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McDowell Purcell

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McDowell Purcell, Eimear Burke, Dublin, IRELAND

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Eimear Burke

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Barry Doyle & Co Solicitors

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Public and Regulatory Law




A Partner in our Public and Regulatory Law Department, Eimear has wide-ranging experience acting on behalf of statutory bodies. Eimear provides advice to professional regulatory bodies to include the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, the Teaching Council, the Medical Council, CORU and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council in relation to all aspects of their governing legislation. She has been responsible for the investigation and preparation of cases before professional conduct committees where allegations of professional misconduct, poor professional performance or unfitness are considered. She also provides advice and representation to clients in District Court prosecutions, High Court appeals, judicial reviews proceedings and enforcement and confirmation applications. As an experienced practitioner, Eimear has considerable expertise in the drafting of rules, regulations, codes of conduct, guidelines and bye-laws on behalf of regulatory bodies. Eimear is a skilled advocate and regularly makes applications before the professional conduct committees of regulatory bodies as well as the High Court. An accomplished speaker, Eimear is regularly invited to speak at conferences, workshops and seminars and she is a co-author of the legal text book “Disciplinary Procedures in the Statutory Professions.”


Law Society of Ireland Law Society of England and Wales Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers


Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, 2010 Diploma in Employment Law, University College Dublin, 2005 Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 2004 LLB (Ling. Germ.), Trinity College Dublin, 1999


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McDowell Purcell is 'unique in the level of experience it has in the area of professional regulation'; the team's expertise covers the health and social care, education, charities and professional services sectors. Managing partner and department head JP McDowell acted for the Law Society of Ireland in a case involving a claims harvesting website; Eimear Burke represented a regulatory body in a high-profile fitness to practise inquiry; and the 'calm and measured' Barry Fagan acted for the Teaching Council in relation to the first-ever fitness to teach inquiry. Sinéad Taaffe is noted for her 'commercially focused and clear advice'. The team has recently expanded its client base to include the Charities Regulator.

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