Firm Profile > LK Shields Solicitors > Dublin, Ireland

LK Shields Solicitors

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

At LK Shields Solicitors, 'there is strength in depth across the team'. Gerry Halpenny and Jennifer McGuire are singled out for their 'outstanding reputation and ability'; Halpenny advised InfraVia Capital Partners on the €500m acquisition of acute healthcare group Mater Private, and McGuire assisted Independent News & Media with the establishment of a joint venture with Caltray. Managing partner Emmet Scully was active in venture capital and private equity transactions, including acting for Ndevor Systems on an investment by Susquehanna Growth Equity Fund. Richard Curran heads the team.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

'Top advocate' Michael Kavanagh heads the 'refreshingly client-focused and commercially astute' team at LK Shields Solicitors. Jennifer Clarke, who is 'direct and straightforward in her approach and brings solutions to her clients', successfully obtained orders for judgment against a number of borrowers on behalf of Pepper Asset Servicing. Amy Bradley, the 'hardworking, knowledgeable and pleasant' Ciara O’Kennedy and consultant Edmund Butler are also recommended.

EU and competition Tier 2

The team at LK Shields Solicitors has been particularly active in merger control matters, including advising newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror (now Reach) on its acquisition of certain assets of Northern & Shell and software provider SS&C Technologies on its acquisition of assets of DST Systems. Practice head Marco Hickey has 'great understanding of deal dynamics and is not afraid to fight for his client when he needs to'.

Information technology Tier 2

The team at LK Shields Solicitors advises on IT procurement and acquisition deals, the IT aspects of corporate transactions, and data protection matters including investigations by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. It also has expertise in betting and gaming matters. Practice head Peter Bolger and Jeanne Kelly are the key contacts; associates Jane O’Grady, Aideen Burke and Robert Haniver are also noted.

Pensions and employee benefits Tier 2

Led by Aoife Bradley, who is ‘excellent in the areas of corporate and employment law’, the team at LK Shields Solicitors handles contentious and non-contentious pension matters. The team is representing 729 pensioners in litigation against the state over its unlawful assistance in reductions made to the IASS pension scheme (the main defined benefit pension scheme of Aer Lingus and daa). In the transaction space, associate Gillian Dully advised the Reihill family on the employee benefits and pension aspects of their sale of Top Oil to Canadian company Irving Oil.

Telecoms Tier 2

Peter Bolger leads the team at LK Shields Solicitors, which advises Irish and international telecoms operators and regulatory bodies on transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. Gerry Halpenny and consultant Seanna Mulrean are also recommended.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Richard Curran heads the practice at LK Shields Solicitors, which handles corporate, real estate and project finance, and advises on a range of lending products. The healthcare sector is one of the team's areas of focus: Neil O’Keeffe advised an infrastructure fund on the financing of its acquisition of a hospital group. In the telecoms sector, Andrew Power acted for Cignal Infrastructure on the refinancing of its telecom mast infrastructure.

Capital markets Tier 3

The 'accessible' DCM team at LK Shields Solicitors is headed by David Williams. He recently advised CCA Longevity as issuer on the establishment of a note programme worth $200m listed on the Irish Stock Exchange, and assisted MBA Community Loans with its €1bn note programme, arranged by Prodigy Finance, secured by student loans. Trevor Dolan is a 'key part' of the practice.

Employment Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors is said to be ‘excellent at building that trusting rapport from the outset’, thereby giving clients the feeling that they are ‘working with the right people’. ‘Exceptional’ practice head Aoife Bradley specialises in contentious matters and advised employers and senior employees on a number of termination matters. TUPE specialist Jennifer O’Neill is another key member of the practice. Susan Battye is now with Walkers.

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors' energy and natural resources team has ‘a great depth of accumulated experience and knowledge of the energy market in Ireland’. Practice head Philip Daly, who ‘brings calmness and quiet confidence in an unassuming style and has lots of patience with those less familiar with the nuances of Irish law’, had a varied caseload; recent instructions included advising US multinational Ameresco on the creation of a joint venture for the development of an energy park, which includes combined heat and power, solar and wind power.

Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors handled a mix of contentious insolvency mandates, including advising insolvency practitioners which were appointed as receivers - such as KPMG, EY and Deloitte - on various properties and companies. The team was also instructed in a number of receiverships, as well as several non-contentious restructurings. Jill Callanan and Ruairi Mulrean are the main contacts.

Insurance Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors has a ‘very knowledgeable team’, with Shane Neville and Ciaran Markey defending solicitors, accountants and engineers in professional negligence lawsuits. Michael Kavanagh is the practice head. New partner Ian Lavelle joined from Weightmans LLP in November 2018.

Intellectual property Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors is a ‘good, solid mid-sized firm that knows its way around IP law’, and its lawyers have ‘a real passion for their work’. Ciaran Markey handles IP litigation, which encompasses patent, trade mark and copyright litigation, and acts for Mars. In addition to being involved in trade mark portfolio management work, department head Peter Bolger advises clients on the IP aspects of various transactions, including licensing and distribution agreements. Jeanne Kelly has expertise in trade secrets.

Projects and PPP Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors advises indigenous and international clients on all aspects of project procurement and delivery in a variety of sectors, including infrastructure, telecoms, transport and energy. Practice head Richard Curran acted for Swedish company Seabased, drafting a complete project agreement for a 100MW wave energy plant in Ghana.

Real estate Tier 3

Led by Clair Cassidy, the real estate team at LK Shields Solicitors regularly acts alongside the corporate department, dealing with the real estate elements of transactions; for example, John Campbell advised key client InfraVia Capital on the acquisition of Mater Private. The team was also very active in the nursing home care sector, where it advised CareChoice on the acquisition of two nursing homes and a primary care centre.

Construction Tier 4

LK Shields Solicitors has been involved in a range of construction mandates including commercial, mixed-use and healthcare developments and energy projects. In one work highlight, practice head Richard Curran drafted and negotiated a construction contract for a student accommodation development in South Dublin.

Investment funds Tier 4

At LK Shields Solicitors, Trevor Dolan and practice head David Williams are noted for their 'succinct and focused' advice; Dolan recently assisted GetBack Baytree Advisors with the structuring of an Icav and its subsequent authorisation by the Central Bank of Ireland. Other clients include Brown Brothers Harriman and Aberdeen Standard Investments. Damien Barnaville is also recommended.

The firm: LK Shields Solicitors is ranked among the leading law firms in Ireland. With over 130 employees, its dynamic business environment enables delivery of solution-focused legal advice across multiple practice areas. The firm maintains close contacts with leading law firms in Europe, the US and other jurisdictions.

Areas of practice: Banking: the firm offers a full range of legal services in banking and finance matters, advising in transactions for clients both domestic and international. It acts for both lenders and corporate borrowers in large asset finance, project finance, structured finance and other corporate banking transactions. The firm regularly provides local counsel advice to both institutional and corporate clients on cross-border finance facilities.

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution: the firm is one of Ireland’s leading litigation and dispute resolution teams specialising in high-stakes commercial disputes. Its large team contains outstanding lawyers recognised as leaders in their fields. It delivers results which fit with its clients’ commercial objectives.

Commercial property: the firm has extensive expertise in all areas of commercial property. It acts for both domestic and international corporate clients in technology, media, retail, utilities, energy and healthcare sectors.

Corporate and commercial: the firm advises a wide variety of Irish and international clients on all aspects of company and commercial law. It advises on the structuring and implementation of all forms of corporate transactions in all main areas, including agency and distribution, building society law, company law, telecommunications, project finance, energy and natural resources, healthcare, inward investment, e-commerce, gaming and gambling, and company secretarial.

