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88 HARCOURT STREET, SAINT KEVIN'S, DO2 DK18, IRELAND
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Work +353 1 691 5000
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Fax +353 1 691 5010
DX:
18 DUBLIN
Email:
Web:
www.byrnewallace.com

Sinead Kearney

Tel:
Work +353 (0)1 691 5418
Email:
Web:
www.byrnewallace.com
Byrne Wallace

Work Department

Health Services.

Position

Partner.

Career

Sinéad is a Partner and Head of the firm's Health Services Team. Her passion and commitment to her clients ensures that they receive all round support. Sinéad relies on her excellent skill set and works closely with her committed team of Solicitors to consistently deliver high quality legal advice.
Sinéad has been the legal advisor to the Child and Family Agency and it's predecessors in the seminal Child Protection Cases of the last 25 years. In addition to Child Protection, Sinéad specialises in Adoption Law, Children’s Mental Health and Constitutional Rights.

Member

Dublin Solicitors Bar Association. Law Society of Ireland. •Child & Family Law Committee

Education

Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) University College of Dublin 1985.


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 Séan O’Donnell are also key contacts.

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Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

The team at Byrne Wallace is noted for 'its superior level of knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the pharmaceutical industry'. Colin Sainsbury, who is able to 'sort through the complexities of cross-border transactions and to navigate the nuances of Irish corporate law', leads the life sciences side of the practice; he recently advised Amryt Pharma on an in-licence agreement for novel gene therapy treatment from University College Dublin. Newly promoted partner Brendan Gavin and 'stand-out' senior associate Catherine Dowling are also noted. On the healthcare side, Sinead Kearney ('a true innovator and very effective advocate'); Olive Doyle ('a thoughtful, expert practitioner'); and Marie Kinsella are key contacts.

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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 Ní Longáin 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 Séan 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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