Ms Deirdre McBennett > ByrneWallace LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

ByrneWallace LLP
88 Harcourt Street
Saint Kevin's
DO2 DK18

Work Department

Banking and Finance


Partner, Banking and Finance


Deirdre McBennett is a banking lawyer at ByrneWallace LLP and has been a partner in the firm’s Banking & Finance team for over 15 years. She acts for a range of domestic and international financial institutions, credit unions, private equity houses, alternative lenders, semi-state bodies, as well as corporate borrowers and approved housing bodies, advising in the areas of banking, capital markets and financial regulation.  Deirdre works mainly on corporate loan transactions, senior and mezzanine debt structures, acquisition finance, real estate finance, project finance, syndicated loans, loan sale transactions and debt restructuring.  She specialises in private financing for the social housing sector, and advises some of Ireland’s largest approved housing bodies (AHB’s) including Clúid Housing, Oaklee Housing, Circle Voluntary Housing Association and Tuath Housing.

Deirdre lectures on the Law Society of Ireland Professional Practice course (PPCII), and its diploma courses in Corporate Law & Governance and Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring.


  • Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ireland


  • Diploma in Property Tax, Law Society of Ireland, 2003
  • Qualified as a Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2001
  • Bachelor of Business & Legal Studies (BBLS), University College Dublin, 1995

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Banking and finance

ByrneWallace LLP has developed an impressive senior bench of banking and finance specialists, most recently hiring William Johnston as a consultant from Arthur Cox in January 2021. He has joined a team that includes a number of practitioners with in excess of 20 years and 30 years experience with several also having had stints in senior-level in-house positions. The group has a particularly strong reputation in real estate finance, including social housing finance, and represents a wide array of clients, notably a number of alternative lenders. Mark Kavanagh  remains a senior name in real estate finance, Deirdre McBennett  is a specialist in social housing finance and Paraic O’Kennedy is a key figure in sustainable finance.