Firm Profile > Whitney Moore > Dublin, Ireland

Whitney Moore
2 Shelbourne Buildings
Crampton Avenue
D04 W3V6

Intellectual property Tier 1

Whitney Moore is known for its experience acting in litigation concerning life sciences patents, particularly biosimilars and medical devices. The team frequently handles the Irish aspects of multi-jurisdictional litigation, representing clients in the Irish Commercial Court, High Court, and Supreme Court. The team is led by Aoife Murphy and Robin Hayes; the duo have considerable experience in contentious intellectual property matters.

Practice head(s):

Aoife Murphy; Robin Hayes

Other key lawyers:

Kate Faulkner


‘It is a top notch outfit, which responds in a timely manner with clear, concise and commercial advice.’

‘Robin Hayes is a first class operator. He has a wide area of expertise, with a sound commercial approach to back up his specialist IP skills. Highly recommended.’

‘The team has a great deal of experience in patent litigation in Ireland, particularly for life sciences clients. For that reason we regard them as one of our go to firms when putting together a team for pan-European litigation that requires Irish advice. They are a pleasure to work with. ’

‘Aoife Murphy has great experience and has been involved in many patent cases coming before the Irish courts in recent years, with experience of complex multi-national disputes and strategies. She is a pleasure to work with.’

‘We work with Whitney Moore in the area of Intellectual Property for which they have a strong reputation. In our dealings with them over the past number of years we have had first hand experience of their capabilities in this areas, which, in our experience justifies this well earned reputation. The area of IP is very complicated and requires a high level of competence to navigate successfully, our experience with Whitney Moore has instilled confidence in us in facing down challenges which might otherwise seem too daunting.’

‘Over the years our work has been exclusively with Robin Hayes. Robin is very professional in every aspect of how he manages our requirements. His ability to listen and help define our objectives is very well complemented by his focus on managing a successful outcome relative to the resources available. The advice we have received over the years has been valued highly in navigating the legal world. His input is always central to devising our steps forward in any legal actions we are involved in or contemplating pursuing.’

‘Tremendously capable and friendly, this firm knows how to get results.’

‘Aoife Murphy is very easy to work with and has a very practical approach to difficult legal and technical matters. Robin Hayes has a fine legal mind and is always probing complex disputes with thought-provoking questions. Kate Faulkner is an up and coming associate who is very helpful.’

Key clients

Merck, Sharpe & Dohme Corp.

Edwards Lifesciences

Generics UK Ltd (Mylan)

Amgen Inc.

F Hoffmann-La Roche, Biogen Inc. and Genentech

EISAI R&D Management Co. Ltd

Novartis AG

Allianz plc

Shamrock Gift Company

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Whitney Moore's 'superb' team stands out for its experience of advising predominantly Irish and North American companies in the natural resources and technology sectors on M&A and fundraisings; this is a key area of expertise for experienced partners Brendan Ringrose and Therese Rochford. Practice head Cillian Balfe focuses on handling private equity and venture capital investments and M&A for SME clients.

Practice head(s):

Cillian Balfe

Other key lawyers:

Brendan Ringrose; Therese Rochford


‘The corporate team I have dealt on a recent transaction was led by Therese Rochford and I found my interactions with them on all levels superb. It was a complex transaction but the team brought us through it with assuredness, efficiency and professionalism, finding solutions where it seemed there were none. Most importantly, as well as having really good negotiating skills, Therese and her team were highly commercial, listened to our instructions and gave us great confidence in our decision making.’

‘The team are very responsive and bring their full expertise and knowledge to each engagement.’

‘The individuals are committed to meeting my deadlines and ensuring comprehensive documentation is provided as required. Brendan Ringrose in particular is very happy to provide answers to high-level questions at the initial phase of a project to enable my clients to decide which path to take on a transaction.’

‘The team are great to work with – efficient, knowledgeable and fair. They are very knowledgeable in their fields and very professional in how they dealt with us and the other parties involved. They were transparent around the work involved and also managed expectations very well. They worked hard to deliver to our timeline.’

‘Brendan Ringrose and Therese Rochford are experts in their areas, gave direct advice and recommendations, and were easy to communicate with. They did a great job of breaking down the legal language to plain English for the layman to better understand. At the same time, they tried to keep things sensible, which can sometimes be hard to do when you have multiple parties involved.’

