Insurance in Ireland

A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP's outstanding record in the insurance sector stems from its hugely impressive client list of domestic and international insurers. It typically advises on a steady pipeline of M&A transactions (including private equity investments) and portfolio transfers in the sector. It has extensive experience in regulatory issues (including Solvency II and Brexit-related matters) and has acted for a series of clients in business interruption insurance cases linked to the Covid pandemic. James Grennan is a senior name in the insurance field and Laura Mulleady is a leading name in insurance M&A and business transfers. Sinead Lynch is another emerging talent, while Liam Kennedy and Eileen Roberts  are at the forefront of insurance disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Grennan; Liam Kennedy; Eileen Roberts

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘This team is peerless in the Irish market. The experience, insights, client centric attitude, stellar service levels are second to none. Their practical and solution focused approach is ideal for any in-house lawyer in the sector.’

‘James Grennan and Laura Mulleady are exceptional. Each has a wealth of experience behind them which allows them to guide clients through tricky situations in the most skilful way. They are both extremely responsive, pragmatic and solution focused.’

‘Depth of experience and expertise sets them apart. Highly responsive and engaging.’

‘Laura Mulleady is a trusted and valued advisor. Laura has a practical and commercial approach and is highly responsive, pro-active and engaging. James Grennan really is “one in a million” in terms of the depth of his knowledge, expertise and ability to understand the most complex of issues and provide solutions.’

Key clients

Zurich Life Assurance plc and Zurich Insurance plc

Aviva

AIG

AXA XL

Scor

Liberty

AIG

Arch Capital

AXA

Berkshire Hathaway

Standard Life

Livingbridge

BUPA

Prudential International

The Standard Club

North of England Protecting and Indemnity Association

ERGO AG

Smith & Nephew

Allianz

IPUT Plc

Chubb European Group SE

AA Ireland Limited

Zurich Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advised Zurich Life Assurance plc on the transfer of a portfolio of investment policies, known as international portfolio bonds, to Monument Life Insurance DAC.
  • Advised AXA S.A., on the cross-border merger of XL Catlin Services SE and AXA Matrix Risk Consultants S.A.
  • Key support to clients in relation to their response to issues encountered in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox continues to have a thriving insurance practice, maintaining a strong presence in both contentious and non-contentious matters. It has sustained a buoyant presence in insurance M&A, business combinations and outsourcing arrangements. On the contentious side, the firm remains at the forefront of professional indemnity, liability defence claims and regulatory investigations. Corporate and M&A partner Elizabeth Bothwell has extensive experience in insurance M&A and other financial services transactions. Joanelle O Cleirigh is a key figure in contentious matters, including inquiries and regulatory hearings. Michael Twomey  is also noted for risk management, litigation and regulatory investigations. Former head of insurance and reinsurance Jennifer McCarthy has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Bothwell; Joanelle O’Cleirigh

Other key lawyers:

Michael Twomey

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable on insurance M&A and the market. Responsive at unsocial hours as well as in the normal working day.’

‘Very flexible and great collaboration between assigned team.’

‘The team made great preparations and provided excellent advice so that during the mediation we were able to walk away with minimal loss and business disruptions. Their work also ensured that our insurance company covered 100% of the claim. They did a wonderful job navigating between the demands of the mediator, our company, and our insurance provider while never losing sight of our interest even until the final minutes of the mediation.’

‘Excellent all round subject knowledge and applies a commercial, practical lens to the advice it provides. Understands the needs and complexities of its clients and tailors its advice accordingly. Always willing to tackle complex legal issues and to engage other colleagues in the firm to address particular issues on your behalf. Great collaboration between the Employment, Pensions, Litigation and Data Protection divisions.’

‘Reliable, contactable, efficient, practical and thorough. I can always pick up the phone with queries large and small and be confident of getting top rate, practical legal advice that can be applied by the business.’

‘Elizabeth Bothwell is an excellent lawyer, well respected and always exceptionally supportive – I would recommend her very highly.’

Key clients

Aon plc

ELG Holding Ltd (ELG)

Covéa Coopérations

Swiss Re

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd

Rothesay Life plc

Quilter plc

AIG

Liberty Insurance SE

SCOR

RSA Insurance

Aviva

Electric Insurance Company

RSA Insurance

Aviva Life and Pensions DAC

Intercontinental Adjustors Group

Thornton Group

Ageas

ITX Re DAC

Liberty Insurance

Private Hospital Association

Brown & Brown Inc

Work highlights

  • Acted for ELG Holding Ltd on its proposed acquisition of the European business of the Phoenix Group (Standard Life International DAC and Ark Life DAC) from Phoenix Group Holdings plc.
  • Advised Randall & Quilter II Holdings Ltd on its acquisition of Electric Insurance Ireland DAC from Electric Insurance Ireland Company and subsequent portfolio transfer of EIIDAC to Randall & Quilter’s Maltese carrier, Accredited Insurance European Limited.
  • Advised a number of insurers in defence of an insurance claim issued by AIB plc in the Commercial List of the Irish High Court.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has a large claims defence practice and is well established in insurance regulatory matters. It is also noted for its work in the self-insured segment. Professional indemnity is another forte for the insurance team, which has gained further recognition for its expertise in servicing the retail, education and healthcare sectors. Department head Rachel Kavanagh heads the team and is experienced in personal injury, property damages claims and product liability. Deirdre Munnelly is rated for public and employers’ liability, motor and product liability claims. Rowena Fitzgerald is a leading name in insurance regulatory issues. Senior name Liam Flynn has joined the team from Matheson, bringing additional experience in financial services regulatory matters. Ailbhe Gilvarry has retired.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Kavanagh

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre Munnelly; Rowena Fitzgerald; Laura Keane; Laura Prendiville; Teresa Love; Liam Flynn

Testimonials

‘As far as professionalism is concerned this firm is second to none. Certainly a strong strength which enables for a precise and excellent working relationship with all members of the team.’

