Transport in Ireland

A&L Goodbody

With the largest asset finance practice in Ireland, A&L Goodbody  is internationally recognised for its experience in highly complex and innovative structures, particularly in the aviation finance sector. It has a dedicated team of lawyers who work on PPP and other infrastructure projects across both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Its team has experience advising local road authorities on contractual issues, the defence of claims, and resolution of disputes on most of the large road projects procured in Ireland in the last 15 years. Catherine DuffyVincent Power and Kevin Feeney are key names. Seamus O’Croinin and associate Barry O’Sullivan are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Duffy; Vincent Power; Kevin Feeney

Other key lawyers:

Marie O’Brien; Seamus O’Croinin; Brenda Caulfield; Barry O’Sullivan

Key clients

Irish Continental Group plc

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

MAN SE and MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland GmbH (ultimately part of the VW Group)

Limerick City and County Council

Vx Capital Partners with Vx Cargo 2018


GECAS as seller and Start II Ltd


Waypoint Leasing

MAPS 2019-1 Ltd and MAPS 2019-1 LLC

US Ex-Im / Aircraft Finance Insurance Consortium (AFIC)  / Apple Bank

NCB Capital (DIFC) Limited

Wings Capital Partners

InterGlobe Aviation

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

Chorus Aviation Capital (Ireland) Limited

Irish Aviation Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised Irish Continental Group plc on EU law relating to Regulation 1177/2010 (passenger compensation for ferry sailings cancelled) following the cancellation of sailings for c.20,000 passengers for an entire season of Ireland-France sailings because of the late delivery of a €145m ferry.
  • Acted for a developer on a tri-partite agreement relating to the development of a large orbital ring road around the commuter town of Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland.
  • Advised a global tolling service provider on its tender to operate the M50 FreeFlow tolling solution, and in Commercial Court procurement proceedings concerning the tender.

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald  is a market-leading firm when it comes to the transport field. It has the largest aviation finance practice in Dublin, and has recently introduced a technology-led legal services business division - McCann FitzGerald Legal Technology Solutions, which specialises in project, digital and people services. In one highlight, the group acted as counsel for KGAL in a case concerning the financing and acquisition of two aircraft. Eamonn O’Hanrahan heads the practice, which also includes Hilary MarrenColm Fanning who is a key name for aviation and asset finance, Joyce Cunningham, Georgina O’Riordan and Colm Fanning.

Practice head(s):

Eamonn O’Hanrahan

Other key lawyers:

Hilary Marren; Georgina O’Riordan; Colm Fanning; David Hurley; Joe Fay; Catherine Deane;


‘The team is closely supervised and the work is always of a very high standard. There is good depth within the team and some of the up and coming associates include Shauna Maguire, Kate Clancy, Ian Payne and Laura Deignan.’

‘The team is extremely efficient and very much commercially minded while at the same time looking to protect the best interests of its clients.’

‘The aviation team is extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and efficient in running transactions. They quickly adapt to the client’s areas of concerns and are able to mitigate them quickly and practically.’

Key clients

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Road Safety Authority

National Transport Authority

Coras Iompair Eireann (CIE)

Touax Rail

Accipiter Holdings DAC


Airbus Group Bank

Aircastle Advisor LLC


Altitude Investors DAC

Asia Aviation Capital

ASL Aviation

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

BBAM Aviation Services Limited

BOC Aviation

Challey Limited

COPA Airlines S.A.

