Beauchamps highly ranked in Chambers Europoe Legal Directory 2012
Beauchamps have once again been rated highly in the Chambers Europe rankings. Chambers Europe researches the legal markets of over 180 countries, identifying the leading lawyers and law firms worldwide through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients.
Banking & Finance
The group has capabilities across a broad range of areas, including acquisition finance, asset finance and syndicated and bilateral loan arrangements. The team has recently been active on NAMA-related mandates. Daniel Cashman heads the department and has a broad range of expertise, including acquisition finance, construction finance, project finance and secured lending.
The team covers all aspects of the area, advising clients on design, construction, operation and maintenance as well as contentious issues. It has extensive experience in advising public bodies on EU and Irish public procurement rules. Long-standing partner Bruno Herbots heads the practice and has a wealth of experience in construction and procurement. He is recognised by peers as the driving force behind the practice.
This firm takes a strongly sectoral approach to its corporate practice, providing a full range of corporate advice to life sciences, pharma, renewable energy and media and gaming companies. A standout mandate for the team was its representation of RoundTable in the sale of Bioniche Pharma for USD550 million. The firm wins praise from clients for its forward-thinking and commercial approach. Sources say: “Beauchamps is a customer-centric organisation with the right balance between legal and pragmatic advice.”
Managing partner Shaun O'Shea “gives clear and practical advice and has a strong eye for detail.” He has extensive experience of working with pharmaceutical companies. Máire Cunningham has a wide corporate practice with a focus on venture capital, private equity and corporate restructurings. Clients praise her “first-class, quality advice and fantastic responsiveness.” John White heads the corporate and commercial department and has a diverse practice that ranges from M&A and corporate finance to competition and employment. Mark Pery-Knox-Gore is noted for his expertise in advising public sector bodies on a range of corporate and commercial matters.
Beauchamps covers the full range of commercial litigation and has expertise in handling disputes ranging from competition and employment to e-commerce and franchising. Clients include insurers, pharmaceutical companies and state agencies. Interviewees are keen to emphasise the excellent service levels on offer at the firm. Sources say: “It is a progressive firm that is helpful, approachable and has a great range of services.” Claire Callanan heads the litigation team and has specialist expertise in contentious employment law. She receives generous praise from her peers. Gabriel Daly has an extremely broad focus, with his practice encompassing competition, contract, employment, financial, planning and environmental litigation. He is applauded for his “incisive and sound advice.”
This well-rounded firm maintains its high level of activity, advising both corporate and individual clients on a plethora of employment issues. It is adept at both advisory and contentious matters and has expertise in data protection, outsourcing and immigration issues. Its practitioners have extensive experience representing clients at Employment Appeals Tribunals and Rights Commissioner hearings. Claire Callanan heads the litigation department and is recommended for her contentious experience, which covers all aspects of employment disputes. Dermot Casserly is a favorite with clients, who are “absolutely delighted with his service.” His expertise extends to share schemes, redundancies and TUPE issues.
Energy & Natural Resources
Ainsley Heffernan heads the renewable energy group at Beauchamps Solicitors. He has a particular focus on wind farm developments as well as covering biomass, combined heat and power, and autoproduction projects.
This firm has a well-rounded contentious insurance practice with a client base that encompasses both plaintiff and defendant work and includes frequent mandates from insurance companies. The personal injury group covers employers' liability, medical negligence, occupiers' liability and product liability. Commentators note that it is an established presence in the area. Philip Smith heads the personal injury group and is active in much of the firm's work in this area.
This technology and brands practice is home to a compact but respected team that covers registration, assignments, licensing, franchising and sponsorships. Market sources are quick to comment that the group has an effective and busy practice and particularly note its experience advising pharmaceutical companies. Department head Maureen Daly is a hugely respected and experienced practitioner. Her expertise includes anti-counterfeiting, domain name disputes, and biotechnology collaborations and research agreements.
Sources recognise this real estate practice as a highly experienced and quality team. It handles all aspects of real estate and continues to win NAMA-related instructions. The team enhances its practice by also offering expertise in related areas such as property tax, finance and planning. Aidan Marsh has a wide practice that covers commercial developments, construction law, acquisitions, disposals and leases. He is much admired by commentators. Firm chair Imelda Reynolds is hailed as “practical and easy to work with. She will always get the deal done.” Department head Maitiu O'Donaill has experience in the full range of commercial property work and non-contentious construction law. His clients include developers, financial institutions and commercial tenants. Consultant Niall Coleman is recognised by sources for his huge experience and the strength of his client base.
The team handles outsourcing, website development and hosting agreements, end user agreements and website privacy. It acts for both users and suppliers and draws its clients from a range of sectors including state bodies and financial institutions. Maureen Daly wins widespread market recognition. She is commended for her immense experience in the area and advises on all aspects of IT including anti-counterfeiting, licensing, website privacy and data protection.