Firm Profile > Fieldfisher > Dublin, Ireland


Planning and environment Tier 2

Formerly McDowell Purcell, Fieldfisher's planning and environment practice is praised for its 'strong client focus', and is predominantly acts for semi-state entities and governmental clients. Key recent matters the team has been involved in include defending An Bord Pleanála in a judicial review challenging the permission granted for a LNG terminal, and acting for the Environmental Protection Agency in the prosecution of Dulux Paints regarding a breach of an industrial emissions licence. The team is jointly led by Zoe Richardson and JP McDowell. Alan Doyle departed to become a barrister.


‘The practice has a strong client focus and works hard to establish a rapport and develop an understanding of client needs’. 


Key clients

An Bord Pleanála

Environmental Protection Agency

Office of Planning Regulator

Employment Tier 3

Fieldfisher launched its Dublin office in May 2019 through a merger with McDowell Purcell. The team, which acts for a number of international clients, recently advised KPMG on data protection matters for its employees. The firm also handles employment matters for domestic organisations including Eirgrid and Bank of Ireland. Practice head Barry Walsh is 'clear in his approach and recommendations' and works with clients including AIG and EY. Julie Austin is another name to note.


‘Our contact at Fieldfisher is someone I know I can reach out to and get a quick reply/update. Often when we get in touch the information is required ASAP and Barry – even if he is busy/in court- will respond as soon as he can and makes himself available as soon as possible. He understands our business and will always identify any risks and red flags. He is clear in his approach and recommendations.’

Key clients

LCC Group



Bank of Ireland


Vanderbilt Industries




Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Fieldfisher, which entered the market following its merger with McDowell Purcell in May 2019, is active in the renewable energy sector, advising on intellectual property, regulation and agreements for projects in this area. The firm's work includes a large amount of project finance, including advising Galetech on the finance and construction of a wind farm, as well as power purchase agreement and construction matters. Clients range from wind farm developers to semi-state entities and banks, including Hamburg Commercial Bank and Allied Irish Bank. Feilim O’Caoimh heads the team.


‘Elaine Traynor is highly professional and follows through on commitments made. She leads her team well and is good at allocating tasks to associates as required whilst retaining the overall responsibility’.

Key clients

Galetech Energy Developments Limited

Tullynamoyle Wind Farm II Limited

Gweedore Wind Farm Limited

Allied Irish Bank Plc

WED Castle Limited

Hamburg Commercial Bank AG

Close Leasing Limited

North West Wind Limited

Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 3

Fieldfisher, which entered the market following its merger with McDowell Purcell, handles a range of contentious and non-contentious issues in the restructuring and insolvency space. The practice has been appointed to a number of panels, including the Bank of Ireland's invoice discounting panel and the Insolvency Service of Ireland. The practice, which is 'experienced and pro-active in the market', is headed by Mark Woodcock, who is 'a great person to have on your side.'


‘What makes this firm exceptional is its responsiveness and deep technical knowledge of complex insolvency legislation and case law.’

‘Proactive, highly skilled, experienced and personable.’

‘We value Mark Woodcock for his responsiveness and ability to carve out solutions for complex problems.’

‘Experienced and pro-active in the market.’

‘Mark Woodcock is our main contact and is well respected & always available.’

‘Mark Woodcock is a highly experienced lawyer in the area of Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring and a great person to have on your side. He takes a high personal interest in cases’

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

KBC Bank Ireland

KBC Enforcement Panel

NAMA Enforcement Panel


Duff & Phelps

Baker Tilly

Friel Stafford

McStay Luby

Insurance Tier 3

Fieldfisher entered into the Irish market through its merger with McDowell Purcell in May 2019. It acts for insurers, underwriters and self-insured entities on a range of claims, including professional negligence, employer liability, and catastrophic injury. The practice is led by Killian O’Reilly, who is 'a very commercially focused lawyer', experienced in managing casualty and professional negligence claims. The 'highly competent' team also includes the 'very professionalMark Kelly and 'very proactive' solicitor Emma Falloon, who was a recent arrival from McCartan Turkington Breen in Belfast.


‘Highly competent, proactive, multidisciplinary and accessible law firm.’

‘The defence litigation team in Fieldfisher adopt a very proactive approach to case management & resolution. Advices are always clear and concise, and they are very specific in determining and agreeing next steps and actions in order to keep cases moving towards resolution – either by way of settlement or hearing as appropriate. They are a leader in driving face to face engagement with clients to facilitate portfolio review to ensure all cases are kept active and with a clear strategy in place.’

‘I deal with Killian O’Reilly and Mark Kelly, and they work well as a team. They are attentive and very professional. They have the experience to deal with other Solicitors and push the cases along.’

‘A highly commercially focused firm. Clear and concise ligation advice for insurance defence cases. Clear strategy and management of insurance defense files. Always bottom line focused. In our experience their written opinions are the gold standard in the market.’

‘I work with Killian O’Reilly and Mark Kelly. They are both highly effective litigation solicitors in whom clients can have full confidence that client interests are at the forefront of their priorities. Both are excellent communicators, negotiators and fighters when need be. The quality of their legal and strategic advice is excellent.’

‘Killian O’Reilly is always on top of the cases he manages. He is pragmatic in his outlook and is very clear in his advices. Emma Falloon is also very proactive in how cases are managed, and provides regular updates on cases as they develop. Fieldfisher are a trusted partner and work closely with us to assist in delivering the best economic outcome to claims on a case by case basis.’

‘Killian O’Reilly is a very commercially focused lawyer. He gives clear advice in all cases and is always able to maintain a balanced and economic view of litigation. He can always provide insight of how things actually work, rather than legal theory. Excellent ability to understand our firm’s culture and strategy. Great high level concise view of the market and realistic outcomes in a legal process.’

