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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3


'Excellent negotiator' Andrew McGahey joined Kennedys in January 2018 from Mayer Brown International LLP in London to head the dispute resolution team and act as Dublin office managing partner. The practice, which is noted for its 'strength in depth', specialises in professional indemnity work across the construction, healthcare, financial services and transport sectors. In addition, Daniel Scanlon and Noel Devins are active in defamation cases. Hugh Kennedy and Joanne O’Sullivan are also key contacts.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2


Kennedys' team is 'always available for discussion, minus the legal jargon, with a common-sense approach to cases' and has 'a wide breadth of talent that extends in a meaningful way to a number of jurisdictions'. Practice head Joanne O’Sullivan, who is qualified in the UK and Ireland, is known for her expertise in medical negligence defence and inquest cases; she is 'keen to strategise well in advance of trial to ensure the best results possible for her clients'. Senior associate Grace Keegan, who joined from Matheson, is praised for her 'client-specific, clear and concise advice'.

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Insurance - ranked: tier 2


At Kennedys, the ‘first-rate’ Andrew McGahey, who ‘always gives measured and astute advice’ in addition to being ‘an excellent negotiator’, is the new head of insurance, having joined from Mayer Brown International LLP's London office in January 2018. In a recent work highlight, McGahey assisted an insurance company with adapting its public and general liability insurance policies for Irish law. On the contentious side, Joanne O’Sullivan is focused on the healthcare sector, defending clinical negligence claims, while Marian Brennan has expertise in casualty claims. Noel Devins handles professional indemnity cases and Daniel Scanlon is particularly adept at dealing with defamation claims. The team was further bolstered by the arrival of several solicitors from Matheson.

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Transport - ranked: tier 2


Kennedys 'offers excellent advice on maritime transport-related issues'; the team is assisting a maritime transport company with matters concerning Port State Control intervention and the effects of the new European law on ship-based pollution, as well as defending an international freight forwarder against an action for damages relating to an alleged delay to a consignment of goods. The team also advises on road and aviation matters. Hugh Kennedy, who has 'an unmatched depth of knowledge and experience in maritime transport matters alongside a pragmatic approach to commercial factors', leads the practice.

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