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Flynn O'Driscoll

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Flynn O'Driscoll merged with boutique media law firm Fanning & Kelly in November 2019, and the combined team is now led by Kieran Kelly. The practice specialises in pre-publication work, acting for a considerable number of Ireland's largest newspapers as well as handling matters in the publishing and TV industries. The firm also represents clients in contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Kieran Kelly


‘Kieran Kelly is Ireland’s most experienced media lawyer.’

‘My experience working with Flynn O’Driscoll has been exceptional. What makes the firm unique is the efficiency in how they company deals with their clients.’

‘My working relationship with Flynn O’Driscoll (especially Kieran Kelly) is one I value beyond anything. There was a trust built very quickly and the level of professionalism provided from the firm was second to none. The communication knowledge and advice given was exceptional. Kieran and the team’s services was consistently at the top level of excellence and professionalism. ’

Key clients

Sunday Independent

Irish Independent

Sunday World

Irish Daily Star

Iconic Newspaper Group

Hot Press

Penguin Ireland

Gill Books

Hachette Ireland

Empire Elite Production

Virgin Media TV

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Patrick Flynn, Alan O’Driscoll, David Ryan and Gavin Lawlor lead Flynn O'Driscoll's 'hands-on' team, which operates from offices in Dublin and Galway. The firm, which is noted for its 'excellent local market knowledge', handles a significant volume of M&A transactions, particularly in the SME sector, and also advises on private equity and venture capital investments.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

John Troute


‘Commercial approach combined with a quick, responsive service with competitive fees. Access to partner advice rather than associates.’

‘Strong commercial approach. David Ryan is a very high-quality lawyer.’

‘Outstanding legal advice with a hefty dose of commercial nous.’

‘Gavin Lawlor is an exceptional professional. He answers not only the question asked, but the question we had not realised we needed to ask.’

‘Excellent local market knowledge, proactive nature of communications, and a feeling that they implicitly understand the more successful we are (as their client) in the short term, the more successful they will be in the medium to long term. It never feels like their focus is on the immediate billable opportunity, but instead on how they can provide value to us as their client. This trust is the reason we expect them to handle more and more business for us as we go, and the reason I don’t hesitate in recommending them to anyone who asks me for a legal recommendation in Ireland.’

‘We deal almost exclusively with Gavin Lawlor and his team. His attention to detail, speed, accuracy and over-delivery are some of the many qualities that stand out for me. He has saved us time and money, helped us win business, identified pitfalls in contracts and generally provided exceptional advice and guidance.’

‘David Ryan, Pat Flynn and Alan O’Driscoll are all top class.’

‘Preparation and attention to detail are excellent. Prompt response times and very competitive fees. John Troute is a top-class operator, very clued in on the details and rarely gets things wrong.’

Key clients

Output Sports

Intellicom Ireland Limited

Auto Records Limited

Chill Insurance Limited

The firm: Flynn O’Driscoll LLP 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 LLP 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 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 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 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
 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