Public & Administrative Law

We advise on public and administrative law, including advising on the scope of public bodies’ powers, functions and duties, the procedures they must follow and the governance measures they must comply with and have in place. 

We represent clients in bringing and defending related legal proceedings, including statutory applications and appeals, judicial review, public procurement and plenary proceedings. We have particular experience in dealing with commissions of investigation, tribunals, and inquiries (statutory and non-statutory).

Our Services

  • Public and Administrative Law
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Constitutional Law and European Convention on Human Rights Principles
  • Statutory and Legal Powers (Vires) and Jurisdictional Error
  • Fair Procedures
  • Public Law Litigation, including:
  1. Judicial Review
  2. Statutory Applications and Appeals
  3. Public Procurement Judicial Review
  • Public Sector Governance
  • Information Law, including:
  1. Freedom of Information 
  2. Public Sector Privacy
  3. Data Protection
  4. Confidentiality
  5. Privilege

If you wish to find out more about how we can assist you or your organisation, please contact one of our team members listed below.


Legal 500, 2018

“Market leader” for public sector work and “extremely capable at conducting difficult and complex litigation”.

Legal 500, 2017

"Breadth and depth of understanding of public law is astounding." 

Recent Work

  • Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC): We acted for GSOC in the Clarke Inquiry. This judicial inquiry was established by the Government in July 2015, and the first to be established under section 109 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005. The Inquiry was conducted by Supreme Court Judge, Mr Justice Frank Clarke. The Inquiry was established to examine the conduct of certain officers within GSOC who had carried out an investigation into the conduct of certain members of An Garda Síochána. This was an intensive fast paced Inquiry which was completed within seven months. The successful outcome of the Clarke Inquiry report resulted in no finding of misconduct on the part of GSOC officers.

  • Central Bank of Ireland: We advised the Central Bank of Ireland in successfully defending three sets of urgent court proceedings challenging the administrative sanction procedure for regulated financial services providers under the Central Bank Act 1942, as amended, including the successful defence of injunction and discovery interlocutory applications. These were the first such challenges to this legislation and matters of national and European importance.
  • Maperath Herbal Limited: We advised a private sector client on compliance with Irish legislation/regulations in relation to the importation and distribution of an animal remedies product. This involved careful consideration and analysis of the relevant European regulations. We advised the client on its engagement with, and subsequent successful application to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for an Animal Remedies Wholesaler’s Licence.
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