Firm Profile > ByrneWallace LLP > Dublin, Ireland

ByrneWallace LLP
88 Harcourt Street
Saint Kevin's
DO2 DK18
Ireland

Employment Tier 1

ByrneWallace LLP stands out in the Irish market for the wide variety of clients that it provides employment advice to, including state bodies, trade unions and prominent private sector companies. In addition to handling matters such as redundancies and employment disputes, the practice has recently been engaged in work related to the Covid-19 pandemic; this has included advising on immigration issues resulting from border closures and the impact of changes to regulations on employment. The sizeable team is led by Michael Kennedy. Other notable individuals include 'pre-eminent practitioner' Michelle Ní Longáin and the 'highly experienced and competent' Deirdre LynchLoughlin Deegan, Emmet Whelan and Elaine Kelly are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Ní Longáin; Deirdre Lynch; Loughlin Deegan; Emmet Whelan; Elaine Kelly

Testimonials

‘We work with Emmet Whelan in this firm and he is very responsive, always adopts a practical common sense approach and is very adept at measuring risk and dealing with it appropriately. I find him very thoughtful, flexible and balanced.’

‘The team is very adept at focusing the client on the key challenges and opportunities that arise when we seek their support. I think this is very important in helping us to arrive at satisfactory outcomes whilst keeping fee levels reasonable. They understand our strategic values and goals and are able to help us support and attain these through the approach they bring when advising us. ’

‘Top flight lawyers across the whole spectrum of employment law. The firm is constantly refreshing and renewing itself by adding to the employment law team with a range of excellent new hires from a variety of backgrounds. There are very few firms who have a comparable range of skills across immigration, employment practices, advisory and contentious employment law.’

‘Elaine Kelly is an outstanding and tough litigator. Always on top of her brief, always ahead of the issues and the other side. Not afraid to tell clients what they need to hear, rather than what they want to hear. Elaine has a sabre-like ability to cut to the real issues straight away and see the path through to the end game. Michelle Ni Longain is a pre-eminent practitioner who is at the cutting edge of many aspects of employment law and is hugely knowledgeable about where the law is heading and what the key underlying policy drivers are.’

‘BW is one of the better firm I’ve worked with. The tasks at hand get delivered on time and to the required standard.  I don’t ever hear any complaints about the service provided. I don’t ever feel that there is any “padding” of the work (this is an issue I’ve experienced with other firms). Staff are professional and welcoming.’

‘My primary contacts are Elaine Kelly and Loughlin Deegan. Though the individuals are different in style, I always feel I’m getting the advice I need, with sufficient challenge to ensure that my thinking is challenged positively and that I have a better plan post-meeting. I’m confident in the advice given, know they understand the problem at hand and solutions offered are pragmatic and implementable. Once a course of action is agreed, I know it will be followed up and executed really well.’

‘The ByrneWallace employment team is fast, pragmatic and solutions oriented. Exceptional combination of practical knowledge, deep experience of employment law, litigation, and strategic understanding. It was a pleasure working with them on a complex range of employment matters.’

‘Deirdre Lynch is highly experienced and competent. She delivers appropriate advice in a manner that makes it accessible to the non-expert. She kept our firm informed of all developments throughout or case and was excellent in expressing what she needed from us and any timeframes. Deirdre remained very accessible throughout the process and displayed attention to detail, client care and knowledge.’

Key clients

The Irish Civil Service (under contract with the Irish Government’s Department of Public Expenditure and Reform)

CRH plc

The Irish Times

RTE

Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland

Local Government Management Agency

Smurfit Kappa

The Central Bank of Ireland

The Irish Prison Service

Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

The 'first-class' team at ByrneWallace LLP has continued to expand its client base, adding a number of foreign investors to an impressive roster of pharmaceutical and medical device companies and public bodies. Colin Sainsbury heads the life sciences practice, which has expertise in M&A, fundraisings, licensing and regulatory issues. The health and social care team, which is experienced in litigation, governance and regulation, is led by Sinéad Kearney and also includes mental health law specialist Olive Doyle. Catherine Dowling and senior associate Laura Greene, who has expertise in advising international clients on Irish regulation, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Colin Sainsbury; Sinéad Kearney

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Dowling; Laura Greene; Olive Doyle; Patrick McClean; Daniel Holohan

Testimonials

‘This practice adopts a non-adversarial and solution-based approach to legal problems. Sinéad Kearney stands out because of her innovative use of alternative dispute resolution techniques.’

‘They provide a focused, deep level of knowledge in a very specialised area efficiently, working as a seamless team, so that immediate support is always quickly available. Olive Doyle provides outstanding leadership of this excellent team. Patrick McClean has been consistently helpful and timely in his response.

‘Byrne Wallace is unique in its overall approach. It is one of the few law firms that truly takes a fully holistic approach to the practice of law and integrates legal solutions with practical, workable business solutions to make implementation and operation effective, efficient and compliant.’

