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A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP has an established presence in insurance, including transactional, advisory, regulatory and contentious matters. The firm has demonstrated its leading expertise in regulatory issues in recent years, including cross-border conversion and Brexit-related insurance projects. It is also noted for business and product launches, along with portfolio transfers. James Grennan heads the insurance and reinsurance group, having a long track record in regulatory matters. Laura Mulleady is noted for regulatory and transactional matters, including business transfers and amalgamations, and, more recently, Brexit-related issues. Enda Hurley is recommended for insurance disputes. Sinéad Lynch and Stephen Quinlivan, who was promoted to partner in January 2023, are also key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

James Grennan

Other key lawyers:

Laura Mulleady; Sinéad Lynch; Stephen Quinlivan; Emma Martin; Enda Hurley


‘The firm’s long relationship with us gives them deep knowledge of and insight into our strategy and operations and positions them well to advise us across a wide range of issues. Their experience in the insurance sector and insurance regulation in particular is very beneficial. Their internal network is very effective in providing cross-functional advice.’

‘Their expertise, interest in the client’s needs, willingness to explore all potential options and to convey advice in a practical and usable way are the standout factors of the people in A&L Goodbody LLP. Standout people from our perspective are James Grennan, Laura Mulleady and Emma Martin.’

Work highlights

  • Advised ERGO Versicherung on issues relating to business interruption insurance policies in the context of COVID-19.
  • Advised ED&F Man Liquid Products (Ireland) Limited on Commercial Court proceedings, in respect of a cross-border dispute involving the supply of molasses products used in the horse industry.
  • Advised Smith & Nephew plc in respect of the Irish aspect of substantial, pan-national litigation involving claims to do with the sale of orthopaedic hip implant devices.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox combines well-developed non-contentious and contentious insurance practices. The firm has continued to advise on a pipeline of cross-border M&A transactions, portfolio transfers and regulatory matters. In the contentious sphere, the firm has a fine record in professional indemnity, regulatory investigations and liability defence claims. Elizabeth Bothwell has an outstanding record in insurance M&A and portfolio transfers. Joanelle O’Cleirigh has a fine reputation in insurance disputes, coverage issues and policy interpretation. Litigation partners Richard Willis and Michael Twomey, along with financial regulation specialist Robert Cain, are also key figures in the team. Of counsel Stephen D’Ardis joined the firm from MetLife Europe to reinforce the team in 2022 and now plays a pivotal role on many of the firm’s key insurance matters.

Practice head(s):

Stephen D’Ardis

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Bothwell; Joanelle O’Cleirigh; Richard Willis; Michael Twomey; Robert Cain


‘The Arthur Cox team has been involved in many of the large insurance transactions in Ireland and that experience shows in the advice they give on transactions and regulation in the sector.’

‘Elizabeth Bothwell is very responsive and knowledgeable about the Irish insurance market and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Very fast and expert response to an emergency situation covered by insurance.

‘We were asked to work with Arthur Cox by a client for Irish legal advice. The team was responsive and provided constructive suggestions for the legal questions at hand. They provided timely reporting and were very professional to deal with.’

‘I have worked with Stephen D’Ardis on various regulatory matters and found him to be very responsive and to give clear advice. ’

‘Strong practice across a wide range of disciplines.’

‘Elizabeth Bothwell – very experienced, client-focused and a safe pair of hands, which is the key priority for any client.’

Key clients

Aon plc

ALD Automotive

Covéa Coopérations

Cardinal Reinsurance

Randall & Quilter II Holdings Ltd


Quilter plc


CNP Assurance

Société Générale

RSA Insurance


Electric Ireland Insurance Company

RSA Insurance

Aviva Life and Pensions DAC

Intercontinental Adjustors Group

Thornton Group



Aon plc

Liberty Insurance

Private Hospital Association

Brown & Brown Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised French mutual insurer Covéa on Irish law aspects of its acquisition of the Partner Re Group.
  • Advised Société Générale and ALD Automotive on Irish law aspects of its acquisition of LeasePlan, including the acquisition of LeasePlan’s Irish insurance undertaking, Euro Insurances DAC.
  • Advised Cardinal Reinsurance DAC in relation to the proposed transfer of its reinsurance portfolio to EI Flow Insurance Limited.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP applies significant resources and expertise to non-contentious and contentious matters. The breadth of its contentious practice covers medical negligence, personal injury, aviation, product liability, professional indemnity, data breach litigation, and construction cases, among others. It acts for a range of domestic and international insurers and reinsurers, along with the State Claims Agency. Led by Liam Flynn, the non-contentious team has worked on a series of insurance business asset sales, investigations, corporate governance and regulatory issues. Rachel Kavanagh leads the insurance and risk (disputes) group and has an excellent record in cases across the insurance sphere, including personal injury claims, property damage claims and product liability. Deirdre Munnelly is noted for defending clients against public and employer’s liability, motor and product liability claims. The senior bench is backed by a highly-rated group of associates.

Practice head(s):

Liam Flynn; Rachel Kavanagh

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre Munnelly; Rowena Fitzgerald; Sarah Cloonan; Laura Keane; Joanne Costello; Laura Prendiville; Sarah Burns; Jill Valentine; David Culleton; Richard Hogan


‘The team itself is lead by a very experienced individual in Rachel Kavanagh. Rachel encourages and empowers the people on her team. It always strikes me that Rachel has surrounded herself with smart people so they don’t have to be told how to do their job. The members of the team are encouraged and empowered to think and perform independently. Because of that the team functions extremely effectively.’

‘The main individuals I engage with are Rachel Kavanagh, Laura Prenderville, Sarah Burns and Jill Valentine. I couldn’t speak more highly of each of them. Rachel is extremely experienced and is always seemingly available to discuss cases with the people under her direction. She is, to be frank, an absolute rock of sense, extremely practical and invested on behalf of her clients. Laura is a brilliant operator. She is highly intelligent and efficient. She has a great way with the clients who engage with her and is patient and considerate with them. Recently I watched her engage first hand with a client from another jurisdiction and engaged patiently until the client’s concerns were elaborated by them in their entirety and to the client’s satisfaction, which was very impressive to observe when dealing with a language barrier and complex international litigation.’

