Insurance in Ireland

A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP's 'extremely knowledgeable' team counts many of the largest insurers with operations in Ireland among its clients. The team is highly experienced in complex M&A and portfolio transfers in the insurance industry, and advises on Brexit projects and Covid-19 related business interruption coverage issues. Large-scale insurance litigation, including fraud claims, coverage disputes and high-value clinical negligence, is also a key area of expertise. James Grennan, Laura Mulleady and Sinéad Lynch are the main contacts on the non-contentious side, while newly appointed senior counsel Liam Kennedy SC and Eileen Roberts head the insurance disputes practice.

Practice head(s):

James Grennan; Liam Kennedy SC; Eileen Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Laura Mulleady; Sinéad Lynch; Emma Martin; Cliona Christle; Joe Kelly; Kenan Furlong

Testimonials

‘The key strengths and capabilities we see in A&L Goodbody are that they have a team of lawyers who have a wealth of experience and knowledge in any matter we give them, be it big or small.’

‘Very strong insurance/reinsurance team and very reponsive.’

‘James Grennan has such a thorough and unrivalled knowledge and understanding of the regulatory environment and has been invaluable to us in his various dealings with us.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable team with very strong blend of technical expertise and commercial know-how. Unrivalled understanding of the Irish regulatory environment.’

‘Overall, the team are extremely responsive as well as solution focused, with a good understanding of the real-world commercial implications of the advice they are giving. Quality of work and level of insight is always of the highest standard.’

‘They have a tip-top knowledge of all sectors of the insurance and reinsurance market, and have had for many years the broadest range of experience of the sector of the various Irish firms. They ally strong company law and insurance regulatory technical expertise with a very creative, flexible and solutions-oriented approach, and are very accessible and user friendly. ’

‘James Grennan is a longstanding guru in the sector, with an unrivalled depth of experience. He is highly user friendly, creative and solutions oriented. Laura Mulleady similarly is a go-to partner on regulatory matters. She has extremely good judgement and excels in identifying issues which will be of concern to regulators and advising clients on how best to navigate their course to achieve their goals. Both James and Laura are charming, accessible, collaborative and a delight to work with.’

‘Laura Mulleady is highly responsive and totally reliable. She is always there when you need someone at the end of the phone, and has a very collaborative and commercial approach. James Grennan is superb on complex legal and regulatory issues. His depth of insurance expertise and general legal knowledge is second to none.’

Key clients

AXA XL

Liberty Insurance

Aviva

Zurich

Berkshire Hathaway

Arch

North of England P&I Association

Allianz

Laya

Standard Club

Octium

Standard Life

ERGO Versicherungsgruppe AG

Work highlights

  • Advising AXA XL on the Irish law aspects of the integration of its global corporate insurance business into XL Insurance Company SE.
  • Advising Zurich Insurance plc on the transfer of its portfolio of German architects and engineers’ professional indemnity business to a German insurance undertaking.
  • Advised HPS Investment Partners and MDP Partners (and the Ardonagh Group) on the acquisition of a large insurance intermediary group by private equity investors.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox has a full-service insurance offering, with particular expertise in contentious and non-contentious regulatory investigations. The 'outstanding' Jennifer McCarthy leads the corporate insurance practice, which regularly handles high-profile M&A and portfolio transfers, as well as advising on business interruption policy issues, Brexit contingency planning, regulatory matters and crisis management. On the contentious side, 'excellent' practice head Joanelle O’Cleirigh is highly experienced in insurance disputes in the healthcare sector, and Michael Twomey has expertise in complex policy interpretation and coverage issues. Elizabeth Bothwell, who frequently handles insurance M&A, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer McCarthy; Joanelle O’Cleirigh

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Bothwell; Richard Willis; Michael Twomey; Kate O’Donohoe

Testimonials

‘We have found Elizabeth Bothwell and Jennifer McCarthy very knowledgeable, responsive and with good relationships with the regulator (the Central Bank of Ireland) and knowledge of their likely responses. They have also been very commercial in their advice, appreciating that law and regulation does not always cater for all circumstances.’

‘We have worked with Jennifer McCarthy on recent deals and she has been outstanding. She is excellent at the law and regulation but is also pragmatic and helpful in suggesting solutions to fit particular clients and circumstances.’

‘We find them very professional, with a very good knowledge of the specified area. Their response time is very good and we value their advice.’

‘We found Joanelle O’Cleirigh and Kate O’Donohoe excellent.’

Key clients

Aon plc

Covéa Coopérations

Swiss Re

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Limited

Rothesay Life plc

Aviva

The Equitable Life Assurance Society

AIG

Liberty Insurance SE

SCOR

RSA Insurance

Electric Insurance Company

Intercontinental Adjustors Group

Thornton Group

Ageas

ITX Re DAC

Private Hospital Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Aon plc on its proposed business combination with Willis Towers Watson with an implied combined equity value of approximately $80bn.
  • Advising Swiss Re on the Irish aspects of its sale of the Reassure Group to Phoenix Group Holdings plc.
  • Advised Covéa Coopérations on its proposed acquisition of the Partner Re Group for a cash consideration of $9bn. The deal did not go ahead due to the impact of Covid-19.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

'Dynamic and practical in its approach', the team at Mason Hayes & Curran LLP is well known for its experience in insurance litigation, with expertise in claims in the construction, education, retail and healthcare sectors, particularly complex personal injury and clinical negligence cases. The team acts for large insurers and claims management companies, and is also noted for its advice to self-insured companies. Rachel Kavanagh, who counts a number of retailers among her clients, leads the team, which also includes the experienced Ailbhe Gilvarry and Deirdre Munnelly. Rowena Fitzgerald handles regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Kavanagh

Other key lawyers:

Ailbhe Gilvarry; Deirdre Munnelly; Rowena Fitzgerald; Laura Keane

Testimonials

‘Mason Hayes & Curran deliver a quality independent service.’