‘Excellent dedicated associates and partners. A partner led department with unquestionable availability. And will always get the best result without fuss or delays.’

‘Again, each member of the team is very approachable, very pleasant to deal with and straight talking. Each of them is fully on top of their brief and is very practical and pragmatic in terms of getting work done.’

‘Very friendly & approachable team that gives practical advice and are easy to work with.’

‘I have worked with MHC for a number of years now and have always found them to be very professional, while being very approachable and friendly. Their advice is second to none and I would trust them to deal with any matter referred to them.’

‘Extremely capable of getting to the bottom of complex legal issues and explaining them in layman’s terms to both client and insurance company. I find the partners extremely approachable, more than willing to assist with any queries. I have experienced a high level of success in settling claims alongside MHC over the years – I work predominately with Rachel Kavanagh. I have known and worked alongside Rachel since 2008 – I have a huge amount of respect for her as a solicitor. From settling very large cases with Rachel to seeing her deal directly with major clients in the Irish market, she has been a huge influence on me over the years. A pleasure to deal with.’

‘I work predominantly with Rachel Kavanagh and Deirdre Munnelly. They are a pleasure to work with. They have a strong teamwork ethic and stand up for their partners in any negotiation.’

‘Deirdre Munnelly – provides not only sound and specific advice, always makes herself available to assist outside the perimeter of a specific claim and would be happy to help with additional learnings or information we may require.’

Key clients

Zurich

Aon Claims Management

Tesco Ireland Limited

Musgrave

Lidl Ireland GmbH

Chubb

Davies Ireland

Intel

Allianz

State Claims Agency

Matheson

Matheson has a highly developed corporate insurance and insurance disputes practice with excellent connections to the London market, thanks to its solid presence there through insurance disputes partner Sharon Daly. The overall team continues to impress in insurance M&A and business combinations, portfolio transfers and business reorganisations. Corporate governance and regulatory issues are also central to the practice. Darren Maher heads the team and is highly rated in the industry. April McClements  is a key insurance disputes partner and Cork partner Gráinne Callanan has made a big impression in corporate and regulatory insurance. Liam Flynn left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Darren Maher; April McClements; Sharon Daly

Other key lawyers:

Gráinne Callanan; Kieran O’Sullivan; Eoin Shiel

Testimonials

‘The insurance team are excellent. Their technical knowledge and experience is really impressive and they are good at delivering commercial advice and understanding the risks. The team are great collaborators.’

‘The team are very good technically and very good collaborators.’

‘Expert knowledge in this very specialised area. Also are very practical and approachable.’

‘Darren Maher is top class. His negotiation skills and expertise really contributed to the success of the transaction for us. Eoin Shiel is excellent also and really got to grips with the transaction and had in depth expertise and knowledge.’

‘Darren Maher and Kieran O’Sullivan. Darren is lead partner and is simply top in his field. Kieran has an extremely good working knowledge of new laws and regulations.’

‘Darren Maher – is a leader in the field. I trust his advice and more importantly value his pragmatism. He understands that firms do not want a recital of the law but practical advice that can be implemented in the real world.’

‘Darren Maher, head of the firm’s financial institutions group, is one of the best informed and connected insurance specialists in Ireland. He has encyclopaedic knowledge and deep understanding of the relevant laws and regulations, and his advice is always pragmatic and commercial. A quality act and genuine safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

Monument Assurance DAC

Aon Group

AmTrust International Underwriters DAC

Life Company Consolidation Group (Utmost)

Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited

Utmost Ireland DAC

Axis Speciality Europe SE

Travelers Companies, Inc.

Royal London

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office PLC

United Health Group Inc.

Aviva

Compre Holdings Limited

PartnerRe Ireland Insurance DAC

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

FBD Insurance PLC

Swiss Mobiliar

Monument Assurance DAC

Work highlights

  • Advised Intact on its acquisition of RSA Insurance Group plc.
  • Advised WTW on all Irish corporate law aspects of its $76bn business combination with Aon plc.
  • Assisted the Monument Re Group with three distinct and significant intra-group portfolio transfers, two into Monument Life Insurance DAC and one into Monument Assurance Luxembourg S.A.

McCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP‘s sizeable and experienced team has an extensive record in M&A, business combinations, joint ventures, portfolio sales, regulatory engagements and contentious matters, including professional indemnity claims. It has continued to add a number of major international insurers to its client base. In the contentious field, the firm has been active in business interruption cover cases. Darragh Murphy leads the insurance group and has an outstanding reputation in the regulatory field. Brian Quigley and Roddy Bourke are prominent figures in insurance litigation, including professional indemnity claims and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Darragh Murphy; Brian Quigley; Roddy Bourke

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘My go-to law firm in Ireland for insurance and regulatory.’

‘They have commercial vision, significant experience in complex transactions, depth of team, financial services and insurance expertise as well as extensive knowledge of the Irish financial services regulatory environment. They are creative in their thinking in terms of finding solutions and handle any cross border aspects of transactions with confidence, ease and commerciality.’

‘Darragh Murphy is extremely service oriented.’

‘Darragh Murphy has acted for us in numerous matters. He was pragmatic and very commercial on a reinsurance treaty negotiation. There were a number of complexities with this matter which were skilfully handled and a deal was reached without delay. Donnchadh O’Collatain, an associate, has supported Darragh on a number of matters. He is also very commercial and knowledgeable.’

‘I have been involved with Brian Quigley and his team in a complex myriad of cases relating to business interruption cases against a host of Insurance Companies. Their in-depth knowledge of complex matters and focus on keeping the client fully appraised, has been a breath of fresh air.’

‘I have instructed all the large firms in Ireland, but Brian Quigley of McCann Fitzgerald stands head and shoulders above the rest, for his no-nonsense and commercial approach to complex litigation.’

