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Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP
2 GEORGE'S QUAY
CORK
Ireland

Ireland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP is based in Cork and has a major focus on medical negligence defence and broader regulatory matters in the healthcare sector. The defence litigation firm has a broad spectrum of healthcare clients, including hospitals, doctors, nurses and their indemnifiers; the State Claims Agency and Health Service Executive are amongst its client base. Eamon Harrington heads the healthcare and medical law department, representing a number of leading indemnifiers. Patrice O’Keeffe is noted for representing professional indemnity insurers in coverage disputes.

Practice head(s):

Eamon Harrington

Other key lawyers:

Patrice O’Keeffe; Hilda O’Keeffe; Alison Kelleher; Yvonne Joyce; Katherine Kelleher

Testimonials

‘CKT have considerable experience in managing cases related to the Disability Act (2005). They have built up significant knowledge and expertise in this area. This supports a consistent response to all of these cases across the country.’

‘What sets Comyn Kelleher Tobin apart from other firms is the strength of the team across the board. Each individual solicitor in the team is of the highest caliber and their combined forces offer something unique among comparable firms.’

‘Eamon Harrington – responsive and detailed, along with his vast experience. Alison Kelliher – excellent solicitor, impressive attention to detail and depth of knowledge. Patrice O’Keeffe – a very experienced and knowledgeable solicitor.’

‘Alison Kelleher, Patrice O’Keeffe, Hilda O’Keeffe, Yvonne Joyce and Eamon Harrington all deserve mention. Their professionalism and case preparation is simply unmatched in the industry.’

‘Eamon Harrington leads the team by example. A vastly experienced, pragmatic and commercially focused practitioner. He is always available and generous with his insights.’

‘Patrice O’Keeffe is a very able and trusted partner. She is proactive, responsive and measured. We rely heavily on Patrice.’

‘Yvonne Joyce is a very strong performer who delivers consistently excellent advice. She is technically strong in areas like data protection, and the law on confidentiality and consent.’

‘Katharine Kelleher is the doyenne of the healthcare solicitors, and this is reflected in the quality of her instructions. Clients trust her implicitly, and there is nothing she would not do for them. The results speak for themselves.’

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Health Service Executive (HSE)

Medisec

Allianz Insurance

Irish Public Bodies Insurance

MedPro

Tusla

Work highlights

  • Acted for the HSE in a significant case concerning the interpretation of Section 11 of the Disability Act 2005 which clarified the entitlements of applicants under the Act.  
  • Successfully defended an appeal of a High Court decision dismissing the claimant’s claim where the Court of Appeal reiterated the importance of expert evidence in professional negligence cases.

Ireland > Insurance Tier 3

Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP's insurance team is spread across its Cork and Dublin offices. The firm is particularly noted for medical negligence, professional negligence and personal injury cases. Key clients include the Health Service Executive and the State Claims Agency, along with a number of major insurers and insureds. Eamon Harrington heads the healthcare and litigation departments, and frequently handles catastrophic medical negligence cases. Daniel McLoughlin has a fine record in employer's liability, public liability, and motor claims. Diarmuid Cunningham is noted for employer's liability, public liability, maritime and property claims.

Practice head(s):

Eamon Harrington; Daniel McLoughlin

Other key lawyers:

Diarmuid Cunningham; Patrice O’Keefe; Yvonne Joyce; Deborah Moore

Testimonials

‘Comyn Kelleher Tobin think outside the box and provide clever and quick solutions to complex issues on a regular basis. They are extremely proactive in their work and have developed an excellent team that assist us on a weekly basis.’

‘Over many years we have developed a very close working relationship with the specialist healthcare insurance litigation team in Comyn Kelleher Tobin, who now manage the bulk of our healthcare litigation. For us, the hallmark of the CKT team is their ability to distil often complex issues of liability and causation into concise written advices.’

‘Eamon Harrington leads the team by example. A vastly experienced, pragmatic and commercially focused practitioner. He is always available and generous with his insights.

‘Patrice O’Keeffe is a very able and trusted partner. She is proactive, responsive and measured. We rely heavily on Patrice.’