‘I have had the pleasure of working with Rachel Kavanagh and Laura Keane. Both are excellent communicators and think strategically in the best interests of their clients.’

‘MHC are young, dynamic, practical in their approach, very client focused and excel at making complex problems manageable. They have speedy strategic thinking, see the route through and translate options really clearly for clients.’

‘Rachel Kavanagh and Deirdre Munnelly have a directness of approach, clarity of communication and total lack of bureaucracy that makes complex problems simple.’

‘Mason Hayes & Curran have a wealth of knowledge and experience in-house.’

‘I have always found the fee earners at Mason Hayes & Curran a very safe pair of hands.’

‘Mason Hayes & Curran have many strengths. I find their knowledge very strong and they have a great team. They are very well respected within the area of personal injury defence litigation and have a strong reputation. Notwithstanding the above, they also have a very personable approach and always make a client feel very valued.’

Key clients

Allianz

State Claims Agency

Irish Life

Zurich

Chubb

Aon Claims Management

Davies Ireland

Lidl

Musgrave

Intel

Work highlights

  • Acted for Zurich in a claim relating to farm buildings damaged by a storm.
  • Represented Tallaght University Hospital on the instructions of the State Claims Agency in a clinical negligence claim.
  • Instructed by the State Claims Agency on behalf of St Vincent’s University Hospital in a complex clinical negligence claim.

Matheson

Matheson's 'extremely responsive and practical' team advises many of Ireland's leading insurers on corporate matters, including high-profile M&A, portfolio transfers and group reorganisations. The team also has significant expertise in regulatory issues and Brexit-related insurance matters. Among the key contacts on the non-contentious side are Darren Maher, Liam Flynn and Gráinne Callanan, who heads the firm's Cork office. April McClements and London-based Sharon Daly lead the insurance disputes practice, which has particular strength in policy interpretation and coverage disputes, including in relation to cyber policies and Covid-19 related business interruption cases, D&O and subrogation claims.

Practice head(s):

Darren Maher; April McClements; Sharon Daly

Other key lawyers:

Gráinne Callanan; Liam Flynn; Alison Shanley; Siobhán Dunne

Testimonials

‘The team are very qualified and well placed to guide you through the step-by-step process that you are working with them on. They also take their time to educate the client throughout the process.’

‘The team have a very personable approach. I specifically worked with Gráinne Callanan, along with Siobhán Dunne and Alison Shanley. I always felt very comfortable that if I had a question, I could pick up the phone or send an e-mail, and that I could contact the team. They really take their time to build relationships with you and make the legal experience enjoyable!’

‘Extremely responsive and practical in their thinking. Will take ownership of matters that others won’t.’

‘Matheson fully understand the business and the lawyers are very knowledgeable. They give excellent customer service. I have great confidence in the Matheson team’s capability.’

‘April McClements and Sharon Daly are experts in their field and are very well respected in the Irish legal arena. They are both very well-informed and thorough professionals. Sharon is an excellent negotiator and April’s technical knowledge and attention to detail is second to none.’

‘I found the level of service to be absolutely exceptional. Both in terms of responsiveness to tight deadlines and in the quality and reasoning of their advice, I found them to be absolutely first rate.’

‘Sharon Daly is very commercially minded and very client friendly. She is prepared to give a view on difficult issues and back it up with sound reasoning. April McClements is very good at turning around important advice to tight deadlines and is excellent as a technical lawyer.’

‘Darren Maher is very well connected with the financial regulators in Ireland and has good relationships across different EU jurisdictions. He provides well-reasoned regulatory advice.’

Key clients

AIB

AIG

AmTrust International Underwriters DAC

Aon Group

Aviva

Axa Insurance DAC

Axis Speciality Europe SE

Beazley PLC

Compre Holdings Limited

DARAG Deutsche Versicherungs-und Ruckversicherungs-AG

Everest Reinsurance Company (Ireland) DAC

Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited

FM Global

Life Company Consolidation Group (Utmost)

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

Marsh

Monument Assurance DAC

PartnerRe Ireland Insurance DAC

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

State Street

Travelers Companies, Inc.

United Health Group Inc.

Utmost Ireland DAC

Work highlights

  • Advised the AmTrust group on the regulatory aspects of the sale of its international surety business to the Liberty group.
  • Advised Aon on all aspects of the establishment of a new Irish incorporated holding company for the Aon group, which would become the new ultimate holding company for the group, replacing Aon plc (UK).
  • Advised Aviva on a subrogation claim against the Electricity Supply Board arising from flooding in Cork City in November 2009 and a successful appeal to the Supreme Court.

McCann FitzGerald

Highlighted for its 'good technical knowledge' and 'strong commercial practicality', McCann FitzGerald has extensive experience in M&A and group restructurings and reorganisations in the insurance industry, in addition to handling complex insurance disputes. Darragh Murphy leads the non-contentious side of the practice, which covers regulatory and corporate matters including cross-border transactions and Brexit planning. Roddy Bourke and Brian Quigley are among the key contacts for contentious matters, acting on coverage disputes (including two high-profile test cases relating to business interruption cover), professional indemnity claims and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Darragh Murphy; Roddy Bourke; Brian Quigley

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Derrig; David Hurley; Gerard Sadlier

Testimonials

‘Good technical knowledge, coupled with strong commercial practicality.’

‘Darragh Murphy is a practical lawyer with strong technical, regulatory and commercial experience.’

‘The team has in-depth knowledge of the regulatory environment for insurance in Ireland and is able to apply that knowledge to the facts in a clear, practical and efficient manner.’

‘Darragh Murphy couples expertise with pragmatism in order to get the right outcome for clients.’

