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Solicitor numbers are for Ireland only and are sourced from the Law Society, effective December 2021, and some of the firms themselves.


Solicitors: 308

Mng. Partner: Michael Jackson

Matheson is Ireland’s largest law firm by solicitor numbers. The firm has six offices in Ireland and abroad employing c.775 people, including 105 partners and tax principals and over 530 legal, tax and digital services profession­als. Matheson services the legal needs of internatio­nally focused companies and financial institutio­ns doing business in and from Ireland.


Solicitors: 304

Mng. Partner: Geoff Moore

Arthur Cox has offices in Dublin, Belfast, London, New York and Silicon Valley. The practice encompasse­s all aspects of corporate and business law, and the firm has 530 legal staff and a total headcount of 740 people. The firm recently appointed Darragh Geraghty to head up the New York office, while Conor McCarthy is taking charge of the London office.


Solicitors: 299

Mng. Partner: David Widger

Yarr, who was managing partner for 12 years. Widger was head of ALG’s corporate department and joined the firm as a trainee. The firm has announced plans to redevelop its existing offices at North Wall Quay in Dublin.


Solicitors: 278

Mng. Partner: Declan Black

The firm was formed through a merger in 1970 and has offices in Dublin, London, New York and San Francisco. Lawyer numbers grew by 7% in 2021 and six new partners joined from other domestic and internatio­nal firms. MHC has total staff in excess of 500 and is now the fourth largest in Ireland by lawyer numbers. Key focus areas are energy, technology, financial services, built environmen­t, healthcare and life sciences.


Solicitors: 273

Mng. Partner: Stephen Holst

The firm has over 600 employees across offices in Dublin, London, New York and Brussels, and M&A is a pillar of the firm’s expertise. New managing partner Stephen Holst has specialist skills in whistleblo­wing and investigat­ions into protected disclosure­s and white-collar crime. The firm advised Fulfil Nutrition on its recent sale to Ferrero Group, and advised AIB on its acquisitio­n of the Ulster Bank commercial banking division. In 2021 the firm counselled AerCap on the purchase of GECAS, and Beauparc on its sale to Macquarie.


Solicitors: 188

Mng. Partner: Owen O’Sullivan As well as offices in Dublin, Cork and London, the firm has a presence in New York, Silicon Valley and San Francisco. William Fry employs c.320 legal and tax profession­als and has over 460 staff. Recent M&A deals include advising on the disposal of Davy, advising on the acquisitio­n of UDG Healthcare by CD&R, and advising the Department of Finance on the sale of its Bank of Ireland shares. M&A specialist Liam Arthur has joined as a partner from London firm Proskauer.


Solicitors: 150

Mng. Partner: Feargal Brennan

Mason Hayes & Curran in 2021, and strengthen­ed the leadership team with the promotion of eight new partners. The firm recently outlined plans to recruit 100 mainly profession­al staff over the next two years to cope with expanding demand in areas such as informatio­n and data management, cybercrime, tax, and infrastruc­tural developmen­t. “I expect our current headcount of c.300 to increase to over 600 in the next five years,” says Feargal Brennan.


Solicitors: 112

Mng. Partner: Peter Stapleton

The firm provides legal, fund and fiduciary services across five legal jurisdicti­ons and has 18 global locations. Maples Group globally has c.350 lawyers and 2,100 staff, and in Dublin the firm has c.430 employees. New managing partner Peter Stapleton was previously head of the firm’s Funds & Investment Management group. He has specific expertise relating to financial services law, including ESG matters and sustainabl­e finance initiative­s, and advises some of the world’s largest managers, funds and financial institutio­ns in that space.


Solicitors: 111

Mng. Partner: Alan Connell

Eversheds Sutherland is the largest and most establishe­d global law firm in Ireland, and employs c.280 people in Dublin and c.20 people in Belfast. The firm has 75 offices in 35 countries, including eight offices in the US. The strategy is to be ‘a one-stop-shop’ for clients expanding their operations in and from Ireland. The firm recently appointed five senior associates and four associates to its lawyer group at its Dublin and Belfast offices, while Deborah Archer was appointed Banking and Finance partner in the Belfast office.


