Firm Profile > Eversheds Sutherland > Dublin, Ireland

Eversheds Sutherland

Pensions and employee benefits Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland advises on the establishment and freezing of pension schemes, as well as assisting with pension matters arising from mergers and demergers. It also advises on issues related to master trusts, recently acting for DXC technology on an accrual freeze of a defined benefit master trust. The practice is led by Peter Fahy, who has 'unparalleled experience'. Senior consultant Fiona Thornton is also a key contact in the 'very strong team'.  Lorcan Keenan joined from A&L Goodbody in January 2019. Ian Devlin is now with William Fry.


‘Eversheds have brought a practicality to their advice which means we don’t just understand the issues, but also have a real flavour of the implementation requirements and any issues there may be as a result. This detailed knowledge of all aspects of the sector are in my experience pretty unique.’

‘A very strong team well recognised and respected across the pensions industry.’

‘Peter Fahy’s unparalleled experience is greatly respected and he is a trusted advisor in bringing all parties to the best solution.’

‘They are knowledgeable pensions legal advisors. Good long-term relationship management means that we have appropriate, tailored advice which is relevant and specific.

‘Their in-depth knowledge of the pensions legislation and current pensions environment in Ireland today. They have the ability to deliver high quality work within tight deadlines and openness to discussing the points raised and their interpretations. I have found working with Peter Fahy to be an enjoyable experience where our expectations and the clients expectations have always been met or surpassed.’

‘Lorcan Keenan has recently joined as a partner – he’s technically strong, practical, with a nice client manner. A super hire by the firm.’

‘We work with Peter Fahy, Lorcan Keenan, David McKeating and Fiona Thornton. Aside from their professionalism, they are all very responsive, willing to engage to problem-solve and interested in the practical implications of their advice. Their responsiveness and their pragmatic advice sets them apart from some of their competitors.’

‘Peter Fahy and David McKeating both provide excellent support and they work well together as a team.’

Key clients

AIB Group

Construction Workers Pension Scheme


Smurfit Kappa Group

DXC Technology


Primark Pension Scheme

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Ireland

Projects and PPP Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland is experienced in advising state bodies on large -scale projects; in 2019, it acted for EirGrid on an electricity interconnector between Ireland and France, and the National Development Finance Agency on its social housing PPPs. Beyond this, it is also active in private sector projects in education, energy and transport. The team is led by Mark Varian and Peter Curran, and also includes 'outstanding' senior associate Alison Bearpark. Varian specialises in energy, and chairs the Energy Committee of the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce, while Curran specialises in advising public sector bodies on projects. Angelyn Rowan joined Philip Lee in 2019.


‘Their knowledge, their ability to transcribe such knowledge and to explain to the client the complications of complex clauses in simple terms for accurate decision making on what works and what doesn’t work without compromising the deal.’

‘Alison Bearpark’s proficiency and accuracy in the provision of construction documentation and her calmness and professionalism in dealing with both clients and third party solicitors is outstanding.’

Key clients

National Development Finance Agency

Department of Housing, Community and Local Government

Dublin Port Company


National Paedriatric Hospital Development Board

Grangegorman Development Agency

Irish Water

Gas Networks Ltd

Irish Rail

Real estate Tier 1

The real estate team at Eversheds Sutherland's Dublin office 'goes above and beyond in its level of service'. The experienced group is a popular choice for complex real estate transactions in the Irish market. Led by practice head Joseph Stanley, the practice advises on transactions, investments, and landlord and tenant matters across the island of Ireland. Marie O’Riordan is another key name; she acts for investors on acquisitions and disposals. Cian MacGinley is also noted.


Excellent team, very diligent and professional and go above and beyond in their level of service and I could not talk highly enough of them.

Highly experienced & quality Real Estate/Property advisors.

Excellent, committed team with deep property expertise, as well as a client focus and real emphasis on meeting deadlines.

Leaders in the real estate field in Dublin. Quality partners providing thorough due diligence and good commercial advice.