‘My experience with this firm is second to none. I found their attention to detail unrivalled. Their correspondence is direct and to the point without being aggressive. What amazed me was their ability to reply to litigious correspondence almost immediately while keeping to the highest standards. I was particularly impressed by the analytical review of a case and their ability to call an important determination.’

‘I found Brian Quigley’s ability to furnish a quick and accurate prognosis of my case unrivalled. His knowledge of insurance contracts and the law of insurance is second to none. He thinks very like a counsel and his in-depth knowledge of the law and process was top class. He came highly recommended and exceeded those recommendations.’

‘Gerard Sadlier’s ability to correspond on important litigious matters in a most detailed and direct manner sets him aside from other solicitors at his level. I have little doubt that he will become one of the top litigators in Ireland in years to come. Highly recommended.’

‘Good corporate insurance team with transactional expertise.’

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

Beazley

MML Growth Capital Limited

Loyola Group and Chris Kelly Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Aberken Limited t/a Sinnott’s and Hyper Trust Limited t/a The Leopardstown Inn as the plaintiffs in two of the four test cases regarding business interruption insurance following the outbreak of Covid-19.
  • Advised the Irish Life Group on intra-group restructurings and on a number of transactions for the acquisition or disposal of assets, including the acquisition of Invesco Limited, Acumen & Trust group and Conexim Advisors Limited.
  • Advising the liquidator of CBL Insurance dac on all aspects of the statutory mandate, including acting as regulatory counsel to the company and providing guidance on the assessment of the solvency of the company within the requirements of the Solvency II Directive.

William Fry

William Fry has significant experience in advising key players in the Irish insurance market on complex M&A, intergroup restructurings and portfolio transfers, as well as regulatory investigations and recent issues such as Brexit contingency planning and Covid-19 related matters. The team also handles high-profile disputes, with particular expertise in professional indemnity, product liability, D&O and subrogation claims. The highly experienced John Larkin and Eoin Caulfield jointly lead the team, which was strengthened with the arrival of Ian Murray, who focuses on corporate and regulatory insurance matters, from SCOR Global Life in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

John Larkin; Eoin Caulfield

Other key lawyers:

Ian Murray; Paul Convery; Owen O’Sullivan; Claire O’Connor; Gráinne Varian

Testimonials

‘A very approachable and supportive team. ’

‘Gráinne Varian and John Larkin are very supportive external legal counsel. Each are a pleasure to deal with and both are reliable.’

‘Very approachable and proactive team. Good personal relationships are vital in order to ensure any questions or doubts are addressed and clarified before embarking on major decisions. Also, trust and confidence are major factors and the team absolutely demonstrate these capabilities in all that they do.’

‘I have worked with Eoin Caulfield and Claire O’Connor and have found them to be most dedicated and willing to assist with whatever queries I have had. They are quick to engage and always make time to discuss things in depth. They are very professional and knowledgeable and most pleasant to deal with.’

‘I mainly worked with John Larkin and Gráinne Varian. What makes them stand out is the personalised approach, excellent knowledge, and ability to look at and understand matters from our angle. Most importantly, their advice was without excessive legal jargon and straight to the point, exactly the type of high-quality output I had expected.’

Key clients

AXA

Phoenix Group

Athora

SCOR Group

Swiss Re

Apollo Global Management LLC

CNP Santander Insurance

Société Générale S.A.

Catalina

Enstar Group

Beazley Group

Chaucer Insurance (part of China Re Group)

Everest Insurance / Everest Reinsurance

Atradius Re

Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland

FCA Capital Re

Chubb Group

ARAG Group

Allianz Ireland

Coverys Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Apollo Global Management and its Irish subsidiaries Athora, Catalina and Aspen on Irish regulatory matters regarding structure changes, including Apollo and Athene’s NYSE strategic ownership transaction.
  • Advised AXA on the proposed sale of AXA Life Europe, a Dublin-headquartered life insurance company, to Cinven.
  • Advised Phoenix Group on its acquisition of the ReAssure Group, which includes the Irish insurer Ark Life Assurance DAC, from Swiss Re.

Beale & Co

The 'approachable, friendly and knowledgeable' team at specialist insurance and construction firm Beale & Co has extensive experience in acting for major Irish and London market insurers in professional negligence claims against legal, financial and construction professionals. Other areas of expertise include employers', public and D&O liability and cyber-related claims. The team is led by Tara Cosgrove, Niamh Loughran, Sarah Conroy and Martin Browne, all of whom have significant expertise in high-value insurance disputes, and was strengthened with the arrival of Killian Dorney from A&L Goodbody LLP in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Tara Cosgrove; Niamh Loughran; Sarah Conroy; Martin Browne

Other key lawyers:

Killian Dorney

Testimonials

‘Beale and Co specialise in this area of law, which means there is a dedicated individual who is always at the end of the phone. In a rapidly shifting world, the personable attitude they have is fantastic.’

‘Key to our relationship is the fact they will take the time through to talk through the matters rather than simply issue written legal responses which can always be misinterpreted by non-legally qualified individuals. This allows for me to do my job more efficiently and ultimately more appropriately.’

‘Approachable, friendly and knowledgeable.’

‘Martin Browne is approachable, providing clear, concise and commercial advice.’

Key clients

Aviva Insurance UK

AIG

AmTrust Europe Limited

QBE UK and Ireland

WR Berkley Insurance (Europe)

Chubb

AXA XL

AmTrust International Underwriters Limited

RSA

CNAHardy

Work highlights

  • Advising an international consulting engineer and its insurer in relation to claims in the region of €7m arising from issues with a drainage network and roads associated with a construction project.
  • Advising a firm of solicitors and its insurers in the defence of a complex €3.5m claim involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation in relation to a number of mortgaged properties, the monies from which were used to fund property investments.
  • Acting for a large international accountancy firm in relation to a claim arising from the sale of various properties at a loss.