Credit Agricole


EMP Aviation Ireland Limited


Fly Leasing Limited

FPG Amentum

Genesis Aircraft Services Limited

Haitong Financial Leasing



NGF Overseas Aircraft Limited

Nordic Aviation Capital

ORIX Aviation Systems Limited

Pembroke Capital/Standard Chartered Bank


Sierra Echo Aircraft Leasing Limited

Sirius Aviation Finance Company Limited

Sky Aviation Leasing International Limited

Skyworks Leasing (Ireland) Limited

SMBC Aviation Capital

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

ST Aerospace Resources Pte. Ltd

The Toronto Dominion Bank

Trustmark National Bank

Viva Aerobus

Vueling Airlines, S.A

Work highlights

  • Advised the RSA on the successful procurement, handover and implementation of the 2008 National Car Testing Service project and on successful resolution of issues during the transition to handover phase.
  • Advised the National Transport Authority on various projects.
  • Acted as Irish counsel for KGAL on the financing and acquisition of two aircraft which are financed by Cacib.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox has an extensive offering in the transport sector, handling regulation, leasing, transactions and litigation. The practice is headed by the  'excellent' Aaron BoyleCaroline Devlin, who 'always gives quick and helpful advice', and Kathleen Garrett who are all partners. The practice has been especially active in aviation leasing in the last year, with Rob Murphy and Laura Cunningham key names in the space. In one highlight, the firm is advising daa plc on all aspects of the development of a second runway at Dublin airport.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Boyle; Caroline Devlin; Kathleen Garrett

Other key lawyers:

Rob Murphy; Laura Cunningham; Niamh McGovern; Charlotte Upton; Laura Cawley


‘The approach of A.Cox has always been to seek favourable resolution in a business-like manner.’

‘Caroline Devin – energetic, always gives quick and helpful advice, can consider both legally and commercially.’

‘Aaron Boyle was the lead partner for the project and he was excellent. Special mention needs to be made of the associate, Niamh McGovern, because she was exceptional. I would be more than happy to instruct them again.’

Key clients

daa plc

Aer Lingus


Applegreen plc

Bank of Ireland

Irish Rail

Celtic Roads Group

M50 Concessions

European Investment Bank

BNP Paribas


Bank of Communications

China Construction Bank (CCB)

China Merchant Bank

GA Telesis LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising DAA plc on all aspects of the development of the second runway at Dublin Airport, which is now under construction.
  • Providing ongoing, day-to-day advice to Applus on the operation of the largest concession in the transport sector in Ireland, the NCT vehicle testing service.
  • Advising Iarnród Éireann on the procurement process and award of the contract for the design development, fabrication and installation of a National Train Control Centre to be based at Heuston station, Dublin.


As part of the firm's wider insurance department, Kennedys' 'well-experienced' transport team is noted for its busy shipping and maritime practice, which is also active in infrastructure and freight matters. The client base includes transport insurance companies, shipping companies, airlines, travel agencies and hauliers. The workload in shipping and freight pertains to cargo and injury claims as well as finance and insurance matters, while it also handles aviation-related transactions and litigation. Practice head Hugh Kennedy 'can always be relied upon'.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Graham Duggan; John Creegan


Well experienced and focused on the main aspects.

Hugh Kennedy is a good, experienced professional and quick to react.

The Kennedy’s team is always knowledgeable, proactive and pragmatic.

We have worked with Kennedys in matters relating to transport/shipping. There are few companies who have an expertise in this area and consequently what Kennedys offer is very valuable.

The personal service that we have received from Kennedys has been of a very high standard. The Partners are available, responsive and pragmatic.

Hugh Kennedy can always be relied on to be knowledgeable, professional and where necessary hands-on in his approach to all matters, and always ensures the client’s interests are protected.

Key clients

Irish Ferries

Etihad Airways



CH Robinson Europe BV


TUI Travel PLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for the two main Northern Ireland fishermen’s organisations to defend prosecutions of two fishing boats detained by the Irish navy for fishing inside Irish waters. As a result, no fine or sentence was handed down and the vessels were released.
  • Advising Irish Ferries on a range of matters from Port State Control intervention issues to European law on ship-based pollution and personal injury claims.
  • Defended a client against an action for alleged damage for delay to a consignment of goods being carried from China to Ireland. The proceedings were strongly contested and were settled before trial in October 2018 for nuisance value.


Matheson's cross-departmental transport group handles contentious and non-contentious matters. Rory McPhillips and Stuart Kennedy specialise in aviation transaction and leasing, representing a several leading international aircraft and aircraft engine financing and leasing companies, as well as several domestic and international airlines. In the infrastructure space, Garret Farrelly handles all aspects of transportation with a special focus on project financing for energy and infrastructure projects. Yvonne McWeeney was promoted to partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Rory McPhillips; Stuart Kennedy; Yvonne McWeeney; Nicola Dunleavy; Garret Farrelly; Peter O’Brien; Maria Kennedy; Rhona Henry; Turlough Galvin; Gerry Thornton; Kevin Smith

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Gardiner;

Work highlights

  • Advised Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch on the second public securitisation by First Citizen Finance DAC.
  • Acted for Iridium-ACS on a complex road PPP project in Ireland.
  • Acted for Apple Bank for Savings and Export Development Canada on the financing arrangements with Transportes Aeromar, S.A. de C.V (trading as Aeromar) on the ECA financing of seven ATR aircraft by the Mexican airline; the financing utilised an Irish corporate financing structure.

