ByrneWallace LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Firm Profile

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

Ireland > Employment Tier 1

ByrneWallace LLP‘s employment law practice advises on all contentious and non-contentious matters, with a market-leading offering when it comes to protected disclosures. It is sought out by a diverse range of clients, including private sector employers, government and other public sector authorities, high-profile trade unions and senior executives. The practice is led by Michelle Ní Longáin, offers employment law advice to clients in the public sector. Michael Kennedy specialises in trade disputes and TUPE law, while Lorraine Smyth advises both national and international clients on outsourcing, restructuring and redundancy processes. Loughlin Deegan has extensive experience in representing blue-chip Irish and multinational companies in employment law matters.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Ní Longáin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great team, actively engaged and provides timely actionable advice to my team.’

‘Michael Kennedy is a terrifically skilled employment law practitioner and a superb advisor in this space.’

‘The team is honest and provides clear advice.’

‘Loughlin Deegan provides exceptional service and listens to his clients to ensure he understands their current legal issues and the context in which they operate. His background gives him unique expertise and an ability to see things from a wide range of angles. As well as having an exceptional legal mind, he is also extremely practical. He is also trustworthy.’

‘Emmet Whelan is excellent.’

Key clients

The Irish Civil Service

CRH plc

The Irish Times

The Law Society of Ireland

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

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on the development of a remote working policy framework for Ireland’s civil service.
  • Advised an Irish government department with regards to the transposition of the EU Whistleblowing Directive.

Ireland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

ByrneWallace LLP has a highly specialised healthcare and life sciences practice with senior experts exclusively dedicated to both industries. In life sciences, the firm operates right across the sector, from representing start-ups to advising on partnerships and strategic alliances, IPOs and other exits. Colin Sainsbury leads the life sciences team and has deep experience in M&A, financings, licence arrangements and joint-venture agreements. Catherine Dowling is another key name in life sciences. The firm also has a well-established health services and social care practice, covering key specialist areas such as child protection and child care law, and mental health law. The group is led by Sinéad Kearney SC, who is a leader in child protection and child care law, and was appointed senior counsel in June 2022; Eoghan Wallace  is another experienced child protection and child care law specialist. Olive Doyle is an experienced figure in mental health law.

Practice head(s):

Colin Sainsbury; Sinéad Kearney SC

Other key lawyers:

Eoghan Wallace; Catherine Dowling; Olive Doyle; Patrick McClean; Daniel Holohan

 

Testimonials

‘Their expertise in the subject matter and their availability to respond to requests by the national team.’

‘The team have years of knowledge of working in the child protection and welfare system and therefore understand the nuances and key issue in the work.’

‘This firm is very open and clear with the client and has excellent expertise and experience in the area of work it undertakes with us. I have full confidence in the firm and the solicitors that undertake the work. They are also very open to feedback. They are also very available to client.’

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced, very nice to deal with and available to the client whenever needed.’

‘We are consistently very pleased with the partners and associates we engage with at the firm: professionalism and expertise is always top-flight; they take time and give real focus to understanding our specific needs and the associated context; the response to queries and work delivery is consistently efficient with timings clearly set out; work product always excellent (and good value); they are knowledgeable of our industry and able to provide valuable industry insight.’

‘ByrneWallace has very good experience in life sciences licensing agreements and intellectual property. The breadth of experience and capabilities makes ByrneWallace very much a one-stop shop for our legal requirements.’

‘Partners are very accessible and responsive. Creative in finding solutions and attentive to our requirements and long-term objectives.’

Key clients

Neuromod Devices Limited

Priothera Limited

Xeolas Pharmaceuticals Limited

Versono Medical Limited

OneProjects Design Innovation Limited

Warburton Technology

European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF)

Q3 Medical Devices Limited

Univet Limited

Juvenescence (Europe) Limited

Phibro Animal Health

B. Braun Hospicare

Avectas Limited

B. Braun Hospicare Limited

Artugen Therapeutics Limited

Versono Medical Limited

Selfsense Technologies Limited

Meroven Limited

MacuHealth Limited

Teagasc

Miravo Healthcare (formerly Nuvo Pharmaceuticals)

Ionics Life Sciences Limited

Uplift Health Limited

Endowave Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF) on its $7m investment in Irish AI-discovery platform company Nuritas.
  • Advised Neuromod Devices on its equity and debt funding rounds.
  • Advised Xeolas Pharmaceutical on the development of a number of niche, patient-friendly medicines including Omeprazole Oral Suspension.

Ireland > Pensions and employee benefits Tier 1

ByrneWallace LLP handles the full spectrum of pension-related issues, including drafting and amending pension schemes, governance, tax aspects, and litigation and disputes. In addition to this, the team also advises on the full implementation of the IORPs II directive. Liam Connellan heads the practice and has built a strong reputation for handling contentious and non-contentious pension matters for scheme trustees, individuals, and both public and private sector employers. Other key contacts include Catherine Dowling and senior associate Aisling Brennan.

