Insurance in Ireland

A&L Goodbody

With a practice spanning all areas of insurance law, A&L Goodbody's recent work includes the redomestication of an insurer between the UK and Ireland, as well as high-value contentious work, particularly in the healthcare sector. The team is jointly headed by Enda Hurley and the 'particularly excellent' James Grennan; the latter has substantial experience of corporate law related to insurance. He is valued by clients for his 'deep knowledge of the law and a commercial and pragmatic approach to legal problems'. The practice also includes the 'exceptional' Laura Mulleady, Liam Kennedy, and Cliona Christle, who is praised for her 'excellent client skills.' Senior associate Emma Martin is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

James Grennan; Enda Hurley

Testimonials

‘They are my go-to insurance team in Ireland.’

‘A&L Goodbody are a large firm with fantastic back-up staff for managing big cases.’

‘A&L Goodbody have advised on the lion’s share of transactions and regulator interactions in the market and are the go-to team for complex, high value work.’

‘Darren Nangle and James Grennan have delivered great service on a complex restrucuring. I have worked with James over many years and always found him responsive and creative, with a great knowledge of the insurance sector.’

‘James Grennan is particularly excellent. He is arguably the best insurance lawyer in the Irish market. His experience as a former corporate lawyer is also extremely useful in the context of corporate transactions. James has the perfect mix of a deep knowledge of the law and a commercial and pragmatic approach to legal problems – always seeing the issue from the client’s perspective and finding a solution if there is one to be found.’

‘Laura Mulleady is an exceptional partner: intuitive, technically brilliant and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Cliona Christle is one of the foremost practioners in tort law in particular the area of medical negligence cases, particularly, catastrophic injury cases in Ireland.’

‘Cliona Christle is an experienced medical negligence partner with excellent client skills. Roise Nic Ghrainne has come to the fore over the past few years and gained much knowledge and confidence.

Key clients

Aegon

Allianz

Aon

Arch Capital

Aviva Group

AXA Group

Bupa

Legal and General

Liberty Insurance

Navillus

Work highlights

  • Advised XL Insurance Company SE on moving its registered office from the UK to Ireland.
  • Represented a subsidiary of Smith & Nephew plc in the defence of numerous Irish product liability claims arising from orthopaedic hip implant devices.
  • Advising Liberty Mutual on the business transfer and merger of Liberty Insurance DAC into Liberty Seguros Compañía De Seguros Y Reaseguros, and the regulatory aspects of its acquisition of AmTrust’s global surety business.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox's insurance practice advises companies on complex matters including M&A, reorganisations, and establishment of insurers and reinsurers. Many of these transactions have cross-border aspects, and the firm is also active in contentious work. Jennifer McCarthy, who has 'extensive understanding of insurance market practice' heads the practice. David O’Donohoe is an experienced litigator and Joanelle O’Cleirigh is also active in the defense of insurers. Michael Twomey is another name to note. Former practice head Elizabeth Bothwell, who is 'genuinely top-notch at both M&A and insurance regulation' remains active in the team.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer McCarthy

Testimonials

‘The team are very responsive and approachable. They are happy to take an unscheduled call to run through a query which is very helpful. They have up to date knowledge and a pragmatic approach.’

‘Reliable and timely advices delivered in concise manner. Always pleasantly surprised by their understanding of how operations work in practice.’

‘I work mostly with Elizabeth Bothwell who always makes herself available and who is very clear and concise when providing any advice. Elizabeth will treat the most basic of questions with her full attention and no question is too silly to ask. She is very personable and approachable for someone at her level in the firm.’

‘Jennifer McCarthy is approachable, practical and knowledgeable. Jennifer makes you feel like you are her most valued client every time.’

‘The team are very responsive and approachable. They are happy to take an unscheduled call to run through a query which is very helpful. They have up to date knowledge and a pragmatic approach.’

‘Elizabeth Bothwell is genuinely top-notch at both M&A and insurance regulation, which is actually a very rare combination. Often runs rings around the big name firms based in London. She has a strong understanding of how insurance reg will impact M&A structures and how to navigate M&A hot spots with the regulator. She seems to have an instinctive understanding of the legal risk tolerance of re/insurers. Always reliable on our large strategic projects.’

‘Jennifer McCarthy is an excellent insurance regulatory lawyer. Particularly skilled at translating legal and regulatory advice into practical action which satisfies our internal risk tolerances. Really extensive understanding of insurance market practice and regulator perspectives, which is the insight we really approach her for. Insight and execution in the same partner are a great combination.’

‘They have really top-notch M&A capability and insurance reg capability – not all firms genuinely cover both bases. They take time to understand our deal structures and their implications. Arthur Cox genuinely add value on our transactions. A very responsive team, and they work really easily with our other advisers. Surprisingly efficient on costs given the quality and responsiveness of the team.’

