them and two other co-defendants over alleged deficiencies with a million-euro property in Cork.
  • Acted for Davies Group as the insurer of the property owner in the defence of proceedings being taken by an adjoining landowner for damage sustained to its property as a result of a derelict building.


Underpinned by the firm’s considerable global reputation, Kennedys‘ Dublin team is highly rated for financial lines, D&O, medical negligence, product liability and professional negligence cases, among other areas. The team is also noted for construction and real estate disputes, marine insurance cases, and business interruption matters. The firm represents an impressive array of insurers and insureds. Key team members include practice head Andrew McGahey, regularly at the forefront of financial lines and environmental insurance claims; Joanne O’Sullivan, noted for clinical negligence cases; and Hugh Kennedy, recognised for marine insurance work. Noel Devins specialises in personal injury and has a growing profile in business interruption claims. Martina O’Mahoney was promoted to partner in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McGahey

Other key lawyers:

Noel Devins; Joanne O’Sullivan; Hugh Kennedy; David Strahan; Catherine Lyons; Martina O’Mahoney


‘Strength in depth, available, committed, open, accurate, and collaborative.’

‘Hugh Kennedy is very responsive and provides authoritative expert opinion on novel issues of Irish shipping law.’


Key clients




Aviva Life & Pensions dac

Berkshire Hathaway

Chaucer Insurance


Cornmarket Financial Services

COSCO & China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association

CPL Management Solutions

Drogheda Port

Electric Insurance Company

Elk Fertighaus AG

IN2 Engineering Design Partnership

Inditex Re

JD Sports

JD Wetherspoon

Liberty Insurance

MDO Management Company SA

Medlab Pathology Limited

Securitas Security Services Limited

SIMS Clinic

Zurich Insurance PLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Aegis and the insured structural engineer in extracting the client from proceedings one day before Commercial Court proceedings initiated by the Minister for Education as a test case against Western Building Systems and ten other defendants in relation to €400m of alleged defects in the Rapid Build schools programme in Ireland.
  • Successfully defended Drogheda Port and its UK insurers in High Court Admiralty proceedings issued by Arklow Shipping after an Arklow ship went aground in the channel whilst departing the port.
  • Acted for major insurers in relation to billions of dollars of insurance claims arising from the war in Ukraine.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has a long history of defending professional indemnity claims, along with more recent growth in construction cases and D&O insurance matters. The firm has latterly developed its standing in cyber and data risk, as well as in business interruption claims. Insurance disputes team leader Shane Neville and construction disputes specialist Ian Lavelle have played a pivotal role in extending the firm’s connections to insurers, brokers and MGAs, including those in the London Market.

Practice head(s):

Jill Callanan; Shane Neville

Other key lawyers:

Ian Lavelle; Eamon Jones

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE

Liberty Insurance DAC

Tokio Marine HCC

Leeson Claims Services Limited (trading as LCSI or Leeson Claims Services Ireland)

R&Q Ireland CLG (a subsidiary of Randall & Quilter and formerly called Solicitors Mutual Defence Fund Limited or SMDF)

CFC Underwriting Limited / CFC Europe S.A.

Work highlights


    RDJ LLP represents a number of major international insurers, claims agencies and other key clients, who turn to the wide-ranging insurance practice for its long-standing presence in professional indemnity. The sizeable team continues to defend clients in some of the biggest professional indemnity cases in the market, and is making a further impression in headline business interruption cases. Much of its team is based in Cork, though the firm has other team members in Dublin and London, the latter office providing a pivotal link to the London Market. Insurance practice head Fergus Long has decades of experience in the professional indemnity field, Richard Martin is a senior figure in policy coverage disputes, and Jamie Olden is noted for his expertise in business interruption claims.

    Practice head(s):

    Fergus Long

    Other key lawyers:

    Richard Martin; Peter Lennon; Uilliam Ó Lorcáin; Jamie Olden; Mary Purtill; Donal Twomey; Brendan O’Connell; Marianne Lonergan; Jennifer Noctor


    ‘Always engage quickly and effectively with opposite sides to try gather an understanding of what is required and to move matters quickly to settlement or to sure up our defence.’

    ‘Very personable staff who are always willing to assist very quickly. Always revert with issues raised or queried very quickly and happy to entertain calls at short notice.’

    ‘Very professional firm focused on delivering excellent legal advice at all times.Very focused on clients needs and expectations. Always striving to find the correct solution in the circumstances.Approach all matters proactively.’