Practice head(s):

Liam Connellan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Expertise coupled with a strong commercial approach. Complex pensions law issues are dealt with effectively, practically, and efficiently. The team makes this complex legal area understandable for its clients.’

‘Liam Connellan has exceptional pensions legal knowledge and applies it to issues in a way that allows the client to understand these complex matters, providing support and guidance throughout all engagements. He exhibits a commerciality that is extremely valuable to trustees and companies.’

Key clients

Glanbia Co-Operative Society Limited

FCR Media Limited

Mainstream Renewable Power

Integrity360

Trustee Principles Limited

Staycity Investment Holdings Limited

Majority Shareholder of Interactive Services (Holdings) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Glanbia Co-Operative Society Limited on the complex pension issues arising on putting in place funding arrangements for its acquisition of Glanbia plc’s 40% interest in Glanbia Ireland.
  • Advised FCR Media Limited on the wind-up of the Golden Pages Pension Plan.

Ireland > Public sector Tier 1

ByrneWallace LLP handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious public law matters, including advice on complex strategic projects, litigation, public inquiries, administrative law, and governance matters. The team works with a diverse set of clients which includes government departments, regulatory bodies, universities, and state and semi-state organisations. Michelle Ni Longain heads the practice and has extensive experience of advising public sector companies on employment and equality law. Sinéad Kearney SC has longstanding experience of health and regulatory law and advising government bodies on forming policies in this area. Martin Cooney and Fergal Ruane advise on all matters related to construction law.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Ní Longáin

Testimonials

‘A great strength of Byrne Wallace is the number of experts it has, which gives great confidence in the advice received concerning specific issues.’

‘Partners are very accessible and can be contacted at short notice. They all consistently meet deadlines and provide clear and excellent response times.’

‘The team at Byrne Wallace are very helpful and are skilled communicators. They can practically apply the knowledge.’

‘Sean O Donnell and Eimear Redmond are particularly helpful. Sean is very responsive to queries and requests, and they both take time to explain their rationale.’

Key clients

Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Bord na Mona

Cavan County Council

CIE

Competition & Consumer Protection Commission

Courts Service

Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport DVCSD

Digital Hub Development Agency

Dublin & Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board

Dublin City Council

Education and Training Boards Ireland

Ervia NoEuropean Parliament

Health Products Regulatory Authority

Horse Racing Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland

InterTrade Ireland

Kerry County Council

Kildare County Council

Kilkenny County Council

Land Development Agency

Local Government Operational Procurement Centre

Medical Council

National Library of Ireland

North Dublin Citizens Information Service CLG

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Office of Government Procurement

Rotunda Hospital (Operational)

Sea Fisheries Protection Authority

South Dublin County Council

South Munster Citizens Information Service

Teagasc

The Marine Institute

Trinity College Dublin

Udaras Na Gaeltachta

Work highlights

  • Advised senior management across the Irish Civil Service on post pandemic remote working strategy.
  • Advised Environmental Protection Agency on the terms of all of the required financial instruments to be provided by EPA Licensed Operators.
  • Advised Multiple State Agencies and Government Departments on a number of high-profile protected disclosures.

Ireland > Real estate Tier 1

ByrneWallace LLP has a substantial and sizable real estate team which works with clients from both the public and private sectors. The team is particularly active in the social housing and new homes sector, where it works with multiple leading Irish developers on new home developments. Practice head Alison O’Sullivan is highly active in the private residential sector and advises international funds on the acquisition of residential portfolios. Michael Walsh has extensive experience of advising on the forward sale of residential units and the purchase of office spaces. Neil Dunne, Ronan Egan , and Derville White are other key partners in the team.

Practice head(s):

Alison O’Sullivan; Michael Walsh

Key clients

Allied Irish Bank plc

Arrow Capital Partners

Aviva Life & Pensions

Ballymore Group

Bank of Ireland (Group Property)

Cerberus

Collen Construction

Davy Hickey

Edifis Capital

EQT Exeter

Ericcson

European Parliament

Glenveagh Properties Plc

Irish Water

Land Development Agency

Lidl Ireland GmbH

LRC Group

Oaklee Housing

Patrizia Immoblien

Qualtrics

Quanta Capital

Quintain

Red Rock

Tullow Oil

Twinlite Group

Vestry Limited Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advised PATRIZIA on the forward purchase of a major holding in a mixed use development in Dublin’s South Docks.
  • Advised Goodbodys/AIB on the letting of 60,000 square feet of Grade A office space at 9 – 12 Dawson Street.
  • Advised Twinlite on the forward sale of an upscale major apartment scheme in South Dublin to a European Fund.

