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Addleshaw Goddard (Ireland) LLP
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Ireland > Banking and finance Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The team has extensive domestic and cross-border experience, notably provided by department head Libby Garvey who continues to hold strong connections to London, where she previously practised. The team remains active in real estate financings, including residential, social housing and commercial sectors. It has a fine record in acquisition finance, sustainable financings and is also building its name in regulatory matters, such as in the payments services segment. Along with a solid bank client list, the firm benefits from excellent corporate relationships, including in the hotels sector. Ray Byrne  is an emerging talent, particularly in real estate financings.

Practice head(s):

Libby Garvey

Other key lawyers:

Ray Byrne; Erc Walsh; Aoife Fitzpatrick

Testimonials

‘Has adapted well to Covid-19.’

‘Libby Garvey, Ray Byrne, Erc Walsh and Aoife Fitzpatrick – have all been extremely professional, responsive and always pleasant to deal with.’

‘Libby Garvey’s team are endlessly pleasant and professional, and have a great knowledge of international transaction work as well as the domestic market. They come back to us in a timely manner, have great communications skills, and are extremely commercial. They are advising us on an extremely bespoke matter at the moment, and are exceptionally comfortable in being able to do so.’

‘Libby Garvey’s legal expertise is second to none, and her communications skills really shine. She doesn’t “overlawyer”. She clearly and simply lays out the options and makes her recommendations, meaning that we know where we are and what direction to move in. Libby never misses her own deadlines. If she says she will revert on Monday, then she will. We really enjoy working with this engaging, clever and dependable lawyer.’

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Banks, plc

Finance Ireland Credit Solutions Designated Activity Company

Danske Bank A.S.

HSBC Bank plc

National Asset Management Agency

Home Building Finance Ireland

Rabobank Ireland Designated Activity Company

Cannon Kirk

Johnson & Johnson

Lloyds Bank

BNP Paribas

ACC Loan Management

O’Callaghan Hotels Group

TifCo Group

Ardan Advisory / Mercantile Group

Wealth Option Trustees Limited

Applegreen and Petrogas Group

Kepak Group

Kestrel Capital Limited

Medisec Ireland CLG

Karshan Group

Magnet Group

Prim Ed Publishing

Powerleague Group

Murdock Builders Merchant

Work highlights

  • Advised Corum, a public real estate investment fund established in France, as borrower of up to €70m revolving facilities from Allied Irish Banks for the purposes of refinancing its Irish-based commercial property portfolio.
  • Advised the lender on a development facility for Co-Operative Housing Ireland to fund the development of 30 social housing units at North King Street, Dublin.
  • Advised Murdock Builders Merchants on all aspects of its acquisition of Brooks Timber & Building Supplies Group from Premier Forest Groups, including the corporate, property and financing aspects.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market following its merger with Eugene F. Collins in 2022. The team has a solid record in technology and medical devices deals, among other sectors. The group advises a wide range of medical device businesses, from start-ups to publicly listed companies. Healthcare and construction deals have also been prevalent for the corporate team, along with retail sector restructurings. The firm typically operates in the middle market, notably in the €30m to €50m value range. Deborah Kelly leads the corporate team, and has a particular focus on life sciences, energy and hospitality. Leonora Malone is another experienced corporate and M&A specialist, while Nicola McGrath is highly rated for private equity deals.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Leonora Malone; Nicola McGrath; John Olden; Gavin Doherty; Lorna Osborne

Testimonials

‘One gets the feeling that your matter is of prime importance – no piece of work is too big or small.’

‘Dedicated, knowledgeable, thoroughly professional. Always available.’

‘Deborah Kelly is excellent in every respect.’

‘John Olden – the wisest of counsel all the way – remaining impartial and assured in his legal advice.’

‘Attention to detail second to none. Not prepared to settle for anything less than what they feel is optimum for their client. Very clear guidance, their guidance is straight down the line allowing you to make suitable choices and beneficial decisions for your business. Leonora Malone – Unapologetic about the pursuit of result for her client. Steadfast in her advice, practical and ultimately very trustworthy.’

‘Our commercial, corporate and M&A lead partner is Leonora Malone and we continue to hold her and all in the team in the highest esteem. The understanding of our business, attention to detail and general focus of the team is very impressive and I would always work with Leonora and her team on any future commercial transaction’

‘They really care and understand our business and what we are trying to achieve, often in very challenging situations. We have dealt with a number of different companies who were far larger then us and come out of the negotiations very well. Leonora is our lead partner and we have also worked closely with Gavin Doherty and Lorna Osborne and we greatly value working with all of them and having them on our side.’

‘Nicola McGrath, partner corporate law department has brought me through a number of company acquisitions. She has a wonderful way of articulating the law in a way that is efficient and really easy to understand and amounts to you being very involved in the process. She has an astute ability to understand all the variables at play, the raw haggling at commercial level, the accounting, the tax and of course the legal. She has a great team supporting her which always helps.’