    ‘I have had the pleasure of working with Mary Purtill, a senior partner at the firm for many years. She very much epitomises the ethos of the firm. Always dependable and very focused on finding the best result for her client. Her depth of knowledge and understanding of the legal process in Ireland is quite exceptional. Will tell you how it is not what you want to hear, a rare and valuable trait. Hard working and always looking for solutions that reflect her clients best interests.’

    ‘Progressive management of claims. Good engagement and proactivity on claims’

    ‘Mary Purtill. Has an innate grasp of claims and has an excellent support team’

    ‘RDJ provide excellent customer service and exceptional legal advice in all areas of insurance law. They are very responsive and are efficient problem-solvers. They provide timely legal advice on complex, high value, multi-party litigation. They have particular expertise in defending claims against professionals and directors and officers. I am aware they also have a number of initiatives aimed at enhancing diversity within the firm. They are a progressive law firm with an impressive reputation and proven track record in insurance law.’

    ‘Jamie Olden – very pragmatic and great at thinking outside the box to find an innovative solution to complex litigation problems. A very effective negotiator. Jennifer Noctor – Comprehensive and timely legal advice.’

    Key clients


    Hiscox Insurance

    State Claims Agency

    Zurich Insurance

    Europa General Underwriters Limited

    Arch Insurance



    Liberty Insurance Company (Ireland)

    AXA XL

    CFC Underwriting Limited

    Irish Public Bodies


    Work highlights

      Beauchamps LLP

      Beauchamps LLP's Dublin practice boasts an impressive record in professional indemnity claims, including those involving accountants, architects, quantity surveyors, and engineers, to name a few. It regularly acts for a range of insurers, brokers, and self-insured companies, and has achieved further growth in construction industry claims against architects, engineers, surveyors and building contractors. Practice co-chair Ciara Murphy leads many of the firm’s biggest cases. Fellow practice co-chair Emma Keegan provides further senior-level expertise.

      Practice head(s):

      Emma Keegan; Ciara Murphy

      Key clients

      Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality

      Grant Thornton

      Leinster Overview Concepts Limited t/a Sean’s Bar

      Randal & Quilter Investment Holdings

      Work highlights

      • Acted for Leinster Overview Concepts t/a Sean’s Bar in its successful challenge against the declinature of COVID-19 business interruption cover by FBC.
      • Acted for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty in successfully having proceedings against an insured solicitor struck out for delay and want or prosecution.
      • Acted for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty in agreeing a strike out of proceedings against an insured solicitor, resulting in no loss being sustained by Allianz.

      ByrneWallace LLP

      ByrneWallace LLP advises on a mix of transactional, regulatory and disputes engagements. The firm has an especially strong record in the public sector, representing the Environmental Protection Agency in connection with environmental impairment liability insurance policies. The key names to note include Jon Legorburu, head of the litigation and dispute resolution department; Helen Gibbons, who possesses expertise in business interruption cases; Mona Costelloe, a specialist in Commercial Court proceedings;   and Mark O’Shaughnessy, who leads the firm’s advice to the Environmental Protection Agency.

      Practice head(s):

      Jon Legorburu; Mark O’Shaughnessy

      Other key lawyers:

      Helen Gibbons; Mona Costelloe; Louise Holmes


      ‘The firm is very professional and excels when dealing with their individual clients. Billing process etc are state of the art and there are never any issues.’

      ‘Louise Holmes is the primary solicitor I use and she is a real people person and comes across extremely well to my clients. She knows their business, their needs and what makes them tick. Louise is very good at negotiating on behalf of the client, very time efficient and excellent at conveying bad news to clients in a manner in which they accept.’


      Key clients

      Environmental Protection Agency

      Work highlights

      • Advised the Environmental Protection Agency on all environmental impairment liability insurance policies secured by licensed operators as a financial instrument for potential environmental liabilities arising on landfills, non-hazardous/hazardous waste transfer stations, incineration waste facilities and high risk contaminated land.
      • Advised an Irish regulator on policy coverage issues.
      • Advised a large Irish public body on insurance, indemnity, liability, risk identification and mitigation.