Ireland > Banking and finance Tier 2

ByrneWallace LLP has a stable department with a group of experienced partners and emerging practitioners. It is especially well known for real estate, development and social housing finance, and has a significant presence in structured finance and securitisation. The firm is also making a further impression in financing renewables projects, including both wind and solar. Moreover, it has maintained strong links to the Irish pillar banks, while developing connections to key alternative lenders. Mark Kavanagh is a leading name in real estate finance and development finance, while Deirdre McBennett is at the forefront of social and affordable housing finance. Paraic O’Kennedy is an experienced banking and finance specialist who is noted for development finance and project finance, including renewables projects. Lisa Cawley is rated for structured finance and securitisation. Triona Ryan was promoted to partner in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kavanagh

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre McBennett; Paraic O’Kennedy; Lisa Cawley; Elizabeth Ryan; Triona Ryan

Key clients

BTL Commercial Lending I DAC

Esport Technologies Limited

Torrent Management Limited

BPCI Originator DAC

ISHF1

Red Rock Gloucester Street Limited

Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) DAC trading as Pepper Asset Servicing – Project Deenish Securitisation /Structured Finance Transaction

Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) DAC trading as Pepper Asset Servicing – Project Bass/Glenbeigh III & Project Hummingbird Securitisation/Structured Finance Transaction

Yebba Investments Limited (Abbey Group)

Xtreme Push Limited

The Environmental Protection Agency

Work highlights

  • Advised Pepper Finance Corporation, the largest residential mortgage servicer to banks and financial institutions in Ireland, on the purchase by Carval Investors of a portfolio of 3384 primarily non-performing residential and buy to let loans from Ulster Bank Ireland, and residential mortgage-backed securitisation by Carval Investors of those loans through an SPV special purpose vehicle, Rathlin Residential 2021-1 DAC.
  • Advised Sonas Bathrooms in relation to a €36m loan facility from Muzinich Pan European Private Debt Luxco (Muzinich) to finance the majority acquisition of Cascade Management from its private equity backer MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland, and the refinance of AIB group term debt and the restructuring of AIB invoice discounting, leasing, guarantee and foreign exchange contracts across the Sonas group which were to be retained.
  • Advised BPCI Originator on a $46m facility to the Broadway Gaming group for the acquisition of shares in an Irish betting group, and for general corporate purposes.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

ByrneWallace LLP has a rich and varied practice, noted for cross-border M&A, and fundraisings in the technology and life sciences sectors. The firm represents a wide range of major multinationals, mid-cap businesses and growth companies. Feargal Brennan  heads the corporate and commercial department and is managing partner of the firm. Colin Sainsbury  is a leading figure in life sciences transactions and Gillian O’Shaughnessy  specialises in healthcare and energy deals. The immensely experienced Victor Timon  joined the firm in August 2022 from Lewis Silkin to lead the technology team. In addition, Ross Little, the former head of corporate at DWF, joined in July 2022. Zelda Deasy and Dan Holohan were promoted to the partnership in November 2021. Neil Keenan and Gerry Beausang have joined Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):

Feargal Brennan

Other key lawyers:

Colin Sainsbury; Catherine Dowling; Eamonn Carey; Daniel Holohan; Gillian O’Shaughnessy; Victor Timon; Zelda Deasy; Dan Holohan

Testimonials

‘Highly commercial team, who seek to understand the business context of your legal needs. Precise execution, essential to enduring legal arrangements.’

‘Feargal Brennan is in my view the leading corporate lawyer in Ireland. He combines commercial acumen and breadth of legal knowledge with exceptional judgement, an essential ingredient in picking the right strategy in difficult circumstances.’

‘Gillian O’Shaughnessy is one of the most precise legal brains in corporate law in Ireland. She looks around legal corners to cover off risks.’

Key clients

Silent-Aire

Browserstack Limited

XtremePush Limited

Shareholders of Ammeon

SuperNode Limited

OneProjects Design Innovation Limited

European Circular Bioeconomy Fund

AdaptiveMobile Security

Integrity360

Mainstream Renewable Power

HSS Hire Group Plc

Ocuco Group

STAR7

MML Growth Capital Partners

Juvenescence Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised MML Growth Capital Partners on the acquisition of the majority stake in SONAS Bathrooms, the largest single supplier of bathroom products in Ireland.
  • Advised European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF) on its $7m investment in Irish Al-discovery platform company Nuritas.
  • Advised Priothera, an Irish clinical stage start-up, on its loan agreement of €17.5m with the European Investment Bank and associated warrant agreement.

Ireland > Construction Tier 2

The construction department at ByrneWallace LLP works closely with its infrastructure, projects and energy team to provide holistic advice through every stage of the construction cycle, from project inception, agreements and execution to procurement strategy to dispute resolution. The team is led by Martin Cooney, who advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Fergal Ruane has extensive experience in advising on a variety of public procurement and infrastructure matters, including construction contracts and tender documents.

