Public sector in Ireland

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody acts for a wide range of public sector clients, including state agencies, national utility companies, semi-state bodies, government departments and local authorities. The team has been particularly active advising on major infrastructure projects, including the Dublin MetroLink and Greater Dublin Drainage Project, and also handles restructurings and the sale of state assets, claims against public healthcare bodies, and procurement challenges. The 'excellent' Anna-Marie Curran, who specialises in public procurement and state aid matters, leads the team with Eamonn Conlon, whose practice focuses on construction. 'Consummate professional' Cliona Christle is noted for her healthcare expertise.

Practice head(s):

Anna-Marie Curran; Eamonn Conlon

Testimonials

It is clear that the team is a cohesive unit, displaying seamless communication between members.

Anna-Marie Curran is excellent, and has a wealth of knowledge of procurement law. She always makes herself available to the client to provide practical, sound and quick advice. Her practicality and decisiveness instil great confidence.

A&L Goodbody have an in-depth knowledge of the health sector and a broad range of experts available who are of a very high calibre. Response times and turnaround of requests and documentation is excellent.

Cliona Christle is a consummate professional and retains an encyclopedic knowledge of my organisation. She is always available, irrespective of the time of day, and balanced in her thinking and approach.

Key clients

Department of Finance

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Department of Defence

National Assets Management Agency (Nama)

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

St. Vincent’s Hospital

Mater Hospital

Housing Agency

TG4

Adelaide & Meath Hospital (incorporating the National Children’s Hospital)

The Heritage Council

Belfast Harbour Commissioners

Office of Public Works

Ervia (formerly Bord Gais Eireann)

Irish Water

Irish Rail

Electricity Supply Board

Bord na Móna

University College Dublin

University College Cork

National University of Ireland

Special liquidators to the IBRC

Marine Institute

Irish Airlines Pensions Limited

State Claims Agency

Irish Aviation Authority

St. James Hospital

Coombe Hospital

CIE

National University of Ireland Maynooth

The Pensions Authority

Irish Central Statistics Office

Technological University Dublin

Bus Eireann

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Local Authorities (including Cavan County Council, Cork County Council, Cork City Council, Galway County Council, Kerry County Council, Kildare County Council, Leitrim County Council, Limerick City and County Council, Louth County Council, Mayo County Council, Monaghan County Council, Roscommon County Council, Sligo County Council, Wicklow County Council)

AIB

Bank of Ireland

Ptsb

Work highlights

  • Advising Irish Water on obtaining planning permission for the upgrade of the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant.
  • Advising BAM Building on the construction contract for the New Children’s Hospital.
  • Advising Irish Water/Ervia on obtaining planning permission for the Greater Dublin Drainage Project.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox's 'knowledgeable' team has a strong track record for representing regulatory bodies in statutory investigations. It has particular expertise in the healthcare sector, where clients include the Health Service Executive, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and the Mental Health Commission. Other areas of strength include the education sector, where the team advises a number of universities on their statutory functions, and significant infrastructure projects. Practice head Joanelle O’Cleirigh has extensive experience representing state entities in public inquiries, while Aaron Boyle specialises in procurement and infrastructure and Alex McLean has notable expertise in energy sector projects. Senior associate Kate O’Donohoe is also recommended for her advice to statutory bodies.

Practice head(s):

Joanelle O’Cleirigh

Testimonials

They are very knowledgeable in different areas of law, have great attention to detail and are always available for a consult. They are definite in their advice and never ambiguous.

They are very assured in their subject area. You feel confident with the advice you have received and the response time is very good.

Key clients

HSE

ESB

Daa Plc

Bord na Móna

Child & Family Agency (Tusla)

Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Coillte

Cork County Council

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Central Bank of Ireland

Irish Water

Minister for Finance

National Treasury Management Agency

Office of Public Works

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Mental Health Commission

Dental Council

House Building Finance Ireland

Land Development Agency

Trinity College Dublin

Irish Rail

Work highlights

  • Providing legal services to the Child & Family Agency (Tusla), including representing the client before the Tribunal of Inquiry into Protected Disclosures.
  • Acting for the Mental Health Commission in the first prosecution under the Mental Health Act 2001 regarding the failure by an approved centre to meet the required standards.
  • Advising the preferred bidder, Granahan McCourt Ireland, on all aspects of the rollout of the National Broadband Plan.

