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Reddy Charlton LLP

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Reddy Charlton LLP has a history of representing domestic family-owned businesses. Of late, it has been active in advising on transactions relating to ongoing consolidation in the veterinary market. The firm works with a number of UK counterparts on cross-border transactions and also represents a range of high-net-worth individuals in their investments. Moreover, it has solid links to intermediaries, including tax advisers and accountants. Real estate is another active market for the firm. Elaine McGrath leads the corporate team, which includes influential senior associate Niamh Gibney. Chairman Paul Keane provides additional senior gravitas.

Practice head(s):

Elaine McGrath

Other key lawyers:


‘Each member of the team has their own area/areas of expertise and the combined practice seems to cover the whole gambit of disciplines. From reception to advice, to billing, the whole practice works and gives you confidence that you have a great force on your side. They have achieved some great success for me over the last 25 years.’

‘I have used all of the senior members of the team and what is striking is that they listen to the problem and get under the skin of the problem. They always have the ability to reassure you that a solution or resolution to the problem will be achieved. When you leave a meeting you have confidence that they are on the job. Paul Keane has a commercial knowledge second to none.’

‘The commercial team in Reddy Charlton have been of significant support to mutual clients on engagements. The strength of the team is exhibited from its expertise in commercial matters and client focused approach to issues. The team is innovative in providing solutions to issues by collaborating with external advisers to ensure the most beneficial outcome for clients.’

Elaine McGrath leads her team with poise, calmness and integrity. She has an in-depth knowledge of her field and coolly led her team whilst others might be under pressure. She leads her team by example and was always available to ensure that the deal got done. This included whilst being on annual leave.

‘The advice and support provided by Elaine McGrath to clients has been remarkable. Elaine exhibits a genuine interest in assisting clients with understanding technical issues and reaching the most effective commercial results.’

‘The people who stand out are Niamh Gibney and Elaine McGrath. I have recommended both to other individuals. I have done a lot of work with Niamh who is extremely diligent and effective.’

‘Paul Keane – a hugely experience trusted adviser for high-profile clients

‘Niamh Gibney – knowledgeable in both company commercial matters and litigation, very bright and pleasant and an extremely effective lawyer.’

Key clients

Gaelic Athletic Association

Páirc An Chrócaigh Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta

Newbridge Silverware

The Fitzwilliam Group

Hanley Energy Limited

Institute of Eye Surgery Limited

Klass Oil Distributors Limited

Bright Motor Group

The Official Assignee in Bankruptcy

IDA Ireland

Dublin Airport Authority

GC Autos Limited trading as Kylemore Cars

Ireland > Real estate Tier 4

Reddy Charlton LLP’s real estate practice is active across a wide range of matters, covering healthcare, hospitality, and commercial and residential property. The team’s work encompasses land sales and the development of real estate, from financing through to planning and construction. The team is frequently engaged to advise landlords and tenants on leases of property, including renegotiating leases due to Covid-19. Roisin Bennett leads the team; Tom Marren and Brendan Sharkey are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Roisin Bennett

Other key lawyers:


‘I have worked with the property department in Reddy Charlton for many years and the team appointed on any project always exceed my expectations in their engagement with the legal team on the opposing side. I regard the team, billing practices and collaboration with clients as excellent.’

‘I have been dealing regularly with Reddy Charlton on property-related matters (many of which are complex) for many years. The advice provided by the firm is given in a very practical and understandable manner and always thought through to reach the best possible commercial outcome on any given issue.’

‘Tom Marren and Brendan Sharkey in particular are standout individuals within the property team. They are both extremely professional, easy to work with and deal with any matters in a proactive manner, often providing legal solutions to issues that are not immediately obvious.’

‘The team at Reddy Charlton provide expertise in all areas and a fully comprehensive service.’

‘Roisín Bennett provides exceptional service and guidance and practical solutions.’

‘Reddy Charlton provides a consistent and timely service. Their manner of dealing with clients is both professional and gracious. The billing is clear and outlined in a timely fashion. Most importantly, they will provide an excellent service in even the most difficult cases, ensuring that all legal avenues have been explored. Attention to detail is of paramount importance to this firm.’

‘They are courteous and keen on any matter that our company have them involved in.’

‘Roisin Bennett is very knowledgeable. She is extremely organised, efficient and responsive, and offers clear, pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

DC Thomson and Company Limited

FindMyPast Ireland

Newbridge Silverware

Gaelic Athletic Association

Indaver Ireland

Ashley Ford

Fitzwilliam Properties


Solvalla Properties Limited

Optical Express

Wilsons Auctions

Industrial Development Authority Ireland

Michael Guiney Limited

South Dublin Construction Limited

Indeed Operations Ireland

The firm: Reddy Charlton LLP was founded in 1908, which makes it one of the longest-established legal practices in Ireland. Despite this long heritage, Reddy Charlton LLP continues to adapt thanks to a dynamic, proactive legal team with proven expertise across diverse sectors including finance, property, retail, hospitality and manufacturing.