‘Killian O’Reilly is always available to discuss cases with efficient turnaround times. He is bottom line focused which is rare in the legal sector.’

Key clients


XS Direct Insurance



Public sector Tier 3

The 'exceptionally experienced' practice at Fieldfisher has a longstanding reputation for acting for professional regulators, but has expanded its client base to include a number of industry regulators. Fitness to practise and professional disciplinary hearings are a key area for the team, which also handles enforcement actions, judicial review proceedings, investigations, and regulatory and data protection advice. Key contacts include JP McDowell, who has expertise in advising start-up regulators; Eimear Burke, whose experience includes defending individuals in investigations; Sinéad Taaffe, who acts for public bodies across the healthcare, education and finance sectors; and the 'excellent' Barry Fagan, who has expertise in fitness to practise cases.


No other firm has the experience of dealing with regulatory matters that Fieldfisher has built up over many years. The firm is also unique in the breath of sectors it deals with. The experience of the Fieldfisher team is exceptional. It has strong, knowledgeable and experienced leadership in abundance.

They have essential knowledge of the regulatory sector and the unique dynamics of the public sector. The firm are also committed to providing exceptional service at all times.

Fieldfisher’s Dublin team are experts in the area of professional regulatory law and their turnaround time on work is excellent.

Barry Fagan is an excellent legal adviser – he provides sound advice, is very good technically and has a calm approach to all of his meetings. We find his advice and support invaluable, particularly in the fitness to practise area.’

Regardless of the scale and scope of his workload, we always get Barry Fagan’s individual attention. He shows good judgement, he is smart and I take comfort knowing that I’m being listened to carefully and advised in the most efficient way.

Key clients

Legal Services Regulatory Authority

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman

Veterinary Council

Teaching Council

Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board

Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland

Dental Council

Central Bank of Ireland

Law Society of Ireland

Charities Regulator

Real estate Tier 3

Fieldfisher is particularly active in the social housing sector, advising government agencies and local authorities on residential properties. Its 'responsive and dedicated' team also handles the property-related aspects of renewable energy projects, including wind farms and biomass developments. The practice is led by Breen Purcell, who concentrates on sales and disposals, and Paddy Smyth, who works on transactions and real estate finance.


‘The team at Fieldfisher have been responsive and dedicated to our complex property matters. The team bring a depth and breath of experience under one roof, meaning we have a one-stop shop for our conveyancing needs. The attention to detail and timely responses to demanding legal queries has been second to none.’

Banking and finance Tier 4

Fieldfisher made its entry into the Irish market in May 2019 through its merger with local firm McDowell Purcell. Its 'experienced, responsive and very knowledgeable' banking team focuses on secured lending, property and development finance, and project finance in the renewable energy sector, with a particular expertise in advising on the financing of wind farms. The practice is jointly led by Breen Purcell, who has extensive experience in property finance; renewable energy expert Feilim O’Caoimh; and Paddy Smyth, who has expertise in loan sales and acquisitions.


Fieldfisher are experienced, responsive and, most importantly, very knowledgeable. They have demonstrated an excellent understanding of the banking and finance sector. Whilst they are protective of their clients’ interests, they have a pragmatic approach and the business acumen to offer practical advice to ensure transactions are not unduly delayed.

Breen Purcell and Paddy Smyth are excellent. They both have a thorough understanding of the banking sector and are offer practical guidance through each transaction.’

Key clients

Galetech Group

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Having entered the Irish market through a merger with local firm McDowell Purcell, Fieldfisher is particularly strong in M&A in the energy sector. The team also advises on corporate restructuring, private equity and venture capital investments, outsourcing,  joint ventures and shareholders' agreements, and corporate governance. Other areas of expertise include technology, retail, healthcare, and food and beverages. Practice head Feilim O’Caoimh has significant experience in the renewable energy sector.

Key clients

Galetech Energy Developments Limited

Hibernia Services Limited t/a Evros

Tullynamoyle Wind

Ohshima Ireland Limited

Expert Hardware Limited

Coillte Teoranta

Kedington Limited

Hamburg Commercial Bank

Insomnia Limited

KBS Software

IDA Ireland

Dispute resolution Tier 4

The team at Fieldfisher is particularly active in banking and insolvency litigation and professional negligence claims, and also handles shareholder disputes, contentious landlord and tenant matters, planning disputes and insurance defence cases. The practice has also seen an increase in mediation work, and in procurement litigation and judicial reviews arising from tenders. Killian O’Reilly, who has a particular specialism in claims arising out of cyber crime, leads the practice.


The team are always there to respond. Our matter was quite small in value terms but this made no difference to the level of support given.

Killian O’Reilly is a safe pair of hand who manages to retain his composure during high-tension negotiations.

Key clients

Friel Stafford Accountants

Newbridge Tyre & Battery Co Limited

Go Rentals

Forrest & Co, Chartered Accountants

Causeway Geotech Limited

Ryanair DAC

TUI Group

Carroll’s Irish Gifts

Northern Foods Grocery Group Limited t/a Fox’s Biscuits


Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Breen Purcell
Corporate and commercial Feilim O'Caoimh
Data protection and freedom of information Julie Austin
Dispute resolution and litigation Killian O'Reilly
Employment Barry Walsh
Insolvency and restructuring Mark Woodcock
Private client Breen Purcell
Public and regulatory JP McDowell
Public and regulatory Eimear Burke
Public and regulatory Barry Fagan
Public and regulatory Sinead Taaffe
Real estate Breen Purcell
Renewable energy Feilim O'Caoimh
Employment Julie Austin
Planning & Environmental Zoe Richardson
Energy and Natural Resources Elaine Traynor
Number of lawyers : 54