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Hayes Solicitors LLP
LAVERY HOUSE
EARLSFORT TERRACE
DUBLIN 2
D02 T625
Ireland

Ireland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Hayes Solicitors LLP has a large and immensely experienced clinical defence litigation team, which features eight partners; Conor Morgan and Lyn McCarthy were recently promoted to the partnership. It has a long history of defending medical negligence claims and has represented the Medical Protection Society for decades and continues to advise key bodies such as the State Claims Agency. The team has extensive experience of product liability claims and catastrophic injury claims. It continues to provide advisory services to hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and dental practices, amongst others. Mary Hough  and Caroline Crowley are highly-rated practitioners, with the latter moving to a consultancy role in 2021, while Louise O’Rourke  is also hugely experienced. Stephen McGuinness  is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Mary Hough

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Crowley; Louise O’Rourke; Kevin Dunne; Stephen McGuinness; Martha Wilson; Katy Meade; Conor Morgan; Mark McCabe; Lyn McCarthy

Testimonials

‘This practice provides an excellent service to their clients. The team are all very professional and helpful. Their knowledge of the healthcare sector and experience in dealing with claims on behalf of the HSE supersedes other practices.’

‘Hayes have a long tradition in the management of medical negligence litigation and the firm is one of the most trusted firms in the defence of medical negligence claims. In addition, Hayes have established a first class reputation with hospitals’ medical staff and medical experts and this is a great ease to the client. Each of the team is accomplished in the defence of medical negligence cases and it is this strength in depth which places Hayes as the leader in the field of medical negligence law firms.’

‘In Hayes, its partners deal with litigation and each of the partners is suitably well-skilled in the defence of medical negligence litigation. Also, Hayes has a tremendous support team to assist the partner managing the litigation. One couldn’t but have great confidence in this firm and the manner in which it manages litigation.’

‘Experience and knowledge of their field of specialisation.’

‘Hayes Solicitors offer an excellent team of highly skilled and experienced lawyers to provide services in the Healthcare and life sciences sector.’

‘The team are extremely professional and highly skilled. They have a vast depth of experience and are aware of how to adequately meet their clients’ needs.’

‘Excellent team, Caroline Crowley, Mary Hough, Martha Wilson, Katy Meade, all great to work with, client management superb and always on top of their brief.’

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection Limited

Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Hayes Solicitors LLP is widely recognised for its healthcare expertise, though it does have a rounded dispute resolution practice centred on public sector, financial services, retail/manufacturing, media, technology and construction. Clinical defence litigation is a major forte for the firm, which has worked on many of the headline cases in this area, with eight partners focused on this segment. Professional disciplinary work is another key area for the firm. Joe O’Malley is managing partner and head of commercial litigation. Mary Hough  is head of healthcare with Caroline Crowley  also prominent in this area.

Practice head(s):

Joe O’Malley; Mary Hough

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Crowley; Matthew Austin; David Phelan; Robbie Slattery; Jeremy Erwin

Testimonials

‘Hayes Solicitors offer a very skilled team of lawyers who have vast expertise in dispute resolution.’

‘They are very astute negotiators and are careful to stay balanced, focused and in control during the process. The team in Hayes have vast experience across all aspects of law and meeting clients’ needs.’

‘Very responsive and client focused. Always willing to listen to clients and always keep clients apprised of developments in cases.’

‘Joe O’Malley is top class. Highly experienced, extremely diligent and always courteous.

‘Jeremy Erwin has a vast amount of experience in this area and is extremely capable and thorough. He knows cases inside out and is always very responsive and well prepared. He is exceptionally personable and grounded and is always a pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend instructing Jeremy for any litigious matter.’

‘Jeremy Erwin is also excellent. Hard working and focused on getting the right result for the client.’