Key clients

Swiss Re

RSA

Hiscox

AIG

Old Mutual

Axa

Allianz

New Ireland Assurance

Rothesay Life

Fortegra Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for the financial services group Old Mutual Group on the Irish aspects of its corporate reorganisation, and subsequent demerger of Old Mutual Wealth Management Ltd from Old Mutual plc and the IPO of Old Mutual Wealth Management Ltd.
  • Acting for Rothesay Life plc on its disposal of a €140m portfolio of Irish annuities to Monument Re.
  • Advising the Armour Group on the regulatory aspects of its joint venture investment with global equity fund Aquiline.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP fields 'an extremely strong team that delivers an excellent client focused service'; it handles claims and regulatory matters of high-value and significant complexity. The firm has been particularly active in high-profile litigation and handling cases with potential liabilities in the millions of euros. Its regulatory knowledge and experience has allowed it to handle matters involving approval from the Central Bank of Ireland. The practice is led by the 'extremely competent' Rachel Kavanagh. Deirdre Munnelly specialises in contentious matters, standing out for her 'attention to detail', while Ailbhe Gilvarry handles advisory work and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Kavanagh

Testimonials

‘I feel what makes this practice unique is the professionalism and the friendliness of the firm. The practice appears to be run as a tight ship as responses are prompt and thorough, the points of contact are always contactable and will call back when they say they will. This work ethic allows me to trust them as I know they are on top of things and nothing will slip past them.’

‘One of the best legal firms that we deal with. We have a dedicated team of Solicitors looking after our work, all of whom are professional, proactive, easy to deal with and above all else extremely competent at what they do.’

‘The individuals that I work with always come across calm and friendly. They always have time for their clients and are very accommodating. They adapt very well to their client’s requirements. I feel that special credit must be given to Laura Keane, Associate for her work ethic, quality of work, and being such a personable person and embodies all the above good things I have mentioned.’

‘Rachel Kavanagh is one of the best in defence litigation. Tenacious, fully committed and her infectious enthusiasm to provide a first class service is great to observe.’

Mason Hayes & Curran offer a broad base of expertise which surpasses other firms. They offer a willingness to engage on all levels which has helped build up long term relationships with clients and insurers. Their fee structure is very transparent, and they are extremely practical in regards to payment of the same.

‘The defence litigation team are an extremely professional and focussed team who listen carefully to the clients’ requirements and then go above and beyond to produce excellent results.’

‘Laura Keane and Rachel Kavanagh. Both offer exceptional service and broad knowledge of what is required to ensure the client’s best interests are protected. As our client base are effectively self insured they are very cost conscious and both Laura and Rachel approach the claims on the basis of real client money being spent. This is greatly appreciated by client and us.’

‘The level of service provided by MHC is second to none. Whilst the entire team are excellent, I would specifically reference Rachel Kavanagh and Deirdre Munnelly. They provide an attention to detail in what are always comprehensive advices and deal with our files to the very highest of standards.’

Key clients

Allianz

State Claims Agency

Tesco

Zurich

Chubb

Davies Ireland

Lidl

Musgrave

Intel

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cavan General Hospital on the instructions of the State Claims Agency in defending a catastrophic injuries case, with a claim in excess of €13m.
  • Acting for SDR Property Owners Management Company in High Court proceedings for widespread and major defects at the Spencer Dock Development.
  • Represented Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board in the defence of High Court proceedings issued against it and an individual arising from an incident which occurred on the Board’s property in 2012, with the case ending with the claim dismissed.

Matheson

Matheson's dedicated insurance law practice covers the spectrum of work in the space, handling contentious and non-contentious issues. The firm handled complex and long-running cases including Aviva's claim against the Electricity Supply Board related to the November 2009 floods in Cork City, as well as acting for Allied Irish Bank in insurance proceedings arising from fraudulent trading in its US subsidiaryThe 'highly efficient' April McClements leads the disputes team and Darren Maher heads the corporate insurance team, which also includes Gráinne Callanan. Sharon Daly relocated to the firm's London office.

Practice head(s):

April McClements; Darren Maher

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced with technical brillance. Deliver when they say they will with great results.’

‘Senior Associate Laura Pelly was exceptional. Sharp, user friendly, efficient and knowledgeable.’

‘April McClements very quickly becomes a technical expert in areas under litigation. She is a highly efficient lawyer.

Key clients

AIB

Aviva

AIG

Kenmare Resources

Utmost

Marsh

FM Global

Travelers

Beazley

Work highlights

  • Representing Aviva at the Supreme Court in a subrogation claim against the Electricity Supply Board arising from flooding in Cork City.
  • Acting for AIB in insurance coverage proceedings challenging the declinature of a claim under its fidelity insurance policy relating to losses arising from the fraudulent trading of an employee at a US subsidiary, in which AIB suffered losses of $691m.

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald's insurance team works alongside other teams within the firm, including corporate, employment, and disputes, to handle complex matters for insurers. Highlights included advising Assicurazioni Generali on the sale of elements of its pan-European life insurance business and assisting Monument Re with the acquisition of the Irish life insurance undertaking Inora Life DAC. The practice is led by Darragh Murphy, a 'strong and able regulatory lawyer', whose clients include MetLife, Zurich, and Monument Re. Roddy Bourke is head of the contentious side of the practice, while other specialists in contentious litigation include David Hurley and Helen Kilroy.

Practice head(s):

Darragh Murphy; Roddy Bourke

Testimonials

‘Very practical and commercially astute. Good insight into the operation of the Central Bank of Ireland. Nice mix of transactional and advisory lawyers.’

‘Darragh Murphy is a strong and able regulatory lawyer with good insight into the practical operation of the Irish regulated, financial services industry.’

‘They are responsive, competent, and easy to deal with.’

