Ainsley Heffernan

Ainsley Heffernan is our exclusively recommended Renewable Energy Law expert in Ireland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ainsley directly using the contact details listed above.

The Republic of Ireland occupies most of the island of Ireland, off the coast of England and Wales. Its capital, Dublin, is the birthplace of writers like Oscar Wilde, and home of Guinness beer. The 9th-century Book of Kells and other illustrated manuscripts are on show in Dublin’s Trinity College Library. Dubbed the “Emerald Isle” for its lush landscape, the country is dotted with castles like medieval Cahir Castle.

Ainsley is a partner and head of our award-winning energy & natural resources group. He has over 15 years’ experience advising clients in the energy sector. Ainsley and his team have extensive experience representing clients involved in wind farm projects, bioenergy, hydro, solar PV, AD and CHP. Ainsley specialises in energy law, planning and development, corporate law and contract negotiation.

Ainsley Heffernan has spoken at numerous conferences and regularly contributes to a variety of industry publications. Ainsley is also included in the Energy Ireland Yearbook as one of the “leading movers and shakers in the energy sector”.

Firm Overview:

Working side by side with our clients to achieve more.

Beauchamps is one of Ireland’s top full service commercial law firms. We are growing, creative and ambitious with 190 people in our Dublin headquarters.

Beauchamps has been part of the fabric of Irish business for over 200 years. We are proud of our heritage, our culture and our client base, made up of international and domestic companies fuelling Ireland’s economy.

Anne O’Connell

Anne O’Connell is our exclusively recommended Labour & Employment Law expert in Ireland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Anne directly using the contact details listed above.

Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its historic buildings include Dublin Castle, dating to the 13th century, and imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. City parks include landscaped St Stephen’s Green and huge Phoenix Park, containing Dublin Zoo. The National Museum of Ireland explores Irish heritage and culture.

Anne qualified as a solicitor in 2001 specialising in Employment Law and has over 17 years’ experience. Anne holds an LLB Degree together with Diplomas in Employment Law and International Litigation. She is also qualified as a New York Attorney. Having trained in Byrne Wallace, Anne moved on to practice in the Chief State Solicitors Office shortly after qualifying where she practiced for over 2 years in the area of Employment law and International litigation there. Anne acted in the largest International case taken by Ireland to date and also acted in a European case that led to the amendment to Ireland’s Constitution. In 2003 Anne moved to the Employment Law Department of William Fry solicitors’ where she remained dedicated for 11 years of practice. There she advised large multinational companies, semi-state companies, small businesses and employees in all areas of employment law, particularly issues that were likely to become contentious. During this period Anne was seconded to ESB Group to cover maternity leave for their In-House employment law solicitor. In 2014, Anne joined Sherwin O’Riordan solicitors as a salary partner Head of their Employment Law Department and left in early February 2017 to set up her own employment law firm.

Firm Overview:

AOC Solicitors provides a strategic approach to the maze that is employment law. AOC Solicitors is the solutions team for any business addressing any employment law issue. We also advise individual employees facing employment law disputes. We focus on advising our clients on the best solution to achieve their objectives while meeting their needs and business requirements.

As part of its services AOC Solicitors places a high value on being available 24/7 to avoid claims and offers employers an Employment Law Hotline for a set monthly fee to enable guidance through any process without worrying about fees.

We advise private and public sector companies and individuals in contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, including termination of employment, industrial relations, bullying in the workplace, redundancy, restructuring, equality issues, protected disclosures and transfer of undertakings. We represent clients before employment law statutory bodies, the High Court and Circuit Court. We draft and advise on contracts, staff policies and procedures.

AOC Solicitors – Specialists in Employment Law

Hugh Clohessy

Hugh Clohessy is our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Ireland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Hugh directly using the contact details listed above.

Limerick is a major city in the Republic of Ireland, set in Munster province in the south of the country. Its compact old town is known for the medieval-era St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. John’s square, which is lined with Georgian townhouses. Standing along the River Shannon, the 13th-century King John’s Castle is one of the city’s most recognisable sites.

Hugh has a broad practice focused on work in the areas of Property, Corporate Finance, Company and Commercial Law and Insolvency. Hugh obtained a BCL from University College Cork and qualified as a solicitor with a leading commercial and banking practice and is a co-founding partner of the firm. He has also obtained diplomas in Commercial Conveyancing, Trust and Estate Planning and Aviation Finance and Leasing.

Hugh acts for and advises companies, partnerships, pension funds, investors, developers and private individuals on the acquisition, development, leasing, financing and disposal of commercial property.

Hugh is a member of the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners and also provides advice across a broad spectrum of insolvency and restructuring matters, acting for insolvency practitioners, directors, shareholders, lenders, borrowers and other stakeholders on a wide range of insolvency and restructuring issues particularly those involving property and property related assets.

His commercial work also involves advising on company fund raisings, company exits, shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, joint ventures and shareholder and boardroom dispute resolution. Hugh advises clients from initial start up to growth and development transactions, whether by equity or debt funding, acquisition or joint venture, reorganisation or restructuring, disposal via sale or buyout. Hugh works with an array of corporate borrowers including start-ups, fast-growth businesses and established companies. Hugh also works with private lenders and investor funds and consortia in advising on secured and unsecured lending transactions.

Hugh is also regularly retained to act in resolving commercial disputes and his litigation and dispute resolution work has involved acting in disputes relating to fraud and fund mismanagement, property, construction, insolvency, insurance, banking, company law, partnerships and Financial Services Ombudsman complaints.

