Maurice Phelan


Maurice is a partner and Head of our Dispute Resolution team. His personal focus is on Commercial Litigation, Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency. Maurice has experience in a wide range of commercial litigation matters including high value contractual and tortious disputes and shareholders disputes, often with an international component. 

Maurice frequently acts for financial institutions in complex commercial disputes and he has also acted for both claimants and respondents in domestic and international commercial arbitrations. 

Maurice routinely advises insolvency office holders and stakeholders in the insolvency process. He also advises companies and their directors in distressed situations on corporate restructuring and insolvency issues.


  • Commercial litigation
  • Insolvency and Restructuring

Representative Matters

  • Representing SPV OSUS in respect of losses suffered by Optimal Strategies U.S. Equity Limited following the collapse of the Madoff Ponzi scheme with an overall claim value of €3bn.
  • Acting for American investors in proceedings against the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Airways in relation to the enforcement of a multi-million dollar international arbitral award.
  • Acted for Coroin Ltd., the owner of three of London’s most prestigious hotels, Claridge’s, Connaught and Berkeley, in proceedings issued against it and other parties by Irish businessman Patrick McKillen in his bid for control of the hotels.


Chambers and Partners, 2017

Dispute Resolution: “Excellent communicator."

Insolvency & Restructuring: "Wide experience and an excellent technical and commercial brain."

The Legal 500, 2017

Maurice has "a strong will to win"

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Areas of Expertise

Dispute Resolution Commercial Disputes Insolvency & Restructuring Financial Services Disputes

Professional Memberships

Insol Europe

The International Bar Association

The Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners


University College Dublin (BCL, LLM)

Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, UCD (HDBS)