Key clients

Marks & Spencer

BMW Ireland

Maxol

Mercantile Group

Q-Park

New Look

Applegreen PLC

Clear Channel International

Inditex (included Zara, Massimo Dutti, Berhka and Pull & Bear)

Rosderra Irish Meats

Sky UK Limited

Seroba Life Sciences

Arkphire Ireland

Vodafone

Colas

Johnson & Johnson

Work highlights

  • Advised Murdock Builders Merchants on the acquisition of Brooks Group.
  • Advised PointsBet, Australia’s largest online bookmaker on its acquisition of Banach Technology Limited, a market leading Irish gambling software developer.
  • Advised the shareholders of Vetex Medical Limited on the sale of Vetex to Surmodics Inc,.

Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The team handles a balanced mix of regulatory investigations engagements and more mainstream commercial litigation. It has experienced a rise in property disputes, copyright infringement work, professional negligence, product liability and bank enforcement cases. Ronan O’Neill and Maura Connolly are key for regulatory investigations, with the former also noted for banking litigation. Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin impresses in property disputes, professional negligence and financial services cases. David Cantrell  is a key name in professional negligence, while Terry Leggett provides further senior level gravitas as a consultant in the team. Paul Dempsey leads the debt recovery department. Rachel Shanley heads the media group and is experienced in contentious matters in this sector.

Practice head(s):

Maura Connolly

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is widely regarded and respected by other law firms both nationally and internationally. This recognition has been gained through their single most valuable asset -the people who represent them. Potential clients would wish to know they are getting the best professional representation and legal minds and expertise available.’

‘The team spend as much preparation time as is needed and explain all aspects (positive and negative) on the issue. Then our objective is decided and a strategy is devised. There is a very good track record on success, because the individuals deliver on expectation.’

‘The team brings a strong depth of knowledge, they are keenly strategic and see around corners in their advice.’

‘They are very responsive and provide effective and client focused advice.’

‘Terry Leggett is a true professional, kind, diligent, efficient and hugely understanding and sensitive to the needs of his client. Terry is measured, reassuring and calm to the extent that nothing fazes him, a testimony to his vast experience in his chosen field of expertise. He has all the attributes a client needs to instil confidence and this was clearly evident from our first meeting. A great listener, an excellent litigator and insolvency lawyer. Terry is legally astute, a master strategist and is highly regarded and respected by his colleagues and peers. I was never treated as anything other than a valuable client. He has guided me through a lengthy and stressful process, a class act and marvellous individual.’

‘The partner we use is Maura Connolly. She has an excellent team. We get a common approach and message and feel supported’

‘Rachel Shanley – accessibility, subject matter expertise, confidence and control of issue.’

‘Paul Dempsey: knowledgeable, speed of response, easy to talk with and very helpful and down to earth.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton

JD Sports

Vodafone Retail (Ireland) Limited

BMW (Automotive (Ireland) and BMW (AG))

Danske Bank A/S

Takeda Pharmaceutical Ireland

KBC Bank

Bank of Ireland

Marks and Spencer (Ireland) Limited

Hugh Dickson and Steve Akers, Joint Official Liquidators of Insolvent Cayman Island hedge fund DD Growth Premium Master Fund (In Liquidation)

Sky UK Limited

Bank of Scotland Plc

ACC Loan Management Limited

Capita Asset Services

Zurich Bank

Investec Bank

KBC Bank Ireland

Danske Bank A/S

Bank of Ireland and Bank of Ireland (UK) Limited

Allied Irish Banks, plc

Red Flag Consulting Limited

Whirlpool SSC Limited

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland

Karshan Limited

Irving Picard, Trustee for the Liquidation of the business of Bernard L Madoff Investment LLC

Kepak Group Unlimited Company

Susquehanna International Group

Havbell DAC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Havbell DAC, who acquired a substantial portfolio of loans from Permanent TSB, on an ongoing basis in a large volume of contentious High Court and Circuit Court proceedings against both commercial and individual borrowers.
  • Acted for The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland in the successful prosecution of an individual who misrepresented himself as a “building surveyor” and “architect” in breach of the 2007 Act.
  • Acting for Red Flag and a number of its officers and employees in defamation proceedings brought against them by businessman, Denis O’ Brien.

Ireland > Employment Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The team is renowned for its expertise in litigation and handles many high-profile cases before the WRC, Tax Appeals Commission, labour court and the Irish courts. In addition to this, it has extensive experience in mediation and conciliation and assists clients with redundancies, data protection, immigration, dispute resolution and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. The team is led by the duo of Maura Connolly , who has extensive experience in large-scale litigation, dispute resolution and mediation, and David Cantrell, who is an expert in immigration law and provides immigration support to major multinational employers.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Easy to work with, give valued advice and deliver our needs.’

‘Dedicated, knowledgeable, thoroughly professional.’

‘Maura Connolly stands above every practitioner in the country.’

‘The individuals in the firm have acknowledged expertise in employment law. They are consistently ahead of the curve in their knowledge of new and emerging areas. Their client care is exemplary. They constantly impress me with their availability, responsiveness and attention to the needs of individuals.’

‘Client care is personalised not institutionalised.’

‘Maura Connolly is the stand-out partner. Her expertise is beyond doubt and her communications skills are widely acknowledged by her colleagues. She is measured, meticulous and always delivers beyond expectation.’

‘Team are always very quick to engage with pragmatic, commercial advice on how best to manage immigration cases.’

‘I value how they balance their legal guidance with understanding the realities of running a commercial business and seek to find solutions that satisfy both needs.’

