Mr Ricky Kelly > RDJ LLP > Cork, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Cyber and Data Protection


Ricky is a Partner, practising as part of the firm’s Dispute Resolution team. His core areas of practice are Dispute Resolution, Cyber and Data Protection, and Insolvency related litigation. Ricky has broad experience advising a range of foreign, national, multi-national and institutional clients in complex and high value cases in the Corporate, Debt Recovery, Insolvency and Restructuring, Insurance and Professional Risk, and Construction sectors.

Ricky co-leads RDJ’s Cyber and Data Protection Group. His experience includes the provision of advice and compliance training to a range of private and public organisations in relation to their implementation and compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018, and the provision of advices in relation to regulatory authority investigations.

Ricky leads RDJ’s Security Incident Response Group and has broad experience in the investigation, management and mitigation of cyber security incidents and personal data breaches including the engagement of independent forensic IT consultants, the preparation of security incident reports, notifications to the Data Protection Commission, Data Controllers and Data Subjects, and management of subsequent regulatory authority investigations.


Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland.
Admitted in England & Wales (non-practising).


BCL(University College Cork)
LLM (University College Cork)
Higher Diploma in Legal and Business (Waterford Institute of Technology)
Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance (Law Society of Ireland)
Fundamentals in Computer Forensics (BSI Group)

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Insurance

RDJ LLP has a large team dedicated to the insurance sector, covering a variety of key areas, including casualty and liability segments, and professional indemnity claims. It has an extensive presence in the professional indemnity field, representing many of the big insurers in Ireland. Through London partner Uilliam Ó Lorcáin it has strong links to the London Market. Fergus LongRichard Martin and Jamie Olden are recognised authorities in professional indemnity, and Ricky Kelly is at the forefront of cyber and data protection cases. Peter Lennon heads up the aviation disputes group.

Ireland > Data privacy and data protection

RDJ LLP provides ongoing advice to clients from sectors including education, healthcare and professional services on ensuring that their data processing policies and agreements comply with data protection regulations. The practice also advises clients on reacting to data breaches and on avoiding litigation alleging breaches of the GDPR. Bryan McCarthy and Ricky Kelly lead the team; McCarthy is noted for his GDPR expertise, while Kelly has a broad practice with a particular focus on crisis management.