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Noble Shipping Law

Noble Shipping Law was established on 1 May 2016 by Helen Noble, who has over 22 years’ experience in specialising in all areas of maritime and transport law. Noble Shipping Law is Ireland’s only law firm specialising exclusively in shipping and transport law providing a complete contentious and non-contentious advisory service to its clients. The client base (since initially established in Ireland in 2004 in Ireland) has grown in size year on year and the practice currently employs two full time lawyers and will recruit further in 2017.

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A&L Goodbody is particularly active in the aviation, roads and infrastructure sectors, and has extensive experience advising on cross-border matters. Catherine Duffy, Séamus Ó’Cróinín and Marie O’Brien specialise in aviation and transport finance. Infrastructure and construction expert Kevin Feeney advised a developer on an agreement relating to the development of a ring road around Maynooth, County Kildare. The team also acts for a number of ports and shipping companies. Vincent Power is a specialist in maritime matters, particularly in relation to the competition and EU law aspects. Senior associate Mary Townsend was appointed director of aviation and transport finance.

McCann FitzGerald's 'industry and legal expertise is unquestionable, but it is the efficiency with which the team goes about things that sets it apart from the rest'. The team specialises in acting for state authorities, such as Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), the National Transport Authority (NTA) and the Road Safety Authority, and is particularly strong in relation to public transport and aviation. Team head Eamonn O’Hanrahan and Jenny Mellerick recently advised TII and NTA on the development of Luas, Dublin's tram/light rail system. Colm Fanning, who has significant experience advising on rail matters, aviation expert Georgina O’Riordan and David Hurley, who focuses on maritime issues, are also noted.

Kennedys 'offers excellent advice on maritime transport-related issues'; the team is assisting a maritime transport company with matters concerning Port State Control intervention and the effects of the new European law on ship-based pollution, as well as defending an international freight forwarder against an action for damages relating to an alleged delay to a consignment of goods. The team also advises on road and aviation matters. Hugh Kennedy, who has 'an unmatched depth of knowledge and experience in maritime transport matters alongside a pragmatic approach to commercial factors', leads the practice.

Helen Noble, who is dual qualified in Ireland and the UK, leads the practice at Noble Shipping Law. She advises P&I clubs on ship arrests, cargo claims, charterparty and bill of lading disputes, and personal injury claims, as well as assisting borrowers, lenders and lessors with ship finance transactions. Hazel Dalton, who specialises in maritime and transport disputes, is also recommended.

David Maughan leads the team at William Fry, which stands out for its 'strong legal and market knowledge'. The practice is strong in the aviation sector: Maughan and the 'very astute' Mary Ward advised a global aircraft leasing company on its acquisition of an Irish firm, and Jarleth Heneghan assisted daa with an infrastructure project at Dublin Airport. Logistics, rail, road and shipping are also key areas of focus. Leo Moore is noted for his advice on technology, IP and data protection pertaining to transport matters, and Richard Breen is also recommended.

Arthur Cox's practice covers aviation, ports, roads, rail and public transport, and is particularly strong on infrastructure-related matters. The team is advising daa on all aspects of the development of a second runway at Dublin Airport and is also acting for Irish Rail on the National Train Control Centre Project, the largest current investment in the heavy rail sector. Other key clients include Aer Lingus and Applus; practice head Aaron Boyle is advising the latter on the operation of the National Car Testing service concession. Caroline Devlin and Kathleen Garrett specialise in aviation and shipping matters.

Maritime and admiralty law specialist Paul Gill leads the team at Dillon Eustace, which acts primarily for shipowners and handles insurance interests concerning salvage cases, personal injury claims, collision cases and wrongful arrests. The team also has a presence in the aviation sector, advising airlines and aviation insurers. David Kavanaugh is also noted.

The team at Mason Hayes & Curran is praised for its 'in-depth legal knowledge' and 'ability to interpret the client's requirements', and is noted for its blue-chip client base, which includes Dublin Port Company, Maersk and Uber. Shane Dolan and senior associate Paul Bassett, who provide advice in 'a professional manner but with a personal touch', assisted Hines Ireland with road construction matters at the Cherrywood development. Christine O’Donovan specialises in aviation finance, and Rory Kirrane advises on maritime matters. Daniel Kiely moved to an in-house role.

Matheson's practice is particularly active in the aviation, maritime and infrastructure sectors, and is noted for its regulatory advice on transport matters. Stuart Kennedy and Rory McPhillips specialise in advising on the financing and leasing of aircraft and other transportation asset classes. Infrastructure expert Garret Farrelly assisted with the Greystones Harbour and Marina mixed-use development and advised a machinery and equipment company on a tender for a proposed locomotive overhaul project by Irish Rail.

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