Byrne Wallace

Byrne Wallace's 'completely knowledgeable' team acts for public bodies across a range of areas, including healthcare, education, tourism, transport, energy and the justice system. The team has extensive experience in public inquiries and investigations; public procurement; construction projects, particularly for social housing; and litigation and regulatory hearings. The team also provides advice on data protection and employment issues. Michelle Ní Longáin has particular expertise in public sector employment matters, including protected disclosures; Jon Legorburu has been active in large-scale investigations in the healthcare, insurance and financial services sectors; and Sinéad Kearney specialises in social care, including child protection cases.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Ní Longáin

Testimonials

The team stand out for their overall knowledge pool and expertise. The team are very strong on following the brief and keeping the client informed.

They are attentive and responsive, and not caught up in jargon.

The team are interested in understanding what is important to us as an organisation and the values and decision-making considerations we have. They provide advice tailored to us.

The team act immediately when we raise any issues and ensure that any solution they put in place works for us as a client.

The team are experts in their field, understand our sector and can provide us with insight and knowledge based on a breath of experience. They provide us with information that is very accessible at all levels in our organisation, and they demonstrate a strong appreciation for the work we do and are supportive in assisting us to execute our role.

The team in Byrne Wallace are responsive and approachable. They demonstrate expertise in a wide variety of related areas and inspire confidence in their ability to deliver.

Response times are excellent. It is a pleasure working with Byrne Wallace.

Strong communication, client-centred, strong teamwork

They are good at listening, with key analytical skills that are helpful in solving problems.

Seamless service, whether dealing with partners or junior associates.

Completely knowledgeable and demonstrate a complete understanding of the highly complex legal environment in which the client operates.

Key clients

Trinity College Dublin

University of Limerick

HSE

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Reform

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

IDA

Irish Prison Service

Courts Service

Central Bank of Ireland

Beaumont Hospital

TUSLA

Coillte

Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Dublin Airport Authority

An Post

Ervia

Technological University Dublin

Dublin City Council

Failte Ireland

Galway County Council

Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board

Kildare County Council

Longford County Council

National Library of Ireland

NUI Galway

Pobal

Rotunda Hospital

Local Government Management Agency

RTE

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

Teagasc

Teaching Council

Tourism Ireland

Westmeath County Council

Waterways Ireland

Coras Iompair Eireann

Environmental Protection Agency

Mental Health Commission

Commission for Regulation of Utilities (COU)

Work highlights

  • Acting for a state health agency in passing off proceedings.
  • Representing a state health body in a dispute with one of Ireland’s leading health insurers.
  • Advising the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on proposed amendments to the Irish Civil Service Regulation Acts.

Mason Hayes & Curran

The 'experienced' team at Mason Hayes & Curran is highly active in litigation in the public sector, including judicial review proceedings, statutory appeals and public procurement challenges. High-profile public inquiries are also a key area of work, and the team has a strong reputation for professional regulatory matters, including fitness to practise and disciplinary inquiries. Practice head Edward Gleeson advises a number of charities and not-for-profit organisations; Catherine Allen specialises in investigations and judicial review; Niall Michel focuses on regulation in financial and professional services, utilities and aviation; and the 'standout' Lisa Joyce has a particular focus on information law.

Practice head(s):

Edward Gleeson

Testimonials

Easy to work with. Significant partner expertise and know-how. Work done in a timely manner.

Niall Michel has significant public sector and administrative law expertise and know-how. He is easy to work with, understands the relevant issues, gets to the point quickly and manages disputes efficiently.

The team is responsive and understanding of client needs.

Lisa Joyce is technically very good – she understands the public sector and gives practical advice.

Mason Hayes & Curran has an experienced public law team. Their attention to detail and thoroughness is impressive. The team proactively manage their files and are highly accessible to clients.

From partner to associate, the team are professional and a pleasure to work with.

Lisa Joyce particularly stands out – she is highly experienced in the public law area and is conscientious and thorough with excellent judgement. She is also highly responsive to clients and proactive in meeting their needs.

