Firm Profile > Whitney Moore > Dublin 4, Ireland
Whitney Moore Offices
2 Shelbourne Buildings
2 Shelbourne Buildings, Shelbourne Road,
Whitney Moore > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.’
Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp.
EISAI R&D Management Co.
Edwards Life Sciences PVT
F. Hoffman La-Roche
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.‘
San Leon Energy plc
Dalradian Resources Inc
Amarenco Solar Limited
Altius Minerals Corp
Faroe Petroleum plc
Zinc of Ireland NL
Adventus Mining Corporation
International Lithium Inc
LGDL Holding Company Limited
Oscar Wilde Spirits Limited
Capricorn Ventis Limited
Storm Technology Limited
US Oil & Gas
Tandem HR Solutions Limited
McArdle Transport Limited
Ballynagran Landfill Limited
Trilogy Technologies Limited
Fonthill Lodge Daycare
My Compliance Office (TerraNua Ltd)
NEP Group, Inc
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.
O’Flaherty Group (Motor Services Limited)
Chartered Accountants Ireland
Tokio Marine Europe
Irish Life Assurance plc
Bank of Ireland
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.’
Glen Dimplex Group
Life Insurance Association
Xylem Water Solutions
Sovy Trust Solutions
IM European Motors
Independent Vetcare Ireland
Public Relations Institute of Ireland
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”.’
Irish Life Investment Managers
Round Hill Capital
The Housing Agency
Fingal County Council
Five Guys Ireland
Oath (previously Aol)
Ecologic Design and Build
PJ Hegarty Group
Bank of Ireland
Allied Irish Banks
Foundation Quay ICAV
Tom Kavanagh (Receiver, Deloitte)
Hilton, Pasley & Co
First Derivatives plc
Lam Research Group
Ely Wine Bar
Whitney Moore > Firm Profile
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
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