‘Colin Sainsbury has impressed me with his client dedication. He approaches the attorney-client relationship like a business/legal partner and not just a lawyer. He is dedicated to overall client success and it shows in every interaction.’

‘Olive Doyle is a strong and experienced partner. She displays great confidence under pressure and achieves consistently good results for her clients. She is widely respected in court by colleagues, the bar and the bench. She is trusted and reliable. Her considerable experience comes through when she instructs or addresses the court.’

‘My experience with the healthcare and life sciences practice at ByrneWallace is that they provide a first-class service in their specialist area in concert with good attention to and understanding of a client’s broader legal requirements, all of which is backed up by a well-resourced, full-service firm with an ethos of attention to client needs. In short, specialist expertise, broad capability and attention to client circumstances combine for an excellent service. I find the team members consistently very competent, responsive, attentive to understanding and responding the client’s requirements, and, critically, they are a pleasure to work with.’

‘I particularly value Colin Sainsbury as a contact partner – I find him very approachable and his depth of expertise, perspective on the life sciences field, and openness to discuss specific needs as well as general concerns, together, give me confidence.’

‘Laura Greene is a top-class senior associate – very experienced, smart, highly skilled, a good communicator, affable, diligent, detailed, practical, responsive, and attentive to the client’s circumstances and needs. I greatly value Laura’s availability and the skill set she brings to the engagement.’

Key clients

PrecisionBiotics Group Limited (formerly Alimentary Health)

Amryt Pharma

ERS Genomics Limited

OneProjects Design Innovation Limited

B. Braun Hospicare Limited

Altan Pharma

Avectas Limited

Artugen Therapeutics Limited

Inflazome Limited

Xeolas Pharmaceuticals

Versono Medical Limited

Neuromod Devices Limited

Meroven Limited

MacuHealth Limited

Q3 Medical Devices

Latch Medical Limited

Phibro Animal Health Limited

Teagasc

Nuvo Pharmaceuticals

Ionics Life Sciences Limited

Pensions and employee benefits Tier 1

Led by Liam Connellan, ByrneWallace LLP is active in advising on the pension implications of corporate transactions, as well as the wind-up and closure to future accrual of defined benefit schemes. The practice also advises trustees on changes to the organisation of pension schemes. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the firm has continued to provide guidance to clients through a series of online workshops, presented to private and public sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Liam Connellan

Other key lawyers:

Loughlin Deegan

Testimonials

‘My experience of ByrneWallace has been of outstanding expertise in their specific field. This along with their attention to the client requirements and quality on case management has led to a loyal client base.’

‘Their key strength is their ability to put pension legal knowledge to use in a practical way. We work with Liam Connellan who is particularly responsive and collaborative.’

‘We worked with Liam Connellan. It is rare to find the combination of such attention to detail and exceptional customer focus in the same individual. Liam personifies this. Loughlin Deegan has very strong technical knowledge, providing clear and concise advice with a practical understanding of our needs.’

‘ByrneWallace are very much customer service oriented, they are knowledgeable and pragmatic and provide timely feedback.’

‘Liam Connellan is our go-to lawyer for pensions. His in-depth knowledge of the industry and all relevant players means he gets the best results for us.’

‘The pensions and employee benefits team has provided succinct and comprehensive advice every time I have dealt with them. The team is highly credible, professional, commercial and has great business acumen. A trusted adviser. Their attentiveness, commerciality and availability is outstanding. The quality of the team is of a very high standard and the depth of knowledge and experience in dealing with complex pensions matters is clearly evident.’

‘Liam Connellan is extremely personable and is very available to clients. He manages all interactions in a professional and commercial manner. He is responsive, very strong at business development and understands its importance to his business clients.’

Key clients

FCR Media Limited

PrecisionBiotics Group Limited (formerly Alimentary Health)

The shareholders of M&M Walshe group

Public sector Tier 1

The 'competent, capable and extremely well-informed' team at ByrneWallace LLP has extensive experience in representing public sector clients in litigation, judicial review proceedings and statutory inquiries, as well as advising on employment issues and public procurement. Its broad client base includes government departments, local authorities, universities and healthcare bodies. Employment specialist Michelle Ní Longáin, who has particular expertise in equality law, leads the team. Litigator Jon Legorburu, Sinéad Kearney, who specialises in childcare and adoption law, and Sean O’Donnell, who focuses on regulatory investigations and enforcement, are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Ní Longáin

Other key lawyers:

Jon Legorburu; Sinéad Kearney; Olive Doyle; Sean O’Donnell; Mark O’Shaughnessy; Martin Cooney; Fergal Ruane; Valerie Hourigan

Testimonials

‘It is an excellent practice in devising innovative solutions for clients.’

‘Sinéad Kearney is very client focused and effective.’

‘The staff at ByrneWallace are competent, capable and extremely well informed. I have not only used them for their expert legal knowledge, but also as a sounding board for concepts or ideas we may be proposing. The scope of knowledge that each member of the ByrneWallace team brings to every meeting is unrivalled.’