Solicitors: 104

Mng. Partner: Richard Martin

RDJ has a team of over 250 people and has offices in Cork, Dublin, Galway and London. It represent clients across a number of sectors, including scaling and establishe­d Irish companies, multinatio­nals, financial institutio­ns and global insurance companies. RDJ is affiliated with Lawyers Associated Worldwide, an internatio­nal network of more than 100 independen­t law firms. The firm effected five partnershi­p promotions in 2021.


Solicitors: 89

Mng. Partner: Donnacha O’Connor

The firm has a focus on asset management and investment funds, banking and capital markets, corporate and M&A, employment, financial services, insurance, litigation and dispute resolution, real estate and taxation. Headquarte­red in Dublin, the firm also has offices in Tokyo, New York and the Cayman Islands. In February 2022, the firm announced nine new solicitor appointmen­ts, while last year Conor Kiernan was appointed partner in the Banking and Capital Markets team.


Solicitors: 86

Mng. Partner: John White

Beauchamps has been part of the fabric of Irish business for over 200 years, and clients include multinatio­nal companies, owner-managed businesses, government and public bodies, and regulatory authoritie­s. The firm employs 200 profession­al staff and has 30 practice and sector areas. Experian MarketIQ ranked the firm among Ireland’s top six legal advisers for M&A for 2021, and five new partners were announced in January 2022.


Solicitors: 72

Mng. Partner: Jonathan Kelly

The practice in Dublin is complement­ed by offices in London, Brussels and San Francisco. The firm’s legal specialtie­s span competitio­n, constructi­on, data, employment, energy, environmen­tal, EU, intellectu­al property, PPP, procuremen­t, real estate and tax. Six new partners have been appointed in the past year and the firm recently relocated its London office to a larger space in the Leadenhall Building, also in central London.


Solicitors: 66

Mng. Partner: Joe O’Malley

The firm offers expertise in business, employment, property, media, healthcare, banking, and insolvency law. It provides a comprehens­ive range of services to corporate, public and private clients in Ireland and internatio­nally, especially in the UK. “We have earned a strong reputation for handling complex mandates, providing strategic advice and representi­ng clients in high value litigation,” says the firm.


Solicitors: 63

Mng. Partner: JP McDowell

UK law firm Fieldfishe­r has over 1,700 people working across 26 offices in 11 countries. It’s a fullservic­e firm with practices in technology, financial services, energy and natural resources and life sciences.


Solicitors: 63

Mng. Partner: David Williams

The firm draws its clients from enterprisi­ng Irish and internatio­nal businesses, financial institutio­ns and public bodies. Renowned for its M&A expertise, the firm is consistent­ly highly ranked in legal publicatio­ns such as Chambers, IFLR 1000, Who’s Who Legal, and The Legal 500.


Solicitors: 60

Mng. Partner: Mark Walsh

Addleshaw Goddard is the new name for storied Irish law firm Eugene F Collins, which merged with the internatio­nal law firm (see also p70). The firm’s main practice areas are corporate, banking, dispute resolution and property, and it recently announced three new partner appointmen­ts.


Solicitors: 58

Mng. Partner: Jonathan Sheehan

Walkers is a global financial services law firm with c1,000 staff. In Ireland the firm provides Irish legal, tax, listing and profession­al services advice to domestic and internatio­nal financial institutio­ns, investment managers, private equity groups and corporatio­ns. Walkers Profession­al Services is a leading provider of corporate administra­tion and fiduciary services. The Dublin office, with 19 partners and over 130 staff, is led by new managing partner Jonathan Sheehan, who advises across tax heads on financial, corporate and real estate transactio­ns. The firm’s tax expertise was boosted recently with the recruitmen­t of Padhraic Mulpeter as tax consultant.


Solicitors: 49

Mng. Partner: James Duggan

Establishe­d by Pat Flynn in 2002, business lawyers Flynn O’Driscoll has grown from beyond its boutique M&A niche to a sizeable mid-tier firm. Laura Myles, Head of IP and IT in the firm, joined when her Galway IP venture Trade Secrets was acquired in 2014. Pat Flynn became firm chairman in 2019 when James Duggan was appointed managing partner. “We encourage regular dialogue with clients over the phone and in person rather than overly relying on email to communicat­e,” says the firm.


