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Insurance & Reinsurance


Our Insurance group is acknowledged as Ireland's leading insurance practice.  Its expertise spans all aspects of insurance law and regulation, both contentious and non-contentious, from the largest and most complex transactions and cases to the routine.

The insurance industry in Ireland is going through significant changes. The international financial crisis and changing regulatory environment are encouraging consolidation in the industry and streamlining of insurance groups into fewer operating platforms. We are also seeing a reconfiguration of the captive insurance industry and strategic reviews of the future operations of smaller insurers. Changes to domestic regulatory frameworks, increased focus on governance and the international trend towards more intrusive regulation are posing new compliance challenges for insurers, even without the added challenges, in Europe, of Solvency II. 

As one of Ireland's leading Corporate Insurance law firms, we are at the forefront of these developments, offering our clients the support and assistance they need to deal with new challenges and the opportunities the changing environment brings.

We are recognised globally as a leading legal and regulatory adviser to the domestic and international insurance industry in Ireland. Our insurance group is the largest and longest established team of insurance law specialists of any Irish law firm and has been market leader since its foundation in the 1980s. Our strength lies in the breadth and depth of our technical ability and innovation. We have been at the cutting edge of insurance developments and transactions in Ireland for decades. We have a large team of experienced professionals at all levels: partner, senior associate and associate. This allows us to provide a fast, efficient and cost effective service. Recently, our team has pushed out the boundaries again with an unprecedented transfer of insurance policies between Ireland and Bermuda, a transaction recognised with an FT Innovative Lawyers award. In addition to our non-contention practice, over many decades we are a leader in dispute resolution for insurance companies. We are particularly recognised for our expertise in large or complex litigation but also for resolution of smaller disputes with potentially serious consequences, such as financial ombudsman cases that affect a large number of potential claimants.

We advise on all aspects of insurance law, regulation and disputes including:

  • The establishment of start-up insurers and reinsurers
  • Mergers, acquisitions, cross-border mergers, joint ventures, disposals and reorganisations of insurance businesses and companies
  • Structural insurance solutions, capital markets transactions, finite and financial reinsurance
  • Insurance mediation and distribution channels
  • Winding up and administration of insurers
  • Dispute resolution including advice on litigation issues arising out of policy disputes, complaints to the Financial Services Ombudsman and tort litigation such as subrogated claims and defending insured legal actions
  • Advice to non-established insurers on entry into the Irish market on a services or branch basis
  • Court schemes for the amalgamation or division of insurance companies and transfers of business
  • All aspects of the regulatory environment affecting insurers and reinsurers in Ireland, including product offerings, consumer laws, governance, solvency requirements and compliance obligations
  • Regulatory investigations and enforcement actions
  • Demutualisations

Our expert Insurance & Reinsurance lawyers have pioneered many developments in Ireland including the first insurance cross border merger and the creation of the first Irish insurance European Company or “Societas Europaea”.  We have secured changes to the law to facilitate development of the insurance industry and have advised the Irish government on drafting financial services legislation.

Our clients include many of the largest domestic and international insurers and reinsurers.

“This leading firm has a pre-eminent insurance practice...that tackles ground-breaking cross-border mandates”

Chambers Europe 2013

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James Grennan

James Grennan

T: +353 1 649 2318

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Laura Mulleady

Laura Mulleady

T: +353 1 649 2609

E: Laura Mulleady


Sinead Lynch

Sinead Lynch

T: +353 1 649 2453

E: Sinead Lynch


Eithne FitzGerald

Eithne FitzGerald

T: +353 1 649 2311

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Kenan Furlong

Kenan Furlong

T: +353 1 649 2260

E: Kenan Furlong


Liam Kennedy

Liam Kennedy

T: +353 1 649 2501

E: Liam Kennedy


Eileen Roberts

Eileen Roberts

T: +353 1 649 2439

E: Eileen Roberts


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