Eversheds have shown a unique willingness to consistently learn whats going on in my business which saves a huge amount of time compared to other legal firms we’ve dealt with.

Prompt service, professional and experienced advice, good diversity of professionals covering the various disciplines.

Cian McGinley very intelligent and composed and gives excellent legal advice in all aspects of conveyancing.

Very protective of their clients’ positions – Solution focused on problems identified.

Sean Greene (Partner) & Michelle Stewart (Associate) – Highly skilled and good communicators.

Marie O’Riordan, Joe Stanley, Lee Murphy lead excellent teams and demonstrate real understanding of their brief and provide significant value add to our transactions.

Terry O’Malley is my main contact. Recently made partner and extremely deserving of the role. His availability and knowledge of the market stands out.

Key clients

Hibernia REIT plc

Veritas Technology

Cairn Homes plc

Ronan Group Real Estate


Barclays Bank Corporate Real Estate

Credit Suisse AG

Harcourt Developments

LinkedIn Corporation



Tetrarch Capital

Angelo Gordon and Carysfort Capital

Avestus Capital Partners and Richmond Homes

Ardale Property Group


Westhill Land & Property

McGarrell Reilly / Sean Reilly

Banking and finance Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland counts leading Irish banks, international financial institutions, alternative lenders and property developers among its clients. The team has been active in large-scale real estate finance, project finance, loan sales and restructurings, and corporate finance, and has handled a number of transactions in the aviation sector. The team also draws on the firm's international network to act on cross-border matters. Practice head Piaras Power has an 'amazing reputation' in the market; Darragh Blake has strong property and project finance experience; and Steve Rodgers has been active in loan portfolio transactions.

Key clients

Activate Capital

Allied Irish Banks

Cardinal Capital Group UC

Cairn Homes plc

Close Brothers Commercial Finance

Deutsche Bank

Finance Ireland

Hibernia REIT



Ronan Group Real Estate

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

Ulster Bank Ireland DAC


Capital markets Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland counts a number of listed Irish companies among its clients, in addition to financial institutions and semi-state bodies. Thanks to the firm's global network of offices, the team regularly handles matters with an international element, such as listings on the London Stock Exchange. Areas where the team has been active include flotations and associated fundraisings; shares, bonds and mortgage-backed notes issuances; and reverse takeovers. The 'very experienced' Lee Murphy, who has advised on significant domestic IPOs, leads the practice.


Lee Murphy is very experienced in capital markets.

Key clients

Investec Bank

Goodbody Stockbrokers

Cairn Homes

Finance Ireland

Hibernia REIT

Venn Life Sciences Holdings


Hanover Investors

Malin Corporation

Independent News & Media

AWG Holdings

Broadridge Financial Solutions




Prime Active Capital

Knight Frank

Open Orphan

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland is highly active in domestic mid-market M&A, and also draws upon the firm's global network to act on multi-jurisdictional transactions led out of Ireland. Clients include leading Irish and multinational companies. The team is noted for its strength in private equity transactions, and has extensive experience in the technology and software, renewable energy, and life sciences and healthcare sectors. 'Seasoned and plugged-in' practice head Gerard Ryan is noted for his experience in advising technology clients on cross-border M&A transactions; Sean Ryan's client base includes listed companies and international businesses; and Gavin O’Flaherty has particular expertise in M&A and private equity deals. The 'knowledgeable' Enda Cullivan was promoted to partner.


We’ve worked with this team on a number of multi-jurisdictional transactions driven out of Ireland. They do an effective job of marshalling the firm’s resources to deliver a complete work product.

Gerard Ryan is a seasoned and plugged-in M&A and corporate lawyer.

Enda Cullivan is a service-oriented and highly responsive young partner.