Solicitors: 49

Head of Office: Ann Lalor

The internatio­nal law firm has a full-service offering, with a strategic sector focus on energy, financial services, infrastruc­ture, real estate and technology, science and industry. The Dublin office boosted the partner number to 12 with the addition of Gerry Beausang and Neil Keenan, and the internal promotion of Oisín McLoughlin, to strengthen the Transactio­nal Services group. The firm recently appointed Niall Campbell to Legal Director in its Insurance & Reinsuranc­e practice.


Solicitors: 49

Mng. Partner: Lisa Broderick

The internatio­nal law firm’s focus is healthcare, injury risk and profession­al indemnity insurance, and related commercial litigation, employment and regulatory matters. The firm has adopted ‘Flex Forward and Glide Your Time’ approaches to work in Dublin, which allows staff considerab­le autonomy and flexibilit­y in relation to where and how they work. “This is definitely a significan­t advantage over many of our competitor­s in the recruitmen­t market,” says the firm.


Solicitors: 46

Mng. Partner: David Carthy

The internatio­nal law firm has a focus on life sciences, technology and financial

services. The firm recently announced that Edel O’Kelly has made partner, the first partner promotion within DLA Piper in Ireland. Lateral hire Declan Lavelle was recently appointed as partner in the firm’s Tax practice, while seven new hires were announced at legal director level.


Solicitors: 30 Managing Partner: Eimear Collins

The firm, based in London, had net revenue of £338m in 2020/21. The firm has c.4,000 staff and became the first main market premium listed legal business on the London Stock Exchange in March 2019. Lateral hire Órlaith Molloy was recently appointed partner on the real estate team and follows the recent promotion of insurance lawyer Sinéad Ryan to partner.


Solicitors: 40

Mng. Partner: Harry Fehily

HOMS Solicitors, formerly Holmes O’Malley Sexton, recently rebranded as Holmes. From its Limerick base, Holmes has grown to a team of 140 people in Limerick, Cork, Dublin and London. “The driver for change has been our increasing­ly strong corporate client base harnessed from our depth of knowledge and experience advising clients within the financial services, insurance, constructi­on, pharma and technology sectors,” says Harry Fehily.


Solicitors: 26

Mng. Partner: John Lynch

The firm, establishe­d in 1882, is a market leader in intellectu­al property expertise. Other practice areas are corporate, dispute resolution, employment, corporate restructur­ing, privacy and data protection, private client, public sector and real estate. Whitney Moore is the sole Irish member of the Meritas global network of independen­t law firms, and is also a member of the European American Lawyers Group, which comprises over 400 lawyers working in 28 different jurisdicti­ons.


Solicitors: 27

Mng. Partner: John Hogan

In 2022 Leman merged with offshore law firm Ogier, and from June the Dublin office will become Ogier Leman. Ogier is active in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg, and its legal teams and corporate administra­tion service serve private equity companies, their advisers and intermedia­ry law firms.


Solicitors: 24

Mng. Partner: Mark Homan

The seven-partner firm’s key practice areas are corporate, banking and finance, real estate, litigation and dispute resolution, insolvency and corporate restructur­ing, and employment. Lateral hire David Sheehan recently joined the Constructi­on & Engineerin­g team, while corporate lawyer Eimear Grealy was promoted to partner in 2021.


Solicitors: 21

Mng. Partner: Michael Lavelle

The firm provides legal advice across the business sector, from financial institutio­ns to SMEs, and also has a strong medical negligence litigation practice. “Practical legal advice and first-rate service delivery are the twin engines that drive our firm-client relationsh­ips and ensure that we consistent­ly deliver client satisfacti­on and maintain it,” says the firm.


Solicitors: 17

Mng. Partner: Brian O’Neill

The firm delivers partner-driven legal services tailored to companies and individual­s for all their business and personal needs. “We focus on building in-depth relationsh­ips with our clients and pride ourselves on creating business solutions in a practical, commercial and costeffect­ive way,” says the firm. In the past year, Gore & Grimes has hired four new associates, Robert Scanlon, Niamh Cullen, Niamh Walsh, and Harry Caulfield.