Key clients

MetLife Group

Great-West LifeCo/Irish Life

Zurich Insurance

Generali

Vhi Healthcare

Monument Re

CBL Insurance Europe

State Claims Agency

AIG

Allianz Insurance

AA Insurance

Quinn Direct

Work highlights

  • Advised MetLife Europe  on the disposal of a run-off portfolio of linked and traditional business in various European jurisdictions to Monument Re.
  • Acted for Assicurazioni Generali on the sale of elements of the Generali Group’s pan-European life business (Project Castel) and on the sale of Generali PanEurope dac (Project Clover).
  • Advised on the acquisition by Monument Re of an Irish life insurance undertaking (Inora Life DAC) with a portfolio of approximately 4,000 unit-linked products sold throughout the European Union from Société Générale.

William Fry

William Fry's insurance practice works with both insurers and reinsurers on complex, cross-border matters. In 2019, the firm handled matters ranging from advising on acquisitions in the insurance space, assisting quasi-statutory organisations with legislative changes, and acting for insurers on restructuring their obligations. The firm's workload also includes contentious cases as well as advisory work related to the changes in the insurance market as a result of Brexit. The practice is led by John Larkin, who has 'industry leading knowledge and a wealth of practical experience in Irish and European insurance matters', while Eoin Caulfield advises on transactions and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

John Larkin

Testimonials

‘Industry leading knowledge in the insurance practice.’

‘John Larkin has industry leading knowledge and a wealth of practical experience in Irish and European insurance matters. John’s calm demeanour, understanding of how theory relates to practice and ability to understand and translate clients’ issues are particularly valuable.’

‘They have enough capacity across a range of disciplines to support the wider business context.’

‘My main interactions have been with John Larkin, Catherine Carrigy, and Ted McGrath. All excellent.’

‘We have worked with multiple attorneys and departments within William Fry and have found that all of those attorneys possess in-depth knowledge of the Irish regulatory market and provide advice from a practical point of view.’

‘They respond in a timely and thorough manner and provide valuable insights. They also raise considerations that we may not have thought of. John Larkin has been exceptional in helping us navigate through complex Brexit-related issues. He always finds time to make himself available to us. His associates are also very knowledgeable. John O’Connor has also helped us with GDPR compliance issues, as well as his associate Nicole Fitzpatrick.’

Key clients

Athora Group

Phoenix Group

AXA

SCOR Group

Apollo Global Management

FBD Insurance

CNP Santander Insurance

Société Générale

Catalina

Enstar Group

Beazley Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for AXA S.A., as the seller, with a separate team in the firm advising, AXA Life Europe dac, as the target, on a transaction that resulted in private equity fund Cinven, contracting to acquire the target for a consideration of €925m.
  • Assisted the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI), a quasi-statutory organisation primarily tasked with the compensation of victims of road traffic accidents in Ireland, with a significant piece of Irish legislative reform, which would extend the MIBI’s function to the administration and management of a new motor industry insolvency compensation fund.
  • Acquisition of Aegon Ireland plc by Athora Life Re Ltd, a subsidiary of Athora Holding Ltd., as well as transfer of offshore bond business to Utmost Life (LCCG/Oaktree).

DAC Beachcroft Dublin

DAC Beachcroft Dublin's insurance team exclusively works with insurers to defend against claims. Their practice utilises Beachcroft's international network to advise on cross-border matters including travel insurance claims. It is also divided into sub-teams, covering areas including healthcare, defendant injury, travel, specialist insurance, and injury risk. In one highlight, James Colville acted for Zurich on dismantling a fraud ring. The specialist insurance team is led by Noreen Howard, who is 'very knowledgeable on professional negligence matters', and also includes senior associate Louise O’Reilly who has 'good reporting skills for insurer clients'. John Sheehy  heads the travel team and Niamh McKeever leads the healthcare and medical malpractice department.

Practice head(s):

Noreen Howard; James Colville; John Sheehy; Niamh McKeever

Testimonials

‘Noreen Howard and Louise O’Reilly have commercial understanding and good reporting skills for insurer clients.’

‘They have a strong offering for PI and D&O claims. They have good coverage knowledge and willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Very good attention to detail and a collaborative approach to handling. A good, prompt service and responsive.’

‘Noreen Howard is very personable and client focused. She is able to manage multi party issues with apparent ease. She takes a collaborative approach to handling claims and works well with both Insurer and Insured clients.’

‘The team that deal with professional negligence claims are customer-focused and always respond in a timely fashion to any queries raised. They are also available on the phone if necessary to address any queries. They display a strong technical knowledge and provide a clear plan of action for each file.’

‘Noreen Howard is very knowledgeable on professional negligence matters and demonstrates a keen attention to detail. Louise O’Reilly has assisted on a number of issues technical in nature both in terms of liability and policy response. Laurence Mulligan and Jackie Cunningham display good technical knowledge and keep insurers up to date on developments.’

Key clients

Aspen

AXA

AXA XL

Barbican

MS Amlin

RSA

Tokio Marine Kiln

W.R. Berkley

Zurich

Dual

Work highlights

  • Represented Zurich in a case involving multiple different accidents, and successfully dismantled a substantial fraud ring.
  • Acted for MS Amlin in an work-related injury case.
  • Acted for Dual in a work-related injury case, involving loss of earnings.

Dillon Eustace

With a team of 'very experienced and approachable partners', Dillon Eustace's insurance practice covers a wide range of insurance-related matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Its contentious work includes representing insurers in claims ranging from defamation, breaches of constitutional rights, and personal injury. In addition, it advises insurers on regulatory and commercial matters including solvency requirements and data protection. The regulatory side of the practice is led by Andrew Bates, who is 'a knowledgeable expert in this area', according to a major insurer, while the contentious side is led by Kieran Cowhey. John O’Riordan also handles a range of contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Kieran Cowhey; Andrew Bates

Testimonials

‘Great firm. Provide a very good service in defending us from insurance related litigation.’