Practice head(s):

Martin Cooney

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘ByrneWallace LLP has high-quality and professional people with an in depth knowlege of the sector.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable in the construction sector. They have a pragmatic and commercial approach to solving issues.’

‘ByrneWallace LLP has a good range of knowledge in both public and private sectors in terms of procurement and contracts.’

‘The team is efficient, straightforward and quick to grasp instructions.’

‘The team is friendly. efficient and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Environmental Protection Agency

Beneavin Contractors Limited

P. Lonergan & Sons Limited

Flynn Management & Contractors limited

Pathway Homes YRedrock Gloucester Street

Keppel REIT Datacentres

Circle Voluntary Housing Association

Chartered Land/ Castlethorn Developments

Gravity Construction

Clúid Housing

Exeter Ireland Property IV Limited

QIL Technologies Limited

Collen Construction Limited

Keelings

Work highlights

  • Advised the Environmental Protection Agency on the terms of the required financial instruments (valued €1bn) to be provided by EPA Licensed Operators.
  • Advised Gravity Construction on High Court proceedings for the enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision which had awarded the sum of €135,458.92 in favour of Gravity Construction.
  • Advised KDCR on the full suite of construction documents, including drafting and negotiating the documents, for the construction and fit-out of a new data hall at its data centre in Ballycoolin, Dublin.

Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 2

ByrneWallace LLP is highly rated for cyber-crime and data breaches, white-collar criminal law and investigations. It remains at the forefront of representing public sector bodies and agencies in the health and education sectors. The team has worked on some of the largest cyber crime cases in the state and continues to represent government entities, universities and credit unions in large-scale investigations. Jon Legorburu heads the litigation and dispute resolution department, and has a strong background in public sector disputes, regulatory investigations and white-collar criminal law cases. Mark O’Shaughnessy is also prominent in white-collar crime and investigations. Mona Costelloe is noted for real estate and construction disputes. Sean O’Donnell is another key partner for data protection and cyber-crime matters, and Valerie Hourigan is an experienced figure in real estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jon Legorburu

Other key lawyers:

Mona Costelloe; Seán O’Donnell; Valerie Hourigan; Mark O’Shaughnessy; Helen Gibbons; Grainne Murphy; Robert McDermott

Testimonials

‘The practice would seem to have a strong cross section of skills and a willingness to put in time to get things right.’

‘I have found Mona Costelloe, Grainne Murphy and Robert McDermott diligent and careful in their advices which will hopefully leave us in good stead when the issues come to be resolved.’

‘This multidisciplinary team brought far more than basic advice to our process. The team got involved with the matter by acquiring a true understanding, applying analytical thinking and using game theory to support our decisions. The consistent and clear demonstration of capabilities created real confidence for us. Regardless of the outcome we believed during the process we were optimised with this team.’

‘Mark O’Shaughnessy demonstrated relentless commitment, energy and confidence throughout. This rare combination shored up our energy when we most needed it.’

Key clients

Tullow Oil Limited and Tullow Oil plc

Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland

Parcel Connect t/a Fastway Couriers

The Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman

Ballymore Group/Ballymore Residential Limited

Beaumont Hospital

Be-Spoke Capital A.G.

Environmental Protection Agency

Inland Fisheries Ireland

M7 Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Acted for a state health agency in a dispute with a private hospital provider which arose in the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Parcel Connect t/a Fastway Couriers in connection with a cyber-attack affecting its customer data.
  • Acted for Ballymore Group/Ballymore Residential in High Court litigation involving one of Ireland’s largest developers against CRH and its subsidiary Roadstone as well as other construction product suppliers.

Ireland > Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 2

ByrneWallace LLP is a growing force in restructuring and insolvency. The team has especially benefited from numerous internal referrals from real estate and corporate colleagues, landing a series of major engagements, including a number of headline examinerships. It also has strong links to creditors, including alternative funders, and works with most of the major insolvency offices in Ireland. Practice chair John Fitzgerald has more than a decade of experience in restructuring and insolvency, having previously specialised in banking and finance. Sean Neville is a key name to note at associate level.

Practice head(s):

John Fitzgerald

Other key lawyers:

Sean Neville; Alison O’Sullivan

Testimonials

‘As a team, the insolvency and corporate insolvency practice in ByrneWallace is experienced, highly knowledgeable, and proactive. Easy to work with’

‘John Fitzgerald is calm, unflustered, and solution driven.’

‘Sean Neville is a good senior associate to have on your side.’

‘Alison O’Sullivan adopts a very common sense, pragmatic approach to insolvency and restructuring property transactions.’

 

 

Work highlights

  • Advised a cosmetics manufacturing business on all aspects of its petition to have an examiner appointed and in relation to engagement with all key stakeholders throughout the process.
  • Advised a state body on the examinership of Premier Periclase and the interplay between the examinership framework and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
  • Advised a private equity fund on an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court in relation to the extent that assets can be sold under a Personal Insolvency Arrangement without debtor consent.