Key clients

Clear Channel Limited

Karshan (Midlands) Limited

dnata Catering Ireland Limited

Tifco Group

Apollo Capital Management

emovis

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland)

Investec Bank PLC (Irish Branch)

Marks & Spencer (Ireland) Ltd

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Welocalize Limited

Mercantile Group of Companies

Olympus KeyMed

SITA

Harvey Norman

Dow Chemicals

Teleperformance

Danish Embassy

Canadian Embassy

Finnish Embassy

B. Braun Medical Limited

Q-Park Ireland Limited

Whirlpool SSC Limited

Manulife

Work highlights

  • Represented Karshan (Midlands) Limited in a case regarding the status of pizza delivery drivers which was stated for the opinion of the High Court and is now on appeal to the Court of Appeal.
  • Advised the HR team in Marks & Spencer (Ireland) Limited on different employment law issues as they arise.
  • Advised Columba Ventures Corporation on the sale of its Irish subsidiary, Magnet Networks Limited, to the Speed Fibre Group which is part of the Irish Infrastructure Fund controlling significant investments in energy, telecoms, tourism and healthcare in Ireland.

Ireland > Information technology Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The team advises clients from sectors including healthcare, professional services and retail on outsourcing matters such as software licensing agreements and transactions involving software-as-a-service. The practice acts for both vendors and customers in these transactions; elsewhere, it is engaged on M&A deals involving technology companies, and also provides advice on compliance with data privacy and consumer protection laws. David Hackett heads the practice, with senior associate Jane Farren also focused on this sector.

Practice head(s):

David Hackett

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BMW Automotive Ireland and BMW Financial Services Ireland

Flutter plc (previously PaddyPower Betfair)

Mango Retail Ireland

JD Sports

Dawn Farm Foods Limited

OSG Group

IDA Ireland

SYSCO Software Solutions

Vestas Northern Europe AB

DABL Limited

McGee Pharma International

Harvey Norman Trading (Ireland) Limited

Harvey Norman Holdings (Australia) Limited

BMW Ireland

Electrolux

Hickey & Co Limited

iHeed

Kepak Group

Rosderra Limited

Marks & Spencer

Vodafone Ireland

PointsBet

Johnson & Johnson Group (includes Neutrogena Corporation, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, DePuy Synthes, Inc.)

Atlantic Therapeutics Group Limited

Oxford Global Resources

Applegreen/Petrogas

Autoglass/Belron

Cilag GMBH International

British Sky Broadcasting Group plc

Virgin Media

AA Ireland

Tifco Hotel Group

Aerospace Software Developments

FCR Media Limited

Sky Ireland Limited

Aylien Limited

Collinson Insurances

Caci Life

Grosvenor Services Limited

Danske Bank

Medmark Limited

Bath Fitter Inc

B Braun Medical

Gist Distribution

Work highlights

  • Advised Cambridge Education Group on the information technology aspects of its acquisition of a majority stake in iHeed Health Training.
  • Advised PointsBet, Australia’s largest online bookmaker, on its acquisition through an SPV of Banach Technology, a market-leading Irish gambling software developer.
  • Advised JD Sports on a complex and time-sensitive IT project required to update the client’s websites for compliance purposes in order that placement and processing of cookies was in line with GDPR requirements.

Ireland > Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The group has a solid reputation in the market thanks in part to the presence of senior figure Doug Smith. He and the team continue to land some significant engagements, including cross-border insolvencies and corporate recoveries; notably in the aviation, pharmaceutical and retail sectors. The group has excellent connections to accountancy firms and major lenders, and frequently receives conflict referrals from other leading law firms in Ireland. Consultant Terry Leggett has extensive experience in contentious insolvency proceedings. Senior associate Jonathan Lynch is another key team member.

Practice head(s):

Doug Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Open collaboration with teams, educational event, very engaging teams, solid professional advice, engagement with many partners across a number of specialties.’

‘Strong legal knowledge, very proactive in engagement, lost of client engagement events.’

‘Brings together all of the key components that an IP needs in his or her legal team. By the nature of our work an IP will have a high level of knowledge of core Insolvency law and that is enhanced in dealing with the key Insolvency team in the firm. The critical requirement is that the contact also has a broad knowledge of the legal matters which potentially impact on Insolvency such as IP, Employment, Banking Law, Contract and Environmental such that they do not instantly seek to bring in the “in-house” expert which can be tiresome but that they will do so when it is in the interest of the client to do so. This is a key requirement for me in selecting any firm.’

‘The key attribute is availability to take a call on the run and give some reassurance as to the approach that needs to be taken. If that means move on or stop and do a deep analysis, so be it.’

‘Doug Smith was extremely approachable and knowledgeable of the matters we were considering together for the common client.’

‘Doug Smith – Approachable, practical and commercial with a wealth of experience to draw on. A very knowledgeable insolvency solicitor.’