DAC Beachcroft Dublin

Noreen Howard heads the insurance specialty practice at DAC Beachcroft Dublin, handling coverage disputes, professional indemnity claims (particularly in the construction sector) and corporate liability matters. The 'professional, competent and proactive' insurance department also has a sizeable personal injury defence practice, with specialist counter-fraud and travel teams led by James Colville and John Sheehy, respectively. Niamh McKeever leads the healthcare team, which focuses on medical malpractice litigation. In addition, the team is experienced in handling cross-border litigation with the support of the firm's international offices.

Practice head(s):

James Colville; Noreen Howard; Niamh McKeever

Other key lawyers:

John Sheehy; Louise O’Reilly

Testimonials

‘Attention to detail and a very technical and professional approach to all dealings with us.’

‘The individuals I work with pick up the phone and discuss all matters. A very hands-on approach and very easy to work with. DAC Beachcroft are most willing to collaborate with you and make it very much a team effort.’

‘DAC Beachcroft have a very large team of very competent solicitors that provide expertise across all areas of our industry. The level of service they provide is to the highest possible standard. We have worked closely with them for many years now and I can safely say we have never had any issue whatsoever with the service they provide and we know when they are instructed our file will be handled in a professional, competent and proactive manner.’

‘John Sheehy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. He has a manner and style of handling matters that really is second to none. I cannot stress how valued he is across all members of my organisation.’

Key clients

Aspen

AXA

AXA XL

Barbican

MS Amlin

RSA

Tokio Marine Kiln

W.R. Berkley

Zurich

HDI Global

Work highlights

  • Acted for MS Amblin in the defence of a public liability claim.
  • Successfully acted for Barbican in a personal injury claim relating to a hunting accident.
  • Acted for Zurich in a motor fraud case.

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace has a strong defence insurance practice, with significant experience in acting for Irish and international insurers in high-value professional negligence claims and coverage disputes. John Doyle took over from consultant Kieran Cowhey as head of the contentious side of the practice in 2020; other notable team members include John O’Riordan and Peter Bredin, who have expertise in professional indemnity and coverage disputes, and Elaine Healy, who focuses on employers' liability and medical negligence claims. Keith Waine heads the regulatory practice, where consultant Andrew Bates is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

John Doyle; Keith Waine

Other key lawyers:

Peter Bredin; John O’Riordan; Elaine Healy; Andrew Bates; Rachel Turner

Testimonials

‘Individual solicitors have the ability and inclination to refer certain issues internally for a second opinion or specialist option where required. This is a great comfort when getting an opinion to know it is fully reasoned out by the best and most experienced in the practice.’

‘In my opinion, what makes the individuals in Dillon Eustace stand out is their willingness to go over and above what I would consider their normal requirement in their job. This is particularly beneficial with complicated liability cases or in dealing with difficult or demanding clients.’

Key clients

Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland  (MIBI)

RSA

AXA Insurance

Aviva

Allianz SE

FBD Insurance

AIG

AON

Amlin

Travelers

Liberty Insurance

Irish Public Bodies (IPB)

Bupa Global DAC

Work highlights

  • Instructed by RSA in relation to five High Court cases taken by a barrister against its various insureds, relating to two complaints made against the plaintiff by solicitors.
  • Advising Bupa Global on the regulatory implications of a new distribution relationship in Eastern European and drafting the contract with the intermediary.
  • Acting for Travelers Insurance Company Limited in the defence of proceedings brought against it by the Law Society of Ireland, which was seeking to claim costs in defending claims against it.

Eugene F. Collins

Eugene F. Collins' 'solution-focused and practical' team is active in both contentious and non-contentious insurance matters. In addition to advising domestic and international insurers on M&A transactions, the team has significant expertise in regulatory matters such as new product offerings and guidance relating to Covid-19 and Brexit. Insurance litigation, including high-profile professional negligence claims and policy disputes, is also a key area of strength. 'Excellent' practice head Garrett Miller focuses on insurance regulation, while David Cantrell, Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin and consultant Terry Leggett handle contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Garrett Miller

Other key lawyers:

David Cantrell; Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin; Terry Leggett; Paul Dempsey; Eileen Grace

Testimonials

‘Eugene F Collins have an intimate knowledge and understanding of our company’s singular business model that they utilise to great effect in providing excellent legal advice and service.’

‘Garrett Miller is excellent – he is professional, knowledgeable, responsive, thorough, insightful, creative, practical and pragmatic. He is a clear communicator, both verbally and in writing, and is personable.’

‘What makes the team unique is the strategic approach, the relentless focus on getting the best outcome for its client and being enormous fun to work with.’

‘The standout partners that I work with are David Cantrell, Garrett Miller and Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin. All three bring a strategic perspective coupled with a comprehensive grasp of details. They have strong technical knowledge and use this to ensure that the focus is on the most critical issues.’

‘Level of engagement is exceptional with a hands-on approach being adopted by the team. Cognisant of speaking and relaying messages in layman’s terms. Extremely professional, diligent and knowledgeable individuals who have always responded in a timely manner. The team has expanded to include multiple associates, which ensures there is a point of contact at all times to discuss a case or matter. Their main strength is accessibility and expertise.’

‘Garrett Miller adopts a pragmatic approach and is outcome oriented whilst understanding our objectives in respect of each individual matter we raise. It is reassuring and comforting that we can pick up a phone and speak with Garrett or any of his colleagues regarding any aspect of our cases.’

‘Always available and nothing is a problem. Solution focused and practical. Experts in every area I have dealt with them on. Truly impressive and extremely personable team.’

‘Eileen Grace and Garret Miller are both extremely knowledgeable and approachable. Always available and willing to assist no matter how big or small the query. Genuinely lovely and clearly talented and very knowledgeable in their fields. EFC are lucky to retain such high-calibre staff and I couldn’t recommend the firm highly enough as a result.’

