Whitney Moore > Dublin, Ireland > Firm Profile

Whitney Moore
2 Shelbourne Buildings
Crampton Avenue
D04 W3V6

Ireland > Intellectual property Tier 1

Whitney Moore’s intellectual property team has a core strength in contentious IP litigation. The practice acts for a sizeable client base of pharmaceutical companies in complex patent litigation, including handling the Irish elements of multi-jurisdictional disputes, and also provides pre-litigation advice and assistance with the protection of patents and supplementary protection certificates. In addition, the team is instructed by Irish and international clients in trade mark and copyright infringement claims. ‘Experienced litigatorAoife Murphy and the ‘knowledgeable and talentedRobin Hayes jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Aoife Murphy; Robin Hayes


‘For many years, Whitney Moore have offered a high-quality service in IP to their clients.’

‘This firm is particularly strong in its IP practice.’

‘Robin Hayes has represented some household Irish brands in IP litigation in Ireland, and is hailed as an expert in this particular field.’

‘Very responsive and practical.’

‘A friendly and helpful team who strive to outwit the other side, with better quality arguments and submissions.’

‘Aoife Murphy is an experienced litigator. Very friendly and helpful. Robin Hayes is knowledgeable and talented.’

Key clients

Merck, Sharpe & Dohme Corp.

Edwards Lifesciences

Novartis AG

Amgen Inc.

F Hoffmann-La Roche, Biogen Inc. and Genentech

EISAI R&D Management Co. Ltd

Generics UK Ltd (Mylan)

Allianz plc

Shamrock Gift Company

Etex Ireland Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Merck, Sharp & Dohme, as the plaintiff, in patent infringement proceedings brought against Clonmel Healthcare (a subsidiary of Stada) in the Commercial Court concerning Merck’s supplementary protection certificate for a combination drug used in cholesterol treatment.
  • Acted for Edwards Lifesciences in patent infringement proceedings before the Commercial Court brought by Evalve Inc (Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc) relating to Edwards’ Pascal transcatheter valve repair system.
  • Represented former shareholders of Labcoast in a dispute arising from a transaction agreement pursuant to which Boston Scientific acquired the patents and other IP relating to Labcoat’s stent coating technology.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Whitney Moore has an especially strong reputation in the natural resources sector, thanks in large part to the presence of Brendan Ringrose and Therese Rochford. Neither are confined to this segment with technology being another area of expertise for them and the wider team. SME M&A work is another forte with Cillian Balfe at the fore in this space.

Practice head(s):

Cillian Balfe

Other key lawyers:


‘They work very hard in the interest of the client and are clearly very professional experienced lawyers.’

‘Brendan Ringrose has a deep understanding of international equity capital markets and of the natural resources sector.’

‘Brendan Ringrose – exceptionally strong corporate lawyer with detailed knowledge of technical matters and a forensic approach to problem solving. Would recommend for complex, non-vanilla M&A transactions.’

‘Brendan Ringrose is highly skilled and dedicated to his clients. He is the only lawyer I have been dealing with – a very fine lawyer.’

‘Under the leadership of Therese Rochford, the firm has a very pragmatic, commercial and service focused approach.’

‘Therese Rochford is excellent. She manages the process very well and bills her time in a very appropriate manner only for value added measures.’

‘High praise for Robert Carroll also who has been nothing but diligent & highly responsive to our needs.’

Key clients

Glencore plc

San Leon Energy plc

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

Canali menswear

U.S. Oil and Gas plc

Mc Cambridge Limited

Primemount PT Limited

My Compliance Office

Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Whitney Moore's sizeable disputes practice has gained a strong standing in banking litigation, intellectual property disputes, data protection cases, insurance defence work, and aviation and motor industry cases. The firm is also active in regulatory investigations in the professional services area and shareholder disputes is another forte for the firm. Aoife Murphy leads the team and specialises in intellectual property cases, particularly patent disputes; Robin Hayes  is another contentious IP specialist. Brendan Moriarty  is a seasoned practitioner with an extensive background in banking litigation.

