Mason Hayes & Curran LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Firm Profile

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP
BARROW STREET
DUBLIN 4
D04 TR29
Ireland

Ireland > Banking and finance Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has a large team of dedicated banking and finance specialists and is a central part of the firm’s strong presence in the market. It has maintained activity levels in acquisition finance, project finance, real estate finance and asset finance. It is also noted for financial institutions M&A, loan portfolio sales and regulatory matters.  William Carmody and Micheál Grace are senior members of the banking and finance community, and Neil Campbell is a prominent figure in loan portfolio sales and acquisitions. Karol Fox is ‘one to watch‘.

Practice head(s):

William Carmody

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and easily contactable on transactions which can regularly be time pressurised. Team goes the extra mile to hit deadlines. Highly skilled team with strong knowledge on the issues at hand. Willingness to give you time to discuss case matter and never seems like you are ‘on-the-clock’. Competitive fee quotes.’

‘Mostly deal with Karol Fox who is very knowledgeable. Karol is very approachable, easily contactable and always willing to help. Excellent knowledge of banking sector.

Overall – always an excellent experience dealing with MHC and Karol in particular.

‘Excellent breadth and depth of knowledge in subject area as well as across sector groups.’

‘Micheál Grace is both detail orientated and pragmatic, and able to empathise with the needs of clients in order to deliver not just what they need, but also what they want.’

‘Very commercially minded team adept at not just finding issues but solving them.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks, p.lc.

Bank of Ireland

Ulster Bank Ireland DAC/Royal Bank of Scotland

Barclays Bank Ireland PLC/ Barclays Bank PLC

Permanent tsb, p.l.c.

Irish Residential Properties REIT Plc

Greencoat Renewables PLC

Toyota Financial Services (Ireland) DAC

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

NTR plc

Stepstone

Export Development Canada

Wells Fargo

HSBC Bank plc

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has a substantial team with a sizeable market share of major transactions in Ireland. Technology, healthcare, life sciences, financial services, energy and charities are key sectors for the firm. The team is also active in both corporate M&A and private equity investments. David O’Donnell leads the team and is a senior name in the market, attracting engagements from a number of foreign multinationals and bulge-bracket financial institutions. Justin McKenna is rated for cross-border M&A and deals involving Irish takeover rules. Martin Kelleher is experienced in pharma and life sciences, technology and financial services deals, and Liam Brazil  is noted for his renewable energy expertise. Claire Lord  heads the corporate governance and compliance team. Ron Boucher  joined the team as a partner from Jones Day’s London office in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

David O’Donnell; Philip Nolan

Other key lawyers:

Justin McKenna; Liam Brazil; Martin Kelleher; Claire Lord; David Mangan; Conall Geraghty; Wendy Hederman

Testimonials

‘Top class experienced lawyers. Great breadth of advisory and sectoral experience.’

‘The members of the team are experts in their respective fields but what sets MHC apart from others is the way they collaborate with their colleagues in other practice areas (e.g. pensions, tax etc) to deliver advice and the project. Those coming in to provide ‘specialist’ advice were always fully briefed and ready to hit the ground running. This results in a transaction which progresses at speed and left us feeling reassured that the right advice has been received at the right time.’

‘Justin McKenna is an exceptional lawyer whose technical expertise and client care is head and shoulders above the competition. He is immensely responsive and laser-focussed on the deal, with a vast experience in cross border M&A. His knowledge and expertise in Irish public M&A transactions is unrivalled which, combined with a strong commercial understanding, makes him a must-have partner who is immensely reassuring and can lead a strong team on complex deals.’

‘I have worked primarily with Claire Lord on complex corporate restructuring matters involving a multinational biophamaceutical company. MHC has uniquely been able to provide corporate legal advice in an efficient, team oriented manner that replicates having an experienced, in-house corporate counsel. Claire has quickly become knowledgeable about our business, our corporate structure, inter-company relationships and transactions. As a result, we are able to obtain highly relevant, expert advice that we can rely on with confidence.’

‘Martin Kelleher – very commercially focused. Always available and will meet any commitments given. Reasonable and understanding about structure of fees and payment terms.’

‘Mr Conall Geraghty’s team is showing exceptional execution, availability and engagement during this project. We are also very satisfied with fee flexibility and transparency in billing. Mr Conall has a wealth of transactional knowledge and has helped us structure multiple transactions successfully during the last twelve months.’

‘David O’Donnell is an outstanding ambassador for the client and coordinates the deal and relationships extraordinarily well.’

‘Ron Boucher has been excellent in all of dealings. He’s a great balance between excellent legal advice and practical commercial understanding. He’s amongst the best lawyers we’ve dealt with for this reason.’

Key clients

Statkraft Ireland Limited

ACRE

intive GmbH

Addlife AB

B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG

Nomura Securities plc

News Corp UK & Ireland Limited / Kip Limited

Dayspring Limited / FL Partners

DomusVI

Orpea Care Ireland Limited

Sackville Hotel Properties Limited

Bauer Media Audio Holding GmbH

Goldman Sachs International

CentralReach, LLC

Paulus Holdings Limited / ‘LetsGetChecked’

Surmodics, Inc.

Tango Telecom Limited

Everseen Limited

Bally’s Corporation

Ireland > Construction Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP is noted for the breadth of its construction practice, which extends beyond residential and commercial developments to include major projects in the energy and transport sectors. The team also stands out for its contentious work, representing clients in adjudication and Commercial Court proceedings, including in disputes involving PPP projects. Rory Kirrane SC leads the practice and acts for all parties in the construction space, including developers, contractors and utilities; he also advises corporations and public bodies on procurement. Eoin Cassidy has a broad practice, with a particular focus on the energy sector, and Shane Dolan is also praised by clients. Robert Rooney joined the team from A&L Goodbody LLP.

Practice head(s):

Rory Kirrane SC

Other key lawyers:

Eoin Cassidy; Susan Bryson; Paul Bassett; Shane Dolan; David Gunn; Anne McCarthy; Hannah Devoy

Testimonials

‘The team at MHC are a pleasure to work with. Always responsive, always willing to help out and give us the best advice.’

‘Shane Dolan and Paul Bassett on the construction team stand out for their consistent, down-to-earth approach to problems and negotiations. Construction is a people business and these two guys stand out to me in how they handle both clients and opposing law firms.’

‘The MHC construction practice consistently provide excellent, relevant and pragmatic advice. They are extremely adept at quickly distilling the key issues in very complex disputes and offer straightforward guidance and solutions which are aligned with the client’s core needs.’

‘Rory Kirrane is a pleasure to work with. His in-depth knowledge of this area of law is evident and instils immediate confidence in the advice provided. He is particularly skillful when it comes to providing strategic advice on contentious matters, understands the client’s priorities and guides the client in a sensible and efficient manner. Hannah Devoy is also excellent to work with and consistently demonstrates a thorough understanding of construction law. She offers clear, pragmatic advice which is cognisant of client requirements and time pressures.’

‘As a foreign attorney I very much appreciate Susan Bryson’s ability to explain how procedures work and her ability to make the client deeply aware of the possible consequences of any action taken or decision made.’

‘The go-to team when entering the Irish market. Very efficient, knowledgeable and extremely good quality from the whole team. Able to create solutions fast and spot the key risks. They have also helped to come up with new creative solutions when needed. Deliver crystal-clear advice also to clients like me who are from abroad and a different legal system.’

‘Rory Kirrane is probably the best lawyer I have met. He is extremely knowledgeable and clever, easy to approach, able to give clear advice fast and cost efficiently, and extremely commercially minded. He is able to deliver superb value for the work done, and gets straight to the point of the relevant matters without any nonsense. Anne McCarthy has also been a highly valued team player; she delivers excellent results and is always available when needed.’

‘I found Eoin Cassidy extremely easy to deal with and I liked the fact that although he is a partner in the firm he took charge of being the point of contact. It made my life as a general counsel a lot easier and streamlined the communications. In addition, Eoin seemed to be able to quickly understand the queries raised and the type of response required to fully resolve the issues, no matter how complex they were.’

Key clients

Irish Water

BAM Civil Limited

Dragados Ireland Limited

BAM Building Limited

Exyte Northern Europe Limited

SSE Renewables Ireland Limited

AmTrust Europe Limited

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

Lou Investments

Allied Irish Banks p.l.c.

easyhotel Ireland Limited

Irish Life Assurance plc

Torc Sustainable Housing Limited

Rohan Holdings

PJ Hegarty & Sons

Quintain Ireland

Hines Real Estate

John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Limited

SDR Property Owners Management Company CLG

Irish Residential Properties REIT PLC

Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ireland

Fortum eNext Ireland Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising SSE on all aspects of the offshore lease, consenting, development and procurement of Phase II of the Arklow Bank Wind Farm, with a projected capacity of between 500 and 800MW.
  • Advising Irish Water across all aspects of its operations, including on major infrastructure contracts and on its largest and most strategically important construction disputes.
  • Advising Torc Sustainable Housing Limited on the impact of Covid-19 on its work on the Social Housing PPP Bundle 2.