‘Their accessibility is second to none. They always deliver on our expectations and the work is always carried out in a pleasant, polite and efficient manner. I rate the individuals I work with extremely highly and trust them with the reputation of our organisation, which is of utmost importance to us.’

‘Readily available for consultation, provide sound advice using their experts in the particular field so the strength and depth of the various teams is impressive.’

‘Sean O’Donnell is a safe pair of hands. Valerie Hourigan is very thorough.’

‘The team has exceptional abilities in relation to public procurement. They also are extremely affable which makes them a perfect match. I work with two individuals who are exceptional at their work, Martin Cooney and Fergal Ruane. They work late into the night to get documents ready to meet our deadlines also.’

‘Sean O’Donnell is approachable and responsive.’

Key clients

Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland

Córas Iompair Éireann

Courts Service of Ireland

Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Dublin City Council

Environmental Protection Agency

Ervia

European Parliament

Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman

IDA

Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority (IAASA)

Irish Prison Service

Kildare County Council

Local Government Management Agency

Longford County Council

Mental Health Commission

NUI Galway

Rotunda Hospital

RTÉ

Teagasc

Trinity College Dublin

TU Dublin (Technological University Dublin, formerly DIT)

University College Dublin

University of Limerick

Waterways Ireland

Westmeath County Council

Real estate Tier 1

ByrneWallace LLP has a proven track record in handling high-value transactions in the real estate space, advising on the sale and acquisition of high-value assets and portfolios. The practice also acts for corporate and public sector clients in the forward purchase and leasing of properties. Practice heads Michael Walsh and Alison O’Sullivan are both active in the growing area of private rental schemes, while Ronan Egan is noted for his work for public sector clients. Michelle McVeigh is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Michael Walsh; Alison O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Ronan Egan; Derville White; Michelle McVeigh; Aoife Hearne; Sheena Beale

Testimonials

‘The team can offer multi-sectorial expertise. It demonstrates excellent communication skills with clients and provides timely response to clients’ instructions.’

‘Michael Walsh, Fergal Ruane and Sheena Beale all showed attention to detail and excellent knowledge of their respective fields. They have demonstrated that they are capable of providing an in-depth analysis of the subject combined with appropriate solutions and complemented by a thorough explanation to the client who might not be familiar with the Irish legal context. ’

‘Exceptional level of service.’

‘Always provide honest solid advice.’

‘Michael Walsh is one the finest real estate lawyers in Ireland and he has built a team of dedicated professionals that are, quite literally, always on-call to deliver. We work with 5 large law firms in Ireland and easily place the real estate team in Byrne Wallace as number one.’

‘Aoife Hearne is an outstanding lawyer, dedicated and hard working, she never misses deadlines and is always available to her clients. A future star.’

Key clients

Lidl Ireland

Dwyer Nolan Developments

LRC Group

HIG Capital LLC

PATRIZIA Immoblien

Twinlite

Quanta Capital

Castlethorn Construction and Chartered Land

AIB Banks plc

Ballymore Group

Banking and finance Tier 2

At ByrneWallace LLP, the 'commercial, responsive and results-driven' team has notable expertise in development finance, as well as transactions involving a number of key sectors in the Irish market, such as social housing, renewable energy and healthcare. Practice head Mark Kavanagh has a particular focus on advising alternative lenders, while other key clients include Irish pillar banks and approved housing bodies. Deirdre McBennett has significant expertise in social housing finance. Also recommended are Paraic O’Kennedy, who is knowledgeable about development and project finance, and Elizabeth Ryan.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kavanagh

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre McBennett; Eileen Prendergast; Paraic O’Kennedy; Elizabeth Ryan; Laura Fitzpatrick

Testimonials

‘Aside from their deep technical knowledge and practical experience they have a very responsive and can-do attitude. Dealing with a combination of lawyers and banks can sometimes make it seem impossible to make progress but the team here are very focused on the end result.’

‘Paraic O’Kennedy has previously worked in-house in the financial sector and this knowledge of both sides of a transaction is invaluable in understanding how far any particular issues can be pushed and challenged. He will always return calls in a timely fashion, even at some times if this is very late in the evening. This type of service and responsiveness is hugely important.’

‘The team I have worked with has been ultra-flexible and available during a protracted negotiation. They have been accessible and instilled confidence in the advice received.’

‘Commercial, responsive, results driven, value for money.’

‘Mark Kavanagh is a very personable lawyer who is always available to help progress a deal. Mark is also very well respected in the banking community in Dublin and is a person that can get things done.’

‘Laura Fitzpatrick is very competent and highly efficient in what are often very time-critical transactions. Laura’s service level is also remarkable.’

Key clients

Amryt Pharmaceuticals DAC

Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) DAC

Allied Irish Banks PLC

Cullaun Capital DAC

LRC Group

Quanta Capital

Acorn Housing

SME Financing and Leasing Solutions DAC

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The 'very strong' team at ByrneWallace LLP is particularly well known for its expertise in corporate transactions in the life sciences space. In addition, it is also highly active in the technology, renewable energy and public sectors. The team has a busy M&A practice and also regularly advises both funds and investees on private equity transactions. Its diverse client base also includes start-up companies, large corporates and public sector bodies. The 'standout' Neil Keenan leads the team, which also includes Gerry Beausang and life sciences specialists Colin Sainsbury and Catherine Dowling.

