Ms Karen Killoran > Arthur Cox > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Arthur Cox
D02 T380

Work Department

Construction and Engineering


Karen is a partner in the Construction and Engineering Group.


Karen is a highly experienced construction lawyer with a broad practice encompassing a wide range of sectors including: fit out, refurbishment & expansion contracts in the tech, pharmaceutical, agri food and leisure sectors based on employer design, EPC and construction management models; commercial and residential property development agreements and construction contracts including ancillary documentation such as bonds, collateral warranties and design team appointments; and turbine supply and civil contracts including EPC contracting in the wind energy sector. Karen has also advised on dispute avoidance and dispute resolution under all forms of construction and engineering contracts including the Public Works Contracts.


Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Member of National Association of Women in Construction; Secretary of CIARB, Irish Branch.


Dip Arb, 2006, University College Dublin; LL.B, 2001, National University of Ireland, Galway; B.Corp. Law, 2000, National University of Ireland, Galway; Admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland, 2005; Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales, 2010.

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Construction

(Leading individuals)

Karen KilloranArthur Cox

The construction practice at Arthur Cox is highly active in the energy space, advising on the design, construction, and operation of projects including offshore and onshore wind, solar, battery storage and waste-to-energy plants. In addition, the practice is heavily involved in residential and commercial developments, acting for prominent investment funds and developers in this space. Practice head Niav O’Higgins is praised by clients as an ‘exceptional lawyer, while Karen Killoran is highly experienced in acting for the full range of parties in construction matters. Niamh McGovern was appointed partner in January 2021, further strengthening the team at senior level.

Ireland > Projects and PPP

(Leading individuals)

Karen KilloranArthur Cox

Arthur Cox has broad capabilities across the projects space and counts banks, corporations, public bodies, developers and contractors among its clients. The team is frequently instructed by the preferred bidders in PPP projects, and has recently been engaged on developments in the fast-growing sectors of social housing and data centres. The practice is also noted for its advice on energy projects, including renewables and interconnectors, with Alex McLean leading on this work. Practice head Aaron Boyle is currently engaged on major telecoms and PPP developments, and Karen Killoran handles both financing and construction matters. Niamh McGovern, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, is also noted.

Ireland > Energy and natural resources

Arthur Cox is noted in the Irish energy sector for the variety of matters that it is involved in, including advising on projects in the renewable and conventional energy sectors, as well as on battery storage and transmission developments. The team provides comprehensive advice to clients on the financing, procurement and construction of projects, and is also active in M&A transactions involving energy assets and companies. Practice head Alex McLean has deep experience in the energy sector across a range of jurisdictions; in addition to advising on Irish projects, he also acts for Ireland-based clients in international developments. Matt Dunn leads the team’s project finance work; the energy practice is also supported by environmental and planning specialist Danielle Conaghan and construction partner Karen Killoran. Niamh McGovern was promoted to partner in January 2021 and is noted for her work on construction and projects contracts.