Paul Gallagher S.C.

Paul Gallagher has been practicing in the Irish Bar for 40 years. He was appointed a senior counsel in 1991 and a Bencher of the King’s Inns in 2005. He is a former vice-chair of the Irish Bar Council. He has lectured and tutored in law in University College Dublin and the King’s Inns and lectures and writes on a range of legal issues. He has degrees in law (University College Dublin, King’s Inns, Cambridge University), and in history and economics (University College Dublin). He practices widely in the areas of commercial law, European law and public law. He is an adjunct professor of law at University College Dublin, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He was Ireland’s nominee to the arbitration and conciliation panels of the International Centre of Settlement of Investment Disputes (1997–2007). He served as an observer on the High-Level Advisory Group for the Future EU Justice Policy 2007–2008 representing the UK, Cyprus and Malta.

He is a director of the Irish Centre for European Law and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for International and European Affairs. Paul Gallagher was Attorney General of Ireland between 2007 and 2011 and during that period he had responsibility for advising the government on all legal issues and was responsible for the conduct of all litigation involving the state. He was responsible for all legislation passed during that period and was deeply involved in all legal aspects of the financial crisis.

Shaun O’Shea

Shaun O’Shea is a partner and head of our corporate & commercial team. Shaun works closely with Irish and international business clients across a wide spectrum of industry sectors – including technology, healthcare & life sciences, retail, and hospitality – advising on the full range of business law issues that arise.

Shaun has broad expertise in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, inward investment and general commercial matters.

In addition to his practise as a corporate lawyer, Shaun is a registered Chartered Tax Advisor and CEDR Accredited Mediator.

From 2008 to 2011, Shaun served as Beauchamps’ Managing Partner.

Recent Experience:

  • Owners of Fastway Couriers in its sale to senior management and Irish and multinational-backed investor MML
  • Inventum on its purchase of the majority stake in Dublin-based company, Joule Group Limited
  • Arachas on the buyout of its Irish business by its senior management
  • Ergo on its acquisition of Micromail (software licensing specialist), the sale of its investment in Fenergo and separately on its newest venture, Flowforma
  • BDO Development Capital Fund on its €10 million investment in Blueface, the leading Unified Communications-as-a-Service Provider to businesses, enterprises and carriers, and in Cavan-headquartered Obelisk Group
  • Angelo Gordon on the sale of the landmark Temple Bar hotel in Dublin to a Singapore fund, having previously advised this client on the purchase of the hotel in 2015
  • Elder Healthcare on the sale of Comfort Keepers to Sodexo
  • SIMS IVF on the sale of healthcare business to Australian quoted entity, Virtus Health
  • PREM Group on the acquisition and financing of three hotels in separate transactions – Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort, Blessington Lake, Blessington, Co. Wicklow; Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry; and Leopold Hotel, Sheffield, England
  • Vistapointe on its sale to Brocade – a three jurisdiction transaction led out of Dublin as the business had operations in Ireland, US and India

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.

At A Glance:

  • Founded: 1803
  • Full service commercial law firm
  • Based in Dublin, Ireland
  • 190 professional staff, 100 lawyers
  • 30 practice & sector areas
  • At the centre of business in Ireland
  • Strong international business networks

Our Approach:

We believe clients get better commercial outcomes when their lawyers work alongside them, rather than a step removed. We work hard to understand a client’s commercial priorities, because the best advice and solutions come from knowing what really drives a business.

This hands on, pragmatic approach allows us to see and deliver solutions quickly, driving down costs for our clients.

Full Service:

We are a full-service commercial law firm with over 30 practice and sector areas including corporate & commercial, commercial property, banking and financial services, litigation and dispute resolution, M&A & private equity, energy & natural resources, construction, employment, insolvency & corporate restructuring, intellectual property and inward investment. This breadth of services gives us a rounded view of our clients’ business and legal requirements.

Market Recognition:

We are recognised as a leading Irish law firm by the top legal directories, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, and a number of our practices have been consistently awarded as the best in Ireland by the Irish Law Awards.

Ideal Size & Experience:

We believe our size is ideal for Irish business because we are large enough to provide a full range of legal services, while making sure clients work with a consistent and experienced team. Our cross-disciplinary team is respected for taking complex assignments with enthusiasm and creativity. Our continuing growth and practice range ensures our capacity to cover all legal issues for our clients.

Side by side with our clients… We achieve more.

Ainsley Heffernan

Ainsley Heffernan 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 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”.