Key clients

Sure Insurance

Collinson Insurance

AXA Corporate Solutions

Invesco

ECCU Assurance

Credit Agricole Creditor Insurance

Vodafone

BMW

Automobile Association Ireland

Medisec Ireland

Red Flag consulting

Work highlights

  • Advising Crédit Agricole Creditor Insurances Ireland (CACI Ireland) on a range of regulatory insurance matters, most notably growing its books of business.
  • Advising Medisec Ireland in relation to both its new product offering and its new distribution relationship with MedPro Inc., part of the Berkshire Hathaway Group.
  • Acting for Red Flag Consulting, its insurer AIG and a number of its officers in defending defamation proceedings brought by billionaire Denis O’Brien.

Eversheds Sutherland

The 'very knowledgeable' team at Eversheds Sutherland has been highly active in insurance litigation, particularly significant medical negligence and professional negligence claims. Recently, the firm has also expanded its non-contentious practice, advising on M&A and assisting with regulatory and compliance matters. Medical negligence specialist Aisling Gannon, Peter Fahy, who focuses on corporate matters, and Pamela O’Neill, who has expertise in regulatory investigations, lead the team. Other key contacts include Stephen Barry and Dermot McEvoy, who have notable expertise in financial services, real estate and construction-related professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Aisling Gannon; Peter Fahy; Pamela O’Neill

Other key lawyers:

Norman Fitzgerald; Stephen Barry; Dermot McEvoy

Testimonials

‘The size of the firm and the breath of expertise mean they are suitable for all types of claims.’

‘I mainly deal with Dermot McEvoy and Stephen Barry, both of whom I find readily available and both of whom are quick to provide advice following instruction with a clear path to resolution as applicable.’

‘Very knowledgeable regarding professional indemnity insurance matters, very responsive, strong support and back-up to the partner, high level of partner accessibility, clear assessment of the options available and strong recommendations of the approach most likely to result in desired outcome.’

‘Dermot McEvoy stands out. Great availability, very responsive, clear and honest advice, very personable, extremely well prepared, excellent communicator – a very strong performer all round.’

Key clients

Swiss Re and Munich Re

IPB, AON and ACE

Allianz

Guarantee Protection Insurance Limited

AIG

RSA

XL Catlin/AXA Insurance

Berkshire Hathaway Speciality Insurance

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Royal London Group

Aon

Mercer

Marsh

Legal & General

EY

AA Ireland

Zurich Insurance

Work highlights

  • Instructed on behalf of Berkshire Hathaway Insurance in the defence of medical negligence proceedings against the Mater Private Hospital.
  • Acting for EY in defending professional negligence proceedings brought by IBRC relating to its role as the former auditor of Anglo Irish Bank plc.
  • Acting for Allianz Insurance plc and St Vincent’s Private Hospital in a medical negligence action against the consultants and staff of St Vincent’s Private Hospital and St Vincent’s University Hospital.

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Based across the firm's Limerick and Dublin offices, the insurance team at Holmes O'Malley Sexton is noted for its 'comprehensive geographical reach' in professional negligence and motor, employers' and public liability claims. Robert Kennedy, who focuses on personal injury claims, particularly catastrophic injury cases, and oversees the firm's dedicated anti-fraud unit, heads the team with Harry Fehily and Donal Creaton. Michael Murphy, who has significant expertise in professional negligence litigation, including financial lines and construction-related claims, is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Robert Kennedy; Harry Fehily; Donal Creaton

Other key lawyers:

Michael Murphy; Anna Owens; Wayne Finn; Audrey Browne

Testimonials

‘Holmes O’Malley Sexton have shown a consistency in their professionalism, approach, knowledge of the law and ability to deal with large and complicated litigation matters. In some instances we instruct them as sole solicitors where previously there had been a small panel of preferred solicitors in certain connections.’

‘They always go the extra mile, are easily contactable at all times and achieve very good results consistently; all partners and staff are very approachable. Michael Murphy and Harry Fehily stand out in particular.’

‘A solid reputable firm with the range of skill sets and common sense required in personal injury litigation matters. Willing to accommodate a wide range of specific requirements. Comprehensive geographical reach throughout the country.’

‘Robert Kennedy is a highly experienced and pragmatic personal injury litigation solicitor. Wayne Finn is thorough and realistic with a good eye for detail whilst retaining a pragmatic overview of the economics. Anna Owens is able and tenacious in litigation matters, and particularly good at handling difficult and unreasonable opponents. All recognise our need to be seen as robust whilst also balancing economics against the soft touch syndrome that can arise in litigation.’

‘Holmes O’Malley Sexton provide a team of legal professionals who are extremely qualified, knowledgeable and uniquely experienced in complex litigation to handle all our defence legal requirements, encompassing all areas of our business both pre and post litigation. At all times the highest possible level of expertise, diligence and service is offered in employers’, public and product liability claims, regardless of the level of complexity, and yet they continue to provide value for money with excellent response times.’

‘Donal Creaton provides exceptional, valued knowledge, experience and accurate advice and recommendations. He has excellent negotiation ability and is a more than safe pair of hands with an open-door approach to clients. Wayne Finn has considerable personal injury defence experience and we are most impressed with his exceptional level of service and engagement. Audrey Browne is a most focused, diligent, dependable and capable lawyer.’

‘Robert Kennedy is extremely efficient, provides insightful and always helpful advice, and delivers on his promises. He is one of the most diligent and effective solicitors we deal with.’

‘Robert Kennedy is very proactive and a strong negotiator. His successes to date have quite surprised me. I can also say the same for Michael Murphy. Both are decisive and significantly fulfil their objectives on our behalf.’

