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 is in the process of being referred to the Court of Justice of the EU.


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

Representative Matters

  • Acted for the EU Commissioner for Agriculture in successful High Court defamation proceedings against a national newspaper and TV station. 
  • Acting for Facebook in legal proceedings commenced by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner in the High Court of Ireland in which the Irish Court has agreed 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.

  • 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.


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 and Risk

Professional Memberships

International Trademark Association

Licensing Executives Society International

International Bar Association



University of Limerick (European Studies/Law)