Key clients

Vega & Wallace Limited

Caleo Private Equity Pty Ltd

Independent Stave Company Limited

NEP Group Inc.

Lucky Beard Limited

Scania Finance Ireland Limited

O’Flaherty Group

Betapond Limited t/a StitcherAds

ID Pal Limited

Data Chemist Limited trading as Terminus DB

Adventus Zinc Ireland Limited

Altius Minerals Corp

Ratio Petroleum

Roche Bobois SA

Sonru Limited

Empathy Marketing Limited

Richmond Marketing Limited

E. Flahavan & Sons Limited

Ryhall Limited

Woodberry Capital

International Lithium Limited

Zinc of Ireland NL

Dalradian Resources Inc.

Dye & Durham UK Limited

Cannsun Medhel Group plc

Shabra Plastics Limited

Ballyna Hotel Limited

Modern Hire, Inc.

Independent Vetcare

Dispute resolution Tier 3

The team at Whitney Moore handles a range of dispute resolution matters, with particular specialisms in areas such as aviation and the motor industry. The litigation practice also acts alongside the firm's other teams, including the data protection and intellectual property departments, to handle disputes in these areas. Aoife Murphy became head of the team in July 2020 and specialises in patent litigation, which she handles alongside Robin Hayes. Former practice head John Lynch continues to have a broad commercial litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Aoife Murphy

Other key lawyers:

John Lynch; Robin Hayes; Colin Hayes; Vicky Riordan; Brendan Moriarty;


‘They are competent and efficient without compromising on friendliness and put clients at ease. ’

‘Brendan Moriarty has one of the sharpest minds in the profession and provides excellent service to all his clients.’

‘Their understanding of the business needs and the importance of obtaining the right commercial result. Their ability to have the right people in the right roles to provide top level knowledge to us as clients is second to none.’

‘Every person I have come across in my interactions have been top quality, really understanding, excellent knowledge and deliver results. The access we get to the managing partner John Lynch is exceptional and this for me is very unusual. That he makes himself so readily available to his clients is fantastic, you can’t buy this level of service. In addition, they do not want to overcharge clients and are very generous  and fair with their time and billing.’

‘From my point of view being in the motor trade they have a very good understanding of how it works. This is very important where a dispute arises and they can give advice from both our stand point and the third party. They don’t just agree with our view point, they will rationalise it out.’

‘The people I deal with at Whitney Moore are very approachable and understanding and always come back to you no matter what. Nothing is a problem. Very sound advice whether you like to hear it or not.’

‘This practice is very patient, highly professional and informative, and take the time to fully appraise on all issues and possible outcomes. In my experience, I have found that they make efforts to limit my expenditure, and advise against actions that might end up incurring considerable costs and investment in time on my part. This is one of the main reasons that I really appreciate their representation in all matters.’

‘I have dealt mainly with two individuals, Cillian Balfe and Colin Hayes. Both are very patient and are very careful to ensure that I am fully informed at the outset and briefed throughout every engagement. I find both of these individuals to be highly professional and they have always delivered favourable outcomes on every assignment.’

Key clients

Allianz plc

IDA Ireland

Novartis AG

Daimler AG

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Pyrite Resolution Board

Antalis Limited

O’Flaherty Group (Motor Services Limited)

Edwards Lifesciences

Vlasman Betonbewerkings

Employment Tier 3

Whitney Moore has a strong track record in complex employment law work, including whistleblowing cases, serious disciplinary matters and matters arising from corporate transactions. In addition, the team has been notably active in matters connected with the Covid-19 pandemic, including the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme, reopening of businesses and redundancies. The practice is now jointly led by Emma Richmond and Marie-Claire Scullion. Managing partner John Lynch also advises on a wide range of matters.

Practice head(s):

Emma Richmond; Marie Claire Scullion

Other key lawyers:

John Lynch


‘Emma Richmond is excellent in delivering legal work for our company. She will go out of the way to make sure the matter is dealt and closed with the desired outcome.’

‘Emma Richmond has been a rock of sense, sensitivity and legal expertise.’

‘Whitney Moore’s employment team provide us with an excellent service. They are responsive, able to meet deadlines and provide sensible, commercial advice at a reasonable cost.’

