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


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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 > Insolvency and corporate restructuring

Matheson‘s insolvency and restructuring practice, which provides ‘strong, practical, commercial advice‘, has been kept busy handling a number of high-stakes cases in the space, particularly for international clients. The practice is advising on a number of examinerships and receiverships, and represented Breccia in contentious proceedings arising from a shareholder dispute. It is also active in cross-border matters, recently acting for two Hungarian companies in a contractual dispute with an Irish company related to services rendered in Belgium and Denmark. Practice head Tony O’Grady has ‘unrivalled experience and respect in this field’, while Brendan Colgan is ‘extremely technically proficient and effective’. Julie Murphy-O’Connor is experienced in contentious insolvency matters.

Ireland > Dispute resolution

Matheson handles complex litigation, often with a cross-border element, across a number of areas, with a particularly strong reputation in the financial services, technology, real estate and public sectors. The team also acts in regulatory investigations and is noted for its ediscovery offering. ‘Outstanding litigatorNicola Dunleavy is acting in a number of high-profile current cases, and is also strong for arbitration, while Julie Murphy-O’Connor has a particular focus on shareholders’ disputes and corporate restructuring and insolvency-related litigation. Other key contacts include Michael Byrne, who specialises in technology, product liability, defamation and public sector litigation, the ‘extremely knowledgeableClaire McLoughlin, who focuses on financial sector disputes, and senior associate Aoife McCluskey, who has particular expertise in technology and consumer law. Sharon Daly relocated to head the London office and Tom Hayes left the firm.