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Lavelle Partners

Ireland > Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 3

At Lavelle Partners, insolvency is very much core to the business, thanks largely to the presence of the immensely experienced founding partner Michael Lavelle who specialises in insolvency and commercial litigation. Lavelle routinely acts for leading accountancy firms appointed in major liquidations, receiverships and examinerships.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lavelle

Other key lawyers:

Dermot McClean

Key clients

Caritas Convalescent Centre DAC

St Mary’s Centre (Telford) DAC

Courtown Water World Limited

Gorey Courtown Forest Park CLG

Maximum Media Networks Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for St Mary’s in liquidation proceedings and subsequent disputes with former employees and the eventual winding up of the company.
  • Acted for Caritas Convalescent Centre DAC, a centre located in Dublin for patients recovering from surgery, in relation to a High Court petition to liquidate Caritas and an application to appoint joint provisional liquidators to Caritas.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Lavelle Partners has an established record in start-up and venture capital work, leading to successful exit transactions; much of this is in the technology and healthcare sectors. The firm has advised on a series of nursing home deals and is also close to the manufacturing and distribution sectors. Department head Gríana O’Kelly has a lengthy background with the start-up community, advising on seed funding, later stage financings and eventual exits. Managing partner Michael Lavelle provides further senior level gravitas.

Practice head(s):

Gríana O’Kelly

Other key lawyers:


‘Great breadth of expertise. If a particular partner doesn’t have the expertise then effective handover to the appropriate partner who does. Very much a can-do attitude.’

‘Lavelle Partners bring a very partner led and hands on approach to transactions which is why I like using them.’

‘Direct and prompt access to the “right” person in the practice was a major feature of the process, particularly as we did not have any internal experience of the process. Lavelle Partners provided us with the advice and comfort we needed to complete the same.’

‘Griana O’Kelly has great listening skills, really makes sure she understands the brief before launching into the work … also very open to client input at the drafting stage so that legals reflect the nuances of the commercial arrangements agreed.’

‘Griana O’Kelly is very good to deal with and she is very efficient in getting transactions closed.’

‘The process was lead by Griana O’Kelly who led her team at all times. It was also very comforting to see that Griana had full oversight of the complete process and her five colleagues who complemented each other in delivering a comprehensive and complete conclusion to the process.’

Key clients

Proline Hardware

Brentech Data Systems

Nano Diamond Products

Work highlights

  • Acted for Proline Hardware on its sale to Grafton Group Plc.
  • Acted for Brentech Data Systems and its shareholders on the sale of the company to Principal Logistics Technology.
  • Acted for Nano Diamond Products on its sale to Hyperion Materials and Technologies.

Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Lavelle Partners is known for banking and financial services disputes, insolvencies, debt recovery and mortgage repossession cases. It has a fully rounded practice with additional expertise in other key areas, and has achieved further growth in partnership disputes, insurance cases (including business interruption), employment and professional negligence disputes. Ciarán Leavy is now a recognised name in the market, with employment expert Marc Fitzgibbon and insolvency and restructuring specialist Michael Lavelle providing further senior gravitas. Avril Scally specialises in clinical negligence.

Practice head(s):

Ciarán Leavy


Comprehensiveness, thoroughness, lucidity, candidness and trustworthiness are the main attributes I associate with the Lavelle Partners team based on my experience with them to date. They excel at (a) setting out and contextualising the legal concerns associated with disputed issues, as well as (b) exploring alternative engagement and resolution options, and (c) skillfully advising and expeditiously following-through on appropriately selected courses of action.’

‘Ciarán Leavy gains excellent insight into the matter and is excellent at correspondence such that it gets the point across to the other side and can narrow the issues at hand or move the process forward.’

Expert advice and the priority they gave, in particular their attention to detail.’

Ciarán Leavy is the outstanding partner. Ciarán is, without doubt, the best solicitor I have encountered in my 45 years dealing with that profession. He is extraordinarily shrewd and sharp in respect of the pertinent legal issues but he is also exceptionally discerning about the related human and ethical dimensions of those issues as they apply ab initio and in the context of unfolding circumstances. In short, he combines efficiency and effectiveness with thoughtful considerateness, along with being both approachable and an especially clear communicator.’

The firm listen to the issues, make sure they understand the precise problems and then accurately summarise the situation with suggested remedies. They make you feel comfortable and you dont feel you are “on the clock”.’

Michael Lavelle has great grasp of issues and wealth of practical experience. Exudes confidence.’

