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Lavelle Partners

Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Lavelle Partners has an impressive mix of corporate and private clients. It stands out for its experience and expertise in professional negligence claims, insurance matters, real estate cases, and shareholder and partnership disputes. Employment cases and clinical negligence are also particular fortes of the firm. Founding partner Michael Lavelle is hugely experienced and continues to make an impression in partnership and joint-venture disputes, along with private client litigation. Ciarán Leavy is ‘top notch and a pleasure to deal with‘, another senior litigator covering a wide variety of big-ticket disputes. Avril Scally is noted for clinical negligence.

Practice head(s):

Ciarán Leavy

Other key lawyers:

Marc Fitzgibbon; Michael Lavelle; Avril Scally


‘Lavelle Partners is a law firm we have used for a number of years particular for litigation and dispute resolution. You get a very personable service from Lavelle’s. I like their updates on new laws and rules etc.’

‘Ciaràn Leavy stands out for me due to his extensive litigation experience and in-depth knowledge on commercial matters. Ciaran is very personable and “goes the extra mile” for his clients. Ciaran is very responsive on queries and manages to provide practical advice, no matter how complicated the situation is. I found Ciaran to be very approachable, down-to-earth and easy to work with. I would highly recommend Ciaràn Leavy. ’

‘Lavelle Partners offer pragmatic, tailored and effective advice to their clients. Their team advocates passionately for their clients and ensures that swift solutions are achieved to any legal issue. The partners are approachable and provide their legal advice in clear terms. The firm understands the Irish market intimately and understands how to arrive at the desired outcome in a cost- and time-effective manner.’

‘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 distil his legal advice into clear and understandable language.’

‘Innovative and open-minded. Willing to listen carefully. My case was unique and likely without precedent. They carefully considered all details. Asked appropriate questions in a timely fashion. Always provided status updates. Always clear as to next steps. Highly focused, balanced and results orientated. A perfect service for my situation.’

‘Ciaràn Leavy displayed all the characteristics that I would say encompasses a top-class legal professional. Clear and concise in thought. Diligent and innovative.’

‘Ciaràn Leavy is top notch and a pleasure to deal with. Always prompt with advice and replies. Great service.’

‘I have been a client for four years. I think they are the best. My results in the Commercial Court prove that. Integrity, creativity, application and fairness in dealing with me on fees. They take up your case with a determination as if it was their own. Excellent relationships with counsel and other relevant professionals. Attention to detail, which is crucial in litigation. ’

Key clients

Windspiel Limited

Group of 40 investors in AIB Belfry Funds

Work highlights

  • Acted for a group of over 40 individual investors, before the Grant Thornton chaired Independent Appeals Panels Tribunal, in appealing determinations reached by AIB Bank plc in respect of compensation awards made to investors arising from the mis-selling of the AIB Belfry Funds investments.

Ireland > Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 3

Lavelle Partners is highly rated in the insolvency and restructuring sphere. The firm is best known for its work in contentious matters and representing insolvency practitioners as liquidators. It is also recognised for acting for distressed companies and directors. Founding and managing partner Michael Lavelle has an impressive history in liquidations, receiverships and examinerships. Ciarán Leavy provides further senior talent at partner level.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lavelle

Other key lawyers:

Ciarán Leavy; Dermot McClean


‘The team at Lavelle Partners are innovative and helpful in every way, from the point of contact to the final draft of work completed. Always looking for the best way forward.’

‘Professional and great listeners, a real solution-based practice, saving time.’

‘The partners in the firm are commercial, attentive, reactive, approachable and highly knowledgeable. Also, inventive and can be formidable opponents.’

‘Michael Lavelle – hugely knowledgeable, very well respected and a great ally to have on your side.’

‘Dermot McClean – commercial, inventive and thorough.’

‘Lavelle Partners are one of the top Irish firms for contentious insolvency and litigation. They are one of the first firms I contact when I get a difficult liquidation. They have achieved excellent results for me in High Court actions in recent years and I really rate their input.’

‘Michael Lavelle has been a top insolvency lawyer for years. He has a wealth of experience and legal expertise. He is excellent on litigation strategy and tactics.’

‘Dermot McClean is an excellent lawyer. He is considered and calm in litigation which is a great attribute.’

Key clients

A group of 25 investors in Solar 21

Work highlights

  • Acted for a group of 25 investors in Solar 21 in the Commercial Court to protect their best interests in respect of proposed Schemes of Arrangement for the Solar 21 companies, EFW Renewable Energy Limited and EFW Renewable Energy (Ireland) Limited.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Led by Gríana O’Kelly, the corporate and commercial team at Lavelle Partners specialises in advising start-ups and SMEs in the healthcare, technology, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors. Key areas of instruction include cross-border M&A, seed funding, and equity investment matters. Katie Oakes is singled out for her contributions.

Practice head(s):

Gríana O’Kelly

Other key lawyers:


‘With Lavelle, they fully understand your business from the ground up, which allows them to always provide the best expert advice.’