Key clients

Aerogen Group

Arachas Corporate Brokers Limited

Avery Dennison

Blue Insurance Holdings Limited


Cairn Homes

Cerberus Capital

Circle K

Clanwilliam Group

Constellation Software Inc


Development Capital

Element Power

Eli Global

Escher Group



Global University Systems

Impax Asset Management

Independent News and Media Plc


LKQ Corporation

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

MML Capital Partners

Motley Fool

Newbury Capital

Open Orphan

Parker Hannifin


Phenna Group

STAR Capital

TE Connectivity

Venn Life Sciences plc

Construction Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland's practice covers construction developments, transactions and disputes, including advising on public-private partnerships, landmark construction projects, development financing and litigation. The team also acts for the insurers of design teams in professional negligence claims. Clients include major domestic investors, developers, banks and financial institutions, and state bodies, as well as international companies. Practice head Dermot McEvoy has extensive experience in construction and property disputes. Mark Varian, who specialises in construction, projects and energy law, and Stephen Barry, who has a niche expertise in health and safety matters, are also key contacts. Angelyn Rowan departed for Philip Lee in November 2019.


‘The responsiveness and efficiency of Dermot McEvoy has been most impressive.’

‘Dermot McEvoy has been very diligent and responsive, and has provided clear advice on complex matters.’

‘Dermot McEvoy has been excellent to deal with in every way. I especially value his efficiency, availability and directness.’

‘Mark Varian goes the extra yard when prevailed upon.’

Key clients


Allied Irish Banks plc

Atelier Property Group

Avestus Capital Partners

Cairn Homes Properties


Deerland Construction Ltd

Dublin Port Company

Duff & Phelps

Earlsfort Centre Developments

Grangegorman Development Agency

Gunn Lennon Fabrications

Hibernia REIT

Irish Water

John Sisk & Son

Lagan Bitumen Ltd

Lagan Macadam Limited


McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects

Murphy Group


OCS Ireland

Octopus Healthcare/MedicX Fund

PJ Walls

Ronan Group Real Estate

Sammon Group

Sitreas Construction Management

Stena Line

Stephen Tierney Architects


Walls Construction

Waterman Moylan

Zurich Insurance

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland advises leading domestic and multinational clients on GDPR compliance, cross-border data transfers (including Brexit planning), and data processing arrangements. The team also assists with responding to data breaches and multi-jurisdictional data protection audits, and has particular expertise in advising on the data protection aspects of innovative Internet of Things and AI projects. Practice head Marie McGinley 'has a deep knowledge of the GDPR' and also advises on matters including data protection issues stemming from direct marketing initiatives.


Marie McGinley has a deep knowledge of the GDPR.

The team stands out for its expertise, professionalism, empathy, availability and affability.

It offers a genuine partnership, sustainable solutions and market expertise.

Unique ability in the practice area.

Good commercial skills. Able to adapt complex law to practical situations.

Key clients

Independent News and Media

SunLife Financial of Canada

Ernst & Young

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

Goffs Bloodstocks Limited

Staycity Limited

Woebot Labs


American Chamber of Commerce

Córas Iompair Éireann

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Public sector and regulatory litigation is a significant area of expertise for Eversheds Sutherland's 'client-focused' team, which is also experienced in handling disputes in the financial services, insurance and healthcare sectors. The team has also acted on several complex, high-profile cases in the Commercial Court. Clients include multinationals, leading domestic companies, and public and regulatory bodies (which practice head Pamela O’Neill has particular expertise in advising). Other key contacts in the team are Norman Fitzgerald, who handles commercial, regulatory and insolvency-related litigation; Dermot McEvoy, who specialises in contentious property and construction; healthcare sector expert Aisling Gannon; the 'excellent' Stephen Barry, who has niche expertise in health and safety and planning and environmental matters; and Neil O’Mahony, who is experienced in insolvency and banking litigation.


Stephen Barry is very authoritative on health and safety matters, and is also expert in contentious insurance matters. He is a safe pair of hands.

Client focused

Neil O’Mahony gets it – he understands what is important to a client without having to follow up.

Stephen Barry is excellent, very responsive and attentive to all matters.

Strong team. Very accessible. Committed to getting the right answer.

Leader in the field. Very strong technically but with a good ability to understand a client’s business and adapt accordingly.’

