Firm Profile > Whitney Moore > Dublin 4, Ireland

Whitney Moore
2 Shelbourne Buildings
2 Shelbourne Buildings, Shelbourne Road,
D04 W3V6

Intellectual property Tier 1

Specialising in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors, Whitney Moore has handled some of the most high-profile contentious cases in the space in recent years. A particular highlight was its work defending Merck and Mylan in a dispute relating to pharmaceutical patents. Beyond life sciences, the firm has also acted on cases involving trade secrets and passing off, demonstrating the breadth of its experience. The practice is jointly headed by Aoife Murphy, whose 'thorough knowledge of IP' is valued by clients, and Robin Hayes, who 'provides careful strategic input and detailed knowledge of the law'.


‘Highly knowledgeable IP section with two top notch partners who are helpful, hard working and practical. Aoife Murphy has a thorough knowledge of IP and works incredibly hard to bring cases together. Robin Hayes provides careful strategic input and detailed knowledge of the law and science.’

Key clients

Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp.


EISAI R&D Management Co.


Edwards Life Sciences PVT

F. Hoffman La-Roche

Allianz plc


Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The 'thorough and responsive' Whitney Moore has expertise in the technology, renewable energy, medical devices, waste and manufacturing sectors. The team advises on M&A, venture capital and private equity investments, and corporate structuring and governance. Clients include SMEs, large family businesses, and early-stage and emerging companies (particularly in the technology sector), and the practice also advises a number of public companies in the natural resources space, where Brendan Ringrose is particularly active. Practice head Cillian Balfe advises on M&A and venture capital transactions; Therese Rochford acts for a number of angel investors, as well as food, biotechnology and energy companies; and Stephen Walker is noted for his corporate finance experience.


Strong technical team.

Cillian Balfe gave great advice on how to get the most out of the deal. He also explained all the legal options in a very clear and simple way. He was crucial to getting the deal done.

Cillian Balfe and associate Fiona Brennan were very open, honest and quick to respond to events as they happened – a truly great team.

Professionalism and dedication.

The Whitney Moore team are very thorough and responsive. Their key strength is that they look at all aspects of a query or transaction thereby providing confidence that all legal aspects have been addressed.

They are solutions focused, particularly Brendan Ringrose and associate Colin Hayes. They work seamlessly with us to provide a full service to our clients.

Highly professional, reputable and experienced with a strong understanding of the needs of privately owned businesses.

Strong personal engagement of senior people, great attention to detail, strong, experienced team of specialists.

Key clients

San Leon Energy plc

Glen Dimplex

Dalradian Resources Inc

Surmodics Inc

Amarenco Solar Limited

Sonru Limited

Americk Packaging


Glencore plc

Altius Minerals Corp

Faroe Petroleum plc

Zinc of Ireland NL

Adventus Mining Corporation

International Lithium Inc

LGDL Holding Company Limited

Oscar Wilde Spirits Limited


Bartoni Limited

Capricorn Ventis Limited

Richmond Marketing

TOYO Corporation

Storm Technology Limited

Vetranio Limited

US Oil & Gas


Tandem HR Solutions Limited

McArdle Transport Limited

Ballynagran Landfill Limited

The Agora

Ryhall Limited

Openminded Networks

Trilogy Technologies Limited

Fonthill Lodge Daycare

Ciconias plc

My Compliance Office (TerraNua Ltd)

NEP Group, Inc

Ratio Petroleum

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Whitney Moore's areas of strength include banking litigation, such as recovery and security enforcement actions, contentious IP matters and insurance defence, with a niche expertise in motor industry claims relating to product liability and distribution agreements, among other areas. In addition, the firm is noted for its aviation litigation practice, led by Gerry Carroll, who also specialises in regulatory investigations and disciplinary hearings. Aoife Murphy is highly regarded for IP litigation, particularly multi-jurisdictional patent disputes, and Brendan Moriarty specialises in financial services litigation. Managing partner John Lynch leads the overall practice.

Key clients

O’Flaherty Group (Motor Services Limited)

Antalis Limited

Allianz plc

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Tokio Marine Europe

Irish Life Assurance plc



Bank of Ireland

Daimler AG

Novartis AG

Employment Tier 3

Whitney Moore is very active in corporate litigation, and also advises clients on non-contentious matters such as restructurings and relocations. In addition to working with employers, the practice also represents senior executives in contentious matters. The practice is led by the 'very experienced, practical and collaborative' John Lynch, who particularly specialises in senior executive severance negotiations. Other members of the team include Emma Richmond, who focuses on immigration and executive relocation, and Marie Claire Scullion, who is 'dedicated, tenacious, hard-working and resourceful'. 


