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Flynn O'Driscoll

Ireland > Media and entertainment Tier 2

Flynn O’Driscoll handles pre-publication work for major Irish publishers and media outlets, and is also instructed to represent clients in defamation proceedings. In addition to providing ongoing advice to book publishers, the team reviews TV productions and podcasts, including those dealing with complex issues such as criminality. Kieran Kelly leads the practice and has decades of experience specialising in media law.

Practice head(s):

Kieran Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Zoe Mollaghan


‘A major law firm with the nimbleness and agility of a boutique firm, offering top-level service in the fields of defamation and entertainment law.’

‘Kieran Kelly is the standout defamation lawyer in Dublin, ably assisted in the department by Zoe Mollaghan. Both have been offering a leading defamation practice for years. Noted for their availability, practicality and advocacy.’

Key clients

The Irish Independent

The Sunday Independent

The Irish Daily Star

The Sunday World

The Herald

Iconic Newspapers


Reach plc

Virgin Media Ireland

Penguin Books

Hachette Books

Gill Books

Atlantic Books

Harper Collins

Irish Academic Pres

Empire Elite Limited

Hot Press

The Stand with Eamon Dunphy

Newspread Limited

Irish Licensed Merchants Association

Celtic Woman Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Iconic Newspapers in a defamation case in which the defendant availed of the defence of absolute privilege, pursuant to section 17(2)(i) of the Defamation Act 2009.
  • Acting for a number of book publishers in conducting pre-publication legal reviews.
  • Successfully acted for Independent News & Media in bringing an application to have a high-value defamation case struck out on the basis that the plaintiff had sued the wrong defendant.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Flynn O’Driscoll has a fine record in mid-market deals, venture capital investments, and private equity investments and exits. The firm has an impressive roster of start-up, SME, venture capital and private equity clients, notably in the technology, life sciences and healthcare sectors. Alan O’Driscoll  is an established name and head of the start-up team. David Ryan is another prominent practitioner with strong domestic and cross-border experience. Gavin Lawlor is a key partner for venture capital and private equity transactions in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Cian O’Leary; Declan Cunningham; John Troute


‘The team at Flynn O’Driscoll approach every assignment I have worked with them on in a very practical, commercial and business-focused way. This has led to better outcomes for clients as the advice and guidance is centred on the end result and desired outcomes. This approach is underpinned by a highly technical and sector knowledgeable team of individuals that bring their input at the right time in a seamless manner.’

‘Pragmatic approach to problem solving. Appropriate billing. Went to great lengths to understand our business and nothing was ‘too much trouble’.’

The work that FOD undertakes for us and our clients is always partner-led, but the quality of the more junior team members at FOD is always really good.’

‘Alan O’Driscoll is a lawyer of exceptional skill. He navigates issues as if they do not exist and has an ability to being the room with him. His attention to detail and problem solving is equal to the very best.’

‘David Ryan – practical approach, great availability, assuredness – brings great confidence to clients when referred to them, commercial awareness. Cian O’Leary – technically proficient, unflappable, very personable, sector experience.’

‘Solution driven team, providing strong support and guidance to clients. David Ryan, Declan Cunningham both very client focused, with excellent skillsets and business acumen. Problem solvers, commercially focused and very reliable.’

‘Cian O’Leary, a new partner at FOD, is in our view a first-class commercial lawyer with good breadth of skill and experience and an amiable manner. We worked with Cian for many years prior to his promotion to partner. We have always found him attentive to our situation and needs and very responsive in communications and execution; his advice has always been well considered and sound. We have always found the trainee lawyers at FOD very good (we have dealt with a succession of them). FOD apparently does a very good job at attracting and steering talented junior lawyers.’


Key clients

Development Capital/Spotlight

Shareholders of Intellicom Ireland Limited

Shareholders of the MyVet Group

Affidea Diagnostics B.V.

Shareholders of MCM Insurance Brokers Limited

NFP Ireland

Alpha Ascent Strata LLC

Frontline Venture Fund

Auto Records

Sashington Limited/Towerview

Croom Precision Medical

Bio-sciences Limited

HBAN Medtech/Irrus Syndicates

Control and Information Management

Ward Solutions

Engage EHS

Longboat Clinical Limited

Digital Motorsport

Horseware Ireland

New Measured Power Limited t/a Pinergy

Shareholders of ClaimVantage Corporation Limited

Yield Lab Europe Fund

Work highlights

  • Represented Irish company SynergySuite Limited on its Series A investment round led by Chicago VC Fund First Analysis.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Longboat Clinical Limited in the acquisition of the Company by the US company Advarra Inc.
  • Advised the shareholders of Horseware Ireland on the acquisition by Lonsdale Capital Partners of a majority stake in Horseware Ireland.