Key clients

Country Manor Hotels Limited

Gary McGuinness and David McGuinness

AIB

Arabic Computer Systems and National Technology Group

Baker Tilly Chartered Accountants

Bank of Ireland

Bord Gais Energy

Clare Civil Engineering

Conor MacGuill

Dental Protection (Healthcare)

EFG Bank AG

Hickey’s Pharmacy Group

Investec

Kirby Healy Chartered Accountants

Medical Protection Society (Healthcare)

NAMA

NCPS

OHM Group

Primark

Robert Stöllinger (former Managing Partner KPMG Budapest)

Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI)

State Claims Agency (Healthcare & EL/PL)

The Irish Times

Tony Kilduff

Unilever

Veterinary Defence Society

Willis Towers Watson

Work highlights

  • Represented the state in high-profile proceedings in relation to the HPV vaccine and Thalidomide claims, all giving rise to complex scientific investigations and novel legal issues.
  • Acted for NAMA in relation to three of its most significant and sensitive cases in the last year, all involving complex legal issues and attracting widespread publicity.
  • Acting for Arabic Computer Systems and National Technology Group, the Middle Eastern Microsoft software reseller, in defence of a commercial court claim by Microsoft Ireland for breach of contract in the liquidated sum of $31m.

Ireland > Employment Tier 2

The employment law group at Hayes Solicitors LLP is renowned for its work across multiple areas including crisis management, TUPE issues, outsourcing and procurement, equality issues, and whistleblowing. It acts for a diverse list of clients from a variety of sectors including retail, logistics, technology, manufacturing and pharmaceutical, and financial services. Breda O’Malley heads the team and stands out for her employment mediation work. Anne Lyne  is experienced in advising on all aspects of the employment relationship from pre-employment matters to termination. Senior associate Mary Gavin has extensive expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters and deals with matters before the Workplace Relations Commission.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Practical approach to client issues, expert knowledge in employment issues, availability of key team members. Transparent billing and collaboration with client.’

‘Accessibility to partners and legal experts. Focused approach, works with the client to seek best dispute resolution approach, provides confidence and reassurance of legal position, particularly note Breda O’Malley and Mary Gavin for providing excellent service.’

‘The firm is client focused and it is excellent at building relationships, understanding the organisations’ needs and demands. Takes a holistic view in relation to complex legal matters and the outcomes required for the business.’

‘Anne Lyne is exceptional within her field. She is quick to assess a given situation and gives clear, practical advice based on an expert legal knowledge.’

‘The team is strong and very approachable. They always take time to go through different options until we feel what is most suitable to us. Always reply to emails in a timely manner. Their experience and knowledge both separately and collectively is so valuable to us. We have trust in the team at Hayes.’

‘Excellent and expert advice given in a very clear, concise and understandable manner. All possible legal options considered and outlined. Open and transparent with billing. Kept up to-date on matters as they progress.’

‘Expertise, friendly, ease of access, availability, ease of communication, transparency and accuracy of billing.’

Key clients

Primark

Unilever

Novo Nordisk

Capita Consumer Business Solutions

Ladbrokes/Entain

DHL

TK Maxx

Aryzta

BDO

Irish College of General Practitioners

College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland

Royal Institute of Architects Ireland

Sandvik Mining & Construction Logistics Plc.

Balfour Beatty Rail / Balfour Beatty CLG

SISK

Utmost Services Ireland Limited

Breedon Cement Ireland Ltd

Tolmar International Limited

FirstCare Ireland Limited (Nursing home chain)

Talbot Health Group

Taconic

Economic and Social Research Institute

Teagasc State

Irish National Teachers Organisation

Leopardstown Park Hospital

Distilled

Macquarie Air Finance

Interserve

Frontline Performance Group

Gaeltec Utilities

SEB Life International

YMCA Dublin

Warburton Technology Limited

Sports Surgery Clinic

Sonas

Three Steps

RxSource Materials

Work highlights

  • Advised Primark on the global transformation of the retail business, terms and conditions of employment, High Court litigation, transfer regulations/TUPE and ongoing employer advisory work.
  • Represented Dublin Business School in defending High Court litigation (judicial review and injunction) involving a former college student and connected with staff of the College.
  • Advised TK Maxx on ad hoc employment law issues, including in relation to employment equality law, data protection, payment of wages and policies and procedures.

