Catherine Duffy, Partner - A&L Goodbody

Catherine Duffy

Catherine Duffy is a Partner in the Banking and Financial Services Department and Head of Aircraft Finance. She is currently Chairman of A&L Goodbody. An experienced banking and finance lawyer for over 20 years, her practice focuses on all aspects of banking including corporate and acquisition financing, asset financing (property, aircraft and shipping), securitisation, tax-based financing and leasing and general banking. Catherine has been recognised as one of Ireland's most influential and successful business women at the Women's Executive Network (WXN) 2017 Awards.   

Market Recommendations

  • "She is the dean of Irish aircraft finance. Provides excellent advice and is always conscious of the need to protect the client." (Chambers Global 2017)
  • “Provides excellent and appropriate advice, and is solution orientated”. (IFLR1000 2017) 
  • "One of the 10 most highly regarded individuals globally in aviation finance." (Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers 2015 and 2016)
  • "Fantastic aircraft finance head Catherine Duffy." (Legal 500, 2015)


  • BA, Trinity College Dublin, 1984
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 1991

Professional activities

Catherine is a member and was a former Chair of the legal advisory panel to the Aviation Working Group to the Unidroit Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. She was a member of the first Advisory Group to the Irish Maritime Development Office set up to promote and assist the development of Irish shipping and shipping services.

Catherine is the author of the Irish chapter of Hames and MacBain’s book on Aircraft Finance and the Irish chapter of Graeme MacBains book on Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights. She is also a director on the Board of Directors of Irish Continental Group PLC and a former director on the Board of Beaumont Hospital, where she chaired the Services and Governance Committee of the Beaumont Board for 6 years.

Catherine Duffy

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One of the 10 most highly regarded individuals globally in aviation finance

(Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers 2015 and 2016)