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Caroline Crowley

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Hayes Solicitors

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Healthcare, Regulatory & Administrative Law


Partner in the Healthcare department and Head of Regulatory & Administrative Law Caroline practises in and advises on a wide range of legal areas, and has over 25 years’ experience in civil litigation with particular emphasis on professional negligence including medical, dental and veterinary negligence. Caroline has extensive experience in complex cerebral palsy and high value catastrophic injury claims on behalf of hospitals. She also advises on disciplinary hearings before the Medical, Dental and Veterinary Councils and on ethical issues. Caroline has acted in a number of High Court challenges of decisions of the Medical Council which resulted in chanes to the Council’s practices and procedures. Caroline also has an interest in alternative dispute resolution and is accredited as a mediator by CEDR (the English Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution). She has lectured on various topics including claims handling, informed consent and the Medical Practitioners Act. Caroline has assisted a number of clients in successfully lobbying the Minister for Health and the Minister for Justice in relation to proposed legislative enactments. She is a French and Italian speaker.


Italian, French


Law Society of Ireland - Member of the Guidance and Ethics Committee
CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) Accredited Mediator
Irish Commercial Mediators Association
Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
Physician Insurers Association of America.


BA (Hons) University College Dublin
Professional Diploma in Legal Studies
Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 1988
Accredited Mediator, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution(CEDR)


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

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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Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

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.

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Within: Insurance

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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Public sector

Within: Public sector

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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