‘Alan Fuller was excellent as the lead partner on a joint venture matter. He was very responsive and commercial and kept the momentum on the transaction. Claire Gillett, an associate, supported this transaction. She was also very commercial and responsive.

‘Both David Lydon and Sean Barton are experienced, competent and user friendly.’

Key clients

Loyola Group and Chris Kelly Group

MetLife Europe dac and related companies

Irish Life Assurance plc and related companies

Aviva Insurance Ireland DAC

CBL Insurance Europe dac

The Voluntary Health Insurance Board (Vhi)

State Claims Agency

Qover SA

MML Growth Capital Limited

Apax Partners – acquisition of PIB Group

Zurich Insurance and related companies

Hansard Europe DAC

Generali Insurance AG

XL Insurance Company SE

Monument Re

Chubb Insurance Company of Europe SA

White Horse Insurance Ireland dac

AIG Europe SA

Allianz plc

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel to the Great West Lifeco Group in the proposed establishment of a life and pensions joint venture with Allied Irish Banks plc.
  • Engaged by Aviva to provide it with detailed regulatory advices on the amendments to consumer insurance contracts pursuant to the Consumer Insurance Contracts Act and the effect this would have on Aviva’s business and process flows.

William Fry

William Fry's outstanding reputation in financial services remains undiminished. The firm's focus on insurance and reinsurance over the decades is renowned and it has continued to set the benchmark in evolving areas such as ESG insurance and insurtech. It represents most of the leading local market insurers and also employs an actuarial consultant within the team to assist with transactional and compliance engagements. Paul Convery leads the insurance dispute resolution team, which is widely recognised for professional indemnity, product liability and D&O claims, among others. Eoin Caulfield and John Larkin co-head the insurance and reinsurance group, and are both noted for their transactional and regulatory expertise.

Practice head(s):

Eoin Caulfield; John Larkin

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘William Fry have by far the strongest insurance legal team in Ireland. They have provided excellent support for start-ups and the subsequent disposal of 51% of share capital to create a complex joint venture and on all occasions have made it much easier for us the client with professional in-depth advice covering all aspects of business, regulation, company law etc.’

‘The team is one of the leading firms advising on insurance matters in the Irish market. It has a depth of expertise amongst the best and has advised on many of the big ticket transactions in the market in recent years. It is well suited to advising on larger, more complex insurance transactions and regulatory matters.’

‘Eoin Caulfield is the stand out partner in the practice. Originally from a corporate law background he has an excellent combination of transactional experience combined with a through understanding of the law and regulations applicable in the Irish market. In addition, he has excellent international contacts which are very useful in the context of cross-border deals.’

‘Eoin Cauldfield has provided expert guidance at all stages of our development from the initial formation and authorisation of the companies, expansion in to 11 European markets, creation of a joint venture and disposal of 51% of the share capital and all routine aspects. In my latest role as CEO of another company he has provided expert advice and guidance on several matters including for example portfolio transfers in and out.’

Key clients

AXA

Apollo Global Management LLC

Phoenix Group

Companjon Arch

Eni Insurance

SCOR Group

McGill Insurance

Allianz

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

RGA

Fairfax

Catalina

Canada Life

Enstar Group

Watford Insurance Company Europe Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Phoenix Group Holdings plc on the recently 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 holdings.
  • Advised Phoenix Group Holdings plc on its acquisition of the ReAssure Group (which includes Ark Life Assurance DAC) from Swiss Re and MS&AD Insurance.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The group divides its insurance practice between contentious and regulatory matters. The regulatory side includes numerous transaction-driven engagements, notably a steady stream of acquisitions and disposals, along with contractual arrangements linked to Brexit and compliance engagements linked to the growth of fintech. On the contentious front, the firm has a solid record in major professional negligence cases and policy disputes. Garrett Miller leads the insurance regulation group and David Cantrell is hugely experienced in insurance disputes, notably professional negligence and commercial cases. Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin is an emerging dispute resolution specialist with a strong track record in the insurance sector.

Practice head(s):

Garrett Miller

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘An intimate knowledge understanding and history of our singular business model, that they utilise to great effect in providing the excellent legal advice and service.’

‘Most of my engagements are with one individual within the legal practice, Garrett Miller. Garrett is professional, knowledgeable, responsive, thorough, insightful, creative, practical and pragmatic, a clear communicator both verbal and written, and last but not least, he is very personable.’

‘Garrett Miller stands out as a top performer on insurance matters. Garrett is very solution orientated with excellent client service.’

‘Garrett Miller provides a very client focused approach, always providing prompt advice and looking to accommodate our requirements.’

Key clients

Leaseplan 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

  • Advised Credit Agricole Creditor Insurance on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Finaref RD (a French non life insurer of the CAA Group) and the subsequent merger of Finaref RD into CACI by way of a cross-border merger.
  • Advised ECCU Assurance DAC on the introduction of a new mortgage protection product offering in 2020 to consumers, the first time that this insurer fell within the remit of consumer regulation.
  • Acted on behalf of Red Flag and its insurers, public relations company and a number of its officers and employees in defamation proceedings brought against them by businessman, Denis O’ Brien.

Beale & Co LLP

Beale & Co LLP is a specialist insurance firm that represents insurers and policy holders, most notably in professional negligence claims, particularly in the construction, engineering and infrastructure sectors. It also has experience in employers' liability, public liability, D&O, and data protection and cyber cases. The casualty practice, which includes employer's liability and public liability, has experienced considerable growth over the last three years. Managing partner Tara Cosgrove leads the team and has an extensive record in professional negligence, along with Niamh Loughran, Sarah Conroy and Martin Browne.

Practice head(s):

Tara Cosgrove; Niamh Loughran; Sarah Conroy; Martin Browne

Testimonials

‘All of the team are extremely knowledgeable in their field. They communicate with both us and each other well. They are first with news and offer good training via email and updates by webinar too. Matters are dealt with promptly.’

