Expertise

Barry Sheehan, Solicitor is a general practice law firm with a particular emphasis on litigation and commercial law.
Banking & Financial Services Law

 

The firm is involved in an extensive range of transactions for a variety of consumer and commerical clients.

 

Legal Services

Expertise in banking and financial services includes: 

  • Restructuring and refinancing;

  • Financial institution regulation;

  • Consumer credit;

  • Debt restructuring;

  • Financial Derivatives;

  • Financial Services Ombudsman; and

  • Litigation

 

Experience Highlights
The firm has acted as solicitor or solicitor-advocate in the following significant cases: 

Murphy v Bank of Ireland and Official Assignee in Bankruptcy [2014] IESC 37, [2014] 1 IR 642 

 

Lyons & Murray v Financial Services Ombudsman and Bank of Scotland plc [2011] IEHC 454

 

Murphy v Bank of Ireland [2011] IEHC 541

 

Media Coverage

"Businessman transferred €2m property to wife to avoid loan repayment, claims bank in court" Irish Independent (Dublin, 7 July 2015)

 

"Ulster Bank objects to transfer of €2.3m property" The Irish Times (Dublin, 29 April 2014)

 

"Oral hearing at Financial Services Ombudsman granted" The Irish Times (Dublin, 6 February 2012)

"Banks using private eyes to hunt vanishing homeowners" Irish Independent (Dublin, 1 February 2011)

 

"Fears developer is transferring properties to wife" Irish Examiner (Cork, 11 May 2010)

"Signing over prompts concern" The Irish Times (Dublin, 11 May 2010)

Criminal Litigation
 & Human Rights

 

The firm provides criminal defence legal services to non legally-aided clients in relation to both criminal and revenue prosecutions. 

 

Legal Services

The firm offers legal representation before the District Court, in relation to both summary offences and indictable offences tried summarily (i.e. misdemeanours), and the Circuit Court and Central Criminal Court in relation to indictable offences (i.e. felonies). The firm also provides appellate representation before the Circuit Court and the Court of Appeal.

Experience Highlights
The firm has acted as solicitor or solicitor-advocate in the following significant cases:

W v District Judge O'Leary & Director of Public Prosecutions

[2010] IESC 63, [2011] 4 IR 544

W v District Judge O'Leary & Director of Public Prosecutions

[2007] IEHC 460

Director of Public Prosecutions v Alcock [2007] IESC 60

 

Director of Public Prosecutions v Alcock [2006] IEHC 437, [2008] 1 IR 200

 

Media Coverage

"Man detained in Cork fails in court bid to be released" The Irish Times (Dublin, 19 March 2008)

Civil Litigation & Dispute Resolution

 

The firm is a leading litigation practice with a particular expertise in complex, high-value commercial cases heard before the High Court and Commercial Court.

 

Legal Services

The firm has wide-ranging experience in all types of commercial and corporate disputes, including actions under the Companies Acts, and statutory and non-statutory investigations and reviews and the application of natural justice and constitutional fair procedures.

 

Experience Highlights
The firm has acted as solicitor or solicitor-advocate in the following significant cases:

 

Carlisle Mortgages Limited v Canty [2013] IEHC 552, [2013] 3 IR 406

 

Bingham v Cowley [2008] IEHC 453

 

O'Donovan v Chief Superintendent of An Garda Siochana [2005] IEHC 26, [2005] 1 IR 407

 

Media Coverage

"Supermac's ordered to reimburse €150,000 to tenant" Irish Times (Dublin, 19 July 2018)

"Supermac's boss to repay €150,000 to tenant" Irish Independent (Dublin, 19 July 2018)

"Farmer ‘took to the air’ in bid to stop repossession" The Irish Examiner (Cork, 4 December 2013)

 

"Farmer 'took to the air in microlight plane' after repossession order" Irish Independent (Dublin, 3 December 2013)

 

 

Education Law

 

The firm enjoys a particular expertise in the niche area of educational law.

Legal Services

The firm offers legal services to both primary and secondary schools and to students and parents of students under the Education Acts.

 

Experience Highlights

The firm has advised principals and boards of management of a number of primary and post primary schools in relation to admission policies and student and staff disciplinary procedures.   

