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Lavelle Partners

Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Lavelle Partners has a major emphasis on banking and financial services litigation, insolvency cases and debt recovery engagements. Real estate disputes, defamation and data privacy matters are also a forte. Department head Ciarán Leavy and managing partner Michael Lavelle are highly rated by clients, the former recognised for his breadth of expertise across commercial litigation, insurance claims, professional indemnity and defamation, and the latter noted for big-ticket insolvency cases, partnership disputes and large-scale commercial litigation. Marc Fitzgibbon  specialises in contentious employment matters and Avril Scally leads the clinical negligence team.

Practice head(s):

Ciarán Leavy

Other key lawyers:

Marc Fitzgibbon; Michael Lavelle; Avril Scally


‘Highly experienced dispute resolution team, always available to offer counsel and advice, or just listen as the scenario demands. Really felt like the team were invested in our case and we were treated with empathy and respect throughout.’

‘Michael Lavelle is an industry leader in this sector. His grasp of the complex issues was second to none and his ability to offer objective advice, even when we did not want to hear it was greatly valued. We felt very confident and secure having Michael go to bat for us and knew our position always got a good hearing. We have great trust in Michael’s opinions and advices and secured a very satisfactory outcome on conclusion of our engagement.’

‘One of the key strengths of Lavelle Partners is that they put a lot of focus and effort on understanding their client’s business no matter how complex or bespoke a particular process is and they always manage to find practical solutions to any problems we encounter in our business. From my experience with other law firms, Lavelle Partners are more “hands on” and more client focused E.g. regular updates are provided on cases and tasks which they are working on. Lavelle Partners are excellent at keeping their clients up-to-date on fees and costs so there are never any surprises when it comes to their invoices. Another key strength of Lavelle Partners is their excellent publications and updates provided to clients on all legal areas relevant to businesses.’

‘Ciaran Leavy’s legal expertise as a commercial litigator is second to none and he has always been extremely professional, responsive and pleasant to deal with. He has advised us on a very bespoke matter recently and he was exceptionally comfortable with this. Ciaran is always true to his word in relation to deadlines and can really be depended upon by our company to deliver. Ciaran really makes it his business to understand how we operate our business and in turn provides top class commercially focused advice. Ciaran is very down to earth also and can explain a complex topic in a very easy to understand way. We would highly recommend Ciaran and his team.’

‘Lavelle Partners’ dispute resolution team provide solution focused, commercial and pragmatic advice to guide their clients through litigation. Their focus is on achieving the best possible outcome at each stage of the process. The team get to know their clients closely and bring a fresh approach, which aims to align any litigation strategy which is devised to the client’s business requirements.’

‘Michael Lavelle brings his significant market experience to the forefront and advocates passionately for his clients. Michael knows the Irish commercial market intimately. Michael is a strong strategist and assists his clients to place themselves in a position of strength from the outset of proceedings.’

‘Ciaran Leavy is highly knowledgeable, dedicated and extremely astute. Ciaran anticipates issues before they arise and presents his clients with carefully crafted solutions. Ciaran is able to distill his legal advice into clear and understandable language.’

‘Lavelle Partners have an outstanding dispute resolution team. They are singularly focussed in getting the best results for their clients. They are across the detail. They never let cases lie and are extremely responsive in terms of their clients.’

Key clients

Windspiel Limited

Ireland > Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 3

Lavelle Partners has a prestigious history in the insolvency and restructuring field, thanks in part to the presence of founding and managing partner Michael Lavelle, who ‘brings a wealth of experience, legal knowledge and market savvy to any transaction or proceedings'. Insolvencies and liquidations are the firm’s particular forte, with it frequently representing many of Ireland’s top insolvency practitioners. Ciarán Leavy is praised for his 'great instincts and experience'.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lavelle

Other key lawyers:


‘Lavelle Partners’ insolvency and corporate restructuring team are keenly attuned to the movements in the Irish SME market. They provide tailored solutions for their clients and ensure that their clients’ interests, whether as creditor or debtor, are protected.’

‘Mick Lavelle is a senior player in the Irish legal sector, he has the right connections and put those to use for his clients. He brings a wealth of experience, legal knowledge and market savvy to any transaction or proceedings on which he advises.’

‘Ciarán Leavy is a rising star, has great instincts and experience. He identifies and deploys winning strategies from the outset of litigation and ensures his clients conclude any proceedings with the best possible outcome.’

‘Lavelle Partners provide a personalised and senior partner relationship approach.’

‘Michael Lavelle has extensive experience and provides practical advice that is relevant and full of common sense.’


