DLA Piper Grows Litigation and Regulatory Practice with New Partner Hire in Ireland

DLA Piper today announces the appointment of Gavin Woods as a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Regulatory practice in Ireland.

Gavin will join the firm in January 2023 from Arthur Cox where he has been a partner since 2011. Gavin specialises in litigation, dispute resolution, and investigations and advises on a broad range of commercial disputes in the technology and financial services sectors. Gavin has a recognised expertise in intellectual property, data, technology and content related issues including defamation and reputational matters. Gavin has significant experience in representing clients before the Irish Courts including the Commercial Court as well as through alternate dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation.

Gavin is active in promoting Ireland as a jurisdiction for the resolution of international commercial disputes. As a committee member and former president of Arbitration Ireland (2017-2018), Gavin represents the association in its engagement with the international arbitration community and international arbitral institutions. Furthermore, Gavin is one of Ireland’s representatives to the International Chamber of Commerce’s Commission on Arbitration and ADR.

Country Managing Partner for DLA Piper in Ireland, David Carthy, said: “Gavin’s extensive knowledge of complex litigation, dispute resolution and investigations will be brought to bear for DLA Piper clients, and I would like to welcome him to the team. This continues to be an exciting time for the firm in Ireland as we continue to build our team to meet the growing needs of the business and we know that the appointment of Gavin will add significant value to our clients.”

Partner and Head of Litigation and Regulatory for DLA Piper in Ireland, Caoimhe Clarkin, said: “We are delighted to announce Gavin’s appointment as partner in our Litigation and Regulatory practice. Gavin is an experienced litigator and a brilliant lawyer. Gavin’s experience working with clients on reputation and other critical risk management issues including data privacy, defamation, brand protection, and internet-related disputes aligns with, and will further support, the needs of our growing client base. The continued growth of DLA Piper is extremely exciting, and Gavin is joining a busy team working on a broad range of high-profile international litigation and regulatory matters across all sectors.”

DLA Piper confirmed recently that it had delivered on its initial recruitment objective of building a team of 100 lawyers and business professionals in Ireland and announced plans to double its workforce in Ireland in the coming years.