Practice head(s):

Neil Keenan

Other key lawyers:

Gerry Beausang; Colin Sainsbury; Catherine Dowling; Eamonn Carey

Testimonials

‘I have always found Byrne Wallace and their team to have such a wide range of knowledge to cover any aspect we have ever requested support with and the support has been exceptional. What I feel sets them apart from other firms is their generosity with time and support for clients for any queries at all, never feeling rushed and always feeling supported.’

‘Gerry Beausang is a top-quality lawyer who brings great experience to deals.’

‘There was a very strong team working with us. There were experts involved from all the relevant fields. The team were readily available and endeavoured at all times to close out issues as they arose.’

‘Neil Keenan is a standout practitioner in this team. His knowledge of company law is second to none and he goes the extra mile to ensure that the client’s needs are met.’

‘I have worked with many law firms over the years but Byrne Wallace are by far and away the most professional and reliable of all. They have a remarkable and admirable team, highly knowledgeable and experts in their areas of specialty. With Byrne Wallace there is no doubt you are treated as a priority. As a client you are never left waiting for their assistance and they will work tirelessly to ensure your legal requirements are met.’

‘I have been working with Neil Keenan for many years and he never fails to provide sound and comprehensive legal advice. Our company relies greatly on Neil’s advice and he is the first port of call for us when legal expertise is required. Not only is Neil a wealth of legal knowledge, he is a pleasure to deal with and will always make himself available to us regardless of how busy he is. Neil’s approach augments the fact that he values our company as a client and we appreciate him greatly.’

‘Colin Sainsbury is hugely knowledgeable, experienced, gracious and most importantly responsive.’

‘Catherine Dowling provides exceptional service. Always on top of the project.’

Key clients

The shareholders of M&M Walshe group

Brindley Healthcare

GridBeyond

The shareholders of the PrecisionBiotics group

Windmark Developments Limited

Iberdrola

Fastway Couriers

MML Growth Capital Partners

Jensen Hughes

SIAC Construction

Mainstream Renewable Power

Staycity

Children’s Health Ireland

PrepayPower

Latch Medical

One Projects Design and Innovations Limited

Avectas Limited

Construction Tier 2

ByrneWallace LLP is noted for its work with local authorities, advising on procurement and the drafting of contracts, and also counts contractors, developers, and financial institutions among its clients. In handling the financing and development of residential property, hospitality projects, and industrial facilities, the practice acts alongside the firm's other teams including banking and property. Practice head Martin Cooney has deep experience in this sector, including in handling contentious and non-contentious matters, while Fergal Ruane is experienced in procurement. Senior associate Deirdre Hennessy is an 'excellent' construction specialist who acts for all parties involved in construction matters.

Practice head(s):

Martin Cooney

Other key lawyers:

Fergal Ruane; Deirdre Hennessy

Testimonials

‘This practice is practical, commercial and their final fees matched their original quotes.’

‘Martin Cooney is a stand out partner. He is very personable, commercial, direct, practical and his fee quotes match his final invoice.’

‘Martin Cooney’s team gets to grips with the critical issues at an early stage and develops the most appropriate strategies in response to those issues. Their understanding of the realities and constraints of construction/engineering project disputes is especially commendable. What sets them apart is the ability to develop the appropriate strategy in order to achieve the most favourable outcome for their party. ’

‘Martin’s leadership and all round knowledge and experience of the full spectrum of the construction process provides his team of highly motivated and commercially astute lawyers with the confidence to develop and pursue the chosen strategy with clarity and confidence. He is ably supported by the excellent Deirdre Hennessy and Lisa Maloney amongst others.’

‘The construction team in ByrneWallace combine their knowledge of construction contracts and law with their exceptional technical knowledge of construction methods and practice. The combination of these skills enormously enhances their clients’ chances of achieving the best possible outcome. ’

‘The qualities I value are their work ethic, approachability and friendliness. This includes out of hours discussions, which I’ve had on a few occasion at times close to and after midnight, with Martin Cooney, the partner in charge of their construction team. Martin was always available to help, guide and advise.’

‘The expertise of Martin Cooney and the support provided by his colleagues was highly valued.’

‘What stood out was the management and involvement of Martin Cooney, and the quality of both Lisa Maloney and Deirdre Hennessy. ’

Key clients

Environmental Protection Agency

Beneavin Contractors Limited

Mercury Engineering

Citywest Homes Developments

BARTRA Property (NH)

Cullaun Capital

Creagh Medical

Pathway Homes

Redrock – Gloucester Street

Twinlite Devco Limited

Keppel REIT Datacentres Ireland (KDCR Limited)

Coillte Cuideachta Ghníomhaíochta Ainmnithe t/a Coillte

Exeter Ireland Property IV Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 2

ByrneWallace LLP acts for public bodies in disputes, as well as representing individuals, corporate clients and trade unions. Practice head Jon Legorburu frequently advises on regulatory matters, as well as handling investigations; Mona Costelloe is known for her work on property litigation and Seán O’Donnell handles regulatory and enforcement cases. Mark O’Shaughnessy is active in a range of commercial litigation issues.