‘Our experience of Whitney Moore is one of professionalism, approachable and are very practical. They understand the needs of their clients and work with you to get achieve the desired results.’

‘The employment law team in Whitney Moore have high levels of expertise and experience in what is a challenging practice area. They are very up to date in this fast moving area. They bring a “can do” common sense approach within a solution driven focus.’

‘We work with Managing Partner John Lynch and Marie Claire Scullion and both are exceptional in their areas of expertise. No question is too silly, attention to detail is superb and the fact that they will ensure you understand everything is greatly appreciated.’

‘John Lynch is very experienced, practical and collaborative. Marie Claire Scullion is dedicated, tenacious, hard-working and resourceful.’

Key clients

Glen Dimplex Group


Life Insurance Association


Xylem Water Solutions


Sovy Trust Solutions

IM European Motors

Independent Vetcare Ireland

JLT (Marsh)

Public Relations Institute of Ireland

SIG Construction

Real estate Tier 3

Rory McDonald heads the real estate practice at Whitney Moore, which acts for clients ranging from high-net-worth individuals to semi-state bodies. The team particularly advises on landlord and tenant matters, with Michael Carney leading on a range of retail and office lettings. The firm has also acted for the Housing Agency, local authorities and approved housing bodies on acquisitions and developments for social housing purposes.


‘Whitney Moore understand the commerce behind development. Their deep understanding of the process mitigates a lot of the risk involved in the transfer of land. The main reason we like working with Whitney Moore is that the process is professional and simplified. I have worked closely with Barry Heslin and Colin Hayes and both have taken the time to ensure I understand what is happening, what we are doing and what we are trying to achieve. Both these gentlemen are professional and just as importantly personable and enjoyable to work with.’

‘The practice offers a personal service so we did not feel like we were “just another client” of a large law firm. The solicitors are not afraid to ask each other for a second opinion when faced with an unusual or particularly difficult query. Rory McDonald worked tirelessly and thought “outside the box”.’

Key clients

Glen Dimplex

Irish Life Investment Managers

Round Hill Capital

The Housing Agency

Fingal County Council

Five Guys Ireland

Warren Private

Oath (previously Aol)

Greenleaf Homes

Ecologic Design and Build

PJ Hegarty Group

Sorohan Builders



Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Banks

Ulster Bank


Merrion Hotel

Claire’s Accessories

Foundation Quay ICAV


Tom Kavanagh (Receiver, Deloitte)

Redco Group

Banesto Group

Greencroft Construction

Hilton, Pasley & Co

Smith Capital

First Derivatives plc

Bodytonic Group

McArdle Transport

McCambridges Group

Lam Research Group

Ely Wine Bar

Independent Vetcare

The firm: Whitney Moore is a well-established Irish law firm based in Dublin with a culture of providing consistently high-quality legal advice promptly, efficiently and cost-effectively. Founded in 1882, the firm has 17 partners and over 50 other legal professionals and support staff. Whitney Moore advises small and medium-sized Irish enterprises, as well as international companies looking to establish or expand their presence in Ireland. Clients also include public bodies, listed companies and private clients.

Core practice areas include corporate, dispute resolution, employment, insolvency and corporate restructuring, IP, privacy and data protection, private client, public sector and real estate. The firm’s client offering is further strengthened by its membership of the prestigious Meritas Law Firms Worldwide global network of independent law firms and the Euro-American Lawyers Group (EALG), giving its clients access to quality-assured legal expertise worldwide.

Whitney Moore is large enough to have the experience and resources necessary to provide clients with comprehensive, effective legal advice, yet continue to retain direct partner involvement in all matters. The lawyer you meet at any initial instruction will be the lawyer who advises you through to conclusion.

Areas of practice: In addition to the practice areas outlined below, Whitney Moore has built and maintained a strong reputation as experts in the following sectors: pharmaceutical and healthcare, IT, insurance, retail and distribution.

Banking: Whitney Moore acts for a number of key financial institutions operating in the Irish market and has considerable expertise in the areas of commercial property finance, asset finance, project finance and the enforcement of secured and unsecured loans.

Corporate, commercial and M&A: the firm’s corporate practice advises public and private clients across a full range of corporate and commercial matters including: mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, stock exchange transactions, corporate governance, group restructurings, raising finance, exit strategies, shareholders’ agreements and general contractual matters.

Dispute resolution and commercial litigation: Whitney Moore has a well-established litigation and dispute resolution practice experienced in advising and representing its clients across the full spectrum of litigation matters including commercial litigation, insurance, defamation, professional negligence, EU and competition, product liability, injunctions and judicial review.