‘They are invested in their work and they continue to provide us with insight and information as and when it becomes available. Their ability to maintain client relationships is second to none.’

‘The team at Beales provide an excellent all-round service.’

‘Tara Cosgrove provides an exceptional service. Her legal knowledge and experience is immense and she always provides diligent, commercially sensitive, common sense advice. She is also a pleasure to work with.’

‘Niamh Loughran provides an excellent service. She is a knowledgeable, experienced and commercially savvy lawyer, and always great to work with.’

‘Martin Browne is an excellent solicitor. Engaging, experienced and finger on the pulse on all current legal trends.’

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

DAC Beachcroft Dublin

DAC Beachcroft Dublin has a fast-developing insurance defence team in Dublin, that is able to leverage the reputation and resources of the UK and international offices, including the ability to tap into London market expertise and knowledge. The Dublin team now comprises over 30 insurance litigators with a particularly strong standing in personal injury and medical malpractice claims, along with professional indemnity and corporate liability. Noreen Howard leads the insurance specialty group with a focus on professional indemnity. James Colville heads the personal injury team, which includes John Sheehy. Niamh McKeever spearheads the healthcare and medical malpractice department.

Practice head(s):

Noreen Howard; James Colville; Niamh McKeever

Other key lawyers:

John Sheehy; Louise O’Reilly; David Kennedy

Testimonials

‘Very few firms in Ireland instil confidence when dealing with claims but DACB are a very safe pair of hands and have dealt with claims efficiently and quickly bearing in mind the delays of the Irish jurisdiction.’

‘DAC Beachcroft (DACB) have consistently demonstrated an ability to provide a quality service on a range of complex matters from both a defence and coverage perspective. Importantly they are always available either via phone or video conference calls to help discuss solutions and future strategy. This includes the partners and appropriate associates. DACB always return calls/ emails as efficiently as any other service provider and this extends across all members of their team. DACB have consistently billed in a consistent manner which makes this process straightforward.’

‘An excellent all round firm that holds such strength and diversity within the group – Excellent use of team which brings for efficiency and productivity.’

‘Noreen Howard – Supervising Partner on a number of complex IFL files. Demonstrates an excellent understanding of the Irish legal system which assists me devise and develop future strategy. Always available for a call to discuss various aspects of the files.’

‘James Colville – someone who leaves a client feeling valued, is not relied upon for all of the answers and looks at each case with an open mind and also the end in mind.’

‘John Sheehy – A wealth of knowledge which brings such confidence when working alongside him and his team. Always makes himself available no matter how busy he is and produces excellent advices’

‘Louise O’Reilly – Demonstrates an deep understanding of the legal system as well as analytical skills by addressing Coverage queries when they arise. Excellent lines of communication and is always available to discuss files when necessary and acts on instructions in a very efficient manner. Louise gives the impression that we are her only client which is obviously not the case!’

‘David Kennedy – has provided an excellent service on both IFL and recent casualty files. David is always available to discuss strategy/ queries on files which is crucial to progressing files at the appropriate time. David always acts upon instructions in a timely manner and demonstrates a very good technical knowledge of the files he deals with.’

Key clients

Zurich

RSA

AXA XL

Medical Defence Union (MDU)

Beazley

Medical Protection Liability Company (MPLC)

Allied World

Aspen

Allianz

Tokio Marine Kiln

QBE

MS Amlin

United Parcel Service

Inter Hannover

Riverstone

Sompo International Insurance Ltd

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace's wide-ranging insurance practice covers transactions and contractual arrangements, regulatory matters and insurance defence engagements. The firm is particularly noted for insurance disputes, including professional indemnity claims, maritime and transport-related disputes, and business interruption cover cases. Experienced litigator John Doyle  heads the department, which includes consultant Kieran Cowhey, a specialist in aviation and product liability cases. Fellow consultant Andrew Bates and partner Keith Waine  are prominent figures in insurance regulatory issues. John O’Riordan and Peter Bredin are key names for professional indemnity, product liability, business interruption and coverage disputes.

Practice head(s):

John Doyle: Keith Waine

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘They know us well and are very prompt in their delivery of good, informed, and competitively priced, advice.’

‘Their in-depth understanding of our business and their understanding of market practices at peer companies so as to give us their most informed advice.’

‘Strong knowledge and experience and a willingness to refer complex cases / issues for other opinion(s) where this might be of benefit.’

‘David Kavanagh – willing to go the extra mile in terms of client service (attend meetings, provide detailed opinions on side issues to a case, etc.).’

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

  • Acted for an insurer in relation to disputes concerning its liability for business interruption claims amounting to approximately €60m by policyholders whose businesses had 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.
  • Advised We2Sure on an innovative parametric insurance business model, including its acquisition of an insurance intermediary, funding arrangements and distribution plans.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland‘s insurance practice has expanded and evolved significantly in the last two years, now considerably broader than its traditional focus on claims handling. Advisory, compliance, and risk and litigation cost mitigation form a major part of its outlook today. It has landed a series of big-ticket financial services regulatory engagements, large-scale professional negligence matters in financial services and healthcare, D&O claims, personal injury cases, and financial lines disputes. Aisling Gannon is key in insurance cases for healthcare providers and clinical staff. Stephen Barry is also rated for financial lines and professional negligence cases, as is Pamela O’Neill for regulatory disputes and investigations. Dermot McEvoy is hugely experienced in insurance claims in the real estate and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):

Aisling Gannon; Pamela O’Neill; Peter Fahy

Other key lawyers:

Norman Fitzgerald; Stephen Barry; Dermot McEvoy

Testimonials

‘We have been working with Eversheds for a number of years now on various topics including a very complex construction, insurance topic. The main advantage we have seen with Eversheds is the staff consistency, that understand our organisation and how we work. Consistency to us has been key to a successful relationship.’