‘Dillon Eustace offer an excellent service with easy access to their very experienced and approachable partners. They are familiar with all the relevant experts in their respective fields and advise on which expert to engage at the right time. They deal with all communication promptly and concisely and are more than capable of dealing with all variety of matters, from low level motor disputes to complex large losses. I would have no reservation in recommending Dillon Eustace to any operator in the insurance industry.’

‘The team in Dillon Eustace have a lot of experience and knowledge in this area. Due to the level of regulation in this area they are often advising our business on the various requirements.’

‘We have an excellent relationship with the firm. Notable individuals going the extra mile are Kieran Cowhey, Paul Breen and in particular John O’Riordan.’

‘I find David Kavanagh very through and professional at his job, but most importantly very approachable and available for advice or discussion about any case at any time. He is very flexible in his approach and always happy to go the extra yard to make sure the client is happy, for example attending client meetings on specific cases or providing written advices where required. His advice and negotiating skills are excellent.

‘Andrew Bates is our partner for Insurance. He is a knowledge expert in this area and is able to give us detailed insight on regulatory issues in this regard. His insight is extremely useful to us.’

‘David Kavanagh has excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a detailed knowledge of files and clients.’

‘David Kavanagh is an expert litigator with vast experience in defending personal injury actions, including RTAs, employer liability and public liability claims and product liability claims. He provides expert case analysis, case evaluation and tactics throughout the whole lifetime of the claim. His trial preparation is second to none and no avenue of a case is left unexplored. My professional dealings with David are nothing short of excellent and would recommend him and his firm Dillon Eustace to any in the insurance market.’

Key clients

Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland

RSA

AXA Insurance

Aviva

Allianz

FBD Insurance

Mediolanum International Life

Intesa San Paolo Life

AXA MPS Financial

AIG

AON

Amlin

Travelers

Liberty Insurance

Irish Public Bodies

Work highlights

  • Acted for RSA in five High Court cases brought by a barrister against members of certain committees of the Bar Council, the Barristers’ Professional Conduct Tribunal, and the Barristers’ Professional Conduct Appeals Board.
  • Assisted HFW, on behalf of a group of insurers, with Irish law aspects of a coverage dispute in the English Commercial Court concerning a claim for substantial damages under an aviation hull all risks policy.
  • Advising RSA on coverage issues arising from a fire at a private property in Dublin which destroyed the property and several neighbouring properties. Criminal proceedings have been brought against the policyholder in respect of the ignition of the fire.

Eugene F. Collins

'Extremely professional, diligent and knowledgable', Eugene F. Collins' insurance team is split into regulatory and contentious practices. Garrett Miller, 'a technical expert in this area of the law', leads the overall team, while David Cantrell and Terry Leggett specialise in litigation. In addition to providing ongoing advice to companies including ECCU Assurance DAC and Crédit Agricole Creditor Insurances Ireland, the firm is handling long-running litigation including its defence of Red Flag Consulting against businessman Denis O'Brien. Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin specialises in dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Garrett Miller

Testimonials

‘Their level of engagement is exceptional with hands on approach being adopted by the team. They are cognisant of speaking and relaying messages in layman’s terms. They are extremely professional, diligent and knowledgeable who have always responded in a timely manner. Their team has expanded to include multiple associates, which ensures there is a point of contact at all times to discuss a case or matter.’

‘Garrett Miller’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 as a regulated entity. 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 questions and queries.’

‘Garrett Miller is ultra professional and is a technical expert in this area of the law. Garrett is very thorough and every response is well thought through. Garrett is very pleasant to deal with and always approachable.’

‘EFC have 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.’

Key clients

Sure Insurance

Collinson Insurance

AXA Corporate Solutions

Invesco

Credit Agricole Creditor Insurance

Vodafone Ireland

BMW Ireland

ECCU Assurance Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Red Flag Consulting in a series of proceedings made against it by businessman Denis O’Brien.
  • Providing ongoing corporate and insurance advice to ECCU Insurance DAC, the life assurance company of the Irish League of Credit Unions in Ireland.
  • Advising Crédit Agricole on all matters related to its Irish insurance market.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland works on a wide variety of insurance matters, acting for insurers and insured entities in cases involving medical and professional negligence. Head of Insurance Aisling Gannon 'is particularly good at gaining the trust of clients' and acts for prominent healthcare providers, including representing Allianz in a medical negligence case involving injury during childbirth. Jim Trueick specialises in handling professional indemnity cases. Stephen Barry leads on insurance distribution and is currently advising the self-insured auditor EY in a professional negligence claim.

Practice head(s):

Aisling Gannon; Jim Trueick; Peter Fahy; Pamela O’Neill

Testimonials

‘I think their client management is very good and they support them through the stressful litigation process.’

‘Eversheds have a specialism in medical negligence and have worked for us in this area for many years. It is an area of law/insurance that has changed greatly in the past 5/6 years and Eversheds have been instrumental in assisting us to respond to these changes.’

‘I would highly recommend Stephanie Kidney as a litigation solicitor as she is efficient, well-organised and responds to barristers’ needs. Aisling Gannon is also particularly good at gaining the trust of clients and steering them through litigation.’

‘Aisling Gannon is the partner we deal with. She has tremendous drive and energy and is respected by our insured clients for her knowledge and sound advice.’