Ireland > Dispute resolution

Flynn O'Driscoll is a growing presence in the dispute resolution market, representing clients in a series of high-value and seminal cases. The broad ranging practice encompasses shareholder disputes, regulatory prosecutions, environmental prosecutions, procurement litigation, and employer's liability. Insurance defence and professional indemnity are also major strengths of the practice. David Curran, Kieran Kelly and Eoin Cunneen lead the team.

Practice head(s):

David Curran; Kieran Kelly; Eoin Cunneen


‘Excellent handling of a large (in monetary value and in the amount of clients) cross-jurisdictional dispute. Very good collaboration with us (the local attorneys).’

‘Very persistent and solid litigators who are able to help a client navigate complex cross-border matters.’

‘The Team at FOD provide a personal and focused service to their clients. They are attuned to the needs of the clients as they ensure they develop a strong knowledge of the client’s own business and circumstances, which allows them to provide practical and timely advice to their clients on all matters pertaining to the legal issues that are affecting them. This personal, timely and focused service, serves their clients well in the fast-moving corporate world we live in today.’

‘Eoin Cunneen is very experienced and capable of handling such a complex cross-jurisdictional dispute. He has the ability to quickly perceive the key issues in such a complex case.’

‘Eoin Cunneen is a top litigator with a sharp strategic sense and an efficient collaborative spirit which makes him a great asset in matters involving several jurisdictions.’

‘Stand out performers that I know are Eoin Cunneen of FOD. He provides an excellent and high-quality service to his clients, which is solution-focused at all times. That focus on solutions to problems, the ability to move from managing any critical or difficult situation to getting to a position of resolving the matter is critical for clients. Eoin is also an excellent manager of legal issues, especially in relation to corporate litigation, regulatory matters, including criminal investigations and prosecutions. His negotiation skills and ability to deal with state bodies is unparalleled in terms of its efficiency and he has vast experience of dealing with such matters. That experience, coupled with excellent knowledge of the law, is something that can be seen throughout the FOD firm. There is superb attention to detail and a proper, personal service that never forgets the client’s needs as the critical and vital consideration at all times.’

Key clients

Aer Lingus Limited


Chill Insurance

Reiss Limited (Ireland)

Foot Locker Retail Ireland Limited

Joe Duffy Group

Volkswagen Group Ireland

Kiernan Milling

Mediahuis including The Irish Independent, The Sunday World, The Herald

Reach plc including The Irish Daily Star

Iconic Newspapers

Virgin Media Ireland

Books, Atlantic Books, Harper Collins

Atlantic Aviation Group

Mannings Construction Limited

IPB Insurance

Arrabawn Co-Operative

Tipperary Co-Operative Creamery

Hibernia College

The Irish League of Credit Unions

The firm: Flynn O’Driscoll LLP (Flynn O’Driscoll) is an Irish commercial law firm which was established over 20 years ago and has developed into a leading corporate practice.

We are a national law firm with offices in Dublin and Galway.  We operate across the full range of commercial legal services in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Our lawyers are known for being practical, commercial and responsive; these attributes have enabled us to maintain long term relationships with our clients.

Flynn O’Driscoll LLP (Flynn O’Driscoll) is an Irish commercial law firm which was established over 20 years ago and has developed into a leading corporate practice.

We are a national law firm with offices in Dublin and Galway.  We operate across the full range of commercial legal services in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Our lawyers are known for being practical, commercial and responsive; these attributes have enabled us to maintain long term relationships with our clients.

Areas of practice
Corporate and commercial: Flynn O’Driscoll LLP 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 LLP 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 LLP 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 LLP 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 LLP 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 LLP 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 LLP 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 LLP 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 LLP 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 Claire McDermott
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 David Curran
Employment and pensions Alan O'Driscoll
Employment and pensions Claire McDermott
Employment and pensions Caoimhe Heery
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
Corporate finance and M&A Mark Roberts
Photo Name Position Profile
Julian P Cunningham photo Julian P Cunningham Partner with practice areas in Property Law and Litigation Law.  
David Curran photo David Curran Partner practicing in Litigation
James Duggan photo James Duggan Partner
Patrick G Flynn photo Patrick G Flynn Managing and Founding Partner
Kieran Kelly photo Mr Kieran Kelly Kieran Kelly is a partner and head of the Flynn O’Driscoll’s Media…
Gavin Lawlor photo Gavin Lawlor Partner  with practice areas in Commerical Law and Corporate Law.
Alan O'Driscoll photo Alan O'Driscoll Partner and Head of Startup@FOD
David Ryan photo David Ryan Partner
Number of lawyers : 37
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Other offices : Galway