Mr Robert McDonagh > Mason Hayes & Curran LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP
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Robert is a partner in the commercial team at Mason Hayes & Curran LLP and a core part of the firm’s Tier 1 ranked Privacy & Security and Commercial teams. He is recommended by independent journals like Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and Who’s Who.

Robert works closely with leading companies in devising their pan-European data protection strategies and compliance programmes and dealing with security incidents. His clients include leading Internet companies, gaming companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, broadcasters and utilities.

He also helps clients with complex pan-European digital advisory mandates, as well technology and outsourcing deals. He has a niche expertise in procurement due to the significant public sector projects he has worked on such as the National Broadband Project, National Postcode project and others.


IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals); Procurement Law Forum (founding committee member); Irish Society for European Law.


University College Dublin, Ireland, (BBLS).

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Information technology

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.

Ireland > Data privacy and data protection

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.