Mr Colin Sainsbury > ByrneWallace LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

ByrneWallace LLP
88 Harcourt Street
Saint Kevin's
DO2 DK18

Work Department

Corporate/Commercial; Life Sciences; Inward Investment.




Corporate Partner and Head of the ByrneWallace LLP Life Sciences Group, Colin is widely recognised as a leading expert in the life sciences, medical device and technology sectors. He has extensive experience in international transactions and equity investments in Ireland. Clients include a broad range of companies from the life sciences and related sectors including biotechnology, pharmaceutical and med tech companies, research institutions and government institutions. Colin has led the firm’s Life Sciences practice since 2004.


Colin is a member of the Business Law Committee of the Law Society of Ireland.


Colin Sainsbury was educated at Trinity College Dublin and qualified as a solicitor in 1984. He was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales.

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Healthcare and life sciences

(Leading individuals)

Colin SainsburyByrneWallace LLP

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.

Ireland > Intellectual property

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.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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 ‘standoutNeil Keenan leads the team, which also includes Gerry Beausang and life sciences specialists Colin Sainsbury and Catherine Dowling.