 

 

 

Commercial Contracts

 

The firm advises across a broad range of non-contentious corporate and commercial law transactions.

 

Legal Services

Expertise in the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts include:

  • Agency;

  • Distribution;

  • E-commerce;

  • Franchising

  • Licensing;

  • Partnership agreements; and

  • Shareholders agreements

 

 

 

Employment Law 

The firm advises employers and employees across the full spectrum of employment law.

 

Legal Services

The firm offers legal representation before the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court in relation to all types of employment disputes is available in addition, in appropriate case, before the High Court in respect of employment law injunctions.

Experience Highlights

The firm has acted as solicitor or solicitor-advocate in the following significant cases:

McHugh v Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) (The High Court, Record Number 2017/9747P)

 

Sheehan v University College Cork DEC-E2012-018 

 

McCarthy v Cork City Council EDA0821

 

McCarthy v Cork City Council DEC-E2008-018 

 

Media Coverage

"Former international rugby referee David McHugh resolves High Court case with IRFU" Irish Independent (Dublin, 7 November 2017)

"Former international rugby referee settles case against IRFU" Irish Times (Dublin, 7 November 2017)

​"Ex-rugby referee takes High Court action against IRFU" Irish Times (Dublin, 1 November 2017)

"Solicitor claims gender discrimination in UCC job application" Irish Independent (Dublin, 11 June 2012)

 

"Names censored in report about him, solicitor claims" The Irish Times (Dublin, 14 March 2012)

Family Law 

 

The firm has wide-ranging experience in all aspects of family and child law.

 

Legal Services

The firm offers legal representation before the District Court, Circuit Family Court and High Court in relation to:

  • divorce;

  • judicial separation;

  • maintenance;

  • child guardianship, custody and access;

  • child abduction; and

  • cohabitees.

 

 

 

 

 

Property Law

 

The firm provides limited conveyancing legal services.

 

Legal Services

The firm offers limited conveyancing legal services  extensive

  • Buying and selling commercial property​;

  • Buying and selling residential property​;

 

Experience Highlights

 

 

United Kingdom  Law

 

The firm is also licensed to practice in England & Wales and is in a position to advise on UK law. 

 

Legal Services

In appropriate cases, the firm can provide legal representation before the Magistrates' Court, the Crown Court, the County Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Experience Highlights

The firm has successfully prosecuted high-level professional negligence proceedings before the English High Court.

Healthcare Law 

 

firm is a leading litigation practice in Cork and has particular expertise in complex, high-value commercial cases heard in the High Court.

 

Legal Services

The firm advices in relation to medics negligence and regulatory law.

Experience Highlights

The firm has acted as solicitor or solicitor-advocate in the following significant cases:

 

Bingham v Cowley [2008] IEHC 453

Northern Ireland 

 

The firm is also licensed to practice in Northern Ireland and is in a position to advise on Northern Irish law. 

 

Legal Services

In appropriate cases, the firm can provide legal representation before the Magistrates' Court, the Crown Court, the County Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the UK Supreme Court.

Regulatory
& Public Law 

 

The firm enjoys a particular expertise in regulatory law

 

Legal Services

The firm advises the regulated professions in relation to and represents clients extensive experience in assisting clients to prevent disputes before they occur, as well as advising on formal litigation proceedings, statutory inquiries,  and reviews and the application of natural justice and constitutional fair procedures.

 

Experience Highlights

The firm has acted as solicitor and/or solicitor-advocate in the following significant cases which were successfully compromised prior to final hearing:

Cahill v Law Society of Ireland (The High Court, Record Number 2017/78 JR)

Cahill v Law Society of Ireland (The High Court, Record Number 2017/6 SA)

 

Sheehan v Law Society of Ireland (The High Court, Record Number 2014/336 JR)

 

Sheehan v Law Society of Ireland (The High Court, Record Number 2012/20 JR)

Sports Law

The firm has a particular knowledge in the area of educational law.

Legal Services

The firm offers legal services to both primary and secondary schools and to students (or to parents of students who have not attained the age of majority) .

 

Experience Highlights

The firm has advised both principals and boards of management of primary and post primary schools in Cork in relation to admission, grievance and disciplinary matters.