Work highlights

    Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

    Lavelle Partners is noted for transactions involving start-ups, growth companies and other SMEs. Healthcare, technology, construction and pharmaceuticals are key sectors for the team. Gríana O’Kelly  leads the corporate and commercial group, and continues to be recognised for her work in the start-up sphere. Michael Lavelle  provides further senior level gravitas.

    Practice head(s):

    Gríana O’Kelly

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael Lavelle


    ‘They have a professional but friendly approach which is beneficial particularly when the matters at hand can have periods that are stressful. The ability to reduce tension is matched with clear communication even when dealing with complex situations where decision making is required by the client. It is a rare skill to maintain this approach, with integrity intact, with all the engaged parties. In short they win with people.’

    ‘Lavelle partner Gríana O’Kelly encapsulates all the qualities of the M&A team. As with other firms, Lavelle’s are competent and efficient, Ms O’Kelly is no different and you feel that she cares, a good outcome for you is a good outcome for her. It is a refreshing experience to have when travelling through a legal process.’

    ‘I engaged with Lavelle partners when acquiring a business, and I found the service outstanding. The team made the experience as seamless as possible for me. The team were extremely knowledgeable, helpful, approachable, professional and efficient.’

    ‘The practice were very well regarded in the market for Commercial, M&A and Employment Law work. We had heard of their reputation from other companies. They were very engaged in understanding what their client wanted to achieve and understood their concerns. Their lines of communication were clear and timely. They used their technology to deliver efficient results and a good level of transparency. Their people were easy to deal with and also you had a sense of confidence in what they were doing. Overall they were approachable, professional and focused on the end result for the client.’

    ‘The individuals worked as team and built up a level of trust with the client. They were approachable and listened to any concerns the client had at any stage. They were also technically very good at understanding and managing the transaction. From the senior partners to the associates dealing with the case, there was a feeling that whatever the situation, the team could handle the problems facing the client.’

    ‘Fast execution, in depth knowledge, excellent advice.’

    ‘We have been working with Lavelle Partners for four years across a number of departments and I must say that all our engagements and interactions with all of their staff have been overwhelmingly positive. As a client, you really feel that they have your best interests at heart – they are very client focused. They are very quick to understand their clients’ business and needs. Their ability to collaborate and work as a team and transfer knowledge about a case or client, particularly across departments, is second to none, and from the client’s view it is absolutely seamless.’

    ‘Gríana O’Kelly is our primary contact on the business side and she’s great – very quickly comes up to speed and understands our requirements, and deals with things quickly and thoroughly, spotting any potential issues and dealing with them along the way.’

    Key clients

    Mexedia Limited

    Autocal Ireland Limited

    Deutz AG

    Work highlights

    • Advised Mexedia Limited’s Irish subsidiary in relation to a share for share exchange, involving the shareholders of Mexedia transferring their shares to the Italian holding company.
    • Advised Deutz on its acquisition of Kirkwell Limited.
    • Advised Autocal Ireland on its sale to Ellab Ireland.

    Ireland > Employment Tier 4

    Lavelle Partners represents clients in disputes concerning bullying, harassment, restraining injunctions, protected disclosure injunctions and equality claims before the High Court, labour courts and WRC. It also assists in a range of employment issues, including policies, whistleblowing, drafting contracts, health and safety, TUPE issues and performance management. Practice head Marc Fitzgibbon acts for domestic and multinational clients from the public and private sectors and has significant expertise in pension law and human resources. Nikita Kelly and Hugh Le Gear provide additional support at the associate level.

    Practice head(s):

    Marc Fitzgibbon

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘The Lavelle employment law team is highly responsive, helpful and very well informed. Their attention to detail is very strong and the team’s commitment to their clients is exceptional.’

    ‘Marc Fitzgibbon is an exemplary solicitor. He is an enormously experienced expert in the field of employment law. He is remarkably thorough, patient and committed. He is also highly respected and well-liked by his colleagues.’

    ‘One of Lavelle Partners’ key strengths is their engagement process where they assess the client requirements and match this with the appropriate resources and personnel. The interpretation of Irish employment law and how to practically apply this to resolve issues effectively to the client’s satisfaction.’

    ‘Marc Fitzgibbon excels in all the particular strengths of the employment team of Lavelle Partners. His in-depth knowledge of how employment law works in practice is matched with a thoughtful strategic approach. Coupled with an ability to effectively communicate this to the client, enables a collaborative approach which produces good outcomes.’