Practice head(s):

Jon Legorburu

Other key lawyers:

Mona Costelloe; Seán O’Donnell; Valerie Hourigan; Mark O’Shaughnessy; Helen Gibbons

Testimonials

‘Friendly and very knowledgeable’

‘Mark O’Shaughnessy is smart, emotionally committed and very inspiring.’

Key clients

Courts Service of Ireland

Ballymore Group/Ballymore Residential Ltd

Bray Capital Limited and Stanton Fisher Limited

Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman

Kildare County Council

The Football Association of Ireland

Fatfish Marketing

Goldstein Property ICAV

Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland

Parcel Connect t/a Fastway Couriers

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

ByrneWallace LLP's energy team advises on the financing and development of energy projects, as well as transactions involving energy assets. The practice is particularly active in renewable energy projects such as offshore and onshore wind, solar and biomass as well as energy storage. The practice is led by Gavin Blake, while Neil Keenan is another key partner in the team. Senior associate Karen Outram is active in financings.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Blake

Other key lawyers:

Neil Keenan; Karen Outram

Testimonials

‘Gavin Blake’s expertise in energy and infrastructure is critical when structuring green energy SPVs. It is his understanding of the linkages between materials supply, energy production and waste stream, and associated value chain, that enables the required wraps to support the delivery of these interlinked SPV developments.’

‘Very easy to work alongside. Gavin Blake in particular is fantastic to work with, perceptive, detailed and excellent at explaining complex legal issues in layman’s terms.’

‘The ByrneWallace energy team combines strong technical legal capabilities with outstanding market intelligence and insight. They are constantly attuned to market developments and will often provide an invaluable prompt as to potential opportunities in Ireland. They really have their finger on the pulse of the Irish renewable energy market.’

‘Gavin Blake is a “go-to” adviser on Irish onshore wind and energy regulation matters. He is a mine of information on potential secondary transactions in the market.’

‘Neil Keenan is a corporate heavyweight in energy and provides real gravitas to M&A and corporate finance transactions in the sector. ’

‘ByrneWallace provides us with an excellent external legal function with access across a broad range of competences most specifically natural resource, capital market, corporate and M&A advice. Being able to call on a “one-stop shop” is invaluable.’

‘Their personnel have experience of the wind industry (offshore and onshore) and know the mindset of participants therein.’

‘I trust Gavin Blake to watch my back in all legal matters and to give me a heads up on industry-related matters. Gavin is thorough, thoughtful and efficient. He knows how to close out a tight deadline deal and will work tirelessly in this regard.’

Key clients

Mainstream Renewable Power

ING Bank

Low Carbon

Wexford Solar

Iberdrola

Island Renewables

Terra Solar

Windmark Developments

Carbon Sole

GridBeyond

MPG Wind (AEM Wind Holdings)

Vento Ludens

PNG Energy

Natural Forces Renewable Energy

Close Brothers

Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 2

Led by John Fitzgerald, ByrneWallace LLP has a well-established practice in restructuring and insolvencies. The team is particularly noted for its work on matters with cross-border elements, including assisting Irish creditors with insolvencies in foreign jurisdictions and acting in challenges to restructuring proceedings under European law. Senior associate Sean Neville is another key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

John Fitzgerald

Other key lawyers:

Sean Neville

Testimonials

‘Prompt and efficient service. Always available whenever required.’

‘Very pragmatic and commercial advice.’

‘John Fitzgerald is a top insolvency solicitor who provides excellent commercial and value for money advice across a range of insolvency and restructuring matters.’

Key clients

Monsoon Accessorize fashion

Martin Ferris, Liquidator of Kendar Holdings Limited (In Liquidation)

Myles Kirby (as Official Liquidator of MPS Global Limited (In Liquidation)

Thomas N. Forkan Limited (In Liquidation)

Projects and PPP Tier 2

ByrneWallace LLP has considerable experience advising on the development and financing of projects, and is particularly active in the residential sector. The team also advises on manufacturing facilities and office spaces, among other developments. Fergal Ruane heads the practice, which is able to draw on the expertise of partners from other departments in the firm, including construction specialist Martin Cooney and Gavin Blake, whose has considerable experience of the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Fergal Ruane

Other key lawyers:

Martin Cooney; Gavin Blake; Michael Walsh

Testimonials

‘ByrneWallace provide a comprehensive, professional legal service for our organisation. They respond promptly to requests for advice and offer clear communication re pricing and response times.’

