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Paul Fitzpatrick

Senior Associate


Paul is a Senior Associate on our Public, Regulatory and Investigations team. Paul advises a variety of public bodies, including regulatory and professional disciplinary bodies, on contentious and non-contentious matters of administrative and public law generally. This includes advising public bodies on their powers, functions and duties, and fair procedures.

Paul has significant experience in advising major financial institutions in respect of Central Bank investigations under the Administrative Sanctions Procedure, and also advising the Central Bank in respect of its powers and functions in carrying investigations into regulated entities.

Given his in-depth knowledge of criminal law, Paul also provides advice and representation to public regulatory bodies in relation to the prosecution of a wide range of statutory offences. Paul also advises regulatory and disciplinary bodies in relation to the drafting of enforcement processes and guidance manuals.

Paul also advises professional disciplinary bodies in respect of investigations and fitness to practise inquiries. Paul advises on all stages of the fitness to practise process, and represents regulators from the receipt of complaints, to attending fitness to practise inquiries, and regularly appears in the High Court seeking confirmation of sanctions issued by professional regulators.

Specialties 

  • Public and Administrative Law
  • Professional Disciplinary Law
  • Judicial Review
  • Criminal Law

Representative Matters

  • Recently advised a major financial institution on an ongoing Central Bank Administrative Sanctions investigation into its conduct regarding the provision of tracker mortgages to customers.
  • Recently advised the Central Bank on its investigation of a major regulated entity. This advice involved a detailed analysis of what documentation the Central Bank could compel the entity to disclose, including an analysis of commercially sensitive data and privileged documentation.  
  • EirGrid Plc: Advised on a complex FOI request from a requester seeking access to records in relation a dispute arising between a property company, the Electricity Supply Board (“ESB”) and Eirgrid relating to the uprate works to the Maynooth – Ryebrook 110kV transmission line, and the undergrounding or diversion of transmission lines over lands owned by Killross Properties. This involved detailed advices concerning the applicability of the legal professional privilege exemption.
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Areas of Expertise

Public, Regulatory and Investigations

Professional Memberships

Law Society of Ireland

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Education

Trinity College Dublin, LLB

University of Edinburgh, LLM in Law, Innovation & Technology

University College Dublin, Professional Diploma in Professional Regulation

Honourable Society of King’s Inns, Diploma in Corporate, White Collar and Regulatory Crime