Key clients

Veterinary Council of Ireland

Arthropharm (Europe)

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

Central Bank of Ireland

Ulster Bank Ireland DAC

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Commission for the Regulation of Utilities

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Transcore, LP

Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority

Medical Council

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment

Commission for Aviation Regulation

Health Insurance Authority

Health and Safety Authority

National Museum of Ireland

Electricity Supply Board

Office of the National Lottery Regulator

Environmental Protection Agency

Health Service Executive

Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Child and Family Agency

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin

Work highlights

  • Acting for David Tynan, as assessor, in a dispute relating to the valuation process for shares in the now-defunct Anglo Irish Bank.
  • Acting for Arthropharm (Europe) in judicial review proceedings challenging a decision of the Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA).
  • Advising the Commission for Aviation Regulation on the issue of compensation for Ryanair passengers whose flights were cancelled due to strikes.

Matheson

With state agencies and semi-state bodies, government departments and utilities among its clients, Matheson has expertise across a range of areas in the public sector, including procurement, freedom of information, energy and infrastructure, and environment and planning law. It has also acted for public sector clients in investigations, judicial reviews and statutory appeals. Garret Farrelly specialises in energy projects; Nicola Dunleavy handles regulatory disputes in the public sector, as well as environmental and planning matters; Helen Kelly advises on state aid and procurement; Michael Byrne has extensive experience acting for public sector and semi-state bodies in litigation; and senior associate Aoiffe Moran has particular expertise in freedom of information law.

Practice head(s):

Garret Farrelly; Nicola Dunleavy; Helen Kelly; Michael Byrne

Key clients

Adoption Authority of Ireland

Commission for Regulation of Utilities

Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland

Chartered Accountants Regulatory Board

Courts Service of Ireland

Department of Finance

Eirgrid plc

EirGrid Interconnector

Residential Tenancies Board

Commission for Public Service Appointments

Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

Three Ireland

Department of Health

Louth County Council

ISIF

Mayo County Council

General Electric

Galway Harbour Company

Sport Ireland

Enterprise Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advised Nama on a significant data subject access request received pursuant to Article 15 of the GDPR.
  • Acting for the Chartered Accountants Regulatory Board in respect of its longstanding prosecution of multiple complaints against a chartered accountant.
  • Advising the Adoption Authority of Ireland on a “leapfrog” appeal to the Supreme Court in a case on the status of previously adopted children under the Hague Convention.

McCann FitzGerald

Noted for its 'depth of knowledge and expertise', McCann FitzGerald advises public sector clients on their statutory regimes, the prosecution of offences, complaints and enforcement actions, whistleblowing reports and investigations, and data protection and freedom of information issues. The team is assisting with several high-profile infrastructure projects and also advises on energy, healthcare, justice and education-related matters. Practice head Seán Barton is experienced in acting for public bodies in investigations and judicial review proceedings, Eamonn O’Hanrahan has expertise in public transport projects, Michelle Doyle specialises in major infrastructure projects and Rosaleen Byrne frequently handles disputes in regulated sectors.

Practice head(s):

Seán Barton

Testimonials

They are knowledgeable and thoughtful in their approach.

They understand the client’s needs.

Rosaleen Byrne is smart, client focused and very practical.

Of particular relevance in the public sector area, the team take a holistic approach, including understanding the applicable parameters and policies (which go beyond legal matters) and not leaving these as matters entirely for the client.

Depth of knowledge and expertise

Key clients

Bord na Móna plc

Central Bank of Ireland

CIE/Irish Rail

Coillte Teoranta (the Forestry Board)

Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)

Courts Service

Dublin Airport Authority

Electricity Supply Board

Ervia

Government Departments (including Department of Finance and Department of Justice and Equality)

Institute of Bankers

Institute of Directors

Insolvency Service of Ireland

Irish Takeover Panel

Local authorities (including Galway County Council, Kildare County Council, Laois County Council, Dublin City Council and others)

Maynooth University

National Accreditation Board

National Asset Management Agency

National Development Finance Agency

National Transport Authority

National Treasury Management Agency/ISIF

Office of Public Works

Road Safety Authority

Shannon Airport Authority

State Claims Agency

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Trinity College Dublin

University College Dublin

Work highlights

  • Advising the Courts Service on the preparation of rules of court relating to GDPR compliance and other issues, and on a project to reform criminal procedure in the District Court.
  • Advising the Road Safety Authority on a range of matters, including the re-procurement of the National Car Testing Service.
  • Acting for the US government in ongoing litigation over EU-US data transfer arrangements.