Reddy Charlton LLP advises and serves clients on both professional and personal matters with integrity, clarity and passion and strives to exceed clients’ expectations, taking the time to understand clients’ needs and sharing their goals.

Reddy Charlton LLP acts for clients for whom they feel a personal commitment, thinking beyond the conventional to find cost-effective, expeditious and creative solutions.

Reddy Charlton LLP provides the full range of legal services required by business and business people in Ireland and internationally. The firm has renowned expertise in:-

  • corporate and commercial law;
  • partnership law;
  • property and planning;
  • litigation and dispute resolution;
  • intellectual property;
  • private client;
  • regulatory;
  • employment; and
  • company secretarial.

We have four core departments:-

  1. The commercial department –  The department head is  Elaine McGrath;
  2. The property department – The department head is Roisin Bennett;
  3. The litigation department – The department head is Peter Kearney; and
  4. The employment and regulatory department – The department head is  Laura Graham.

High emphasis is placed on risk management in Reddy Charlton LLP.  The firm continues to be awarded the Q6000 Gold Standard Certification by the Institute of Legal Research and Standards for the ninth consecutive year.  The firm has partaken in this certification process since 2011. It is an independent certification process with an emphasis on the following areas:-

  • Critical registers
  • Client and file management – compliance audits
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Claims history and management
  • Practice systems and management
  • Financial management
  • IT security and GDPR compliance
  • Evidence of continuous improvement

The firm has been consistently shortlisted in the Irish Law Awards and in recent years has won the following:-

  • ‘Law Firm of the Year’ 2021
  • ‘Dublin Law Firm of the Year’ 2021
  • ‘Dublin Law Firm of the Year’  2019
  • ‘Irish Property/Planning/Probate Law Firm of the Year’ 2018
  • ‘Dublin Law Firm of the Year’ 2017
  • ‘Dublin Law Firm of the Year’  2016
Corporate, Commercial and M&A Elaine
Corporate, Commercial and M&A Niamh
Corporate, Commercial and M&A Paul
Corporate, Commercial and M&A Caoimhe
Company Secretarial Maeve
Investment in Ireland Elaine
Investment in Ireland Niamh
Intellectual Property and Information Technology Elaine
Intellectual Property and Information Technology Niamh
Intellectual Property and Information Technology Caoimhe
Sport, Media & Entertainment Law Elaine
Sport, Media & Entertainment Law Niamh
Banking & Finance Paul
Banking & Finance Niamh
Commercial Contracts Elaine
Commercial Contracts Niamh
Commercial Contracts Caoimhe
Commercial Contracts Paul
Construction (Contentious) Peter
Construction Contracts Paul
Construction Contracts Godfrey
Construction Contracts Niamh
Compulsory Purchase Acquisition Tom
Compulsory Purchase Acquisition Niamh
Commercial Property Roisin
Commercial Property Christina
Commercial Property Brendan
Commercial Property Tom
Commercial Property Godfrey
Probate Brendan
Residential Property Godfrey
Residential Property Brendan
Commercial Leases & Licenses Brendan
Commercial Leases & Licenses Christina
Commercial Leases & Licenses Godfrey
Commercial Leases & Licenses Tom
Commercial Leases & Licenses Roisin
Landlord and tenant Brendan
Liquor licensing Peter
Private client Stephanie
Private client Brendan
Real Estate Christina
Real Estate Tom
Real Estate Roisin
Real Estate Godfrey
Real Estate Brendan
Real Estate Stephanie
Insolvency Niamh
Insolvency Peter
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Peter
Debt Collection Peter
Personal Injuries Peter
Employment Law Laura
Employment Law Siohhán
Employment Law Michael
Disciplinary Laura
Disciplinary Siohhán
Disciplinary Michael
Regulatory Laura
Data Protection/GDPR Elaine
Data Protection/GDPR Laura
Roisin Bennett photo Roisin BennettPartner, Head of Property Department
Niamh Gibney photo Niamh GibneyPartner  and Registered Trade Mark Agent
Laura Graham photo Laura GrahamPartner
Michael Hegarty photo Michael HegartyPrincipal Consultant and Notary Public
Godfrey Hogan photo Godfrey HoganPrinicpal Consultant
Paul Keane photo Paul KeaneChairman, Head of Corporate Law Department
Peter Kearney photo Peter KearneyManaging Partner, Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team
Siobhan Lafferty photo Siobhan LaffertySenior Associate
Tom Marren photo Tom MarrenSenior Partner and Notary Public
Caoimhe McCrea photo Caoimhe McCreaSolicitor
Brendan Sharkey photo Brendan SharkeyPartner
Stephanie Whelan photo Stephanie WhelanSolicitor
Number of lawyers : 16
Dublin Solicitors Bar Association

CLIENT: Jörgen Zahlin
COMPANY/FIRM: Managing Director of OEM International
TESTIMONIAL: Niamh Gibney and the Reddy Charlton team advised us on a recent group acquisition in Ireland. Niamh’s commitment to get the transaction over the line was key and we had a direct line of communication with Niamh and the team at all times.