‘Fergal Ruane has provided advice to our organisation on a major commercial development opportunity. Fergal has offered considerable advice, expertise and guidance to us in this matter, showing a clear understanding of any new relevant developments in this area which may have impacted on our own development proposals and talking us through similar projects – which was invaluable given our inexperience in that field. Fergal is professional yet very personable and has always been available at short notice to discuss any issues and concerns we have had and we look forward to his continued advice on this project.’

Key clients

Chartered Land

Ballymore Group

Mercury Engineering

Fingal County Council

Dublin City Council

Waterways Ireland

Irish Water/Ervia

IDA Ireland

Twinlite

White-collar crime Tier 2

ByrneWallace LLP's white-collar crime practice is experienced in advising clients from a range of sectors on investigations, involving both  regulatory and criminal issues. In addition to acting for the private sector in defending against allegations, the practice also advises a number of state agencies on their investigations. Jon Legorburu is an experienced litigator and Seán O’Donnell has a background in criminal law and also advises clients on regulatory matters, including allegations of breaches of data protection and environmental regulations.

Practice head(s):

Jon Legorburu; Seán O’Donnell

Other key lawyers:

Mark O’Shaughnessy

Capital markets Tier 3

ByrneWallace LLP predominantly acts on ECM matters and stands out for its expertise in handling transactions for Irish-headquartered companies in the natural resources and life sciences sectors. The team has experience advising on IPOs and secondary fundraisings, as well as compliance matters. Gerry Beausang, who is noted for his 'sound commercial advice', is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Gerry Beausang; Joe Gavin; Damien McShane

Other key lawyers:

Colin Sainsbury

Testimonials

‘I only use ByrneWallace in Dublin for our capital markets needs. Gerry Beausang and his team have provided good sound commercial advice to us at a lower cost.’

‘Gerry Beausang is a very good adviser to have in your corner, and is very easy to work with.’

‘ByrneWallace has a number of outstanding individuals to support specific projects. The key partner is Gerry Beausang, whose advice is always clear and relevant to our situation. Gerry provides us with an excellent legal basis to make well-informed commercial decisions.’

Key clients

Q3 Medical Devices

Mainstream Renewable Power

Amryt Pharma Plc

Great Western Mining Corporation plc

Aminex Plc

PetroNeft Resources plc

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

ByrneWallace LLP stands out for its work in the public sector, advising a range of public sector bodies on regulatory data protection issues as well as acting in litigation. The team also acts for private sector corporations, including providing due diligence on corporate transactions. In addition, the team provides seminars and discussion sessions for its clients' data protection officers through its Data Protection Officers Club. The cross-departmental data protection group is led by Séan O’Donnell. Senior associate Zelda Deasy is also noted. Brendan Gavin is now in-house.

Practice head(s):

Seán O’Donnell 

Other key lawyers:

Zelda Deasy

Testimonials

‘I value being able to have confidential peer to peer discussions and learning about other organisations’ best practice to efficiently implement GDPR.

‘We met a number of members within the team, managed by Senior Associate Zelda Deasy, and they sought a through understanding of our business in order to deal with our requirements effectively. There was a practical approach taken by the team and their knowledge of their individual work areas was exceptional. Their response times to our queries were quick and concise and overall the team was a pleasure to deal with. ’

‘Senior Associate Zelda Deasy was in charge of the team engaged for our Data Protection requirements. Zelda demonstrated strong leadership throughout. She applied an organised approach to the work requirements and the results were delivered in a professional and practical manner and clearly reflected the needs of our business. Her knowledge in this area came across as exceptional.’

‘The team that I dealt with were very personable. It felt like our issue was their issue. They really cared about getting the matter resolved in the best way possible for us. The team were understanding, prompt in their responses to us and patient with the complications that arose. ’

‘ByrneWallace have been our company’s solicitors for many years and they are by far and away the best legal firm in my opinion. The level of expertise of their partners, solicitors and associates is second to none and we are always made feel like we are the top priority and their only client.’

‘I would like to highlight Senior Associate Zelda Deasy at ByrneWallace for her outstanding work on data protection. The project that Zelda took on to manage for us was not straight-forward or indeed easy but Zelda was able to get to grips with it immediately and bring order to a lot of disorder very quickly! Zelda is thorough and will critically examine the matter at hand. Zelda is an expert on data protection matters and is also one of the nicest and most genuine people you will meet.’

‘ByrneWallace have always been very supportive of our needs. They recognise that we are not legal experts and give their opinions very clearly and with minimal jargon. This is very refreshing for an SME. Some firms try to dazzle with terminology and obfuscate, ByrneWallace do not.’

‘The team has a very deep knowledge of financial regulations, privacy & compliance which make them the ideal partner for anyone that is seeking to set up shop in Ireland to offer any type of financial service.’

Key clients

Environmental Protection Agency

M&M Walshe Holdings Limited (topco of group with three trading arms: Ribworld, Callan Bacon and Stirchley Bacon)

PrecisionBiotics

Information technology Tier 3

ByrneWallace LLP stands out for its work advising burgeoning technology companies on commercial matters. The technology team, led by Darren Daly, also frequently collaborates with the firm's corporate practice to advise on M&A transactions and financing rounds. In addition to Daly, Neil Keenan is another partner active in this area.