      Carson McDowell

      Carson McDowell has a substantial presence in clinical negligence and personal injury matters. Industrial disease is a particular forte, along with employer’s liability and public liability claims. The core Dublin team is supplemented by colleagues that split their time between Belfast and Ireland’s capital. Working across the two cities, healthcare head Roger McMillan is a prominent figure in catastrophic injury cases. Also based between Belfast and Dublin, Jacqueline McAleese leads the clinical claims group, while Sinéad Keavey heads the Dublin office, where she defends healthcare professionals and indemnifiers. Kathleen Byrne joined as a partner in Dublin from Clyde & Co in February 2022. Claire Harmer left the firm in January 2022.

      Practice head(s):

      Roger McMillan; Jacqueline McAleese; Sinéad Keavey; Kathleen Byrne; Cathal O’Neill; Catherine Carton

      Other key lawyers:

      Kathleen Byrne


      ‘The Carson McDowell are very helpful when it comes to any queries we may have, they will take the time look into things to give us the best advice possible.’

      ‘They are always very thorough with the advice and updates as the case develops.’

      ‘I could honestly say that of our panel firms of solicitors we use, I would have to say Carson McDowell provide the best service. They are a huge help to our company and very valuable firm on our panel.’

      Key clients

      Medical Protection Society

      Dental Protection

      Associations of Optometrists

      Faraday Underwriting

      Enstar Group

      Axis Capital Insurance

      Irish Ferries

      Thomas Miller Claims Management

      London P&I Club


      Willis Towers Watson

      Sedgwick (formerly Cunningham Lindsey)

      McLarens Loss Adjusters

      Work highlights

      • Acted for Axis Capital in an employers’ liability claim with indemnity issues.
      • Represented Axis Capital in a High Court claim for personal injury arising out of an incident at work, where a manufactured product allegedly fell on the plaintiff, causing a traverse fracture to the right kneecap.
      • Acted for Faraday Underwriting in a Circuit Court claim in which the plaintiff sustained a fractured ankle, alleged to have occurred on a mobile dance floor/marquee set up by the insured client.

      Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP

      Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP has decades of experience in the insurance sector, notably in public, employers and occupiers’ liability matters, as well as in professional negligence claims. In the clinical negligence sphere, the firm frequently represents the State Claims Agency. Based in Cork, Eamon Harrington has an impressive record in medical negligence cases, while Diarmuid Cunningham is an expert in employers’ liability, public liability, maritime, and property claims. Patrice O’Keeffe also specialises in defending professional negligence claims against solicitors and healthcare professionals. Daniel McLoughlin is a key partner-level contact in Dublin. 

      Practice head(s):

      Eamon Harrington; Daniel McLoughlin

      Other key lawyers:

      Diarmuid Cunningham; Patrice O’Keefe; Deborah Moore; Julie McEvoy; Nicola Kiely


      ‘The manner and professionalism with which the firm as a whole engage with us and our customers is noteworthy, they understand the need for clarity of expression. Eamon Harrington runs a good operation and is hands on when required, he brings control and direction to the group.’

      ‘Daniel McLaughlin demonstrates incisive analysis of legal processes, mediation, discovery procedures, and is tactically astute in settlement negotiations.’

      ‘What makes Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP unique is that they take the stress away from their clients when handling their affairs.’

      ‘Comyn Kelleher Tobin is a large firm with a small firm level of service. Their ability to give personal service to each and every matter is unparalleled. It constantly impresses me the focus that each case is given from partner right down to associate. This isn’t a firm which brings a boiler plate to solving disputes. They engage with each matter on its own merits to ultimately achieve the best outcome for their clients.’

      ‘Daniel McLoughlin is a powerhouse of a partner. Daniel’s understanding of the Irish legal landscape is exceptional, as is his recall of each and every matter in which he is involved. Daniel is the type of partner who will go the extra mile for any client. Hands-on at every stage of a case so a client can rest assured that he is aware of everything going on in relation to their case.’

      ‘Nicola Kiely is an exceptional solicitor who builds an incredible rapport with clients. Nicola’s attention to detail means that nothing is left to chance at any stage.’

      ‘Julie McEvoy’s personality is perfectly suited to dealing with clients across a broad range of different disputes. Julie’s work ethic is second to none, and is a real asset to Comyn Kelleher Tobin.’


      Key clients

      Health Service Executive

      State Claims Agency

      Allianz insurance

      Munich RE

      Lloyds Insurer

      KennCo Underwriting Ltd

      Transport Infrastructure Ireland

      Cork County Council



      Work highlights

        DLA Piper Ireland LLP

        DLA Piper Ireland LLP is making a noteworthy impact on the insurance market, particularly in M&A, regulatory matters, data protection, and cybersecurity. Matthew Cole is an experienced figure in insurance M&A, with a track record that includes numerous deals for PIB Group. Caoimhe Clarkin is well-versed in insurance regulatory matters and disputes, while John Magee specialises in data protection and cybersecurity, including for insurance sector clients.

