Richard Woulfe


Richard is a senior Dispute Resolution partner whose practice encompasses contentious intellectual property law, contentious technology and social media law, on and offline defamation and general commercial disputes usually with a cross-border component.

He has over 30 years’ experience of litigation practice and has acted in some of the most high profile and complex commercial disputes before the Irish Courts.

Richard is currently lead litigation solicitor in the Commercial Court case of Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland and Schrems, in which the Irish DPC is challenging the Standard Contractual Clauses established by decisions of the European Commission as a valid basis for the export of date outside the EU and seeking to have the issue referred to the Court of Justice of the EU. This case could potentially enormously damaging impact on global trade.


  • Intellectual Property Law and Litigation
  • Technology law
  • Online Privacy and Defamation issues
  • Defamation
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Social Media and Privacy Law

Representative Matters

  • Acting for Facebook in legal proceedings commenced by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner in the High Court of Ireland asking the Irish Court to seek a preliminary reference ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) on the validity of the EU Commission decisions which permit data transfers from the EU to the United States pursuant to standard contractual clauses. Richard also represented Facebook in related litigation in the aftermath of the CJEU’s ruling that rendered data transfers pursuant to Safe Harbor provisions invalid.
  • Acting for Facebook, Yahoo!, Twitter and Yelp in defending High Court proceedings and High Court injunction applications relating to issues such as defamation, privacy and data protection and advising on take down requests and Norwich Pharmacal applications.
  • Representing Irish food manufacturer, Kerry Foods plc, in trade mark infringements and passing off actions.


Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, 2017

“He is wise, shrewd and very good at tactical thinking."

The Legal 500, 2017

"Excellent with clients."

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Areas of Expertise

Intellectual Property Law Commercial Disputes Dispute Resolution General Data Protection Regulation Insurance & Professional Risks

Professional Memberships

International Trademark Association

Licensing Executives Society International

International Bar Association



University of Limerick (European Studies/Law)