Ireland > Insurance Tier 2

Hayes Solicitors LLP‘s firm-wide emphasis on healthcare provides it with the basis for a thriving clinical defence litigation practice, which includes catastrophic medical negligence cases and high-volume claims. It has represented the State Claims Agency and the Medical Protection Society for many years. Product liability, employer’s liability and public liability are also fortes for the team. Robbie Slattery was promoted to partner in May 2021 and has made an excellent impression on clients. Head of litigation Joe O’Malley continues to be highly rated. Mary Hough leads the healthcare litigation group.

Practice head(s):

Joe O’Malley; Mary Hough

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Crowley; Louise O’Rourke; Stephen McGuinness; Katy Meade; Martha Wilson; Robbie Slattery

Testimonials

‘Hayes Solicitors offer a diverse team of lawyers with experience and expertise in all areas of insurance litigation. They are able to draw on every skill required to meet clients’ needs.’

‘Hayes lawyers are unique in that they draw from incredible depths of knowledge and expertise in this area. They offer expert, innovative legal advice to insurers, reinsurers and other service providers in the industry.’

‘Hayes consistently deliver for their clients in providing top quality legal advice and services.’

‘Robbie Slattery is one of the best solicitors in Ireland. His analysis of cases and comprehensive approach is quite simply excellent.’

Robbie Slattery is an excellent solicitor and also an excellent lawyer, who has an excellent grasp of complex legal issues and gives considered and valuable advice to his clients.

‘Joe O’Malley is a first class litigator. In my opinion, he is one of the best in the country in his field. He works hard and has a very good overall understanding of his cases but what sets him apart from others are his shrewd judgment and proactive approach to problem solving.’

‘Joe O’Malley is easily one of the best solicitors in Ireland. He seems to have infinite capacity and always secures his clients’ interests.’

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection Limited

Veterinary Defence Society

Primark

The Irish Times

Bank of Ireland

Investec

Unilever

Work highlights

  • Represented the State Claims Agency in high-profile proceedings in relation to Pandemrix, Magdalene Laundries and Air Corps Chemical Exposure cases.
  • Represented Irish Vets indemnified by The Veterinary Defence Society, a mutual insurance company, in the context of professional disciplinary proceedings.

Ireland > Media and entertainment Tier 2

Hayes Solicitors LLP is well known for its work for The Irish Times, providing comprehensive advice to the newspaper including on pre-publication matters and reporting restrictions. Other key clients include talent and advertising agencies, individual celebrities and prominent organisations, which the team advises on matters including image rights, intellectual property and commercial contracts. David Phelan leads on this advisory work alongside Matthew Austin, while litigation specialist Joe O’Malley represents both media outlets and individuals in defamation proceedings. Laura Fannin focuses on the advertising sector.

Practice head(s):

David Phelan

Other key lawyers:

Joe O’Malley; Laura Fannin; Matthew Austin

Testimonials

‘I found their expertise combined with an outstanding local network of non-legal experts (such as in accountancy and finance) meant you were always guaranteed timely, thorough and actionable advice.’

‘David Phelan was outstanding. As a result of this specific project, I will be recommending our business moves more legal work to David. Working with senior partners from other firms both in Dublin and London, I had come to expect a certain degree of tardiness in responses and rarely felt our matters were a priority. David was the opposite. An expert in his field and a great communicator, he could deliver a precis on the issue at hand quickly and with clear next steps. His attention to detail meant we picked up on a potential commercial issue at an opportune moment that two other independent legal reviewers had missed.’

‘It is their up-to-the-minute expertise and practical approach which makes them stand out.’

‘David Phelan is calm, thoughtful and solution focused. He is a pleasure to work with and is a driver of outcomes. Matthew Austin is well experienced in media matters.’

Key clients

The Irish Times

Tara Studios

Noel Kelly Management

Boys and Girls

United Biscuits

Association of Promotional Marketing Consultants (AMPC)

Publicis

Irish National Teachers Organisation

Nestlé

Institute of Promotional Marketing in the UK

Pepsi

Benecol

Integrated Marketing Communications Council of Europe

MMC Commercials trading as Mitsubishi Ireland

IAPI

CMS

Work highlights

  • Advising The Irish Times in relation to pre-publication and reporting restrictions issues, reviewing articles before they are published on the client’s website or in the print edition.
  • Advising Tara Studios, which is in the process of developing film and television production facilities in Co Wexford, on the first-round investment in the company.
  • Providing legal advice and representation to many of the celebrity talents with Noel Kelly Management, the largest television and radio talent agency in Ireland.