‘Jim Treuick is first class. Extremely responsive, very pro-active, experienced and pays attention to detail.’

‘The industry knowledge the healthcare team in Eversheds Sutherland possess is second to none. This is particularly so due to Aisling Gannon’s leadership. The team’s knowledge of, for example, the relationships between the various insurance companies and indemnifiers in the healthcare system in Ireland is impressive. Their approach tends to be practical, proactive and results driven. The team is young, diverse and they are not afraid to think outside the box in order to get the best result for the client. They are quick to respond and energetic.’

‘Aisling Gannon is the partner in the healthcare team in Eversheds Sutherland. She is incredibly energetic, hard-working, and flexible in the face of changing situations. She is very results focused and is open to trying novel and innovative ways to resolve any given dispute, once the method gets the job done and is cost effective for the client. A highly experienced, results driven and forward thinking lawyer. She is constantly thinking outside the box in order to get the best result for the client.’

‘I can mention without hesitation Aisling Gannon and Margaret Gorman,  Head of Education. For me, Aisling is a trusted adviser who is always available to take a call within a 24-hour window, notwithstanding the competing demands on her busy schedule. She is gifted in gaining a real understanding of core issues and her understanding of organisations is critical and key to the  successful management of claims and timely resolution of disputes. In the highly litigious world in which we now operate, Aisling has brought real engagement and a true working partnership between the organisation and our insurers and insurance brokers. This inevitably will deliver better and more cost effective outcomes for all the parties involved. Aisling’s support to staff is exceptional and her feedback post court appearances e.g., Coroners Court on areas for improvement has helped drive our in-house education and training agenda.’

Key clients

Swiss Re

Munich Re

IPB

AON

ACE

Allianz

Guarantee Protection Insurance

AIG

RSA

XL Catlin/AXA Insurance

Berkshire Hathaway

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Work highlights

  • Defended a private hospital, on behalf on Allianz Insurance, in a case with implications for the application of the statute of limitations.
  • Acting for EY in its defence of a professional negligence claim related to the auditing of IRBC, brought by IRBC’s liquidators.
  • Acted for Resolute Management, insurers of Portiuncula Hospital, in a clinical negligence claim where a child was permanently injured following an injury at birth.

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Holmes O'Malley Sexton's insurance practice, which is based in the firm's Limerick office, is led by Robert Kennedy. The firm has substantial experience of defending clients against insurance claims, having acted for a number of prominent insurers. Other key contacts include Donal Creaton, Michael Murphy, Anna Owens and Pat McInerney.

Kennedys

Kennedys acts for insurers in litigation including professional indemnity and medical negligence, and is valued for producing 'quick resolutions of matters'.  Practice head Andrew McGahey specialises in policy coverage disputes and 'consistently provides uncomplicated and clear advice'. Joanne O’Sullivan acts in healthcare-related disputes, and is currently representing Medlab Pathology in the Supreme Court in a high-profile test case involving medical negligence related to cervical cancer tests. Noel Devins handles professional indemnity matters. The group was recently bolstered at a junior level by the addition of four new associates.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McGahey

Testimonials

‘The team understands that as an insurer we do not want to litigate unless we have to, and they work on quick resolutions of matters.’

 ‘At partner level the advice is clear, succinct and timely.’

‘Joanne O’Sullivan has worked in London and in the London market. This experience gives her an advantage to local lawyers, as she understands the insurers’ position.’

‘Andrew McGahey is a star.’

‘Andrew McGahey consistently provides uncomplicated and clear advice. Issues are met head on and dealt with in early course, minimising losses by resolving matters at an early stage.’

Key clients

Elk Fertighaus

MDO Management Company

Securitas Security Services

IN2 Engineering Design Partnership

JNP Architects

Shinagh Estates Corporate Services

Cornmarket Financial Services

Work highlights

  • Representing Medlab Pathology in the Supreme Court appeal of a clinical negligence test case related to cervical cancer.
  • Acting for the Irish Athletic Boxing Association in a combined fatal injuries and personal injuries (nervous shock) claim arising from the death of mixed martial artist Joao Paolo Da Cunha Simoes Carvalho following an event at the National Boxing Stadium in April 2016.
  • Defending Edward O’Brien (trading as ENK Harvesting) against a multimillion-euro personal injury claim arising out an accident wherein the claimant suffered catastrophic, life-altering injuries to his lower back.

Ronan Daly Jermyn

Ronan Daly Jermyn's insurance team stands out for its 'exceptional service' for insurers and it receives a stream of work handling complex claims including medical negligence and professional indemnity. Its recent workload includes advising London market insurers on coverage issues related to a cross-jurisdiction transaction and acting for Ryanair in a case brought by passengers alleging post-traumatic stress following the sudden depressurisation of a Ryanair aircraft. Practice head Fergus Long is an experienced litigator, and the 'very diligent and bright' Uilliam Ó Lorcáin advises London market insurers on professional indemnity. Richard Martin and John Buckley are other key contacts, while Jamie Olden leads the firm's Dublin office.

Practice head(s):

Fergus Long

Testimonials

‘RDJ offer a very exceptional service. They have a very quick turn-around time, and always offer comprehensive, excellent advice at good value.’

‘Uilliam O’Lorcain is a very diligent and bright partner. It is always a pleasure to work with him, and he defends claims in a robust, efficient and commercially savvy fashion.’