Key clients


Quinn Family

Insolvency Service of Ireland


George Duff

Dublin Port Company

Stena Line

Earlsfort Centre Developments Limited and Earlsfort Eastpoint Limited

Starbuck Ireland and Butler EE Group

Residential Tenancy Board

Black Lough Wind Farm Limited

Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)




Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman’s Bureau of Ireland

Lagan Group

Sisk Group

Waterman Moylan

Employment Tier 2

Led by the 'outstanding' Joanne Hyde, Eversheds Sutherland handles both contentious and non-contentious work. Its clients include multinationals such as PayPal, Microsoft, and Intel. Its recent work includes advising on sexual harassment matters and the use of contract workers. The firm is valued by clients for its 'consistently exceptional standard of service'. Margaret Gorman specialises in advising educational institutions on employment matters.


‘The team at the Dublin office of Eversheds Sutherland are very professional but also personable; they have a wealth of knowledge and direct you to the right area of expertise. What makes the practice unique is the consistent exceptional standard of service they provide.’

‘The Eversheds team including support staff are always very welcoming whenever I have been on their premises. Queries are always acknowledged and responded to in a timely fashion. Expert advice is provided in a form that is easily understood.’

‘They are accessible and approachable. There is always someone available to address your queries and get straight to the point.’

‘They have been professional, timely and efficient in all of their dealings with us.’

‘I have worked with Joanne Hyde now for quite some time; she is a very effective communicator, providing excellent employment law support, she explains processes, putting across information in a clear and practical way. Joanne has a very good attention to detail and has built up a strong knowledge of how the business is structured, to provide the right support. I have not found that other competitors have the same breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise in the employment law field.’

‘Joanne Hyde is commercial in her thinking. Pragmatic in all of her dealings and a consummate professional in her work ethic. She is a pleasure to work with and also has a good sense of humour. Emma Lavin her colleague has also been a great help with advice and follow up.’

‘Joanne Hyde is outstanding. I value her thoroughness, advice and honesty when assessing situations and dealing with queries.’

‘Joanne feels more like a colleague than an external counsel. She understands our business, and hence our context and my perspective on specific situations, which is very important when discussing issues and potential solutions. She can quickly get to potential pragmatic outcomes without focusing heavily on the purely legalistic side.’

Key clients



World Rugby



Next Retail


Danske Bank

Legal & General


Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Renewables specialist Mark Varian leads the practice at Eversheds Sutherland, which handled a number of wind farm financings for clients including AIB/First Trust and Craydel Group. Corporate specialist Lee Murphy specialises in energy M&A, and was part of the team that advised on Shamrock Wind's acquisition of a 60% stake in a wind farm development company. The practice also assists with conventional energy matters, with work in this space including assistance to EirGrid with the Celtic Interconnector. The team is able to leverage its global network to offer cross-border advice to international clients including China General Nuclear.

Key clients

China General Nuclear

AIB Bank



Sojitz Corporation

Macquarie Bank

First Trust Bank

Mainstream Renewables

Craydel Group

Barclays Bank

Enlight Renewables

Glennmont Partners

Impax Asset Management

Michael Rouse Group

Prime Capital


Pension Infrastructure Platform (PiP)



Wexford Solar



Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Noted for its 'technical expertise in healthcare', Eversheds Sutherland has extensive experience acting for public sector healthcare organisations, primary care providers, nursing homes and private hospitals, as well as insurers. The team handles litigation and regulatory hearings, in addition to corporate, commercial and procurement matters. On the life sciences side, the practice advises on financing, M&A, corporate reorganisations, tech and IP work. Tony McGovern acts for multinationals and regulatory organisations in the life sciences sector, while Aisling Gannon - whose 'technical knowledge is unsurpassed' - advises on disputes, risk management and regulatory compliance.


Exceptional and market-leading technical expertise in healthcare.

Aisling Gannon is known and respected by all who work in the healthcare and healthcare insurance community, and her technical knowledge is unsurpassed.

Excellent communication skills and style – it is obvious that the team work well together.’

Very personable and knowledgeable in their field.