Key clients

Creditors of Nordic Aviation Capital DAC

Pharm-Olam

M-Birr

PwC – Declan McDonald

KPMG – Kieran Wallace, Eamonn Richardson

Deloitte – Ken Fennell, David Van Dessel

Ernst & Young – Luke Charleton

Grant Thornton – Paul McCann and Michael McAteer

BDO – Jim Hamilton and David O’Connor

RSM Ireland – George Maloney

Duff & Phelps – Declan Taite, Anne O’Dwyer

McStay Luby – Jim luby and John Mcstay

Kirby Healy – Myles Kirby

Ferris & Associates – Martin Ferris

Baker Tilly Hughes Blake – Dessie Morrow

Somers, Murphy & Earl – Derek Earl

GSW – Michael Sargent

Cold Move

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pharm-Olam in its claim in the liquidation of sublimity.
  • Acted for a group of creditors in the Nordic Aviation restructuring.
  • Advised the client, which was undergoing company voluntary arrangement (CVA) under English law, on the implementation of the CVA in Ireland.

Ireland > Insurance Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The group divides its insurance practice between contentious and regulatory matters. The regulatory side includes numerous transaction-driven engagements, notably a steady stream of acquisitions and disposals, along with contractual arrangements linked to Brexit and compliance engagements linked to the growth of fintech. On the contentious front, the firm has a solid record in major professional negligence cases and policy disputes. Garrett Miller leads the insurance regulation group and David Cantrell is hugely experienced in insurance disputes, notably professional negligence and commercial cases. Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin is an emerging dispute resolution specialist with a strong track record in the insurance sector.

Practice head(s):

Garrett Miller

Testimonials

‘An intimate knowledge understanding and history of our singular business model, that they utilise to great effect in providing the excellent legal advice and service.’

‘Most of my engagements are with one individual within the legal practice, Garrett Miller. Garrett is professional, knowledgeable, responsive, thorough, insightful, creative, practical and pragmatic, a clear communicator both verbal and written, and last but not least, he is very personable.’

‘Garrett Miller stands out as a top performer on insurance matters. Garrett is very solution orientated with excellent client service.’

‘Garrett Miller provides a very client focused approach, always providing prompt advice and looking to accommodate our requirements.’

Key clients

Leaseplan Insurance

Collinson Insurance

AXA Corporate Solutions

Invesco

ECCU Assurance

Credit Agricole Creditor Insurance

Vodafone

BMW

Automobile Association Ireland

Medisec Ireland

Red Flag Consulting

Work highlights

  • Advised Credit Agricole Creditor Insurance on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Finaref RD (a French non life insurer of the CAA Group) and the subsequent merger of Finaref RD into CACI by way of a cross-border merger.
  • Advised ECCU Assurance DAC on the introduction of a new mortgage protection product offering in 2020 to consumers, the first time that this insurer fell within the remit of consumer regulation.
  • Acted on behalf of Red Flag and its insurers, public relations company and a number of its officers and employees in defamation proceedings brought against them by businessman, Denis O’ Brien.

Ireland > Real estate Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The sizeable real estate team handles the full range of matters in this area. The practice frequently collaborates with the firm’s corporate team to advise on transactions involving real estate assets, and it is also frequently instructed to assist with lettings, particularly those involving retail properties. Kathi Ó Riain leads the practice, taking over from Sean Twomey, who handles financings, land sales and development agreements, with a particular focus on the social housing sector. Justine Territt is active in transactions involving commercial property, while Mark Walsh specialises in commercial leases as well as matters involving hotels. The team expanded further at partner level in January 2022 with the arrival of Neil Bourke from McCann FitzGerald LLP.

Practice head(s):

Kathi Ó Riain

Testimonials

‘The property team have excellent technical skills and their advice is valued. On transactions, fees are reasonable and work is carried out promptly.’

‘The people are available and easy to deal with. Each understands our organisation.’

‘They work very well together at all levels. Very attentive to client needs and often able to advise on matters without much notice.’

‘Justine Territt has the ability to respond to any demands and is always a pleasure to deal with . She is hardworking and interested in the client as a whole, and willing to put in the work to get the transaction progressed.’

‘The real estate team are precisely what a client should look for: communicative, highly knowledgeable, with a keen awareness of the industry and clients’ commercial needs, and competitive on fees.’

‘Kathi Ó Riain and team are immensely proficient when it comes to understanding a client’s transaction and achieving efficient delivery of it from a legal perspective. Kathi has a problem-solving mindset and tremendous commercial awareness, ensuring that transactions progress as they should.’

‘The real estate team, and in particular Kathi Ó Riain, are in my opinion one of the most commercial and collaborative law firms in Dublin. They actively engage with the wider professional disciplines throughout the due diligence process, identifying issues before they arise and pulling on the skills of the whole team to provide solutions rather than problems.’

‘Mark Walsh is effective, efficient and sensible in all his actions.’

Key clients

Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland DAC

Vodafone

Tifco Group

Marks & Spencer

Corum Asset Management

AIB

MNK Partners

Bartra Capital

Inditex Group

Bank of Ireland

Kepak

Apollo

Catella Real Estate AG

Petrogas

Arkphire

Geodis

Fold Housing Association

Sophia Housing Association

Q-Park

Irish Distillers/Pernod Ricard

Work highlights

  • Advised Corum Asset Management on its acquisition of Block A, Navigation Square, Albert Quay, Cork City.
  • Advised JD Sports on the letting of a significant warehouse (over 90,000 sq ft) in Dublin to cater for its increased online business.
  • Advised Murdock Builder Merchants on the property aspects of its proposed acquisition of Brooks Timber & Building Supplies Group from Premier Forest Groups.