        Practice head(s):

        Matthew Cole; John Magee

        Other key lawyers:

        Caoimhe Clarkin

        Key clients

        PIB Group Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advised PIB Group on the acquisition of Campion Insurances.
        • Advised PIB Group on various transactions, including the acquisitions of Oliver Murphy Insurance, Alan Tierney & Partners, Creane and Creane, Fingal Insurances, and Sullivan Insurances.


        Fieldfisher has an established practice in personal injury, motor insurance, public liability, D&O and employer’s liability, among other areas. More recently, the team has achieved significant growth in cyber risk and privacy issues linked to GDPR. The Dublin office works closely with colleagues in London, where the firm has a big reputation in technology and privacy matters. Killian O’Reilly is an 'exceptional' senior litigator with a major emphasis on insurance disputes. Senior associate Neil Cahill has over 20 years of experience in insurance cases, and is highly rated by clients.

        Practice head(s):

        Killian O’Reilly

        Other key lawyers:

        Neil Cahill


        ‘Extremely pragmatic and commercially clear legal advice on Insurance defence cases.’

        ‘Killian O’Reilly is an exceptional lawyer with a rare clarity of thought. He is always commercial and realistic in his approach. Killian is a fantastic and rare lawyer who is clear, calm, and commercial even when dealing with very complex matter. One of Killian’s core strengths is simple and clear communication with no legal jargon. Our go-to insurance defence lawyer in Ireland.’

        ‘Neil Cahill has managed a number of complex insurance defence cases and achieved fantastic results.’

        Key clients

        Ecclesiastical Insurance

        Ornella Underwriting Limited

        Ryanair DAC


        XS Direct Insurance

        AIG Insurance

        FBD Insurance

        Work highlights

        • Acted for Ryanair in respect of its portfolio of self-insured employer’s liability claims.
        • Acted for AIG in respect of a multi-defendant claim issued by a worker of a third party entity that was carrying out work on the premises of AIG’s policyholder.
        • Acted for Ornella Underwriting in respect of a personal injury claim brought by a Garda officer, which was withdrawn following after three days of a hearing.

        Pinsent Masons LLP

        Pinsent Masons LLP is achieving further growth, particularly in the fields of treaty reinsurance and with-profits business. Much of the practice centres on life insurance, with an emphasis on corporate and transactional work. It has recently been engaged on a number of major matters, including advising Athora Ireland on the sale of its variable annuity book of business to Monument Life Insurance. Names to note include Naoise Harnett, credited with the impressive growth of the practice, and Niall Campbell, who was promoted to legal director in May 2022.

        Practice head(s):

        Naoise Harnett

        Other key lawyers:

        Niall Campbell


        ‘The team has a deep knowledge of insurance regulatory frameworks, and in providing advice notes key issues for consideration, taking account of the business needs of our organisation.’

        ‘We work closely with Naoise Hartnett who has supported our business in M&A, reinsurance, insurance intermediary and general insurance regulatory advice. Niall Campbell has provided consistent support and advise on the wide variety of issues raised.’

        ‘The team is a standout in the market. The very experienced Naoise Hartnett is complemented by the excellent Niall Campbell. The firm can also leverage the considerable expertise of the London market office.’

        Key clients

        Athora Ireland plc

        Royal London Insurance DAC


        Intesa Sanpaolo Life DAC

        Swiss Re

        Allianz plc

        AXA Life Europe DAC, AXA Insurance DAC

        First European Title Insurance Company Limited

        Standard Life International DAC

        Work highlights

        • Advised Athora Ireland on the sale of its variable annuity book of business to Monument Life Insurance by way of auction process and the subsequent Irish High Court approval process.
        • Advised Royal London Insurance on a compromise with its with-profits policyholders permitting the early release of the inherited estate built up in the relevant Royal London sub-fund, which will be undertaken pursuant to an Irish law governed scheme of arrangement which remains subject to Irish High Court approval.
        • Advised Allianz on the renewal rights transfer of its Northern Irish branch business to LV involving Irish law advices on the renewal rights transfer, TUPE considerations and outsourcing requirements.