CLIENT: Henry Flanagan
COMPANY/FIRM: Bright Motor Group
TESTIMONIAL: A professional relationship dating back to 1987 is evidence of just how valuable the support of Paul Keane and Reddy Charlton is to me, and to the businesses in which I work. Paul’s expertise in legal and commercial matters and his pragmatic approach have been crucial to our growth and success. His grasp of often complex transactions and the clear advice that he provides makes working with him a real pleasure. From early stage through to completion Paul is available and reliable. I have recommended Paul to colleagues and have only ever received
positive feedback.

CLIENT: Dave McCormack
COMPANY/FIRM: Managing Director of Fitzwilliam Group
TESTIMONIAL: Tom Marren has been our primary Solicitor on property related matters for a number of years. Tom is a commercially focused property Solicitor who always seeks the best outcomes for us as clients on all issues. Tom is pragmatic, solution orientated and can negotiate with precision. Tom is easy to deal with, always very responsive and knowledgeable and I would highly recommend Tom for any property related matters.

CLIENT: Ricky Wilson
COMPANY/FIRM: Wilson Auctioneers
TESTIMONIAL: Wilsons Auctions are proud to be the largest independent auction company in the Ireland and the UK. Reddy Charlton LLP, and in particular Brendan Sharkey, act as our solicitors in the Republic of Ireland. Brendan Sharkey regularly advises our company and has acted for us in property acquisitions and landlord and tenant matters. Brendan is expert in matters of property law and I have found Brendan to be commercially minded, practical and solution driven. I know Brendan will have our back any time a legal issue arises and his advice will be received promptly.

COMPANY/FIRM: Institute of Eye Surgery
TESTIMONIAL: Elaine McGrath has proven ability to provide a quick turnaround and bespoke service for complex matters by working with good in-house and external network of colleagues.

CLIENT: Private Individual
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Individual
TESTIMONIAL: Laura Graham and Siobhán Lafferty were very professional and easy to deal with, helping me with a difficult work situation that thanks to them had a successful outcome.


At Reddy Charlton LLP we are committed to creating a positive work environment amongst all employees. We are dedicated to promoting and encouraging diversity. We strive to promote a workplace which understands, appreciates and embraces difference. We endeavour to practice mutual respect for all qualities and experiences that are different from the majority in every aspect of our firm.

Pro Bono

Reddy Charlton LLP is committed to encouraging pro bono legal advice and representation and support for this activity is an integral value of the firm. It is indeed part of our vision for this to continue for many years to come.
We believe that all members of the firm, from Partner to Trainee Solicitor should aim to participate in pro bono matters. By doing this, Reddy Charlton LLP bolsters the positive impact this legal advice or representation will have on those individuals who cannot afford to pay for it and to the general public interest as a whole.

The provision of legal advice on a pro bono basis helps individuals to become more aware of their rights and we feel it also helps communities become more robust.
Many of our solicitors volunteer at Free Legal Advice Centres on a regular basis.
Roisin Benefit, Head of the Property Department, is a member of the Chancery Lane Project which is a worldwide project focused on developing new contracts and model laws to help fight climate change. The project is aligned with and supports the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals relating to climate action and net zero carbon emissions targets.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Reddy Charlton LLP have continued to focus on their corporate social responsibility and continue to foster a close connection to SightSavers Ireland, an international charity working to eliminate preventable blindness.

The Reddy Charlton LLP team raised over €5,000 by taking part in a 100 feet abseil from the rooftop of Croke Park to the hallowed turf below. Additionally, we host regular raffle events in order to raise vital funds to support the critical efforts of Sightsavers Ireland to protect the sight of those most vulnerable both at home and abroad.

We have recently begun a partnership with Clean Coasts, a project of An Taisce. With the guidance of experts in Clean Coasts, we volunteer as a firm on a quarterly basis to do beach clean ups around Dublin.

We also make regular donations to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul which is a nation wide charity whose goal is to fight poverty.

Last but by no means, least our office plays host to an urban beehive, which is tended by our Chairman, Paul Keane. Urban beekeeping is recognised as a key driver in the promotion of biodiversity in city spaces. We regularly gift jars of honey to clients and colleagues alike and make donations to St. Francis’ Hospice for each jar gifted.

Reddy Charlton LLP is a Dublin based Irish law firm within the European Union.  

