Ireland Smartest Attorney, Lawyers and Law Firms Chambers - Europe Guide

The Ireland Best Lawyers and Law Firms (Chambers in Europe is written below as a guide to people seeking information to locate a good lawyer to handle their cases and achieve a positive result. Join us, as we walk you through the the complete list of top Ireland Smartest Attorney, Lawyers and Law Firms Chambers.


  1. Tax - Ireland
  2. Tax: Consultants - Ireland
  3. Tax: Lawyers - Ireland
  4. Tax: Private Client - Ireland
  5. Tax: Lawyers Based Abroad - Ireland (Expertise Based Abroad)
  6. Ranked Firms
  7. Ranked Lawyers
  8. Senior Statesmen
  9. Michael O'Connor
  10. (TIPP-McKNIGHT Solicitors)

Band 1 - Ireland Smartest Attorney, Lawyers and Law Firms

  1. Fintan Clancy (Arthur Cox)
  2. Caroline Devlin (Arthur Cox)
  3. Turlough Galvin (Matheson)
  4. Shane Hogan (Matheson)
  5. Peter Maher (A&L Goodbody)
  6. James Somerville (A&L Goodbody)

Band 2 - Ireland Smartest Attorney, Lawyers and Law Firms

  1. Sonya Manzor (William Fry)
  2. Andrew Quinn (Maples and Calder)
  3. Gerry Thornton (Matheson)

Band 3 - Ireland Smartest Attorney, Lawyers and Law Firms

  1. Alan Connell (Matheson)
  2. John Cuddigan (Ronan Daly Jermyn)
  3. Paul Fahy (A&L Goodbody)
  4. Gavin McGuire (Philip Lee)
  5. Jonathan Sheehan (Walkers)
  6. Petrina Smyth (Walkers)

Band 4 - Ireland Smartest Attorney, Lawyers and Law Firms

  1. Ailish Finnerty (Arthur Cox)
  2. William Fogarty (Maples and Calder)
  3. Emmet Scully (LK Shields Solicitors)
  4. Ursula Tipp (TIPP-McKNIGHT Solicitors)

Up and Coming Lawyers in Ireland

  1. Maura Dineen (Mason Hayes & Curran)
  2. Catherine O'Meara (Matheson)

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Senior Statesmen Solicitors (Chambers)

Michael O'Connor, TIPP-McKNIGHT

Michael O'Connor of TIPP-McKNIGHT Solicitors combines "years of experience with practical and pragmatic advice and a very good turnaround time. He is extremely efficient and also very cost-effective," according to sources. He is particularly noted for his exceptional knowledge of VAT issues as part of his corporate tax practice.

Fintan Clancy (Arthur Cox)

Fintan Clancy is one of the outstanding figures of Irish tax law, receiving praise for his pragmatism, clarity and ability to work towards solutions for parties across several jurisdictions. Clients state: "The depth of his technical knowledge, especially around transaction taxes, is phenomenal. He also has huge amounts of experience and knows how the tree will fall with the tax authorities, even if the situation doesn't fit with the legislation." His vast experience covers tax planning for acquisitions, disposals, re-organisations, financing and insurance, among others.

Caroline Devlin (Arthur Cox)

Top-rated lawyer Caroline Devlin recently advised Platform Specialty Products on the tax aspects of its USD3.51 billion acquisition of Arysta LifeScience. According to impressed sources, she is "technically good, commercially savvy and a great negotiator. She knows the key points and can boil down complex language into an understandable and commercial format."

Turlough Galvin  (Matheson)

Leading individual Turlough Galvin combines his in-depth knowledge of structured finance and debt capital markets with expert tax advice for international financial institutions and investment funds. Clients consider him "incredibly knowledgeable about Irish tax law. We always feel that we are getting very strong advice."

Shane Hogan  View (Matheson)

Shane Hogan has top-rated expertise spanning the full range of tax issues, particularly cases with significant international aspects. Sources state: "His unbelievable knowledge of law helps us execute everything in the right manner."

Peter Maher  (A&L Goodbody)

Practice head Peter Maher focuses on tax planning for inbound investment and capital market transactions, often involving US multinationals. He recently assisted AIG with tax aspects of its USD26.4 billion sale of ILFC to AerCap. Clients "trust him, as he is very reliable in getting good results."

James Somerville (A&L Goodbody)

Clients describe leading tax lawyer James Somerville as "concise, getting to the heart of matters quickly and helping us to see our options clearly. He is also very good at breaking down the issues." He advised Credit Suisse on the disposal of its fund administration business, including a significant Irish tax component.