Ireland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP stands out for its expertise in acting for clients facing inquiries by the Data Protection Commission, including those resulting from data breaches and alleged violations of the GDPR. The team acts for prominent multinationals in this area, and also provides clients with advice on new product launches and data processing agreements. Practice head Philip Nolan is frequently engaged in matters relating to EU regulations, including the implications of the CJEU’s judgement in the Schrems II case. Oisín Tobin, who was previously based in the firm’s San Francisco office, counts household names in the tech sector among his clients. Robert McDonagh and Jevan Neilen are highly active in this space, acting as lead privacy counsels to a range of clients, and senior associate Áine Quirke is also praised by clients.

Practice head(s):

Philip Nolan

Testimonials

‘MHC’s client focus is second to none in the sector. The partners are available, often at short notice, and I have found the associates to be knowledgable and pragmatic. I would rate MHC higher than many London Magic Circle and Silver Circle firms for data protection and privacy, especially in giving pragmatic and up-to-date advice on EU-level developments and the broader sector. For work that requires coverage of multiple jurisdictions, MHC is effective at coordinating with other firms.’

‘Oisín Tobin consistently delivers high-quality and pragmatic advice in a fast-moving sector. Jevan Neilan is a solid partner and is especially good at explaining complex issues remotely. Áine Quirke is a rising star, with great attention to detail and client care.’

‘They are experts on the law, on top of novel and soon-to-be issues, business-friendly, and really understand how to work with high-growth start-ups. They accommodate US West Coast hours and they understand the fast pace and risk tolerance of high-growth companies.’

‘As a US client, Jevan Neilan is responsive, pragmatic and easy to work with. He understands the issues our company deals with, can foresee where we’ll run into future issues and works with us to mitigate risk.’

‘The team stand out for the depth of their expertise, technical knowhow and practical, focused advice, which can be implemented easily within the company – they don’t just explain the theory, they apply the principles.’

‘Oisín Tobin is an experienced and knowledgeable privacy expert. He has deep subject matter expertise and an ability to cut through the technical legal points to deliver actionable advice.’

‘What makes this practice unique is that the people are great. They’re thoughtful, friendly and knowledgeable about our issues. The practice also does a lot of high-profile work, so they’re able to use their experience to advise clients. Their practice also has quality associates who provide excellent work.’

‘What makes the individuals stand out is their reasonable manner and understanding. They have a practical approach to issues. Áine Quirke is exceptional. She is incredibly diligent, thoughtful, responsive and friendly. Philip Nolan is very strategic and decisive. He has a clear understanding of how we should approach certain scenarios.’

Key clients

Facebook

Quora

Adobe

Verizon/Oath/Yahoo

WhatsApp

Etsy Ireland

Slack Technologies Limited

FitBit

Airbnb Ireland

Twitter

Work highlights

  • Acted for WhatsApp in one of the most high-profile GDPR inquiries by the Irish Data Protection Commission into a US tech multinational.
  • Acted for Facebook in proceedings before the Irish High and Supreme Courts brought by the Irish Data Protection Commission, which resulted in a referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding the validity of standard contractual clauses through which data is transferred from the EEA to the US.
  • Providing ongoing advice to Airbnb on its engagements with data protection regulators across the world.

Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has one of the largest litigation teams in Ireland, offering a broad swathe of expertise across the disputes arena. The firm has made a particular impression in tech disputes, including judicial review cases, representing some of the biggest corporate names in the world; the firm has a strong background in data privacy matters. IP, property, financial services, product liability and construction disputes are also key areas for the team. Maurice Phelan leads the team and is a key name for commercial litigation, and restructuring and insolvency. Liam Guidera heads the investigations and white-collar crime group and stands out for his experience in major tribunal proceedings and headline inquiries. Colin Monaghan is noted for technology disputes and financial institutions litigation.

Practice head(s):

Maurice Phelan

Other key lawyers:

Liam Guidera; Colin Monaghan; Sinéad Power; Colm Farrell; Declan Black; Gerard Kelly; Peter Johnston; Judith Riordan; Frank Flanagan; James Morrin

Testimonials

Excellent dispute and commercial knowledge, and the ability to draw on other areas of expertise as required. Communication, planning and teamwork were also excellent.

The multi-disciplinary approach to complex and technical issues is a distinctive feature of the Commercial Litigation department in Mason Hayes & Curran. The exceptional support offered by Commercial Litigation to other departments in the firm means that potentially contentious matters are identified at an early (often embryonic) stage, which, coupled with timely advice, facilitates prompt resolution.  Frank Flanagan is the “go-to guru” when it comes to specialist (often opaque) areas of the law.

Maurice Phelan’s deeply pragmatic advice helped us navigate our way out of the situation with an excellent result.  His knowledge of the law allowed me to assess the risks and make the right choices to get the matter under control in the first instance and then resolved. Maurice and his team were incredibly responsive too. They delivered when they said they would and often kept me on track when I got distracted with other projects/matters that I was working on. In short, Maurice and his team are the whole package as far as Dispute Resolution lawyers are concerned – very knowledgeable, incredibly pragmatic and super-responsive.

Liam Guidera is calm and experienced and very pragmatic. He knows the market extremely well as well as the machinations of the Commercial Court system which he guided us through beautifully. The level of contact was just right and the billing process was clear and transparent.

We worked with Liam Guidera primarily. Liam was an excellent lead for MHC on a recent engagement. He has an exceptional ability to communicate well with the client, give consideration to the many nuances of the work we were doing, and make himself available for group and individual discussions as needed.

Colin Monaghan is a calm and sensible litigator, who always thinks of the client’s strategic objectives and how to best achieve them.

James Morrin is commercially minded and proactive in finding ways to progress cases. He combines strong legal knowledge with a hands on approach and appetite to generate positive results for the client. There are certain solicitors who are satisfied to exchange prolonged correspondence with their opposite numbers, which does little to resolve the situation at hand. James Morrin is eager to drive real engagement between plaintiffs & defendants to drive the best commercial outcome for the client in the shortest possible timeframe.

Key clients

Facebook Ireland Limited

Virgin Media Television Limited

Airbnb Ireland UC

State Claims Agency

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Banque Nationale de Paris Paribas (BNPP)

Commission for Aviation Regulation

Norddeutsche Landesbank (London)

Trocaire

Work highlights

  • Acted for Facebook Ireland Limited and WhatsApp Ireland Limited in judicial review proceedings before the High Court concerning on-going Data Protection Commission inquiries into their Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp services.
  • Represented Banque Nationale de Paris Paribas in Commercial Court proceedings brought by a Chinese aviation leasing company who was the subject of a complex cyber fraud.

Ireland > Employment Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP handles complex employment law matters, including industrial relations disputes, large-scale redundancies and employee misconduct investigations. The team also represents employers in litigation before the High Court and Workplace Relations Commission and has a very strong presence in the technology sector. Practice head Melanie Crowley  has a dual focus on complex non-contentious workplace issues and employment litigation where she has experience appearing before employment courts of all levels. Ger Connolly is an expert in all aspects of the termination of employment, including redundancies and unfair dismissal. Ronnie Neville offers strategic advice on restructuring with a particular focus on the hospitality and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘I find Ronnie Neville pragmatic and commercial in his advice.’

‘The team has strength in depth and a responsive, user friendly and pragmatic style.’

‘Melanie Crowley is a stand out partner – she is responsive and provides excellent, pragmatic and easily-translatable advice. Advice is always sensible and to the point.’

‘Extremely responsive, knowledgeable, go above and beyond to help, personable and friendly. Collaboration across the team at MHC is particularly impressive.’

‘MHC provide a comprehensive suite of employment law services with significant industry experience. This practical knowledge has been very helpful in numerous scenarios. Their client portfolio is made of up blue chip domestic and multi-national clients. They work in a very collaborative manner. My experience of the teams has been that they are quite gender diverse.’

‘I have a strong working relationship with Ronnie Neville. He works with a number of the large multinationals based in Ireland and has a practical insight which is very helpful and not always forthcoming from other firms. Ronnie is prepared to go above and beyond for his clients. Obviously it is taken as read, that his technical expertise is superb.’

‘This firm is at the cutting edge of most areas of law in Ireland. The department I deal with is employment law and the team is leaders in this field. They are incredibly responsive, pragmatic and commercial while always on top of the details in the law.’

‘Melanie Crowley is a leader in this field. Although head of the department, she still manages to be incredibly responsive and will always go the extra mile for her clients. She is down to earth and excellent at what she does. I couldn’t recommend her more highly.’

Key clients

National Museum of Ireland

Vertiv International DAC

Karro Foods

BAWAG P.S.K.

Utility Regulator

Grundfos

Bally’s Corporation

Fintech Company

Irish Security Association of Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advised a multinational information technology services and consulting company on its handling of alleged misconduct issues with an employee.
  • Represented the National Museum of Ireland in defending a number of cases as to how the Museum applied incremental credit to its employees.
  • Advised Bally’s Corporation on the cross-border acquisition of SportCaller, a creator of free-to-play games for leading betting and media companies.

Ireland > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has a proven track record in advising on major energy projects and transactions in the Irish market, acting across onshore and offshore wind, solar and grid infrastructure. The practice provides a full service to clients, advising on financing, planning applications, construction and the ongoing operation of projects. The team also leverages its broad expertise to handle complex transactions such as forward sales of energy assets, advising on the transaction itself as well as the construction of the asset. Practice heads William Carmody and Rory Kirrane SC specialise in project financing and development respectively, while Deirdre Nagle handles environmental and planning work. Eoin Cassidy, David Gunn and Peter McLay are also names to note, with experience in developing energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Rory Kirrane SC; William Carmody

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The MHC team are very approachable and it is apparent the team enjoy what they do. They are thoughtful in their responses and support. They bring excellent experience but also are keen to learn of practices and norms outside their market. Eoin Cassidy and David Gunn are always quick to respond to unscheduled calls, regardless of the time of day. They are excellent at brainstorming for the most practical solutions and considering the commercial implications of scenarios – something which is often not given due consideration.’

