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O'Flynn Exhams

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

O’Flynn Exhams is a prominent firm in the Cork market, representing a number of big corporates along with a range of family-owned businesses. It has a solid record in early-stage growth company financings right through to headline M&A. Technology and healthcare are key sectors for the team. Richard Neville leads the team, which includes Conor Lupton.

Practice head(s):

Richard Neville

Other key lawyers:

Fiona O’Connell; Conor Lupton


‘We have worked with O’Flynn Exhams for over twenty years and found them to be extremely professional in their advice.’

‘We have worked with Fiona O’Connell and Aeibhin Cahalane [commercial property] and have found them both to be extremely professional to work with at all times.’

Key clients

Ingersoll Rand

PJ Hegarty

Tripoint Investments Limited

Dell EMC

Globe Technical Services

Marriott International (formerly Starwood)

PFH Technology Group

Carey Glass Group

Kilkenny Group


Corrib Foods

Heaney Meats Catering Co. Limited



Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 4

O’Flynn Exhams is a leading Cork-based firm with a quality heritage in disputes, particularly commercial litigation, and is further noted for judicial review cases and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Environmental and planning disputes are another forte for the team, led by Shane Crossan. Tom O’Byrne also impresses.

Practice head(s):

Shane Crossan

Other key lawyers:

Tom O’Byrne; Sion Williams; Eamonn Muldoon


‘Attentive and thorough in detailed analysis and strategy when it comes to complex legal issues.’

‘The manner in which our issues were addressed were extremely competent, with a very sensible approach. They were dealt with in a timely manner and we were extremely happy with the service.’

‘Top class service from a boutique firm.’

‘Tom O’Byrne – very good at quickly understanding the main facts of a case. Good listener and clear communicator. Good contacts with other professionals when required.’

‘Tom O’Byrne is an exceptional disputes lawyer and a pleasure to work with. Tom provides legally sound advice but has a commercial awareness that allows him suggest alternative approaches to a dispute rather sticking to black letter law. His responsiveness and willingness to be available at short notice is second to none.’

‘Mr O’Byrne was extremely competent and trustworthy in all our dealings. I felt confident from the outset that our problems were going to be addressed in a favourable and timely manner, and they were. I would have no hesitation in recommending this firm to anybody.’

‘Shane Crossan is an outstanding PI litigation practitioner.’

‘We work especially closely with Eamonn Muldoon and Sion Williams. Both have been excellent partners with us in some difficult situations, going back many years. We have never considered changing to another practice. They are available, responsive and understand the unique requirements of our organisation. The provision of work is always timely. Both of them have been wise and sure guides to us over the years.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks, plc

Gas Networks Ireland

Irish Water

Kerry Group plc

Cork Institute of Technology

Permanent TSB plc

Trane Technologies International Limited (formerly Ingersoll-Rand International Limited)

Cork Education and Training Board

Caisse de retraite du personnel navigant professionnel de l’aéronautique civile (“CRPN”)

Marriott International (formerly Starwood)

P.J. Hegarty & Sons UC

T&T Precision Ltd

Presentation Brothers Trustees

Brothers of Charity



Westfield Investments

Carey Glass

Parnell Properties Limited

Cummins Sports Limited

Cope Foundation

Grangefield Developments Limited

Murphy’s Irish Seafood Limited

KBC Bank plc

Abbey Machinery Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented seven Serie A (Italian Premiership) soccer clubs in successfully supporting a contentious petition to wind up a sports media company, heard before the Commercial List of the High Court.
  • Acted for Irish Water in a case under Section 97 of the Water Services Act 1997 to seek the Court’s authority to allow Irish Water to construct and lay a pipe in Youghal Harbour which would discharge treated sewage from a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Represented the applicants, Cork Institute of Technology and SEFtec NMCI Offshore Training Limited, in Commercial Court judicial review proceedings successfully challenging a departmental refusal to recognise training certification and accreditation obtained in other jurisdictions.

Ireland > Real estate Tier 4

Based in Cork, O’Flynn Exhams has a broad practice in the real estate sector. The team acts for a varied client base, including property developers, corporations and utilities, and is instructed on an equally wide range of matters, spanning acquisitions and disposals, lease agreements and the purchase of land for development. The team is led by Micheál Ó Mulláin, who focuses on commercial property, while Eamonn Muldoon frequently advises semi-state bodies on matters such as compulsory purchases.