Practice head(s):

Aoife Murphy

Other key lawyers:

John Lynch; Robin Hayes; Colin Hayes; Michael Ohle; Vicky Riordan; Brendan Moriarty; John Lynch; Marie Claire Scullion


‘Whitney Moore are extremely professional, business oriented and offer excellent value for money. They are one of the best law firms in Ireland and they punch well above their weight.’

‘Just a superb team of people who make navigating through difficult situations less stressful. They have a common sense, can do attitude and want to find the right commercial solution for your organisation.’

‘Excellent accessibility, user friendly service, good attention to detail, diverse and comprehensive expertise.’

‘Brendan Moriarty has an in depth knowledge of banking and land law which he utilises in an efficient and result focused manner, resulting in positive results for litigation clients.’

‘We primarily deal with managing partner John Lynch and partner Marie Claire Scullion. Both are superb individuals, no airs or graces about them and no problem too small for them to deal with. A unique identifier for these individuals is the fact that you get the personal service and not someone lower down in seniority. I could not recommend them highly enough.’

‘John Lynch is an excellent lawyer, wise counsel and superb strategic thinker. There is no better lawyer that you could have on you side.’

‘Stand out attention from partner Colin Hayes, who was exceptional.’

‘Colin Hayes was easily accessible, gave accurate fee estimates, provided commercial advice which was reflective of the larger strategy and was enjoyable to work with.’

Key clients

Allianz PLC

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Novartis AG

Daimler AG

Waterwipes UC

Dolphin Media Ltd

Pyrite Resolution Board

Emerald Contact Centre

Life Insurance Association Ireland CLG

Etex Ireland Ltd

Edwards Lifesciences Inc.

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advised Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp on patent infringement proceedings against Clonmel Healthcare Ltd in the Commercial Court.
  • Advised Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank in its appeal to the Supreme Court against two related judgments of the High Court.
  • Advised WaterWipes UC, the owner of the market-leading WATER WIPES brand, in trade mark infringement proceedings before the Commercial Court.

Ireland > Employment Tier 3

Whitney Moore offers employment advice to many public sector clients and private employers from a range of sectors, including manufacturing, retail and hospitality. The team handles matters related to workforce restructuring, TUPE issues, data protection, immigration, redundancies and equality issues, among others. The team is led by Emma Richmond and Marie Claire Scullion, a specialist in data protection law. Managing partner John Lynch is renowned for assisting with employment terminations of senior executives and complex executive severance arrangements.

Other key lawyers:


‘The advice is always quick, pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Emma Richmond is a real pleasure to work with. Smart, commercial and really personable.’

‘I have always found Whitney Moore (and specifically Marie-Claire Scullion) to be an excellent provider of legal services; responsive and efficiently priced with great access to firm partners as required and excellent relationships with counsel.’

‘I find the team responsive and thorough in their advice.’

‘Excellent attention to detail and thoroughness in considering the legal issues. Very responsive, effective and efficient in dealing with issues for me.’

‘Provides strong personal service, based on knowing their clients and their business.’

Practical, pragmatic approach taken to resolving client issues.

‘John Lynch is very astute in managing employment law issues and focused on achieving the best outcome for the client.’

Key clients

Glen Dimplex Group

Modern Hire

Industrial Development Agency Ireland

Emerald Contact Centre

Merrion Hotel

Wide Eye Media

Agora Publishing

Best Western Hotels

Independent Vetcare Limited

Motor Distributors Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a shareholder and Chief Executive Officer, as a respondent in high profile Commercial Court section 212 (oppression) litigation.
  • Advised Woodberry Capital on the acquisition of Colorman.
  • Advised US tech company Modern Hire on its day to day employment matters.

Ireland > Real estate Tier 3

Whitney Moore is regularly instructed by clients on the acquisition, disposal and leasing of real estate assets. The team has a varied client base, handling matters ranging from advising investment funds on forward acquisitions to assisting the Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency on the development of sites for social housing. Practice head Rory McDonald has a broad practice which also encompasses the financing of real estate transactions. Barry Heslin is another key figure in the team and has practised in this area for almost two decades.

