Firm Profile > Hayes Solicitors > Dublin, Ireland

Hayes Solicitors
LAVERY HOUSE
EARLSFORT TERRACE
DUBLIN 2
D02 T625
Ireland

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

The 'excellent' Hayes Solicitors has a strong reputation for clinical defence litigation, handling medical negligence claims, inquests and fitness to practise inquiries for medical professionals and leading indemnity bodies. The team is also increasingly active in product liability claims, and advises on commercial compliance and corporate governance issues in the healthcare sector. 'Wonderful' practice head Mary Hough specialises in sensitive catastrophic injury and cerebral palsy claims. Other key contacts are Caroline Crowley and Louise O’Rourke, who have expertise in medical negligence claims and professional disciplinary hearings; regulatory specialist Kevin Dunne; and the 'first-class' Stephen McGuinness, who handles medical and dental negligence claims.

Testimonials

The team provide expert advice in a manner that clinicians understand. They are approachable, non-judgmental and provide clear direction. The service experienced to date has been excellent. It is an excellent firm to work with and I feel we are in good, safe hands.

Mary Hough is really wonderful.

Katy Meade is fantastic to work with. She is an excellent listener, and is also very clever, has a superior knowledge base, and is talented and professional.

Organisation and attention to detail

Standouts include Mary Hough, Katy Meade, Louise O’Rourke, associate Conor Morgan and solicitor Laura Mathews.

They have a systematic and disciplined approach to case management.

Commitment and professionalism.

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Hayes Solicitors' 'exceptional' team has handled a variety of high-profile commercial cases, including product liability claims, financial disputes and enforcement proceedings, and insolvency litigation. The practice has a strong track record for representing state bodies, and also acts for leading Irish commercial organisations, insolvency practitioners and funds. The team also has notable expertise in clinical defence litigation. 'Brilliant litigator' Joe O’Malley has experience in large-scale litigation and cross-border cases, while Mary Hough and Caroline Crowley specialise in the healthcare sector.  The team's strong junior ranks include Matthew Austin, who has expertise in professional regulatory matters, Jeremy Erwin, who is experienced in enforcement and recovery actions, and ‘first-class’ senior associate Robbie Slattery.

Testimonials

The litigation and dispute resolution team at Hayes Solicitors are exceptional. They are unmatched in the industry in terms of delivering instructions to barristers and ultimately achieving the very best for each and every client.

Robbie Slattery is a first-class solicitor delivering the very best in legal services to clients. As part of Joe O’Malley’s team, he offers top-class legal advice and assistance. I have been part of many cases which have resulted in extraordinary outcomes for clients which is largely down to the hard work and skill of Robbie and Joe.

Hayes are unique in that they combine excellent litigation advice while remaining calm and clear minded.

Joe O’Malley is a brilliant litigator. His advice is carefully considered. He remains calm and cool even under serious pressure. In contentious and difficult cases, Joe is the man you want in the trenches.

Key clients

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection

State Claims Agency

Bank of Ireland

Investec

OHM Group

Primark

Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI)

The Irish Times

Unilever

Veterinary Defence Society

Goldman Sachs

Carval

AIB

Willis Towers Watson

Tony Kilduff

Baker Tilly Chartered Accountants

Clare Civil Engineering

Kirby Healy Chartered Accountants

Employment Tier 2

'A dedicated team with extensive expertise in a range of areas', Hayes Solicitors advises companies on both contentious and non-contentious matters, and has argued cases before the High Court and the European Court of Justice. Practice head Breda O’Malley is valued by clients for her 'straightforward and practical approach'. Anne Lyne is a 'trusted partner' who is particularly experienced in advising educational institutions, and consultant Gill Woods led on a number of matters including the employment implications of restructurings.

Testimonials

‘Irrespective of the nature of the support required, they consistently present quality subject matter experts who guide us through the process in the most compliant manner ensuring that we achieve our objectives. Hayes have a good understanding of the culture of our organisations and the logistics business in general.’

‘For me what makes this practice unique is the way in which their lawyers appear to become invested in their clients. I have had many matters where Hayes felt as invested in them as my company did.’