Recent Experience:

  • ABO Wind, as owner’s legal advisor, on Milestone, Castlewaller, Clogheravaddy and Sheskin Wind Farms
  • Allied Irish Banks plc, as lender’s legal advisor, on Carrownaweelaun, Kilmeedy and Crockbrack Hill Wind Farms
  • Triodos Bank, as lender’s legal advisor, on Gurteen Wind Farm
  • AGNA on the development of a 200MW solar PV project in Libya
  • Grange Backup Power on the development of a 115MW electricity power station in Grange Castle, Co. Dublin
  • Vayu on its Power Purchase Agreements and other contracts in Ireland

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.

At A Glance:

  • Founded: 1803
  • Full service commercial law firm
  • Based in Dublin, Ireland
  • 190 professional staff, 100 lawyers
  • 30 practice & sector areas
  • At the centre of business in Ireland
  • Strong international business networks

Our Approach:

We believe clients get better commercial outcomes when their lawyers work alongside them, rather than a step removed. We work hard to understand a client’s commercial priorities, because the best advice and solutions come from knowing what really drives a business.

This hands on, pragmatic approach allows us to see and deliver solutions quickly, driving down costs for our clients.

Full Service:

We are a full-service commercial law firm with over 30 practice and sector areas including corporate & commercial, commercial property, banking and financial services, litigation and dispute resolution, M&A & private equity, energy & natural resources, construction, employment, insolvency & corporate restructuring, intellectual property and inward investment. This breadth of services gives us a rounded view of our clients’ business and legal requirements.

Market Recognition:

We are recognised as a leading Irish law firm by the top legal directories, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, and a number of our practices have been consistently awarded as the best in Ireland by the Irish Law Awards.

Ideal Size & Experience:

We believe our size is ideal for Irish business because we are large enough to provide a full range of legal services, while making sure clients work with a consistent and experienced team. Our cross-disciplinary team is respected for taking complex assignments with enthusiasm and creativity. Our continuing growth and practice range ensures our capacity to cover all legal issues for our clients.

Side by side with our clients… We achieve more.

Anne O’Connell

Anne O’Connell 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.

Continued:

  • Member of the Law Society of Ireland’s Employment Law Committee and the Employment Law Association of Ireland Committee.
  • Lectures and tutors extensively on employment topics including assessing and advising clients on risk at the Law Society of Ireland Professional Course, the Diploma on Employment and the Certificate on Employment Law Advocacy. External examiner for the Law Society’s Diploma on Employment Law and Employment Law Advocacy Certificate.
  • Lectured at the National College of Ireland, the Kildare County Enterprise Board course and at industry seminars nationwide.
  • Co-author of the Law Society’s Professional Practice Employment Law Manual. Also published in the IBA Employment Industrial Relations Law Newsletter, Irish Employment Law Journal, Industrial Relations News, Sunday Business Post, Business Plus Magazine and the Construction Industry Magazine.
  • Interviewed on RTE News, Ireland AM and Matt Cooper radio show on various employment law issues. Provides bespoke training to business clients.
  • Featured media articles in The Irish Independent.
  • Featured panel member of The Clare Byrne Show, RTE.

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 (whenever their clients need them) 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.

Hugh Clohessy

Hugh Clohessy 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.

Firm Overview:

Clohessy Minihane Solicitors are an independent legal practice providing a range of legal services across specialist practice areas. The firm provides legal services to clients of all types; individuals, companies, organisations and public bodies. While based in Limerick City, the firm provides legal services to clients based throughout Ireland and abroad. The firm provides legal advice and representation across select areas of law and has particular experience in property law, commercial and company law and personal injuries law.

We provide a quality legal services by putting our clients’ interests first. We are recognised for providing high quality legal advice across a range of practice areas and for our distinctive, client-focused service. We have an in-depth knowledge of the law and procedure and we are forceful advocates of our clients’ interests. At the same time we exercise balance and good judgement and, when in the best interests of clients, can advise on alternatives to litigation such as negotiation, mediation or arbitration.

Daireann Gibson

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

Law 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 (residential & commercial), 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.

Client Testimonials:

“I received an excellent service from Oliver and his administrative staff, especially Clodagh O’Donnell. It was my pleasure to do business with you all. Many thanks.” ~ Martin Burke

“Gibson & Associates acted for me in the purchase of my first home. I found the service offered to be first class and would highly recommend this firm to my friends and colleagues.” ~ Tony Gillespie

“I would have no hesitation in recommending Gibson & Associates Solicitors to any person who needs a good professional team to represent them on any legal matter. The team was courteous at all times.” ~ Leigh Howard

“I would recommend Gibson & Associates Solicitors to my family and friends. My solicitor kept me updated regularly and was courteous and professional at all times.” ~ Kim Nolan