‘Ronan Daly Jermyn provide a very good all-round service across a number of lines of business which includes detailed analysis of complex issues, proactive case management and fast response times.’

‘RDJ are our preferred defence lawyers in Ireland. They are committed to their relationship with us and understand our claims handling philosophy. The firm is very user-friendly, transparent and honest in all our dealings with them. They are value for money.’

‘The ability to quickly understand what is involved in any given case and to efficiently progress matters to an acceptable solution.’

‘The partners I have found engaging are Uilliam O’Lorcain, Donal Twomey, Fergus Long, and Mary Purtill. They are always prepared to provide additional assistance regarding individual queries not necessarily related to files they have been instructed on.’

‘The firm will always use the appropriate level of lawyer required. Service and performance is of high standards across the teams. We work together and collaboratively. We find the team members personable and user-friendly. They are always willing to go that extra mile and assist/advice by telephone when necessary and usually without a fee.’

‘Mary Purtill leads the team from our perspective. Always attentive and dilligent in her approach to our issues and focused on finding and delivering an acceptable solution as efficiently as possible.’

Key clients

Axis Speciality Europe

Allianz

Liberty Insurance

National Farmers Mutual

C.G.P.A

AXA Paris

Generali

RSA

Travelers Syndicate Management

Surestone DAC

AXA

Munich Re

Zurich

QBE Underwriting

Work highlights

  • Advising London market insurers on coverage issues regarding a cross-jurisdictional transaction.
  • Acting in a claim brought by a class of passengers who allege post-traumatic stress as a result of a sudden depressurisation of the aircraft in flight against Ryanair.
  • Advising Hiscox, Dabl Limited and Dabl Educational Trust Limited after they obtained an injunction against a former employee/director of the company who, upon leaving his employment, copied and removed sensitive technological data from Dabl’s IT system.

Beale & Co

The 'friendly, efficient and highly professional' insurance team at Beale & Co represents insurers and professional clients in matters ranging from personal injury to professional negligence. It is a popular choice for insurers on matters related to construction, and has also represented solicitors and employers. In the last year, they have also won significant new panel appointments. Practice head Tara Cosgrove is an 'excellent lawyer, always offering sensible, prudent and legally sharp advice'. Niamh Loughran and Martin Browne are active in litigation, particularly professional indemnity.

Practice head(s):

Tara Cosgrove; Niamh Loughran; Sarah Conroy; Martin Browne

Testimonials

‘The general liability team at Beale & Co have many strengths. They are always reliable and approachable to assist on new matters or ongoing cases. We have full confidence in the advice they provide to us and will continue to use them going forward.’

‘Beale & Co offer a friendly, efficient and highly professional service, defending claims diligently and comprehensively.’

‘The expertise displayed by the team, with their specialism in construction, shines through.’

‘I can rely on them! They always come back to me in good time and some-times even chase me if I haven’t given them instructions quickly enough – I love that!’

‘We have always been very impressed with the knowledge of individuals at Beale and Co. The main solicitor we use the most always keeps up to date with recent case law in Ireland. When we meet the solicitor, the individual will know every file he is handling for us and we can discuss them without him referring to his notes or file. This individual is very knowledgeable and we like working with them.’

‘Tara Cosgrove is the partner at Beale & Co I work with the most. She is an excellent lawyer, always offering sensible, prudent and legally sharp advice.’

‘Tara Cosgrove is a confident and clear expert in the field.’

‘Niamh Loughran is a superstar – she is calm and totally focused and knows her jurisdiction. She is personable and a pleasure to work with. She is also very responsive to the particular needs of her client.’

Key clients

Aviva Insurance

AIG

AmTrust Europe

QBE

WR Berkley Insurance

Chubb

AXA

RSA

CNAHardy

Beauchamps

Beauchamps is particularly active in professional indemnity cases, where it acts for clients including Miller Insurance and Randall & Quillter. The practice is headed by experienced litigator Emma Keegan and also includes associate Ciara Murphy.

Practice head(s):

Emma Keegan

Key clients

Miller Insurance

Grant Thornton

Danske Bank

Randal & Quillter Investment Holdings

Work highlights

  • Acting for Arachas and its insured architect who was instructed to continue a planning application for a receiver, where the original planning application had been submitted by another firm engaged by the original owners of the site.
  • Acted for Randal & Quilter Investment holdings when a restaurant issued proceedings against a member solicitor for alleged professional negligence in advice provided in relation to the licensing of the restaurant premises.
  • Defending an insured solicitor against a claim brought by a high-net-worth individual relating to the incorrect dating of deeds of transfer, which resulted in a revenue liability accruing to the claimant.

BLM

BLM is active in personal injury litigation, where it provides an 'efficient and professional' service to insurers. In recent work, the team successfully defended Aviva in a number of claims, including an injury claim related to a road traffic accident. The firm is also representing Liberty Corporate Capital against a claim for refusing to provide insurance cover for structural defects in an apartment complex. Personal injury litigation is handled by Anne Staunton and Rhona McGrath, who are 'excellent negotiators'. Practice head Gavin Campbell handles a range of insurance matters, from catastrophic injury to fraudulent claims.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Campbell

Testimonials

‘Very efficient, know their business, and produce excellent results. Good value for money.’

‘Efficient and professional.’

‘Rhona McGrath & Anne Staunton are highly experienced lawyers, very respected in the market. They are excellent negotiators.’

‘Gavin Campbell and Nessa O’Roarty are extremely professional and run a very tight and experienced team.’