‘Hayes provide us with excellent advice and support in relation to employee relations matters. Their knowledge in employment law is extensive. They disseminate this knowledge in a clear and practical matter which is relevant to the individual organisation.’

‘Hayes are extremely responsive and have a good commercial approach. They provide the right balance between being thorough and practical. The teams at Hayes are also quick to propose solutions whenever a problem arises.’

‘A dedicated team with extensive expertise in a range of areas. The team’s client-focussed approach ensures that they respond efficiently, expediently and effectively. Anne Lyne grasps complex employment law matters particularly in the education sphere and presents it in a clear, crisp and concise manner to clients.’

‘Anne Lyne has been the partner we have worked with on projects both simple and highly complex. Through her professionalism and sound advice we consider her a trusted partner in these matters. She has earned our trust.’

‘I have personally dealt with Breda O’Malley, Anne Lyne, Niamh Cassidy and James Kelly. Their technical knowledge is second-to-none and their engagement at a personal level is very easy. They are approachable and become very invested in their clients.’

‘I would mainly deal with Breda O’Malley. Breda has outstanding knowledge of our organisation and applies this to her employment law knowledge. Breda can disseminate complex matters very clearly and applies a practical approach in doing so. This is so important in the nature of our work when dealing with complex employee relations issues. She is highly responsive and this again is important to us as often times we have very little turnaround time on employee relations matters and we need to act fast. Breda’s straightforward and practical approach also ‘puts you at ease’ when dealing with complex matters. I would highly recommend Breda.’

Key clients

Primark

Unilever

CPM Omnicom

Capita

Ladbrokes

DHL

Novo Nordisk

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Hayes Solicitors is well known for its representation of The Irish Times, but also advises leading brands, advertising agencies, publishers and film makers. The team provides pre-publication advice, assists with advertising and marketing matters, including agency contracts and sponsorship and licensing agreements, and handles defamation and contempt proceedings. It has also been increasingly active in advising on contract supply agreements between media organisations. 'Excellent' practice head David Phelan has expertise in pre-publication advice, advertising, media contracts and copyright.

Testimonials

David Phelan is an excellent lawyer, who is pragmatic and responsive to his clients’ needs.

Hayes offers a full service and punches above its weight.

Key clients

The Irish Times

Primark

Unilever

United Biscuits

Benecol

Association of Promotional Marketing Consultants (AMPC)

Noel Kelly Management

Nestlé

Institute of Promotional Marketing in the UK

TJX Europe

Pepsi

NewsBrands Ireland

Integrated Marketing Communications Council of Europe

Mitsubishi

Lewis Silken LLP

IAPI

Banking and finance Tier 3

Hayes Solicitors' 'extremely strong' banking team focuses on acquisition and commercial real estate finance, with particular expertise in the healthcare sector. The team also handles corporate restructuring and workouts and loan sales and acquisitions, and has been active in an increasing number of multi-jurisdictional transactions. The practice's client base includes large domestic banks, alternative lenders, corporates and SMEs, and developers. 'Excellent and pragmatic' practice head Michael Hanley is experienced in domestic and cross-border acquisition finance.

Testimonials

The banking team are extremely strong. Mick Hanley has excellent experience and the team are particularly specialised in assisting in transacting with alternative lenders.

Mick Hanley is an excellent and pragmatic lawyer with excellent interpersonal skills and technical knowledge.

The team at Hayes are highly professional and their knowledge and expertise is exceptional. They are friendly, approachable and responsive, and we feel we can trust and rely on them implicitly. The team works very well together. They are supportive and collaborative and can be counted upon in all situations.

Solicitor Catherine O’Rourke and Michael Hanley are very professional and capable and provide an excellent level of service. They consistently go above and beyond. They are approachable and helpful in all ways and have an incredible depth of knowledge in their field.

The service provided is of high quality, timely and accurate with the relevant team always available to discuss the advice provided.

Mick Hanley is well known within the industry as a reputable solicitor who provides well-structured, clearly documented advice, and, most importantly for me, he is always available to discuss and attend meetings as required. Mick has excellent associates supporting him and overall a strong team around him.