Daireann Gibson

Daireann Gibson is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Ireland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Daireann directly using the contact details listed above.

Daireann is Managing Partner of Gibson & Associates. He has worked with some of the country’s top-tier firms, as well as Tughans Solicitors in Northern Ireland and Holland & Knight in New York.

Daireann is admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and England & Wales. He is also a member of the Dublin Bar Association and Donegal Bar Association.

Daireann has extensive experience in residential and commercial property development, financing, acquisitions and disposals together with advising on a wide range of corporate and property related matters.

Daireann Gibson sets the standard in his client-centred approach with particular focus on achieving the best results possible for clients.

Firm Overview:

Gibson & Associates is an Irish law firm with a difference. We always put you first and work tirelessly to get the best result for you.

Our experienced and empathetic solicitors tailor their service to your unique needs and keep you fully informed along the way. It’s not just about the results though; we want your experience with us from start to finish to exceed your expectations of a what a law firm is.

We take every measure to remove stress from your situation and to make dealing with us as easy as possible. Transparency is key – we make sure you are fully aware of the processes, the timeline and any costs involved, all without using legal jargon.

At Gibson & Associates we also provide you with one single point of contact, so you can speak to who you need, when you need them.

With understanding and empathy, expertise and commitment, Gibson & Associates are changing the face of Irish law. We are in a whole range of areas: Personal Injury, Conveyancing, Data Protection, Wills & Probate, Insolvency Law and Immigration. We deliver high quality advice and achieve the best outcomes for people like you across Ireland every day.

It doesn’t matter what your case, our solicitors will go above and beyond to make sure the resolution is reached as efficiently and hassle-free as possible. We want you to come back to us whenever you need our services.

Tom Woods

Tom Woods is our exclusively recommended Financial Services expert in Ireland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Tom directly using the contact details above.

Tom is the Head of Aviation Finance and Leasing in KPMG Ireland and advises some of the largest aviation companies globally as well as investors on their investment in the aviation sector. He specialises in optimising the efficiency of international groups and investments into such groups.

Tom has spoken at many global aviation conferences on worldwide tax developments affecting the industry. He has also written many articles on aviation related issues. Tom is also a tax partner in KPMG Ireland’s Securitisation Practice. He also leads the Islamic Finance Practice in KPMG Ireland.

Firm Overview:

KPMG is at the heart of business in Ireland. We have 91 partners and over 2800 people based in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway.

Dublin is noted as one of the 6 best places in the world for start-ups, and is also home to the European headquarters of many of the world’s most successful companies.

KPMG advises a wide range of these businesses – providing Dublin-based audit, tax and advisory support at every stage of the business cycle. From major names in financial services in Dublin to leading players in technology to entrepreneurs and start ups in every sector- you’ll find KPMG providing timely support and advice.

Our services range from Corporate Finance and Restructuring to Transaction Services and Management Consulting. We also provide corporation tax and other business and personal tax expertise, as well as a host of services to those already located here or considering doing business in Dublin.

Whether you are already here or considering locating in Ireland – we’d be delighted to tell you about our services and how we can help you achieve your business objectives.

Kevin Allen

Kevin Allen is our exclusively recommended Regulatory Law expert in Ireland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kevin directly using the contact details listed above.

Kevin is a Partner in A&L Goodbody’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department focusing on Financial Regulation matters. He specialises in compliance, regulatory law and corporate governance. He has particular expertise in financial services law and advises banks and financial institutions on all aspects of financial regulation and compliance and related matters. Kevin draws together all aspects of the firm’s expertise relating to regulation and compliance and offers comprehensive compliance and regulatory advice to businesses generally. He also has over 17 years’ experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law.

Kevin is a regular speaker at conferences on regulation and compliance and corporate governance issues and is on the Irish Institute of Directors Legal Panel. He currently chairs the Asset Management Working Group of the Irish Funds Industry Association.

Our Pro Bono Practice:

Pro bono is a fundamental part of A&L Goodbody. We were the first Irish law firm to establish a formal pro bono practice; appoint a full time pro bono associate; offer a trainee rotation; sign up to the UK Collaborative Plan and publicly commit to a target of 25 pro bono hours per lawyer by 2021.

Access to justice lies at the heart of our pro bono practice. It informs the partnerships we develop and the organisations we work with. We believe we can make the most impact by using our legal skills to respond to unmet legal need in our community.

We work in partnership with domestic and international “clearing houses”, including the Public Interest Law Alliance, Business in the Community and Thomson Reuters Trustlaw Foundation. They match our expertise with specific legal needs in non-governmental organisations, community organisations and law centres.

Diversity & Inclusion:

At ALG, Diversity & Inclusion is about respecting, valuing and leveraging the differences that exist in our employee base and the domestic and international markets in which we do business.

Mutual respect and collaboration amongst our colleagues is key to the culture of our firm and we are committed to ensuring that that everyone is treated with respect, fairness and integrity.

Every one of our employees bring a set of special talents and perspectives to the table. We celebrate diverse thinking by creating a culture where all of our people are encouraged to draw upon their unique backgrounds, interests and viewpoints.

This diverse and inclusive approach benefits our people and our clients and therefore our business. As the diversity of our client base continues to grow it is imperative that we have a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect that client basis. Different options, perspectives and cultures are powerful in international business.