‘MHC understand the Irish energy market very well and are up to date on market and regulatory developments. Their broad range of capabilities and ability to call on other practices within the firm mean they are able to provide a one-stop shop to renewable energy asset owners on matters ranging through planning, power markets, grid agreements, M&A and land leases.’

‘Eoin Cassidy is a highly experienced and capable partner who is very client focused, easy to work with and good at pulling in the relevant expertise to address thorny issues. Eoin is able to look at a question from multiple angles and identify key issues, focusing resources in the areas that will solve clients’ challenges.’

‘Rory Kirrane is responsive, pragmatic and always up to date on the latest developments.’

‘Peter McLay is an outstanding partner on project documents, who does not mind getting his hands dirty and can drive a deal where some knots needs untying. Keith Newman is a senior association who has proven himself in legal knowledge, anticipates needs of the client and proactive in getting the deal done.’

‘Eoin Cassidy is a super partner and knows when to step in and lead and when to delegate. Great breadth of understanding of renewables legally and commercially. Super guy to work with. Keith Newman is incredibly bright and hardworking and charming too. He is a pleasure to work with and we are in safe hands when Keith is across the file.’

‘MHC has strong experience in the renewable sector and can deal with the full range of legal inputs required to manage a project through the development, construction and operational phases.’

‘Eoin Cassidy has extensive knowledge of the sector and has a very commercial approach which is a huge help in the negotiating of often complicated transactions. He is well supported by the wider MHC team, with David Gunn and Keith Newman deserving special mention.’

Key clients

SSE plc

Irish Water

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

Neoen / BNRG

Bank of Ireland

EirGrid plc

NTR plc

Ulster Bank

Coillte

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

ESB

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Santander

Statkraft Ireland

Statkraft Markets GmbH

BayWa

RWE

Bord na Mona

Centrica Business Solutions

Metka

Work highlights

  • Advised Statkraft on the forward sale of two solar parks with a combined installed capacity of up to 250MWp to Octopus Renewables for €140m.
  • Advised Cubico Sustainable Investments, a global renewable energy investor and operator, on its sale of Cordal wind farm in Co Kerry, with a total capacity of 89.6MW.
  • Advising SSE on all aspects of the offshore lease, consenting, development and procurement of Phase II of the Arklow Bank Wind Farm, which has a projected capacity of between 500 and 800MW and is the largest renewable energy project currently in development in Ireland.

Ireland > EU and competition Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP continues to be at the forefront of merger control matters, most notably in media sector mergers and private equity transactions. Technology and energy are also key sectors for the wider practice. The firm is also active in competition enforcement cases, including recent ticketing and motor insurance investigations. In the competition litigation sphere, the team is recognised for its roles in headline matters such as the trucks follow-on damages action. The team includes economist Michael Madden who is rated for sector regulation and state aid. Tara Kelly has extensive international experience, particularly in private equity merger control. Niall Collins left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Tara Kelly; Michael Madden; Liam Heylin; Laura Durning

Testimonials

‘We use MHC for state aid advice. We find they are the most knowledgeable practice we have dealt with in Ireland on this topic. They are always up to date on current practice in this very technical area and they manage to condense their advice into understandable English. All advice is given on the basis of agreed quotations and there is full transparency on all billing related to such quotations.’

‘We get outstanding attention from our contact partner Michael Madden and his senior associate Liam Heylin. They are always available to us at a drop of a hat and their response times to ad hoc queries are always prompt. We have built up an excellent relationship at a personal level.’

Key clients

BC Partners LLP

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Bauer Media Group

Cubico Sustainable Investments

The Blackstone Group Inc.

CNH Industrial / Iveco

FBD Insurance plc

Ticketmaster / Live Nation

The Carlyle Group

CapVest Partners LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bauer Media on its high-profile purchase of commercial radio group Communicorp.
  • Acted for Live Nation / Ticketmaster in the investigation by the CCPC into suspected anti-competitive practices in the provision of tickets and ticketing services on the island of Ireland.
  • Acted for CNH Industrial, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Iveco Magirus and Iveco in their defence of proceedings issued against them for follow-on damages for alleged breach of EU competition law.

Ireland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP is a major player in healthcare litigation. It defends many of the largest hospitals in the country against clinical negligence claims. It has also achieved considerable growth in life sciences regulatory and product liability cases over the last few years. In the life sciences field, the firm has advised on a growing number of M&A transactions and venture financings, along with higher numbers of digital health-related engagements. Kevin Power is a former medical doctor and is a leader in medical negligence. Martin Kelleher is an experienced life sciences transactions specialist and Michaela Herron heads the life sciences regulatory group.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Power; Martin Kelleher; Michaela Herron

Other key lawyers:

Gerard Kelly; Gemma Coady; Keelin Cowhey; Brian Horkan; Ciara Deasy; Katie McAuliffe; Catherine Allen; Fiona McNulty; Riannagh Morris

Testimonials

‘For medical – legal issues we are normally represented by Brian Horkan and his Fiona McNulty. They are easy to access and work tirelessly to provide practical solutions to complex legal and ethical issues.  They explain difficult legal principles in ways that are easy to understand by medical professionals who are not familiar with the legal process.  The clinical teams trust their judgement, advice and solutions.  They were always available to assist with questions/queries and provided feedback to the team.  They have a great understanding of the health service and give practical legal advice to any query that is raised.  They have access to excellent senior and junior counsel.’

‘Catherine Allen and Riannagh Morris – they are both extremely accessible, knowledgeable and always provide advice in a timely fashion.’

Key clients

Clinical Indemnity Scheme of the State Claims Agency

Health Service Executive

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

Voluntary Healthcare Forum

Child and Family Agency (Tusla)

The Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland

The Irish Medical Council

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

Medisec/MedPro

Allergan Limited

Paulus Holdings Limited / ‘LetsGetChecked’

Surmodics Inc.

Tomar international

Parvalis Tx Limited

Ireland > Information technology Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP advises fast-growing companies in the tech sector on contractual negotiations with customers, including software licensing agreements. The practice also draws on its expertise in Irish regulatory law, particularly relating to data privacy and consumer protection, to advise clients on entry to the Irish market and the development of new products. In addition, the team assists clients outside the technology space, including public sector bodies, with the procurement of IT solutions. Philip Nolan leads the team, with Robert McDonagh noted for his work in data privacy and outsourcing. The team expanded significant at partner level in 2021, with James Fenelon joining from Bird & Bird LLP in January, and Dermot McGirr and Mark Fry joining in October from Pinsent Masons LLP and A&L Goodbody LLP, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Philip Nolan

Key clients

WhatsApp Ireland Limited

Facebook

Instagram

Udemy

Xilinx

Etsy Ireland

Slack Technologies

Bauer Media Group

Verizon Media/Oath/Yahoo

Work highlights

  • Advising Xilinx on a variety of issues, including technology law matters generally, software licences, agency arrangements, marketing operations and data protection requirements.
  • Advising Udemy on the process of managing a large portion of its contract negotiations with key European customers.
  • Advised Davra on the negotiation of a bespoke software development agreement with global telecoms provider Cisco, which related to the client’s development of the software underpinning Legislate for Webex, designed to facilitate the continued function of legislatures during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ireland > Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has been at the forefront of major insolvencies and restructurings in recent times, most notably in the aviation sector. It has a presence in both domestic and cross-border engagements, including US Chapter 11 proceedings and Irish schemes of arrangement. The firm has committed considerable resources to the sector, which includes a number of senior specialists including Judith Riordan and Maurice Phelan, who is an insolvency expert by background but has moved into the broader dispute resolution sphere. Frank Flanagan is also highly rated. David Ormsby left the firm for an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Maurice Phelan; Judith Riordan

Other key lawyers:

Frank Flanagan; John Bollard

Testimonials

‘It goes without saying that they have the technical knowledge, which is first rate, but their most important quality is the ability to balance that with prompt and committed delivery which balances the law with the needs of the clients. They do not deliver the easy answer and that is attractive because at the end of the day it can lead any client and especially an IP into deep problems.’

‘Maurice Phelan is particularly impressive and I would describe him as very able, commercially sensitive with clients and gets to the point.’

‘Judith Riordan – her technical knowledge of insolvency and banking enforcement is second to none.  She is the one you want on your side in a tough case.’

‘I’ve found Judith Riordan’s understanding and grasp of Company law to be excellent and, genuinely way ahead of other insolvency/dispute resolution lawyers.’

‘Frank Flanagan is a great lawyer. He is clever with a detailed knowledge of the law but he is also a creative thinker and a problem solver.’  

‘Frank Flanagan has a unique way of tackling problems.  I really like Frank’s approach which differs from the run-of-mill standard advice.’