Ireland > Construction Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The team advises project developers, contractors and funders on contentious and non-contentious construction matters. The practice is highly active in the real estate sector and particularly the social housing space, where it counts a number of prominent approved housing bodies among its clients. Margaret Austin leads the practice and has more than 25 years’ experience in this sector. The team also has a strong bench of associates, with Finola Igoe focusing on construction-related disputes while Siobhan Kenny has a broad practice encompassing contract drafting and negotiation as well as litigation.

Practice head(s):

Margaret Austin

Other key lawyers:

Finola Igoe; Siobhan Kenny; Kevin Sheedy

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge of current case law in our area of interest and a proactive team.’

‘Margaret Austin is a great team leader with a practical approach.’

‘They have a wealth of experience across a number of team members and there is always someone available for advice.’

‘We recommend Siobhan Kenny and Margaret Austin.’

‘The team have an in-depth knowledge of the construction sector and are very experienced.’

‘Siobhan Kenny is excellent to deal with and very experienced.’

‘The team has been working with our company for some time on construction projects. The team specialise in public works projects. We wouldn’t use anyone else for this work.’

‘Margaret Austin is our main partner contract and she knows the system inside out. She has also been very helpful in assisting with contract disputes. She is always at the end of the line and available to deal with queries and questions. Kevin Sheedy deals with the funding side and his work has been excellent.’

Key clients

South County Property Investments Limited

Allied Irish Banks plc

Bank of Ireland

Fold Housing Association Ireland Limited, CLG

Túath Housing Association

CA Ventures

Sophia Housing Association

O’Callaghan Hotels Group

National Asset Management Agency

Townlink Construction Limited

Mercury (Engineering)

Work highlights

  • Advised CA Ventures on its multimillion-euro development of a 600-bed student accommodation scheme at Carrigrohane Road, Cork.
  • Advised South County Property Investments on negotiating and entering into a lease and development agreement in respect of a corporate HQ for a multinational company in Ireland.
  • Advised Fold Housing Association CLG on the development and acquisition of a block of 22 residential apartment units at The Mews in Citywest, Dublin, which was financed by European Investment Bank funds.

Ireland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The data privacy team covers a wide range of matters in this space, providing ongoing advice to clients on the GDPR and assistance with data processing agreements and the data protection aspects of commercial agreements. The practice acts for clients in a number of sectors, including healthcare, the public sector and retail. David Hackett leads the team.

Practice head(s):

David Hackett

Testimonials

‘Can be trusted 100%. We have a longstanding relationship with them and go to them for advice on all aspects of our business. Every time, we have confidence in the advice received and we feel we are in safe hands.’

‘Each person understands our organisation and provides valued advice and support whenever we call upon them. Contacts are always available and work is carried out to the highest standards.’

Key clients

IDA Ireland

BMW Ireland

The National Children’s Research Centre

Flutter PLC (previously PaddyPower Betfair)

Harvey Norman Trading (Ireland) Limited

Harvey Norman Holdings (Australia) Limited

Rosderra Limited

JCB

DABL Limited

JD Sports

Medisec Ireland

E+Y

St John Ambulance Ireland

Marks & Spencer

CACI Non Life DAC

AA Ireland

Red Flag Consulting Limited

Johnson & Johnson Group (includes Neutrogena Corporation, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, DePuy Synthes, Inc.)

Vodafone Ireland

Sambro International

Society for Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI)

Investec

ECCU Assurance DAC

Applegreen/Petrogas

Seasalt Limited

Susquehanna International Group

iHeed/Cambridge

Virgin Media

Tifco Hotel Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Cambridge Education Group on the data privacy aspects of its acquisition of a majority stake of iHeed Health Training.
  • Advised JD Sports on a complex and time-sensitive IT project to update the client’s websites for compliance purposes in order that the placement and processing of cookies was in line with GDPR requirements.
  • Provided advice to the National Children’s Research Centre in connection with its data protection obligations and responsibilities under the GDPR.

Ireland > Media and entertainment Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The group advises companies in the media sector on data protection regulations, intellectual property rights and commercial agreements. The practice also represents media outlets and other organisations facing defamation claims, with Rachel Shanley leading on this work. IT specialist David Hackett is another key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Shanley

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Vodafone Ireland

Flutter

Sky Ireland Limited (formerly BskyB)

Red Flag Consulting Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sky in enforcing the copyright in its commercial sports broadcasts in Ireland and in certain circumstances in the UK.
  • Acting for the former CEO and the former director of corporate affairs of Independent News and Media plc in proceedings taken against their former employer in connection with a significant data breach.
  • Acting on behalf of Red Flag in respect of defamation proceedings brought against it by businessman Denis O’Brien.

Ireland > Planning and environment Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The team handles both contentious and non-contentious matters in the planning and environment space, advising on planning applications and compliance with regulations as well as representing clients in disputes with An Bord Pleanála and the Environmental Protection Agency. The team is led by Margaret Austin, who serves as head of the firm’s construction, planning and environment group.

Practice head(s):

Margaret Austin

Testimonials

‘Margaret Austin is exceptional. Her attention to detail, deep knowledge of the sector and personal touch is what sets her apart from peers. I could not recommend her highly enough.’

‘Excel at combining partner expertise across different areas of law, which offers the client wraparound advice covering multiple angles. There is a seamless overlap in the approach to client advice.’

