Ms Julie Murphy-O'Connor > Matheson LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Matheson LLP

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Partner in Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department and Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency Law Group


Julie is a partner in Matheson’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, with over 20 years’ experience in financial services, corporate insolvency and restructuring, corporate, shareholder and cross-border disputes.  Julie regularly advises on fraud claims, freezing orders, asset recovery and tracing, trust issues, directors’ duties and enforcement matters.  She has considerable experience in cross-border and domestic restructurings and workouts.

Julie is also a non-executive director of Irish semi-state company, Coillte.

Julie is a strong advocate of alternative dispute resolution, which provides the means to resolve disputes in a cost-effective, time-efficient, confidential and creative manner. She is a council member of the Irish Commercial Mediation Association.

Julie is consistently ranked as one of Ireland’s top restructuring and insolvency lawyers by international legal directories.  She was a council member of the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners from 2011 – 2014, acting as Secretary and as Chair of its Educational Sub-Committee during that period.

Julie is co-author of the Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland’s Practitioners’ Guide to the Commercial Court in Ireland and of the Law Society of Ireland’s Insolvency Law text book.  She is a frequent contributor to Irish and international legal publications and is regularly invited to speak at industry conferences.

Year after year, both Julie and her team are consistently ranked as top in their field.


Qualified as a solicitor in Ireland; Academy of Private International Law, the Netherlands; Leiden University, the Netherlands (Erasmus); Trinity College Dublin (LLB).

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Dispute resolution

Matheson LLP‘s commercial litigation group is growing in prominence, thanks in part to the appointment of leading litigator, arbitration counsel and regulatory enforcement expert Nicola Dunleavy as Senior Counsel, one of few solicitors in Ireland to hold this status, and the elevation of Angela Brennan to partner. The group has a particular focus on technology disputes, financial services regulatory and investigations, insurance coverage cases, contentious insolvency and restructuring, and construction disputes. Tax cases are another forte for the firm. Julie Murphy-O’Connor is another senior member of the team, Karen Reynolds leads the regulatory investigations group and April McClements leads the insurance disputes group. Michael Byrne is noted for TMT disputes.

Ireland > Insolvency and corporate restructuring

Matheson LLP landed a series of headline aviation sector insolvencies and restructurings engagements during the Covid-19 pandemic. This builds on its already excellent standing in the market, which stems from a number of recent retail matters too. The team is particularly rated for cross-border insolvency and restructuring, along with contentious insolvency and enforcement issues. Tony O’Grady is a hugely experienced insolvency and restructuring specialist, while Brendan Colgan and Julie Murphy-O’Connor are also prominent names. Kevin Gahan was promoted to the partnership in 2022.