‘Sarah Burns has a brilliant way with clients and dealing with people when they are in naturally stressful scenarios. Her assured presence puts clients at their ease. She is always available to talk about cases and is a very clear and concise communicator. Jill Valentine is an independent thinker who is brilliant to work with as she will often have thought of an element of a case I wouldn’t have appreciated. Jill is also very efficient and effective in what she does. I could not recommend this group of people and team to any prospective client.’

‘Rachel Kavanagh is truly outstanding. Totally on top of her clients needs, her case load, shrewd, practical, great in negotiation and at trial, one of the best, if not the best partner in this area. Deirdre Munnelly, Laura Prendiville, David Culleton are part of a very efficient team who have a super attitude. Rachel Kavanagh is a great leader.’

‘The combination of Deirdre Munnelly’s experience, attention to detail and her legal knowledge and ability make her an exceptional lawyer. Deirdre consistently achieves excellent results for her clients. Richard Hogan’s skill in identifying and probing the pertinent facts of a case is exceptional. Richard’s industry sector and jurisdiction knowledge is excellent. The quality of his responsiveness and his communication skills stand out above his peers.’

‘I work with Laura Prendiville. Laura is extremely knowledgeable and always makes herself available to assist when asked. Laura takes a pragmatic approach. She provides very clear advice and direction on files. It is a pleasure to work with Laura.’

‘Liam Flynn is a unique lawyer in the Irish market. He brings years of London market experience, in-house insights and a strong private practice background. There is no better insurance lawyer in the Irish market.’

‘The team are experienced, diverse, committed, collegiate and their informed commentaries provide insight that is essential for strategic planning at executive and Board level. Their combined knowledge base is vast, wide-reaching and global and the customer is always king. They find a solution no matter what the problem or the tight timescale and they always deliver on their promise and on time. They have key strengths in risk, product development, governance, competition law and financial regulation. The only insurance practice in Ireland to provide a full-service offering, with a leading insurance regulatory and advisory practice combined with an award winning insurance claims team. Key capability in sustainable finance regulation.’

Key clients



Aon Claims Management

Chubb Insurance

Davies Ireland

HDI Global

State Claims Agency

Zurich Insurance Plc

Zurich UK

Companjon Insurance DAC

Aviva PLC

AXA Group

UniPol Re DAC

Cmutual Insurance/Peopl Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advised AXA Life Europe DAC on a Central Bank of Ireland regulatory enforcement procedure that concluded in settlement and payment of a €3.6m fine in December 2022.
  • Advised Ulster Bank Ireland DAC on the sale of its life and pensions and general insurance distribution businesses to Irish Life and Aviva Insurance, respectively, in 2022 as part of its phased exit from the Irish financial services market.
  • Advised CDB Aviation Lease Finance DAC on multi-million-euro insurance claims against London and international insurers relating to the loss of aircraft due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Matheson LLP

Matheson LLP continues to stand out for its experience and expertise in corporate insurance, including M&A, portfolio transfers, corporate governance and regulatory matters. Along with its strong connections to major insurers and reinsurers, the firm has also landed a sizeable book of business from insurance intermediaries, particularly in relation to regulatory advice. It has achieved further growth in key areas such as sanctions and ESG. The firm has expanded its ranks at partner level over the last three years, showcasing the strength of its practice. Darren Maher is a leading figure in the corporate insurance field, while Gráinne Callanan provides further senior expertise in corporate and regulatory insurance. Elaine Long is another key partner in corporate insurance. April McClements leads the insurance disputes team, which has made a further impact in aviation insurance cases, subrogation claims and COVID-19 business interruption. Insurance disputes specialist Aisling Kavanagh was promoted to partner in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Darren Maher

Other key lawyers:

Elaine Long; April McClements; Gráinne Callanan; Aisling Kavanagh; Sharon Daly; Julie Murphy-O’Connor; Karen Reynolds; Angela Brennan; Kieran O’Sullivan; Catherine MacFarlane


‘Matheson has a great people-focused culture that is very beneficial to the client experience. They have knowledgeable, insightful people who are passionate about what they do and that reflects in their dedication to their clients.’

‘I deal mainly with Grainne Callanan and have done so for a number of years. Grainne is very knowledgeable and has extensive experience of the end-to-end regulatory experience for insurance. She brings that knowledge and experience to bear in a very practical and client-focused manner, which has always yielded excellent results.’

‘Kieran O’Sullivan, streets ahead of the rest in the market. Understands client’s needs and keeps the client well informed during an engagement. His knowledge of the insurance sector is second to none.’

‘Darren Maher is a truly exceptional lawyer. Darren is an extremely talented communicator with an invaluable ability to distil complex matters for his clients. Darren is a great listener and is able to understand difficult problems rapidly with little background and then instantly advise us on how to manage these problems. Every conversation with Darren Maher adds value to our business. Catherine MacFarlane is an excellent and precise lawyer. Catherine manages all of our complex wording and contract work in a highly effective manner. Catherine has a great ability to synthesise complex requests and produce high quality work reflecting our instructions.’

‘Darren Maher – regulatory knowledge and connection to the market. April McClements – knowledge and collaborative approach. Karen Reynolds – very commercial, solutions-focused.’

‘Gráinne Callanan has handled several S.13 IPTs for our company and she has done so in a highly-effective and professional way, ensuring that all legal requirements are addressed, every step of the way. Gráinne has an intuitive understanding of our business and the importance of these portfolio transfers to us, and she expertly managed each portfolio transfer for us in a clear and logical manner, unfailingly making herself available to us to answer any and all queries that we have had in a courteous and friendly way. Nothing phased Gráinne and she provided a calm, authoritative presence to guide us through the whole process.’

‘Gráinne Callanan – passionate about successful delivery. Incredible stamina and tenacity. 100% record of success, even under the seemingly impossible circumstances of one particular insurance business transformation. All backed up with exceptional technical knowledge and experience. She has the ability to identify and exhaust all possible counter arguments and to foresee and forestall them before they amount to real issues.’

