Navigating the public and regulated sector environment can be complex. We have a deep understanding of this environment. This enables us to provide practical and informed advice to statutory bodies and people dealing with such bodies; regulators and regulated persons; and anyone undertaking, or subject to, statutory or non-statutory investigation. Our specialisation and experience results in expert and effective advice delivered quickly and clearly.
Public Law: We specialise in advising both public and private sector clients on what statutory bodies can properly do, and what procedures they must follow. We have a particular expertise in the public sector legal environment.
Regulatory Law: We advise regulators, regulated entities and others operating in a variety of regulated sectors on all types of regulation, including licensing, compliance, investigation and enforcement.
Professional Discipline: We have extensive experience of dealing with professional disciplinary systems, codes and procedures. Our expertise stems from our experience in advising professional disciplinary bodies.
Information Law: We advise on all aspects of access to, and disclosure of, information, including freedom of information, access to environmental information, data protection, discovery, privilege, confidentiality, production orders and search warrants.
Investigations and Inquiries: We help clients deal with investigations and inquiries of any kind – whether statutory or non-statutory, including commissions of investigation and tribunals of inquiry. We provide practical and clear advice to anyone that either has to undertake or be subject to an investigation.
Public and administrative law
Statutory powers and jurisdictional error
Natural and constitutional justice and fair procedures
Judicial review and other litigation
Governance and procurement
Information law, including freedom of information, data protection, privilege and confidentiality
Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Investigations and inquiries
Regulation of Lobbying
“Approachable” and “highly responsive”
“Market leader” for public sector work and “extremely capable at conducting difficult and complex litigation”.
"Breadth and depth of understanding of public law is astounding."
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.