Being a common law jurisdiction and one of the only English speaking countries in the EU, Reddy Charlton LLP is ideally placed for international business. An English speaking work-force coupled with an enticing corporate tax rate makes Ireland an attractive place to do business.  

We act for both domestic and international clients and we speak a number of languages to include Irish, French, Swedish, Italian and German.  

There is also a tidal wave of foreign direct investment coming into Ireland at presentIn particular, we regularly advise on the Irish Immigration Investment Programme with China and have done for a number of years.  


The impact of Brexit has been felt worldwide and Ireland is no different. This has been beneficial for growth as many businesses, small, medium and multi-nationals are now re-location from the United Kingdom and establishing their European base in Ireland as a result of Brexit.  

European Law Institute 

Reddy Charlton LLP is a member of the European Law Institute which is an independent organisation aiming to improve the quality of European Law. Reddy Charlton LLP regularly contributes to the Irish Hub of European Law Institute and is led in those endeavours by Paul Keane, Chairman of Reddy Charlton LLP.  


Reddy Charlton LLP is a member of Interleges, a well-established and closely linked alliance of independent international law firms with offices across the countries of the European Union, Eastern Europe, North America and the Middle East. With membership growing every year, Interleges now includes firms in twenty countries as well as correspondents approved by Interleges in many other countries 

In addition to their own high professional standards, the members of Interleges also agree to an Interleges Code of Conduct. This ensures that all clients, in whichever country they are based and wherever their legal affairs are being handled, receive the same high standard of legal advice and service. 

There are Interleges offices in Beirut, Brussels, Dubai, Hamburg, Istanbul, Kyiv, Lisbon, London, Lugano, Madrid, Malmo, Mexico City, Milan, New York, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Rotterdam, Tel Aviv, Wien and Zurich 

Should you require legal advice in any of the above countries, you can be confident of receiving the assistance of an experienced lawyer who will act as quickly and efficiently as possible in your best interests. We have been a member of Interleges for over 20 years and have developed a strong work relationship with all firms. 

Commercial Team:

1. The Commercial Team of Reddy Charlton LLP advised OEM International on the acquisition of Demesne
Electrical in Ireland. OEM International is one of Europe’s leading technology trading groups. The acquisition
was brought to a satisfactory completion in January of this year. The acquisition was led by Niamh Gibney
and Elaine McGrath on the Corporate, Commercial and M & A team, Róisin Bennet on the Real Estate team and Siobhan Lafferty on the Employment & Regulatory Team.

2. The Reddy Charlton LLP Commercial Team acted for the Fitzwilliam Group in a major re-finance with Bawag P.S.K. Bank. This was a joint project between the Commercial, Corporate and M & A team and the Real Estate
Team with Niamh Gibney, Elaine McGrath and Brendan Sharkey all playing a significant role in getting this transaction over the line. Reddy Charlton LLP have developed a niche expertise in acting for borrowers in
LMA style transactions having acted for a number of clients in these high value finance transactions in the past year alone.

Real Estate Team:

1. The Reddy Charlton Real Estate Team recently acted on behalf of the Industrial Development Agency (Ireland) in relation to the sale of a 6.53 hectare site in County Offaly to a Multinational company. The project included
consideration of a range of title issues including extensive consultation regarding mapping issues and wayleaves which traversed the site. The transaction also required consideration of foreign law opinion and required
significant negotiation with lawyers in the home jurisdiction of the purchaser to reach a mutually satisfactory opinion. There was a significant time pressure on the transaction as the project was advancing to construction. Reddy Charlton were able to take the deal from heads of terms to completion within 5 weeks.

2. Reddy Charlton act for Indaver Ireland Limited in relation to various property issues across its property portfolio. Indaver Ireland Limited is part of Belgian entity Indaver NV which is at the forefront of waste management in
industry and with public authority customers throughout Europe. Roisin Bennett recently acted for Indaver in negotiation of its lease of waste management facilities at Dublin Port, which is a key location for the operation of its business. This involved extension negotiations with a semi state organisation and required consideration of among other issues break options, rent review clauses and landlord and tenant renewal rights. Reddy Charlton
provide ongoing property support to Indaver on its property portfolio throughout the Republic of Ireland including landlord and tenant, planning and compulsory purchase.

Employment & Regulatory Team:
1. The Employment Team of Reddy Charlton LLP advised a large retail client on conducting an investigation and disciplinary process in respect of serious allegations against a senior employee. This included preparing a
detailed terms of reference, preparation of a draft investigations report, advising those conducting investigation and disciplinary meetings which ultimately lead to a settlement with the employee who left the

2. The Employment and Regulatory Team advised a number of members of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors in respect of their involvement in Module (P) of the Disclosures Tribunal. This involved the review of substantial documentation, advising each individual member in respect of the issues pertaining to them, attending at the Disclosures Tribunal and putting in detailed submissions in respect of the members. No findings were made in respect of any members represented by our team.