‘April McClements – she is structured, clear and cooperative with a deep understanding of the needs of the client; focused and goal oriented. Darren Maher – very reasonable and pragmatic with deep understanding of the relevant laws and regulations. Distinguished by his encyclopaedic knowledge, spiced with capability of getting all necessary information and connections in insurance business. Karen Reynolds – she is an excellent communicator with a specific ability to succinctly and clearly break down complex legal issues and challenges. It’s a great pleasure to work with her, as she is extremely attentive to details and constantly instils confidence in the process of finding the best result.’

Key clients

AmTrust International Underwriters DAC

Aon Group



Compre Holdings Limited

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office PLC

FBD Insurance PLC

Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited

Legal and General

Life Company Consolidation Group (Utmost)

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

Monument Assurance DAC

PartnerRe Ireland Insurance DAC

Royal London

Travelers Companies, Inc.

United Health Group Inc.

Utmost Ireland DAC

Work highlights

  • Acted for four of the six aircraft lessors who have brought proceedings against their insurers in Ireland relating to coverage for claims in relation to irrecoverable aircraft in Russia.
  • Acted for Perrigo in a high-value coverage dispute relating to 30+ significant securities class actions under its D&O towers for a number of policy periods.
  • Advised various Opel and Vauxhall companies (now owned by Stellantis) on their defence of highly contentious, complex, high-value, multi-party litigation arising from the fire in Douglas Village Shopping Centre carpark on 31 August 2019.

McCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP has a broad client base of insurers and reinsurers, including those for which it is exclusive Irish corporate and regulatory counsel. It has continued to advise major multinational insurers on high-value M&A transactions and is at the forefront of insurance disputes, including business interruption cases. ESG, sanctions and outsourcing are growth areas for the insurance team. Darragh Murphy is at the forefront of insurance regulatory matters and Brian Quigley is a leader in insurance disputes, along with Catherine Derrig, who specialises in health insurance and professional indemnity. Helen Kilroy and Roddy Bourke are also noted for insurance disputes. Associate Donnchadh Ó Collatáin is a rising star.

Practice head(s):

Darragh Murphy; Brian Quigley

Other key lawyers:

Helen Kilroy: Roddy Bourke; Catherine Derrig; David Hurley; Seán Barton; Alan Fuller; Donnchadh Ó Collatáin; David Lydon; Ger Sadlier


‘The practice is extremely client-focused.’

‘Helen Kilroy is hard-working, knows her brief, is excellent at distilling the issues at hand and suggesting practical solutions. Helen is respected and heard at every level.’

‘McCann Fitzgerald’s insurance team are a high performing, extremely responsive and dynamic team. They have an ability to grasp technical issues easily and advise in an easily comprehensive manner the best approach for the client. It also assists that they cross-collaborate with other departments internally going beyond whats expected to ensure all avenues are covered. A pleasure to deal with.’

‘Helen Kilroy is someone you want on your side when there’s a fight at play. She has a unique ability to distill complex technical information and find a solution to a problem no one has yet thought of. Catherine Derrig has an ability to find the crux of the problem, and turn it into a positive for the client.’

‘The insurance practice in McCann Fitzgerald consistently demonstrates excellence in both knowledge of the laws and regulations, and the market in which our business operates. They regularly advise on complex structures and arrangements and are commercial in their approach. They are very pleasant to work with and always very approachable.’

‘Darragh Murphy is the partner usually engaged. He is extremely knowledgeable about financial services generally and, in particular, the legal and regulatory aspects of insurance law. He is very commercial and pragmatic in terms of commercial negotiations. Donnchadh O’Collatain is another senior associate that has been engaged and he, too, is very good.’

Key clients

MetLife Europe dac and related companies

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

Just Retirement Limited

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited

VHI Insurance dac

Greenval Insurance dac

CBL Insurance Europe dac

Loyola Group and Chris Kelly Group

Allianz plc

White Horse Insurance Ireland dac and related companies



QBE Europe SA/SV

Qover SA

AWPI Assistance Ireland Ltd

Work highlights

  • Engaged to act 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.
  • Acted as lead counsel to MetLife Europe on its disposal of a portfolio of health insurance business in Poland to NN Insurance (Project Greenland).
  • Instructed by SMBC Aviation Capital Limited in relation to an insurance claim and subsequent proceedings for between $1 – 1.8 billion against 16 different insurers arising from the loss of 35 of the clients’ aircraft on lease to Russian airlines.

William Fry LLP

William Fry LLP has demonstrated a commitment to the insurance sector over the years. It has an extensive history in corporate and regulatory matters, including M&A transactions and portfolio transfers, along with growth in insurtech, ESG and sustainable finance. Leading corporate and regulatory specialist Eoin Caulfield heads the insurance and reinsurance group, which includes fellow corporate and regulatory expert Ian MurrayPaul Convery is an experienced dispute resolution specialist, who is active in the insurance sector. John Larkin is now a senior consultant with the team and plays a key role on many of the firm’s top engagements. Rising star Niall Campbell joined the firm as a consultant from Pinsent Masons LLP in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Eoin Caulfield

Other key lawyers:

John Larkin; Ian Murray; Paul Convery; Niall Campbell


‘Excellent knowledge of the insurance and financial regulatory landscape in Ireland and Europe.’

‘It’s a very personable, collaborative team, with very deep understanding of the Irish insurance market.’

‘Eoin Caulfield is outstanding, a very pragmatic and proactive partner.’

‘Length of time in market, depth of knowledge and proven competencies, especially the senior team’

‘Eoin Caulfield – decades of experience and expertise. Arguably best in market. Have used him for 12 years and never fails to provide good, balanced advice. ’

‘The depth and range of sectoral regulatory and legal knowledge of the entire insurance practice, there are no weak links. Over the past year their ability to provide insightful and practical advice at both a strategic and tactical level on a diverse range of topics has been second to none, along with their willingness to make themselves available.’

