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.

 

Fuan Chans

Mr. Fuan Chan MD FRCSI(Plast) is highly respected in his field with excellence in medico-legal report writing, courtroom skills, cross-examination skills, and instructed on as an expert witness in his professional fields of plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.  He was featured in the recent May 2018 edition of Lawyer Monthly magazine to provide insight and expertise in medicolegal aspects of plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. He has recently won the Lawyer Monthly Expert Witness Awards 2018 in his professional field. 

Mr. Fuan Chan MD FRCSI(Plast) is the first Chinese-descent Consultant Plastic Surgeon in Ireland. He is a fully accredited Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Craniofacial Surgeon working full-time solely at Blackrock Clinic. He specialises in skin cancer surgery, trauma reconstructive surgery, breast and cosmetic surgery including Asian cosmetic surgery, cleft rhinoplasty and cleft orthognathic surgery.  He graduated from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and completed his plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic higher surgical training through the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He was appointed as a Fellow at the world-renowned Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, specialising in reconstructive microsurgery, craniofacial surgery and Asian Cosmetic Surgery.

His outstanding achievements led to the offer of a one-year fellowship in plastic surgery (craniofacial surgery) at the prestigious Ronald Reagan Medical Center, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has also worked with many leading Plastic Surgeons who are affiliated to UCLA. He earned numerous awards and gold medals in plastic surgery at national and international scientific meetings with more than 25 peer-reviewed publications and delivered more than 30 presentations at plastic surgery scientific meetings in Ireland, Europe, USA and Asia.

 

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.

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.

James Butler

Jim is an experienced practitioner and business advisor to SME’s.

Jim has extensive experience in Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring, and has acted as liquidator in both creditor and member voluntary liquidations.

In this role he deals with Banks and financial institutions in all areas concerning distressed property and non-performing loans. He has also been involved in debt management and re financing for both Companies and individuals.

He is also an experienced practitioner in Taxation and business advice for businesses in the area of the licensed trade, professional services and medical practitioners.

 

Terry Budd

Terry Budd has spent over 35 years as a First Chair trial lawyer and litigator prosecuting and defending a wide range of Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity, Internet, First Amendment/Libel, and Complex Commercial litigation claims for corporations across the US and abroad. Typically advocating a counter-intuitive approach, yet one solidly grounded in well-established legal principles, Mr. Budd’s practice has included a large number of high-profile cases, involving, for example, Playboy Enterprises, Turner Broadcasting, WWE, Coca-Cola, AOL, CBS Network, Goldie Hawn, NFL players, Westinghouse, Alcoa, BNY Mellon Bank, PPG, F**ckedcompany.com, Malwarebytes, and Bleepingcomputer.com. Mr. Budd has personally handled trial cases in NYC, LA, San Fran, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Paris, Hamburg, and London. 

He has repeatedly received The Best Lawyers in America Award and is a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers (ATLAC). He has been recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s Top Rated Lawyers and has consistently achieved the highest Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent – AV Rating plus its 5.0 Highest Ethical Standards Award. Budd Law has also earned the US News Best Law Firms Award – and has been recognized as a Top Rated Intellectual Property Lawyer in the National Law Journal and The American Lawyer.

After decades as an equity partner serving an array of Fortune 500 companies at the International law firm K&L Gates, Mr. Budd decided to custom tailor his practice to serve a small number of select clients through a boutique firm model in the special role as First Chair Trial Counsel and strategic outside General Counsel in matters across the globe from the US to the European Union to the Asian markets. Focusing his practice on the businesses of a select number of clients – while utilizing large International law firms as his special Litigation Teams – has enabled Mr. Budd to bring a new level of excellence to his clients’ cases. Expanding his International practice for clients across the European Union, Mr. Budd actively participates in a number of International Law associations and High Tech organizations. 

Mr. Budd’s practice primarily focuses on Cybersecurity, Software Litigation, AI/Machine Learning Developments, Blockchain Legal Disputes, and Intellectual Property matters. Mr. Budd has lectured extensively on Trial Tactics, developing and examining expert trial witnesses, jury psychology/jury selection, Cybersecurity, and Intellectual Property law – as well as effective strategic business planning for avoiding costly litigation. He has also authored and served as an Editor for a number of books and articles on Trial Tactics and legal strategies. Mr. Budd has been a contributor/commentator in various media publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, NBC News, and the ABA Journal.