Key clients

AIG

Lidl Ireland GmbH

Liberty Insurance dac

Zurich Insurance plc

AXA Insurance dac

RSA Insurance Ireland dac

AXA XL

NewLine

AM Trust

Go-Ahead Group plc

Patrona Underwriting Limited

Ms Amlin

Allianz PLC,

Berkshire Hathaway

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cuddy O’Leary in a professional negligence claim relating to its role as accountant to a well-known radio presenter.
  • Acted in the defence of eight related claims arising out of one accident on behalf of the special investigations unit of Liberty Insurance.
  • Acted for a Dublin-based firm of solicitors which was joined as a third party to proceedings issued by the executors of the estate of a former client against a financial institution.

Kennedys

Counting a number of major international insurers among its clients, Kennedys is highly experienced in insurance litigation, with significant expertise in high-value coverage disputes, professional negligence claims, medical negligence and product liability cases, and maritime insurance claims. Practice head Andrew McGahey focuses on policy coverage disputes, in addition to advising on coverage issues, while Noel Devins, who has expertise in construction-related professional negligence, Joanne O’Sullivan, who specialises in healthcare claims, and maritime insurance expert Hugh Kennedy are also noted. The team expanded further with the arrival of David Strahan from Arthur Cox in December 2019.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McGahey

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘David Strahan’s professionalism, knowledge, accessibility and pragmatism are key strengths that we very much appreciate. He adopts a pragmatic approach and is outcome oriented whilst understanding our objectives in respect of each individual case as we look to achieve the optimum result from a cost and reputational perspective. It is reassuring and comforting that we can pick up a phone and speak with David or any of his colleagues regarding any aspect of our cases.’

Key clients

Aviva

Electric Insurance Company (GE)

Inditex Re

Elk Fertighaus AG

MDO Management Company SA

Securitas Security Services Limited

IN2 Engineering Design Partnership

Cornmarket Financial Services

Medlab Pathology Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the insured, Medlab, in the multimillion-euro mass litigation in Ireland involving the alleged misdiagnosis of cervical smears.
  • Instructed to act on behalf of ship-owner COSCO Shipping Captive Insurance Co. by its hull underwriters and P&I insurers, China Ship-owners Mutual Insurance Association, following a collision between a COSCO vessel and a French fishing vessel off the coast of Ireland.
  • Instructed by two separate insurers, AXA Winterthur and Generali, to act on behalf of their insureds, Kepak and Ornua, in a case arising from damage caused to their produce following a serious racking collapse in a refrigerated coldstore warehouse.

Ronan Daly Jermyn

Ronan Daly Jermyn has a nationwide presence, with offices in Cork, Dublin and Galway, as well as a London office headed by Uilliam Ó Lorcáin, who has particular expertise in professional indemnity claims. The sizeable insurance team specialises in litigation, including policy coverage disputes and business interruption claims, professional negligence matters, particularly in relation to construction, and personal injury claims, and has expanded with the addition of Peter Lennon from Maples Group, who specialises in aviation liability claims. Practice head Fergus Long and managing partner Richard Martin are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Fergus Long

Other key lawyers:

Richard Martin; Peter Lennon; Uilliam Ó Lorcáin; Jamie Olden; John Buckley; Darryl Broderick; Mary Purtill; Donal Twomey

Testimonials

‘The ease of access to the solicitor or partner you are liaising with is first class – if you phone it is answered or the call is returned without delays.’

‘Their level of commitment to their clients is unrivalled and if needed they will drop everything to assist a client in dire need. The experience within the firm is excellent and covers so many difference aspects of law – the partners will tell you right away if they don’t know that particular aspect of law but an expert is available in house without delay to provide that expert opinion and guidance.’

‘The commitment to their clients and expertise in their field of law is always first class, as is always the case with Richard Martin and Uilliam Ó Lorcáin.’

Key clients

Axis Speciality Europe SE

Allianz

Liberty Insurance Company (Ireland)

National Farmers Mutual

C.G.P.A

AXA Paris

Generali

RSA

Travelers Syndicate Management Limited

Surestone DAC

AXA AL

Munich Re

Zurich

QBE Underwriting Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Axis to act in the defence of a claim by two UK citizens against an Irish law firm in relation to alleged negligence on the part of the law firm to sue the correct parties in a construction dispute.
  • Advising Hiscox, Dabl Limited and Dabl Educational Trust Limited after they obtained an injunction against a former employee who, upon leaving his employment, copied and removed sensitive technological data from Dabl’s IT system.
  • Acting for a global insurer in the defence of a claim against a major international accountancy firm relating to an allegation of negligence in the valuation of a shareholder’s share in a company.

Beauchamps LLP

Beauchamps has extensive experience in acting for large insurers in professional indemnity claims, as well as employers' and public liability matters. The firm also represents companies, financial institutions and state bodies in coverage disputes, including a significant recent test case regarding business interruption cover. The 'client-focused' Emma Keegan leads the team, while new partner Ciara Murphy has notable expertise in solicitors' negligence cases.

Practice head(s):

Emma Keegan

Other key lawyers:

Ciara Murphy

Testimonials

‘Beauchamps’ insurance and professional indemnity team are genuinely dedicated and place client service at the top of their agenda. They don’t pay lip service to the concept of understanding our business and the particular challenges we face in the market. We feel like they really partner with us – they are pragmatic, approachable and realistic. Emma Keegan is our trusted adviser – she always takes the necessary steps to truly understand our business and she and her team are always ahead of potential issues or challenges we might face. This gives us time to work together on solutions.’

‘Emma Keegan has installed in her team a great ability to communicate and explain. They are superbly trained and nothing is too much trouble for them. I can’t say enough good things about them.’

‘The team combine knowledge of the law with a client-focused pragmatism.’

‘Emma Keegan is very approachable and client focused.’

‘Beauchamps have experienced personnel to handle complex and expensive cases in an economical and timely fashion.’

‘Ciara Murphy and Emma Keegan are a pleasure to deal with. They are very experienced, with a continuing ability to deliver excellent results.’