‘Yvonne Joyce is a very strong performer who delivers consistently excellent advice. She is technically strong in areas like data protection, and the law on confidentiality and consent.’

‘Deborah Moore is superb, always available to assist.’

Key clients

Health Service Executive

State Claims Agency

Allianz insurance

Munich RE

Lloyds Insurer

KennCo Underwriting Ltd

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Cork County Council

Medisec

MedPro

Ireland > Employment Tier 5

Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP’s team is specialised in providing employment advice in the public sector area, where it is involved in the lifecycle of recruitment to employment termination. Practice head Diarmuid CunninghamEamon Harrington and Emily Sexton are the names to note.

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Testimonials

‘Versatile and efficient legal practice. Prompt to respond. This firm handles case matters confidently and cost effectively without over reliance on external sources e.g. counsel, such is the depth of their expertise.’

‘CKT colleagues appear to work collaboratively, and dovetail their areas of specialisation seamlessly when case matter involves different strands of expertise. The quality of service and scope of expertise indicates a strong functioning and flexible organisation.’

‘CKT have a great ability to provide practical advice on complex matters while always managing to provide a clear step by step solution to legal matters and cases, providing a great support to clients.’

‘Emily Sexton and Diarmuid Cunningham have both been superb in every aspect, showing an interest ability to get to grips with a case and offer a strategy to deal with the case, while at all times being understanding with client managers who may not fully understand legal aspects and so putting their concerns to rest.’

‘Prompt responses. Easily contactable and flexible. Reliable. Professional, yet entirely approachable. ‘

‘Excellent management of all scale of instruction i.e. high end complex case matters to small scale routine instruction, or even a misc. informal query.’

‘Ability to apply practical solutions to complex problems.’

‘Clear thinking strategy application to reduce conflict and litigation.’

Key clients

Health Service Executive

University College Cork

National Ambulance Service

The firm:  With a team of more than 70 professionals, Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP (CKT) is ranked in the top 25 law firms in Ireland. Established in 1982, CKT has offices in Cork and Dublin, and is internationally recognised as a full-service law firm handling work of a quality and scale that places it among the leading firms in the insurance market, employment and healthcare sectors. CKT’s dynamic team of lawyers have a strong reputation of providing strategic legal advice and superb service in litigation and dispute resolution, healthcare and medical law, insurance, commercial, employment, residential and commercial property, and child and family law.

Main Areas of Practice:

Dispute Resolution – Healthcare Litigation:

CKT has one of Ireland’s largest healthcare teams and an unsurpassed reputation in the provision of top-class legal services to healthcare clients including the HSE and Tusla – The Child and Family Agency, hospitals, doctors, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, clinics and their indemnifiers. CKT also represents healthcare indemnity organisations, as well as the State Claims Agency. We have a deep understanding of all the legal issues that arise for healthcare clients, as well as a complete knowledge of the real challenges faced by healthcare providers, hospitals, and clinicians. The team actively pursue all avenues of dispute resolution available and advise clients on choosing the method most appropriate to them and the particular matter. Resolving disputes quickly and effectively is central to how we approach any matter. The dispute resolution partners are all CEDR Accredited Mediators.

Insurance/Insurance – Dispute Resolution:

CKT provides legal services to insurance and reinsurance companies in the Irish and UK markets. The firm represents leading domestic Irish insurers and intermediaries, for whom the firm undertakes both contentious and non-contentious work. CKT has a proven track record of finding solutions using alternative dispute mechanisms such as mediation, conciliation and arbitration where appropriate. The firm assists and supports clients in the investigation of circumstances which are likely to lead to claims and provide and/or advise on coverage options. The firm ensures no case proceeds to trial or hearing without having first considered alternative methods to resolve even the most contentious of disputes. The firm’s mediators are one of the most sought-after in the country for contentious disputes.