Key clients

EY

Export Development Canada

Friel Stafford

McStay Luby

Bank of Scotland plc

PwC

Mazars

Grant Thornton

SCISYS Group plc

KPMG

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Travelers Insurance DAC

Kroll

WhatsApp Ireland Limited

Facebook (EMEA HQ)

Instagram (EMEA HQ)

Udemy

Xilinx

Etsy Ireland (EMEA HQ)

Slack Technologies (EMEA HQ)

Bauer Media Group

Verizon Media/Oath/Yahoo (EMEA HQ)

Ireland > Insurance Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has a large claims defence practice and is well established in insurance regulatory matters. It is also noted for its work in the self-insured segment. Professional indemnity is another forte for the insurance team, which has gained further recognition for its expertise in servicing the retail, education and healthcare sectors. Department head Rachel Kavanagh heads the team and is experienced in personal injury, property damages claims and product liability. Deirdre Munnelly is rated for public and employers’ liability, motor and product liability claims. Rowena Fitzgerald is a leading name in insurance regulatory issues. Senior name Liam Flynn has joined the team from Matheson LLP, bringing additional experience in financial services regulatory matters. Ailbhe Gilvarry has retired.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Kavanagh

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre Munnelly; Rowena Fitzgerald; Laura Keane; Laura Prendiville; Teresa Love; Liam Flynn

Testimonials

‘As far as professionalism is concerned this firm is second to none. Certainly a strong strength which enables for a precise and excellent working relationship with all members of the team.’

‘Excellent dedicated associates and partners. A partner led department with unquestionable availability. And will always get the best result without fuss or delays.’

‘Again, each member of the team is very approachable, very pleasant to deal with and straight talking. Each of them is fully on top of their brief and is very practical and pragmatic in terms of getting work done.’

‘Very friendly & approachable team that gives practical advice and are easy to work with.’

‘I have worked with MHC for a number of years now and have always found them to be very professional, while being very approachable and friendly. Their advice is second to none and I would trust them to deal with any matter referred to them.’

‘Extremely capable of getting to the bottom of complex legal issues and explaining them in layman’s terms to both client and insurance company. I find the partners extremely approachable, more than willing to assist with any queries. I have experienced a high level of success in settling claims alongside MHC over the years – I work predominately with Rachel Kavanagh. I have known and worked alongside Rachel since 2008 – I have a huge amount of respect for her as a solicitor. From settling very large cases with Rachel to seeing her deal directly with major clients in the Irish market, she has been a huge influence on me over the years. A pleasure to deal with.’

‘I work predominantly with Rachel Kavanagh and Deirdre Munnelly. They are a pleasure to work with. They have a strong teamwork ethic and stand up for their partners in any negotiation.’

‘Deirdre Munnelly – provides not only sound and specific advice, always makes herself available to assist outside the perimeter of a specific claim and would be happy to help with additional learnings or information we may require.’

Key clients

Zurich

Aon Claims Management

Tesco Ireland Limited

Musgrave

Lidl Ireland GmbH

Chubb

Davies Ireland

Intel

Allianz

State Claims Agency

Ireland > Intellectual property Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP is highly active in the full range of contentious intellectual property matters, including acting for clients in disputes relating to the infringement of patents, trade marks, copyright and supplementary protection certificates. The practice represents clients in the Irish High Court and Commercial Court and provides assistance with pre-litigation strategies, including reaching settlements. The team also handles the management of IP portfolios at the Irish and EU levels. Gerard Kelly leads the practice and senior associate Eimear O’Brien is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Eimear O’Brien

Testimonials

‘Gerry Kelly heads up a thoughtful and client-focused team. Overall the MHC team work well together to ensure optimal results.’

‘Gerry Kelly has a depth of knowledge that is second to none.’

‘The IP team offers good all-round services and is responsive.’

‘Gerard Kelly is personable, knowledgeable and responsive, and provides commercial and pragmatic advice.’

Work highlights

  • Acted Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland in the successful defence of supplementary protection certificate infringement proceedings and a preliminary injunction application brought by Gilead.
  • Acting for musician Damien Rice and Damien Rice Music Limited in copyright-related proceedings.
  • Advising the Boyne Valley Group on all aspects of the protection and exploitation of its significant stable of renowned brands and its valuable manufacturing and recipe trade secrets.

Ireland > Media and entertainment Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran's broad media and entertainment practice encompasses corporate transactions and commercial matters as well as litigation. The practice is particularly active in handling M&A deals involving media companies, with practice head and media regulation specialist Michael Madden acting alongside the firm’s corporate partners to advise on these transactions. Madden’s regulatory work includes assisting clients with compliance with EU regulations such as the Audiovisual Media Services Directive. Gerard Kelly is another name to note and represents clients in media-related disputes, including commercial litigation and defamation claims.

Practice head(s):

Michael Madden

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bauer Media

Facebook

Raidió Teilifís Éireann

Virgin Media

Sports Information Services (SIS)

LinkedIn

Verizon Media

Work highlights

  • Advised Bauer Media on all areas of law relating to its 2021 entry into the Irish radio market through its acquisition of Communicorp Group, Ireland’s largest commercial radio station group.

Ireland > Pensions and employee benefits Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP advises multinational clients, including employers, pension scheme trustees, and pension providers, both lay and professional services clients. Areas of expertise include pension scheme funding, restructuring exercises, pension specific data protection advice, wind-ups, liability management projects, cross-border pension schemes and insolvency issues related to this area. In addition, the group has extensive knowledge of public service pensions and aspects of TUPE regulations. The team is led by Stephen Gillick, who regularly advises on the pension aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposal. Peggy Hughes is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is quick to respond and technically proficient. They provide excellent e-briefs on changes or updates to pension legislation.’

‘Very accessible and responsive. Easy to deal with and the advice we receive is normally very clear.’

‘The introduction of Stephen Gillick’s industry experience in the Pension Department has been invaluable.’

‘It is the great advice and 100% accuracy that gives Stephen Gillick such a top reputation in his field.’

Ireland > Planning and environment Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP provides planning and environmental advice on some of Ireland’s largest projects, including onshore and offshore wind farms, grid infrastructure and residential developments. The team also represents clients in challenging planning decisions, acting for developers as well as other parties in these disputes. In addition to project development, the team provides input on corporate transactions involving energy assets. Deirdre Nagle leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Deirdre Nagle

Testimonials

‘The team has excellent knowledge of planning and environmental law, including the Strategic Infrastructure Act and the EU’s Project of Common Interest regulations. They can provide exceptional support to developers of large infrastructure projects by helping them navigate through the planning process, from preparation of the planning application documentation, through oral hearings convened by An Bord Pleanála and any judicial reviews before the High Court, Supreme Court and CJEU.’

‘My experience of working with MHC has been very positive. The team is very capable and possesses in-depth knowledge of environmental law. A key strength from my experience is the flexibility and responsiveness MHC have shown in engaging and providing timely advice on specific issues as they have arisen on projects. MHC also adapted very well to the challenges raised by lockdown over the past 18 months and did not allow this to impact their responsiveness or ability to collaborate on projects in my experience.’

‘What makes the individuals I have worked with from MHC stand out is their clear experience in dealing with the topics in question. Any advice has been provided in a direct and unambiguous fashion. The knowledge of key case law and historical planning decisions is also exemplary.’

‘I have found Deirdre Nagle to be excellent in terms of responsiveness and breadth of knowledge. Having been involved in numerous discussions involving a number of clients from a wide range of backgrounds, Deirdre is gifted at breaking potential issues down and clearly setting out any issues in a straightforward manner. Deirdre is also very good at re-framing documentation in order to avoid future challenges. This approach is always set out in a real-world, straightforward and robust manner.’

‘The individuals at MHC, particularly Deirdre Nagle, have excellent sectoral knowledge. They are always willing and open to engage throughout the various stages of our projects. The advice provided is always clear and easy to understand.’

‘The team have an excellent personal and professional approach to all dealings I have had with them. Their experience of dealing with multiple and varied issues has developed extensive and detailed expertise, which gives them the ability to advise on all planning and environmental issues we have come across. They stay informed on the latest court proceedings and I find them very knowledgeable, practical and innovative when advising us on project risks and possible actions to take to manage those risks. Their prompt replies to queries help to add value to all projects they support us on and mean you can count on their experienced team to deliver when called upon.’

‘Deirdre Nagle’s confident, forthright approach of communication and engagement on issues on the project is a breath of fresh air, allowing us to be fully informed when deciding a course of action for the project. The advice she provides is backed by years of practical professional experience and it is clear we are getting the best advice available. She is always willing to help support the project and is always flexible in her dealings with us.’

‘In all of our dealings we have found Deirdre Nagle to be extremely professional and efficient in the delivery of legal advice. Our instructions to Deirdre have always been dealt with in a timely manner and Deirdre has always made herself available to us by return of call or emails. We find Deirdre very approachable and courteous to deal with. We would have no hesitation in recommending Deirdre and Mason Hayes & Curran to others.’

