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Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

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What the team is known for

Outstanding insurance disputes practice with a strong track record advising prominent insurers and insureds on claims arising under diverse policies. Acts for insurers and self-insured companies on the full range of personal injury and illness claims arising under employers' liability and public liability policies, including high-value catastrophic injury claims. Has a strong professional indemnity practice that often acts for the state indemnifier on medical negligence cases. Has additional experience in significant coverage claims.

Strengths

"The firm's personnel are top class," states one interviewee, going on to note: "Each and every employee is of the highest calibre."

Sources say that the lawyers "are extremely rigorous in their process, but at the same time offer a personal service," adding: "They have a very clear roadmap of how each file is progressing, which comes from their understanding of the legal principles and from their ability to read the people on the other side."

Work highlights

Represented Zurich in a coverage dispute with a claimant whose cattle sheds were damaged in a storm in 2017. The case raised questions about whether an insurer could be compelled to renew an insurance policy.

Notable practitioners

Ailbhe Gilvarry has experience in important coverage cases that deal with questions concerning misrepresentations on proposal forms and the possibility of obliging an insurer to provide future insurance cover. She earns further praise for her management of a wider range of insurance claims. "Her technical knowledge is excellent, and she is able to get the deal done and get a file to its conclusion," says one source, while another states: "She is great with clients and very easy to work with."

Rachel Kavanagh earns a considerable volume of praise for her handling of employers' and public liability claims on behalf of insurers and their policyholders. "Whether cases are low maintenance or more difficult, she deals with them all with equal ease," states one client, while another reports: "She is pragmatic, approachable and gets things done."

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Overview

Our Insurance team specialises in handling large and complex litigation matters for major insurers in the Irish market. The team has a wide range of experience in handling insurance litigation and provides legal services to the insurance industry.

We have a particular expertise in professional indemnity matters and regularly defend professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, doctors, engineers, and other construction professionals, financial institutions and other investment intermediaries.

We have strong relationships with our clients, built on ingrained experience and an ability to deliver in terms of quality, responsiveness and results.  The team is well placed to anticipate and deal with emerging claims which follow from new insurance risks and we have an acknowledged reputation for our expertise.

The team also deals with high volume work relating to public liability, employer’s liability and road traffic litigation. 

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Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

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Location

South Bank House

Barrow Street

Dublin

County Dublin

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Ireland

Insurance: Dispute Resolution


Ailbhe Gilvarry
Band 2
Rachel Kavanagh
Band 2