William Fry

William Fry's public sector client base includes government departments, state agencies, regulatory bodies, utilities and local government authorities, and it has recently been increasingly active in the university sector. The team has expertise in statutory investigations, regulatory enforcement and significant energy and transport infrastructure projects, including the proposed development of the Celtic Interconnector between France and Ireland. The practice is led by EU and regulatory law specialist Claire Waterson, whose recent work includes a high-profile state aid case. Alicia Compton specialises in public sector employment matters and Garrett Breen has extensive experience in regulatory litigation.

Practice head(s):

Claire Waterson

Key clients

European Investment Bank

Department of Finance

Central Bank of Ireland

ComReg

National Asset Management Agency (Nama)

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

Revenue Commissioners

State Claims Agency

Irish Stock Exchange

National Dairy Council

SOLAS

UCD

Horse Racing Ireland

DCU

DIT

ESB

Bord Gáis

Eirgrid

The Special Liquidators of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (formerly Anglo Irish Bank)

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Dublin City Council

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

South Dublin County Council

Laois County Council

Offaly Council

Westmeath County Council

Louth County Council

The Pensions Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of Finance on the recovery of state aid from Apple following a landmark decision by the European Commission.
  • Advising Solas on the restructuring of statutory apprenticeship procedures nationwide.
  • Advising ComReg on the regulation of the broadband market in Ireland.

DAC Beachcroft Dublin

The 'reputable' DAC Beachcroft Dublin team counts public entities from a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, sports, housing and broadcasting, among its clients, and also acts for professional regulatory bodies. The practice covers judicial review and litigation in the public sector, state inquiries, professional disciplinary and fitness to practise hearings, and advice on regulatory issues and data protection. Gary Rice, who is noted for his 'in-depth knowledge of the issues', leads the team, while consultant Aideen Ryan specialises in professional regulation and legal director Aidan Healy focuses on regulatory law, particularly in the sports sector. Joanne Finn, who joined from Byrne Wallace, brings additional expertise in state aid and procurement.

Practice head(s):

Gary Rice

Testimonials

Multi-disciplinary team with in-depth knowledge and experience of sports bodies, disciplinary processes and federation issues.

Aidan Healy has a practical approach and understanding of issues facing sports bodies.

Gary Rice has in-depth knowledge of the issues and a good understanding of variable factors.

Excellent regulatory knowledge and experience. Wide-ranging acumen. Very obliging and timely with advice.

Reputable lawyers whose opinion you can count on.

A professional, responsive firm with a personal touch which delivers on time.

Gary Rice was a genuinely interested lawyer who took the time to carefully understand our needs while offering useful suggestions as to how the firm could assist without at any time appearing pushy.

Key clients

Medical Council

Law Society of Ireland – Independent Adjudicator of the Law Society

Veterinary Council of Ireland

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

Sport Ireland

Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (formerly the Turf Club)

Allied Irish Bank

Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency

Irish Greyhound Board

State Claims Agency

RTÉ

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Irish Pharmacy Union

Irish Dental Union

Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians

Curragh Racecourse Limited

Fórsa (formerly Impact)

Horse Sport Ireland

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Medical Council of Ireland in fitness to practise inquiries and successfully defending the client in a judicial review.
  • Acting for Sport Ireland, the state agency responsible for the regulation of sport, in anti-doping investigations and prosecutions.
  • Advising the Irish Dental Union on the national contracts for the state dental schemes.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland's 'talented' team has been particularly active in public sector infrastructure projects, including advising on the procurement of the Social Housing PPP Programme. The team also has expertise in the healthcare sector; the education sector, where it advises educational institutions, training boards and national bodies; and contentious public sector matters such as procurement disputes, judicial reviews and statutory appeals. Pamela O’Neill, who specialises in litigation and regulatory investigations, leads the practice with the 'outstanding' Peter Curran, who focuses on public procurement. Margaret Gorman is 'a leading expert in education law'.