The team stand out for their personal attention, responsiveness, professionalism and general ease of working relationships.

Key clients

Venn Life Sciences plc


Cook Medical

Aspen Pharmacare

Open Orphan DAC


Viasure Medical plc

Atrius Limited

Teewinot Corporation

Integumen plc

Hibergene Diagnostics


Web Doctor

Aegis Limited

Virtus Health

Cooperatief H2 Equity Partners Fund V U.A.

TE Connectivity


Allianz Insurance plc

Irish Public Bodies Mutual Insurances

Berkshire Hathaway

Resolute Management

Hermitage Medical Clinic

Highfield Healthcare

Mater Private Hospital


St. Francis Hospital

Information technology Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland specialises in advising on technology transactions, including large-scale outsourcing projects and commercial agreements; data centre services; and the development of technology and related IP issues - with a particularly strong reputation for assisting with AI, internet of things and other innovative technologies. Clients include domestic and multinational companies from the technology, telecoms and media sectors. Practice head Marie McGinley is noted for her experience in advising on technology development, procurement and licensing deals, as well as the technology aspects of corporate transactions.


Marie McGinley has a personable style and approach which is well received by clients.

Key clients

Independent News & Media

CyrusOne Limited

Banach Technologies Limited

Voysis Limited


Woebot Labs

Adaptics Limited

Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ)

Asavie Technologies Limited

Vinci Concessions

Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland is active in liquidations, examinerships, restructurings, refinancings, and loan portfolio transactions. The 'highly commercial and experienced' team worked with other offices in Eversheds' international network to handle cross-border matters, including advising Citibank Group on a $2.75bn restructuring of Weatherford. The practice, which is headed by the 'personable and calmNorman Fitzgerald advised Wendy McVeigh in her capacity as the liquidator of Media Partners and Silva. Other lawyers to note include Neil O’Mahony, Piaras Power and associate Barbara Galvin.


‘They provide reasoned, practical advice.’

‘More commercial & pro-active than many of their peers.’

‘Norman Fitzgerald responds promptly and effectively to requests for advice. He is a personable and calm individual.’

‘They are highly commercial and experienced.’

Key clients




Allied Irish Banks

Bank of Ireland


Cairn Homes


Deutsche Bank

Ernst & Young

Grant Thornton

Hibernia REIT

Insurance Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland works on a wide variety of insurance matters, acting for insurers and insured entities in cases involving medical and professional negligence. Head of Insurance Aisling Gannon 'is particularly good at gaining the trust of clients' and acts for prominent healthcare providers, including representing Allianz in a medical negligence case involving injury during childbirth. Jim Trueick specialises in handling professional indemnity cases. Stephen Barry leads on insurance distribution and is currently advising the self-insured auditor EY in a professional negligence claim.


‘I think their client management is very good and they support them through the stressful litigation process.’

‘Eversheds have a specialism in medical negligence and have worked for us in this area for many years. It is an area of law/insurance that has changed greatly in the past 5/6 years and Eversheds have been instrumental in assisting us to respond to these changes.’

‘I would highly recommend Stephanie Kidney as a litigation solicitor as she is efficient, well-organised and responds to barristers’ needs. Aisling Gannon is also particularly good at gaining the trust of clients and steering them through litigation.’

‘Aisling Gannon is the partner we deal with. She has tremendous drive and energy and is respected by our insured clients for her knowledge and sound advice.’

‘Jim Treuick is first class. Extremely responsive, very pro-active, experienced and pays attention to detail.’

‘The industry knowledge the healthcare team in Eversheds Sutherland possess is second to none. This is particularly so due to Aisling Gannon’s leadership. The team’s knowledge of, for example, the relationships between the various insurance companies and indemnifiers in the healthcare system in Ireland is impressive. Their approach tends to be practical, proactive and results driven. The team is young, diverse and they are not afraid to think outside the box in order to get the best result for the client. They are quick to respond and energetic.’

