Declan is the Managing Partner of Mason Hayes & Curran. His personal practice focuses on commercial litigation and insolvency. Declan's experience includes the management of disputes and investigations with significant reputational consequences for the protagonists. He has acted in many high-value contractual and tortious disputes, commonly with an international component.
He advises regularly regarding complex warranty claims flowing from corporate transactions, claims against institutional investment advisors, claims in the financial services sector, shareholder disputes and agency matters.
Declan has also represented both plaintiffs and defendants in relation to negligence claims involving professionals such as insurance brokers, accountants, solicitors and investment advisers. He has also acted in property related disputes, fraud-related litigation and in a number of disputes involving the application of EU regulations and directives in Ireland. He has represented Tribunals of Inquiry established by the State in proceedings taken against the Tribunals by persons affected by their actions.
Declan also represents clients, most commonly financial institutions, in complex corporate insolvency matters. These include examinerships, receiverships, schemes of arrangement and liquidations. Allied to this practice, he advises boards and individual officers regarding their responsibilities
"Always two steps ahead"
Declan is recommended as one of the world's leading litigators.
"always looking out for the best interests of the client,"
"superb - excellent in negotiations, commercially aware, and very practical."
"He is able to cope with the huge cases and can see round corners to get us where we need to be."
"one of the best lawyers in the country, superb."
"someone who can get down to the nitty-gritty, is excellent at the business side of things and is always available."
Declan Black ‘is an outstanding litigator, challenges counsel and is an excellent strategist’.
... ‘gets to the kernel of issues quickly’.
“He cuts through the detail to give succinct, clear-cut advice.”
"a superb lawyer who is not afraid to give his view in the face of considerable uncertainty."
"His meetings are to-the-point and pragmatic, and he can take complex issues and outline what's relevant."
Declan is recommended as one of the world's leading commercial litigators.
Declan regularly speaks on a variety of management, litigation and insolvency related topics.
International Bar Association
The Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners
University College Dublin (BCL)