‘There is a depth and breadth of knowledge in the team. Margaret Austin is an exceptional practitioner with superb expertise and invaluable experience.’

‘Very capable lawyers who give clients individual attention and are able to devote themselves to each particular case. They have a good knowledge of the law and are very practical and good managers.’

‘Margaret Austin is low-key in her approach but no less effective for it.’

‘Solid and thorough.’

‘Margaret Austin is thorough and capable of developing a strong working relationship with the other side on a case.’

Ireland > Public sector Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The group is engaged on a range of matters across the public law space. The team is highly active in the social housing sector, where Margaret Austin counts a number of approved housing bodies among her clients. It also advises several regulators on carrying out their duties and represents clients in judicial review proceedings. Ronan O’Neill leads the team, with Maura Connolly another name to note in this area. Stephen McLoughlin joined from Beauchamps LLP.

Practice head(s):

Ronan O’Neill

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are strongly public sector-focused and understand the diverse needs of their public sector clients while providing effective, solution-focused advice. A very knowledgeable team.’

‘They provide urgent advice when needed that is very specific to us. Very responsive to client needs and willing to put the time in when needed. Excellent, knowledgeable and approachable.’

‘Our case was a very labour intensive and highly specialised piece of work and the team guided us through this with the utmost professionalism. Their work and good guidance was excellent and I would have no hesitation in working with them again.’

‘Deborah Kelly could not have been more helpful. We had complete trust in her advice at all stages and we felt she represented us extremely well. At times she was needed to bring back discussions to a common-sense approach and did so very well.’

Key clients

IDA

Health Products Regulatory Authority

Allied Irish Banks

Bank of Ireland

Fold Housing Association Ireland Limited, CLG

Túath Housing Association

Sophia Housing Association

National Asset Management Agency

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advised the Health Products Regulatory Authority on proceedings relating to the development of narcolepsy in individuals allegedly as a result of the administration of a vaccine provided at the time of the swine flu epidemic in Ireland in 2009/2010.
  • Advised Fold Housing Association on the development and acquisition of a block of 22 residential apartment units at The Mews, Citywest, Dublin, which was financed by European Investment Bank funds.
  • Advised Gael Linn, a non-profit organisation which promotes the Irish language and the arts, on a number of intellectual property matters, including ownership of its catalogue of musical works and sound recordings and related licensing arrangements.

Ireland > Intellectual property Tier 4

Under the leadership of David Hackett, Addleshaw Goddard's intellectual property team focuses on non-contentious matters in this space. Hackett and senior associate Jane Farren are both registered trade mark agents, and are frequently instructed by clients to handle trade mark filing and registration. The practice also advises on managing trade mark portfolios, including assisting clients with trade mark protection and avoiding IP infringement claims, and on the IP elements of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

David Hackett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘High level of legal expertise, very commercial, great business acumen and good value for money.’

‘David Hackett went above and beyond in a difficult trade mark matter. David is the perfect business partner when things get difficult – extremely fast and reliable, and good for cost transparency and thinking outside the box. Highly recommended.’

Key clients

P J Rigney Distillery and International Brands Limited

Vans Inc

Glenisk Limited

Dawn Farm Foods Limited

Boodles

New Look

Harvey Norman Trading (Ireland) Limited

Dominican Order

Kylemore Abbey Trust

Electrolux

Hickey & Co Limited

Social Talent Limited

Kepak Group

Johnson & Johnson Corporation

Rosderra Limited

Belron/Allglass

The Juice Plus+ Company, LLC

Johnson & Johnson Group (includes Neutrogena Corporation, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, DePuy Synthes, Inc.)

The Farm Channel

Atlantic Therapeutics Group Limited

Society for Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI)

Trojan Battery

Marks & Spencer

Pestle & Mortar

Applegreen/Petrogas

Cilag GMBH International

British Sky Broadcasting Group plc

Vodafone Ireland

Virgin Media

Ask 4 Broadband

AA Ireland

BMW Ireland

Tifco Hotel Group

Irish Hospice Foundation

Financial Risk Solutions

Aerospace Software Developments

Q Park

Walsh Whiskey Distillery

Golden Pages

B Braun

Suicide or Survive

Gael Linn

Work highlights

  • Advised Cambridge Education Group on the intellectual property aspects of its acquisition of a majority stake of iHeed Health Training.
  • Advised PointsBet, Australia’s largest online bookmaker, on its acquisition through an SPV of Banach Technology, a market-leading Irish gambling software developer.
  • Assisted Belron Group with a number of trade mark matters, including successfully registering a number of marks that the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland queried as non-distinctive.

Each year, over 3000 major businesses trust us to deliver. They appoint us time and again, in over 90 countries. And while the challenges they bring us vary, we solve them with the same, single-minded focus: finding the smartest way to achieve the biggest impact. Addleshaw Goddard expanded into Ireland through a merger with Dublin based law firm, Eugene F Collins on 1 March 2022. Through a single, enlarged firm our lawyers are responding even more comprehensively to client needs by offering legal coverage across the globe, increased practice and sector strength and more flexible resourcing to our clients. Addleshaw Goddard in Ireland provides a full range of legal services across sectors including Leisure, Real Estate, Construction, Financial Services, Health and Life Sciences, Retail, Food & Drink.