‘Aisling Gannon is the partner in the healthcare team in Eversheds Sutherland. She is incredibly energetic, hard-working, and flexible in the face of changing situations. She is very results focused and is open to trying novel and innovative ways to resolve any given dispute, once the method gets the job done and is cost effective for the client. A highly experienced, results driven and forward thinking lawyer. She is constantly thinking outside the box in order to get the best result for the client.’

‘I can mention without hesitation Aisling Gannon and Margaret Gorman,  Head of Education. For me, Aisling is a trusted adviser who is always available to take a call within a 24-hour window, notwithstanding the competing demands on her busy schedule. She is gifted in gaining a real understanding of core issues and her understanding of organisations is critical and key to the  successful management of claims and timely resolution of disputes. In the highly litigious world in which we now operate, Aisling has brought real engagement and a true working partnership between the organisation and our insurers and insurance brokers. This inevitably will deliver better and more cost effective outcomes for all the parties involved. Aisling’s support to staff is exceptional and her feedback post court appearances e.g., Coroners Court on areas for improvement has helped drive our in-house education and training agenda.’

Key clients

Swiss Re

Munich Re





Guarantee Protection Insurance



XL Catlin/AXA Insurance

Berkshire Hathaway

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Planning and environment Tier 2

The 'very professional' planning and environment team at Eversheds Sutherland is co-led by Stephen BarryMark Varian, Cian MacGinley and Peter Curran. Key recent work includes defending Kitara in class action proceedings relating to allegations of pyritic heave in a large residential complex in Dublin, acting for Spencer Place Development Company in proceedings that arose from the alleged disposal of hazardous waste at a waste facility, and representing a high-profile client in a planning injunction and associated nuisance claim. Kevin Collins left for Pinsent Masons LLP.


‘Eversheds Sutherland have been very professional with all my legal matters. Good communication and willingness to explore all avenues’.

‘Stephen Barry really understands the issues and is very practical in his advice. Extremely good and making a name for himself in the area’. 

‘Stephen Barry, Mary Kiely and Michael Twomey- three outstanding professionals’.

Key clients

Michael Smith

Three Trees Wind Project Limited

Hibernia Reit Plc

Raragh/Mainstream Renewables

Siemens Plc

Kingspan Holdings (Ireland) Limited

CyrusOne Inc

Dublin Port Company

Element Power


Kingspan Environmental Limited

Nokia/ Alcatel-Lucent Ireland Limited

Lackan Wind Energy Limited

Cara Environmental Technology Limited

ADT Fire & Security Limited

Kitara Limited

SMR Windfarm Limited

Ashbourne meats

Ronan Group Real Estate

Chambury Development Company Limited

Kilcullen Landfill Limited

Ballynagran Landfill Limited

Knockharley Landfill Limited


National Development Finance Agency

Murphy International

Rilta Group

Edwards Life Sciences

Black Lough Wind Farm Limited

Public sector Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland's 'talented' team has been particularly active in public sector infrastructure projects, including advising on the procurement of the Social Housing PPP Programme. The team also has expertise in the healthcare sector; the education sector, where it advises educational institutions, training boards and national bodies; and contentious public sector matters such as procurement disputes, judicial reviews and statutory appeals. Pamela O’Neill, who specialises in litigation and regulatory investigations, leads the practice with the 'outstanding' Peter Curran, who focuses on public procurement. Margaret Gorman is 'a leading expert in education law'.


The firm’s education law department is first-rate, providing clear, practical advice and excellent customer service.

Margaret Gorman is an outstanding lawyer and a leading expert in the area of education law. She is very practical and insightful, which, underpinned by her expertise in this area, gives a client great confident in her advice. She is also very personable and accessible.

The talented team bring practicality and strategic insight to their service. They are keen to get a good understanding of their client to tailor their advice accordingly.

The team are very approachable and amenable. They are very good at creating a sense of a team with their client and are able to react and adjust to needs and changes as they arise.

Eversheds Sutherland deliver to the highest possible standards.

Peter Curran is outstanding.

