Ireland Teams 2016 – GC Powerlist

Ireland Teams 2016


| Actavo

Actavo is a leading international strategic operations company that services a range of industries with network, engineering and building solutions. The company was sold by the IBRC to Denis O’Brien in...

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Aer Lingus

| Aer Lingus

The legal team at Ireland’s flag carrier airline Aer Lingus is staffed with extremely experienced in-house counsel to guide the second largest airline in Ireland through the complex regulatory environment...

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| AerCap

Overseeing a portfolio of approximately 1,700 owned, managed or on order aircraft, Dublin headquartered leasing company AerCap cemented their position as global leaders in the field after completing their acquisition...

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Despite turbulent times for the Irish financial sector in the recent past, AIB’s group legal function are able to cite tangible successes in the form of the bank’s results and...

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| Aircastle

Leading the European legal department at aircraft leasing specialists Aircastle, Sarah Clarkin, senior vice president – legal, explains how her team are at the very forefront of the company’s business:...

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Editor Message

For 29 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world. The GC Powerlist is the latest publication from The Legal 500, turning its attention to the in-house function, and recognising those corporate counsel who are driving the legal business forward. The latest edition is the GC Powerlist: Ireland Teams, which identifies an array of the most influential and innovative in-house teams working in Ireland.

The GC Powerlist is a series of publications, highlighting the most influential in-house lawyers and teams in business today.

To put together the list, we canvassed opinions from law firm partners and in-house counsel in Ireland, to identify corporate counsel that have been instrumental in changing or forming opinions within their company or industry; developing brilliant technical solutions to complex issues; creating innovative structures to ensure that the in-house function is driving the business forward; or providing a business working model that other corporate counsel should follow. Our team of experienced researchers assessed the nominations, speaking both to general counsel and nominating lawyers to finalise each jurisdictional list. The GC Powerlist: Ireland Teams features not just information on teams that have made the list, but also practical tips for fellow in-house counsel to follow to maximise their interaction with their businesses.

David Burgess
Publishing Director

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Sponsor Message

McCann FitzGerald

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McCann FitzGerald is delighted to continue its support of the GC Powerlist in Ireland, recognising as it does the breadth and depth of legal talent that play an increasingly important role in many of Ireland’s most successful businesses.

The environment in which lawyers operate is dynamic and ever-changing. Increasing workload and risk, the demand for delivery of more legal services at less cost, limited availability of qualified legal resources and increasing use of technology are just some of the drivers in today’s highly competitive market for legal services. These changes place serious demands on all lawyers, both in-house and in private practice, to constantly evaluate how they deliver their services and to figure out how to respond to the demand for increased efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of legal services.

That is why McCann FitzGerald recently launched the Data Investigations Group. The Data Investigations Group is a state-of-the-art model for the management of high-volume document review and reporting. It significantly differentiates our approach to large-scale project work, employing specialist technology, project management capability and a flexible resourcing model that can deliver cost savings of up to 40% for clients.

At the same time as these changes are occurring, in-house legal teams are being called on to take a leading role in advising businesses, and to have an expanding influence in areas such as risk management and business strategy. They are seen as thought leaders and experts within their industries, with the insights to drive and create business opportunities and influence decisions at the highest levels.

Private practice lawyers have a strong role to play when advising in-house teams. It is important that they too have an understanding of the economic and business landscape that their clients are operating in. They need to be on hand to offer expert counsel within their area of expertise, and work closely with their in-house counterparts to navigate through the changing business, regulatory and legal environments. There are a wealth of opportunities for private and in-house legal teams to collaborate, allowing them together to give expert advice to their business, and ultimately to drive further growth.

McCann FitzGerald is excited by the developments in the legal sector and the evolving role of inhouse counsel. As a firm, we seek to enable your progress through the provision of strategic legal counsel on the major business and commercial issues of our time, delivered through a culture of high performance and high integrity. We look forward to developing further our partnerships and collaborations with in-house counsel, as Ireland continues its economic recovery. These partnerships enable businesses to benefit from the insight that McCann FitzGerald has obtained over many years in working with clients across a range of industries.

On behalf of all the partners at McCann FitzGerald, I wish to extend our sincere congratulations to all those who have been included in the GC Powerlist Ireland Teams 2016. Recipients of this accolade come from a broad and varied range of sectors, from banking and financial services to retail chains and consumer brands. This prestigious recognition highlights the hard work, strength and innovation displayed by in-house counsel across Ireland, and also emphasises the increasingly important and expanding role of in-house counsel in today’s business environment.