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McCann FitzGerald

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Audrey Byrne

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McCann FitzGerald

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Corporate Fraud & Asset Tracing, Commercial Disputes, Banking & Financial Services Disputes, Alternative Dispute Resolution


Audrey’s practice centres on commercial disputes and investigations, with a focus on shareholder disputes, fraud and asset tracing. Audrey has in depth experience in co-ordinating international litigation and investigations in multiple common law and civil law jurisdictions including the Russian Federation, Ukraine, India, Panama, BVI, UAE and Belize and has travelled extensively to local jurisdictions where necessary, acting as lead counsel. Audrey has extensive commercial court experience and is well versed in managing large scale e-discoveries using the most up to date techniques and platforms, ensuring that discovery is delivered cost effectively and on time. Audrey is a CEDR accredited Mediator and has attended many mediations involving a variety of disputes, both as Mediator and advisor. Client’s value her practical, strategic advice.


Qualified 1999


Graduate of University College Dublin BCL in 1995.


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

McCann FitzGerald's practice is 'highly collaborative and creative in its strategic approach to arguments'. In a stand-out piece of litigation work, team head Terence McCrann, Karyn Harty, Megan Hooper and Sean Barton are acting for Independent News and Media in proceedings stemming from a whistleblower report made in November 2016. The team also includes Audrey Byrne and Michael Coonan ('both exceptionally bright, insightful lawyers'), Helen Kilroy and Roddy Bourke.

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White-collar crime

Within: White-collar crime

McCann FitzGerald's practice has 'strength and depth in swathes' and 'draws on its wide resources from across the firm to ensure the advice proferred is meticulously considered'. The team covers corporate and internal investigations, mandatory reporting and engagement with investigating agencies, and prosecutions, and is also active in the prosecution of regulatory offences for state clients. Sean Barton ('a very brilliant legal mind'), Karyn Harty and Megan Hooper ('adopts your problems as her own and deftly steers you through the world of regulatory and criminal investigations and prosecutions') are advising INM on issues arising from a whistleblower report. Practice head Brian Quigley, Michael Coonan and Audrey Byrne, who specialise in fraud and asset tracing investigations, and Stephen Holst, who handles whistleblowing investigations, are also noted.

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