Employment: the firm’s employment team advises on all aspects of employment law and has a particularly strong reputation for senior executive contract negotiation and severance, and representing clients in litigation concerning termination of employment before both the Workplace Relations Commission and the High Court.

Energy and natural resources: Whitney Moore has a long-standing reputation as specialists in energy and natural resources, with clients in this sector for over 60 years.

Insolvency and corporate restructuring: the firm’s insolvency and corporate recovery team offers a comprehensive service to insolvency appointees, banking and other creditors, as well as companies and their directors. Whitney Moore is consistently involved in high-profile insolvency matters and department head Frank O’Reilly is recognised as one of the top insolvency practitioners in the jurisdiction.

Intellectual property: Whitney Moore is recognised as one of the leading intellectual property law firms in Ireland.  Our Intellectual Property team is consistently ranked by independent directories and has won many international awards in recognition of its expertise. For example, we were recently awarded Patent Contentious Firm of the year 2019 – Ireland by the leading international publication Managing Intellectual Property 2019.  The team is involved in both contentious and non-contentious matters and has specialist expertise in copyright, trade marks, patent issues, protection of confidential information and related intellectual property matters.

Real estate: the firm’s real estate group advises domestic and international clients on the full range of real estate issues, including property acquisition and disposal, property letting and property litigation.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking Brendan Moriarty
Construction Michael Carney
Corporate and commercial Cillian Balfe
Corporate and commercial Stephen Walker
Corporate and commercial Therese Rochford
Data protection Aoife Murphy
Data protection Emma Richmond
Data protection Brendan Ringrose
Dispute resolution Gerry Carroll
Dispute resolution John Lynch
Employment John Lynch
Energy and natural resources Therese Rochford
Energy and natural resources Brendan Ringrose
EU and competition Mark Ryan
EU and competition Brendan Ringrose
Information technology Therese Rochford
Information technology Cillian Balfe
Insolvency and corporate restructuring Frank O'Reilly
Insurance Gerry Caroll
Intellectual property Aoife Murphy
Intellectual property Robin Hayes
Intellectual property Gerry Carroll
Pensions and employee benefits John Lynch
Pensions and employee benefits Emma Richmond
Pharmaceutical and healthcare Mark Ryan
Private client Frank O'Reilly
Real estate Rory McDonald
Real estate Michael Carney
Real estate Barry Heslin
Private client Emma Heron
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Cillian Balfe  photo Mr Cillian Balfe
Ms Fiona Brennan  photo Ms Fiona Brennan
Mr Michael Carney  photo Mr Michael Carney
Mr Gerry Carroll  photo Mr Gerry Carroll
Mr Robert Carroll  photo Mr Robert Carroll
Mr Niall Coleman  photo Mr Niall Coleman
Ms Kate Faulkner  photo Ms Kate Faulkner
Ms Julie Fitzgerald  photo Ms Julie Fitzgerald
Mr Colin Hayes  photo Mr Colin Hayes
Mr Robin Hayes  photo Mr Robin Hayes
Ms Alice Heron  photo Ms Alice Heron
Ms Emma Heron  photo Ms Emma Heron
Mr Barry Heslin  photo Mr Barry Heslin
Ms Ann Hodgins  photo Ms Ann Hodgins
 John Lynch photo John Lynch Sales contact
Mr Rory McDonald  photo Mr Rory McDonald
Ms Cathy McFadden  photo Ms Cathy McFadden
Mr Brendan Moriarty  photo Mr Brendan Moriarty
Ms Emma Morrison  photo Ms Emma Morrison
Ms Aoife Murphy photo Ms Aoife Murphy Partner
Mr Michael Ohle  photo Mr Michael Ohle
Mr Robert O’Brien  photo Mr Robert O’Brien
Ms Caroline O’Connor  photo Ms Caroline O’Connor
Mr Ruairi O’Malley  photo Mr Ruairi O’Malley
Mr Frank O’Reilly  photo Mr Frank O’Reilly
Mr David Pierse  photo Mr David Pierse
Ms Sophie Quinn  photo Ms Sophie Quinn
Ms Emma Richmond  photo Ms Emma Richmond
Mr Brendan Ringrose  photo Mr Brendan Ringrose
Ms Vicky Riordan  photo Ms Vicky Riordan
Ms Therese Rochford  photo Ms Therese Rochford
Mr Mark Ryan  photo Mr Mark Ryan
Ms Marie Claire Scullion  photo Ms Marie Claire Scullion
Ms Amanda Jane Sweeney  photo Ms Amanda Jane Sweeney
Number of lawyers : 37
European American Lawyers Group (EALG)
Contact : John Lynch (managing partner)