‘The depth and range of both their expertise and experience. Their ability to navigate challenging situations and personalities in a calm and supportive manner. Their practical and common sense approach helps to bring all parties on the journey to agreed solutions in an effective manner.’

Key clients

Saol Assurance (trading as AIB Life)


Banco BPM

Toyota Insurance Management

Swiss Re

Banco Santander

New Ireland

Everest Insurance and Everest Reinsurance

Irish Life

Allianz and Allianz Life


AXA Life Europe

SEB Life International

FBD Insurance

Lloyds of London


Apollo Global Management LLC


Assured Partners (backed by GTCR and Apax)

Eni Insurance

SCOR Group

McGill Insurance


CNP Santander Insurance

Beazley Group

Chaucer Insurance

Munich Re / Great Lakes

Atradius Re

Coverys Insurance

CA Auto Capital Re (f/k/a FCA Capital Re)


Scottish Re

Renaissance Re



Canada Life


Assurant Group

Berkshire Hathaway

Unipol Group / Unipol Re

Work highlights

  • Advised AIB Life (the trading name of Saol Assurance) on the roll-out of its new life assurance operation.
  • Advised on the Irish legal and regulatory issues for all of the final stage bidders to acquire Liberty Insurance (the Irish branch of Liberty Seguros, Spain).
  • Advised Airbnb on the authorisation and roll-out of its new Irish insurance intermediary, allowing sales of insurance products to Airbnb guests and hosts in relevant EEA countries via its on-line platform.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has a major focus on the insurance market, earning accolades for its work in the corporate and regulatory fields, along with new product launches and disputes; the firm is frequently engaged in professional negligence cases and policy disputes. Along with its insurance regulation capabilities, the breadth of its offering includes additional experts in data protection, technology and other areas. Garrett Miller leads the insurance regulation group, and continues to be noted for the launch and authorisation of insurers and new products. David Cantrell has an outstanding record in professional negligence, with Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin providing further senior expertise in this area.

Practice head(s):

Garrett Miller

Other key lawyers:

David Cantrell; Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin; Paul Dempsey; Niall Marren


‘Strong team with good insurance sector experience.’

‘We were supported by Garrett Miller and Niall Marren, both of whom were very proactive in finding solutions to issues in a transaction process. They approached the deal in a pragmatic manner, conscious that this was only a small acquisition for our company. Both very helpful and easy to work with.’

‘Strong, in-depth team with knowledge, professionalism, pragmatists, reachable and personable. No matter feels too small or insignificant.’

‘Garrett Miller’s professionalism, knowledge, accessibility and pragmatism are key strengths that we very much appreciate. Garrett delivers a first in class service.’

‘I find the Addleshaw Goddard practice unique in that you get the personal service you would expect from a boutique law firm, but at the same time you get access to resources from the international side of the firm. This is particularly beneficial for our insurance company which operates in many European markets.’

‘Garrett Miller stands out for me due to his encyclopaedic knowledge of insurance rules and regulations, relevant to both our Irish and our international cross border insurance model. Garrett is adept at providing commercial and practical advice on any issue no matter how complicated. Overall, I find Garrett to be very easy to work with, he is very responsive on queries and has a nice manner.’

‘One aspect of AG’s service that has always stood out for me is the personal aspect. They have quickly developed interpersonal relationships which has greatly facilitated the sense that we are part of the one team.’

‘My overriding observation is the personal relationships that I have developed with the senior partners with whom I have engaged (David Cantrell and Garrett Miller in particular). Clearly, each has vast technical knowledge upon which their service is grounded, but the differentiator is their ability to build strong and effective relationships.’

Key clients

Leaseplan Insurance

AXA Corporate Solutions


ECCU Assurance

Credit Agricole Creditor Insurance



Automobile Association Ireland

Medisec Ireland

Red Flag Consulting

MMPI Financial Services

Harvey Norman

Work highlights

  • Advised All Clear Travel Insurance on its acquisition of the Irish insurance distributor Just Cover Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders of Moloney Investments on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Kingswood.
  • Advised ECCU Assurance on key issues such as the impact of Brexit, Solvency II, GDPR and policies drafting and implementation.

Beale & Co LLP

Beale & Co LLP is a specialist insurance firm with an emphasis on disputes and policy coverage matters. The firm has an outstanding reputation in the professional indemnity field, acting for insurers and policyholders in defending claims against professionals and financial lines, specifically non-medical professions. It acts for most of the major insurers that provide professional indemnity cover to solicitors. The firm has achieved further growth in policy coverage issues linked to sanctions imposed on Russia as a consequence of its invasion of Ukraine. Tara Cosgrove is a leading name in professional indemnity, along with Niamh Loughran and Sarah Conroy.

Practice head(s):

Tara Cosgrove; Niamh Loughran; Sarah Conroy


‘Good team work and depth of capacity. Consistent, reliable, excellent service.’

‘Tara Cosgrove and Niamh Loughran both provide exemplary service and run excellent teams of associates.’

‘Excellent knowledge in insurance coverage dispute claims.’

‘Always available to discuss queries and have vast experience in this field.’

Key clients

Aviva Insurance UK

Aviva Ireland

Munich Re





QBE UK and Ireland

XL Limited



Lloyds of London



Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of a construction professional in the defence of a series of cases with asserted quantum of €400m to €500m.
  • Advised a solicitor and their professional indemnity insurer on the defence of claims for negligence, breach of duty, breach of contract and misrepresentation, arising from a circa €15m loan.
  • Advised a consulting engineer and their professional indemnity insurer in relation to a claim for circa €20m, made following the discovery and remediation of defects during a building conversion.

DAC Beachcroft Dublin

DAC Beachcroft Dublin forms part of a global titan in insurance. The Dublin team has wide-ranging expertise, notably in defending against personal injury claims, professional indemnity, corporate liability, and cyber and data risk. The group is also at the forefront of medical and dental defence litigation. David Kennedy and John Sheehy are prominent practitioners in personal injury, including public liability, employers’ liability, defamation and motor claims. Niamh McKeever leads the healthcare and medical malpractice team, and has practised in the UK and Ireland. Louise O’Reilly is a key figure for professional negligence.

