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Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

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What the team is known for

Impressive team with a superb reputation for work in the telecoms and IT sectors. Called upon by regulators, government bodies and multinational companies to assist with Irish and EU telecoms regulatory matters. Has handled standout telecoms mandates related to the implementation of Ireland’s National Broadband Plan. Assists with data protection compliance matters for companies that collect and share vast amounts of customer data. Also advises on notification obligations arising for companies that are subject to data breaches.

Strengths

"They are very knowledgeable, assertive and flexible," remarks one impressed source.

Another client states that "the team is very accessible, pragmatic and solutions-focused," adding: "They consistently demonstrate a willingness and ability to work to very tight timeframes."

Work highlights

Advised the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment on its implementation of Ireland’s National Broadband Plan.

Notable practitioners

Michael Madden is best known for his work on behalf of the Irish telecoms regulator. He has experience in landmark projects such as the running of multi-band spectrum auctions and the implementation of the National Broadband Plan. Madden also acts for a wider range of private clients on compliance mandates.  Sources say that he "has a deep understanding of regulation" and note that "his economics background is another considerable string to his bow."

Philip Nolan regularly advises leading multinationals on important data protection matters that entail significant interaction with the Irish Data Protection Commission. "He is a go-to person for challenging questions," states one impressed interviewee, explaining: "He is pragmatic and understands how we operate."

Robert McDonagh advises international companies on compliance matters relating to their processing of large amounts of customer data. He counts video game producers and insurers among his key clients. "His advice is always astute, sound and practical," remarks one client.

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Overview

Over the last decade, our Technology team has become the ‘go to’ group of lawyers for multinational technology companies setting up in Dublin, which is reflective of our position as Ireland’s leading technology law firm. Our lawyers provide cutting edge advice on commercial law matters to some of the world’s leading tech companies who come to us to steer them through new and sometimes unforeseen legal circumstances.

We advise the world’s leading social media and search organisations along with emerging startups and entrepreneurs. From first round funding to strategic outsourcing partnerships, intellectual property management or global privacy protocols, we give the smart advice you need.

The breadth and scale of our media practice includes both traditional media and 'new media'. In the area of traditional media, we advise the national broadcaster, RTÉ, and the largest cable company, Virgin Media (formerly UPC). These three companies dominate the Irish TV market, offering traditional “push TV” services along with more advanced “pull TV” services. Our “new media” practice simply has no rivals on the Dublin market. We are standing counsel to Twitter and Facebook, and frequently defend these companies in defamation and related proceedings. 

Our telecoms lawyers act for both private and public sector clients including the national regulator, ComReg, and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE), and leading media and telecoms providers.

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Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

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South Bank House

Barrow Street

Dublin

County Dublin

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Article

Technology Update: Data Centres in Ireland

Authors: Micheál Grace, Peter McLay, Tom Davy, Philip Nolan, Vanessa Byrne

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Ireland

TMT: Information Technology


Philip Nolan
Band 1
Robert McDonagh
Band 3

TMT: Telecommunications


Michael Madden
Band 2