Ireland > Projects and PPP Tier 2

ByrneWallace LLP offers project planning and delivery advice to public and private clients from multiple sectors, including healthcare, transport, education, technology, energy, utilities, and real estate. Fergal Ruane heads the practice and has extensive experience of advising on the design, financing, development, and operation of data centres in Ireland. Martin Cooney handles all contentious and non-contentious aspects of construction law. Michael Walsh focuses on the real estate sector.

Practice head(s):

Fergal Ruane

Other key lawyers:

Martin Cooney; Michael Walsh

Testimonials

‘ByrneWallace LLP is a trusted partner, having in-depth knowledge of the Irish energy market and the related land conveyancing required for large-scale energy projects. The works both as an advisor and collaboratively on a range of complex land-related issues.’

‘ByrneWallace’s practice demonstrated excellent and effective assistance in complex contractual matters. Their team of solicitors can assist in various fields of legal matters, including public procurement laws, real estate, construction and tax matters.’

‘Michael Walsh is invaluable in tough negotiations of a complex real estate deal. He demonstrates excellence and sound advice on all legal aspects of the transaction and provides an excellent understanding of the local commercial context. His accessibility to the client is impeccable.’

‘The team is professional, technically accurate and always delivers within the deadlines.’

‘Fergal Ruane always delivers regardless of the deadlines.’

‘Fergal Ruane and his team are extremely efficient, responsive and knowledgeable when advising in this technical area of the law. They are always very “solutions-focused” which is extremely important as a client, and are not afraid to give clear concise advice.’

‘Fergal Ruane is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in this very technical area of the law but, beyond that and probably even more importantly for a client, he provides incredibly practical, concise, commercially-oriented, strategic advice that is invaluable.’

Key clients

Ballymore Group

Hitachi Energy Ireland

Gyrogy Limited

Chartered Land

Mercury Engineering

Failte Ireland

Irish Water/Ervia

Fingal County Council

Dublin City Council

Horse Racing Ireland

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

Work highlights

  • Advised the Ballymore Group on the development and off-market circa €200m forward funded sale of over 400 residential units at Royal Canal Park in Dublin.
  • Advised Fingal County Council on the procurement procedures for the development of large scale mixed tenure residential developments at 3 different sites.
  • Advised Chartered Land on corporate, construction and commercial aspects of the development of over 800 residential units at two large sites in Dublin.

Ireland > White-collar crime Tier 2

ByrneWallace LLP has built a strong reputation assisting clients with investigations brought by regulators and law enforcement bodies, and is noted for its 'ability to be agile across multiple areas of law'. The team is particularly active in the field of cybercrime, where it handles issues related to fraud and ransomware. Jon Legorburu jointly leads the team alongside Sean O’Donnell, who has extensive experience in handling contentious regulatory work and acting for and against regulators in enforcement proceedings. Mark O’Shaughnessy regularly advises domestic and international companies on regulatory investigations and disputes, while associate Redmond Scanlon specialises in investigations carried out by the health and safety authority.

Practice head(s):

Jon Legorburu; Seán O’Donnell

Testimonials

‘A highly responsive firm, with particular ability to be agile across multiple areas of law.’

‘Byrne Wallace provides high-quality legal advice and representation in white-collar crime situations. Their expertise is at a high level owing to the experience and acumen of their solicitors, who have both a varied and deep understanding of the issues faced by the clients. They are extremely good at acting efficiently and expeditiously to address crises for corporate entities dealing with such a scenario within their corporation.’

‘They have excellent interpersonal skills with their clients and Courts. They are trusted by the courts in many cases, which is a valuable commodity in this arena.’

‘Sean O’Donnell provides excellent and calm advice to his clients. His expertise in dealing with criminal matters gives him a valuable advantage in addressing issues in this area. He also has excellent interpersonal skills to guide clients through the issues they face with white-collar crime matters.’

Key clients

Environmental Protection Agency

Work highlights

  • Represented the Environmental Protection Agency in the prosecution of Barclay Chemicals Manufacturing.

Ireland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

ByrneWallace LLP offers a wide range of services, including handling sensitive information and data transfers, compliance reviews, breach management and data protection litigation claims. Sean O’Donnell specialises in providing data protection advice to public bodies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and Horse Racing Ireland, and jointly heads the team with Zelda Deasy, who advises both private sector organisations and public bodies on the negotiation and drafting of data sharing agreements and data protection policies.

Practice head(s):

Seán O’Donnell; Zelda Deasy

Testimonials

‘Byrne Wallace’s legal data privacy team are highly skilled, exceptionally professional and deliver results and timely legal advice for their clients. Their team is very close-knit. They have excellent communication skills both internally within their team and directly with their clients. They go above and beyond the ask from a client perspective and are always available to assist – 24/7.’

