Robert McDonagh


Robert is a partner in our Commercial team and a core part of our Tier 1 ranked TMC and Privacy and Security team. He is recommended by independent journals like Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and Who's Who.

Robert helps leading companies successfully navigate GDPR across their European operations and manage security incidents. His clients include leading Internet and gaming companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, broadcasters and utilities.

He also helps clients structure and complete complex technology and outsourcing deals.  He has developed a niche expertise in procurement as a result of the significant public sector technology projects he has worked on such as the National Broadband Project, Emergency Call Answering Services and National Postcode Project.  


  • Information Technology
  • Data Protection
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Public Procurement

Representative Matters

  • Advising one of the world’s largest multiplayer online gaming companies in relation to its GDPR compliance programme, terms of service and e-sports league.
  • Advising a leading mullti-national insurance company in relation to GDPR compliance for strategically significant projects.
  • Advising a leading life assurance and pension provider in relation to the roll out of innovative apps.


Legal 500, 2021

Robert is a ‘Recommended Lawyer’.

Chambers & Partners, 2021

"His advice is always astute, sound and practical”.

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

  • Ireland and England as an establishment for Internet companies: Internet and Social Medial Law Conference London (November 2016)
  • General Data Protection Regulation and Data Processor Clauses, Society for Computers and Law (September 2016), London


Co-author Law Society of Ireland Technology Manual

Co-author 'B2B e-marketplaces: A legal analysis of unfair trade practices within the European Union' published by the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities.

Co-author National Registration for Producers of Electronic Waste published by Springer.

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Areas of Expertise

Commercial Contracts & Sourcing Competition & Antitrust General Data Protection Regulation Technology Law Privacy & Data Security Public Procurement Brexit

Professional Memberships

Data Protection Committee, Society for Computers and Law

IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals)

Procurement Law Forum (founding committee member)

Irish Society for European Law


University College Dublin, Ireland, (BBLS)