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality

Grant Thornton

Randal & Quilter Investment Holdings

Work highlights

  • Acted for Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality in the defence of an insured solicitor in proceedings issued by a former client concerning a multimillion-euro mixed residential and commercial development.
  • Acting for Leinster Overview Concepts Limited t/a Sean’s Bar in its claim against FBD Insurance Plc over the denial of cover for business interruption, a test case for business interruption cover during the pandemic.
  • Acting for Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality in the defence of an insured solicitor in proceedings relating to the solicitor’s advice on the dissolution of a business partnership.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP's 'dedicated' team has been highly active advising its substantial client base of public bodies on insurance policy issues, particularly those arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. The team, which has strength in public, employers' and environmental liability matters, also acts for corporate clients and insurers. Jon Legorburu and Mark O’Shaughnessy, who have significant experience in insurance disputes, lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jon Legorburu; Mark O’Shaughnessy

Other key lawyers:

Mona Costelloe; Helen Gibbons; Louise Holmes; Damien McShane

Testimonials

‘Dedicated solicitors who know my client’s business extremely well, which helps to build a relationship with all parties.’

‘Louise Holmes is very professional, experienced, efficient and very good with dealing with my client. She has a way of delivering bad news in a good way and this helps to put my client’s mind at ease.’

Key clients

Environmental Protection Agency

Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman

Griffin Group Hotels Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the Environmental Protection Agency on environmental impairment liability insurance policies for hazardous waste transfer facilities, high-risk contaminated lands and incineration waste facilities in Ireland.
  • Acting for a national public health body in a Commercial Court dispute with Laya Healthcare relating to the payment of hospital charges.
  • Acting for the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman in the defence of a number of appeals to the High Court seeking to overturn the client’s decisions in the insurance space.

Carson McDowell

Belfast-headquartered Carson McDowell launched its practice in Ireland in 2016 and recently strengthened its team with the appointment of Sinéad Keavey, who joined from William Fry in November 2020, as head of the Dublin office. The team, which is led by Roger McMillan, Jacqueline McAleese and Claire Harmer, focuses on the defence of medical negligence and personal injury claims throughout the island of Ireland.

Practice head(s):

Roger McMillan; Jacqueline McAleese; Claire Harmer

Other key lawyers:

Sinéad Keavey

Key clients

Medical Protection Society

Association of Optometrists

Faraday Underwriting

Enstar Group

Axis Capital Insurance

Irish Ferries

Thomas Miller Claims Management

London P&I Club

Weightmans

Mason Hayes & Curran

Willis Towers Watson

Sedgwick (formerly Cunningham Lindsey)

Riverstone Insurance

Davies Casualty/Garwyn

McLarens Loss Adjusters

Travelers Insurance

Stena Line

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Faraday in defending an employer’s liability catastrophic injury claim pursued by an employee of the client’s policyholder.
  • Instructed by Through Transport Mutual Services (UK) Ltd for the TT Club in a claim relating to shipping cargo damaged by migrants at Dunkirk.
  • Instructed by Faraday Underwriting Limited in an employers’ liability claim incorporating a claim for product liability.

Clyde & Co LLP

Established in 2019, Clyde & Co LLP's Dublin office regularly acts alongside the UK practice in large-scale insurance litigation. The 'expert' team has been active in business interruption claims relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as acting on significant professional negligence, D&O liability and product liability claims. Garrett Moore, who splits his time between London and Dublin, leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Garrett Moore

Testimonials

‘A very safe pair of hands and definitely my go-to firm for advice, answers and creative assistance.’

‘Diligence, creativity and an overwhelming desire to succeed on behalf of his client are qualities Garrett Moore, in particular, has in abundance. He leads his team well and by example.’

‘They are experts in their field.’

‘Garrett Moore is on top of the detail.’

Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP

Based in Cork and Dublin, specialist defence litigation firm Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP has notable expertise in medical negligence and personal injury litigation, acting for major insurers and state bodies. Eamon Harrington, who has significant experience in healthcare-related claims, particularly catastrophic injury matters, leads the team alongside Daniel McLoughlin, who has expertise in employers' liability, public liability and motor claims.

Practice head(s):

Eamon Harrington; Daniel McLoughlin

Other key lawyers:

Yvonne Joyce; Diarmuid Cunningham; Patrice O’Keeffe; Deborah Moore

Key clients

Health Service Executive

State Claims Agency

Allianz insurance

University College Cork

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Cork County Council

Medisec

Work highlights

  • Acting for the State Claims Agency in a claim relating to the periodic payment order legislation.
  • Acting for Transport Infrastructure Ireland and a local authority in a claim relating to the implementation of a major roadway development.

DWF

DWF bolstered its Dublin insurance practice with the arrival of Daniel Scanlon, who joined from Kennedys in October 2019, bringing notable expertise in professional indemnity claims, particularly in the financial services and construction sectors. Lorna McAuliffe and Adrian Flynn are also key contacts in the team, which is experienced in professional negligence, employers' liability, public liability and motor claims. Clients include a number of international insurers.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Scanlon; Adrian Flynn; Lorna McAuliffe

Other key lawyers:

Sinéad Ryan

Key clients

AXIS Specialty Europe SE

Square Mile Underwriting

Aspen Insurance

Phoenix Liability Services

Pen

Hiscox

Chubb

AXAXL

DHL

Liberty Specialty Markets

Fieldfisher

The experienced Killian O’Reilly leads Fieldfisher's insurance practice, which covers a broad range of contentious matters, including professional negligence, public liability, employers' liability and motor insurance claims. The team acts for domestic, London market and international insurers, as well as self-insured entities. Senior associate Mark Kelly is particularly experienced in personal injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Killian O’Reilly

Other key lawyers:

Mark Kelly

Key clients

Ecclesiastical Insurance

XS Direct Insurance

AIG Insurance

FBD Insurance

Ryanair DAC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ecclesiastical Insurance in the defence of an intellectual disability care centre in a claim arising out of catastrophic injuries sustained by a resident of the care centre.
  • Acted on behalf of AIG Insurance plc in a multi-defendant claim issued by a worker of a third-party entity that was carrying out work on the insured’s premises.
  • Acting on behalf of Ryanair DAC in respect of its portfolio of self-insured employer’s liability claims.