Practice head(s):

David Kennedy; Niamh McKeever; Louise O’Reilly; John Sheehy


‘DACB offer a range of insurance litigation and coverage solutions to me. The customer service is very strong and are always responsive to queries. DACB provide advice on a range of complex matters. DACB also ensure the appropriate resources are provided to the more detailed and complex cases when such resources are required.’

‘Louise O’Reilly provides an excellent all-round service on IFL matters and is over-seeing a number of complex insurance cases on our behalf. Louise provides real-time updates when they arise and is always available to discuss complex developments over the phone. David Kennedy now oversees our casualty files and is always responsive to queries and provides thoughtful solutions to complex issues.’

Key clients


An Post


Medical Defence Union (MDU)


Medical Protection Liability Company (MPLC)

Allied World



Tokio Marine Kiln


MS Amlin

United Parcel Service

Inter Hannover


Sompo International Insurance Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Enstar on a Circuit Court action whereby the plaintiff alleges that she sustained injuries to her knee in airport security when a metal suitcase hit her knee.
  • Acted for Zurich in a public liability High Court claim involving an alleged trip and fall in an electrical store.
  • Advised RSA on a matter where the plaintiff claimed she was injured in a minimal impact RTA and that she suffered significant whiplash injuries, which required her to attend a neurologist and a maxillofacial surgeon.

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace fields a large specialist insurance team with strong expertise in product liability, D&O, motor, business interruption and professional indemnity claims, along with aviation and marine cases. The team has worked intensively in representing aircraft lessors seeking insurance cover for lost aircraft after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The firm also has an established insurance regulatory group, which is especially active in business and product launches, and regulatory approvals. Keith Waine is a key figure for insurance regulatory matters, with Peter Bredin, John O’Riordan and Rachel Turner rated for contentious insurance.

Practice head(s):

Paul Breen; Keith Waine

Other key lawyers:

John Doyle; Lorna Kennedy; Peter Bredin; John O’Riordan; Elaine Healy; Rachel Turner; David Kavanagh


‘Great understanding of how the legal system operates in Ireland.’

‘Paul Breen. Keeps things simple and gives practical advice.’

Key clients

Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland (MIBI)


AXA Insurance


Allianz SE

FBD Insurance





Liberty Insurance

Irish Public Bodies (IPB)

VERA Financial DAC


Darta Saving Life Assurance DAC (Allianz)

Starr Europe

Global Aerospace Underwriting

Work highlights

  • Acted for the “all risks” insurers of aircraft leasing firms Avolon and CDB in the defence of proceedings in which those firms allege that a number of aircraft have been detained in Russia and lost for the purposes of their insurance cover following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and sanctions against Russia.
  • Advised insurers in relation to several high-value claims made by some large businesses for losses made under business interruption policies in connection with Covid-19.
  • Acted for Tailored Finance Limited and its shareholders on its sale to NFP.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland has experienced a considerable evolution within its insurance practice, transitioning from one that was primarily focused on claims handling, to one which now encompasses a spread of insurance engagements from regulatory compliance and advisory to professional negligence, medical negligence and construction disputes. It has achieved significant growth in insurance regulatory matters and construction insurance. Cybercrime and data protection is another forte. The team acts for a large number of international insurers, among others. Pamela O’Neill leads the litigation and dispute resolution team, noted for her expertise in insurance regulatory disputes and investigations. Dermot McEvoy is an experienced figure in defending clients against professional negligence, D&O and business interruption claims. Stephen Barry is a prolific practitioner in professional indemnity and commercial disputes. Women’s medical negligence specialist Emma Meagher has joined as a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Pamela O’Neill; Peter Fahy

Other key lawyers:

Emma Meagher; Norman Fitzgerald; Stephen Barry; Dermot McEvoy; Alice Moore; Eoghan Flynn; Brian Connolly


‘Dermot McEvoy and Eoghan Flynn from Eversheds bring a unique blend of expertise and client-centric focus to their practice. Dermot, as a dedicated partner, plays a pivotal role in setting their practice apart. His unwavering commitment to clients is evident through his deep knowledge of cases and proactive team management.’

‘One of the practice’s key strengths is Dermot McEvoy’s hands-on approach. He closely monitors and follows every aspect of the case, ensuring that no detail is overlooked. This attention to detail provides clients with a sense of security, knowing that their legal matters are in capable hands. Furthermore, Dermot’s availability is a testament to his dedication. He goes the extra mile by adapting to the unique needs of each client. Whether it involves preparing specialised materials, devising flexible billing modalities, or addressing other client-specific requirements, Dermot ensures that the practice caters to the client’s individual needs.’

‘In terms of innovation, Dermot McEvoy and Eoghan Flynn have introduced several forward-thinking approaches to their practice. They have leveraged technology to enhance collaboration, making communication more efficient and transparent. Additionally, their commitment to diversity and inclusion ensures a broad range of perspectives and talents within the team, enriching the quality of service provided. Comparing their practice to others, the unique combination of Dermot’s client dedication, knowledge, adaptability, and commitment to innovation truly sets them apart.’

‘Clients can expect a personalised and comprehensive legal service that aligns with their specific needs, with a strong emphasis on clear communication and client satisfaction.’

‘I have dealt on many cases with Brian Connolly, whose advice and proactivity on cases is always excellent.’

‘The service provided by this practice is professional and always reliable. The team is responsive, courteous and efficient. The team is well-resourced and has a very good grasp of what is required to provide a coherent and well structured service.’

‘Emma Meagher impresses as a highly-confident and professional individual. All of the solicitors that I work with appear well-supported, which adds greatly to the quality of the service that is provided.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland are a trusted firm with a unique ability to represent their clients in an open and transparent manner. Eversheds Sutherland are also unique in that they can successfully service a wide range of sectors. They engage with their clients in every step of the journey, giving them the opportunity to be involved in decision-making based on the full facts when the time comes. They keep clients informed of real-time costs, correspondences, relevant case law, potential outcomes and manageable risks.’