Key clients

Zurich

QBE

Aviva

Axa

Hiscox

Pen

TkMaxx

China Taiping

Work highlights

  • Defending Liberty Corporate Capital against a claim for €6.5m plus costs allegedly arising from refusal of insurance cover under the Premier Guarantee scheme.
  • Represented Aviva in successfully appealing a personal injury Circuit Court judgment to the High Court.
  • Successfully defended Aviva in Cork High Court against a claim for €6.5m arising from alleged refusal of insurance cover under the Premier Guarantee scheme.

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Byrne Wallace acts for clients including insurers and the Financial Services Ombudsman in cases involving professional and commercial indemnity. The firm also represented an international retail client against its insurance broker, alleging negligence. The practice is headed by Jon Legorburu, who specialises in contentious matters, and also includes senior associate Paul Fisher, who advised insurers on a number of complex matters.

Practice head(s):

Jon Legorburu

Key clients

FBD Insurance Group

ARB Underwriting

Financial Services Ombudsman

Work highlights

  • Represented FBD Insurance Group in the High Court in a matter regarding protected deposits in the liquidation process of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation.
  • Acting for ARB Underwriting Limited in District, Circuit and High Court proceedings relating to commercial liability, motor liability and motor trade risk claims on behalf of its policyholders.
  • Acting for the Financial Service Ombudsman (FSO) in the defence of High Court Appeals brought by customers (including lay litigants) in respect of FSO Findings.

Carson McDowell

With offices in Belfast and Dublin, Carson McDowell is 'an up-and-coming player in the defence healthcare market'; it has expanded its operations in the Republic of Ireland recently with a number of new arrivals at associate level. The firm represents insurers in cases involving product liability, injury, and employer liability. The practice is led by Roger McMillan, who is also heads the healthcare group; Jacqueline McAleese, who specialises in clinical claims; and Claire Harmer, who acts in a wide range of claims.

Practice head(s):

Roger McMillan; Jacqueline McAleese; Claire Harmer

Testimonials

‘The team is excellent. Very user-friendly and give clear, well considered advice.’

‘Technical knowledge in civil litigation matters is a given for all practising solicitors, but this is matched at Carson McDowell by their commercial understanding and sensitivities of our insurer client’s needs and dynamics of the market. Their service is tailored to our individual client needs with cross jurisdiction experience which is essential in Ireland for cross-border trade and with Brexit looming. We first encountered them on a client’s set panel and have since recommended them to other clients.’

‘A relative newcomer to the market, Carson McDowell are making their mark. Quick turnaround and accurate advice are making them an up and coming player in the defence healthcare market in the Republic of Ireland.’

‘Jacqueline McAleese is exceptional. I trust her advice on merits and strategy. She has an excellent eye for detail, is a skilled negotiator and stands firm when needed.’

‘The quality and consistency of the advice we receive and outcomes achieved from the Civil litigation Team led by Claire Harmer are excellent. Claire is always accessible and there is a reliability that instills a trust and confidence. They have assembled a highly experienced team; we would deal with Catherine Carton, Niall Skelton, Cathal O’Neill and John McCloskey. Communication is always measured, appropriate and timely. With their experience comes appreciation of insurers needs, particularly around quantum opinions, recommended financial reserves and they maintain a pragmatic approach.’

‘They are very experienced and technically sound in all aspects of Civil litigation, consistently providing a very high level of service. They place the client first with a swift response to any technical queries. A pleasant and engaging manner.’

‘The recent new addition of Karl Redmond to the Carson McDowell team is an excellent addition to the team. Karl’s knowledge of the industry and litigation landscape is overwhelming and is resulting in prudent and accurate decisions on cases saving time and money for clients.’

‘Karl Redmond is an exceptional medicolegal professional with vast knowledge of the sector.’

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

Stena Line

Riverstone Insurance

Work highlights

  • Acted for Faraday in defending an employer’s liability catastrophic injury claim pursued by an employee of our client’s policyholder who fell from a roof.
  • Acted for Faraday in an employer’s liability claim concerning a back injury sustained at work, which included investigations relating to fraud.
  • Representing Through Transport Mutual Services in attempting to seek recovery from Trans Radu Ltd, after shipping cargo being transported by Trans Radu was damaged by migrants in Dunkirk, France.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP established its Dublin office in May 2019. It represents a number of insurers and underwriters in litigation arising from denial of cover, motor insurance, professional indemnity and product liability. The firm also advised clients on a number of non-contentious issues related to insurance. The practice is led by Garrett Moore; other key practitioners include Anne-Marie Morgan-Barrett, Liam Harnett and Maire Ni Aodha.

Practice head(s):

Garrett Moore

Comyn Kelleher Tobin

Comyn Kelleher Tobin acts in defence of insurers, particularly in personal injury cases. It has recently been involved in litigation for insurers including Munich Re and Zurich. The practice is headed by Eamon Harrington, 'an excellent strategist on complex litigation', who leads on healthcare-related matters, and Daniel McLoughlin, who specialises in employer and public liability. Others to note include Diarmuid Cunningham, an experienced employment liability practitioner, and Yvonne Joyce, who 'truly understands the healthcare/dispute resolution environment'.

Practice head(s):

Eamon Harrington; Daniel McLoughlin

Testimonials

‘A team based approach to complex cases ensures that best advice is received and more importantly we are aware that issues have received the appropriate level of attention and can be confident of their advice. Easy access to partners and decision makers. Prompt response and high level of compliance with our particular claim handling requirements and procedures.’