Hayes have a partner-led service with excellent support lawyers.

Michael Hanley has an astute, solution-driven approach.

Very knowledgeable deal team who communicate points clearly and concisely and provide solutions to issues. Very quick responses and proactive rather than reactive. Friendly team with a positive, can-do attitude.’

Very informed, aware of the market, positive attitude and hardworking

Very proactive, efficient and quick to revert back on any queries

Associate Tim Waghorn and Catherine Jane O’Rourke are very good at following up with the borrower’s legal team, ensuring a smooth and quick closing.

Very solution focused. Where a problem is identified a solution is always presented.

Good communication and access to partners is never an issue.

The team’s availability to deal with ad hoc queries was excellent.

The individuals really take ownership of their case – even though timelines were tight at different stages, they always managed to meet the target. The individuals took a really personal interest in the client, and stayed very close to the specifics of the transaction throughout.

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Banks

Ulster Bank Ireland

Investec Bank

Global Fashion

IIU

Tigers Childcare

Platinum Gyms

IBRC (SL)

Hudson Advisors (Lone Star)

Pepper Asset Servicing

Castlehaven Property Finance

Timbercreek Ireland Private Debt

NIBC Bank

Capita Asset Services (Ireland)

St Joseph’s Irish Airports & Aviation Credit Union

Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank

Bank of Ireland Commercial Finance

Santiago Capital

Murphy Surveys

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

'Efficient, responsive, thorough and trustworthy', the team at Hayes Solicitors has been involved in a number of significant recent acquisitions and disposals in the Irish market. The team also advises on group restructurings, joint ventures and private equity investments, with a roster of longstanding clients including multinationals and major domestic companies. Areas of expertise include retail and manufacturing, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, media and sport. Corporate head Ken Casey 'brings an abundance of experience' to his advice for private and quoted companies. Managing partner David Phelan heads the commercial side of the practice and is noted for his strength in the media and sports sectors.

Testimonials

They go beyond just answering the questions you have to really understand the context of the situation to ensure they give the best advice and service.

Partner led and available, with a strong team behind the partner.

Very commercial in application while guiding the client through the key issues.

The team at Hayes always make themselves available at the shortest of notice.

Ken Casey’s professionalism, experience, ability to take a holistic and balanced view of any situation, and clarity stand out.

Hayes give clear, pragmatic, partner-led advice to clients.’

Ken Casey is a very experienced corporate lawyer across M&A and capital markets who gives clear, frank advice.

Efficient, responsive, thorough and trustworthy. They punch way above their weight.

Joe O Malley and solicitor Ruth Prendeville in the commercial department showed great attention to detail.

The team is responsible, practical and commercial in their approach. The friendly, down-to-earth approach is refreshing and encouraging.

Ken Casey and his team exemplify the commercially sensible approach of the firm as a whole.

The team was very approachable and easy to work with. They took a very commercial and practical approach to the project, and we were able to get access to big firm knowledge and expertise in a smaller, more personal environment. As Hayes is a full-service law firm, the team were able to bring in experts in other areas as needed.

The approach of Ken Casey and his team was very personal and client centred.’

Ken Casey brings an abundance of experience in corporate and commercial law and transactions to Hayes. He is very down to earth and easy to work with. He is client focused and will always try to find a practical solution. He is also very commercially minded and has a great way of explaining the issues and the options to the lay person. It’s great to have access to such talent and expertise outside the larger law firms.

Ruth Prendeville is recommended. She is very knowledgeable and experienced in the area of commercial law. She was also very easy to work with and took a very pragmatic approach.