Ireland > Public sector Tier 2

At Hayes Solicitors LLP, the public law team is instructed to represent a broad range of public sector bodies in litigation. The practice has a specialism in healthcare; it is currently engaged by the Department of Health in several high-profile lawsuits relating to the H1N1 and HPV vaccines and thalidomide, and also acts in the defence of medical negligence claims. The team is jointly led by Joe O’MalleyMary Hough, Jackie Buckley and Breda O’Malley. Hough specialises in healthcare-related claims, while Buckley advises public sector bodies on property transactions. Joe O’Malley also serves as head of the firm’s commercial litigation department.

Practice head(s):

Joe O’Malley; Mary Hough; Jackie Buckley; Breda O’Malley

Testimonials

‘Very client focused, responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘Jackie Buckley is very experienced and commercially aware. Very knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Hayes Solicitors offer a highly skilled and expert team who can advise on a wide range of matters in the public sector area.’

‘Hayes have a team of outstanding solicitors who are experts in their field. They are personable and approachable while also being efficient and professional at all times.’

‘The team are incredibly organised and have a unique system of communication between team members.’

‘Attention to detail and organisation.’

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI)

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Department of Health and other defendants in the defence of a series of proceedings relating to the H1N1 swine flu and HPV vaccines and thalidomide exposure.

Ireland > Banking and finance Tier 3

Hayes Solicitors LLP has an extensive record in real estate finance, including acquisition and development finance engagements, along with detailed knowledge of financings in the healthcare and pharmaceutical segments, and experience in financial services regulatory matters. Michael Hanley  is a seasoned professional in financings, including in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hanley

Other key lawyers:

Tim Waghorn; Danny Heffernan

Testimonials

‘Always available for a call to chat through a proposal. Very knowledgeable, Good commercial acumen.’

‘Excellent team with relevant expertise. Always available and go over and above for their clients.’

‘Tim Waghorn & Mick Hanley – very personable. Commercially minded.’

‘I have worked most recently with Danny Heffernan and found him to be excellent – very responsive and helpful.’

Key clients

National Bank of Canada

Allied Irish Banks Plc

Bank of Ireland

Technopath Clinical Diagnostics Holdings Limited / Technopath Manufacturing Limited

Trend Technologies Group

Belatrix Limited/ Santiago Capital

Ulster Bank Ireland DAC

RHD Housing

HBFI

Castlehaven Property Finance DAC

Murphy Geospatial

Aviate Credit Union

DunPort Capital Management DAC

Fédération des Caisses Desjardins du Québec

Grenke Invoice Finance

Timbercreek Ireland Private Debt DAC

Work highlights

  • Advised IIU in relation to fixed shareholder debt/investment into Datalex PLC, a market leader in the digital commerce retail sector.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Hayes Solicitors LLP has a dynamic corporate and commercial practice with deep industry knowledge of a variety sectors, including technology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, media and financial services. Much of its practice centres on transactions in the €25m to €50m range. Ken Casey is a prominent name in the market and has extensive big-ticket M&A experience. David Phelan leads the commercial division and has a strong background in manufacturing and retail.

Practice head(s):

David Phelan; Ken Casey

Other key lawyers:

Laura Fannin; Sabrina Burke

Testimonials

‘They have the experience to match the tasks that I needed from them in the corporate area and they completed those tasks in a thoroughly professional manner.’

‘The Hayes team have supported us in a number of areas including M&A and Commercial Contracts. They have always been extremely responsive and focused on our matters and delivered to extremely tight deadlines.’

‘Partner input at all times.’

‘Personal down to earth approach.’

‘Well regarded for M&A. Ken Casey came recommended to us by respected solicitors in other fields. Willing to explain legal fees to expect in the sale of our business. At a granular level, highlighting where savings may be available.’

‘Ken Casey was exceptional. Approachable and pragmatic in negotiations, avoiding prolonged debate with the other side on minutiae. Encouraging and always available when we needed him. Literally day and night, as were the team.’