Practice head(s):

Micheál Ó Mulláin

Other key lawyers:

Eamonn Muldoon; Aeibhin Cahalan


‘What I like most about this firm is that it’s all about getting the deal done – they look for innovative solutions, are astute in negotiations and leave no stone unturned.’

‘Micheál Ó Mulláin has been my primary contact for many years and I never have to leave a message – he sees a missed call and returns it. It is hard to beat that level of commitment and good manners. It’s so hard to get the basics right with some firms and yet OFX do this very well.’

‘I think O’Flynn Exhams offer a first-class service at prices that are less than top five firms in Dublin but which are equivalent in terms of expertise and efficiency.’

‘Micheál Ó Mulláin is someone I can pick up the phone to on any property matter. He is very practical in his approach to resolving matters while protecting his client’s interests. He is also an expert in his field and able to advise on solutions that are practical, fair and in line with market practice.’

‘Pragmatic with excellent local knowledge as well as a very good understanding of our business needs.’

‘They understand our business needs and the way we operate. So far we have managed all our transactions with the same team and we are not planning to change that.’

‘O’Flynn Exhams provide a consistent long-term service that facilitates relationships with advisers and they respond quickly and are proactive and on hand when needed.’

Key clients

Axis Primary Health Care

Marriott International (formerly Starwood)

Logitech International Limited

PJ Hegarty Group

Sheen Falls Estate Limited

Enable Ireland

PFH Group

Missionaries of Sacred Heart

Louth Meath Education and Training Board

Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board

Galway and Mayo Education and Training Board

Kerry Education and Training Board

Forcepoint International Limited

Trane Technologies International Limited (formerly Ingersoll Rand International)

Cope Foundation

Cork Education and Training Board

Cork Institute of Technology



Ernst and Young



Grant Thornton

Gas Networks Ireland (formerly Board Gáis)

Irish Water

Work highlights

  • Advising Axis Primary Healthcare on the continued development of its high-profile and nationwide portfolio of primary care centres.
  • Providing high-level advice to Trane Technologies International on the multinational group’s property portfolio in Ireland.
  • Acting as primary adviser to Irish Water on wayleaves for existing projects.

The firm: O’Flynn Exhams LLP is a long-established, medium-sized law firm with a reputation for delivering consistently excellent advice and providing a full range of legal services to financial institutions, insurers, state bodies, charitable organisations, multinationals, SMEs and private individuals. Based in Cork, and led by the managing partner, Shane Crossan, O’Flynn Exhams LLP operates throughout the country and was named Munster Provincial Law Firm of the Year at the Irish Law Awards in 2017.

O’Flynn Exhams LLP prides itself on providing clear, concise and pragmatic legal advice to all its clients and has developed a dynamic team of 23 lawyers with specialist knowledge over a wide number of practice areas.

Areas of practice: O’Flynn Exhams LLP works across multiple practice areas including:

Banking and finance: O’Flynn Exhams LLP advises on all aspects of commercial and private lending, including commercial and retail banking documentation, private finance instruments, issues relating to the National Asset Management Agency and issues relating to anti-money laundering rules. Clients include financial institutions, insurance companies, credit unions, the National Asset Management Agency, government bodies, private individuals and corporate bodies.

Commercial contracts: O’Flynn Exhams LLP acts for a wide range of Irish and international entities in relation to a diverse scope of commercial contracts. It advises on a wide spectrum of contracts including outsourcing agreements, agency and distribution agreements, consultancy agreements, and software development and licencing agreements.

Commercial property and real estate: O’Flynn Exhams LLP advises a wide range of domestic and multinational clients in relation to commercial property issues arising in this jurisdiction. Its services include advising on all aspects of the acquisition, development and disposal of property, the purchase and sale of all types of commercial property including retail, industrial and office premises and planning and environmental issues arising on acquisition or disposal of commercial property.

Corporate, commercial and mergers and acquisitions: The O’Flynn Exhams LLP corporate team advises on a full range of corporate advisory (including corporate governance) and transactional work for state bodies, multinational corporations as well as private companies and individuals over a broad spectrum of sectors. Work includes M&A, transfers of business, capital raising (including venture capital investment), and joint ventures. Advice is complemented by other expertise as required including employment, competition etc.