Practice head(s):

Pamela O’Neill; Peter Curran

Testimonials

The firm’s education law department is first-rate, providing clear, practical advice and excellent customer service.

Margaret Gorman is an outstanding lawyer and a leading expert in the area of education law. She is very practical and insightful, which, underpinned by her expertise in this area, gives a client great confident in her advice. She is also very personable and accessible.

The talented team bring practicality and strategic insight to their service. They are keen to get a good understanding of their client to tailor their advice accordingly.

The team are very approachable and amenable. They are very good at creating a sense of a team with their client and are able to react and adjust to needs and changes as they arise.

Eversheds Sutherland deliver to the highest possible standards.

Peter Curran is outstanding.

Key clients

Residential Tenancies Board

EirGrid

National Development Finance Agency

National Asset Management Agency

Pensions Ombudsman

Financial Services Ombudsman

Commission for Communications Regulation

Dublin Port Company

Irish Water

Gas Networks Ireland

Health Service Executive

Personal Injuries Assessment Board

Trinity College Dublin

RTE

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

CIE (Irish Rail)

Insolvency Service of Ireland

National Standards Authority of Ireland

Department of Housing, Community and Local Government

Education Research Council

Department of Communications

Solus

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Residential Tenancies Board on a range of matters, including statutory appeals and judicial reviews.
  • Advising EirGrid on its procurement activities and disputes in Ireland, including the commercial contract for technical advisers on the Celtic Interconnector project.
  • Advising Dublin Port on a number of matters, including a strategic infrastructure project for the redevelopment of the Alexandra Basin.

Beauchamps

Beauchamps is noted for its strength in acting for regulatory bodies in a range of areas, including the health and social care, professional services and corporate sectors, while other clients include local authorities, universities, sports organisations, social housing associations and hospitals. The team acts for public bodies in litigation, including judicial review proceedings and inquiries, and handles professional regulatory hearings. Stephen McLoughlin, who joined the firm from Fieldfisher, leads the practice jointly with the 'responsive and efficient' Imelda Reynolds. Dorit McCann specialises in procurement and state aid matters.

Practice head(s):

Stephen McLoughlin; Imelda Reynolds

Testimonials

They provide reliable advice in a timely manner without fail.

They are accessible and responsive. We know we can pick up the phone to them when we need to.

Rich mix of extensive expertise and speedy response to queries

Mark Pery-Knox-Gore has the ability to tease out all aspects in an easy-to-understand fashion, to identify the implications of various approaches and to conclude with an advised direction. His responses are detailed and very considered.

Associate Edward Lyons is very prompt and responsive. Good attention to detail. Pleasant manner.

The team is responsive and solution focused.

Partner-led full-service offering with all queries promptly responded to.

The firm have an excellent understanding of the legal issues and challenges which can arise in a public sector context and provide practical, commercial legal solutions in resolving them.

Imelda Reynolds is very responsive, efficient and provides effective, solution-oriented advice.

Key clients

Athlone Institute of Technology

Central Statistics Office

Choice Housing Ireland Limited

Circle Voluntary Housing Association

Cluid Housing

Commission for Communications Regulations (ComReg)

Croke Park

Dental Council

Design and Crafts Council of Ireland

Dublin Airport Authority plc

Dublin City Council

Dublin Institute of Technology

Dublin Port Company plc

Dublin Dental University Hospital

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Education & Training Boards Ireland

ESB

Fingal County Council

Enterprise Ireland

Foróige

GAA

Galway City Council

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA)

Housing Agency

Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency

IDA Ireland

Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown

Institute of Technology, Carlow

Institute of Technology, Sligo

Institute of Technology, Tallaght

Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority

Irish Greyhound Board

Irish Rail

Kilkenny County Council

Law Society of Ireland

Leinster Rugby

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Limerick Institute of Technology

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

National Council for Special Education

National Sports Campus Development Authority (now Sport Ireland)

Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland

Office of Public Works

Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement

Ordnance Survey Ireland

Pobal

Respond! Housing Association

Shannon Airport Authority plc

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

South Dublin County Council

Tax Institute

Trinity College Dublin

Waterford Institute of Technology

Western Development Commission

Workplace Relations Commission

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Chief Inspector of Social Services in judicial review proceedings challenging the decision to bring criminal prosecution against the operators of a nursing home.
  • Advising the state economic development agency, Enterprise Ireland, on its strategic investments.
  • Acted for the Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement, the state’s corporate watchdog, in a high-profile dispute over the appointment of an inspector to investigate the affairs of Independent News & Media.