Key clients

AA Ireland


Allianz Insurance Plc


Arachas Corporate Brokers

Ardonagh Group

Aston Lark


Berkshire Hathaway Speciality Insurance


Guarantee Protection Insurance Limited


Legal & General

Liberty Mutual Insurance




Royal London Group


SLFC Services Company (UK) Limited

Starstone Insurance SE

Sun Life

Swiss Re and Munich Re

Work highlights

  • Advised Aston Lark on the Irish legal and tax aspects on the acquisition of various insurance brokers over a 12-month period.
  • Acted for the Personal Injuries Assessment Board in various judicial review proceedings arising from the implementation and commencement of the Personal Injuries Guidelines.
  • Advised the bankruptcy trustees of Gefion Finans on their successful application to the president of the High Court, in consultation with the State Claims Agency to access the Insurance Compensation Fund in Ireland.

Hayes Solicitors LLP

Hayes Solicitors LLP is a leader in clinical defence litigation with a large team, including eight partners, dedicated to the area. Much of the practice centres on catastrophic injury claims alongside high-volume claims. It is gaining further experience in group litigation, including claims stemming from the Covid-19 vaccine. It handles claims for state agencies such as the State Claims Agency (SCA) and also acts for the Medical Protection Society (MPS) and Dental Protection. The firm has also gained recognition for its product liability, employers’ liability and public liability expertise. Mary Hough leads the healthcare team, with managing partner Joe O’Malley, Louise O’Rourke, Stephen McGuinness and Robbie Slattery also providing senior expertise in the field.

Practice head(s):

Joe O’Malley; Mary Hough

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection Limited

Veterinary Defence Society


The Irish Times

Bank of Ireland



NMBI (Healthcare)

Work highlights

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

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Holmes O'Malley Sexton remains best known for professional negligence, personal injury and property damage disputes. The firm acts for a large proportion of insurers that cover the risk insurance market in Ireland. It has an established record in employers’ liability, public liability and motor claims, with additional strength in business interruption claims, cyber and data privacy cases, and D&O. Managing partner Harry Fehily has vast experience in the insurance market, including business interruption claims. George Kennedy is rated for professional and medical negligence, notably catastrophic and large loss claims. Donal Creaton is another key partner.

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


‘Always up to date with files. Progress in an efficient manner and do not wait for things to happen. If any delays occur, we are notified immediately along with advice as to what the best course of action would be.’

‘Robert Kennedy – always available and provides excellent insights and rationale behind every set of advices. Doesn’t seek to complicate matters and consistently drives the cases forward. Has a great appreciation of what we expect and strives to exceed our expectations.’

‘The personal and professional service is second to none. We are very satisfied with the consistency of the performance of the firm. Regular updates and engagement feeds into the reliable and efficient service provided.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance plc

RSA Insurance Ireland DAC

AXA Insurance DAC

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE

Davies Group Limited

Ornella Underwriting Limited

TTM Healthcare Limited

GoAhead Ireland

Lidl Ireland GmbH

DWF Claims

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance


NARGC Compensation Fund

Arch Insurance


A.I.G. Europe

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

Newline Europe Versicherung AG

Marsh Ireland Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the insurers on the defence of a high-value and multi-party litigation, involving the developer and contractor of a large residential and commercial development built in Dublin in 2005/2006.
  • Acted on behalf of the special investigations unit of an insurance company client in the defence of two personal injuries claims, where it was denied by the defendant driver that any contact had occurred between the vehicles.
  • Defended Liberty Insurance in three claims arising out of a fatal accident in Sligo High Court, which were all dismissed.


Kennedys is a global giant in the insurance sector, with the Dublin team playing an increasingly pivotal role in upholding the firm’s reputation. The group is frequently engaged in many of the biggest cases in the market, including the headline claims by aircraft lessors arising from the Russia-Ukraine war. It has demonstrated its expertise in a range of key areas, from business interruption, construction and political risks to personal injury, clinical negligence, professional indemnity, and transport and logistics. The large team boasts experienced partners, including Andrew McGahey, a prominent name in financial lines, D&O, political risk and business interruption. Joanne O’Sullivan specialises in catastrophic injuries, Noel Devins is rated for professional indemnity claims in the construction industry and business interruption cases, and Hugh Kennedy is a leader in shipping insurance. David Strahan is also highly rated. Catherine Lyons was promoted to partner in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McGahey

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Strong, in-depth team with knowledge, professionalism, pragmatists, reachable and personable. ’

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

‘We value the service provided by David and Kennedys, which we believe is first-in-class. David has a strong understanding of our business and our values which is critically important when trying to settle litigation cases. David delivers a first-in-class service, ensuring we are receiving a value add service proposition from Kennedys, which is attributable to David’s service delivery. Not aware of any obvious weaknesses that we would highlight during our time working with David and rest of the team.’

‘Prompt and practical legal advice.’

‘The team at Kennedy’s never fails to provide excellent advice and effective strategies for the cost effective management of claims.’

‘Hugh Kennedy is a specialist in maritime claims and law which is not a common specialty in Ireland. He is therefore invaluable and heads up an active and responsive team.’

‘Kennedys Ireland are a strong united firm to work with. They present considered informed legal recommendations putting every effort into seeking the best outcome for clients.’

