Firm Profile > Lavelle Partners > Dublin, Ireland

Lavelle Partners

Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 3

Lavelle Partners acts for distressed companies in assessing their options, such as the appointment of examiners and petitions for liquidation, and also advises insolvency practitioners in their roles as liquidators. In addition to its advisory work, the firm has a 'wealth of experience in insolvency litigation', with practice head Michael Lavelle having decades of experience in this area.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lavelle


‘The senior insolvency partner has very significant insolvency experience, combined with clear communications and commercial acumen makes for excellent advice.’

‘Significant specialised insolvency experience and clear communications.’

‘The team at Lavelle Partners are among the very best when it comes to strategy. They have a wealth of experience in insolvency litigation.’

‘Michael Lavelle is excellent on litigation strategy. He has a great ability to identify good cases and how they will play out.’

Key clients

Caritas Convalescent Centre DAC

Maximum Media Network Limited

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Lavelle Partners' team has notable expertise in the technology industry, which sees it undertake a significant amount of work for start-up businesses. It is also active in the healthcare sector, where it has acted on a number of pharmacy and nursing home M&A transactions. Led by the 'outstandingGríana O’Kelly, the team also has experience of foreign direct investment deals and advises overseas clients on the establishment of businesses in Ireland.

Practice head(s):

Gríana O’Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Michael Lavelle


‘The team at Lavelle Partners are always available to assist in all matters with a collaborative approach between the respective disciplines.’

‘Gríana O’Kelly is an excellent commercial lawyer with experience in a range of different sectors.

‘The team is accessible and quick to respond and complete work to deadlines.’

‘We have worked with Gríana O’Kelly for a number of years and found her to be a good business partner, offering practical advice on any matters.’

‘Gríana O’Kelly was outstanding. Very knowledgeable about pharmacy transactions.’

‘The team are very approachable and provide a personal service from the managing partner and all the staff we met.’

‘Michael Lavelle and Gríana O’Kelly are the two partners we mainly deal with and both are very committed to providing a professional and relevant service to match our needs.’

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Lavelle Partners is noted for its work in litigation related to insolvencies and financial services, and also handles contractual disputes. The practice is led by Ciarán Leavy. Other key contacts in the team include the highly experienced Mark Fitzgibbon, managing partner and insolvency specialist Michael Lavelle, and Avril Scally, who handles healthcare litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ciarán Leavy

Other key lawyers:

Mark Fitzgibbon; Michael Lavelle; Avril Scally


‘They provide a clear recommended strategy to best assert client’s position rather than being given range of alternatives and being asked to decide on preferred strategy.’

‘They offer assertiveness in deciding the appropriate strategy and follow through in proactive fashion.’

‘Lavelle Solicitors has a focus on their people and delivering for clients, particularly in comparison to competing firms. We have been successful in a number of disputes with Lavelle, with the legal process completed within short timeframes.’

‘Ciaran Leavy is a strong performer, providing pragmatic and results focused advice. Dermot McLean is a diligent associate, always available and pragmatic in his approach.’

‘Ciaran Leavy is a very responsive point of contact who is always up to speed with matters. he provides effective and commercial solutions to progress matters.’

‘Lavelle Solicitors always provide a top class service at a competitive price compared to other firms. You get the feeling that they really value their clients and will go ‘the extra mile’ for the client.’

‘Ciaran Leavy really stands out as a top class litigator and an expert in his field. Ciaran displays great commercial acumen and always seems to find solutions for a problem. I would highly recommend Ciaran Leavy for representation in commercial litigation matters.’

Employment Tier 4

Led by Marc Fitzgibbon, Lavelle Partners advises clients on dismissals, disciplinary matters and the preparation of contracts. The team has also recently been active in advising on redundancies and restructurings as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Fitzgibbon has more than 30 years of experience in both contentious and non-contentious employment law, which includes representing clients before the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.

Practice head(s):

Marc Fitzgibbon

Real estate Tier 4

Lavelle Partners handles leases, acquisitions and disposals for landlords and tenants, private clients, developers, and investors. The team additionally handles property transactions stemming from insolvencies. Nicola Walsh leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Walsh


‘The biggest stand out for me is the response time from everyone we deal with. Too often in the past I have experienced long delays for small matters, but with Lavelles’ they are always prompt even in the often slow world of real estate.’

‘Nicola Walsh has helped get a number of projects over the line in a timely and very professional manner. The big standouts are not bothering us with the little stuff (all the time) but still including it as it’s being signed off, and giving clear impartial advice when a decision has to be made. Exceptional service.’

‘Solid practical advice, with good support in other areas of law. The practice is very approachable and maintains good contact during all transactions.’

‘Nicola Walsh provides down-to-earth, practical, and very efficient advice and actions.’

Key clients

KBC Bank Ireland plc

With over thirty-three years in business, Lavelle Partners have developed an unparalleled reputation for achieving results for commercial and private clients.

Our award-winning team provide quality legal services in several specialist legal sectors:

  • Banking
  • Commercial litigation and dispute resolution
  • Corporate and commercial
  • Debt and asset recovery
  • Employment
  • Estate planning, wills and probate
  • Insolvency
  • Medical negligence
  • Private litigation
  • Property.

While providing legal services is our focus, it is how we deliver them that sets us apart. Our goal is to provide clients with more than what they have come to expect from a law firm.

We commit to a deep understanding of each of our clients’ businesses and this approach allows us to anticipate clients’ needs and assist them in their decision-making process.

The firm provides consistent and knowledgeable guidance based on clients’ specific goals and objectives.  As a result of this approach, clients view us as a valued business partner and legal support. This ensures our clients remain confident that their legal issues will be handled by our attentive and responsive teams.

We understand that what our clients seek is high-quality legal advice and first-rate service delivery. These are the twin engines that drive our firm-client relationships and ensure that we consistently deliver client satisfaction and maintain it.

Department Name Email Telephone
Insolvency Michael Lavelle, Managing Partner
Commercial litigation Ciarán Leavy, Partner
Employment Marc Fitzgibbon, Senior Partner
Medical Negligence Avril Scally, Partner
Corporate and commercial Gríana O'Kelly, Partner
Real Estate Nicola Walsh, Partner
Real Estate Greg Flanagan, Senior Associate
Debt and Asset Recovery Barbara Tanzler, Senior Associate
Employment Emer Murphy, Solicitor
Real Estate Úna O'Connor, Consultant
Corporate and commercial Conor Robinson, Consultant
Real Estate Annabel Caldwell, Solicitor
Estate Planning, Wills and Probate Jennifer Morrow, Solicitor
Commercial litigation Dermot McClean, Solicitor
Debt and Asset Recovery Hannah Brady, Solicitor
Personal Injury Mark Jones, Solicitor
Corporate and commercial Katie Oakes, Solicitor
Commercial litigation Tom Callaghan, Solicitor
Employment Nikita Kelly, Solicitor
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Marc Fitzgibbon  photo Mr Marc Fitzgibbon Senior Partner and Head of Employment Law
Mr Michael Lavelle  photo Mr Michael Lavelle Managing Partner
Mr Ciarán Leavy  photo Mr Ciarán Leavy Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Ms Gríana O'Kelly photo Ms Gríana O'Kelly Partner and Head of Corporate and Commercial
 Avril Scally photo Avril Scally Partner and Head of Medical Negligence
 Nicola Walsh photo Nicola Walsh Partner and Head of Property
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Law Society of Ireland
Managing Partner : Michael Lavelle
Senior Partner : Marc Fitzgibbon
Partner : Ciarán Leavy
Partner : Avril Scally
Partner : Gríana O'Kelly
Partner : Nicola Walsh