I have immediate access to their advices via email/telephone and it’s always friendly and professional. I can rely on their recommendations at all times.’

Ciaran Leavy stands out as an excellent lawyer who always seems to find a solution no matter what the problem is.’

Ireland > Employment Tier 4

The experienced team at Lavelle Partners handles a range of employment law issues, including drafting contracts, policies, health and safety, whistleblowing, performance management and TUPE issues. On the contentious side, it assists with disputes arising from dismissals, equality claims, bullying and harassment cases and complaints to the WRC and labour court. Practice head Marc Fitzgibbon acts for multiple domestic and multinational clients from the public and private sectors and has significant expertise in pension law. Senior associate Emer Murphy is an experienced practitioner in the WRC, where she represents both employers and employees.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


Very knowledgeable and very responsive to client’s needs.’

Marc Fitzgibbon has done an excellent job. He is extremely responsive and very commercial and pragmatic.’

I have always been impressed with the expertise, diligence and client focus I have received from Lavelles. I have found their solicitors have a way to cut through complex problems to offer comprehensive but easy to understand legal advice.’

The team works seamlessly, providing expert practical advice.’

I find that the team in Lavelle Partners have expertise right across the spectrum to satisfy any work we need to be done.’

The folks in Lavelle partners will always go the extra mile for you and have a solution to every challenge we face (they even have time to check in on maternity leave!). They are a pleasure to deal with in particular Marc Fitzgibbon, Emer Murphy & Nikita Kelly.’

I chose Lavelle Partners for their competence with regard to the specifics of employment law. All of my issues have been thoroughly dealt with during the short period that I have engaged them and I am confident that all future needs will be dealt with in the same manner.’

Through my conversations with Emer Murphy I can tell that her knowledge of employment law is very detailed. We have been able to determine the best course of action each time I have needed to without delay and to the best outcome for our business.’

Ireland > Real estate Tier 4

Lavelle Partners frequently advises on the development of real estate in the residential and commercial sectors, as well as handling transactions involving these assets. The team also advises on deals involving sites for development. The practice is led by Nicola Walsh.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Walsh


‘Lavelle Partners have an excellent understanding of our business and requirements. They provide expert legal advice and a very speedy turnaround. The team are very collaborative and innovative in providing solutions to any issues which arise.’

‘Lavelle Partners have offered us outstanding service on a daily basis. Their knowledge and advice has been integral to the achievement of our strategic objectives across our varied and many projects.’

‘Nicola Walsh is exceptional in her support, advice and knowledge. She regularly goes above and beyond to deliver for us as the client.’

‘I was impressed that the transaction, which was quite complex, was handled entirely at partner level, giving a high degree of efficiency and excellent continuity in the collation of information.’

‘Nicola Walsh was very responsive, diligent, committed to the delivery of the transaction and flexible with her time.’

‘Lavelle’s real estate team have experience and knowledge that will assist in complex transactions.’

‘Very knowledgeable team with a broad base of expertise in legal and conveyancing matters. I have always found great comfort in dealing with Lavelle Partners as I can rely on their advice and they deal with all issues in a very professional manner. We have regular contact with their team, who provide updates on all cases on a monthly basis and ensure that we can chat to them at any other time we require advice. Pre-Covid, they were always open to group meetings in their offices where they also had counsel attend to give legal updates and advice on specific cases, and this was of great assistance to our teams working on both legal and conveyancing matters.’

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 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,
Debt and Asset Recovery Barbara Tanzler, Senior
Real Estate Úna O'Connor,
Real Estate Annabel Caldwell,
Commercial litigation Dermot McClean,
Debt and Asset Recovery Hannah Brady,
Corporate and commercial Katie Oakes,
Commercial litigation Tom Callaghan,
Employment Nikita Kelly,
Employment Hugh Le
Clinical Negligence Nicholas
Property Kevin
Hannah Brady photo Hannah BradySolicitor
Annabel  Caldwell photo Annabel CaldwellSolicitor
Marc Fitzgibbon photoMr Marc FitzgibbonSenior Partner and Head of Employment Law
Greg Flanagan photo Greg FlanaganPartner on the Property Team
Nikita Kelly photo Nikita KellySolicitor
Michael Lavelle photoMr Michael LavelleManaging Partner
Hugh Le Gear photo Hugh Le GearSolicitor
Ciarán Leavy photoMr Ciarán LeavyPartner and Head of Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Dermot McClean photo Dermot McCleanSolicitor
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
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