Hayes Solicitors LLP

The defence of medical negligence claims is a core area of expertise for the 'talented' team at Hayes Solicitors LLP, which is particularly noted for its experience in cerebral palsy and catastrophic injury claims, as well as healthcare-related product liability litigation. Clients include government agencies and indemnity providers. Head of litigation Joe O’Malley and head of healthcare Mary Hough jointly lead the sizeable team.

Practice head(s):

Joe O’Malley; Mary Hough

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Crowley; Louise O’Rourke; Stephen McGuinness; Katy Meade; Martha Wilson; Rebecca Conlon; Robbie Slattery

Testimonials

‘The practice has a very deep understanding of the legal issues in the cases I deal with them on. They are very well organised and very good at sticking to deadlines and giving sufficient notice to me so I can do the same.’

‘Caroline Crowley, Louise O’Rourke and Mary Hough stand out. They have a very deep understanding of the legal issues, which they can converse in without sounding too technical, and are very well organised.’

‘The team at Hayes are recognised for their excellence. Working with them they are always available for advice. Caroline Crowley is always a pleasure to work with and has a wonderful manner. I have found all partners and associates most helpful.’

‘The team at Hayes are extremely talented, on top of their work, diligent and hardworking. They make sure they have read around the issues as well as the papers in the case. They have a depth of experience and ensure that all work is constantly monitored by the partner dealing with the file.’

‘One of its strengths is the quality of the partners. Caroline Crowley is an exceptional solicitor. Louise O’Rourke and Mary Hough have immense experience. Stephen McGuinness is an extremely methodical solicitor. Other excellent solicitors include Rebecca Conlon, Robbie Slattery and Joe O’Malley, who is dynamic and progressive.’

‘Hayes have a very large practice in the insured claims, in particular in the health sector. Indeed, they are the pre-eminent firm in the market in that sector. They have a great deal of insight, built up over many years, into the facts of these cases, but also into the manner in which to run them, including the expert witnesses to retain. They are an invaluable resource for those with claims in this field.’

‘Joe O’Malley is involved in high-value insurance cases in the market for insured health claims. He works hard and understands the entirety of the case, and then brings calm good sense and tactical insight into the best way to progress it. Katy Meade is clever and resourceful, with a great ability to get to the bottom of the problem quickly and come up with a solution.’

‘Communication between team members is excellent. Louise O’Rourke, Mary Hough, Martha Wilson and Robbie Slattery stand out – the quality of their work is remarkable.’

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection Limited

Veterinary Defence Society

Primark

The Irish Times

Bank of Ireland

Investec

Unilever

Royal Institute of the Architects in Ireland (RIAI)

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation

Duff & Phelps

Baker Tilly Hughes Blake

Work highlights

  • Acting for the State Claims Agency in relation to approximately 90 existing sets of legal proceedings brought by plaintiffs who developed narcolepsy and cataplexy following the administration of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine.
  • Acting for the State Claims Agency in defending proceedings brought by a number of plaintiffs who were resident in Magdalene Laundries as children and young adults.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

LK Shields Solicitors LLP is highly experienced in insurance litigation, acting on product liability claims, construction-related professional negligence cases and claims against solicitors and accountants. The firm has also recently established a non-contentious practice, headed by regulatory specialist Adrian Mulryan, who regularly advises new entrants to the Irish insurance market. Litigators Michael Kavanagh, Shane Neville and Eamon Jones are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kavanagh; Shane Neville; Adrian Mulryan

Other key lawyers:

Eamon Jones; Ian Lavelle

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's Dublin office established its insurance practice in early 2019 with the arrival of 'highly experienced' practice head Naoise Harnett and 'responsive and pragmatic' senior associate Niall Campbell from William Fry. The team focuses on corporate and regulatory insurance matters, advising on M&A, portfolio transfers, reinsurance treaty drafting and innovative issues such as insurtech, with support from the firm's UK offices.

Practice head(s):

Naoise Harnett

Other key lawyers:

Niall Campbell

Testimonials

‘Legal and regulatory expertise coupled with commerciality, plus an amazing network of contacts and all with an approachable and friendly vibe. A genuine pleasure to work with.’

‘Niall Campbell is proactively helpful. There is never the sense that you’re on the clock – he genuinely goes out of his way to stay in touch and stay close to your business.’

‘When we have used Pinsent Masons Dublin, they have offered quality and reliable advice and support.’

‘Niall Campbell has been very responsive, engaging and consistent in providing prompt legal advice.’

‘The highly experienced Naoise Hartnett and Niall Campbell are amongst the best (re)insurance lawyers in Ireland. They stand out in particular for their ability to apply their extensive legal knowledge in the insurance industry to new innovations in the market. The corporate insurance team is supported by the firm’s extensive network of offices, including their London team.’

‘The team is making a name for itself as one of the leading advisers on technological innovation in the insurance industry, with a particular focus on insurtech work and the use of technology in the insurance business.’

‘Naoise Hartnett and Niall Campbell stand out as trusted advisers who have mastered Irish insurance and reinsurance law and can put that knowledge to practical effect.’

‘Niall Campbell is very responsive and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Athora

Royal London Group

AXA

Allianz

Guardsman Industries Limited

Intesa Sanpaolo Life DAC

Work highlights

  • Advising two UK authorised insurance undertakings on a complex intra-group Brexit-related transfer under Part VII of the UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 of their EEA insurance business to a newly established EEA authorised insurance undertaking.