Key clients

Swiss Re and Munich Re

IPB, AON and ACE

Allianz

Guarantee Protection Insurance Limited

AIG

RSA

XL Catlin/AXA Insurance

Berkshire Hathaway

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Royal London Group

Aon

Mercer

Marsh

Legal & General

EY

AA Ireland

Norman Thompson Insurances Ltd and Norman Thompson

Life & Pensions Ltd

Hayes Solicitors LLP

Hayes Solicitors LLP‘s firm-wide emphasis on healthcare provides it with the basis for a thriving clinical defence litigation practice, which includes catastrophic medical negligence cases and high-volume claims. It has represented the State Claims Agency and the Medical Protection Society for many years. Product liability, employer’s liability and public liability are also fortes for the team. Robbie Slattery was promoted to partner in May 2021 and has made an excellent impression on clients. Head of litigation Joe O’Malley continues to be highly rated. Mary Hough leads the healthcare litigation group.

Practice head(s):

Joe O’Malley; Mary Hough

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Hayes Solicitors offer a diverse team of lawyers with experience and expertise in all areas of insurance litigation. They are able to draw on every skill required to meet clients’ needs.’

‘Hayes lawyers are unique in that they draw from incredible depths of knowledge and expertise in this area. They offer expert, innovative legal advice to insurers, reinsurers and other service providers in the industry.’

‘Hayes consistently deliver for their clients in providing top quality legal advice and services.’

‘Robbie Slattery is one of the best solicitors in Ireland. His analysis of cases and comprehensive approach is quite simply excellent.’

Robbie Slattery is an excellent solicitor and also an excellent lawyer, who has an excellent grasp of complex legal issues and gives considered and valuable advice to his clients.

‘Joe O’Malley is a first class litigator. In my opinion, he is one of the best in the country in his field. He works hard and has a very good overall understanding of his cases but what sets him apart from others are his shrewd judgment and proactive approach to problem solving.’

‘Joe O’Malley is easily one of the best solicitors in Ireland. He seems to have infinite capacity and always secures his clients’ interests.’

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection Limited

Veterinary Defence Society

Primark

The Irish Times

Bank of Ireland

Investec

Unilever

Work highlights

  • Represented the State Claims Agency in high-profile proceedings in relation to Pandemrix, Magdalene Laundries and Air Corps Chemical Exposure cases.
  • Represented Irish Vets indemnified by The Veterinary Defence Society, a mutual insurance company, in the context of professional disciplinary proceedings.

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Holmes O’Malley Sexton has a wide ranging insurance practice, principally operating in the contentious field. It has a London office, providing it with additional links to the London Market, along with its established teams in Limerick and Dublin. The firm has extensive experience in defending clients in motor and property damage claims, along with personal injury, policy coverage disputes, business interruption claims, cyber cases and D&O disputes. Managing partner Harry Fehily is hugely experienced and continues to make an impression in big-ticket matters such as business interruption claims. Robert Kennedy and Terry Heaney are noted for personal injury, including catastrophic injury, along with professional and medical negligence claims. Donal Creaton is another expert in professional negligence cases, notably defending claims against barristers. Michael Murphy is also recognised for financial lines and cyber claims.

Practice head(s):

Robert Kennedy; Harry Fehily; Donal Creaton

Other key lawyers:

Terry Heaney; Michael Murphy; Anna Owens; Wayne Finn; Audrey Browne; Triona Walsh; Marguerite Seymour

Testimonials

‘This firm offers a comprehensive legal service & is able to meet all our company requirements. These are mainly in respect of personal injury litigation where attention to detail & awareness of practical realities are vital. Above all pragmatism & an eye on economics are key factors which are demonstrated. They are willing to go the extra mile when required.’

‘Holmes O’Malley Sexton provide a team of legal professional lawyers 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.’

‘Harry Fehily – skilled problem solver. Michael Murphy – Analytical mind and impressive negotiator. Marguerite Seymour -comprehensive and timely advices; great attention to detail.’

‘Robert Kennedy – A go to person and one who has an innate ability to make you feel at ease no matter what the issue is. He has a wonderful knowledge of the industry and provides advice in a clear and concise manner.’

‘Donal Creaton is a Partner specialising in defence litigation including catastrophic injury claims who provides our organisation, insurer principals and self insured principals with exceptional, valued knowledge, experience and accurate advice and recommendations. Donal is extremely highly regarded within the market being a most pragmatic, realistic and sensible point of reference. Excellent negotiation ability and a more than safe pair of hands with an open door approach to clients.’

‘Wayne Finn is a partner who also specialises in defence litigation including catastrophic injury claims. A lawyer with considerable personal injury defence experience with who we are most impressed in relation to the extent of his knowledge, experience, capability, diligence, accuracy, realistic approach and exceptional level of service and engagement.’

‘Donal Creaton, Audrey Browne, Wayne Finn and Triona Walsh are the main solicitors for us and with their collaborative approach which is all consuming and so effective. Always there to answer our call what ever the issue is. They provide excellent training to our staff and very flexible to meet our customer needs.’

‘Audrey Brown is a senior solicitor who fully comprehends our business requirements and at all times provides a very high quality of service. A most focused, diligent, dependable and capable lawyer.’

Key clients

AXA Insurance DAC

Liberty Seguros Compania De Seguros y Reaseguro, S.A. trading as Liberty Insurance

Zurich Insurance plc

Larmour Investigations

AIG Europe DAC

Davies Group

AmTrust International Underwriters DAC

Patrona Underwriting lTD

MS Amlin

Lidl Ireland GmbH

RSA Insurance Ireland dac

Go Ahead Group PLC

AXA XL

NewLine

Work highlights

  • Dealt with four claims arising out of a fatal collision which together attracted over €1.1m million in damages.
  • Acted for the client in an appeal against the judgment and order of Cross J refusing discovery of certain medical records of the plaintiff in the context of a personal injury action.
  • Represented Elite Insurances in the defence of a claim for personal injuries arising out of a fall at a licensed premises.