Employment:

CKT is a recognised leader in employment law in Ireland. The firm prides itself on the ability to listen and understand its clients’ requirements, and to deliver that service in a timely and cost-effective way. As advisors to state bodies, schools, universities, large corporations and small companies, the firm ensures advice is tailor-made to each individual business’ requirements. While most clients are employers, the firm also represents high-level employees and offers an understanding that allows it to see both sides of every situation. CKT’s employment law team are involved in advising at all stages, from recruitment of employees through to termination. Clients appreciate that the team’s in-depth working knowledge of their business and advice in non-contentious work significantly limits client’s exposure to contentious issues in the workplace. Each member of the employment team is a CEDR Accredited Mediator, and strives to find a practical solution to the most complex of workplace issues. The firm is a regular contributor to Legal Island, a multi-award winning workplace compliance company, frequently providing expert analysis of topical and landmark Judgments.

Child & Family Law:

CKT’s child and family law team, headed by Denise Kirwan, has specialised knowledge in the area of child care and family law. With one of the largest child care legal teams in Ireland, the team comprises of highly experienced solicitor advocates who advise and represent several public bodies on all matters relating to child care, juvenile justice, wardship, mental health issues, capacity and statutory duties and responsibilities. The team advises on regulatory issues, risk management, Codes of Conduct and bring prosecutions on behalf of TUSLA – The Child and Family Agency, and others. The team appears in courts nationwide including District Court, Circuit Court and High Court dealing with complex and sensitive child care cases. The team also delivers extensive client training to TUSLA – The Child and Family Agency and has delivered lectures to the Law Society of Ireland, social workers, Bessborough family support service, Arbour House Addiction Services, HSE and other national counselling services.

Real Estate/Property:

CKT’s property and commercial conveyancing team, headed by Deborah Moore, offers clients the innovation, experience, technical expertise, clarity of advice and commitment to get their deals done efficiently and effectively. The team handle transactions for leading builders, developers, banks, investors, landlords, tenants and businesses. CKT is ideally placed to advise on a range of complex transactions with specialist property capability and excellent skills in finance. The firm advises on development and planning, projects and construction, large loans, mezzanine, loan workouts, distressed debt acquisition (including loan-to-own strategies), investment, corporate occupation, tax, finance, securitisation, structuring and joint ventures, and complex real estate mergers and acquisitions.

Commercial:

CKT’s commercial law team works in partnership with business, to ensure the team has a thorough understanding of the client organisation and its objectives. Through this understanding and service promise the team has developed long term working relationships with a broad and diverse client base including the Health Service Executive. The team focus on understanding the importance of cost certainty and providing value. The commercial team combine exceptional transactional skills with specialist expertise including employment and benefits, environmental and intellectual property. This enables the team to handle the numerous issues that can arise in a single corporate transaction.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Alternate Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Defence Litigation, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Insurance Eamon Harrington+353 21 4626900
Alternate Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Defence Litigation, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Insurance, Banking and Finance, Real Estate Debbie Moore+353 21 4626900
Employment and Pensions, Alternate Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Data Protection, Maritime, Debt Recovery, Healthcare Diarmuid Cunningham+353 21 4626900
Alternate Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Employment and Pensions, Data Protection Patrice O'Keeffe+353 21 4626900
Alternate Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Commercial and Corporate, Real Estate Hilda O'Keeffe+353 21 4626900
Real Estate, Private Client, Commercial and Corporate, Banking and Finance Emma Comyn+353 21 4626900
Alternate Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Defence Litigation, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Data Protection Alison Kelleher+353 21 4626900
Child Protection, Family, Alternate Dispute Resolution, Healthcare Denise Kirwan+353 21 4626900
Child and Adult Protection, Family, Alternate Dispute Resolution, Healthcare Katharine Kelleher+353 21 4626900
Alternate Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Insurance Daniel McLoughlin+3531 8745929
Commercial Litigation, Child Protection, Family Sinead Fitzgerald+353 21 4626900
Alternate Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Defence Litigation, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Data Protection Yvonne Joyce+353 21 4626900
Real Estate, Private Client, Commercial and Corporate, Banking and Finance Tom Tobin+353 21 4626900
Real Estate, Private Client, Commercial and Corporate Louise Duggan+353 21 4626900
Child Protection, Family, Alternate Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Healthcare Michelle Cronin+353 21 4626900
Employment and Pensions, Alternate Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Data Protection Emily Sexton+353 21 4626900
Banking and Finance, Real Estate, Private Client, Commercial and Corporate David Ryan+353 21 4626900
Alternate Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Defence Litigation, Insurance. Nicola Kiely+3531 8745929
Insurance, Debt recovery, Alternate Dispute Resolution Barry Kelleher+353 21 4626900
Alternate Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Defence Litigation, Healthcare and Life Sciences Cliona Kenny+353 21 4626900
Child and Adult Protection, Family, Healthcare Lebeau Jonker+3531 8745929
Alternate Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Insurance Julie McEvoy+3531 8745929
Child Protection, Family, Litigation Clare Daly+353 21 4626900
Child Protection, Family Karen Tobin+353 21 4626900
Child Protection, Family Mary Boland+353 21 4626900
Real Estate, Banking and Finance Colette Neville+353 21 4626900
Child Protection, Family David Taylor+353 21 4626900
Alternate Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Defence Litigation, Healthcare and Life Sciences Grace Toher+353 21 4626900
Alternate Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Defence Litigation, Healthcare and Life Sciences Amy Cahill+353 21 4626900
Alternate Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Defence Litigation, Healthcare and Life Sciences Kevin Healy+353 21 4626900
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mary Boland  photo Mary Boland Solicitor in the firm’s Childcare Department
Emma Comyn  photo Emma Comyn Partner in our Property and Probate Departments
Michelle Cronin  photo Michelle Cronin Solicitor in the Health Services & Family Law departments
Fionnuala Cullinane  photo Fionnuala Cullinane Solicitor in the Healthcare and Commercial Property Departments
Diarmuid Cunningham  photo Diarmuid Cunningham Partner in our Dispute Resolution and Employment Departments.
Clare Daly  photo Clare Daly Solicitor
Louise Duggan  photo Louise Duggan Partner in the firms Property and Real Estate Departments.
Sinead Fitzgerald  photo Sinead Fitzgerald Sinead is a Partner in the firm’s Family and Child Law departments
Eamon Harrington  photo Eamon Harrington Partner in Dispute Resolution group with focus on: Healthcare, Professional indemnity, Mediation,…
Kevin Healy  photo Kevin Healy Solicitor
Lebeau Jonker  photo Lebeau Jonker Lebeau is a Partner in Comyn Kelleher Tobin’s Health and Medical Law…
Yvonne Joyce  photo Yvonne Joyce Partner in the Healthcare Department
Barry Kelleher  photo Barry Kelleher Solicitor in Healthcare & Litigation Departments
Alison Kelleher  photo Alison Kelleher Partner in Litigation & Dispute Resolution Departments
Katharine Kelleher  photo Katharine Kelleher Partner in Healthcare, Childcare and Mental Health Departmnents
Cliona Kenny  photo Cliona Kenny Solicitor in the Litigation and Healthcare departments
Denise Kirwan  photo Denise Kirwan Partner-in-Charge Child Protection Department
Julie McEvoy  photo Julie McEvoy Solicitor in our Litigation Department
Daniel McLoughlin  photo Daniel McLoughlin Partner in the Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Departments
Deborah Moore  photo Deborah Moore Managing Partner Dispute Resolution, Litigation (Clinical Negligence and Personal Injuries Defence), Real…
Patrice O'Keeffe photo Patrice O'KeeffePartner in the Healthcare, Litigation & Mediation Departments
Hilda O'Keeffe photo Hilda O'KeeffePartner in the Corporate & Healthcare Departments
David Ryan  photo David Ryan Solicitor in the Property & Commercial Department
Emily Sexton  photo Emily Sexton Partner in the firm’s Litigation and Employment Departments
David Taylor  photo David Taylor Solicitor in the firm’s Family Law & Child Protection Departments
Karen Tobin  photo Karen Tobin Solicitor in our Family and Litigation Departments
Tom Tobin  photo Tom Tobin Consultant in the firm’s Commercial & Property Departments
Ms Grace Toher photo Ms Grace ToherSolicitor
Number of lawyers : 30
Total employees : 70
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