Practice head(s):

Darren Daly

Other key lawyers:

Neil Keenan

Key clients

Environmental Protection Agency

M&M Walshe Holdings Limited (topco of group with three trading arms: Ribworld, Callan Bacon and Stirchley Bacon)

PrecisionBiotics

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Leveris

Daimler Benz

Fivetran

DNM Technology Group

Payzone

Fexco

Healthbeacon

Headway Software Technologies Limited

Integrity 360

Minfule

Nulia

Interactive Services

Phonovation

Prepay Power

Remote Games Limited

Sytorus

Ubiqube (Ireland) Limited

Induction Manager

Ammeon

Not a Hotel Ventures Limited (BOB W)

Trezeo

Internet Corp (now Ekco)

Meetingsbooker.com

Insurance Tier 3

ByrneWallace LLP's 'dedicated' team has been highly active advising its substantial client base of public bodies on insurance policy issues, particularly those arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. The team, which has strength in public, employers' and environmental liability matters, also acts for corporate clients and insurers. Jon Legorburu and Mark O’Shaughnessy, who have significant experience in insurance disputes, lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jon Legorburu; Mark O’Shaughnessy

Other key lawyers:

Mona Costelloe; Helen Gibbons; Louise Holmes; Damien McShane

Testimonials

‘Dedicated solicitors who know my client’s business extremely well, which helps to build a relationship with all parties.’

‘Louise Holmes is very professional, experienced, efficient and very good with dealing with my client. She has a way of delivering bad news in a good way and this helps to put my client’s mind at ease.’

Key clients

Environmental Protection Agency

Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman

Griffin Group Hotels Limited

Intellectual property Tier 3

ByrneWallace LLP stands out in the market for its work in the life sciences sector, where it advises on the IP aspects of corporate transactions, the commercialisation of IP rights, and the spin outs of life sciences companies from universities. The team also advises on IP registration and infringement in areas including media, academia and technology. The team is led by Colin Sainsbury (who also leads the firm's life sciences team), Darren Daly and Jon Legorburu.

Practice head(s):

Colin Sainsbury; Darren Daly; Jon Legorburu

Testimonials

‘Referred to the Intellectual team we were delighted to meet Mark O’Shaughnessy and his team and were comforted by their grasping of the matter, their ability to communicate complex legal concepts and their ability to clearly strategise the most efficient path to manage the threat. I would commend their capacity to communicate the complex in a clear and productive style.’

‘I found Mark O’Shaughnessy to be excellent in all respects. I felt he was exceedingly engaged and energised by the matter and was wholly committed to our interests. I found this level of commitment to be quite different from other legal engagements where the client is sometimes made to feel to be nuisance in a busy day of other, more important matters.’

‘Very experienced in licensing agreements. Creative in identifying solutions.’

‘Colin Sainsbury brings tremendous depth of experience in life sciences and pharmaceutical. Thorough and creative.’

Key clients

PrecisionBiotics Group Limited (formerly Alimentary Health Limited)

OneProjects Design Innovation Limited (OneProjects)

Avectas Limited

Q3 Medical Devices Limited

GoldCore Limited

Parcel Connect Limited t/a Fastway Couriers

The Abbey Theatre

The National Library of Ireland

BrowserStack

Xeolas Limited

Amryt Pharma

Latch Medical Limited

Neuropath Limited

Leveris

Nextroll

Daimler Benz

McCauley Pharmacy Group

Mainstream Renewable Power

Iberdrola

Media and entertainment Tier 3

ByrneWallace LLP's media and entertainment practice acts for corporate entities, state bodies and private individuals in defamation claims against media organisations and social media companies. The team also acts for state bodies seeking injunctions against the media. Mark O’Shaughnessy leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark O’Shaughnessy

Testimonials

‘The team are very strong technically and provide a high quality service and value for money. The customer service in unrivalled. They tailor solutions to complex legal challenges for our business.’

‘We are involved in a number of cases to protect the the business and to manage reputational risk. These are being litigated in the High Court currently. We are using the services of Mark O’Shaughnessy, who has an excellent legal mind and who is highly responsive to client needs in the area of defamation. This is a new area of litigation for the business and Mark is very strong at ensuring complex legal matters are explained in clear and concise language so that the business can make informed decisions in terms of strategy and tactics.’

‘The partners and solicitors working within the Media and Entertainment department of Byrne Wallace are all highly specialised and leaders in their field. They are extremely knowledgeable in this area of law and can be relied upon to provide expert guidance and advice in a very prompt and timely manner.’

‘I have also worked with Mark O’Shaughnessy who is top-class in the area of copyright law.’

Key clients

Parcel Connect Limited t/a Fastway

Transdev Ireland (operators of the Luas Light railway system)

Courts Service

FatFish Marketing

The firm: As one of Ireland’s leading full service law firms, ByrneWallace LLP is dedicated to the protection and promotion of its clients’ interests through the provision of excellent service and expert legal advice. This expertise is borne out of a 40 year heritage, high professional standards and a commitment to develop the most talented lawyers.