Kennedys

Kennedys has made a further impression in headline and seminal cases, including financial lines, D&O, medical, product liability and professional negligence cases. It represents some of the biggest insurers in the market. Andrew McGahey is an experienced figure in financial lines and environmental insurance, Noel Devins is a key name in construction and employment-related cases, Joanne O’Sullivan is noted for healthcare and clinical negligence claims, and Hugh Kennedy for shipping and commercial insurance.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McGahey

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

ELK Fertighaus AG

MDO Management Company SA

Securitas Security Services Limited

IN2 Engineering Design Partnership

Cornmarket Financial Services

Medlab Pathology Limited

Electric Insurance Company

Inditex Re

CPL Management Solutions

SIMS Clinic

Midland Radio

Securitas Security Services Ireland

JD Wetherspoon

Tipp FM

JD Sports

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Medlab in the Supreme Court on the seminal issue of recoverability in cases involving a terminally ill patient (Ruth Morrissey (now deceased)), where the patient claimed fatal accident type damages.
  • Acted for COSCO & China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association in Admiralty Court proceedings following a collision between a COSCO vessel and a large 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 (two substantial Irish food companies), in a case arising from damage caused to their produce following a serious racking collapse in a refrigerated coldstore warehouse.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has made significant inroads into the wider insurance market, building on its history in solicitors’ professional indemnity cases, for which insurance disputes head Shane Neville is a prominent figure. Having leveraged the London connections of Ian Lavelle, who previously practised there for many years, the firm has achieved additional prominence in medical malpractice and construction. Eamon Jones is another senior insurance disputes specialist with extensive experience. Michael Kavanagh  left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jill Callanan; Shane Neville

Other key lawyers:

Ian Lavelle; Eamon Jones

Testimonials

‘LK Shields are an accomplished firm who have assisted us for many years. I have found all of their solicitors are experienced in complex issues and are extremely proactive with our cases.’

‘The LK Shields Solicitors LLP team maintain a client centric approach, representing that of a business partner with the emphasis on adding value by providing the highest quality legal advice and representation in a manner that is commercially focused and tailored to each particular client need. This coupled with the significant experience across the firm presents the optimum solution for each individual client.’

‘The LK Shields Solicitors LLP Insurance Disputes team, led by Shane Neville, demonstrate a clear understanding of insurance company client needs. The extensive experience across the entire team on all matters relating to insurance litigation, both core traditional classes of insurance and emerging insurance products is a key differentiator for the firm.’

‘Shane Neville is an exceptional lawyer who leaves no stone unturned for clients when reviewing matters. You are in safe hands with Shane Neville.’

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE

Liberty Seguros, Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros, S.A. trading as Liberty Insurance

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

Ronan Daly Jermyn LLP

Ronan Daly Jermyn LLP has a large team dedicated to the insurance sector, covering a variety of key areas, including casualty and liability segments, and professional indemnity claims. It has an extensive presence in the professional indemnity field, representing many of the big insurers in Ireland. Through London partner Uilliam Ó Lorcáin it has strong links to the London Market. Fergus LongRichard Martin and Jamie Olden are recognised authorities in professional indemnity, and Ricky Kelly is at the forefront of cyber and data protection cases. Peter Lennon heads up the aviation disputes group.

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; Jennifer Noctor; Brendan O’Connell

Testimonials

‘There is excellent level of detailed knowledge within the team, each are experts in their field and so the practice is able to draw on many experienced individuals in order to help clients. This internal knowledge base means that we get very quick efficient and cost effective advice and service when required. The practice have access to the best of staff and best of external experts to assist in any case required.

RDJ operate to a high standard and continually deliver on their reporting requirements. They strive to keep the client fully involved in the process and on board with strategy and are always available to talk through any concerns. Their focus and specialist knowledge in chosen sectors has enabled them to provide valuable support and advice on risk management to individual clients and to share lessons learned through broader industry engagement.

The Team at RDJ provide an exceptional service. They have a deep experience and understanding of the legal landscape – I recommend!

The fact that Richard Martin is the managing partner of a very busy firm does not detract from the excellent level of personal service that Richard provides, always available to take a call or have a meeting and if not then always expect a return call within a short time period, always the same day. His level of experience and knowledge and people skills are a credit to the practice. The same can be said of Uilliam O’Lorcain whom I work with the most within the practice, the simple things are always done 100% correctly 100% of the time, the level of expertise coupled with a great desire to make sure that clients needs are catered for make the difference for me when I consider other practices.

‘Uilliam O’Lorcain is a superlative lawyer. He is highly experienced and knowledgeable, and always provides diligent, commercially savvy and common sense advice. He is also a pleasure to work with.’

Jamie Olden – skilled negotiator and insurance law specialist. Finds innovative solutions to complex legal problems. Jennifer Noctor – has great attention to detail and provides excellent advices in relation to strategy.

‘Donal Twomey is an impressive and dedicated individual who has a wealth of experience in dispute resolution and an in-depth understanding of the sectors he operates in. Donal adopts a very sensible and pragmatic approach whilst also understanding the need to support clients through the litigation process. A very knowledgeable, personable and trustworthy solicitor.’

‘I deal solely with Brendan O’Connell who is very proactive, personable and has a wealth of knowledge in his field. Brendan is keen to bring any matters to a prompt and cost effective conclusion in order to deliver the best service to his clients.’

