Whitney Moore > Dublin, Ireland > Firm Profile

Whitney Moore
2 Shelbourne Buildings
Crampton Avenue
D04 W3V6

Ireland > Intellectual property Tier 1

Whitney Moore is highly active in the full range of contentious intellectual property matters, including acting for clients in patent litigation, trademark and copyright infringement claims before the Irish High Court and Commercial Court. The team’s non-contentious work includes providing pre-litigation advice on the protection of patents and supplementary protection certificates. Robin Hayes is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Robin Hayes


‘Whitney Moore is one of the leading patent litigation firms.’

‘Robin Hayes is top-notch.’

‘The team has a niche IP practice with a quick response times and quality advice.’

‘Robin Hayes is very supportive and provided good tactical advice, which yields a positive result.’

Key clients

Merck, Sharpe & Dohme Corp.

Former shareholders of Labcoat Limited

Edwards Lifesciences

Novartis AG

Nordic Unmanned AS

Amgen Inc.

F Hoffmann-La Roche, Biogen Inc. and Genentech

EISAI R&D Management Co. Ltd

WaterWipes UC

Allianz plc

Etex Ireland Ltd

Organon Inc.

Matt Reilly Cakes Limited

Tredanian Limited

Dolphin Media Limited

Cumberland Corporate Services Limited

Bayerischer Brauerbund e.V.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Whitney Moore has achieved prominence in a number of headline deals, including advising San Leon Energy on its re-admission to the AIM market, the approval of a reverse takeover by San Leon shareholders, a reorganisation and the acquisition of an interest in a Nigerian oil producing asset. This is one example of its experience in natural resources (including oil and gas), thanks to the presence of key partners Brendan Ringrose and Therese Rochford. The firm is also known for SME deals, and has a strong background in technology, cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Cillian Balfe leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Cillian Balfe

Other key lawyers:

Brendan Ringrose; Therese Rochford; Brian Cunneen


‘We consider that the Whitney Moore corporate team provides a very high-quality and responsive service and is capable of handling complex multi-jurisdictional M&A mandates.

‘Brendan and his team were extremely responsive, fully understood the relevant UK corporate law and regulatory background, and managed the transaction superbly. We have since referred other clients to Brendan and his team on UK / Irish transactions.’

‘Whitney Moore have a strong corporate team, who provide excellent legal advice with good commercial and industry understanding.’

‘Brendan Ringrose is a leading figure in the natural resources sector in Ireland.’

‘We had a very high pressure deal, which the team at Whitney Moore led by Cillian Balfe handled exceptionally well. I have worked with many law firms in Ireland, the UK and the US over the years and this was by far the most cohesive, organised and responsive group I have used. They got the balance of team size to be fast and efficient while ensuring the calibre of outcome. The team adapted to our preferred style immediately which made things very effective and straightforward.’

‘Cillian Balfe is an effective professional with a personal touch and strong awareness of the inter-personal and other elements at play during the deal. The legal prowess was strong, but the complete service and awareness of all stakeholders was exceptional. A well briefed, well prepared cohesive team in Ireland. The late nights were never a problem or challenge.’

Key clients

Glencore plc

San Leon Energy plc

Pineapple Power Corporation plc

Vega & Wallace Limited

Independent Stave Company Limited

NEP Group Inc.

Scania Finance Ireland Limited

O’Flaherty Group

Sindice Limited t/a Siren

ID Pal Limited

Data Chemist Limited trading as Terminus DB

Adventus Mining Corporation.

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

Canali Menswear

U.S. Oil and Gas plc

Mc Cambridge Limited

Primemount PT Limited

My Compliance Office

Instant Upright

Dublin City FM

Unigestion SA

Caleo Private Equity Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised San Leon Energy on its re-admission to the AIM market, the approval of a reverse takeover by San Leon shareholders, a reorganisation and the acquisition of an interest in a Nigerian oil producing asset.
  • Advised the shareholders of Betapond on the sale of the company to Kargo.
  • Advised the shareholders of Openback, the Irish growth company, to Twitter.

Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Whitney Moore has an impressive mix of domestic and international clients that frequently turn to it when involved in disputes and contentious situations. The firm has a particularly strong record in intellectual property, particularly patent and trade mark infringement cases, and banking disputes. Aoife Murphy and Robin Hayes are IP specialists, while Colin Hayes  impresses in the broader commercial litigation field. Brendan Moriarty  retired from the partnership in December 2021 to become a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Aoife Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Robin Hayes; Colin Hayes; Michael Ohle; Vicky Riordan; Brendan Moriarty; John Lynch; Aine Kelly


‘In terms of dispute resolution, my business works a great deal with Colin Hayes and Aine Kelly. While I have found all staff at Whitney Moore to be highly proficient in their respective areas of expertise, Colin Hayes and Aine Kelly have gone above and beyond in their efforts to resolve complex matters for us in circumstances where, I believe, other firms would have given up.’

‘Great team able to react quickly to difficult matters and with a very practical mindset.’

‘Colin Hayes is a bright lawyer, able to find solutions in very complex disputes.’

‘WM were recommended to us, we have found them incredibly supportive of our business, good listeners, offering options, engaging external personnel as required and bringing resolutions to a close.’

‘Colin Hayes is our prime contact, always responsive, very clear in his responses and evaluations of the issues to be resolved.’

‘Highly responsive, attentive, and a strong sense of them being partners in our legals challenges.’

‘Michael Olhe – excellent insolvency solicitor. Very responsive and a strong negotiator.’

‘The team take a practical but thorough approach to their work. They are easy to deal with, speak in plain English which is helpful when trying to understand the finer details of legal documents.’

