Mr Michael Byrne > Matheson > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

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Partner in Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department


Michael Byrne is a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. Michael advises on public law, regulatory and administrative law disputes, as well as more general commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on financial services litigation, defamation and product liability litigation.

Michael has written articles published in the national press and has contributed to publications, including the Practical Law Company Dispute Resolution Multi-Jurisdictional Guide and the International Comparative Guide to Product Liability.

Michael serves as Honorary Treasurer of the Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland.


Qualified as a solicitor of Supreme Court of England and Wales (non-practising); Qualified as a solicitor in Ireland University of Regensburg, Germany (LLM); Trinity College Dublin (Bachelor in Law and German).

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Ireland > Public sector

(Leading individuals)

Michael ByrneMatheson

With state agencies and semi-state bodies, government departments and utilities among its clients, Matheson has expertise across a range of areas in the public sector, including procurement, freedom of information, energy and infrastructure, and environment and planning law. It has also acted for public sector clients in investigations, judicial reviews and statutory appeals. Garret Farrelly specialises in energy projects; Nicola Dunleavy handles regulatory disputes in the public sector, as well as environmental and planning matters; Helen Kelly advises on state aid and procurement; Michael Byrne has extensive experience acting for public sector and semi-state bodies in litigation; and senior associate Aoiffe Moran has particular expertise in freedom of information law.

Ireland > Media and entertainment

Matheson is noted for its expertise in defamation litigation and film and TV production and financing. The team also advises on competition, regulatory and freedom of information issues connected to broadcasting; animation projects; and music licensing. Clients include a wide range of domestic and international media companies and other corporates, film and TV producers and financiers, and regulatory and statutory bodies. Ruth Hunter, who has significant experience in film financing, including advising on pan-European production deals, leads the practice alongside defamation and privacy law specialist Michael Byrne.

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.