Banking
The banking team has a wealth of experience in all aspects of banking and finance transactions. The team acts for many leading banks, financial institutions and corporate borrowers, providing a full range of banking services from corporate lending to restructuring and recovery.

Corporate
The firm’s corporate department handles a full range of corporate transactional and advisory work for public and private companies and individuals across a broad spectrum of industry sectors. The team specialises in M&A, transfers of business, joint ventures, capital raising and investments.

Corporate Recovery
The firm’s corporate recovery group advises on all aspects of corporate insolvency including liquidation, receiverships and corporate restructuring. The firm is consistently involved in high profile insolvency matters, having one of the top insolvency practices in the jurisdiction.

Dispute Resolution
The dispute resolution team has a reputation for delivering results for its clients. The lawyers are well known for its experience in alternative forms of resolution including arbitration and mediation. The firm has acted in some of the largest and high profile cases to come before the Irish Courts.

Employment & Employee Benefits
The firm’s experienced employment group guides employers in the management of employment issues. The team works with clients to ensure effective human resources management and to meet the challenges presented by EU and domestic legislative developments and evolving employee relations and equality issues.

Environmental, Waste & Planning
The environmental, waste and planning team provide advice on all aspects of planning and environmental law and related areas including contaminated land liability and waste related matters. Clients are in many industry sectors which include wind, gas, oil, power, pharmaceutical, waste management, water services and property.

EU, Competition & Procurement
The EU, Competition & Procurement Group works closely with clients to help them navigate the Irish and European competition, regulatory and public procurement regimes. This involves interacting with the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, the European Commission and other antitrust and regulatory authorities. The group handles both contentious and non-contentious matters and also advises on general EU law matters including free movement and trade.

Immigration
The firm is the preferred local counsel of many US and EMEA law firms and corporations and can provide a seamless service to multi-jurisdictional clients. The team works closely with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Department of Justice and Equality, Department of Foreign Affairs and the Garda National Immigration Bureau to provide the best up to date advice to clients.

Information Technology/Intellectual Property
The firm advises on a broad range of intellectual property matters including computer software protection, copyright, data protection, ecommerce/ internet law, trademark, registration/licensing, patent law, information technology. The firm has extensive experience in the telecommunications sector and has advised a number of international IT companies with interests in Ireland.

Media/Broadcasting
Media group has long-standing expertise in the media sector representing a number of large broadcasting organisations, media groups and publications.

Property & Construction
The strong property team at the firm provides advice on all aspects of commercial and domestic property transactions and management. The team act for developers, private investors, lending institutions, banks, landlords and property professionals.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking Libby Garveyl.garvey@aglaw.com
Banking Ray Byrneray.byrne@aglaw.com
Commercial, Corporate and M&A Nicola McGrathn.mcgrath@aglaw.com
Commercial, Corporate and M&A Deborah Kellyd.kelly@aglaw.com
Commercial, Corporate and M&A Leonora Malonel.malone@aglaw.com
Commercial, Corporate and M&A Eileen Gracee.grace@aglaw.com
Commercial, Corporate and M&A John Oldenj.olden@aglaw.com
Corporate recovery Doug Smithd.smith@aglaw.com
Commercial, Corporate and M&A Gavin Dohertyg.doherty@aglaw.com
Dispute Resolution Ronan O'Neillr.oneill@aglaw.com
Dispute Resolution Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháinc.nichuanachain@aglaw.com
Dispute Resolution Stephen McLoughlins.mcloughlin@aglaw.com
Dispute Resolution Paul Dempseyp.dempsey@aglaw.com
Dispute Resolution, Employment and employee benefits Maura Connollym.connolly@aglaw.com
Media/broadcasting, Dispute Resolution Rachel Shanleyr.shanley@aglaw.com
Construction, Environmental & Planning Margaret Austinm.austin@aglaw.com
EU, Competition & Procurement Eoghan Ó hArgáine.ohargain@aglaw.com
Immigration David Cantrelld.cantrell@aglaw.com
IP, IT & Data Protection David Hackettd.hackett@aglaw.com
Insurance Garrett Millerg.miller@aglaw.com
Property and construction Mark Walshm.walsh@aglaw.com
Property and construction Kathi Ó Riaink.oriain@aglaw.com
Property and construction Justine Territtj.territt@aglaw.com
Property and construction Seán Twomeys.twomey@aglaw.com
Property and construction Neil Bourken.bourke@aglaw.com
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Margaret Austin photoMs Margaret AustinMargaret Austin is a partner in Property & Construction and head of…
Neil Bourke photoMr Neil BourkeNeil is a Partner in the firm’s Property & Construction department and has wide-ranging…
Ray Byrne photo Ray ByrnePartner
David Cantrell photoMr David CantrellDavid is a Partner in Dispute Resolution Law and head of the Firm’s Immigration Law…
Maura Connolly photoMs Maura ConnollyMaura is Partner and Head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution Law Department.…
Paul  Dempsey  photo Paul Dempsey Paul is a Partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution Department. He has extensive…
Gavin Doherty photo Gavin DohertyGavin is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate Department with many years…
Libby Garvey photo Libby GarveyLibby is a Partner and head of the firm’s Banking Law Department.…
Eileen Grace photoMs Eileen GraceEileen is a Partner in Corporate Law and head of the firm’s…
David Hackett photoMr David HackettDavid is head of the Intellectual Property Law / Information Technology Law Group. He advises on…
Deborah Kelly photoMs Deborah KellyDeborah is a Partner and Head of the firm’s Corporate Law Department.…
Leonora Malone photoMs Leonora MaloneLeonora is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate Law Department. She practices…
Nicola McGrath photoMs Nicola McGrathNicola McGrath is a partner in the Corporate Department. She specialises in…
Stephen  McLoughlin photo Stephen McLoughlinStephen is a partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution department and is also the…
Garrett Miller photoMr Garrett MillerGarrett is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Law Department in which he advises…
Caoilfhionn Ní Chuanacháin photoMs Caoilfhionn Ní ChuanacháinCaoilfhionn is a partner in Dispute Resolution. She has extensive experience in…
Kathi  Ó Riain photoMs Kathi Ó RiainKathi Ó Riain is a Partner and Head of the Property & Construction Department…
Eoghan Ó hArgáin photo Eoghan Ó hArgáinEoghan is a Partner and Head of the firm’s EU, Competition & Procurement group.…
Ronan O'Neill photoMr Ronan O'NeillRonan is a Partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution Law Department specialising…
John Olden photoMr John OldenJohn Olden is a partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department. His practice…
Rachel Shanley photoMs Rachel ShanleyRachel is a Partner in Dispute Resolution specialising in both commercial litigation and media law.…
Doug Smith photoMr Doug SmithDoug Smith is a Partner and head of the Firm’s Corporate Recovery…
Justine Territt photoMs Justine TerrittJustine Territt is a partner in the Property & Construction. She specialises…
Sean Twomey photoMr Sean TwomeySean is a Partner in the firm’s Property & Construction Department. He has extensive…
Mark Walsh photoMr Mark WalshMark is Head of Ireland at Addleshaw Goddard. Prior to his appointment,…
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  1. Community
    We are committed to improving our local community. We support various charities through fundraising and volunteering events throughout the year.