Data protection and privacy: O’Flynn Exhams LLP advises on all aspects of privacy law and data protection including GDPR, Freedom of Information Act obligations, privacy and data protection policies, data transfers and the obligations of data controllers and data processors.

Employment: The firm advises a wide range of public companies, private companies and individuals in relation to contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, including drafting contracts, severance agreements and policies, confidentiality agreements, industrial relations issues and vetting requirements.

Energy and natural resources: O’Flynn Exhams LLP has a long history of acting for key clients in the energy sector in Ireland with a particular expertise in the gas sector. Partner Irene O’Donovan has particular expertise in the natural gas sector including gas transportation and applicable national and EU law, advising energy and natural resource companies on mergers, acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, listings, financings and regulatory affairs.

Insolvency and corporate restructuring: O’Flynn Exhams LLP is recognised as an expert firm in the field of insolvency and corporate restructuring acting for banks as well as domestic and multinational clients including SMEs. It advises on corporate restructuring, all legal aspects of financial restructuring, receiverships, liquidation, examinership and re-organisations under the Companies Act 2014.

Litigation and dispute resolution: O’Flynn Exhams LLP has a well organised and highly regarded litigation and dispute resolution department. The experienced team advises clients on choosing the method of dispute resolution best suited to their particular needs to ensure the matter is resolved as quickly and cost-efficiently as possible. As well as advising on arbitration, conciliation and mediation, services include advice on commercial litigation, insurance, professional negligence, defamation and shareholder/corporate disputes.

Probate, wills and estates: O’Flynn Exhams LLP has a highly experienced team that advises on all matters relating to wills, administration of estates, trusts and general probate matters. The areas of expertise include estate planning, the creation of trusts, drafting and execution of wills and the administration of multi-jurisdictional estates.

Public sector and education: O’Flynn Exhams LLP has a long and distinguished record of representing many state and semi-state bodies, institutes of technology, universities, education and training boards and many charitable organisations with state funding. The different departments have experience advising clients in this sector and recognise that the diverse nature of the advice requires all departments to adopt an integrated approach.

Residential conveyancing: O’Flynn Exhams LLP advises on the complete range of residential conveyancing services as are required by parties considering the purchase and/or sale of residential properties. The services include all aspects of residential conveyancing, advice on family-held property including voluntary transfers to spouse and children, probate related transfers and family settlements, mortgages and remortgages.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute resolution and litigation Shane Crossan scr@ofx.ie 021 7301 248
Banking and Finance, Real Estate Joan Byrne jb@ofx.ie 021 7301 310
Banking and finance, commercial law, real estate Aeibhin Cahalan ac@ofx.ie 021 7301 308
Data protection and intellectual property Judith Curtin jc@ofx.ie 021 7301 314
Commercial Law, Probate, Wills and Estates, Real Estate Cian Duane cd@ofx.ie 021 7301 259
Banking and finance, commercial law, compliance and regulatory, corporate, data protection and intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, tenders and procurement, insolvency and corporate restructuring Conor Lupton cl@ofx.ie 021 7301 271
Probate, wills and estates, banking and finance, real estate Des Lynch dl@ofx.ie 021 7301 251
Probate, wills and estates, compulsory purchase and compensation, real estate Eamonn Muldoon epm@ofx.ie 021 7301 222
Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Commercial Law Pat Mullins pm@ofx.ie 021 7301 239
Banking and finance, commercial law, compliance and regulatory, corporate, employment law, insolvency and corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, tenders and procurement, planning and environmental law Richard Neville rn@ofx.ie 021 7301 273
litigation and dispute resolution, planning and environmental law, construction and engineering, insolvency and corporate restructuring Tom O'Byrne tob@ofx.ie 021 7301 316
Corporate, commercial and mergers and acquisitions Fiona O'Connell foc@ofx.ie 021 7301 300
Energy and natural resources Irene O'Donovan iod@ofx.ie 021 7301 226
Construction and engineering, banking and finance, employment law, real estate Micheál Ó Mulláin mom@ofx.ie 021 7301 303
Dispute resolution and litigation Sion Williams srw@ofx.ie 021 7301 272
Lawyers : 21
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1. O’Flynn Exhams LLP advises Logitech SA on new lease of Cork office

O’Flynn Exhams LLP is delighted to advise Logitech SA in respect of all aspects of the design, build, and lease of its new 46,000 sq ft office space in Cork which is due to open in August 2022.