‘Ken Casey – highly knowledgeable corporate lawyer with a strong commercial focus. Excellent guidance to clients on complex legal matters and transactions.’

‘David Phelan and Laura Fannin are supportive, practical and pragmatic, with deep roots in the local market.’

Key clients

Technopath Clinical Diagnostics

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc

Charter Medical Private Hospital Limited

MontLake Holdings Limited

LCM Partners Limited

Steelworks Investments Limited

Vigo Health Limited

Blackrock Insurance Solutions Limited

Imagine Marketing Promotions Limited t/a Honey & Buzz

Envetec Sustainable Technologies Limited

Tara Studios Limited

IIU

Aviate Credit Union

Cyclomedica Europe Limited

MBO Partners Limited

Primark

The Irish Times

Unilever

DHL

Bank of Ireland

Premier Parking

Principal Insurance

Busy Bees Childcare / Giraffe Childcare

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Technopath Clinical Diagnostics on the sale of the company to LGC Science Ireland Limited.
  • Advised Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc on the Irish law elements of its acquisition of Nordeus Limited.
  • Acted for Steelworks Investments Group on its restructuring – advised on ancillary complex commercial agreements for this purpose, including loan agreements, security documents, shareholders agreements and share purchase agreements.

Ireland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Hayes Solicitors LLP's data privacy practice provides advice to clients on day-to-day matters including the collection and processing of customer data, the use of cookies and data transfer agreements. Other areas of expertise in the team include data subject access requests and data breaches. Laura Fannin leads the team and is supported by colleagues from the firm’s commercial practice.

Practice head(s):

Laura Fannin

Testimonials

‘The ability of the solicitors to advise and guide clients is outstanding; this reflects their detailed knowledge of the subject matter.’

‘The solicitors we engage with are competent, able and responsive people who listen and advise wisely.’

Key clients

Lisney

SIMI

Renrew Ltd

Joe Duffy Motors

Windsor Motors

The Irish Times

A.Menarini Pharmaceuticals Ireland Ltd

My Home.ie

Greyhound Recycling

The College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland

Spirit Motor Group

Jaguar Landrover Ireland

Deloitte

Motor Distributors Ireland Limited

Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland

Association of Promotional Marketing Consultants in Ireland

TBWA Dublin

Publicis

Ogilvy

Boys & Girls

ESRI

State Claims Agency

Mitsubishi Motor Company

INTO

Aviate Credit Union

Credit Union Managers Association

Senator Windows

Peugeot Ireland

Medi Checks

Work highlights

  • Advising Take2 Interactive Software UK on the Irish law elements of its acquisition of Nordus for up to $378m, including undertaking a data protection due diligence review of the target.
  • Providing day-to-day advice to The Irish Times on its compliance with data protection and privacy law.
  • Providing day-to-day advice to MyHome.ie, Ireland’s leading property and homes portal, in relation to all data protection and e-privacy issues.

Ireland > Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 3

Hayes Solicitors LLP continues to demonstrate a fervent commitment to the insolvency and restructuring field, frequently representing insolvency practitioners in significant liquidations. It is also regularly engaged by financial institutions and creditors, private equity firms and asset managers. It has an established record in the Commercial division of the High Court. Joe O’Malley and Jeremy Erwin  are experienced figures in the area.

Practice head(s):

Joe O’Malley

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Irwin; Michael Kelly

Testimonials

Hayes solicitors LLP and in particular its Insolvency and corporate restructuring practice have a highly experienced team with a wealth of insolvency knowledge. They consistently provide excellent commercial advice, concise recommendations based on strong legal rationale and are always very responsive.

‘An excellent insolvency team – very responsive and knowledgeable. Proactive. Good commercial/technical advice.’

‘Jeremy Erwin – An excellent insolvency lawyer. Very responsive.’

Joe O’Malley – A very experienced and astute insolvency solicitor.

‘We have worked very closely with Joe O’Malley and Michael Kelly on a recent complex and contentious case and found them to be very accessible, responsive and commercial in their approach.’

Key clients

AIB

Baker Tilly Ireland

Bank of Ireland

Cerberus/Promontoria

Country Manor Hotels Limited

Deloitte

Duff & Phelps

Everyday Finance DAC

Feniton Property Finance DAC

Goldman Sachs

Grant Thornton

Hydromine Inc.