Key clients

IIU

NCPS | Nationwide Controlled Parking Systems Ireland

Giraffe Childcare Unlimited Company

Fulfil

Way2Pay

The Irish Fairy Door Company

International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua)

Primark

The Irish Times

Premier Parking

Hyundai

Unilever

DHL Global Forwarding (Ireland), DHL Express, DHL Supply Chain

Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Bank of Ireland

Society of the Irish Motor Industry

Ladbrokes

St Joseph’s Irish Airports and Aviation Credit Union

TJX Europe

Mitsubishi

Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 3

Hayes Solicitors' insolvency and restructuring team works on contentious and non-contentious matters including examinerships and liquidations. The firm has argued cases before the High Court, representing both Nama and private clients in cases with cross-border elements. Practice head Joe O’Malley 'has the great combination of a cool head and a sharp legal mind'.

Testimonials

‘Hayes is unique in that it combines excellent legal advice with practical and approachable staff. The Hayes lawyers are very pleasant to work even in difficult cases. As a litigant, court can be stressful so being supported by cool heads makes an enormous difference in complex and challenging cases.’

‘Joe O’Malley is calm personified. He has the great combination of a cool head and a sharp legal mind. He is the man you want beside you in the tricky, contentious cases.’

‘Michael Kelly is a great lawyer. His writing is precise and clear. He is very responsive and diligent. He is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

AIB

Baker Tilly Ireland

Bank of Ireland

CarVal Investors

Cerberus/Promontoria

Close Brothers Finance

Deloitte

Duff & Phelps

Grant Thornton

Goldman Sachs

KPMG

PwC

Pepper Asset Servicing

Insurance Tier 3

Hayes Solicitors specialises in contentious medical claims, particularly representing the State Claims Agency. In addition, the practice also acted for the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation in a case involving alleged defects in housing. The practice is led by Mary Hough, who specialises in healthcare litigation, and Joe O’Malley, who handles commercial litigation. Louise O’Rourke is another key contact, and healthcare specialist Katy Meade was recently promoted to the partnership.

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection Ltd

Veterinary Defence Society

Primark

The Irish Times

Bank of Ireland

Investec

Unilever

Royal Institute of the Architects in Ireland

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation

Intellectual property Tier 3

Hayes Solicitors'strong collection of skilled lawyers' specialise in advisory work on intellectual property matters, working with large multinationals and domestic Irish companies. While it is particularly active in the media sector, with clients including The Irish Times and Noel Kelly Management, it is active for clients in a variety of sectors including advertising and software. David Phelan heads the practice and Laura Fannin provides 'very professional and meaningful legal support and advice'. Jeremy Erwin advises clients on commercial and business law matters, including IP, and is another name to note. Other clients include Primark, Publicis and Ogilvy.

Testimonials

‘Hayes solicitors always make you feel like you’re their only customer, giving expert advice on complex issues from GDPR to contract negotiations.’

‘All advice is clear, understandable and provided in a friendly format’

‘A strong collection of skilled lawyers who are able to address most of our legal requirements. There is also a personal touch and a willingness to listen to our input.’

‘They listen, reflect and then advise. They take the time to get to know the problem and you feel you are genuinely getting the appropriate advice after due consideration. I would particularly note in this case Breda O’Malley and Matthew Austin.’

‘Worthy of particular note are Matthew Austin, Laura Fannin and Mary Gavin. What separates Hayes from other firms in my view is the integrity of all the team and the ethical approach they employ in all advice and opinions.’

‘Laura Fannin from Hayes works with us and she is always willing to go the extra mile for us. Laura takes the time to fully understand the commercial challenges or issues we may be dealing with and this helps Laura give us very professional and meaningful legal support and advice.’

Key clients

Unilever

The Irish Times

Primark

Way2Pay

Society of the Irish Motor Industry

The Irish Fairy Door Company

Publicis

TK Maxx

Public sector Tier 3

Hayes Solicitors' clients include state agencies and regulatory bodies. The team has particular expertise in the healthcare sector, where it has represented state bodies in high-profile clinical negligence and product liability claims, as well as representing professionals and regulators in fitness to practise proceedings. Joe O’Malley acts for public sector clients in financial  and product liability litigation; Mary Hough specialises in healthcare; and Jackie Buckley advises on property and insolvency matters, including advising Irish government agencies on acquiring property as part of major inward investments.

Testimonials

The team at Hayes take a deep interest in their client’s business and have a proactive attitude.