2. O’Flynn Exhams LLP advises ILC Dover LLP on new manufacturing premises

O’Flynn Exhams LLP advised ILC Dover LLP in respect of all aspects of the design, build, and lease of its new manufacturing premises in Cork which is due to open in June 2022.

3. O’Flynn Exhams LLP advises Messaging Specialist Webio on €1.5m pre-series A fundraising

Messaging specialist Webio raised €1.5 million in investment in a pre-Series A funding round. Finch Capital led the latest funding round with a €500,000 contribution. Other participants included Enterprise Ireland and EIT Digital. Founded in 2016, Webio helps clients in financial services, insurance and other sectors to communicate with their customers on sensitive subjects such as credit, collections and payments. Its customers include the Very Group, Energia and Littlewoods.

Webio came in second place on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list last year. It operates in the conversational artificial intelligence (AI) market which is expected to grow to €11 billion by 2024. Speaking to The Irish Times, chief executive Cormac O’Neill said the funding would go towards further product development and increase staff numbers with a plan to double the company’s R&D team. “A company like Webio needs to continually invest in its product. We can never let up because things change so fast,” said Mr O’Neill.

OFX advised Webio on the legal aspects of the investments and other previous investments since 2016. Congratulations to all at Webio in completing this investment and in all future developments.

4. O’Flynn Exhams LLP acts in successful deal for Carechoice

Leading nursing home group CareChoice has bought a 63-bedroom facility in Cork in which OFX acted as legal counsel to CareChoice in the transaction. CareChoice owns and runs nursing homes around Ireland, including Counties Dublin, Cork, Meath and Waterford. The company bought Brookfield Care Centre, a 63-bedroom nursing home in Leamlara, to the east of Cork city, bringing the number of facilities it has in Cork to six.

5. Heaney Meats Catering Co. Limited

O’Flynn Exhams LLP advised Heaney Meats Catering Co. Limited on the disposal of the business via share sale to BWG Group (Eurospar).

6. Serie A soccer clubs

Represented seven Serie A soccer clubs in successfully supporting a contentious petition to wind up a sports media company, heard before the Commercial List of the High Court.

7. Axis Primary Healthcare

Advised Axis Primary Healthcare on the continued development of its nationwide portfolio of primary care centres

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: ‘Shane Crossan has a very good knowledge of the law and can guide clients through complex and expensive disputes. He and his firm are very well respected by their peers which makes resolving matters easier.

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: ‘Micheál Ó’Mulláin is competent, responsive, practical and available. Hard to ask for more.’

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: ‘Conor Lupton makes complex transactions appear simple, and makes life straightforward for his client.’

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: ‘Tom O’Byrne is an outstanding partner. He is always available and turns work in an extremely efficient manner. He consistently comes up with approaches to the benefit of the client in a cost-effective manner. He is always conscious of the drivers and internal operations of our business.’

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: I have found William Hanly professional, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. After the decision was made to take on my case, I was informed in detail about its progress. The information on the case was always clear and to the point. My case had an emotional part to it, as I felt deeply wronged by the defendant. William made sure my complaint was heard and I was happy to put my trust in him knowing he had my best interest at heart. I was very pleased with the outcome of our collaboration and would highly recommend his services.

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: ‘The practice has a common sense and innovative approach with very solid grounded and well considered advice, with an ability to seek out competent specialists and interpret their advice in a practical way. They are always keen to be helpful and proactive with any problems that may arise, and are good soldiers in any battles which we have encountered with an honest and sensible approach.’

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: ‘Pat Mullins has represented us for 20+ years. Over that time Pat has been involved in helping us with company and personal matters, in highs and lows from selling a business to High Court battles where we were the small guy taking on the big players and punching well above our weight. Pat is always a calming influence especially when times are tough and he is able to explain legal matters in down to earth, layman’s language. Pat has a great ability to understand the technical side of our business and represent our interests with professionalism and energy. It has been a pleasure to work with Pat on many projects over the years and I would not hesitate to recommend him.’