Kirby Healy Chartered Accountants

KPMG

Mars Capital

Mazars

NAMA

Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) DAC

Promontoria / Cerberus

PwC

Smith & Williamson

Work highlights

  • Represented NAMA in the high-profile defence of a claim for what is, in essence, a public law challenge to various decisions made by NAMA and a constitutional challenge to the legislation establishing NAMA and upon which their decisions were made.
  • Advised Liam Dowdall of Smith & Williamson (as liquidator) in relation to the Galtee Fuels and Dominar Group liquidations.
  • Acted for Launceston Property Finance DAC & Ken Tyrrell of PwC in complex commercial court proceedings arising from indebtedness to Launceston and enforcement steps in relation to underlying loans and security.

Ireland > Real estate Tier 3

The real estate practice at Hayes Solicitors LLP is noted for the breadth of its work, handling matters in sectors including retail, logistics, healthcare, infrastructure, education and social housing. The team is active both in the acquisition and sale of assets and in leasing matters; it is regularly instructed by receivers to advise on the disposal of real estate. Key figures in the team include practice head Jackie Buckley and Áine Coghill, both of whom are experienced in handling complex matters involving issues such as unclear titles.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Buckley

Other key lawyers:

Áine Coghill; Camilla Leigh; Fiona Shipsey

Testimonials

‘Hayes’ real estate team were very effective in completing our recent lease transaction. Communication was excellent throughout and the team were proactive and always available. Very pleasant to deal with and good value for money.’

‘In-depth knowledge and experience in dealing with property matters. Ability to respond promptly to requests for advice. Very easy to deal with and explain the process clearly.’

‘The individuals in the team are very willing to help out at short notice and provide valuable advice. They will always detail the pros and cons when deciding to take any action and there is always a sense that they care about the client. I have a lot of experience dealing with Jackie Buckley and would always value her advice. She has constantly demonstrated a clear-thinking, professional manner in dealing with various property issues.’

‘Flexibility, commitment, communication and availability has always been excellent. Access to partners has been readily available and always in a professional and courteous manner.’

‘Jackie Buckley is very experienced and commercially aware. Very knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Due to Covid-19, most of our contract negotiations took place during lockdown or limited easement of restrictions. Hayes could not have been more accommodating, flexible and proactive in facilitating virtual meetings between some or all parties, video calls, signing of documents and witnessing of signatures, while all the time maintaining full professionalism even though it must have been very challenging with individuals working from home. It would have been very easy for our project to come to a halt but Hayes kept it all going.’

‘Camilla Leigh has excelled in her management of our deals despite the ever-changing directions we are taking. She has made herself available while on annual leave and nothing is ever a problem for her. I don’t get any problems, only solutions, which is what I want from my solicitors.

‘Fiona Shipsey was excellent throughout the transaction and was extremely proactive in chasing the other side to complete the transaction on time. Her communication was very clear at all stages and her advice was always tailored to meet our business needs.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading multinational retailer on its property transactions in Ireland, including sales, acquisitions, landlord and tenant issues, disputes, rights of way, development sites, property litigation support and general property advisory work.
  • Acted for the various companies within a leading logistics group in relation to their property requirements in Ireland.
  • Acted for a large telecoms client in relation to the disposal of a number of sites and warehouses, along with the negotiation of numerous leases across the country in strategic locations.

Ireland > Intellectual property Tier 4

Hayes Solicitors LLP‘s intellectual property team is highly active in advising clients from the media, entertainment and advertising sectors on trade mark protection and commercialisation. The practice also assists clients including technology and consumer goods companies with the registration of trade marks and brand management. David Phelan leads the team and has longstanding relationships with a number of major Irish media companies. Jeremy Erwin and Laura Fannin, who has a particular specialism in the advertising sphere, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

David Phelan

Other key lawyers:

Joe O’Malley; Matthew Austin; Jeremy Erwin; Laura Fannin; Cian Clinch

Testimonials

‘I am very happy with the relationship with Hayes and find them extremely knowledgeable on matters of media law including copyright.’