David Phelan, Breda O’Malley and Joe O’Malley all have excellent area knowledge and work to advise us in a direct and meaningful way.

A firm which delivers far above its scale in the Dublin market.

Joe O’Malley inspires confidence. He is lightning quick to see the wider implications of a course of action – an excellent lawyer.

Associate Robbie Slattery is one to watch for the future. A very solid and capable adviser.

Associate Fiona Shipsey is practical and responsive.

Key clients

State Claims Agency

Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI)

Real estate Tier 3

Hayes Solicitors acts for high-profile clients including Primark, DHL and Yo! Sushi, working particularly in the retail sector. The practice advises on matters including property transactions, commercial leasing and finance, with practice head Jackie Buckley handling investment advice and Tomás Nyhan specialising in transactions and financing. New partner Aine Coghill has acted for large financial institutions and semi-state companies.

Testimonials

‘The team at Hayes are very responsive, and always available to take a call at short notice. Fiona Shipsey has been a great individual to work with on a complex case.’

‘The firm’s commitment to completing transactions while minimising risk to the client is a key strength. Any issues are set out early and clearly explained. The firm’s follow up and engagement with solicitors is second to none and updates on the status of a transaction are always readily available.’

‘What makes the individuals different from competitors is their commercial experience and application of that commercial experience together with their extensive legal knowledge and experience.’

‘Good customer attention and understanding.’

‘I value the wide and in-depth knowledge / experience provided by what is a relatively small firm – compared to some of their peers. The benefit for me as a client – and one of the key differentiators – is the level of communication and responsiveness.’

‘Provides quality, commercial legal advice at reasonable rates.’

‘Both Jackie Buckley and Tomas Nyhan are extremely responsive and have a good commercial approach. They provide the right balance between being thorough and practical.’

‘Jackie Buckley is very approachable and provides in-depth relevant advice often considering the worst-case scenario.’

Key clients

Primark

Giraffe Childcare Unlimited Company

Bartra Property (Ireland) Ltd

DHL Supply Chain (Ireland) Ltd

DHL Express (Ireland) Ltd

CHQ

Clare Civil Engineering

Molton Brown

Yo! Sushi UK Ltd

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and financial services Michael Hanley
Commercial litigation Joseph O'Malley
Commercial litigation Matthew Austin
Commercial litigation Jeremy Erwin
Commercial property Jackie Buckley
Commercial property Rachel Niall
Commercial and business David Phelan
Commercial and business Laura Fannin
Commercial and business Matthew Austin
Corporate Ken Casey
Corporate David Phelan
Corporate Sabrina Burke
Corporate Robbie Slattery
Data protection Laura Fannin
Data protection Matthew Austin
Dispute resolution/risk management Caroline Crowley
Dispute resolution/risk management Hilary Muldowney
General litigation Kevin Dunne
General 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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Matthew Austin  photo Mr Matthew Austin
Ms Jackie Buckley  photo Ms Jackie Buckley
Mr Ken Casey  photo Mr Ken Casey
Ms Caroline Crowley  photo Ms Caroline Crowley
Mr Kevin Dunne  photo Mr Kevin Dunne
Mr Jeremy Erwin  photo Mr Jeremy Erwin
Ms Laura Fannin  photo Ms Laura Fannin
Mr Michael Hanley  photo Mr Michael Hanley
Ms Mary Hough  photo Ms Mary Hough
Ms Anne Lyne  photo Ms Anne Lyne
Mr Stephen McGuinness  photo Mr Stephen McGuinness
Ms Rachel Niall  photo Ms Rachel Niall
Mr Tomás Nyhan  photo Mr Tomás Nyhan
Mr Joseph O’Malley  photo Mr Joseph O’Malley
Ms Breda O’Malley  photo Ms Breda O’Malley
Ms Louise O’Rourke  photo Ms Louise O’Rourke
Mr David Phelan  photo Mr David Phelan
Ms Martha Wilson  photo Ms Martha Wilson
Ms Gill Woods  photo Ms Gill Woods
Number of lawyers : 52
International Practice Group
Contact : David Phelan (managing partner)

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