‘They have proven capability in providing excellent legal advice and crisis legal response in challenging situations for their client. They are able to guide their clients professionally through very complex, unique and nuanced legal scenarios where precedent does not exist – providing legal solutions and excellent advice every step of the way.’

‘Zelda is extremely knowledgeable and up to date on the data protection framework in Ireland and the EU. She is diligent in all her work and really takes the time to assess each individual situation before putting a solution forwards.’

‘Seán O’Donnell is a true professional. He is always available for any urgent or last-minute meetings. He has an excellent communication style, pays great attention to detail and will always develop bespoke legal solutions for clients in respect of complex legal scenarios. Sean has also demonstrated his unique ability to traverse through new significant data protection investigations in the area of cyber security.’

‘The data protection team is very responsive when urgent queries arise and always provides practical advice. Byrne Wallace has subject matter experts in many areas of data protection.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and always available to involve themselves in your query. They have unique and specialist skills, and provide the best advice at every stage of the process.’

‘The data protection team is always responsive and takes the time to understand the client’s need and find the best fit in terms of advice and actions to be taken.’

Key clients

Department of Transport

Environmental Protection Agency

Local Government Operational Procurement Centre

Horse Racing Ireland

Mainstream Renewable Power Limited

Marine Institute

Medical Council

OneProjects Design Innovation Limited

Phibro Animal Health Limited

Work highlights

  • AdvisedOneProjects Design Innovation on its $8m extension to its 2020 Series A fundraising round.

Ireland > Energy and natural resources Tier 3

ByrneWallace LLP advises on all aspects of energy projects, covering project finance, planning and environmental law, and M&A transactions involving energy assets and companies. The team also assists clients in the financing of energy projects and in the development of energy projects.

Testimonials

‘The energy team has a strong knowledge of greenfield development and land issues for renewable projects.’

‘The team in Byrne Wallace is on hand to close out tasks efficiently and effectively.’

‘The team has deep knowledge of the renewable energy space.’

Key clients

Mainstream Renewable Power

Permanent TSB

EDF Renewables Ireland

GridBeyond

Island Stability Services

Natural Forces Renewable Energy

Close Leasing

Carbon Sole Group

Allied Irish Banks plc

GridConnect

Hexicon AB

ING Bank

Ronan Group Renewables

Hitachi Energy Ireland

Gyrogy

Kildare County Council

Source Energie

Work highlights

  • Represented GridBeyond in a partnership and project financing arrangement with Triodos Energy Transition Europe Fund.
  • Assisted an investor group in a £25m investment in solar developer Elgin Energy via convertible loan notes.
  • Advised Mainstream Renewable Power on the Irish aspects of the disposal of its stake in a pan-African renewable energy generation platform.

Ireland > Information technology Tier 3

Under the leadership of technology specialist Victor Timon, ByrneWallace LLP‘s team advises clients on M&A transactions and financing rounds. The practice also assists with software development and licensing agreements, systems integration and cloud-computing arrangements. Gillian O’Shaughnessy and Feargal Brennan are the other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Victor Timon

Other key lawyers:

Gillian O’Shaughnessy; Feargal Brennan

Key clients

Browserstack

Interactive services

Integrity360

TechMet Limited

Treo Technologies DAC

Ocuco Limited

XtremePush

Ammeon

Silent-Aire

European Circular Bioeconomy Fund

AdaptiveMobile Security

STAR7

Leveris

Daimler Benz

Fivetran

DNM Technology Group

Payzone

Fexco

Healthbeacon

Headway Software Technologies Limited

Mindfule

Nulia

Phonovation

Prepay Power

Remote Games Limited

Sytorus

Ubiqube (Ireland) Limited

Induction Manager

Not a Hotel Ventures Limited (BOB W)

Trezeo

Internet Corp (now Ekco)

Meetingsbooker.com

Brainomix

Deposit Return Scheme Ireland

Reitigh Software

Avar Communications t/a Jobbio

Glocal Advertising Cloud Ltd t/a GladCloud

Volograms Limited

Meaghers Pharmacy Group

Bets Medical

Work highlights

  • Advised ECBF on its $7m investment in Irish Al-discovery platform company Nuritas.
  • Advised Ekco Cloud on the acquisition of Irish cybersecurity specialist Ward Solutions.
  • Advised STAR7 on its acquisition of LocalEyes, an Irish supplier to Apple.

