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Fieldfisher

Dispute Resolution

4 ranked lawyersBand 1IrelandEurope 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Market-leading team enjoying an outstanding track record handling professional discipline matters. Advises many of Ireland's statutory regulators on contentious mandates linked to the exercise of their regulatory functions, assisting both with initial fitness to practise investigations and in subsequent applications to the High Court for the confirmation of sanctions decisions. Defends appeals brought by affected professionals. Has notable experience in cases on behalf of regulators for the education, medical and property services sectors. Also handles broader advisory mandates that help clients to define their obligations and processes.

Strengths

"The firm represents a number of regulators, which gives the lawyers an in-depth knowledge of regulatory issues." says one source.

According to an impressed interviewee, the firm offers "organised team structures, excellent timelines in terms of responses, and clear and coherent advice, as well as good investigation plans."

Work highlights

Represented the Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board in its role as a notice party in judicial review proceedings challenging the decision of the clinical director of the Central Mental Hospital to not put living arrangements in place for a former patient, as determined by the Review Board.

Notable practitioners

Barry Fagan both advises on individual fitness to practise cases and handles wider advisory matters through which regulators seek to redefine their disciplinary processes. "He has excellent communication skills and has a calmness that he can bring to situations," says one source.

Interviewees praise Eimear Burke for her wealth of experience in regulatory matters.She has extensive experience in fitness to practise investigations on behalf of Irish and some UK regulators.

J.P. McDowell has a superb reputation for professional discipline work. "He has really carved out a niche and a really strong reputation in the area," states one source. "He's hands-on, proactive and very committed," reports another interviewee, going on to say: "He gets to the point and has a knack of looking over the horizon to see where a particular issue may go."

Interviewees identify Sinead Taaffe as a key figure within the firm's professional discipline practice and say that she is "extremely hard-working, capable and knowledgeable." "She is conscientious and really examines the detail of every case," notes another source. Taaffe has experience in internal investigation processes, deficient professional performance claims and fitness to practise enquiries.

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Ireland

Dispute Resolution: Professional Discipline


Barry Fagan
Up and Coming
Eimear Burke
Band 2
J.P. McDowell
Band 1
Sinead Taaffe
Up and Coming