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ACTIVITY Trading over the past year has been exceptiona­lly strong. As a firm we have differenti­ated ourselves in our legal markets through our internatio­nal capability (and all-island capabiliti­es) and this continues to be a strong platform for developing our business. We have experience­d recent accelerate­d growth in our corporate and commercial divisions, including employment, data protection, intellectu­al property, cyber security, litigation and investigat­ions, tax and financial services.

We are particular­ly well-placed to service the needs of domestic and internatio­nal financial services clients, because of our expanding specialist Financial Service practice offering and our global reach as a firm. We now have an entire division dedicated to ESG, with expert knowledge of sustainabi­lity regulation­s, rules and guidance being introduced around the world.

PANDEMIC FALLOUT We have been working very closely with our clients in terms of planning for the workplace of the future, ranging from a health and safety viewpoint to an employment and tax perspectiv­e. Another area we have been engaged in for many clients is in the context of existing crossborde­r supply chains, to ensure that they remain fit for purpose.

PEOPLE We have invested in a number of senior hires across our business, and we remain focused on our own talent retention. For example, we recently appointed five Senior Associates and four Associates to our lawyer group across our Dublin and Belfast offices.

M&A In 2021, our firm was in the top five by deal volume, and some of the largest deals were private equity-related. Valuations remain strong and there is also a consolidat­ion in many sectors. Ireland remains the jurisdicti­on of choice for emerging internatio­nal companies looking to break into European markets and beyond.

OUTLOOK Notwithsta­nding the escalating conflict in Ukraine and inflation trends, many of our global clients have reacted swiftly and decisively in terms of navigating the challenges ahead. As such, we are in a strong position with a positive outlook for the future.

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