Key clients

EirGrid

SSE

Orsted

RWE Renewable/Innogy

PJ Hegartys

Statkraft

Irish Water

Neoen

NTR plc

Coillte

Pioneer Point Partners

Ireland > Public sector Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has a broad practice in the public law space, advising public bodies on their statutory remit as well as providing assistance on matters such as procurement. The team has a particular focus on the healthcare sector and has been active in advising clients on Covid-related matters, including the implementation of emergency regulations. In addition, the practice represents public sector clients in contentious matters such as judicial reviews, and acts for regulators in professional disciplinary hearings. Catherine Allen now leads the team, taking over from Edward Gleeson. Niall Michel advises regulators on their duties and represents them in challenges to their decisions; Lisa Joyce also acts for regulators, as well as assisting public bodies with compliance with regulations. Senior associate Laura Rattigan represents clients in judicial reviews, investigations and fitness to practise proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Allen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I would like to highlight Lisa Joyce. Lisa is highly experienced and knowledgeable about the law, and has an exceptional ability to quickly grasp our requirements and communicate related complex legislation in the most simple form for our work teams, and thereafter find and provide real, pragmatic solutions as part of her legal advice. She is excellent at leading and co-ordinating the discussion to find the best solution, even when our team is made up of more than one internal working team. Lisa is a real specialist in finding pragmatic solutions for the client that are innovative and forward looking, as part of sound and sensible legal advice. She is also very practical in her approach when dealing with any of our requirements, with a real capacity to adapt if different situations arise, and I have found her personable and very easy to deal with. Lisa is our go-to person on any complex legal matters that require sensible legal advice.’

‘What makes Mason Hayes and Curran unique is that they partner with our business in providing advice and opinion. They always take the time to understand our issue or problem and how it relates to and cross-cuts our business; this add significant value to the services they provide to us. The responsiveness from MHC is first class; I often need to call on MHC during unsocial hours and the call is always answered and prioritised. I would describe MHC as my most important advisers and it’s of huge help to me to know I have the team at MHC in my corner.’

‘The individual team members I have dealt with have always been extremely pleasant to work with, demonstrating high levels of skill and expertise and also providing practical solutions to complex legal issues. Catherine Allen is, in my view, outstanding and I would also particularly like to mention Finnian O’Neill.’

‘MHC build up a very personal relationship with their clients. They are always efficient and have quick delivery, but their approach is always very collaborative and they listen to our concerns or opinions before giving advice.’

‘I’m struck by the integrity of the team members, their interest in progressing their client’s goals and how they apply their learnings from other cases to their work with us.’

‘I am impressed that the team members challenge our thinking rather than simply obliging our requests. There is a strong sense that we are working together in partnership to progress our goals rather than with an agency that is simply trying to monopolise and monetise their work with us. Catherine Allen is committed to progressing the goals of my organisation and she is readily available when needed. She provides prudent guidance and advice and I enjoy our partnership as we work together.’

‘Lisa Joyce has a deep understanding of the law and has taken the time to develop a deep understanding of our business; this provides us with the very best advice that is tailored specifically to our business. Lisa is a highly trusted adviser and is hugely professional; she goes the extra mile in providing the highest levels of service. I always feel Lisa’s primary interest is service provision and fees are a secondary concern. Lisa regularly looks to offer us more with talks and updates on emerging issues. As our lead partner, Lisa ensures that we receive full-service support to the highest level across MHC.’

‘The team have an excellent knowledge of legislation in the public sector and the background to it. They are able to understand very clearly what is being asked of them. They are very timely in the provision of their advice, which is always concise and to the point and which will always highlight issues for further consideration. They always demonstrate good insight and understanding of the market dynamics of the industry in which we operate.’

Key clients

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Arthropharm (Europe) Limited

Health Insurance Authority

Health and Safety Authority

Environmental Protection Agency

EirGrid

Commission for Communications Regulation

Commission for the Regulation of Utilities

Commission for Aviation Regulation

Regulator of the National Lottery

Child and Family Agency

Housing Agency Ireland

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

Tearfund Ireland Limited

Department of Communications Climate Action and Environment

National Museum of Ireland

Electricity Supply Board

Medical Council

Veterinary Council of Ireland

Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal

Childrens Health Ireland

Coillte

Judicial Council

National Asset Management Agency

Work highlights

  • Advised the Health and Safety Authority extensively over the past 12 months on various emergency powers granted to it and other organisations to deal with the Covid-19 global pandemic.
  • Acting as standing counsel for ComReg in a number of areas of telecoms law, including radio spectrum management, consumer protection and product safety, and advising on the design and implementation of its next multi-band mobile spectrum auction.
  • Advising EirGrid on the proposed 700MW subsea electricity interconnector of approximately 500km in length linking the power markets in Ireland and France.

Ireland > Real estate Tier 1

At Mason Hayes & Curran LLP, the real estate practice operates in a broad range of sectors, including residential property, energy, healthcare and logistics. The team’s client base is equally broad, with the practice receiving mandates from investment funds, banks and developers. In addition to handling standalone deals, the practice acts alongside the firm’s construction team to advise clients on the full lifecycle of projects, covering financing, development, leasing and disposal, including matters involving forward sales. Michael Doran and Vanessa Byrne jointly lead the team. Jamie Fitzmaurice is particularly focused on acting for private equity funds and REITs.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Byrne; Michael Doran

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Fitzmaurice; Tom Davy; Oliver Fitzgerald

Testimonials

‘The key attribute of the firm is their commercial ability to deliver with minimal stress on the client. The firm are extremely efficient and diligent, delivering projects on time and accurately. A member of the team is always available to be contacted and each member will be fully briefed on where the work is at. Unlike some other firms, billing is very transparent and worked through logically; should the fee quote need to be amended, the client is always advised before an additional cost is incurred. During Covid, no communication or deliverability issues arose and high standards were maintained throughout.’

‘The team are cohesive, reactive and extremely easy to deal with. They maintain a strong line of open and honest communication between law firm and client even when the conversations are difficult. I found the firm offered a considerable value-add service, tailored know-how sessions and access to pro bono specialist advice – and proactively followed up on such offers.’

‘Not only are the MHC real estate team experts in their specialist areas, they are commercially minded and very practical. They also have exceptional service levels and turnaround times and never fail to make a deadline.’

‘The team are personable, commercial, responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘In all the deals I have worked on with Jamie Fitzmaurice, he has taken control of the transaction, managed all of the data and continually chased the other party and their solicitors to ensure all queries and milestones are achieved with the timeframes set out. Other firms that I have dealt with in the past often only proceed on specific instructions, meaning the transactions take much longer to complete.’

‘Michael Doran has a straightforward and commercial approach to matters and gives clear and concise advice in a timely fashion.’

‘Tom Davy and his team in the real estate department are exceptional. Very responsive, detail orientated and carry out the task while at the same time being aware of the commercial sensitives of each transaction.’

‘Tom Davy and Jamie Fitzmaurice are excellent real estate lawyers.’

Key clients

Irish Life

DomusVI Group

TikTok

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Irish Residential Properties REIT plc

Aviva Real Estate Investors

Hammerson

Hines

Twitter

Kennedy Wilson

Work highlights

  • Advised DomusVI on the acquisition of the Trinity Care Group, which comprises seven purpose-built (and one part-built) nursing homes around Ireland.
  • Advised Rohan Holdings on the acquisition of a prominently located development site comprising an ex-BMW dealership and a school in Milltown, Dublin.
  • Advised Irish Life Assurance on the Covid concession arrangement for the entire Irish Life property portfolio of circa 250 multi and single-let properties.

Ireland > Telecoms Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP handles some of the most high-profile matters in the Irish telecoms market; in one highlight, the team advised the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) on a multi-band mobile spectrum auction. The team also provides ongoing advice to telecoms companies on compliance with Irish and European regulations, including acting for multinational companies entering the Irish market. Practice head Michael Madden has more than 20 years’ experience in telecoms regulation, including previously worked in house at ComReg. Frank Flanagan and senior associate Gráinne Morrissey, who has notable expertise in telecoms regulation, are also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Michael Madden

Testimonials

‘Great Irish telecoms lawyers!’

‘Michael Madden is commercial and responsive.’

‘Michael Madden and Frank Flanagan have developed a tremendous breadth of experience and expertise on telecoms matters. In addition, having worked closely and extremely well with us over many years, the MHC team have a great understanding of not only the applicable regulatory framework, but our internal processes, and their advice and assistance continue to reflect this understanding. The MHC team are highly accessible, pragmatic and solutions-focused in their delivery of services and readily appreciate and respond to the tight time pressures we are constantly under (both internal and external).’

‘The key team members bring quite different but, importantly, highly complementary experience, expertise and perspectives to their advice and assistance. Similarly, they are quick to bring in additional and varied expertise should the need arise. The sheer exposure of the MHC team, and hard-earned contextual understanding, would be extremely difficult to find in another Irish firm.’

‘Michael Madden readily understands our objectives and perspective, contributes extremely well to nuanced policy discussions, and provides a highly accessible, engaging, responsive and no-nonsense primary point of contact between our teams. Frank Flanagan understands complex, technical issues, has superb attention to detail, and provides invaluable advice and assistance in the development and review of more technical matters. The addition of Gráinne Morrissey to the team has not only brought another highly experienced lawyer, but one who also gets us.’

‘This is a team steeped in expertise, knowledge and understanding of what are quite technical matters. The team has demonstrated an ability, over many years now, to harness these skills in a very collaborative way. My sense is that often this team feel just as heavily invested in the matter as our staff do. That is a very important factor in building and maintaining professional relationships. We are fortunate to be engaging with a very excellent practice.’