Key clients

RSA

Hiscox Insurance

State Claims Agency

Zurich Insurance

Europa General Underwriters Limited

Arch Insurance

Axis

Allianz

Liberty Insurance Company (Ireland)

AXA XL

Work highlights

  • Advised RSA on a large and significant policy interpretation dispute involving two insurers (RSA and Zurich) concerning compulsory motor insurance and employers liability insurance.
  • Providing exclusive 24/7 critical incident response services to Hiscox customers, including end-to-end investigation, management and mitigation of cyber security and personal data breaches.
  • Instructed in relation to the defence of numerous connected Circuit Court claims where claimant data subjects are seeking damages for material and non-material loss arising from breaches of the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Beauchamps LLP

Beauchamps LLP is principally known for professional indemnity cases, including those involving solicitors, accountants, architects, quantity surveyors and engineers, among others. The team has experienced particular growth in construction industry claims, notably cases against architects, engineers, surveyors and building contractors. Head of the litigation and dispute resolution department Emma Keegan and newly promoted partner Ciara Murphy are the senior individuals in the team; Murphy has a primary focus on professional indemnity, personal injury and product liability.

Practice head(s):

Emma Keegan; Ciara Murphy

Testimonials

‘Commercial and very responsive team.’

‘Beauchamps think outside the box and provide clever and quick solutions to complex issues on a regular basis. They are extremely proactive in their work.’

‘Ciara Murphy is easily accessible, approachable, sensible and most importantly commercially focused. She is a pleasure to work with and I would have no hesitation recommending her to others.’

‘Ciara Murphy is a great lawyer and offers great service at a reasonable fee.’

‘Very well led by Emma Keegan. Emma is very practical and has a real client focus. Special mention also to Ciara Murphy who is exceptional.’

‘Emma Keegan is great – she is very client-focused and pragmatic offering solutions. She is always available to help.’

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality

Grant Thornton

Randal & Quilter Investment Holdings

Leinster Overview Concepts Limited t/a Sean’s Bar

Work highlights

  • Acted for the client in a successful prosecution on behalf of Sean’s Bar, Ireland’s oldest pub, in a heavily contested landmark High Court claim against Ireland’s largest domestic insurer FBD Insurance Plc.
  • Defended an insured solicitor in proceedings issued by a former client concerning a multimillion-euro mixed residential and commercial development.
  • Defended an insured solicitor in proceedings issued by a financial institution for failure to comply with an undertaking to register security in respect of several properties.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP's broad capabilities are deployed across the spectrum of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. It has a fine reputation in the healthcare and environmental segments, and has experienced a steady increase in dispute-related engagements. Jon Legorburu heads the litigation and dispute resolution team and leads the insurance group and litigation partner Mark O’Shaughnessy has a strong background in the insurance sector, including in the environmental sphere.

Practice head(s):

Jon Legorburu; Mark O’Shaughnessy

Key clients

Environmental Protection Agency

Griffin Group Hotels Limited

Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman

Work highlights

  • Advised the Environmental Protection Agency on all Environmental Impairment Liability insurance policies for hazardous waste transfer facilities, high risk contaminated lands and incineration waste facilities in Ireland which are regulated by the EPA.
  • Advised the Environmental Protection Agency on actively engaging with the insurance industry on legal, commercial and practical issues arising from Environmental Impairment Liability (EIL) policies.

Carson McDowell

Carson McDowell has continued to develop its Dublin practice following the appointment of Sinéad Keavey as head of the office in November 2020. She is building an offering that leverages the expertise of other senior colleagues that split their time between the firm’s Belfast headquarters and its office in Dublin; this includes Jacqueline McAleese, the head of clinical claims, and clinical negligence specialist Claire Harmer. Personal injury, employer’s liability and public liability claims are also a forte for the team.

Practice head(s):

Roger McMillan; Jacqueline McAleese; Sinéad Keavey; Claire Harmer

Other key lawyers:

Cathal O’Neill; Sam Francey

Testimonials

‘Very efficient, client focused firm. High standard of partners and associates. The detail and clarity of instructions to barristers is second to none.’

‘The team is very well managed and there is appropriate supervision of junior members of the team at all times. However, they are also utilised effectively. They are good at discerning what we as an organisation actually want and need from them and they respond appropriately. When necessary they work well with their IT colleagues to come up with solutions to assist. For example, during a recent trial their IT department brought monitors to court and set them up so that the other parties could look at medical scans in a meaningful way.’

‘Jacqueline McAleese is a thorough, excellent and incredibly hardworking solicitor. She is a pleasure to work with and for. She utilises a collaborative approach to solving problems arising during the course of litigation. She is smart and practical and a true people person.

‘Jacqueline McAleese is an extremely capable lawyer- one of the best I have come across. She is forensic and insightful in her analysis of cases and yet at the same time she is friendly and easy to work with. She always tries to take the pressure off those instructing her. She is definitely someone you would want on your side.’

‘Principally I deal with Claire Harmer. She is always prepared to go the extra mile. Her technical knowledge of personal injury litigation is first class. Claire communicates in detail and regularly. She has good social skills and relates well to our clients. Cathal O’Neill is also an excellent solicitor, particularly in handling liability claims and NIHL cases. He is also prepared to take on board our views and that of the client.’

‘Claire Harmer: exceptional, expert and always available.’

‘Cathal O’Neill: exceptional in knowledge and response times.’

‘Sam Francey is very smart, responsive, always available and very hard working. He is a pleasure to work for.’

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

Weightmans

Willis Towers Watson

Sedgwick (formerly Cunningham Lindsey)

McLarens Loss Adjusters

Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP

Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP's insurance team is spread across its Cork and Dublin offices. The firm is particularly noted for medical negligence, professional negligence and personal injury cases. Key clients include the Health Service Executive and the State Claims Agency, along with a number of major insurers and insureds. Eamon Harrington heads the healthcare and litigation departments, and frequently handles catastrophic medical negligence cases. Daniel McLoughlin has a fine record in employer's liability, public liability, and motor claims. Diarmuid Cunningham is noted for employer's liability, public liability, maritime and property claims.

Practice head(s):

Eamon Harrington; Daniel McLoughlin

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Comyn Kelleher Tobin think outside the box and provide clever and quick solutions to complex issues on a regular basis. They are extremely proactive in their work and have developed an excellent team that assist us on a weekly basis.’