Key clients

Residential Tenancies Board


National Development Finance Agency

National Asset Management Agency

Pensions Ombudsman

Financial Services Ombudsman

Commission for Communications Regulation

Dublin Port Company

Irish Water

Gas Networks Ireland

Health Service Executive

Personal Injuries Assessment Board

Trinity College Dublin


National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

CIE (Irish Rail)

Insolvency Service of Ireland

National Standards Authority of Ireland

Department of Housing, Community and Local Government

Education Research Council

Department of Communications


Tax Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland's 'strong' team is particularly experienced in advising large domestic and international corporations and financial institutions, assisting with the tax aspects of establishing operations in Ireland and cross-border restructurings and M&A. It also advises on internal reorganisations, including the onshoring of IP, high-profile Irish investment projects, indirect tax, transfer pricing and tax disputes. Key sectors include renewable energy, real estate and financial services. 'Excellent' practice head Alan Connell focuses on advising international clients, with particular expertise in inward investment and restructuring projects in Ireland.


Alan Connell is very knowledgeable, client-focused, and practical in his approach. It is a pleasure to work with him.

The advice provided was comprehensive, practical and delivered in a manner that was easy to comprehend.

Solicitor Emma Hartnett provided a personal and personable service.

Eversheds deliver what we need articulately, quickly, and responsively.

Alan Connell is an excellent partner who makes complex issues clear. We appreciate him for his strategy and insights.

Emma Hartnett is an excellent lawyer. She explains things to us well, and we value her for her strategic insights and availability.

Strong team with a great understanding of the client’s needs and the subject matter

Alan Connell and his team have a great focus and always come prepared to help solve the issues.

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks plc

American Express


EirGrid plc

Enercon GmbH


HID Global

Independent News & Media

Kraft Heinz

Lime Energy


Musgrave Group

Roche Diabetes


Symantec Corporation

Telecoms Tier 2

Noted for its 'strategic insight and industry knowledge', the team at Eversheds Sutherland acts for domestic and international telecoms operators, regulatory bodies and infrastructure providers. Recent highlights include advising on a major telecoms project, the rollout of telecoms infrastructure and several disputes and regulatory investigations. Practice head Peter Curran specialises in procurement and has experience in regulatory, commercial and contractual matters in the telecoms sector.


The team bring strategic insight and industry knowledge and are keen to tailor their services to their client’s needs.

The individuals are amenable and approachable. They create a good team dynamic with their client and are capable of reacting and adjusting to their client’s needs.

Key clients

Independent News & Media


Banach Technologies

Voysis Limited

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission




Persona Digital Telephony

DXC Technology

Sigma Wireless



EU and competition Tier 3

Merger control is a key area of focus for Eversheds Sutherland, which regularly advises its Irish and international clients on domestic and EU merger notifications. The team also has experience in advising on state aid and competition law compliance, including advising on follow-on actions, and assists with responding to dawn raids. Practice head Sean Ryan, who is noted for his 'solid competition know-how', has particular expertise in state aid and complaints to the Irish and European competition authorities.


Sean Ryan is solid on merger applications.

Sean Ryan has an excellent unassuming manner with solid competition know-how.

Key clients

Blue Insurance



Star Capital Partnership LLP

Musgrave Group

TIIC Advisor S.A.S and 3i Group plc


Rilta Group

H2 Fund V

Eagle Target Ireland Holdings Limited

National Treasury Management Agency

Intellectual property Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland's intellectual property practice advises a range of clients, from domestic Irish companies to large multinationals, on issues related to patents, copyrights, and trade marks. Its position as a part of an international network of firms enables it to assist with multi-jurisdictional matters; its work as lead adviser to Banach Technologies, where it acted on IP issues in Ireland, Australia, and the UK, demonstrates this global reach. The practice, which is led by the 'personable' Marie McGinley, was recently bolstered by the arrival of senior associate Neasa Ní Ghráda from A&L Goodbody.


‘Maria McGinley has a personable style and approach which has been well-received by internal clients.’