Practice head(s):

Rory McDonald

Other key lawyers:


‘Whitney Moore LLP is a full-service law firm with a strong client focus.’

‘Rory McDonald is an incredibly knowledgeable property lawyer with a deep understanding of Irish real estate matters. He is particularly hardworking and remains constantly focused on his client’s needs. Rory has regularly played a significant role in closing complex and significant transactions for us.’

‘We have worked with Rory McDonald for a number of years and have found his straightforward, practical advice and no-nonsense approach refreshing.’

‘They are available – they answer the phone! They can explain legal issues so as to be understood by lay persons. They are efficient.’

‘Expert and professional advice. Excellent grasp of their areas of practice.’

‘Rory McDonald has great experience and expertise and is clear in his communication with us.’

Key clients

Glen Dimplex

Irish Life Investment Managers

IDA Ireland

Round Hill Capital

The Housing Agency

Five Guys Ireland

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

OSLO Beauty

3 Dental

Sona Nutrition Group

Fayman Europe

Sempre Group

Pepper Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised a Round Hill Capital/SFO Capital Partners joint venture on forward purchase private rental sector transactions comprising in excess of 350 units.
  • Advised Independent Vetcare Ireland, a market consolidator, on the acquisition of numerous veterinary practices in Ireland.
  • Advised Irish Life Assurance plc on a significant office letting in Dublin to the Office of Public Works.

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.

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
Cillian Balfe photoMr Cillian BalfeCillian is a partner in and head of Whitney Moore’s Corporate team. …
Robert Carroll photoMr Robert CarrollRobert is a solicitor in Whitney Moore’s Corporate team. He has experience…
Gerry Carroll photoMr Gerry CarrollGerry is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team.  He is…
Niall Coleman photoMr Niall ColemanNiall is a consultant in Whitney Moore’s Real Estate team.  He advises…
Julie Fitzgerald photoMs Julie FitzgeraldJulie is an associate in Whitney Moore’s Real Estate and Insolvency and…
Colin Hayes photoMr Colin HayesColin is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team.  He advises clients…
Robin Hayes photoMr Robin HayesRobin is a partner in Whitney Moore’s IP team.  He practises in…
Emma Heron photoMs Emma HeronEmma is a partner and Head of Whitney Moore’s Real Estate and…
Barry Heslin photoMr Barry HeslinBarry is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Real Estate team.  He specialises…
John Lynch photoMr John LynchJohn’s practice is in the area of litigation and employment, benefits and…
Rory McDonald photoMr Rory McDonaldRory is a partner in and head of Whitney Moore’s Real Estate…
Cathy McFadden photoMs Cathy McFaddenCathy is an associate in Whitney Moore’s Real Estate team.  She has…
Brendan Moriarty photoMr Brendan MoriartyBrendan is a litigation specialist with over 30 years’ experience in plaintiff…
Emma Morrison photoMs Emma MorrisonEmma is an associate in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team.  She has…
Aoife Murphy photoMs Aoife MurphyAoife is a partner and head of Whitney Moore’s IP team and…
Frank O'Reilly photoMr Frank O'ReillyFrank is Consultant in the firm’s Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring and Private…
Michael Ohle photoMr Michael OhleMichael is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team as well…
Sophie Quinn photoMs Sophie QuinnSophie is an associate in Whitney Moore’s Corporate team. She has experience…
Emma Richmond photoMs Emma RichmondEmma is partner in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team and co-Head of…
Brendan Ringrose photoMr Brendan RingroseBrendan is a partner in Whitney Moore’s corporate team.  He specialises in…
Vicky Riordan photoMs Vicky RiordanVicky is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Dispute Resolution team.  She is…
Therese Rochford photoMs Therese RochfordTherese is a partner in Whitney Moore’s Corporate team. She manages a…
Marie Claire Scullion photoMs Marie Claire ScullionMarie Claire is  a partner and co-Head of  Whitney Moore’s Employment, Pensions…
Amanda Jane Sweeney photoMs Amanda Jane SweeneyAmanda-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)