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Jon Legorburu

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Byrne Wallace

Work Department

Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution.

Position

Partner

Career

Jon is Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution at ByrneWallace. His specialist areas are financial services, corporate and intellectual property litigation and he is rated in the legal directories for his work in these areas.
His work focuses on the early economic analysis of cases, rational behaviour in dispute situations, and strategies designed to achieve business gains where conflicts arise. He is well versed in all types of Court actions including Mareva Injunctions, Anton Piller Orders and other pre-emptive remedies. He has a very high success rate in getting disputes resolved quickly and effectively.
His chosen areas of specialisation are company and corporate disputes, regulatory disputes, project based litigation in the construction and logistics sectors, and intellectual property/information technology matters. His work has included representing clients in business critical injunctions to protect or freeze assets and he has worked in leading law firms in England and Australasia including Slaughter and May in the United Kingdom and Chapman Tripp in New Zealand, before joining ByrneWallace in 2010.

Member

Dublin Solicitors Bar Association. Law Society of Ireland. Law Society of England & Wales. Law Society of New Zealand. Member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group. Member of the Society of Computers and the Law 

Education

Jon was educated at the University of Kings College where he obtained a BA with first class distinction, the University of Edinburgh where he received his law degree, and the London School of Economics where he obtained an Msc. He is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, and in New Zealand where is he is admitted as a barrister and solicitor.


Ireland

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Byrne Wallace's team is noted for its 'proactive approach, sound legal advice and willingness to go the extra mile for clients'. The practice has particular expertise in regulatory investigations, acting for public bodies and handling corporate, IP and property litigation. Jon Legorburu and health and social care specialist Sinead Kearney lead the team. Valerie Hourigan and SĂ©an O’Donnell are also key contacts.

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Insurance

Within: Insurance

At Byrne Wallace, dispute resolution expert Jon Legorburu and senior associate Paul Fisher jointly lead the practice, with Fisher advising on insurance and reinsurance matters, including the regulatory aspects. Consultant Louise Holmes acts for retail clients in the defence of personal injury claims and employers’ liability claims. The team also advises on health insurance policies and liabilities in the healthcare sector.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Bringing a ‘personalised involvement to every case that it works on’, Byrne Wallace has put together ‘an excellent, practical and pragmatic team that focuses on solving problems’. In the contentious realm, litigator Jon Legorburu was successful for LUK Pan European in thwarting threatened injunction proceedings due to alleged trade mark infringement. Department head Darren Daly advised Codec on copyright and trade mark issues pertaining to brand redesign and brand protection. Brendan Gavin made partner.

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Public sector

Within: Public sector

Byrne Wallace stands out for the 'flexibility of the team and the depth and range of its knowledge': it advises public bodies in a range of sectors, including social care, agriculture, education, tourism and local government, with particular strengths in healthcare and employment. Group head Michelle NĂ­ LongĂĄin is advising the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on the implementation of new HR policies. Sinead Kearney specialises in health and social care matters; Jon Legorburu and SĂ©an O’Donnell handle litigation; Martin Cooney, who joined from Smyth & Son, advises on construction issues; and Joanne Finn advises on EU and competition law.

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White-collar crime

Within: Leading individuals

Jon Legorburu - Byrne Wallace

Within: White-collar crime

The team at Byrne Wallace has 'a unique blend of skills and talents' and 'combines insightful analysis with an outcome focus'. The practice is noted for its strength in regulatory investigations and advising public bodies, although it also acts for companies, directors and private individuals. Among other matters, the team advises state bodies on their enforcement functions, represents clients in public tribunals of inquiry and private investigations, and advises on mandatory reporting requirements, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing obligations. Jon Legorburu, who 'wears a wealth of experience lightly and is excellent at distilling complex matters down to the essentials', leads the team along with SĂ©an O’Donnell.

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