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Arthur Cox

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Gavin Woods

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Arthur Cox

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution


Gavin is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department.  Gavin is an experienced litigator advising clients before the Irish Courts particularly through the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Gavin advises a broad range of clients including Irish and international corporates, financial institutions, property companies, aviation companies, large retailers, third level institutions, statutory bodies and local authorities.

Gavin’s practice has a particular focus advising clients on intellectual property disputes (trademark and copyright infringement and breach of confidential information) working with the firm’s Technology and Innovation team and reputation management issues including data privacy, defamation, brand protection and internet related disputes.

Gavin advises a number of multinational companies and has worked with many law firms in other jurisdictions on a range of multi-jurisdictional disputes including international arbitrations before international arbitral institutions such as the ICC.

Gavin is currently President of Arbitration Ireland which is a unique association comprising members from the leading solicitor firms, the Bar and other bodies and persons actively involved in the practice of international arbitration in Ireland.

Gavin also advises on a broad range of commercial disputes including financial services litigation, commercial fraud and property disputes.

Gavin has spoken at conferences in Ireland, continental Europe and the US on IP litigation, defamation, international arbitration and mediation.  He is also a Hong Kong qualified solicitor having worked for a leading law firm there.

Gavin also works with the Public Interest Law Alliance in respect of its Pro Bono Referral Scheme as part of the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme.


LL B, 1995, Trinity College, Dublin
Admitted as a solicitor, 1999
Admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong (non-practising), 2003


LLB, 1995, Trinity College Dublin
ERASMUS, 1994, Katholick Universiteit Leuven, Belgium


Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Arthur Cox has a busy IP litigation practice, with experienced litigator Gavin Woods defending Coolmore Stud in a copyright infringement case to prevent the sale of a book by a former employee, while Isabel Foley is defending Dunnes Stores in an alleged trade mark infringement action against Aldi relating to comparative advertising. Newly promoted partner Olivia Mullooly and practice head Rob Corbet are active in the non-contentious space, with Corbet advising Trinity College Dublin on a number of copyright and trade mark cases relating to photographic and image rights.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

The team at Arthur Cox takes 'a practical, hands-on approach to all media-related issues'. Practice head Colin Kavanagh handles non-contentious and commercial matters, advising clients including Just Eat, 6 Nations Rugby and Uefa on advertising issues. Gavin Woods leads the contentious side of the practice; he acted for Coolmore Stud, the world's largest breeding operation of thoroughbred horses, in proceedings relating to the sale of a book containing defamatory content published by an ex-employee. Florence Loric, who focuses on media mergers and broadcasting regulation, is assisting eir with the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan, among other matters.

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Public sector

Within: Public sector

Arthur Cox specialises in regulatory law, with extensive experience advising regulatory bodies on statutory investigations. The team is particularly active in the healthcare sector; Gavin Woods is representing the Mental Health Commission in a number of ongoing judicial review proceedings, and Joanelle O’Cleirigh is advising the Irish Blood Transfusion Service on issues arising from defects in a device used before blood donations. Aaron Boyle is also assisting the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board with procurement matters concerning the building of a new children's hospital. Danielle Conaghan and Alex McLean handle environmental and energy-related matters.

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