Key clients


AF Beazley



Atrium Underwriting Limited

Aviva Life & Pensions dac

Berkshire Hathaway

Challenge Medical Indemnity

Chaucer Insurance


COSCO & China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association

Drogheda Port

IN2 Engineering Design Partnership

Inditex Re

JD Sports

JD Wetherspoon

Liberty Insurance

Lloyd’s Insurance Company SA

MSD (Merck & CO)


Securitas Security Services Limited

SIMS Clinic

State Claims Agency

Talbot underwriting Limited

Zurich Insurance PLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lloyds Insurance Company and Lloyd’s of London syndicates in over $4.5bn worth of war risks and all risks claims by aircraft lessors arising from the Russia-Ukraine war.
  • Represented insurers of Perrigo in connection with Perrigo’s attempts to claim $500m in insurance in relation to securities fraud litigation.
  • Represented COSCO & China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association following a collision between a COSCO vessel and a large French fishing vessel off the coast of Ireland.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has a rich heritage in insurance disputes, especially professional indemnity, construction and aviation-related claims, along with D&O, cyber and employer liability. Head of the insurance disputes team Shane Neville and partner Ian Lavelle have continued to forge close connections to London-based insurers; Lavelle previously practised in London before joining the firm. The wider team has sustained further growth in construction-related claims, another forte for Lavelle, and insurance regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Jill Callanan; Shane Neville; David Naughton

Other key lawyers:

Ian Lavelle

Key clients

Fidelis Underwriting Limited

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Tokio Marine HCC

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

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

CFC Underwriting Limited / CFC Europe

Liberty Insurance DAC

Arch Insurance (EU)

KennCo Underwriting Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fidelis Underwriting and related entities, defendants in aircraft insurance litigation brought by global aviation lessors, including SMBC Aviation Capital Limited, Avolon and CDB Aviation.
  • Instructed in a variety of insurance-related litigation by claims handler, Leeson Claims Services Limited (also called Leeson Claims Services Ireland), the appointed claims handler for numerous UK and Irish-based insurers.


RDJ LLP has one of the largest insurance teams in the market, recognised especially for its dedication to the professional indemnity field, along with further casualty and liability claims in multiple sectors. It has more than 40 partners operating in the area. The firm acts for a multitude of international insurers in professional indemnity claims, along with the State Claims Agency, local authorities and a number of self-insured entities. Richard Martin is at the forefront of professional indemnity and coverage disputes. Head of the Dublin office Jamie Olden is another senior professional indemnity specialist, while Donal Twomey is a key figure for claims against construction professionals. The firm remains close to the London insurance market, with Uilliam Ó Lorcáin a key contact for London-based clients.

Practice head(s):

Uilliam Ó Lorcáin

Other key lawyers:

Fergus Long: Richard Martin; Peter Lennon; Jamie Olden; Ricky Kelly; Mary Purtill; Donal Twomey; Brendan O’Connell; Marianne Lonergan


‘Uilliam Ó Lorcáin handles most matters himself but is able to call on the assistance of team members as required.’

‘Uilliam Ó Lorcáin provides an excellent, efficient, knowledgeable and highly professional service.’

‘RDJ are generally just very commercial and easy to deal with. Strong on defence professional indemnity, media claims and cyber claims. Also on policy coverage. Compared to some other (international) firms I’ve dealt with, they have a good handle on proportionality on costs and matching the lawyer with the experience commensurate with the value of the claim. Partners across different practice areas collaborate together (no silos). They work as a team.’

‘I work regularly with Uilliam Ó Lorcáin who is extremely personable, with excellent experience on professional indemnity claims. He is very commercially savvy and demonstrates a keen focus on strategic resolution of a claim. He’s an excellent negotiator and I trust him to get the deal done with our best interest in mind.’

‘Uilliam O’Lorcain deals with our IFL files and provides detailed advice and recommendations on a number of complex files. Uilliam is very engaging and responsive to queries that have been raised. Uilliam has particular expertise in complex coverage aspects and it is always re-assuring to speak to him to try and resolve such issues he has been instructed on.’

‘Mary Purtill manages a particularly large casualty account and is very responsive to queries raised by both insurer and client. Mary provides all the necessary information to allow both insurer and client make informed decisions in real time.’

‘RDJ offer an excellent service in both the IFL and casualty lines of business. RDJ are always responsive to queries raised and provide detailed advice to help secure solutions to complex insurance matters.’

Work highlights

Beauchamps LLP

Beauchamps LLP is developing ever-stronger connections to Ireland and London-based market insurers and brokers, which have afforded it a growing number of high-value and large-scale engagements, including Commercial Court proceedings relating to the impounding of aircraft following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The firm is also rated for professional indemnity, particularly defending claims against solicitors. Ciara Murphy leads many of the firm’s key engagements, with Emma Keegan providing further senior-level support.

Practice head(s):

Ciara Murphy; Emma Keegan


‘Beauchamps insurance practice stands out by providing a service which secures confidence from the insured at the earliest stages, and balances the wishes of the insured with the required outcome for the insurer, in a manner that keeps all informed and engaged and delivers for all stakeholders.’

‘Ciara Murphy, partner, commits herself to understanding the brief from all angles, and ensures that each file is given the attention required until the outcome is achieved.’

‘Very knowledgeable and accessible team who are always focused on a clear defining strategy to bring our cases to a satisfactory conclusion for us and our clients. They have onboarded new procedures, which our clients require from a reporting perspective for the management of their cases, without hesitation and with great results.’

‘We work with Ciara Murphy, partner, who is always available to assist and to advise in relation to complex litigated matters. The turnaround time in providing advice is excellent on what can be very complicated matters.’

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality

Grant Thornton

AIG Europe SA

Randal & Quilter Investment Holdings

Ulster Bank Ireland DAC

Work highlights

  • Acted for AIG Europe in defence of a number of Commercial Court proceedings by Irish-based Aircraft Lessors concerning the impounding of aircraft in Russia following is invasion of Ukraine.
  • Represented Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality in defending an insured solicitor in proceedings, in which his former client claimed that he allowed a deadline to expire and failed to serve legal proceedings on time.
  • Acted for Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality in the defence of an insured solicitor in proceedings issued by a former client concerning a multi-million-euro mixed residential and commercial development.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP handles a mix of transactional, advisory, regulatory and disputes matters in the insurance field. It acts for insurers, commercial clients and public sector bodies. It also continues to advise the Environmental Protection Agency in connection with environmental impairment liability insurance policies. Jon Legorburu heads the litigation and dispute resolution group and leads the insurance team. Mona Costelloe and Louise Holmes provide additional insurance expertise.

Practice head(s):

Jon Legorburu; Mark O’Shaughnessy

Other key lawyers:

Helen Gibbons; Mona Costelloe; Louise Holmes


‘I work very closely with Louise Holmes. She is very professional and exceptional with clients. She understands their needs and businesses and makes telling them bad news very easy. She is very punctual, efficient and always delivers.’