When not fighting for his clients, Mr. Budd enjoys traveling with his wife, son, and daughter – as well as shooting clays and motocross racing. Mr. Budd has been honored to gain a reputation given to him by his peers as “a lawyer’s lawyer”, who approaches litigation as a chess match and who’s always ready for a bare-knuckled fight.

REPRESENTATIVE TRIALS/CASES

Below are examples of different types of trials and cases that Terry Budd has handled over the course of his career.

Enigma Software Group USA, LLC vs. Bleeping Computer, (S.D.N.Y.)

Prosecuted Lanham Act, libel/defamation, business tort, and Intellectual Property infringement claims against a website to a successful business resolution after securing a Federal Court Opinion defining the limitations of the scope of protections afforded under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and establishing the scope of liabilities of website owners.

Enigma Software Group USA, LLC vs. ESET, (Hamburg, Germany Trial Court)

Successfully obtained an initial stage Preliminary Injunction against ESET for wrongfully blocking and interfering with Enigma’s customers’ use and access to Enigma’s software system optimization products and for unfair business competition under German law. The prosecution of Enigma’s comprehensive claims is proceeding.

Enigma Software Group USA, LLC vs. Malwarebytes, Inc., (Paris Business Court)

Prosecution of claims under French law for unfair competition and tortious interference with Enigma’s customer relationships for Malwarebytes’ unlawful blocking of Enigma’s anti-malware software products. (Case pending).

WWE vs. Playboy Entertainment, Inc., (S.D.N.Y.)

Successfully prosecuted emergency suit in NYC Federal Court and secured Preliminary Injunction against Playboy Magazine for Intellectual Property infringement claims for unauthorized use of WWE’s characters and trademark/copyright materials.

WWE vs. Brent Bozell and Parents Teachers Council, (S.D.N.Y.)

Prosecuted to successful resolution extended litigation for claims for disparagement, trade libel, and tortious interference against an activist group to protect WWE TV Programming and Intellectual Property rights from unlawful campaign of attacks.

Print Café Software vs. F*#^cked Company.Com, (Pa. Ct of Common Pleas)

Prosecuted one of the earlier original cases for defamation/libel and theft of proprietary information against anonymous Internet posters through pursuit of litigation against ISPs for disclosure of true identity of the defendant posters.

Turner Broadcasting Corporation (TBS) vs. WWE, CBS, et al, (Delaware Chancery Ct)

Successfully defended through trial, verdict, and appeal alleged claims for breach of TV Programming contracts to enable WWE to pursue new TV Programming deals with alternative TV stations.

Mellon Bank, N.A. vs. Arthur A. Gillis, Goldie Hawn, Quincy Jones, et al., (Los Angeles Superior Ct)

Successfully investigated and prosecuted to resolution claims for millions of dollars due Mellon Bank under real estate tax shelters and real estate partnership notes.

United Technologies, Inc. vs. AIG, et al., (Mass. Superior Ct)

Prosecuted to a wining jury verdict UTC’s claims for insurance coverage against dozens of insurance carriers for reimbursement of millions of dollars for cleanup costs for environmental remediation and for breach of insurance contracts and wrongful denial of insurance coverage.

Jeannette Glass, Inc. vs. Coca Cola, Inc., Security Pacific Bank, N.A., et al, (W.D. Pa)

Successfully defended and conducted forensic accounting investigation in a protracted litigation concerning alleged financial fraud and accounting improprieties with damages alleged in excess of $50 Million in connection with a leveraged buyout – and obtained winning defense verdict after a full trial.

Alcoa, Inc. vs. Liberty Mutual et al. (Washington Superior Court)

Developed and prosecuted complex insurance coverage claims for environmental clean-up costs against 100 + insurance companies and won 8 figure jury verdict for Alcoa after 3 month trial.

 

Peter Curran

Peter Curran is a Partner in the Projects Group.

According to Chambers UK 2014, “Peter is the go-to lawyer for telecoms companies and public authorities in commercial, regulatory and technical matters in the TMT sector”.