William Fry

William Fry is particularly noted for its strong aviation finance practice, and has advised high-profile clients including daa, Volkswagen and Airbus. In one highlight, Mary Ward and David Maughan, acted for Goshawk Aviation Limited in providing legal and tax advice on the lease of aircraft to a North America-based airline.

Practice head(s):

David Maughan

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Aer Dragon Aviation



Asia Aviation Capital

BNP Paribas

British Airways

China Development Bank


Credit Agricole CIB

Deutsche Bank

Dublin Airport Authority

DVB Bank

Goldman Sachs

Goshawk Aviation Limited


Hamden Aviation


Investec Bank plc

KDB Ireland



Ping An Leasing

PK AirFinance

Cathay United Bank


Work highlights

  • Advising mytaxi on all matters concerning its substantial Irish business including its terms with drivers, with customers, its ambassador programme and introduction of new services, such as ride sharing and subscription services.
  • Advising daa plc on the development of a new 70 acre business park.
  • William Fry advised Goshawk Aviation Limited and its Irish subsidiary on the leasing of aircraft to a North American airline.

Dillon Eustace

Led by maritime and admiralty law expert Paul Gill, Dillon Eustace's transport team predominantly acts for shipowners and handles insurance interests concerning salvage cases, personal injury claims, collision cases and wrongful arrests. The group also has a presence in the aviation sector, advising airlines and aviation insurers.

Mason Hayes & Curran

Mason Hayes & Curran is active in all areas of transport finance. The aviation finance team, which is led by Christine O’Donovan, works in close cooperation with the projects and PPP practice groups. Rory Kirrane, who is recognised for his 'excellent knowledge of shipping law', is in charge of the firm's maritime law team, which represents harbour companies, banks, contractors, underwriters and liners as well as cargo companies. Shane Dolan is the main point of contact for lenders seeking advice on the enforcement of maritime security.

Practice head(s):

Shane Dolan; Christine O’Donovan; Rory Kirrane

Other key lawyers:

Barry Walsh; Sarah Harmon; Alan Burns;


Rory Kirrane has excellent knowledge of shipping law having trained and worked in Inces London. He knows his stuff, where the problems are and what the potential solutions can be. He leads a friendly, hardworking team.

We have engaged the services of the Transport team in MHC for several years on a number of different matters.  Their professionalism, reactivity and attention to detail is excellent. Their good counsel and recommendations have helped ensure best practice within our company, including the solution of some challenging issues.

Rory Kirrane is an experienced shipping and commercial lawyer.

Hannah Devoy is a pleasure to work with and is diligent and intelligent.

The individuals on the team are always professional, flexible, never shy from challenges and always deliver on schedule. I would have no hesitation in recommending the team.

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Commission for Aviation Regulation

DB Schenker

Dublin Airport Authority

Dublin City Council

Dublin Port Company

Evergreen Shipping

Irish Aviation Authority


Inland Fisheries


Marine Institute

Mediterranean Shipping Company


Airbus Financial Services and affiliates including ATR

Airbus Helicopters

KV Aviation Group (UK & Australia)

Montrose Global Aircraft Leasing Limited (UK)

Vallair Solutions SARL

Work highlights

  • Advised Cityjet Dac o aircraft trading, sale-and-leaseback transactions counsel.
  • Acted for Dublin Port Company on seeking repossession of a 3.7 hectare site, lying in the heart of the Dublin port area.

Noble Shipping Law

Dual-qualified (Ireland and UK) name partner Helen Noble leads Noble Shipping Law's transport practice. Among other things, she acts for several cruise operators and their insurers in passenger personal injury claims and related claims. Other areas of expertise include shipbuilding, repair and conversion, as well as ship sale and purchase, including ship financing.