‘The team are really easy to get along with and give clear and concise advice. These people are exceptional at knowing their clients’ strengths and weaknesses and keeping everyone focused to get the deal closed out in a controlled manner.’

‘They are nice people who I enjoy meeting, always able to get deals closed and get on well with the lawyers on the other side. Take an interest in getting things done and explain any issues clearly and simply together with the proposed solutions and timescales.’

Gríana O’Kelly is exceptional, with an eye for detail and laser focus on the end goal.’

Key clients

Autocal Limited

Brockley Group Limited

Deutz AG and Mazars Germany

Groupe Guilin PLC

Keyhouse Holdings Limited and its subsidiary Keyhouse Computing Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of the Brockley Group on its sale to Tennants Consolidated Ireland Limited.
  • Advised Deutz AG on its acquisition of Kirkwell Limited t/a South Coast Diesels.
  • Represented Keyhouse Holdings and its subsidiary Keyhouse Computing in its sale to Dye & Durham.

Ireland > Employment Tier 4

Lavelle Partners  handles the full spectrum of employment law matters, including employment contracts, HR operations, disciplinary processes and unfair dismissal claims. The team has sector-specific experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, with a focus on protected disclosures. Marc Fitzgibbon heads the team, advising domestic and global clients on employment rights and pension law, while Nikita Kelly is an expert in equality, bullying and harassment claims.

Practice head(s):

Marc Fitzgibbon

Other key lawyers:


‘Very commercial and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Allglass Windscreens Group

Brockley Group

Euro General Retail Limited

Keyhouse Holdings Limited

Netwatch Ireland Limited

Start Mortgages DAC

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Brockley Holdings Limited and their financial advisors, Crowe, on the sale of acquisition of Dublin-based company, Brockley Holdings Limited.

Ireland > Real estate Tier 4

Lavelle Partners‘ real estate team is experienced in the full range of acquisition, disposal, financing and leasing matters in both the residential and commercial sectors, with clients including investors, developers and financial institutions. The practice is jointly headed by Nicola Walsh, who is noted for her tax and property finance expertise, and Greg Flanagan.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Walsh; Greg Flanagan


‘The property team is very responsive and successful in achieving desired outcomes.’

‘Nicola Walsh is very hardworking, efficient and flexible with her time. She is professionally adept and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Lavelles displays an ability to develop solutions to complex real estate problems and to bring a wide range of other legal firms on board for complex transactions.’

‘Nicola Walsh has an ability to find pragmatic solutions in complex transactions and to bring the legal advisers of a range of other parties along in the transaction. Her hands-on, forthright, collaborative and pragmatic approach gets deals successfully over the line.’

Key clients

KBC Bank Ireland plc

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

With over 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 quality legal services across a number of specialist areas including:

    • Asset and debt recovery
    • Banking and finance
    • Commercial litigation and dispute resolution
    • Corporate and M&A
    • Commercial contracts
    • Employment
    • Private litigation
    • Property
    • Restructuring and insolvency

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Insolvency & Restructuring, Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate & Commercial Michael Lavelle, Managing Partner
Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Ciarán Leavy, Partner
Employment Marc Fitzgibbon, Senior Partner
Medical Negligence Avril Scally, Partner
Corporate & Commercial Gríana O'Kelly, Partner
Property Nicola Walsh, Partner
Property Greg Flanagan, Partner
Corporate & Commercial Odhran Banim, Partner
Asset & Debt Recovery Georgina Lanigan, Head of Asset & Debt Recovery
Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Dermot McClean, Senior Associate
Corporate & Commercial Katie Oakes, Solicitor
Employment Nikita Kelly, Solicitor
Medical Negligence Nicholas Moore, Solicitor
Asset & Debt Recovery Kevin O'Keeffe, Solicitor
Photo Name Position Profile
Odhran Banim photo Mr Odhran Banim Partner, Corporate & Commercial
Marc Fitzgibbon photo Mr Marc Fitzgibbon Partner, Head of Employment
Greg Flanagan photo Mr Greg Flanagan Partner,  Co-Head of Property
Caitriona  Gahan photo Ms Caitriona Gahan Senior Associate, Wills, Probate & Estate Planning
Nikita Kelly photo Ms Nikita Kelly Solicitor, Employment
Georgina Lanigan photo Ms Georgina Lanigan Solicitor, Head of Asset & Debt Recovery
Michael Lavelle photo Mr Michael Lavelle Managing Partner
Ciarán Leavy photo Mr Ciarán Leavy Partner, Head of Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Dermot McClean photo Mr Dermot McClean Senior Associate, Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Nicholas  Moore photo Mr Nicholas Moore Solicitor, Medical Negligence
Gríana O'Kelly photo Ms Gríana O'Kelly Partner, Head of Corporate & Commercial
Katie Oakes photo Ms Katie Oakes Solicitor, Corporate & Commercial
Avril Scally photo Ms Avril Scally Partner, Head of Medical  Negligence & Personal Injury
Nicola Walsh photo Ms Nicola Walsh Partner, Co-Head of Property
Solicitors : 20
Staff : 45
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