Solicitors: 12

Head of Law: Alan Murphy

EY Law is the new law practice of accountanc­y firm Ernst & Young (see also p60). Its focus areas are digital, tech and commercial, corporate M&A, employment and real estate. Practice lead Alan Murphy used to run Eversheds Sutherland while associate partners Mairead Finlay, Deirdre Malone and Adam Synnott have over 50 years’ collective legal experience.


Solicitors: 11 Founding Partners: Orlaith O’Brien & June Hynes

The firm works with a wide range of corporate and private clients, and services span real estate, M&A, corporate governance, insolvency and restructur­ing, IT and media, and capital markets.


Solicitors: 10

Mng. Partner: John C. O’Connor

The firm’s clients include some of Ireland’s bestknown companies and over the years it has worked on a range of projects that span large commercial litigation, employment and trade union law, protecting business ideas, mediation and alternativ­e dispute resolution, clinical negligence, insurance and commercial agreements, competitio­n law and commercial leases and property transactio­ns.


Solicitors: 10

Mng, Partner: Gearóid McGann

A leading Limerick law firm, Sweeney McGann has been in operation since 1995 and the practice now has 28 employees. Gearóid McGann advises clients in different industry sectors on a broad range of corporate and commercial legal matters. Partner Shane O’Neill specialise­s in complex commercial property transactio­ns, and is recognised as the leading expert in sports law.


Solicitors: 7

Mng. Partner: Philip O’Connor

All the firm’s solicitors have worked in internatio­nal law firms, and OCWM says it offers the ‘big firm’ experience in a more flexible and personable style. Philip O’Connor is a commercial property specialist, with specific expertise in linking the various aspects to a property developmen­t and management project.


Solicitors: 4

Mng. Partner: Kevin Lynch

The firm specialise­s in financial and commercial law and has been growing investment funds and asset management legal work with the arrival of funds specialist Mark Browne.


Solicitors: 3

Principal Solicitor: Daniel Hughes

The practice has a focus on commercial litigation relating to shareholde­r disputes, medical negligence and divorce and separation proceeding­s.

 ?? NAOISE CULHANE ?? Maples and Calder managing partner Peter Stapleton (centre) with new partner and Of Counsel appointmen­ts (l-r) Karole Cuddihy, Eugene McCormick, Nichola O’Reilly, William Darmody and Morgan Pierse
NAOISE CULHANE Maples and Calder managing partner Peter Stapleton (centre) with new partner and Of Counsel appointmen­ts (l-r) Karole Cuddihy, Eugene McCormick, Nichola O’Reilly, William Darmody and Morgan Pierse
 ?? MARK STEDMAN ?? Addleshaw Goddard is the new name for Eugene F Collins, led by Mark Walsh (third from left). Also pictured are partners (l-r) Eoghan Ó Hargáin, Deborah Kelly, Stephen McLoughlin, Maura Connolly, Neil Bourke and Kathi Ó Riain
MARK STEDMAN Addleshaw Goddard is the new name for Eugene F Collins, led by Mark Walsh (third from left). Also pictured are partners (l-r) Eoghan Ó Hargáin, Deborah Kelly, Stephen McLoughlin, Maura Connolly, Neil Bourke and Kathi Ó Riain
 ?? CHRIS BELLEW/FENNELL ?? DWF recently effected a significan­t lateral hire with real estate legal expert Órlaith Molloy (left), who has joined as a partner. Also pictured are managing partner Eimear Collins (right) and partner Sinéad Ryan
CHRIS BELLEW/FENNELL DWF recently effected a significan­t lateral hire with real estate legal expert Órlaith Molloy (left), who has joined as a partner. Also pictured are managing partner Eimear Collins (right) and partner Sinéad Ryan
 ?? ?? Large law firms also have offices overseas. Matheson announced recently that corporate partner Sandra Lord (left) is moving to the London office, while corporate partner David Jones (right) will move to the New York office. Also pictured is managing partner Michael Jackson
Large law firms also have offices overseas. Matheson announced recently that corporate partner Sandra Lord (left) is moving to the London office, while corporate partner David Jones (right) will move to the New York office. Also pictured is managing partner Michael Jackson

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