Key clients

Environmental Protection Agency

FBD Insurance Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Environmental Protection Agency on all Environmental Impairment Liability (EIL) insurance policies in Ireland secured by licensed operators as a financial instrument for potential environmental liabilities.
  • Advised FBD in relation to High Court proceedings, relating to the refusal of Royal London, the Life Company, to pay out on a life assurance policy for reasons of non-disclosure of material medical facts during the policy application process.
  • Advised a Large Irish Public Body on a range of matters which required strategic and complex advice regarding insurance, indemnity, liability, risk identification and mitigation.

Carson McDowell

Carson McDowell has a giant insurance practice split between its Dublin and Belfast offices. It has a formidable presence in clinical negligence, with further expertise in personal injury. Much of the Dublin team’s work centres on representing the Medical Protection Society. Head of clinical claims Jacqueline McAleese works across both Dublin and Belfast and continues to defend large claims in Ireland. Managing partner and head of healthcare Roger McMillan also practises in both jurisdictions. Head of the Dublin office Sinéad Keavey is a senior name in clinical negligence defence, along with fellow Dublin partner Kathleen Byrne.

Practice head(s):

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


‘This is a fantastic cross-border practice that puts a big emphasis on providing sound and timely advice to a large range of corporate clients.’

‘Cathal O’Neill is meticulous in his preparation, always ensuring every angle is covered when it comes to briefing Counsel and so as to provide the best possible advice to his clients.’

‘Cathal O’Neill is very proactive in a plaintiff-favourable jurisdiction. Certainly obtains the best results for his clients.’

Key clients

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection

Associations of Optometrists

Irish Ferries


Willis Towers Watson

Sedgwick (formerly Cunningham Lindsey)

McLarens Loss Adjusters

Work highlights

Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP

Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP has an immense record in defending clients against personal injury and professional negligence claims. This includes public, employers' and occupiers’ liability matters, along with major clinical negligence claims. The firm acts for the Health Service Executive, State Claims Agency and a range of insurers and reinsurers. In Cork, Eamon Harrington is rated for medical negligence and personal injury claims, and managing partner Deborah Moore is another leader in clinical negligence. Daniel McLoughlin and Nicola Kiely are also key partners.

Practice head(s):

Eamon Harrington; Daniel McLoughlin; Deborah Moore

Other key lawyers:

Diarmuid Cunningham; Nicola Kiely


‘This firm is unique in that the partners themselves deal with cases at all levels, from minor to serious cases and this brings a level of experience which ensures results are optimised.’

‘Eamonn Harrington runs a good operation with experienced and professional people positioned in relevant areas.’

‘A notable aspect of this firm is its unwavering attention to detail when following through on its commitments. Clients are guaranteed total commitment to their cause and the provision of speedy, easily digestible, and comprehensive legal advices and strategies.’

‘Ease of communication is a huge plus when dealing with CKT. The client can always feel they have a connection straight through to the partner handling their work, as well as the comfort of knowing that staff within the firm are highly experienced in their relevant fields.’

‘Daniel McLoughlin is one of the most diligent solicitors practising today. He brings a wealth of experience to each case and a level of common sense that is often lacking in other firms. Nicola Kiely, who has become a partner in the last year, has an unrivalled work ethic that results in the best possible outcomes for her clients.’

‘This is a professional and progressive firm of lawyers who always have their client needs at the forefront. They are efficient and tenacious in all that they do.’

‘The team’s strength is second to none and I would like to reference Daniel McLoughlin in particular, who I have worked with for many years, and I would say that he is one of the best defence solicitors that I have worked with over the years – his attention to detail, forensic investigation and overall results are second to none.’

‘All of the associates and partners that I deal with are focused and well-prepared individuals who concentrate on detail and preparation. All paperwork is relevant, detailed and focused. An excellent service is provided to clients.’

Key clients

Health Service Executive

State Claims Agency

Allianz insurance

Munich RE

Lloyds Syndicates

KennCo Underwriting Ltd

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Cork County Council

Work highlights

  • Negotiated a strong Circuit Court settlement for Lloyds Syndicate, which was later reneged on by the Plaintiff.
  • Successfully defeated a personal injury claim by relying upon SLA between Council and Irish Water and relying upon the immunity provided for pursuant to Section 29(1)(a) of the Water Services Act 2009, obtaining an Order for costs in favour of our client, Irish Water.


Fieldfisher has an extensive client list of domestic insurers, international underwriters and self-insured commercial entities. The wide-ranging practice includes employer liability, motor insurance, public liability, professional negligence and product liability. Killian O’Reilly has over 27 years’ experience in insurance law and insurance litigation matters, including casualty and professional negligence claims. Legal director Neil Cahill is another experienced figure.

Practice head(s):

Killian O’Reilly

Other key lawyers:

Neil Cahill


‘Commercially-focused and highly efficient team. Fieldfisher consistently give excellent and clear advice that supports our business in achieving its aims. Using Fieldfisher for insurance defence work is the easiest decision we make every year.’

‘Killian O’Reilly is the best insurance defence lawyer in Ireland. Killian is our ‘go to’ for all insurance defence matters and he has an incredibly wide and deep knowledge. We value his consistent, concise and effective advice. Killian has an incredible ability to make himself available to our business and his advice always leaves us clearer.’

‘Neill Cahill is an excellent insurance defence lawyer. We enjoy his clarity and knowledge knowing our insurance liabilities are in safe hands. ’

Key clients

Ecclesiastical Insurance

Ornella Underwriting Limited

Ryanair DAC

AIG Insurance

Matrix Claim Services Limited

FBD Insurance

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Ryanair DAC in respect of its portfolio of self-insured employer’s liability claims.
  • Acted for FBD Insurance in defence of a claim where the plaintiff alleged that, as a result of an accident at work, she had sustained life-changing injuries and was making a claim for over €2m.
  • Instructed by Ornella Underwriting in respect of a significant dependency claim valued at €5m.