Ireland > Insurance Tier 3

ByrneWallace LLP advises on a mix of transactional, regulatory and disputes engagements. The firm has an especially strong record in the public sector, representing the Environmental Protection Agency in connection with environmental impairment liability insurance policies. The key names to note include Jon Legorburu, head of the litigation and dispute resolution department; Helen Gibbons, who possesses expertise in business interruption cases; Mona Costelloe, a specialist in Commercial Court proceedings;   and Mark O’Shaughnessy, who leads the firm’s advice to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Practice head(s):

Jon Legorburu; Mark O’Shaughnessy

Other key lawyers:

Helen Gibbons; Mona Costelloe; Louise Holmes

Testimonials

‘The firm is very professional and excels when dealing with their individual clients. Billing process etc are state of the art and there are never any issues.’

‘Louise Holmes is the primary solicitor I use and she is a real people person and comes across extremely well to my clients. She knows their business, their needs and what makes them tick. Louise is very good at negotiating on behalf of the client, very time efficient and excellent at conveying bad news to clients in a manner in which they accept.’

 

Key clients

Environmental Protection Agency

Work highlights

  • Advised the Environmental Protection Agency on all environmental impairment liability insurance policies secured by licensed operators as a financial instrument for potential environmental liabilities arising on landfills, non-hazardous/hazardous waste transfer stations, incineration waste facilities and high risk contaminated land.
  • Advised an Irish regulator on policy coverage issues.
  • Advised a large Irish public body on insurance, indemnity, liability, risk identification and mitigation.

Ireland > Media and entertainment Tier 3

ByrneWallace LLP has built a strong reputation for assisting public and private organisations with reputation management, where it protects clients from the reputational damage caused by product recalls, bad leavers, data breaches, cyberattacks and adverse media intrusion. Mark O’Shaughnessy heads the practice and works closely with Valerie Hourigan .

Practice head(s):

Mark O’Shaughnessy

Other key lawyers:

Valerie Hourigan

Testimonials

‘Mark O’Shaughnessy is a leading expert in the fields of media and technology law, his knowledge of these constantly evolving areas is impressive, and his ability to present developments in the law in a clear and concise way is of great assistance. He has the ability to identify practical pathways and solutions to overcome difficult legal issues faced by clients in these areas.’

Key clients

Irish Studio Media Publishing Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Irish Studio Media Publishing Limited in proceedings arising from the content of an article published in an online publication.
  • Represented county councils in issues arising from an investigative journalist broadcast regarding certain alleged corporate governance issues.
  • Represented state health agency in defending High Court defamation proceedings.

Ireland > Intellectual property Tier 4

ByrneWallace LLP provides a variety of non-contentious intellectual property services to private and public sector clients, with strong expertise in the life sciences sector. In addition to this, the team also handles contentious work, including trademark and design rights litigation. Colin Sainsbury has extensive experience working on intellectual property matters with clients from the pharmaceuticals sector and jointly heads the team with Mark O’Shaughnessy, who specialises in litigation related to intellectual property disputes. The team has been strengthened further by the arrival of Victor Timon as head of the technology group from Lewis Silkin. Darren Daly left the firm in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Colin Sainsbury; Mark O’Shaughnessy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘ByrneWallace LLP has expertise in life sciences and KTI contracts.’

‘Colin Salisbury is thorough and experienced.’

‘The practice is exceptionally easy to work with, and the team provides full support when needed.’

‘Colin Sainsbury demonstrated considerable experience in the area, a clear understanding of the issues and a strong skill set when it came to negotiations. He also went above and beyond in his efforts to serve.’

‘ByrneWallace LLP’s service makes them unique.’

‘ByrneWallace LLP’s attention to detail is their best attribute.’

‘The team is responsive, professional, and reliable.’

‘Colin Sainsbury is a trusted and reliable partner. He always gives timely, reliable, and relevant counsel.’

Key clients

Xeolas Pharmaceuticals Limited

Avectas Limited

Endowave Limited

Warburton Technology Limited

Neuromod Devices Limited

Versono Medical Limited

Univet Limited

Juvenescence (Europe) Limited

Brepco Pharma Limited

European Circular Bioeconomy Fund

B. Braun Hospicare Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Xeolas Pharmaceuticals on the development of a number of niche, patient-friendly medicines including Omeprazole Oral Suspension.
  • Advised Avectas Limited on a broad range of agreements in relation to the development and commercialisation of Avectas’ proprietary cell engineering technology.
  • Advised Endowave Limited on a number of agreements including the in-licensing of Endowave’s foundational intellectual property from NUI Galway, and collaboration agreements.

