Mr David Phelan > Hayes Solicitors LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Hayes Solicitors LLP
D02 T625

Work Department

Corporate and commercial, Intellectual property, EU and competition, Media and defamation


David is Head of the Commercial Business Law Team. David advises on a wide range of commercial law issues and represents clients in commercial disputes. He advises on general corporate and commercial matters and has particular experience in the manufacturing and retail sectors. David also has considerable experience in dealing with competition law issues and has represented numerous businesses and individuals in Competition Authority investigations and criminal prosecutions. He has extensive experience in advising on intellectual property rights issues and is a registered trade mark agent. He also advises on regulatory matters, and is a key member of the firm’s media and defamation team. David frequently lectures on these areas, including tutoring in commercial law with the Law Society of Ireland, and works closely with clients in providing training to their personnel.


Law Society of Ireland
Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Law Society
Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (UK)
A founding committee member of the Health & Safety Lawyers Association of Ireland
Former member of the Business Law Committee of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
Former member of the Business Opportunities Task Force of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce


BCL, University College Dublin 1995
Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, Law Society of Ireland, 1998

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.

Ireland > Media and entertainment

(Leading individuals)

David PhelanHayes Solicitors LLP

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.

Ireland > Intellectual property

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.