Fieldfisher

The 'exceptionally experienced' practice at Fieldfisher has a longstanding reputation for acting for professional regulators, but has expanded its client base to include a number of industry regulators. Fitness to practise and professional disciplinary hearings are a key area for the team, which also handles enforcement actions, judicial review proceedings, investigations, and regulatory and data protection advice. Key contacts include JP McDowell, who has expertise in advising start-up regulators; Eimear Burke, whose experience includes defending individuals in investigations; Sinéad Taaffe, who acts for public bodies across the healthcare, education and finance sectors; and the 'excellent' Barry Fagan, who has expertise in fitness to practise cases.

Practice head(s):

JP McDowell; Eimear Burke; Sinéad Taaffe; Barry Fagan; Zoe Richardson

Testimonials

No other firm has the experience of dealing with regulatory matters that Fieldfisher has built up over many years. The firm is also unique in the breath of sectors it deals with. The experience of the Fieldfisher team is exceptional. It has strong, knowledgeable and experienced leadership in abundance.

They have essential knowledge of the regulatory sector and the unique dynamics of the public sector. The firm are also committed to providing exceptional service at all times.

Fieldfisher’s Dublin team are experts in the area of professional regulatory law and their turnaround time on work is excellent.

Barry Fagan is an excellent legal adviser – he provides sound advice, is very good technically and has a calm approach to all of his meetings. We find his advice and support invaluable, particularly in the fitness to practise area.’

Regardless of the scale and scope of his workload, we always get Barry Fagan’s individual attention. He shows good judgement, he is smart and I take comfort knowing that I’m being listened to carefully and advised in the most efficient way.

Key clients

Legal Services Regulatory Authority

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman

Veterinary Council

Teaching Council

Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board

Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland

Dental Council

Central Bank of Ireland

Law Society of Ireland

Charities Regulator

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of the Teaching Council in defending injunction proceedings in respect of a decision of the Council to make a notification to the National Vetting Bureau.
  • Advised Coru, the regulatory body for health and social care professionals, on an application to the High Court to suspend the registration of a radiographer.
  • Advising on the establishment of the Legal Services Regulatory Authority.

Hayes Solicitors

Hayes Solicitors' clients include state agencies and regulatory bodies. The team has particular expertise in the healthcare sector, where it has represented state bodies in high-profile clinical negligence and product liability claims, as well as representing professionals and regulators in fitness to practise proceedings. Joe O’Malley acts for public sector clients in financial  and product liability litigation; Mary Hough specialises in healthcare; and Jackie Buckley advises on property and insolvency matters, including advising Irish government agencies on acquiring property as part of major inward investments.

Practice head(s):

Joe O’Malley; Mary Hough; Jackie Buckley

Testimonials

The team at Hayes take a deep interest in their client’s business and have a proactive attitude.

David Phelan, Breda O’Malley and Joe O’Malley all have excellent area knowledge and work to advise us in a direct and meaningful way.

A firm which delivers far above its scale in the Dublin market.

Joe O’Malley inspires confidence. He is lightning quick to see the wider implications of a course of action – an excellent lawyer.

Associate Robbie Slattery is one to watch for the future. A very solid and capable adviser.

Associate Fiona Shipsey is practical and responsive.

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI)

Ronan Daly Jermyn

'Hugely experienced in the public sector', Ronan Daly Jermyn has a wide-ranging client base including universities, local authorities, regulatory bodies and state agencies. The team regularly advises on judicial review proceedings, particularly in relation to planning and development; public procurement; and healthcare sector litigation. The team also assists public bodies with employment, licensing and regulatory issues. In Cork, Finola McCarthy specialises in procurement, planning and environmental, and health and safety matters, and Diarmaid Gavin advises universities on research agreements, IP and state aid. Galway-based Padraic Brennan and Imelda Tierney specialise in representing state bodies in medical defence litigation.