‘Integrity, dedication, openness, willingness to debate and share points of view, and a strong underlying understanding of spectrum management and economic regulation. These I should say are on top of their very clear and obvious legal skillset. We have been very fortunate to have enjoyed the voice of Frank Flanagan, himself a former engineer who deeply understands the technical matters at play, and Michael Madden, a former economist who has worked in a regulatory environment during his career. Together these gentlemen are a very strong team – knowledgeable, skilful and always available while being heavily invested in us as a client.’

Key clients

Commission for Communications Regulation

Facebook

WhatsApp

SpaceX

Comcast

Verizon Media

Virgin Media

Tata Communications

Sprint Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised ComReg on the design and implementation of its auction of the hugely valuable 700 MHz spectrum band.
  • Advising ComReg on all aspects of the ongoing High Court appeal by Three Mobile concerning the design of ComReg’s 700 MHz auction.

Ireland > White-collar crime Tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has a strong track record of handling the full spectrum of white-collar crime matters, from internal investigations to assisting companies which are the victims of cyberattacks. The team acts for both private companies and regulatory bodies in investigations and prosecutions, and also assists clients appearing before commissions of investigation. Practice head Liam Guidera has nearly 30 years’ experience in this field and has been involved in many of Ireland’s most high-profile commissions of investigation and public tribunals. Colin Monaghan is active in advising companies on responding to data breaches, while Shane Reynolds acts for local councils and state bodies in prosecutions. Elsewhere, senior associate Conor O’Leary is representing a number of clients facing investigations by the Central Bank.

Practice head(s):

Liam Guidera

Other key lawyers:

Colin Monaghan; Shane Reynolds; Conor O’Leary

Testimonials

‘Unlike other law firms which sometimes just provide legal analysis, MHC’s advice is very solution focused.’

‘The individuals are client focused. Communication is prompt. The legal ramifications for my team are carefully considered. Solutions can be non-traditional but effective – individuals within the firm can think inventively. Shane Reynolds is a standout partner.’

‘I have had experience working with MHC’s team in a range of different types of investigations. One of the things that makes the firm unique among Irish firms is the various different clients they have worked with and the consequent knowledge they have built up and can bring to bear, which would probably be unrivalled. They have consistently impressed me with the depth of their knowledge, experience and judgement.’

‘The team has a very strong set of partners and associates.’

‘They were very approachable, and very considered in identifying how they could help and who would help. Their communication with me was excellent and they were respectful and professional.’

‘I was more than pleased that they had an excellent understanding of the law and systems relevant to our query. In addition, they had a clear understanding of our need to understand why these systems sometimes failed, showing a wide grasp of the context in which the law operates. That understanding of the law, and the context in which the law operates, was precisely what we wanted and makes the firm stand out.’

‘Unlike many other legal firms, the interaction with partners and associates at MHC is quite personable, in a professional, friendly, non-intimidating way. The team possesses an abundance of expertise and experience and there is strength in depth across the various elements of the practice, which generates confidence in their clients. There is a steady stream of young, smart solicitors being recruited and, once ready, quickly given responsibility. Communication and engagement during the pandemic was excellent and the use of technology supported the continuation of professional support throughout.’

‘Our experience is that the individuals we have worked with at MHC, at all levels within the practice, possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. They are friendly and empathetic, with an abundance of emotional intelligence. In addition, they are extremely professional, with a significant depth of experience and expertise, and support throughout the organisation. Liam Guidera stood out particularly in a recent engagement, demonstrating all the best attributes one would hope for in a legal adviser.’

Key clients

Banque Nationale de Paris Paribas

Facebook Ireland Limited

Portakabin

Airbus

International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

Central Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Banks plc

Bank of Ireland

Health Service Executive

Gas Networks Ireland

Commission for Regulation of Utilities

Child and Family Agency (TUSLA)

UBIL (a division of NatWest)

Work highlights

  • Represented Banque Nationale de Paris Paribas in Commercial Court proceedings brought by a Chinese aviation leasing company which was the subject of a complex cyber fraud.
  • Acting for Facebook Ireland and WhatsApp Ireland in judicial review proceedings before the High Court concerning ongoing Data Protection Commission inquiries into their Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp services.
  • Advising Portakabin’s UK parent company and its Irish subsidiary on very serious issues arising from a campaign of anonymous letter writing and emails.

Ireland > Asset finance Tier 2

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has an experienced team of aviation finance specialists, covering the full spectrum of transactions in the field. It has particularly strong connections to export credit agencies (ECAs) from around the world, while also being close to a range of bank lenders, commercial airlines, commercial aircraft manufacturers, international aircraft and engine lessors, and aviation investors. The team continues to make a mark in financing restructurings, aircraft lease arrangements, credit facilities, and asset portfolio acquisitions and sales. Chair of the firm, Christine O’Donovan is one of the most high-profile practitioners in the market. Banking partner Barry Walsh provides further senior-level experience in the asset finance segment, with Niamh Caffrey delivering tax structuring expertise.

Practice head(s):

Christine O’Donovan

Other key lawyers:

Barry Walsh; Niamh Caffrey; Joseph Maxwell

Testimonials

‘For me, MHC’s key strength when compared to other firms is its teams’ reactivity. No matter what the issue is, be it finance related, M&A related or employment law related, they are always very quick and thorough in their response.’

‘The individuals we deal with in MHC are always very professional and knowledgeable on the topics up for discussion. They are excellent communicators and very pragmatic.’

‘Capable practitioners with the ability to put their expertise into the proper context. Pleasant and grounded personalities an additional advantage compared with some of their direct competitors.’

‘The Mason Hayes & Curran asset finance team have extensive experience, knowledge and strong commercial acumen. The team are friendly, proactive and are always available to provide advice. They focus on solutions rather than highlighting problems and provide guidance every step of the way. Mason Hayes & Curran are our go-to firm for legal advice.’

‘Christine O’Donovan uses pragmatic solutions to ensure transactions are closed for both parties’ benefit. Joseph Maxwell is very knowledgeable, efficient and personable’

‘Christine O’Donovan leads an excellent team. She has extensive knowledge about the aviation industry, providing an exceptional service and goes the extra mile in terms of meeting clients’ needs. Christine offers practical advice and is very astute to commercial aspects. She is professional and patient when explaining complex legal issues, taking the time to ensure we are fully informed on all aspects of our deals. The legal advice and support we have received from Christine and her team over the years has been invaluable. I would highly recommend Christine to anyone who is working in the aviation industry.’

‘Christine O’Donovan is extremely reliable and performs even better in a storm.’

Key clients

Airbus Financial Services and affiliates including ATR

Airbus Helicopters

Bpifrance (French Export Credit Agency)

Euler Hermes (German Export Credit Agency)

Export Development Canada

US EXIM – Export Import Bank of the USA

J.A. Mitsui (Japan)

KV Aviation Group (UK & Australia)

SACE (Italian Export Credit Agency)

SMBC Aviation Capital

Willis Lease Finance Corporation

UK Export Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised on a $1.8bn revolving credit facility.
  • Advised on a $336.7m ABS transaction involving a pool of 29 aircraft engines and one airframe.
  • Advised on a three-aircraft financing to Air Austral SA.

Ireland > Capital markets Tier 2

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP operates primarily in the structured finance, securitisation and derivatives fields. It has a further presence in corporate debt and ECM, along with public M&A transactions. The firm is particularly close to international issuers. It is a growing force in structured note programmes, notably for corporate trustees and agencies. Daragh O’Shea and David Mangan have played a pivotal role in building the firm's DCM and structured finance standing in recent years, while Justin McKenna  has maintained its status in ECM.

Practice head(s):

Daragh O’Shea; Justin McKenna

Other key lawyers:

David Mangan; Marc Wilkinson; Samuel Monteith; Eoin Traynor

Testimonials

‘They are prompt, responsive, a delight to interact with, extremely reasonable in their fees, highly knowledgeable, and ready to chisel advice to fully correspond to the client’s needs.’

‘A very client centric firm. Distinguished itself with an excellent understanding of and ability to influence legislative change as well as a strong understanding of and linkage to the policy formation process at a national level.’

‘MHC’s capital markets practice brings the perfect balance of managing the important legal matters of a transaction or a programme, with the commercial objectives of each of the parties involved. MHC is able to bring the relevant expertise to cover legal, tax, structuring and other issues. MHC can cover as well any international queries and support as needed.

‘Regarding innovation, I believe MHC has always been willing and able to adapt and even pioneer in the work we do within capital markets. They are readily available to think outside the box and implement technology to make our capital market processes most efficient, which is crucial to us since we have a volume business.’

‘MHC is a pleasure to work with. All team members are extremely helpful and very quick in replying to any questions/matters raised. Everybody in MHC is very kind and willing to assist. Their knowledge in the field of Capital Markets is deep and there is a great collaboration amongst the team members.’

‘Daragh O’ Shea – he is simply the ‘dream’ of a General Counsel who wishes to have someone of his caliber to trust on every count – time and availability, reliability of judgement, quality of deliverables, utter trustworthiness, and complete value for most reasonable fees.’

‘In terms of individuals, Daragh O’Shea has been a great and commercial partner to work with. Marc Wilkinson is a stand out associate and works extremely hard to maintain a high standard and to take a collaborative and commercial approach to working with us. Samuel Monteith is another associate that puts a great deal of effort and thought into his daily work.’