‘Over many years we have developed a very close working relationship with the specialist healthcare insurance litigation team in Comyn Kelleher Tobin, who now manage the bulk of our healthcare litigation. For us, the hallmark of the CKT team is their ability to distil often complex issues of liability and causation into concise written advices.’

‘Eamon Harrington leads the team by example. A vastly experienced, pragmatic and commercially focused practitioner. He is always available and generous with his insights.

‘Patrice O’Keeffe is a very able and trusted partner. She is proactive, responsive and measured. We rely heavily on Patrice.’

‘Yvonne Joyce is a very strong performer who delivers consistently excellent advice. She is technically strong in areas like data protection, and the law on confidentiality and consent.’

‘Deborah Moore is superb, always available to assist.’

Key clients

Health Service Executive

State Claims Agency

Allianz insurance

Munich RE

Lloyds Insurer

KennCo Underwriting Ltd

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Cork County Council

Medisec

MedPro

DWF

DWF specialises in professional indemnity, especially financial lines and construction cases. Employer's liability, public liability and product liability are also areas of expertise. The firm represents a wide range of insurers and insureds. Daniel Scanlon has extensive domestic and international experience, with a particularly strong record in professional indemnity claims in the construction sector. Lorna McAuliffe and Adrian Flynn are also experienced members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Scanlon; Lorna McAuliffe; Adrian Flynn

Other key lawyers:

Sinead Ryan

Testimonials

‘Strong team, client driven.’

‘Tenacious and extremely supportive as well as very experienced and knowledgeable.’

‘Fast, approachable, obliging, pragmatic, efficient and realistic.’

‘In a jurisdiction that is foreign to us, Sinead Ryan expertly explains the issues and the differences that we might see, enabling us to make the correct decisions in a timely manner.’

Key clients

AXIS Specialty Europe

CFC

QBE

Van Ameyde

Square Mile Underwriting

Aspen Insurance

Phoenix Liability Services

Pen

Hiscox

Chubb

AXA XL / Catlin

Sompo

DHL

QIC (Europe) Limited

Newline Group

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE

TMHCC

Liberty

Starr International (Europe) Limited

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has a well developed insurance practice with extensive experience in personal injury, motor insurance, cyber breaches, public liability, D&O and employer's liability. Much of the practice centres on Killian O’Reilly .

Practice head(s):

Killian O’Reilly

Other key lawyers:

Neil Cahill

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher are very popular amongst the claims team as they are always available and they feel like they are part of the team. They provide excellent advice and their fees are reasonable. They have accommodated us with monthly review calls and are always at the other end of the phone.’

‘Killian O’Reilly is our main contact and he is a dream to deal with. He provides us with excellent knowledge and expertise but is also a friendly ear if the team have any concerns. Killian will assist no matter how minor the query may seem and is very popular amongst our claims team. Neil Cahill is a more recent addition to the Fieldfisher team and is already proving to be a wealth of knowledge and a friendly ear.’

Key clients

wEcclesiastical Insurance

XS Direct Insurance

AIG Insurance

FBD Insurance

Ryanair DAC (self-insured)

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Ryanair DAC in respect of its portfolio of self-insured employer’s liability claims.
  • Acted on behalf of AIG Insurance, the insurer, 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.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has a fast-developing insurance practice, particularly in the transactions field. Much credit should go to prominent insurance specialist Naoise Harnett, who is also noted for portfolio transfers and other regulatory matters, including Solvency II. Niall Campbell is 'a standout senior associate'.

Practice head(s):

Naoise Harnett

Other key lawyers:

Niall Campbell

Testimonials

‘Pinsent Masons are a superb firm, offering highly professional and business oriented legal advice.’

‘Pinsent Masons certainly feel part of the team, when engaged on projects. They constantly think ahead to the potential pitfalls to consider beforehand what areas can be addressed, or what might need an earlier review. Always available when needed throughout the process also.’

‘The team has a depth of knowledge of the Irish insurance market and regulatory landscape that is amongst the best in Ireland. They bring years of experience and are trusted advisors on complex issues where expertise and pragmatism is required. Whilst their capabilities extend to the full range of issues a (re)insurer may be confronted with, they have an added focus on insurtech and cross-border transactions (where they can draw on Pinsent Masons’ considerable international footprint).’

‘The experienced team certainly bring their knowledge to the table in a decisive way. Always available for a quick check-in which helps put the minds of key stakeholders at ease.’

‘Naoise Hartnett is the standout partner. Having worked at some of the leading domestic firms he know brings his expertise to an international law firm in Dublin that is very much focused on serving the Irish market. He has the unique quality of extensive knowledge combined with an ability to apply it in a practical manner.

‘Naoise Harnett is an expert in insurance law and regulation who has the ability to reduce complex technical issues with his professional and practical advice.’

‘Naoise Harnett stands out for his engagement, accessibility, market knowledge and focus on finding practical solutions. Great to work with, feels very much part of a project team rather than an external lawyer.’

‘Niall Campbell is the standout senior associate in the Irish market. His knowledge of the Irish regulatory landscape is unparalleled.’

Key clients

Athora Ireland plc

Royal London Insurance DAC

SCOR

Intesa Sanpaolo Life DAC

Livingbridge

Allianz Insurance plc

AXA Life Europe DAC, AXA Insurance DAC

Assurant

Swiss Re

Canada Life Re Ireland DAC

Work highlights

  • Advised Athora Ireland plc on the sale of its variable annuity book of business to Monument Life Insurance DAC by way of auction process and the subsequent Irish High Court auction process.
  • Advised Swiss Re Portfolio Partners S.A. on the EU and Irish regulatory aspects of the transfer by it of the outstanding liabilities on its run-off Irish private health insurance business to its Liechtenstein subsidiary, Elips VAG.
  • Advised SCOR Global Life Reinsurance Ireland DAC on the Irish insurance law and regulatory matters arising from offering its biological age model product structure to various categories of users in Ireland.