‘Matthew Austin is very helpful, professional and knowledgeable.’

‘The Hayes team has an outstanding client service ethos that combines professionalism and attention to detail with approachability and a deep understanding of the client’s business objectives. There is a consistent excellence throughout the team and a willingness to engage with routine requests as well as the more challenging, complex matters. A particular strength is the clarity of their communications and their ability to present strategic and pragmatic options in a manner which greatly helps with our decision-making processes. Hayes stands out for its demonstrable commitment to technical excellence delivered with a personable professionalism in every aspect of the practice. They choose their team members well and nurture talent in an exceptional manner.’

‘Jeremy Erwin is clearly very knowledgeable, and consistently demonstrates his capacity for delivering strategic and practical advice in an accessible and timely manner. He proactively offers good ideas and we never need to chase for project updates. We have also benefitted from the input of senior partners David Phelan and Joe O’Malley, both outstanding practitioners in this and other commercial fields.’

Key clients

Primark

NK Management

The Irish Times

Ogilvy

Publicis

Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland

Vision Consulting

Daring Boys and Girls Limited

Newspaper Licensing Ireland Limited

The Irish Cancer Society

ISQua – International Accreditation Body

Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI)

TBWA Dublin

The Association of Promotional Marketing Consultants in Ireland

TK Maxx

Unilever

United Biscuits

Way2Pay

Work highlights

  • Advising Primark on intellectual property issues, including both non-contentious matters and contentious issues.
  • Advising NK Management on image rights, performance rights, programme content, copyright, trade marks and inventions.
  • Acting as the sole legal adviser to The Irish Times on a wide range of intellectual property matters.

The firm: Hayes solicitors provides a comprehensive range of legal services to corporate, public and private clients in Ireland and internationally, especially in the UK. The firm enjoys a strong reputation for long-standing advisory relationships, handling complex mandates, providing strategic advice and representing clients in high value litigation.

Areas of practice: The firm’s commercial and business team advises a high quality, diverse client base including public and private corporations, multinationals, banks and financial institutions, private equity investors, partnerships, charities, start-ups and small traders. Hayes provides a full range of corporate and commercial legal services, from company formation and regulatory advice, to M&A support, IP, outsourcing arrangements and a wide range of day-to-day corporate law advisory matters.

Hayes has a strong and growing reputation in litigation and dispute resolution and represents clients in commercial disputes of all kinds. The team includes specialists across the firm covering commercial and business, defamation and media, employment, and medical law. The firm is especially active in commercial and high court insolvency/receivership, property, medical and professional negligence cases. Hayes has a number of trained mediators.

The Hayes employment law team advises and represents employers and employees, companies, trade unions and staff/management associations on the full range of workplace issues. The firm is recognised as a leading adviser on TUPE regulations and works extensively on company restructuring, re-organisations and issues arising from the transfer and outsourcing of businesses and staff. Hayes represents clients in leading cases before the Irish employment law forums and courts at all levels.

The firm’s property team offers a wide range of services including sales and purchases and leases of commercial property. Clients include international and national retailers, large multinationals, property developers, semi-state bodies, charities, banks and other financial institutions, and receivers. Advice covers all aspects of property transactions and projects, including M&A and distressed property scenarios.

The Hayes banking and financial services team advises on corporate borrowing facilities, acquisition finance transactions, working capital facilities, property finance, syndicated lending, corporate restructuring and workout arrangements, consumer credit and retail banking, and asset-based secured lending. The firm represents leading financial institutions, including the pillar banks, private equity investors, loan asset servicing managers, statutory bodies and insolvency practitioners.

The firm has one of the largest and most experienced multidisciplinary healthcare practice in Ireland, specialising in managing clinical negligence claims, inquests, Medical and Dental Council complaints and disciplinary hearings, tribunal hearings, medico-legal and ethical issues, and contractual/employment matters. Hayes acts for leading indemnifiers the Medical Protection Society, Dental Protection Limited and the Veterinary Defence Society. Hayes also acts for the State Claims Agency, defending high value and complex claims against hospitals and representing the interests of clinicians and nurses.

The firm’s insolvency and restructuring team offers an integrated service with expertise from banking, litigation, commercial and property.