‘Emma Richmond is our main contact and does an excellent job of providing responsive, practical advice. We also work with John Lynch and Marie Claire Scullion who are equally as helpful.’

‘Superb knowledge within the team and access to individuals at the most senior level. ’

‘I hold John Lynch in the highest regard, his availability and willingness to chat through the smallest item to sense check is incredible. Prior to working with John and his team, we were working with bigger firms where you did not get access to the most senior personnel and were over-charged for the benefit of it. I cannot recommend Whitney Moore enough.’

‘I’ve been working with Whitney Moore for the past four years and I find the practice is very efficient, professional and has a wide range of services that we avail of. I find they will always come back to me promptly with any HR/IR query that I have. I would not proceed with any HR/IR matter until I have taken advice from the staff at Whitney Moore. I always value their opinion and have built trust with them over the last few years. ’

‘I mainly deal with Emma Richmond and Marie Claire Scullion in Whitney Moore and find them to be very efficient and prompt when dealing with my queries. I’m often under pressure to get back to an employee with an answer and I find Emma and Marie Claire will always get back that day with advice on the next steps. They make me feel as if I’m the only client and I get 100% of their attention when dealing with a HR/IR issue. They are both very personable, competent and knowledgeable and I feel I’m in a safe pair of hands when dealing with them.’

Key clients

Glen Dimplex Group

Allianz plc

LIA (Life Insurance Association)

Antalis Limited

Independent Vetcare Ireland Limited

IDA Ireland

Marie Keating Foundation

Motor Distributors Group

Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association

Irish Medicines Verification Organisation

Real estate Tier 3

Whitney Moore advises on real estate transactions in sectors including hospitality, social housing, retail, and student residences. The firm's recent work includes advising on growing areas such as transactions under the mortgage to rent scheme. Rory McDonald leads the practice; Michael Carney and Barry Heslin are other key partners in the team.

Practice head(s):

Rory McDonald

Other key lawyers:

Michael Carney; Barry Heslin


‘I have worked with Whitney Moore on a few occasions and as a representative of a multinational firm, have found them to be well versed in Irish law, practices, and customs. Their experience and insight are useful in setting expectations of likely outcomes and then achieving them. ’

‘I have worked with Rory McDonald the most and appreciate his candour and competence as we pursued several real estate transactions. Rory was engaged first hand; I never felt passed along to an associate or others in the firm. Timely and clear communication instilled greater confidence with every engagement. ’

‘Very confident in the level of ability of the individual I deal with – at all times I have confidence in the thoroughness of the work done, and in the agreed timelines for delivery. ’

Key clients

Glen Dimplex

Irish Life Investment Managers

IDA Ireland

Home for Life DAC

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

Apollo / Lapithus

Tom Kavanagh (Receiver, Deloitte)

Redco Group

Banesto Group

Greencroft Construction

Hilton, Pasley & Co

Smith Capital

First Derivatives plc

Bodytonic Group

McCambridges Group

Lam Research Group

Ely Wine Bar

Independent Vetcare

The firm: Whitney Moore LLP 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 MooreLLP  advises small and medium-sized Irish enterprises, as well as international companies looking to establish or expand their presence in Ireland. Clients include public bodies, listed companies and private clients.

Core practice areas include corporate, m&a, 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 LLP 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 LLP has built and maintained a strong reputation as experts in the following sectors: pharmaceutical and healthcare, IT, insurance, retail and distribution.

Banking: Whitney Moore LLP 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 LLP has a highly regarded 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 LLP 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.

