Mr Barry Cahir > Beauchamps > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Insolvency & corporate restructuring, Litigation & dispute resolution


Barry is a seasoned litigator and insolvency expert who heads up Beauchamps’ Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring team. Recognised for his technical ability, he represents stakeholders and officeholders in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious insolvency and debt restructuring cases, with significant Irish and cross border experience.

Barry is the only Fellow of INSOL International in Ireland, having undertaken its Global Insolvency Practice Course in 2016, and has been reappointed for another three year term to the council of INSOL Europe, to lead its efforts to maintain and enhance relationships with the institutions of the EU.

He is also on the technical committee for INSOL International’s conference in Cape Town in 2020 and is chair of the insolvency committee of the Company Law Review Group, a statutory body that advises the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.


  • Appointed by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to be a member of the Company Law Review Group on behalf of The Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners
  • Past Chairman of the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioner
  • Member of the UK Insolvency Lawyers Association
  • Member of the ABFA – the Asset Based Finance Association
  • A fellow of INSOL International and Council member of INSOL Europe


  • Bachelor of Civil Law (University College Dublin, 1995)
  • Solicitor (Law Society of Ireland, 1998)
  • INSOL International Global Insolvency Practice Course 2015/16

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Dispute resolution

Beauchamps counts a number of domestic household names among its clients, and is noted for its strength in acting for public and regulatory bodies. The team is also active in large-scale financial services litigation, and handles disputes in the healthcare, insurance, technology and professional services sectors. The practice is led by Emma Keegan, who has a strong reputation for handling significant regulatory investigations and also acts in professional negligence claims. The ‘exceptionalThomas O’Dwyer has experience acting for international clients and is active in litigation across a range of areas, including security enforcement and property disputes, and Barry Cahir specialises in contentious insolvency and restructuring.

Ireland > Insolvency and corporate restructuring

Led by practice head Barry Cahir, Beauchamps handles a variety of restructurings and insolvencies across a range of sectors, acting for both creditors and debtors. In one highlight, the team advised Colony Capital on its Project Tolka portfolio of secured loans, which includes acting for Dengrove in a dispute relating to the enforcement of security over Burlington Plaza, which is valued at €250m. It remains at the forefront in the management and disposal of large property portfolios taken on by financial institutions in the wake of the recession. Additionally, it took on several retail matters, including the liquidation of Carphone Warehouse Ireland.