Key clients

Allianz PLC

Novartis AG

Bentley Instruments SARL

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Edwards Lifesciences Inc.

Etex Ireland Ltd

Waterwipes UC

Daimler AG

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Bulrush Horticulture Ltd

Bank of Ireland

Ireland > Employment Tier 3

Whitney Moore handles matters related to workforce reorganisation, termination arrangements, TUPE, equality and corporate immigration, among other areas. It regularly advises many public sector clients and private employers from the manufacturing, retail and hospitality sectors. Managing partner John Lynch has experience in handling employment terminations of senior executives. Emma Richmond is another name to note. Since publication, Marie Claire Scullion left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Emma Richmond

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Glen Dimplex Group

Ammega Group

Industrial Development Agency Ireland

Merrion Hotel

Wide Eye Media

Agora Publishing

Best Western Hotels

Independent Vetcare Limited

Motor Distributors Limited

Moss Bros Plc

Richmond Marketing Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Openback on its sale to Twitter.
  • Advised IDA Ireland on the employment law aspects of the establishment of the Advanced Manufacturing Centre (Ireland).
  • Advised a high-growth technology company on employment mediation.

Ireland > Real estate Tier 3

Whitney Moore’s real estate department handles issues arising from landlord and tenant matters and the residential sector for a wide variety of domestic and international clients. The team works closely with the firm’s corporate and litigation departments to provide holistic advice on corporate transactions with substantial property elements and property-based disputes. Rory McDonald heads the practice and advises on all aspects of commercial property transactions; he is supported by senior associate Cathy McFadden  who has longstanding experience of working with property investors, landlords and occupiers, lending institutions, and housing associations.

Practice head(s):

Rory McDonald

Other key lawyers:

Cathy McFadden


‘Whitney Moore LLP is very quick to act on any issue or setback.’

‘The real estate team at Whitney Moore LLP is approachable and trustworthy and has a broad range of expertise. Even at short notice, the team is always willing to assist.’

‘Cathy McFadden is friendly, dependable, responsive and has a huge amount of technical knowledge. Cathy has the ability to simplify complicated real estate transactions.’

‘The team is capable and diligent. Very experienced real estate practice with a range of expertise in corporate real estate, transaction and lease.’

‘Rory McDonald is attentive and thorough. He is clear on raising issues and problem-solving where required. Works hard in the client’s interest.’

Key clients

YOYO Capital

Whinsfield Holdings

Pen Light Construction

Homare International Real Estate

Permanent TSB

Hermitage Investment Trust

Quanta Capital

Claremont Newclub

Glen Dimplex

Irish Life Investment Managers

IDA Ireland

Round Hill Capital

The Housing Agency

Five Guys Ireland

PJ Hegarty Group




Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Banks

Ulster Bank


Merrion Hotel

Claire’s Accessories

Foundation Quay ICAV

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

OSLO Beauty

3 Dental

Sona Nutrition Group

Fayman Europe

Sempre Group

Pepper Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised a Round Hill Capital/SFO Capital Partners JV on the forward purchase of in excess of 80 PRS (single family residence) units.
  • Advised a Round Hill Capital on the acquisition of over 40 PRS (single family residence) units.
  • Advised Independent Vetcare Ireland Limited on the acquisition of numerous veterinary practices in Ireland.

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
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Cillian Balfe photo Mr Cillian Balfe Cillian is a partner in and head of Whitney Moore’s Corporate team. …
Robert Carroll photo Mr Robert Carroll Robert is a solicitor in Whitney Moore’s Corporate team. He has experience…
Gerry Carroll photo Mr Gerry Carroll Gerry is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team.  He is…
Niall Coleman photo Mr Niall Coleman Niall is a consultant in Whitney Moore’s Real Estate team.  He advises…
Julie Fitzgerald photo Ms Julie Fitzgerald Julie is an associate in Whitney Moore’s Real Estate and Insolvency and…
Colin Hayes photo Mr Colin Hayes Colin is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team.  He advises clients…
Robin Hayes photo Mr Robin Hayes Robin is a partner in Whitney Moore’s IP team.  He practises in…
Emma Heron photo Ms Emma Heron Emma is a partner and Head of Whitney Moore’s Real Estate and…
Barry Heslin photo Mr Barry Heslin Barry is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Real Estate team.  He specialises…
John Lynch photo Mr John Lynch John’s practice is in the area of litigation and employment, benefits and…
Rory McDonald photo Mr Rory McDonald Rory is a partner in and head of Whitney Moore’s Real Estate…
Cathy McFadden photo Ms Cathy McFadden Cathy is an associate in Whitney Moore’s Real Estate team.  She has…
Brendan Moriarty photo Mr Brendan Moriarty Brendan is a litigation specialist with over 30 years’ experience in plaintiff…
Emma Morrison photo Ms Emma Morrison Emma is an associate in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team.  She has…
Aoife Murphy photo Ms Aoife Murphy Aoife is a partner and head of Whitney Moore’s IP team and…
Frank O'Reilly photo Mr Frank O'Reilly Frank is Consultant in the firm’s Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring and Private…
Michael Ohle photo Mr Michael Ohle Michael is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team as well…
Sophie Quinn photo Ms Sophie Quinn Sophie is an associate in Whitney Moore’s Corporate team. She has experience…
Emma Richmond photo Ms Emma Richmond Emma is partner in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team and co-Head of…
Brendan Ringrose photo Mr Brendan Ringrose Brendan is a partner in Whitney Moore’s corporate team.  He specialises in…
Vicky Riordan photo Ms Vicky Riordan Vicky is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team.  She is…
Therese Rochford photo Ms Therese Rochford Therese is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Corporate team. She manages a…
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)