    ‘Marc Fitzgibbon and his team provide exceptional expertise, practical and pragmatic advice to clients.’

    ‘Marc Fitzgibbon stands out as an expert in his field, providing pragmatic support that goes beyond advice and expertise. He provides guidance with respect and understanding, facilitating decisions in the client’s best interest.’

    Key clients

    Keyhouse Holdings Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised German company Duetz and its financial advisors, Mazaars Germany, on the acquisition of Kildare-based company Kirkwell.

    Ireland > Real estate Tier 4

    Under the leadership of Nicola Walsh, the real estate team at Lavelle Partners has a particular focus on the sale and purchase of commercial and residential assets. The practice provides comprehensive advice on the financing and development of projects, along with project-related transactions. Greg Flanagan is also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Nicola Walsh; Greg Flanagan


    ‘Greg Flanagan’s key is his good communication, and Lavelle partners are excellent in this respect.’

    ‘Nicola Walsh works through all of the outstanding issues for clients and effectively communicates the ‘plan of attack’ and the outcomes. She is a true professional and very personable with an empathetic touch.’

    ‘Nicola Walsh expedited her work most positively; she is extremely diligent and pays great attention to detail. She is always easy to contact, flexible where appropriate and firm in her dealings with other solicitors whilst maintaining good relationships.’

    ‘Lavelle Partners provides legal advice when challenges arise. They are very proactive in managing cases, are readily available to meet and discuss and are innovative in coming up with solutions to resolve any issues that arise.’

    ‘Greg Flanagan is very professional and always goes out of his way to assist when assistance is needed and is innovative in coming up with solutions as appropriate. He always delivers on his commitments.’

    Key clients

    KBC Bank Ireland plc

    Lavelle Partners is a national, full-service law firm with offices in Dublin and Galway.

    With 35 years in business, our award-winning team of experienced solicitors have earned a reputation for achieving results and providing pragmatic, plain-English advice.

    The firm provides legal services across areas including;

    • Banking and Finance
    • Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
    • Property
    • Corporate and Commercial
    • Employment
    • Insolvency
    • Debt and Asset Recovery
    • Private Litigation.

    Our mission is to provide our clients with more than they have come to expect from a law firm. We commit to a deep understanding of our clients’ business, their unique challenges and objectives and the commercial climate they work in. Our sector knowledge, legal expertise and depth of experience means our clients view us as a valued business partner.

    Practical, plain-English legal advice and first-rate service delivery are the twin engines that drive our firm-client relationships and ensure that we consistently deliver client satisfaction and maintain it.

    Insolvency, Commercial Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Michael Lavelle, Managing
    Commercial Litigation Ciarán Leavy,
    Employment Marc Fitzgibbon, Senior
    Clinical Negligence Avril Scally,
    Corporate and Commercial Gríana O'Kelly,
    Property Nicola Walsh,
    Property Greg Flanagan,
    Corporate and Commercial Odhran Banim,
    Debt and Asset Recovery Barbara Tanzler, Senior
    Commercial litigation Dermot McClean, Senior
    Property Fiona Roche, Senior
    Real Estate Úna O'Connor,
    Corporate and commercial Katie Oakes,
    Employment Nikita Kelly,
    Clinical Negligence Nicholas Moore,
    Property Kevin McCague,
    Debt and Asset Recovery Kevin O'Keeffe,
    Odhran Banim photo Odhran BanimPartner
    Marc Fitzgibbon photoMr Marc FitzgibbonSenior Partner and Head of Employment Law
    Greg Flanagan photo Greg FlanaganPartner on the Property Team
    Caitriona  Gahan photo Caitriona GahanSenior Associate
    Nikita Kelly photo Nikita KellySolicitor
    Michael Lavelle photoMr Michael LavelleManaging Partner
    Ciarán Leavy photoMr Ciarán LeavyPartner and Head of Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
    Dermot McClean photo Dermot McCleanSenior Associate
    Nicholas  Moore photo Nicholas MooreSolicitor
    Úna O'Connor photo Úna O'ConnorConsultant
    Gríana O'Kelly photoMs Gríana O'KellyPartner and Head of Corporate and Commercial
    Katie Oakes photo Katie OakesSolicitor
    Fiona Roche photo Fiona RocheSenior Associate
    Avril Scally photo Avril ScallyPartner and Head of Clinical Negligence
    Barbara Tanzler photo Barbara TanzlerSenior Associate
    Nicola Walsh photo Nicola WalshPartner
    Solicitors : 20
    Staff : 40
    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
    Partner : Greg Flanagan
    Partner : Odhran Banim