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We are pleased to announce the promotion of 11 new partners across key sectors in the firm. The appointments are part of our ongoing growth strategy, particularly in new and emerging areas of law such as ESG, Artificial Intelligence and Fintech.

L to R (by Sector): Ciara Deasy, Health; Aoiffe Moran, Public Law; Robert Rooney, Built Environment; Mark McCabe, Health; Irene Nic Chárthaigh, Financial Services; William Carmody, Managing Partner; Jay Sattin, Energy; Hannah Perry, Technology; Kady O’Connell, Technology; Emer Shelly, Energy; Áine Quirke, Technology; Alan Burns, Financial Services

The promotions address areas of strong client demand in which the firm has dominant legal teams such as Financial Services, Built Environment and Technology. Increased investment in Health and Public Sector services was also a driver of the expansion. We now employ over 580 staff, covering Ireland, UK and USA, dedicated to providing consistently excellent legal advice and service.

Commenting on the appointments, Will Carmody, Managing Partner, said: “The appointment of 11 new partners demonstrates our exceptional growth and strength in the Irish market. We have seen continued demand over the last year across all sectors and these new appointments reflect our on-going commitment to serving clients with the highest standards of legal advice and service. The promotions also underscore our commitment to nurturing the most talented lawyers to provide trusted legal counsel which meets our clients’ commercial objectives.”

Áine Quirke

Áine Quirke is a Partner in the Technology and Privacy & Data Security teams. She advises some of the world’s leading tech and social media companies on all aspects of GDPR compliance. Her practice focuses on counselling clients on the roll-out of new and emerging technologies and products.

Áine also works closely with clients on regulatory investigations and enforcement actions taken by data protection authorities.

Áine is a graduate of the University of Chicago, King's Inns and University College Dublin.

Alan Burns

Alan is a Partner in our Banking and Financial Services teams. He has over 15 years’ experience advising domestic and international lenders and borrowers with a particular focus on corporate finance and development finance. Working across a variety of sectors means that he has strong industry knowledge. His in-house experience means that he has a keen understanding of commercial drivers for organisations.

Alan frequently advises Irish pillar banks across a wide range of lending areas, and on Irish law components of large international credit transactions, having built up strong relationships with a number of leading law firms in the UK and United States.

He is a graduate of University College Dublin.

Aoiffe Moran

Aoiffe is a Partner in the Public, Regulatory & Investigations team. She has over 14 years of public law experience and provides specialised advice to public and regulated clients on statutory interpretation, governance, policies and procedures.

Aoiffe has represented statutory bodies in judicial review proceedings and on other public law disputes before the High Court and Supreme Court. She has also advised statutory bodies on the investigation and prosecution of complaints.

She is a trusted advisor in Freedom of Information law and is highly regarded for her ability to help clients in navigating this complex area.

Aoiffe is a graduate of University College Dublin and has previously volunteered with FLAC.

Ciara Deasy

Ciara is a Partner in the Healthcare and Medical Law teams. She specialises in medical negligence defence litigation. Ciara has significant experience handling complex, high value claims on behalf of hospitals, clinical laboratories and healthcare professionals. Ciara also represents and advocates on behalf of clients at inquests before the Coroner’s Court.

Prior to joining the firm, Ciara worked in London with a medical defence organisation representing medical practitioners in respect of a wide variety of clinical negligence claims together with regulatory complaints.

Ciara’s local and international experience means that she is well versed in advising clients on complex matters in the healthcare sector.

She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin.

Emer Shelly

Emer is a Partner in the Corporate Governance and Energy teams. She has a wealth of experience in advising clients across all sectors on a broad range of corporate transactions.

Emer specialises in advising on and implementing complex domestic and multi-jurisdictional corporate reorganisations and in providing advice on company law and corporate governance.

She also assists clients in navigating the evolving legal and regulatory landscape relating to ESG and corporate sustainability, with a particular focus on governance issues.

Clients value her technical expertise, commercial approach and ability to provide tailored, practical solutions to complex legal issues.

She is a graduate of University College Cork.

Hannah Perry

Hannah is a Partner in the Technology and Privacy & Data Security teams.

Hannah is known for providing pragmatic solutions to complex privacy issues and acts as lead product counsel for the world’s top technology, e-commerce and crypto companies.

She advises on all aspects of privacy and technology, from privacy by design to cybersecurity, AI and international data transfers and specialises in building scalable, multi-faceted privacy programmes for fast-growth companies. Hannah’s variety of expertise and background in human rights brings a unique depth of understanding and exposure to her advice.

She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin.

Irene Nic Chárthaigh

Irene Nic Chárthaigh is a Partner in the Banking and Financial Services team. She specialises in high value, complex loan portfolio disposals and acquisitions, as well as loan-on-loan financing.

Irene is a trusted advisor to a range of financial institutions, from major Irish banks and private equity funds to international investment banks and corporate borrowers. Her wide-ranging expertise covers a variety of areas including real estate and corporate financing. Irene has a proven track record of working on multi-jurisdictional financing transactions.

Irene is frequently credited for her project management skills and her practical ability to guide clients through complex transactions.

She is a graduate of University of Limerick and Trinity College Dublin.

Jay Sattin

Jay is a Partner in the Energy and Planning & Environment teams. His combination of local and international experience is highly valued by clients, and he advises on a range of planning, sustainability, environmental and health & safety matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Jay worked for a top London law firm. He possesses unique technical experience gained through his role as an environmental and sustainability consultant for five years. He is also known for his deep expertise in the areas of ESG and the circular economy.

Jay is a graduate of University of Leeds and a post-graduate of the University of East Anglia.

Kady O’Connell

Kady is a Partner in the Employment Law & Benefits and Technology teams. She provides strategic and commercial advice to international and domestic clients across all aspects of employment law.

She has extensive experience providing counsel to international technology companies on restructuring strategies as well as employment due diligence and on complex TUPE related matters.

Kady is known by clients for her ability to navigate sensitive HR issues, including workplace investigations and dismissals. She is an experienced litigator and regularly appears before the Workplace Relations Commission, the Labour Court, and the civil courts.

She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and University College London.

Mark McCabe

Mark is a Partner in the Healthcare and Medical teams. He specialises in the defence of high value and complex medical malpractice claims. He represents the interests of hospitals and healthcare professionals in both the public and private sectors.

Mark acts for several major Irish hospitals on the instructions of the Clinical Indemnity Scheme of the State Claims Agency. He also advises clinical laboratory service providers.

Mark has previously represented medical professionals on behalf of the largest indemnifier operating in Ireland, along with other international indemnifiers and insurers.

He is a graduate of University College Cork and Waterford Institute of Technology.

Robert Rooney

Robert is a Partner in the Built Environment and Construction teams. He specialises in construction issues in infrastructure, energy and life science contracts, as well as private developments. He represents clients in the commercial court, arbitration and mediation.

Robert is known for his focus on successful project delivery and avoiding formal dispute resolution processes.

Robert has worked with the Irish Public Works Contracts since its inception, advising on some of the most significant contracts of this type in Ireland.

He is a graduate of University of Galway, University of Manchester and the UCD Smurfit Business School.

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