Corporate finance: the firm advises on public offerings and private placing of equity and debt securities and is accustomed to working closely with issuers, financial and other advisers in achieving the timetables of debt and equity offerings.

EU and competition: the firm deals with all aspects of EU and Irish competition law, and has handled some of the most high-profile complaints and transactions in recent years. It advises clients on solutions to issues of restrictive practices, dominance abuses and merger control and maintains close relationships with the Irish and EU regulators.

Employment: the firm advises on all aspects of the employer/employee relationship. It represents clients in all employment law forums and has acted in a large number of disputes involving restrictive covenants, unfair/wrongful dismissal claims, redundancy-related disputes, employment injunctions and on health and safety law issues.

Financial services: the firm advises domestic and international investment banks, asset managers and multinationals on regulated and unregulated funding structures in Ireland.

Insolvency and corporate restructuring: the firm has extensive experience with all insolvency and corporate restructuring issues and has acted in many of the country’s high-profile insolvencies over the years.

Intellectual property and information technology: the firm provides transaction, advisory and litigation services in technology, media and data privacy matters and handles all aspects of intellectual property, contentious and non-contentious.

M&A: the firm is a market leader in mergers and acquisitions in Ireland. It consistently represents parties in high-profile acquisitions and disposals of private enterprises and offers for public companies in Ireland and abroad across all market and industry sectors.

Pensions and employee benefits: the firm has extensive experience in all aspects of pension schemes, regulatory and transactional issues, product development and pension disputes.

Public procurement: the firm advises public and private bodies operating in sectors which include transport, energy, healthcare and education in relation to contentious and non-contentious public procurement law matters both on an ad-hoc basis and in the context of projects-type transactions.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking Richard Curran
Banking Neil O'Keeffe
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution Michael Kavanagh
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution Edmund Butler
Commercial property Clair Cassidy
Commercial property John Campbell
Corporate and commercial Richard Curran
Corporate and commercial Emmet Scully
Corporate finance Richard Curran
Corporate finance Andrew Power
EU and competition Marco Hickey
Employment Michael Kavanagh
Employment Aoife Bradley
Energy and natural resources Philip Daly
Financial services David Williams
Financial services Trevor Dolan
Insolvency and corporate restructuring Jill Callanan
Insolvency and corporate restructuring Ruairí Mulrean
Intellectual property and information technology Peter Bolger
Intellectual property and information technology Jeanne Kelly
Mergers and acquisitions Gerry Halpenny
Mergers and acquisitions Emmet Scully
Pensions and employee benefits Aoife Bradley
Public procurement Philip Daly
Public procurement Seanna Mulrean
Photo Name Position Profile
 Damien Barnaville  photo Damien Barnaville
 Peter Bolger  photo Peter Bolger
 Aoife Bradley  photo Aoife Bradley
 Edmund Butler  photo Edmund Butler
 Jill Callanan  photo Jill Callanan
 John Campbell  photo John Campbell
 Jennifer Clarke  photo Jennifer Clarke
 Richard Curran  photo Richard Curran
 Philip Daly  photo Philip Daly
 Trevor Dolan  photo Trevor Dolan
 Gerry Halpenny  photo Gerry Halpenny
Mr Marco Hickey photo Mr Marco Hickey Partner
 Michael Kavanagh  photo Michael Kavanagh
 Jeanne Kelly  photo Jeanne Kelly
 Ciaran Markey  photo Ciaran Markey
 Jennifer McGuire  photo Jennifer McGuire
 Ruairi Mulrean  photo Ruairi Mulrean
 Seanna Mulrean  photo Seanna Mulrean
 Neil O’Keeffe  photo Neil O’Keeffe
 Jennifer O’Neill  photo Jennifer O’Neill
 Andrew Power  photo Andrew Power
 Emmet Scully  photo Emmet Scully
 David Williams  photo David Williams
Number of lawyers : 50+
Contact : Emmet Scully (managing partner)
Other offices : London
Other offices : Galway