‘All team members of MHC provide high quality service. I would distinguish Samuel Monteith and Eoin Traynor. I am always impressed by their detailed and prompt responses to any question that either parties or us might have in the transactions we work with them. They will deal with everything (comments on the docs, billing queries etc.) in an effective and prompt way.’

Key clients

CIX Capital International DAC

Participant Capital ETP DAC

DCM US Multi-Family Home PLC

American Fruits and Flavors Ireland DAC

Biohaven Pharmaceuticals Ireland DAC

Permanent TSB Public Limited Company

ETPCAP2 DAC, ETPX DAC, HFMX DAC, IA Capital Structures (Ireland) plc and PRODIGYX DAC

Ireland > Investment funds Tier 2

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has a sizeable market share of UCITS and alternative fund launch engagements. It has achieved further growth in ESG and sustainability-linked funds. On the alternative fund side, the firm's historical commitment to the real estate sector has brought it a swathe of fund instructions in this area. The financial services team's work is complemented by a solid tax department. Conor Durkin is a senior name with an extensive client list of fund managers and investment managers. Sara O’Reilly has made a further impression since joining the team from Sanlam Asset Management (Ireland) in November 2020, and Rowena Fitzgerald provides further expertise in regulatory and licensing matters.

Practice head(s):

Conor Durkin

Other key lawyers:

Rowena Fitzgerald; Sarah Cloonan; Sara O’Reilly; Caoimhe Dunne

Testimonials

‘Key strength is the ability of MHC’s investment funds practice to advise on the most complex types of investment fund structuring. The formation of alternative funds such as real estate, infrastructure or private equity funds requires deep expertise in different areas of legal practice and MHC’s scale means they are able to integrate expertise from different areas of legal practice such as tax, bank financing, corporate and real estate in order to deliver an end-to-end service for clients. MHC’s investment funds practice is also comprised of individuals that have many years of transactional experience as well experience of working in house and on regulatory bodies.’

‘They are open to share information which will benefit companies and the general investment industry sector within Ireland. Participation on webinars was very beneficial over the covid-19 pandemic restrictions.’

‘Individuals I’ve engaged with are knowledgeable, generous with their experiences and foster engaging relationships which allow for a pooled sharing of knowledge for the greater good.’

‘The team are very efficient, knowledgeable and approachable.’

‘We have worked mainly with Conor Durkin who leads MHC’s investment funds practice and has deep expertise in the formation and structuring of investment funds. What stands out in our experience in dealing with Conor is the hands on attention he gives to clients and the experience he has gained from many years in practice.’

‘We have also worked with Rowena Fitzgerald whose experience in working across regulated entities provides a broader perspective and insight to clients.’

‘Conor Durkin – very responsive and willing to provide guidance, regulatory updates and assistance where required.’

‘Rowena Fitzgerald – always at the end of the phone should any questions arise or advice be required.’

Key clients

Fineco Asset Management DAC

Fineco Asset Management DAC and FAM Series UCITS ICAV

JTC Group

MM Capital Limited

Vermeer UCITS ICAV

Appian Asset Management Limited

Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers AG

Camac Growth Fund ICAV

Ireland > Projects and PPP Tier 2

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP’s comprehensive projects practice advises on the full lifecycle of developments across a range of sectors. The team acts for both project sponsors and lenders in financings, including forward sales, and is adept at handling the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts. The practice has a notable focus on the energy sector, including acting for multinational clients in the renewables space; it is also active in social housing, healthcare and manufacturing. The team is co-headed by William Carmody, who specialises in project financing, and Rory Kirrane SC, whose work includes both contentious and non-contentious matters. Eoin Cassidy is highly active in the renewable energy space, while Shane Dolan and David Gunn have broad practices in this area.

Practice head(s):

Rory Kirrane SC; William Carmody

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Torc Sustainable Housing Limited

Allied Irish Banks p.l.c.

BAM Civil Limited

Bord na Mona

Centrica Business Solutions

Fingal County Council

Hines Real Estate Ireland

Irish Life Assurance / Irish Life Investment Managers

Irish Water

Lou Investments

Neoen/BNEG

Statkraft Ireland

Statkraft Markets GmbH

Rohan Holdings Limited

SSC Property ICAV

SSE Renewables Ireland Limited

SCPI Pierval Sante

Tetrarch

Work highlights

  • Advised Torc on the impact of Covid-19 regulations on the construction of the Social Housing 2 PPP Bundle.
  • Advising SSE on all aspects of the offshore lease, consenting, development and procurement of Phase II of the Arklow Bank Wind Farm with a projected capacity of between 500 and 800MW.
  • Representing BAM and Dragados, the joint venture responsible for the design and construction of the N25 New Ross Bypass PPP scheme, in Commercial Court proceedings associated with the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge.

Ireland > Tax Tier 2

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has cemented its position in the market as a firm which excels in many core tax areas, including M&A, private equity, corporate reorganisations and holding company structures. The firm has gained further recognition for its work in onshoring a number of life sciences businesses, along with maintaining its presence in financial services transactions, including securitisations and aviation financings. Niamh Caffrey is an established name in the market and Niamh Keogh has a growing reputation. Eilís Griffin is a rising star.

Practice head(s):

Niamh Caffrey; Niamh Keogh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Diverse, but top quality services. Focused on outcomes and deliverables not just advice. Very experienced at helping companies set up in Ireland and sell into Europe.’

‘Excellent knowledge and insight. Clear communication. Flexible engagement approach and able to support clients through a complete issue journey, rather than focusing on specific elements.’

‘Commercially aware, well connected into the local business community, knowledgeable and practical.’

‘MHC has uniquely been able to provide outside counsel tax advice in an efficient, team oriented manner that replicates having an in-house tax professional. Niamh Caffrey has quickly become knowledgeable about our business, our corporate structure, inter-company relationships and transactions. As a result, we are able to obtain highly relevant, expert advice that we can rely on with confidence.’

‘Niamh Caffrey deserves special recognition for her commitment to understanding our business, philosophy, risk tolerance and approach to transactions. Also, she has applied her knowledge of tax law to help us make sound decisions regarding our operations and transactions. By working with Niamh, we can trust that MHC will be fully engaged at the partner level regardless of what our needs might be.’

‘Niamh Caffrey and Niamh Keogh are both technically strong and very responsive.’

‘Niamh Keogh is very user-friendly.’

Key clients

Bauer Media Group

Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd

Statkraft Ireland Limited

DomusVi

Orpea Care Ireland Limited

B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG

Addlife AB

ACRE

Surmodics Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Bauer Audio Media Holdings, part of the Bauer Media Group, on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Communicorp Group Limited.
  • Advised Statkraft, the Norwegian State-owned utilities group, on the tax aspects of the forward sale of wind farm projects to Greencoat Renewables and solar projects to Octopus Renewables.
  • Advised Biohaven Pharmaceutical on the tax aspects of establishing its principal operating company in Ireland in connection with the sale and exploitation of its proprietary Rimgepant/Nurtec product globally and related financing.

Ireland > Transport Tier 3

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP handles work across the transportation sector, with a particular focus on the aviation space. Its recent work in this area includes advising airlines on accessing credit facilities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic; the team is also active in assisting clients with the financing and leasing of aircrafts, with Christine O’Donovan and Barry Walsh leading on this work. In addition, the practice provides ongoing advice to the Commission for Aviation Regulation on regulating the sector, including representing it in contentious matters. Beyond aviation, the team advises clients in the road transport and shipping sectors on matters including anti-competition investigations, solvency issues, corporate transactions and commercial agreements; Rory Kirrane SC is particularly focused on these sectors.

Practice head(s):

Christine O’Donovan; Rory Kirrane SC

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Commission for Aviation Regulation

Dublin Airport Authority

Dublin Port Company

Irish Aviation Authority

Hines

Work highlights

  • Acting for CNH Industrial, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Iveco Magirus and Iveco S.p.A in the defence of proceedings issued against them for follow-on damages for the alleged breach of EU competition law.
  • Advised IAG/Aer Lingus in respect of a $1.8bn revolving credit facility with a syndicate of banks, which is available to Aer Lingus, British Airways and Iberia.
  • Advised the directors and shareholders of Parkfly, a well-known private bus and carpark company with headquarters at Dublin Airport, on acute solvency issues experienced due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions on the company’s business.

The firm: As legal and regulatory responsibilities become more complex, progressive organisations need the right advice to help realise their ambitions. The expertise Mason Hayes & Curran LLP brings is rooted in unrivalled knowledge of the industries in which its clients operate, so advice is always set in its commercial context. Mason Hayes & Curran LLP empowers its international and domestic clients by giving focused recommendations and a clear understanding of their options. The firm solves the issues clients face today and anticipates the challenges of tomorrow.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP is a business law firm with over 95 partners. These partners understand the challenges international organisations face when investing or locating in a foreign country; assisting them during initial establishment and in meeting their ongoing legal and commercial imperatives. The firm has offices in London, New York and San Francisco, three important conduits for inward investment to Ireland.