Sonya Manzor  (William Fry)

Sonya Manzor is the firm's most prominent corporate tax lawyer, coming recognised for her "tremendous knowledge and experience. She understands direct and indirect tax in Ireland, the EU and the US. She is instrumental in coming up with creative ideas to get around the problems we face." She regularly provides tax advice for large-scale corporate transactions, including King Digital Entertainment's IPO.

Andrew Quinn  (Maples and Calder)

Practice head Andrew Quinn is a highly regarded international tax specialist who advises a range of banks and investment funds. Lately, this included working with Goldman Sachs on the tax elements of the establishment and launch of a EUR450 million CLO transaction issued by CVC Cordatus Loan Fund III. Clients describe him as "very good at distilling complex legal issues into practical investment advice."

Gerry Thornton  (Matheson)

Gerry Thornton focuses on tax issues relating to investment funds and the financial services sector. Clients praise his "in-depth knowledge of the relevant tax issues, and sound commercial advice tailored to our products and business."

Alan Connell  (Matheson)

Corporate tax specialist Alan Connell advises predominantly on tax issues relating to international M&A, and works with many multinational companies with business interests in Ireland.

John Cuddigan  (Ronan Daly Jermyn)

Experienced tax partner John Cuddigan advises on a wide range of tax issues, with experience of advising on direct and indirect tax matters.

Paul Fahy  (A&L Goodbody)

Corporate tax lawyer Paul Fahy is increasingly prominent in the Irish tax market, thanks to his ability "to deal with significant complexity in cross-border tax transactions, and his intellectual approach." He recently assisted √Član Corporation with tax issues on several significant transactions.

Gavin McGuire  (Philip Lee)

Gavin McGuire of Philip Lee recently advised Forsage Holdings on its corporate and tax restructuring issues, including a cross-border merger between Cyprus and Ireland. Sources say: "He knows his stuff, stays on top of things and is nuanced in his approach."

Jonathan Sheehan  (Walkers)

According to sources, Jonathan Sheehan is "a big-picture person who has great corporate experience, which is advantageous when putting things into practice. He is a really smart guy who offers a good mix of technical and practical." He recently advised alternative investment manager Aalto Invest on several tax projects including establishing Irish SPV platforms.

Petrina Smyth  (Walkers)

Petrina Smyth focuses on corporate and finance tax advice, with particular experience of asset and aviation finance deals. Interviewees consider her a "business-oriented lawyer who understands our goals, providing structures that fit our objectives and achieve very good results."

Ailish Finnerty (Arthur Cox)

Ailish Finnerty has a growing reputation in Irish tax, due to her "excellent command of the subject matter. The technical aspects of the work are no problem for her." US-based clients especially appreciate her expertise, as "she has worked in the US on tax issues as well as in the UK and Ireland, so she has exceptional perspective on the tax environments on both sides of the Atlantic." Her wide-ranging experience includes notable activity with clients from the life sciences and technology sectors.

William Fogarty  (Maples and Calder)

Sources consider William Fogarty an "incredibly responsive, very thoughtful and patient" tax practitioner, who recently advised Cardinal Capital and WL Ross on the tax aspects of establishing the WLR Cardinal Mezzanine Fund.

Emmet Scully  (LK Shields Solicitors)

Emmet Scully of LK Shields Solicitors is a corporate and commercial lawyer with tax expertise, whom interviewees consider "very strong on stamp duty."

Ursula Tipp  (TIPP-McKNIGHT Solicitors)

Ursula Tipp of TIPP-McKNIGHT Solicitors is recommended for international tax issues, particularly those which utilise her expertise across Ireland, Germany and Austria. According to sources, she "has great international experience and knowledge combined with a keen business mind, which is very helpful for global clients."

Up and Coming Law Firms in Ireland

Maura Dineen  (Mason Hayes & Curran)

Tax lawyer Maura Dineen is a rising star in the group, with recent case highlights including advising shareholders of AMT-SYBEX Group on the group's sale to Capita and minimising tax risks. Clients consider her "fantastic, as she gave us the advice we were looking for, really explaining the structures available and finding innovative solutions."

Catherine O'Meara  (Matheson)

Catherine O'Meara focuses on the tax aspects of corporate restructuring projects, particularly those with cross-border elements, as well as areas such as supply chain planning and transfer pricing. Clients praise her "great technical detail, thinking of every angle to spot all of the threats."

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  2. Canada Awards
  3. Europe Awards
  4. Latin-America Awards
  5. UK Bar Awards
  6. USA Awards
  7. Women in Law Awards: Latin America
  8. Chambers Diversity Awards: USA 
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