A forward thinking firm, it has been awarded both nationally and internationally for its commitment to delivering excellence, and is recognised as the only top ten Irish law firm certified with Lexcel, the quality mark of excellence in practice management, and was one of the first large Irish law firms to obtain ISO 27001, the international standard for information security management.

Areas of practice: ByrneWallace LLP provides specialist advice on Irish law to domestic and international clients, with niche expertise in banking and finance, employment,  corporate, recovery, property, construction, litigation, intellectual property, data protection, tax, technology, life sciences, financial services, public sector, energy and natural resources, healthcare and retail.

Managing partner: Feargal Brennan
Number of partners: 45
Number of lawyers: 137
Website: www.byrnewallace.com

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Feargal Brennan fbrennan@byrnewallace.com
Asset management and investment funds Joe Gavin jgavin@byrnewallace.com
Banking and finance Mark Kavanagh mkavanagh@byrnewallace.com
Capital markets - Debt Joe Gavin jgavin@byrnewallace.com
Capital markets - Equity Gerry Beausang gbeausang@byrnewallace.com
Construction Martin Cooney mcooney@byrnewallace.com
Commercial, corporate and M&A Neil Keenan nkeenan@byrnewallace.com
Data protection Sean O'Donnell seanodonnell@byrnewallace.com
Employment Law Michael Kennedy mkennedy@byrnewallace.com
Energy and natural resources Gavin Blake gblake@byrnewallace.com
Financial services regulation Joseph Gavin jgavin@byrnewallace.com
Health & Social Care/ Healthcare Sinéad Kearney skearney@byrnewallace.com
Insolvency and restructuring John Fitzgerald jfitzgerald@byrnewallace.com
Intellectual property Darren Daly ddaly@byrnewallace.com
Life sciences and pharma Colin Sainsbury csainsbury@byrnewallace.com
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Jon Legorburu jlegorburu@byrnewallace.com
Pensions Law Liam Connellan lconnellan@byrnewallace.com
Procurement Martin Cooney mcooney@byrnewallace.com
Property / Real Estate Michael Walsh mwalsh@byrnewallace.com
Public Sector Michelle Ni Longain mnilongain@byrnewallace.com
Tax Anthony Smyth asmyth@byrnewallace.com
Technology Darren Daly ddaly@byrnewallace.com
Private Equity and Venture capital Neil Keenan nkeenan@byrnewallace.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Feargal Brennan  photo Mr Feargal Brennan Managing Partner
Ms Lisa Cawley  photo Ms Lisa Cawley Partner.
Ms Mona Costello  photo Ms Mona Costello Partner.
Mr Darren Daly  photo Mr Darren Daly Partner.
Ms Catherine Dowling  photo Ms Catherine Dowling Partner.
Ms Olive Doyle  photo Ms Olive Doyle Partner.
Mr Ronan Egan  photo Mr Ronan Egan Partner.
Mr John Fitzgerald  photo Mr John Fitzgerald Partner
Ms Louise Holmes  photo Ms Louise Holmes Consultant
Ms Valerie Hourigan  photo Ms Valerie Hourigan Partner.
Mr Mark Kavanagh  photo Mr Mark Kavanagh Partner.
Ms Sinead Kearney  photo Ms Sinead Kearney Partner.
Ms Elaine Kelly  photo Ms Elaine Kelly Partner.
Mr Michael Kennedy  photo Mr Michael Kennedy Partner.
Mr Jon Legorburu  photo Mr Jon Legorburu Partner.
Ms Michelle NÍ Longáin photo Ms Michelle NÍ Longáin Partner.
Ms Deirdre McBennett  photo Ms Deirdre McBennett Partner.
Ms Patrick McClean  photo Ms Patrick McClean Partner.
Mr Sean O’Donnell  photo Mr Sean O’Donnell Partner
Mr Paraic O’Kennedy photo Mr Paraic O’Kennedy Paraic is a partner in the ByrneWallace LLP Banking and Finance team.…
Mr Gillian O’Shaughnessy  photo Mr Gillian O’Shaughnessy Partner.
Ms Alison O’Sullivan  photo Ms Alison O’Sullivan Partner
Ms Eileen Prendergast  photo Ms Eileen Prendergast Consultant.
Ms Elizabeth Ryan  photo Ms Elizabeth Ryan Partner.
Mr Colin Sainsbury  photo Mr Colin Sainsbury Partner.
Ms Lorraine Smyth  photo Ms Lorraine Smyth Partner.
Mr Eoghan Wallace  photo Mr Eoghan Wallace Partner.
Mr Michael Walsh  photo Mr Michael Walsh Partner.
Mr Emmet Whelan  photo Mr Emmet Whelan Partner.
Number of lawyers : 137
Number of Partners : 45
English
French
Spanish
IBA (International Bar Association)
Law Society of Ireland
Contact : Feargal Brennan (managing partner)
Other offices : New York