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Ireland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Hayes Solicitors

Hayes Solicitors has 'a strong team with in-depth knowledge and experience in all areas of banking law', which handles real estate finance, corporate restructuring arrangements and loan sales. The 'impressive' Michael Hanley is acting for a domestic financial institution on the renegotiation and amendment and restatement of a senior facility agreement with an Irish corporate. Associate Catherine Jane O’Rourke is an 'excellent solicitor' who 'inspires confidence in her work'. John Glynn left for an in-house role.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Hayes Solicitors

Ken Casey leads the practice at Hayes Solicitors, which counts domestic and international companies such as Unilever, Primark and Bank of Ireland among its clients. The team is particularly strong in the media, retail and advertising sectors, and also acts for several high-profile sports personalities and professional bodies. Managing partner and head of commercial David Phelan, Joe O’Malley and Laura Fannin are also key contacts.

Leading individuals

Ken Casey - Hayes Solicitors

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Hayes Solicitors

Mary Hough and Joe O’Malley lead the 'down-to-earth' and 'exceptionally thorough' team at Hayes Solicitors. O'Malley and new partner Jeremy Erwin are 'approachable, grounded and sensible'; the duo are acting for one of the defendants in litigation arising from the collapse of various Belfry Property Funds. Hough, Louise O’Rourke, Caroline Crowley (who has 'keen intellect and extensive experience in this area') and recently promoted partner Martha Wilson specialise in healthcare cases.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Hayes Solicitors

The team at Hayes Solicitors ‘works very well together as a unified whole’. ‘Extremely responsive’ practice head Breda O’Malley ‘has an extremely comprehensive knowledge of all TUPE-related issues and wider employment law’; she and ‘extremely clear and concise’ consultant Gill Woods recently advised the Citizens Information Board. With ‘a good understanding of human behaviour’, Anne Lyne is ‘truly an expert in employment law’, particularly in the education space, where she is representing two teachers in an equal pay case which the Labour Court referred to the European Court of Justice.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Hayes Solicitors

The team at Hayes Solicitors is known for its expertise in clinical negligence defence, as well as its strong record in professional discipline work in the healthcare sector. Practice head Mary Hough specialises in high-value catastrophic injury claims; other recommended lawyers are Caroline Crowley, Louise O’Rourke and Kevin Dunne, who heads the healthcare regulatory team. The Medical Protection Society, the State Claims Agency and Dental Protection are key clients.

Leading individuals

Mary Hough - Hayes Solicitors

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Insolvency and corporate restructuring
Insolvency and corporate restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Hayes Solicitors

Hayes Solicitors’ team impresses with its ‘strong client service' and ‘specialist skills in the restructuring and litigation areas’, which is reflected in its high number of contentious receivership instructions and its defence of acquirers of loan portfolios. Joe O’Malley is the new practice head following the departure of Alan O’Sullivan to Maples and Calder. Jeremy Erwin was promoted to partner in May 2018.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Hayes Solicitors

Under the lead of Mary Hough and Joe O’Malley, the team at Hayes Solicitors is highly specialised in healthcare litigation, representing the State Claims Agency and the Medical Protection Society in a high volume of cases. The healthcare team has been bolstered by the arrival of a number of new solicitors as well as the partner promotion of Martha Wilson. Caroline Crowley, Louise O’Rourke, Stephen McGuinness and Matthew Austin are the other key contacts. Hilary Muldowney left for the State Claims Agency.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Hayes Solicitors

The IP team at Hayes Solicitors is very active on the advisory side, particularly in the advertising sector, where Laura Fannin is advising various advertising agencies on the potential infringement of proposed advertisements and other marketing activities for well-known brands. Practice head David Phelan, who is also a registered trade mark agent, advises Primark on copyright, design and trade mark matters. Jeremy Erwin was promoted to partner in May 2018.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Hayes Solicitors

Managing partner David Phelan heads the practice at Hayes Solicitors, which advises on defamation, data protection, privacy and contempt law, broadcasting licensing and advertising. The Irish Times is a key client; the team provides the newspaper with pre-publication advice and handles defamation matters and complaints to the Press Council of Ireland. In relation to advertising, key clients include McVitie's, Nestlé and Pepsi. Joe O’Malley and Laura Fannin are the other key members of the team.

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Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 4

Hayes Solicitors

Hayes Solicitors' public sector practice is particularly strong in relation to healthcare matters; Joe O’Malley is acting for the State Claims Agency (SCA) in a series of proceedings brought by thalidomide survivors, and Mary Hough, Caroline Crowley and Louise O’Rourke are also noted for their expertise in the defence of medical negligence claims. O'Malley is also representing the SCA in a group of linked public liability cases relating to allegations of historic child sexual abuse. Jackie Buckley advises a number of state agencies on their property requirements.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Hayes Solicitors

Hayes Solicitors is active in the logistics and telecoms space, but retail is where the firm demonstrates particular strength, advising multinational retailers such as anchor client Primark on its Irish property portfolio. In another instruction, ‘consistently excellent’ practice head Jackie Buckley assisted Laura Ashley with the negotiation of a 20-year lease for its new flagship store in Cork. The team also advised on a number of receiver sales. Tomás Nyhan made partner in May 2018. Rachel Niall left for the Chief State Solicitor's Office.

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