“Head of [Public Procurement] department Peter Curran is ‘extremely professional and thorough’ according to his clients, who also praise his ‘excellent knowledge of procurement procedures and law’”. Chambers UK

“[Peter Curran] is highly regarded for his experience in advising clients on major projects and PPP/PFI. Peers note his strength in complex procurement for local authorities.” – Chambers UK

Sources say: “He is always available and his knowledge of procurement law and practice is second to none. His advice is pragmatic and informed.” – Chambers Europe 2014

Peter has extensive experience of advising public and private sector organisations in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on the procurement of projects and contracts across various sectors, including waste, education, technology, communications, social housing, health and energy. He has advised awarding authorities, funders and bidders on some of the most significant procurement exercises on the island of Ireland in recent years. He also advises on procurement litigation and has been involved in a number of the leading cases, both challenging and defending award decisions. Peter is recognised for his procurement expertise by leading independent directories such as Chambers UK, Chambers Europe and Legal 500 and he is the only Northern Ireland lawyer listed for Procurement in Who’s Who Legal 2014.

Peter has a background in technology and communications law, having been legal counsel to Vodafone Ireland for five years. He has extensive experience of advising on regulatory, commercial and contractual matters in the areas of electronic/mobile commerce, data protection and privacy, outsourcing, gaming, broadcasting and telecoms. Peter counts among his clients various Government Departments, leading industry players and a range of other operators active in the ICT sector in Ireland and further afield.

Telecoms Law Practice:

Technology, and its pace of and potential for development, is an inspiration. As technology moves, we are challenged to be creative – to identify options, to find innovative solutions, to enable the pursuit of technological and business goals whilst retaining control of risk. This is where Eversheds excels.

We are at the cutting edge in terms of our understanding of the shifting technology environment and can help you with the resulting legal issues. We have a large group of specialist TMT lawyers who focus on IT, which means we can provide you with the help you need at the right level and the right times.

Eversheds understand your industry and how technology companies operate. This experience hasn’t just been gained by representing technology companies, we have also seconded team members to companies including Accenture, HP and Cisco.

Eversheds is a true technology sector specialist with a strong UK and international practice. As such, we will have often advised others before you on the issues your business is facing.

This avoids any concern you may have about your lawyers getting ‘up to speed’. We act for approximately 250 information technology suppliers, including those supplying software, systems and IT services (consultancy, maintenance and support and outsourcing) and products to consumers and/or businesses. We also act for many customers in the technology sector. This means that we understand the pressure points from both perspectives and can help you strike the right deal which is both deliverable and meets your goals.

Eversheds:

Eversheds is one of the world’s largest corporate law firms. Committed locally, but connected globally, with offices based in the world’s major economic centres, with a proven track record of delivering consistently high quality legal services across jurisdictions.

The firm has developed organically over the past decade working for corporate organisations of all shapes and sizes in countries where they want to do business. Lawyers in all locations share the same values, ways of working and understanding of what clients really want. The past year has seen further international expansion for the firm. In the Middle East, the firm has become the first international player to establish offices in Iraq and is now one of the largest international players on the ground, with local lawyers based in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Doha, Dubai and Riyadh.

As a modern, progressive law firm, Eversheds sets itself apart through its people, culture and its attitude to change. Quality is a matter of personal pride to everyone and staff of the highest calibre are recruited and retained by the firm. Collaborative working and innovative thinking is encouraged and supported at all levels, meaning that clients enjoy an offering that is constantly evolving and improving to meet their changing needs. This has led to pioneering approaches to the law such as genuine project management and measurement of results that leads to cost predictability and control. In particular, the firm is noted for effectively delivering complex, multi-national legal services through one point of contact.

Relationships with clients are deep and genuine. An understanding of the sector and business culture which each client operates in, is a given. Collaboration is seen as a way of providing the most effective advice. Trust and accountability are the bedrock of all the firm’s client relationships.

Every year, Eversheds breaks new ground and is a firm that offers a clear alternative to those who want more from their lawyers.

Susan Cosgrove

Cosgrove Gaynard Solicitors Dublin is a full services solicitors practice based in Dublin 2 acting for both business and private clients in a comprehensive range of areas.

We combine extensive experience with an innovative and solution driven approach to provide our clients with an unparalleled service which is personally tailored to resolve whatever legal challenge they face.

We value our client relationships knowing that the most effective marketing strategy we have is a satisfied client. We understand that clients need to be kept informed as to how their file is progressing and accordingly have invested in technology and management systems to ensure that we are able to provide clients with an advanced  legal service in today’s digital era earning us a reputation for being  responsive, accessible, efficient and innovative.