Areas of practice
Corporate: The firm’s corporate lawyers are recognised as the leading advisers on all types of domestic and international corporate transactions across a broad range of industry sectors. They have acted in some of the most high profile, innovative and complex M&A deals in Ireland. With extensive experience in all types of corporate transactions, they combine transactional skills with specialist expertise in banking, property, competition, employment and tax.
Contact: David O’Donnell
Email: dodonnell@mhc.ie

Dispute resolution and commercial litigation: The dispute resolution team is routinely involved in complex, high profile commercial court litigation.
The team is frequently retained by international clients on multi-jurisdictional disputes which involve providing strategic guidance driven by the different systems of rules and practices worldwide.
Contact: Maurice Phelan
Email: mphelan@mhc.ie

Employment and benefits: The firm’s combined experience offers a unique
understanding of the challenges faced by employers in all sectors and industries. It provides a tailored approach to meet the individual needs of each client. The team empowers employers to confidently make the right decisions. Employers rely on its comprehensive and integrated service offering. The firm provides commercial and strategic advice on all workplace issues from recruitment to retirement.
Contact: Melanie Crowley
Email: mcrowley@mhc.ie

Financial services and banking: The financial services team provides high calibre advice to domestic and international clients. It regularly advises on international corporate lending, renewable energy, acquisition, asset and structured finance, debt capital markets, investment funds and regulation. Clients include leading domestic and international banks and insurers operating in Ireland.
Contact: William Carmody
Email: wcarmody@mhc.ie

Projects and energy: Energy sector clients know the firm for its work on complex transactional, regulatory and commercial issues. Clients include a number of Ireland’s most significant and strategically important players. It has unrivalled expertise in advising on the project finance, development and acquisition of electricity generation, both thermal and renewable.
Contact: Rory Kirrane SC
Email: rkirrane@mhc.ie

Real estate: With the largest real estate team in Ireland, the firm offers extensive expertise critical for structuring complex real estate transactions. It advises banks, state agencies, corporates, multinationals and both private equity and institutional investors on the most high profile mandates. The lawyers possess strong sectoral and industry knowledge particularly in the areas of energy, technology, health and hotels and leisure.
Contact: Vanessa Byrne
Email: vbyrne@mhc.ie

Technology: The technology team provides cutting edge advice on commercial law matters to the leading tech companies who require guidance through new and sometimes unforeseen legal circumstances. The firm advises the world’s leading social media and search organisations along with emerging startups and entrepreneurs.
Contact: Philip Nolan
Email: pnolan@mhc.ie

Taxation: The firm’s specialist tax team comprises internationally experienced tax law partners and professionals and provides innovative and leading edge tax services to its international corporate and individual client base. Its service offering is focused on companies and individuals using Ireland as part of their global tax management strategy.
Contact: Niamh Keogh
Email: nkeogh@mhc.ie

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Aviation, International Asset Finance Christine O'Donovan
Banking & Financial Services William Carmody
Dispute Resolution Maurice Phelan
Real Estate Michael Doran
Real Estate Vanessa Byrne
Construction Rory Kirrane SC
Energy & Natural Resources Eoin Cassidy
Technology Philip Nolan
Corporate / M&A David O'Donnell
Competition & Antitrust Niall Collins
Intellectual Property Gerard Kelly
Employment & Benefits Melanie Crowley
Tax Niamh Keogh
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Jenny Ahern photoMs Jenny AhernJenny is a partner in the Financial Services team at Mason Hayes…
Catherine Allen photoMs Catherine AllenCatherine is a public and information law specialist, recognised as a leader…
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Liam Brazil photoMr Liam BrazilLiam is a partner on the Corporate team at Mason Hayes &…
Susan Bryson photoMs Susan BrysonSusan is a partner in the Contruction team at Mason Hayes &…
Vanessa Byrne photoMs Vanessa ByrneVanessa is co head of the Real Estate team at Mason Hayes…
Niamh Callaghan photoMs Niamh CallaghanNiamh is a Partner in our Corporate team where she advises charities, social…
William Carmody photoMr William CarmodyWilliam is the Head of the Financial Services team at Mason Hayes…
Rachel Carney photoMs Rachel CarneyRachel is a partner in our Real Estate team and leads our specialised Residential…
Eoin Cassidy photoMr Eoin CassidyEoin is a partner in the Construction Infrastructure and Utilities department and…
Niall Collins photoMr Niall CollinsNiall is a partner and Head of the Competition & Antitrust team…
Ger Connolly photoMr Ger ConnollyGer is a partner in Mason Hayes & Curran’s Employment Law &…
Melanie Crowley photoMs Melanie CrowleyMelanie is a partner and head of the Employment Law & Benefits…
Tom Davy photoMr Tom DavyTom is a Real Estate partner and advises institutions, investors, banks, asset…
Michael Doran photoMr Michael DoranMichael is co-head of the real estate team at Mason Hayes &…
Conor Durkin photoMr Conor DurkinConor is a partner in the Financial Services team at MHC and…
Paul Egan photoMr Paul EganPaul is a Senior Counsel and is a former Chair of the…
Rowena Fitzgerald photoMs Rowena FitzgeraldRowena is a partner in the financial services team specialising in investment…
Stephen Gillick photoMr Stephen GillickStephen is a Partner and Head of Pensions in the Employment Law…
Ailbhe Gilvarry photoMs Ailbhe GilvarryAilbhe is Partner in the Insurance & Risk team at MHC, advising…
Edward Gleeson photoMr Edward GleesonEdward is a partner in Mason Hayes & Curran’s Litigation team and…
Liam Guidera photoMr Liam GuideraLiam is a partner in Mason Hayes & Curran’s Dispute Resolution team,…
Jason Harte photoMr Jason Harte
Edel Hartog photoMs Edel HartogPartner, Commercial
Wendy Hederman photoMs Wendy HedermanWendy is a partner in Mason Hayes & Curran’s Commercial team. Wendy works…
Brian Horkan photoMr Brian HorkanBrian is a partner in Mason Hayes & Curran’s Dispute Resolution team with…
Peggy Hughes photoMs Peggy Hughes
Rachel Kavanagh photoMs Rachel KavanaghRachel is Head of the Insurance & Risk team at Mason Hayes…
Martin Kelleher photoMr Martin KelleherMartin is a partner in the Corporate team and head of Life…
Gerard Kelly photoMr Gerard KellyGerard is head of the Intellectual Property team at Mason Hayes &…
Rory Kirrane photoMr Rory KirraneRory is a partner and head of the Construction Infrastructure and Utilities…
Claire Lord photoMs Claire LordClaire is a Corporate Partner and Head of Mason Hayes & Curran’s…
Robert McDonagh photoMr Robert McDonaghRobert is a partner in the commercial team at Mason Hayes &…
Justin McKenna photoMr Justin McKennaJustin is a partner in MHC’s Corporate team, specialising in corporate finance,…
Peter McLay photoMr Peter McLayPeter is a Partner in our Construction, Infrastructure & Utilities practice and…
Niall Michel photoMr Niall MichelNiall is a litigation partner in the Public, Regulatory & Investigations team…
Colin Monaghan photoMr Colin MonaghanPartner, Dispute Resolution
Ronnie Neville photoMr Ronnie NevilleRonnie is a partner in the Employment Law and Benefits team, advising…
Philip Nolan photoMr Philip NolanPhilip is a partner, head of the Commercial team and a member…
David O'Donnell photoMr David O'DonnellDavid is a partner and head of MHC’s Corporate team, practicing in…
Christine O'Donovan photoMs Christine O'DonovanChristine is the current Chair of Mason Hayes & Curran LLP. Christine…
Frank O'Flynn photoMr Frank O'FlynnFrank is a partner in Mason Hayes & Curran’s Corporate team. His corporate practice…
Ian O'Herlihy photoMr Ian O'HerlihyIan is a partner in the Employment & Benefits team and is…
Maurice Phelan photoMr Maurice PhelanMaurice is a partner and Head of Dispute Resolution at Mason Hayes…
Kevin Power photoMr Kevin PowerKevin leads the Healthcare and Medical Law team at Mason Hayes &…
Judith Riordan photoMs Judith RiordanJudith Riordan primarily advises on insolvency and restructuring matters, together with all…
Liam Riordan photoMr Liam RiordanLiam is a partner in Mason Hayes & Curran’s Employment Law and…
Elizabeth Ryan photoMs Elizabeth RyanElizabeth (‘Liz’) is a partner in the Employment & Benefits team. She…
Oisín Tobin photoMr Oisín TobinOisín is a Partner affiliated in Mason Hayes & Curran’s technology, media…
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Mason Hayes & Curran’s Approach to Diversity and Inclusion

What is Diversity at MHC?

Diversity means the differences between us, including our perspectives, life experiences, social and cultural backgrounds.

What is Inclusion at MHC?

Inclusion is acceptance, understanding and respect for these differences. We recognise and we value that each staff member is unique and brings a different perspective to the firm.  All employees have a role to play in embracing this culture.

Our Goals

  • To acknowledge and encourage diversity and inclusion within the firm
  • To welcome and respect individual views and experience for the benefit of colleagues and clients
  • To recognise and formalise our existing culture of openness and inclusivity=

Culture & Background
We are focused on creating a firm where race, religion, ethnicity, experience and culture are appreciated for the diverse perspectives they bring.

Gender
We strive to create and sustain a truly equal and gender balanced firm with equal opportunities and treatment for all.

Disability
We understand that disability includes both physical and mental health and we actively provide support to those who need it.

LGBT+
We encourage all staff to simply be themselves irrespective of gender or sexual orientation.

Families
We recognise and understand that our people have responsibilities to their partners, parents, siblings and children.