Mr Paul Lavery > McCann FitzGerald LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

McCann FitzGerald LLP

Work Department

Technology & Innovation, Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Freedom of Information, Commercial Contract


Paul is the head of the firm’s Technology and Innovation Group and advises on a wide range of information technology, data protection, intellectual property, confidentiality and freedom of information issues. He advises on the supply and implementation of new IT systems, the licensing of software and the ownership, exploitation and licensing of intellectual property rights.

Paul drafts and negotiates cutting-edge technology supply and implementation agreements and IT outsourcing agreements with a key focus on mobilisation, business transformation and key performance elements as well as exit management.

Paul is a leading  expert on data protection and advises a large number of private sector entities and public bodies on their data protection obligations under existing and prospective  data protection law, including advising on subject access requests, data security incidents, marketing obligations and consents, record retention matters, data protection notices, policies and privacy statements, data controller and data processor registrations as well as solutions to facilitate the transfer of data outside the EEA.

Paul is heavily involved in advising a number of private sector and public sector clients on their prospective obligations under the EU General Data Protection Regulation, including carrying out data protection assessments and audits and completing data inventories in order to advise clients on what changes to processing activities, data protection notices and agreements etc to ensure compliance with GDPR.

Paul regularly advises on the legal implications of transacting on-line and related consumer protection issues. Paul also advises a number of international clients on their distribution, franchise and sales agency arrangements.

In the area of freedom of information, Paul regularly acts for public bodies and private entities. He advises public bodies in respect of their compliance obligations in connection with the Freedom of Information Acts in dealing with access requests, advising on applicable exemptions and dealing with appeals to the Information Commissioner. Paul also advises public bodies and private entities on the application and scope of the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations.

As a leading expert on the law of confidentiality, Paul regularly advises clients on confidentiality obligations and the drafting of appropriate confidentiality agreements and secrecy protocols.

Paul is the author of Commercial Secrets: The Action for Breach of Confidence in Ireland (Round Hall/ Sweet & Maxwell, 1996), the first and only Irish work on the topic. The book has been quoted in judgments in the Irish Supreme Court.


Qualified in 1996


Graduate of University College Dublin (BCL,LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Data privacy and data protection

(Leading individuals)

Paul LaveryMcCann FitzGerald LLP

A capable, commercial, knowledgeable practice’, McCann FitzGerald LLP has broad expertise in the data privacy space, providing assistance to clients on the processing and transfer of data as well as on responding to data subject access requests. The team is active in fast-growing areas of data privacy, such as issues related to software-as-a-service agreements, and also handles the data-related aspects of M&A transactions and corporate reorganisations. Practice head Paul Lavery acts for private and public sector clients on data protection issues, and Adam Finlay has an equally broad practice. Doug McMahon is another key figure in the team with specialist expertise in the technology space.

Ireland > Intellectual property

McCann FitzGerald LLP’s intellectual property team has expertise in both contentious and advisory IP matters. Fiona O’Beirne and Shane O’Brien specialise in litigation, handling patent and trade mark infringement claims across sectors including pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and entertainment. On the non-contentious side, Paul Lavery and Adam Finlay are highly active in assisting clients with the IP ownership of research and its commercialisation. The practice also acts alongside the firm’s corporate department to advise on the IP aspects of M&A transactions.

Ireland > Information technology

(Hall of Fame)

Paul LaveryMcCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP is highly active in advising on commercial transactions in the IT space, including master services agreements, software licensing and development deals. The practice’s work in this area includes handling transactions involving cutting-edge technology, such as software-as-a-service and blockchain matters, and it acts for both public and private sector clients. The team is also frequently instructed on acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures involving technology companies. Paul Lavery leads the team and is supported by Adam Finlay and Doug McMahon. Senior associate Mark Ellis is also praised by clients as ‘consistently excellent.