Key clients

Busy Bees

Asavie Technologies

Independent  News and Media plc

Goffs Bloodstocks Sales

Banach Technologies


Irish Rail


Assa Abloy

Investment funds Tier 4

The 'innovative and commercial' team at Eversheds Sutherland has notable expertise in hedge fund formation, particularly for cryptocurrency funds, as well as advising on funds investing in SMEs and property and loan origination funds. It has also been active assisting with Brexit planning. Clients include asset managers and depositaries. The 'fantastic' Deborah Hutton, who joined the firm in June 2018 from an in-house role at Citibank Europe, leads the practice.


The depth of knowledge, understanding of the market practice and familiarity with regulator expectations sets Eversheds apart. They are extremely responsive and commercial.

Deborah Hutton has industry experience that she can bring to bear. She is responsive, understands issues and delivers an opinion promptly. She is superb to work with and have on your side.

Deborah Hutton is fantastic.

The team is truly innovative and commercial. Their regulatory experience is unparalleled and they have expertise in new and novel assets classes and complex issues throughout the global custody chain.

Deborah Hutton is a powerhouse of knowledge and experience and a highly skilled negotiator. Deborah puts her clients first, is solution driven and is a trusted and commercially minded adviser.

Key clients

ClearBank Europe

Apex Group/ European Depositary Bank/ Deutsche Bank

Barometer Capital Management Inc

Westhill Atlantic Limited

Fibonacci Property ICAV

Link Market Services Trustees Limited

Nectar Capital LLP

Nanjia Capital ICAV

Carlyle Investment Management LLC

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Eversheds Sutherland is one of the world’s leading international law firms We have 5,000 people, including 700 partners and more than 2,800 legal advisors, working across 67 offices in 32 jurisdictions spanning Europe, the United States, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. We are the only full service international law firm with an all-Ireland and UK presence, providing a full range of business legal services to commercial and public sector clients alike. On the island of Ireland, we have almost 300 people working in our Dublin and Belfast offices.

As an international full service law firm we partner with our clients to support their business growth and expansion plans. Whether you are an ambitious local company targeting international expansion or a potential investor exploring opportunities in Ireland, we have the local knowledge and global reach to help you make it happen.

In Ireland, we advise indigenous owner-managed companies as well as international and multinational companies, banks, financial institutions and public organisations. Our firm is managed on the basis of establishing and maintaining long-term relationships with our clients and we have always prided ourselves on our broad service offering.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Alan Murphy
Dispute Resolution & Litigation Stephen Barry
Banking & Finance Darragh Blake
Tax Alan Connell
Corporate & Commercial Enda Cullivan
Corporate & Commercial Peter Curran
Head of Pensions & Employee Benefits Peter Fahy
Dispute Resolution & Litigation Norman Fitzgerald
Head of Healthcare Aisling Gannon
Education Margaret Gorman
Real Estate Sean Greene
Asset Management & Regulation Deborah Hutton
Head of Employment Law Joanne Hyde
Pensions & Employee Benefits Lorcan Keenan
Real Estate Cian MacGinley
Dispute Resolution & Litigation Dermot McEvoy
Head of Intellectual Property, Technology and Data Protection Marie McGinley
Corporate & Commercial Tony McGovern
Corporate & Commercial Lee Murphy
Corporate & Commercial David O'Beirne
Corporate & Commercial Gavin O'Flaherty
Dispute Resolution & Litigation Neil O'Mahony
Real Estate Terry O'Malley
Head of Dispute Resolution & Litigation Pamela O'Neill
Real Estate Marie O'Riordan
Banking & Finance Piaras Power
Banking & Finance Steve Rodgers
Corporate & Commercial Angelyn Rowan
Corporate & Commercial Gerard Ryan
Corporate & Commercial Sean Ryan
Head of Real Estate Joseph Stanley
Dispute Resolution & Litigation Jim Trueick
Corporate & Commercial Mark Varian
Tax Niamh Caffrey
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Irish office : 285+
Eversheds Sutherland International Limited
Contact : Alan Murphy (Managing Partner)
Other offices : Please see for details of offices around the world