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Adrian Kelly

Adrian Kelly photo General counsel | Airsynergy

One of the co-founders of Airsynergy, a privately owned renewable energy product development and licensing company founded in 2008, Adrian Kelly is a distinguished lawyer who also acts as the company’s general counsel and is at the forefront of the renewable energy generation industry in both a legal and commercial sense. Dealing with all legal …

Alan Boland

Alan Boland photo General counsel and company secretary | AXA Life Invest

As the current general counsel and company secretary of life insurance business AXA Life Invest, Alan Boland is part of the senior leadership team reporting to the CEO of the company in a ‘very effective’ relationship where there is a ‘common value to drive the business and an openness to challenge one another’. Operating with …

Alan Daly

Alan Daly photo Group head of legal | Electricity Supply Board (ESB)

Heading a 52-strong team, Alan Daly is credited for integrating the legal department into the business more comprehensively than ever before. Since his arrival in 2011, Daly has built up the legal team to support all areas of the business, and make the function completely self-sufficient in a number of practise areas whilst ensuring compliance …

Alan Johnston

Alan Johnston photo Chief counsel and company secretary | Liberty Insurance Ireland

The Irish arm of US multinational insurance firm Liberty are assisted in a legal and commercial sense by chief counsel and company secretary Alan Johnston, from a base in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Johnston leads the legal team as head of legal with responsibility for all of Liberty Insurance Ireland’s legal matters, and complements this position by …

Anna Morgan

Anna Morgan photo Head of legal and deputy commisioner | Office of the Data Protection Commissioner

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner is an independent national authority tasked with enforcing data protection legislation in Ireland. With nine out of the top 10 global IT companies and many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and financial services businesses now located in the country, the range of issues the office deals with has …

Antoine Mac Donncha

Antoine Mac Donncha photo Head of legal unit | Department of Finance

Joining the Department of Finance as the only lawyer in 2009 in the aftermath of the worldwide crash is testament to Antoine Mac Donncha’s resilience as a pioneering in-house counsel in the public sector. Mac Donncha says: ‘I am enormously proud of the work I have been involved in over the last five years in …

Audrey Marie O’Sullivan

Audrey Marie O’Sullivan photo General counsel | SIRO

SIRO, a startup business owned by telecoms giants ESB and Vodafone, aims to bring high speed internet service online across Ireland, especially smaller rural areas and so bridge the ‘digital gap’ that exists between these places and Dublin. Audrey O’ Sullivan, general counsel, explains that she was the ideal fit for the role when she …

Brian Connolly

Brian Connolly photo Director of legal services - local compliance | accenture

With over 25 years’ successful track record of legal support for leading local, regional and global organisations, Brian Connolly has become a highly respected and experienced lawyer in the region. An incredibly proactive and ambitious individual, Connolly has taken on a variety of managerial roles at Accenture, locally and globally, leading the Irish function through …

Carol Browne

Carol Browne photo Head of legal | Bank of Ireland

One of Ireland’s traditional ‘big four’ banks, Bank of Ireland offers a wide range of financial products including savings, loans, mortgages and deposit accounts. Following a two-year stint in private practice at Arthur Cox, Carol Browne was invited to take the helm of the legal department of the bank in 2015. Since then Browne has …

Carol Drury

Carol Drury photo Head of legal | AIB

With a total career with AIB spanning almost a decade-and-a-half Carol Drury has amassed a wealth of knowledge into the company’s operations, and has been engaged in a number of senior positions in legal teams around the AIB group. From 2003 to 2012 she worked with AIB Capital Markets, eventually rising to the position of …

Caroline Dee-Brown

Caroline Dee-Brown photo General counsel | Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)

With over 24 years of experience and qualified in three jurisdictions, Caroline Dee-Brown has been the general counsel for The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) – the regulator for Irish internet, television, radio and all other sectors in the telecommunications field – since 2009. A reliable and collaborative legal professional, Dee-Brown defines her input as …

Catharine Ennis

Catharine Ennis photo Chief legal officer | SMBC Aviation Capital

Owned by a group of major Japanese financial organisations (Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company Limited and Sumitomo Corporation) the scale of SMBC Aviation Capital’s global airliner leasing operation is truly vast. All in all the company has 668 aircraft owned, managed and committed, with a recent company highlight being …

Catherine May

Catherine May photo Legal director EMEA and company secretary | Dell Financial Services

Catherine May has amassed over 10 years of international financial experience and in her current capacity set up the financial services business of Dell in the EMEA region. Establishing this involved applying for a bank license and designing, planning and executing a heavily regulated business in Europe. May admits: ‘It was hugely rewarding to be …

Cian Crosbie

Cian Crosbie photo General counsel | Valentia Technologies

Legal adviser to Valentia’s management team, Cian Crosbie, has had a varied but extensive career path. After completing his legal practice training he subsequently worked in Australia with a national law firm before returning to Ireland. On his movements Crosbie reveals: ‘The contrasting experiences were excellent and led me to my current role as general …

Claire Lyons

Claire Lyons photo General counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa | OtterBox

To meet the demands of today’s mobile consumers, US company OtterBox has evolved to become a leading seller of premium protective cases for smartphones and tablets. As the company’s general counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Claire Lyons handles legal matters from the OtterBox regional offices in Cork. Since joining the protective casing …

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