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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Eugene F. Collins

The team at Eugene F. Collins was particularly active in commercial property finance, and advised on a number of deals in the hotels sector. Practice head Libby Garvey and senior associate Robert Potter-Cogan 'provide hands-on, commercial and fast-paced advice'; they acted for property development company Cannon Kirk on a complex restructuring, including negotiating the terms of new facilities with alternative lender Oaktree Capital. Nicola McGrath is also a key member of the practice.

Leading individuals

Libby Garvey - Eugene F. Collins

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Eugene F. Collins

The team at Eugene F. Collins 'gives clear and valued advice' to clients including Marks & Spencer, Maxol and Vodafone. Head of corporate Deborah Kelly is particularly active in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors; she recently advised a multinational pharmaceutical company on the Irish law aspects of its disposal of its medtech business. Leonora Malone is praised for her 'outstanding advice on complex corporate merger issues', and Nicola McGrath for offering 'practical and timely solutions to all problems encountered'. Gavin Doherty was promoted to partner. Garrett Miller is also recommended.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Eugene F. Collins

Eugene F. Collins puts forward a ‘very knowledgeable’ team led by Margaret Austin. Austin and associate Finola Igoe, who are both ‘very well informed in terms of construction contracts and development agreements as well as any applicable general legal issues’, were active for a number of approved housing bodies.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Eugene F. Collins

The 'proactive and solution-driven' team at Eugene F. Collins specialises in professional negligence proceedings. Practice head Maura Connolly and Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin are acting for the liquidators of an insolvent hedge fund in claims against a fund services platform, and Terry Leggett is representing Red Flag Consulting in proceedings brought against it by businessman Denis O'Neil. Ronan O’Neill, the 'very approachableDavid Cantrell and Rachel Shanley are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Ronan O'Neill - Eugene F. Collins

Next generation lawyers

Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin - Eugene F. Collins

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Eugene F. Collins

Valued for its ‘depth of knowledge of employment law’, Eugene F. Collins’ team is ‘very well experienced’ and handles a mixture of contentious and non-contentious matters, which includes assisting the firm’s corporate department by providing advice on the employment law aspects of transactions. ‘Efficient and self-assured’ practice head Maura Connolly advised Tifco on collective redundancies. Immigration specialist David Cantrell and ‘very calm’ associate Tríona Sugrue are also key members of the team.

Next generation lawyers

Tríona Sugrue - Eugene F. Collins

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 2

Eugene F. Collins

Eugene F. Collins' technology team is particularly active in the retail, agri-foods, pharmaceutical and telecoms sectors, advising on technology agreements, e-commerce and data protection law. Managing partner and practice head David Hackett and senior associate Jane Farren advised AA Ireland on a managed service agreement relating to key IT assets following a group restructuring. Other clients include Marks & Spencer, Johnson & Johnson Group and Virgin Media.

Next generation lawyers

Jane Farren - Eugene F. Collins

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Insolvency and corporate restructuring
Insolvency and corporate restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Eugene F. Collins

Eugene F. Collins’ ‘experienced and capable’ team advises on the full gambit of insolvency law, from examinerships and receiverships to liquidations and cross-border insolvencies. Practice head Doug Smith and senior associate Róisín Peart are ‘engaging and easy to work with’; among other mandates, they advised PwC as joint liquidator of Circle Oil.

Leading individuals

Doug Smith - Eugene F. Collins

Next generation lawyers

Róisín Peart - Eugene F. Collins

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Eugene F. Collins

Eugene F. Collins’ ‘overall value proposition is exceptional, with strong service delivery’. ‘Resourceful, tactical and extremely knowledgeable’ practice head Garrett Miller has ‘excellent subject matter expertise’ in the non-contentious regulatory insurance space. Terry Leggett and David Cantrell deal with contentious matters, advising solicitors and insurer underwriters on professional negligence.

Leading individuals

Garrett Miller - Eugene F. Collins

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Eugene F. Collins

Eugene F. Collins advises clients across a range of industries, including the agri-food, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors as well as retail and telecoms. While department head David Hackett is representing British Sky Broadcasting in copyright enforcement proceedings relating to its sports broadcasts, his practice focuses more on the non-contentious side, where he advises clients like Johnson & Johnson and Juice+ Plus on their trade mark portfolios.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Eugene F. Collins

The 'very client-focused' team at Eugene F. Collins provides 'excellent' advice on defamation and privacy, IP and advertising matters, including pre-publication advice. David Hackett advised FCR Media on the provision of online search services and search engine optimisation. Rachel Shanley heads the group. Terry Leggett and associate Jonathan Lynch are also noted.

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Eugene F. Collins

At Eugene F. Collins, practice head Margaret Austin's ‘ability to combine strategic advice on the big picture issues with attention to detail on finer technical points’ makes her a ‘standout lawyer, with exceptional expertise in construction, planning and environmental law’. Austin was very active in the contentious area; work highlights included defending clients against alleged environmental licence breaches and advising on enforcement notices relating to illegal waste disposal and planning breaches.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Eugene F. Collins

Eugene F. Collins’ clients in the hotel and hospitality sectors keep the firm busy, with Mark Walsh and Kathi Ó Riain advising Tifco on Project Pillow, which concerned the acquisition of the Travelodge chain of hotels in Ireland and Northern Ireland. In the retail sector, the team acts for the likes of TK Maxx, Hotel Chocolat and Moss Bros, and in the banking sector it advises financial institutions such as AIB and Goldman Sachs on commercial property financing. Sean Twomey is the practice head.

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