Firm Profile > Flynn O'Driscoll > Dublin, Ireland

Flynn O'Driscoll

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Flynn O'Driscoll is particularly active in the technology sector, where it advises venture capital firms on investments, as well as investee companies. The team also handles M&A, fundraising and restructurings, and has advised on the Irish law aspects of cross-border transactions. It regularly acts for SMEs, including owner-managed and family businesses. The 'outstanding' four-partner team includes the 'fantastic' Alan O’Driscoll, who is particularly active in venture capital transactions.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Flynn; Alan O’Driscoll; David Ryan; Gavin Lawlor


An outstanding team. They combine exceptional legal expertise with sharp commercial judgement.

Gavin Lawlor is an unflappable practitioner, taking everything in his stride. His strategic advice is first class as he applies his deep knowledge of the law with a sound understanding of our business. He is the most commercially astute lawyer I have ever met.

Flynn O’Driscoll have a unique setup to allow them to work with both small and large clients.

Alan O’Driscoll has always been a fantastic help and offers great advice.’

The practice creates an atmosphere of complete trust and a sense that their sole focus is on you and your needs.’

The individuals, while working in their own specialist area, never lost the sense of their place among their fellow team members, working to drive our deal to completion. Solicitor Tara Keane, trainee Philip Gray and senior associate Cian O’Leary were standout members.

Flynn O’Driscoll is a client-focused and solutions-based firm which offers a wide range of legal services across a broad spectrum of disciplines. The partners and associates are always responsive to requests for advice and proactively provide guidance and solutions to problems in a practical and cost-efficient manner. I would have no hesitation recommending the firm.

Alan O’Driscoll has extensive experience across a multitude of disciplines. Despite his heavy workload he is always responsive to requests for assistance and provides practical and common-sense advice and solutions to problems.

Senior associate John Troute’s hard work, late nights and dogged determination were a major contributor to the success of a very significant transaction.

Senior associate Cian O’Leary’s patience and drafting skills were instrumental to our deal.’

The level of access and responsiveness by the partners and associates is top class. Flynn O’Driscoll bring a pragmatic approach to the way they provide solutions.

Really good client care and attention to detail – they know what the client needs and remember the details of discussions.

The firm: Flynn O’Driscoll is a business law firm focused on achieving practical business solutions for its clients. It was founded by Pat Flynn in 2002 who was joined shortly thereafter by Alan O’Driscoll. Since its formation, its main areas of practice have been corporate and commercial advice, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions and aviation and asset finance. The firm has grown in size year on year to its current staff level of seven partners and a total of 37 lawyers.

Flynn O’Driscoll’s clients are both domestic and international corporates who greatly value the firm’s ability to deliver legal advice in a personal and client-directed manner. The firm’s proactive and time sensitive approach allows its clients to meet their objectives efficiently. The firm prides itself on the personal and long-lasting relationships that it has developed and maintains with each client.

Areas of practice

Corporate and commercial: Flynn O’Driscoll provides its clients with relevant advice on all areas of corporate and commercial law, including commercial agreements, start-ups, public company advisory work and flotation, venture capital, corporate re-organisation, share buy-backs and corporate governance and company secretarial.

Corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions: Advises on the sale and purchase of companies and businesses, management buy-outs and buy ins and private equity and venture capital investment.

Aviation and asset finance: Flynn O’Driscoll provides a range of services in connection with the purchase, registration and leasing of aircrafts in Ireland. Its key services include advising clients in relation to all aspects of registration of aircrafts on the Irish register and operation of aircrafts and advising banking institutions, lessors and lessees in relation to leasing transactions.

Banking and financial services: Flynn O’Driscoll advises on all aspects of banking and security arrangements including financial covenants negotiation, interlender agreements, legal opinions, compliance with the Companies Act 2014, regulation and compliance including with the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority and the Financial Services Authority in the United Kingdom, investment structuring, co-ownership, recourse and non-recourse financing and mezzanine financing.

Commercial real estate: Flynn O’Driscoll has considerable experience on the property law needs of clients, some of which are property development companies. It has been involved in transactions in both Ireland and the United Kingdom. Its key services include commercial leases and all aspects of financing and security in relation to property including compliance with the Companies Act.

Competition and EU: Flynn O’Driscoll advises on all aspects of Irish and EU competition law, including merger control, anti-competitive arrangement, abuse of dominance, state aids and fundamental freedoms.

Dispute resolution and litigation: Flynn O’Driscoll is experienced in the area of commercial litigation in all courts including the Commercial Court. In particular, the firm is familiar with dealing with commercial disputes, contract disputes and private industrial disputes. It also advises in arbitrations and mediation.

Employment and pensions: Flynn O’Driscoll advises on all employment matters including drafting employment contracts, advising on statutory terms and conditions of employment, employment litigation in the courts and tribunal, industrial relations and actions, redundancies, restructuring, data protection and visa procurement. It is also experienced in employee handbooks and health and safety law.

Intellectual property: Flynn O’Driscoll provides intellectual property services in all sectors in which it practises, including advice on trademark and patent registration and intellectual property infringement.

Technology and innovation: Flynn O’Driscoll provides a comprehensive range of legal services to the information technology sector. Its clients are developers, distributors and suppliers of intellectual property products, systems and services. Its key services in the sector include the procurement and delivery of intellectual property systems and services and outsourcing projects and managed services.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and commercial Alan O'Driscoll
Corporate and commercial David Ryan
Corporate and commercial John Darby
Corporate finance and M&A Alan O'Driscoll
Corporate finance and M&A John Darby
Aviation and asset finance James Duggan
Aviation and asset finance Pat Flynn
Banking and financial services Alan O'Driscoll
Banking and financial services Pat Flynn
Banking and financial services John Darby
Commercial real estate Julian Cunningham
Commercial real estate Pat Flynn
Competition and EU John Darby
Competition and EU Alan O'Driscoll
Dispute resolution and litigation Julian Cunningham
Dispute resolution and litigation Pat Flynn
Dispute resolution and litigation David Curran
Employment and pensions Alan O'Driscoll
Employment and pensions David Ryan
Employment and pensions John Darby
Intellectual property Laura Myles
Intellectual property Alan O'Driscoll
Technology and innovation Laura Myles
Technology and innovation Alan O'Driscoll
Restructuring and insolvency Alan O'Driscoll
Restructuring and insolvency David Ryan
Restructuring and insolvency John Darby
Inward investment Alan O'Driscoll
Inward investment David Ryan
Private equity Alan O'Driscoll
Private equity David Ryan
Private equity John Darby
Photo Name Position Profile
 Julian P Cunningham  photo Julian P Cunningham
 David Curran  photo David Curran
Mr James Duggan  photo Mr James Duggan
 Patrick G Flynn  photo Patrick G Flynn
 Gavin Lawlor  photo Gavin Lawlor
 Alan O’Driscoll  photo Alan O’Driscoll
 David Ryan  photo David Ryan
Number of lawyers : 37
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Other offices : Galway