Practice head(s):

Finola McCarthy; Padraic Brennan

Testimonials

The team have been consistently professional, courteous and responsive, as well as on point as regards the advice they have provided.

Ronan Daly Jermyn provided excellent advice in relation to state aid in the context of research performing institutions. They were very professional and knowledgeable in this specialist field, providing prompt advice and good value for money.

Diarmaid Gavin was very knowledgeable.

Diarmaid Gavin and his team were a pleasure to work with.

Diarmaid was able to tailor the agreements to meet all stakeholders’ needs. His ability to listen and respond was excellent. Super customer service.

Hugely experienced in the public sector, providing a wide range of excellent advice.

David McCarroll gives an excellent practical service in the employment law area. He is very responsive and has an ability to provide solid advice to deal with very complex issues.

JP Gilmartin is an excellent lawyer on the corporate and commercial side of the house.

Key clients

Cork City Council

Cork County Council

Kerry County Council

Westmeath County Council

Dublin Airport Authority (daa)

State Claims Agency

Taegasc – Agricultural and Food Development Authority

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority

Irish Cattle Breeding Federation

Knowledge Transfer Ireland

National Cancer Registry Ireland

CIE

Charities Regulatory Authority

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for University College Cork in a recent High Court case challenging the decision of the Information Commissioner to require the university to disclose to RTÉ certain information about a loan agreement between the university and the European Investment Bank.
  • Acted for the Property Registration Authority of Ireland in Commercial High Court proceedings issued against it seeking to prevent the registration of the purchase of various receivership properties.
  • Acted for Dublin Airport Authority in injunctive proceedings in relation to unauthorised car parks in the vicinity of Cork Airport.

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Holmes O'Malley Sexton has particular expertise in the education sector, where the team represents a number of universities, but also acts for a range of state and semi-state bodies and statutory corporations. The practice has advised on judicial review proceedings, disputes in the public sector, complaints and investigations, and public procurement issues. Based in the firm's Limerick and Dublin offices, managing partner Harry Fehily has extensive experience of judicial reviews and regulatory investigations, while Pat McInerney regularly acts for public bodies in litigation, including professional negligence, defamation, breach of contract and property-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Harry Fehily; Donal Creaton; Pat McInerney

Key clients

University of Limerick

Private Security Authority

Irish Greyhound Board

Revenue Commissioners

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Legal Aid Board

Coillte

Limerick 2030 DAC

Philip Lee

'A highly skilled team with a broad practice reach', Philip Lee acts for public and regulatory bodies from the energy, telecoms, postal services, healthcare, food and waste sectors, among others. Key contacts in the team include Philip Lee, who has extensive expertise in procurement and advises on major public utilities projects; Ronan Dunne, who specialises in competition and state aid; and Rachel Minch, who is particularly strong for contentious planning and environmental matters, including judicial review challenges.

Testimonials

The team were very engaged and willing take on board a wide range of queries and questions.

Ronan Dunne was a pleasure to work with. He was unflaggingly helpful, efficient and quick to respond. Ronan was also adept at explaining the practical application of complex legislation.

Philip Lee stand out for their ability to clearly understand the issues and provide easy-to-understand conclusions, and their prompt replies, courtesy and friendly manner.

Their communication style is clear and unambiguous, using plain English.

A highly skilled team with a broad practice reach that allows seamless access to legal advice. Exceptionally client focused. The firm are particularly accessible and thereby ensure the right person provides the right advice at the right time.

Lawyers in this firm possess exceptional levels of expertise in their relevant practice areas. There is seamless access to lawyers where multi-disciplinary advice is required. They are exceptionally strong in dealing with complex legal matters and distilling the issue at hand into clear, coherent and easily digestible advices and legal strategies. Easy to work with and exceptionally well focused on the client’s needs.

Philip Lee has great experience in dealing with statutory bodies. They are responsive and can source legal advice in niche and unusual areas.

Depth of knowledge and expertise

Philip Lee has a very good reputation.

Personal involvement of the partners in legal matters. In-depth knowledge of procurement and commercial law.