Intellectual property: Whitney Moore LLP 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 awarded Patent Contentious Firm of the year 2019 and 2020 – Ireland by the leading international publication Managing Intellectual Property 2019 and also the Patent Firm of the Year Ireland, 2020 by IAM Global IP Awards.  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
Real Estate Michael Carney
Corporate and commercial Cillian Balfe
Data Protection Marie Claire Scullion
Corporate and commercial Therese Rochford
Dispute Resolution Aoife Murphy
Immigration Emma Richmond
Corporate and commercial Brendan Ringrose
Dispute resolution Gerry Carroll
Employment John Lynch
Energy and natural resources Therese Rochford
Energy and natural resources Brendan Ringrose
EU and competition John Lynch
EU and competition Brendan Ringrose
Information technology Therese Rochford
Information technology Cillian Balfe
Insolvency and corporate restructuring Frank O'Reilly
Insurance Gerry Carroll
Intellectual property Aoife Murphy
Intellectual property Robin Hayes
Intellectual property Gerry Carroll
Employment John Lynch
Employment Emma Richmond
Employment and Pensions Marie Claire Scullion
Pharmaceutical and healthcare Aoife Murphy
Private client Frank O'Reilly
Real estate Rory McDonald
Real estate Michael Carney
Real estate Barry Heslin
Private client Emma Heron
Insolvency Michael Ohle
Dispute Resolution Michael Ohle
Dispute Resolution Vicky Riordan
Dispute Resolution Colin Hayes
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Cillian Balfe  photo Mr Cillian Balfe Cillian is a partner in and head of Whitney Moore’s Corporate team. …
Mr Michael Carney  photo Mr Michael Carney Michael is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Real Estate team.  He handles…
Mr Gerry Carroll  photo Mr Gerry Carroll Gerry is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team.  He is…
Mr Robert Carroll  photo Mr Robert Carroll Robert is a solicitor in Whitney Moore’s Corporate team. He has experience…
Mr Niall Coleman  photo Mr Niall Coleman Niall is a consultant in Whitney Moore’s Real Estate team.  He advises…
Ms Kate Faulkner  photo Ms Kate Faulkner Kate is a solicitor on Whitney Moore’s Intellectual Property team. She provides…
Ms Julie Fitzgerald  photo Ms Julie Fitzgerald Julie is an associate in Whitney Moore’s Real Estate and Insolvency and…
Mr Colin Hayes  photo Mr Colin Hayes Colin is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team.  He advises clients…
Mr Robin Hayes  photo Mr Robin Hayes Robin is a partner in Whitney Moore’s IP team.  He practises in…
Ms Emma Heron  photo Ms Emma Heron Emma is a partner and Head of Whitney Moore’s Real Estate and…
Mr Barry Heslin  photo Mr Barry Heslin Barry is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Real Estate team.  He specialises…
Ms Ann Hodgins  photo Ms Ann Hodgins Ann is an associate in Whitney Moore’s Real Estate team. She has…
 John Lynch photo John Lynch John’s practice is in the area of litigation and employment, benefits and…
Mr Rory McDonald  photo Mr Rory McDonald Rory is a partner in and head of Whitney Moore’s Real Estate…
Ms Cathy McFadden  photo Ms Cathy McFadden Cathy is an associate in Whitney Moore’s Real Estate team.  She has…
Mr Brendan Moriarty  photo Mr Brendan Moriarty Brendan is a litigation specialist with over 30 years’ experience in plaintiff…
Ms Emma Morrison  photo Ms Emma Morrison Emma is an associate in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team.  She has…
Ms Aoife Murphy photo Ms Aoife Murphy Aoife is a partner and head of Whitney Moore’s IP team and…
Mr Michael Ohle  photo Mr Michael Ohle Michael is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team as well…
Mr Frank O’Reilly  photo Mr Frank O’Reilly Frank is Consultant in the firm’s Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring and Private…
Ms Sophie Quinn  photo Ms Sophie Quinn Sophie is an associate in Whitney Moore’s Corporate team. She has experience…
Ms Emma Richmond  photo Ms Emma Richmond Emma is partner in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team and co-Head of…
Mr Brendan Ringrose  photo Mr Brendan Ringrose Brendan is a partner in Whitney Moore’s corporate team.  He specialises in…
Ms Vicky Riordan  photo Ms Vicky Riordan Vicky is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team.  She is…
Ms Therese Rochford  photo Ms Therese Rochford Therese is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Corporate team. She manages a…
Ms Marie Claire Scullion  photo Ms Marie Claire Scullion Marie Claire is  a partner and co-Head of  Whitney Moore’s Employment, Pensions…
Ms Amanda Jane Sweeney  photo Ms Amanda Jane Sweeney Amanda-Jane is an associate in Whitney Moore’s Real Estate and Private Client…
Number of lawyers : 37
European American Lawyers Group (EALG)
Contact : John Lynch (managing partner)