Charity of the Year

We support a different charity as voted by our employees every two to three years. Our Charity of the Year is the Irish Hospice Foundation, a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. Our CSR activities and initiatives are driven by our CSR and our social committees who organise fundraising events in support of our chosen charity. In addition, the Firm supports by making supplemental donations or giving staff time. Previous fundraising events include: cake sales, table quizzes and most recently a Static Cycle Challenge. For further information about our charity partner visit https://hospicefoundation.ie/

Other Charitable Activity
We have built up a tradition of supporting a number of charitable causes and events over a number of years that have become dear to the hearts of all members of the firm. We support every year:

The Calcutta Run – a 10km race through the Phoenix Park in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust and Goal.

The Dublin Simon Community Sing for Simon carol singing campaign in December.

St. Vincent de Paul’s annual giving tree appeal in December.

  1. Education
    We are delighted to support the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) Pathways to Law. The programme focuses on inspiring students from under-represented groups who are interested in law. In addition to mentoring law students, we provide financial support to the programme.
  1. Pro Bono
    As lawyers, we believe that providing our skills, knowledge and training on a pro bono or reduced fees basis is central to how we can make a difference in the community. We support a number of charities and not for profit organisations, by providing our services on a pro bono, reduced fee or free hours basis.

We are also conscious of the need for experienced practitioners to participate in committees and working groups to improve the law and knowledge of the law in Ireland. Members of the firm participate voluntarily on committees in the Law Society and the Dublin Bar Solicitors Association and other groups working to support the quality of legal knowledge in Ireland.

  1. Environment
    We are committed to conducting our business in a sustainable manner and have implemented a number of green initiatives, such as:

Waste management: We removed bins from individual offices and replaced with segregated recycling bins on each floor.

As a law firm we are conscious of generating significant quantities of paper and so have implemented:

Our printers are defaulted to double-sided printing and we use ‘FollowMe’ printing software, a system that improves efficiency of printing environments.

Promoting the use of electronic storage (using CD Bibles) instead of printing

Recycling: Of both confidential and non-confidential waste and of electronic equipment

Energy usage: We address conservation on an on-going basis by reminding staff to switch off lights when leaving the office and to turn off equipment when not in use.

  1. Our People / Workplace
    Our people are integral to our success. Being in a hard-working but friendly environment is core at Addleshaw Goddard. We understand the value of “work-life” balance. Individual self-improvement is important to us and we encourage our people to keep up-to-date and take personal responsibility while being supported by the firm. As a responsible employer, we have introduced a number of HR initiatives such as:

Health & Wellbeing Programme

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme/Staff Training

Cycle to Work Scheme

Lunch & Learn sessions

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Each year, over 3000 major businesses trust us to deliver. They appoint us time and again, in over 90 countries. And while the challenges they bring us vary, we solve them with the same, single-minded focus: finding the smartest way to achieve the biggest impact.

Addleshaw Goddard expanded into Ireland through a merger with Eugene F Collins on 1 March 2022. The merger brought together two firms with great chemistry and a commitment to delivering impact to clients operating in, to and from Ireland. Through a single, enlarged firm we are responding even more comprehensively to client needs by offering legal coverage across the globe, increased practice and sector strength and more flexible resourcing to our clients.

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