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: 55
Number of lawyers: 160
Website: www.byrnewallace.com

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner, Head of Corporate Feargal Brennan fbrennan@byrnewallace.com +353 (0)1 691 5276
Tax Anthony Smyth asmyth@byrnewallace.com +353 (0)1 691 5281
Banking and Finance Mark Kavanagh mkavanagh@byrnewallace.com +353 (0)1 691 5643
Construction Martin Cooney mcooney@byrnewallace.com +353 (0)1 691 5260
Data Privacy and Data Protection Sean O'Donnell seanodonnell@byrnewallace.com +353 (0)1 691 5411
Health and Social Care Sinéad Kearney skearney@byrnewallace.com +353 (0)1 691 5406
Restructuring and Insolvency John Fitzgerald jfitzgerald@byrnewallace.com +353 (0)1 691 5617
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Jon Legorburu jlegorburu@byrnewallace.com +353 (0)1 691 5494
Pensions Law Liam Connellan lconnellan@byrnewallace.com +353 (0)1 691 5251
Employment/Public Sector Michelle Ni Longain mnilongain@byrnewallace.com +353 (0)1 691 5310
Property/Real Estate Alison O'Sullivan aosullivan@byrnewallace.com +353 (0)1 691 5272
Projects and Infrastructure Fergal Ruane fruane@byrnewallace.com +353 (0)1 691 5259
Technology Group Victor Timon vtimon@byrnewallace.com +353 (0)1 691 5866
Photo Name Position Profile
Feargal Brennan photo Mr Feargal Brennan Managing Partner
Eamonn Carey photo Mr Eamonn Carey Partner, Corporate
Lisa Cawley photo Ms Lisa Cawley Partner, Banking and Finance
Liam Connellan photo Mr Liam Connellan Partner, Head of Pensions Law
Martin Cooney photo Mr Martin Cooney Partner, Head of Construction
Mona Costelloe photo Ms Mona Costelloe Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Zelda Deasy photo Ms Zelda Deasy Partner, Corporate / Data Privacy and Data Protection
Loughlin Deegan photo Mr Loughlin Deegan Partner, Employment Law
Catherine Dowling photo Ms Catherine Dowling Partner, Corporate
Olive Doyle photo Ms Olive Doyle Partner, Health and Social Care
Ronan Egan photo Mr Ronan Egan Partner, Property/Real Estate
John Fitzgerald photo Mr John Fitzgerald Partner, Head of Restructuring and Insolvency
Laura Greene photo Laura Greene Partner, Corporate / Technology Group
Louise Holmes photo Ms Louise Holmes Consultant, Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Valerie Hourigan photo Ms Valerie Hourigan Partner, Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Mark Kavanagh photo Mr Mark Kavanagh Partner, Head of Banking and Finance
Aoife Kearne photo Ms Aoife Kearne Partner, Property
Sinead Kearney photo Ms Sinead Kearney Partner, Head of Health and Social Care
Elaine Kelly photo Ms Elaine Kelly Partner, Employment Law
Michael Kennedy photo Mr Michael Kennedy Partner,  Employment Law
Jon Legorburu photo Mr Jon Legorburu Partner, Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Ross Little photo Mr Ross Little Partner,  Corporate
Jonathan Lynch photo Mr Jonathan Lynch Partner, Corporate
Deirdre McBennett photo Ms Deirdre McBennett Partner, Banking and Finance
Patrick McClean photo Ms Patrick McClean Partner, Health and Social Care
Michelle McVeigh photo Ms Michelle McVeigh Partner, Property/Real Estate
Sean Neville photo Mr Sean Neville Of Counsel, Restructuring and Insolvency
Michelle Ní Longáin  photo Ms Michelle Ní Longáin Partner, Head of Employment Law and Head of Public Sector
Sean O'Donnell photo Mr Sean O'Donnell Partner, Litigation and Dispute Resolution/ Data Privacy and Data Protection
Donal  O'Donovan photo Mr Donal O'Donovan Partner, Banking and Finance
Paraic O'Kennedy photo Mr Paraic O'Kennedy Partner, Banking and Finance
Gillian O'Shaughnessy photo Mr Gillian O'Shaughnessy Partner, Corporate
Alison O'Sullivan photo Ms Alison O'Sullivan Partner, Head of Property/Real Estate
Mark O’Shaughnessy photo Mr Mark O’Shaughnessy Partner, Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Fergal Ruane photo Mr Fergal Ruane Partner, Head of Projects and Infrastructure
Ciara Ruane photo Ms Ciara Ruane Partner, Employment Law
Elizabeth Ryan photo Ms Elizabeth Ryan Partner, Banking and Finance
Colin Sainsbury photo Mr Colin Sainsbury Partner, Corporate and Head of Life Sciences
Anthony Smyth photo Mr Anthony Smyth Head of Tax
Lorraine Smyth photo Ms Lorraine Smyth Partner, Employment Law
Victor  Timon photo Mr Victor Timon Partner, Head of Technology Group
Eoghan Wallace photo Mr Eoghan Wallace Partner, Health and Social Care
Michael Walsh photo Mr Michael Walsh Partner, Chair of Property/Real Estate
Emmet Whelan photo Mr Emmet Whelan Partner, Employment Law
Number of lawyers : 160
Number of Partners : 55
English
Contact : Feargal Brennan (managing partner)
Other offices : New York