Ms Catherine Dowling > ByrneWallace LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

ByrneWallace LLP
88 Harcourt Street
Saint Kevin's
DO2 DK18

Work Department



Partner, Corporate


Catherine Dowling is a partner in the Corporate Department specialising in Life Sciences.

Having initially trained as a solicitor in ByrneWallace LLP, Catherine has developed her career within ByrneWallace LLP, advising Irish and international clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions, including private equity/venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and intellectual property.

Specialising in Life Sciences, Catherine has worked with a broad range of entities in the sector, from early stage university spin-out companies to publicly quoted indigenous and global pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device and diagnostic organisations.

Catherine has also advised clients on clinical trial agreements, clinical study agreements, licensing agreements, collaboration agreements, distribution agreements and various other commercial and strategic agreements.


  • The Law Society of Ireland
  • Dublin Solicitors Bar Association


  • B.Comm, University College Dublin
  • Diploma in Intellectual Property, Law Society of Ireland

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Healthcare and life sciences

(Next Generation Partners)

Catherine DowlingByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP has demonstrated a strong commitment to the healthcare and life sciences sectors, particularly in regulatory, transactions and disputes matters. The firm has developed dedicated teams for both life sciences and healthcare, and has become a recognised leader in the market. This includes working with start-ups right through to IPOs and beyond. Colin Sainsbury leads the life sciences team, with child protection and child care specialist Sinead Kearney  heading the healthcare services group. Olive Doyle  is a leader in mental health law and Catherine Dowling is an emerging talent.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

ByrneWallace LLP has a fast-growing practice focused on start-ups and emerging companies, right through to publicly-listed businesses; this includes a significant international client base. Moreover, the firm has a strong history in public sector transactions and counts private equity as another forte. Life sciences and technology are especially active sectors for the firm, along with healthcare and renewable energy. Over recent years, it has hired senior practitioners from several of Ireland’s tier one firms, including some with London experience. Gavin Blake is an energy transactions specialist and Darren Daly is prominent in technology deals. Colin Sainsbury and Catherine Dowling are key for life sciences deals. Former department head Neil Keenan  and Gerry Beausang have joined Pinsent Masons LLP.