‘The professionalism, expertise and excellence in their work coupled with empathy and clarity of advice and vision makes Comyn Kelleher Tobin stand out in terms of performance and excellence. They are an excellent firm which are not unnecessarily confrontational and they get results for their clients.’

‘We work with Eamonn Harrington and Debbie Moore. These two ensure they deliver on the service we expect.’

‘Eamon Harrington is an extremely clear thinker, an excellent strategist on complex litigation cases and displays excellent judgement, the quality of his work and guidance is simply superb. Patrice O’Keeffe is excellent – calm, professional, responsive and client-friendly. Yvonne Joyce is extremely proactive and truly understands the healthcare/dispute resolution environment.’

Work highlights

  • Defended an insurer against a claimant who maintained he had suffered a chronic injury to his lower back as a result of a slip and fall while descending stairs in the insured’s premises.
  • Defended an underwriter in five separate injury claims arising out of an alleged road accident.
  • Acted for an insurer in defence of a workplace injury claim.

Corrigan & Corrigan

Corrigan & Corrigan is a boutique insurance firm, led by name partner Michael Corrigan. The firm is experienced in defending clients against insurance litigation.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher entered into the Irish market through its merger with McDowell Purcell in May 2019. It acts for insurers, underwriters and self-insured entities on a range of claims, including professional negligence, employer liability, and catastrophic injury. The practice is led by Killian O’Reilly, who is 'a very commercially focused lawyer', experienced in managing casualty and professional negligence claims. The 'highly competent' team also includes the 'very professionalMark Kelly and 'very proactive' solicitor Emma Falloon, who was a recent arrival from McCartan Turkington Breen in Belfast.

Practice head(s):

Killian O’Reilly

Testimonials

‘Highly competent, proactive, multidisciplinary and accessible law firm.’

‘The defence litigation team in Fieldfisher adopt a very proactive approach to case management & resolution. Advices are always clear and concise, and they are very specific in determining and agreeing next steps and actions in order to keep cases moving towards resolution – either by way of settlement or hearing as appropriate. They are a leader in driving face to face engagement with clients to facilitate portfolio review to ensure all cases are kept active and with a clear strategy in place.’

‘I deal with Killian O’Reilly and Mark Kelly, and they work well as a team. They are attentive and very professional. They have the experience to deal with other Solicitors and push the cases along.’

‘A highly commercially focused firm. Clear and concise ligation advice for insurance defence cases. Clear strategy and management of insurance defense files. Always bottom line focused. In our experience their written opinions are the gold standard in the market.’

‘I work with Killian O’Reilly and Mark Kelly. They are both highly effective litigation solicitors in whom clients can have full confidence that client interests are at the forefront of their priorities. Both are excellent communicators, negotiators and fighters when need be. The quality of their legal and strategic advice is excellent.’

‘Killian O’Reilly is always on top of the cases he manages. He is pragmatic in his outlook and is very clear in his advices. Emma Falloon is also very proactive in how cases are managed, and provides regular updates on cases as they develop. Fieldfisher are a trusted partner and work closely with us to assist in delivering the best economic outcome to claims on a case by case basis.’

‘Killian O’Reilly is a very commercially focused lawyer. He gives clear advice in all cases and is always able to maintain a balanced and economic view of litigation. He can always provide insight of how things actually work, rather than legal theory. Excellent ability to understand our firm’s culture and strategy. Great high level concise view of the market and realistic outcomes in a legal process.’

‘Killian O’Reilly is always available to discuss cases with efficient turnaround times. He is bottom line focused which is rare in the legal sector.’

Key clients

Ecclesiastical

XS Direct Insurance

AIG

FBD

Hayes Solicitors

Hayes Solicitors specialises in contentious medical claims, particularly representing the State Claims Agency. In addition, the practice also acted for the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation in a case involving alleged defects in housing. The practice is led by Mary Hough, who specialises in healthcare litigation, and Joe O’Malley, who handles commercial litigation. Louise O’Rourke is another key contact, and healthcare specialist Katy Meade was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Joe O’Malley; Mary Hough

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection Ltd

Veterinary Defence Society

Primark

The Irish Times

Bank of Ireland

Investec

Unilever

Royal Institute of the Architects in Ireland

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (in special liquidation) in a tranche of litigation brought by residents of a housing estate in County Waterford related to alleged defects in their houses.

Weightmans LLP

LK Shields Solicitors provides 'commercial and pragmatic advice' to insurers, particularly in relation to professional indemnity, product liability, and construction-related claims. The firm has strong links to the London insurance market as it has a branch office there and its practice was bolstered by the arrival of Ian Lavelle from Weightmans LLP in November 2018. The firm's merger with Kilroy Solicitors in 2018 added experienced professional negligence specialist Eamon Jones and consultant Tom Simpson to the insurance team. The practice is headed by Michael Kavanagh, and also includes commercial litigators Shane Neville and Ciaran Markey.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kavanagh

Testimonials

‘I’m a UK jurisdictional lawyer and most of my insurance clients are insurtech businesses. This team is unusual in Ireland for its ability to apply traditional insurance law to new and technical disruptive businesses. I’ve been impressed by the commercial and pragmatic advice I’ve received alongside a clear depth of knowledge and experience in Irish insurance law.’

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate and Speciality SE

R&Q Ireland CLG

Tokio Marine HCC

Leeson Claims Services

Liberty Insurance DAC

Legal Protection Group