Hayes has one of Ireland’s leading practices in media, defamation, privacy, reputation management and contempt law. The firm advises and represents The Irish Times in print and digital formats, and provides pre-publication advice to book publishers, TV and film makers and advertisers.

The Hayes team provides specialised advice on data protection queries, including obligations under the GDPR, drafting, reviewing and updating data protection notices, privacy and policies, consent forms, agreements and addressing data protection concerns in outsourcing and commercial transactions.

The firm has a strong regulatory and administrative law practice, advising statutory bodies on their duties as well as representing members in professional inquiries and disciplinary hearings.

Hayes has one of the most experienced and widely respected family law practices in Ireland.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and financial services Michael Hanley
Commercial litigation Joseph O'Malley
Commercial litigation Matthew Austin
Commercial litigation Jeremy Erwin
Commercial property Jackie Buckley
Commercial and business David Phelan
Commercial and business Laura Fannin
Commercial and business Matthew Austin
Corporate Ken Casey
Corporate David Phelan
Corporate Sabrina Burke
Commercial litigation Robbie Slattery
Data protection Laura Fannin
Data protection Matthew Austin
Dispute resolution/risk management Caroline Crowley
Healthcare regulatory Kevin Dunne
Commercial litigation Matthew Austin
Regulatory and administrative David Phelan
Regulatory and administrative Joseph O'Malley
Regulatory and administrative Kevin Dunne
Employment Breda O'Malley
Employment Anne Lyne
Healthcare Mary Hough
Healthcare Caroline Crowley
Healthcare Louise O'Rourke
Healthcare Stephen McGuinness
Media and defamation David Phelan
Media and defamation Joseph O'Malley
Mergers and acquisitions Ken Casey
Mergers and acquisitions Sabrina Burke
Insolvency and restructuring Joseph O'Malley
Insolvency and restructuring Jeremy Erwin
Commercial and business Cian Clinch
Healthcare Martha Wilson
Healthcare Stephen McGuinness
Healthcare Conor Morgan
Healthcare Katy Meade
Property Aine Coghill
Property Jackie Buckley
Banking and Financial Services Michael Hanley
Healthcare Lyn McCarthy
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Matthew Austin photoMr Matthew AustinPartner in the Commercial & Business team at Hayes solicitors. He is a highly skilled litigator across…
Jackie Buckley photoMs Jackie BuckleyPartner and Head of Property and Private Client Jackie advises clients in…
Ken Casey photoMr Ken CaseyPartner
Caroline Crowley photoMs Caroline CrowleyPartner in the Healthcare department and Head of Regulatory & Administrative Law…
Kevin Dunne photoMr Kevin DunnePartner in the Healthcare team at Hayes solicitors, Kevin has substantial court and litigation experience, having acted…
Jeremy Erwin photoMr Jeremy ErwinPartner
Laura Fannin photoMs Laura FanninPartner in the Commercial & Business team at Hayes solicitors. Laura advises clients…
Michael Hanley photoMr Michael HanleyHead of the Banking and Financial Services team at Hayes solicitors. Michael…
Mary Hough photoMs Mary HoughPartner and Head of the Healthcare team at Hayes solicitors. She specialises…
Anne Lyne photoMs Anne LynePartner with the Employment team at Hayes solicitors. Anne has considerable experience advising…
Stephen McGuinness photoMr Stephen McGuinnessPartner in the Healthcare team at Hayes solicitors. Stephen specialises in the defence of…
Joseph O'Malley photoMr Joseph O'MalleyJoe is Manageing Partner and Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution. Joseph…
Breda O'Malley photoMs Breda O'MalleyPartner with extensive experience in advising clients of our Corporate and commercial…
Louise O'Rourke photoMs Louise O'RourkePartner in theHealthcare team. Louise specialises in high value complex clinical and dental…
David Phelan photoMr David PhelanDavid is Head of the Commercial Business Law Team. David advises on…
Martha Wilson photoMs Martha WilsonMartha is a partner in the Healthcare team at Hayes solicitors. She…
Number of lawyers : 68
International Practice Group
Contact : Joe O'Malley (Managing Partner)