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Managing Partner: Deborah Moore

Number of partners: 16

Number of lawyers: 28

Languages: English

Firm Overview:

With a team of more than 60 professionals, Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP (CKT) is ranked in the top 25 law firms in Ireland. Established in 1982, CKT has offices in Cork and Dublin, and is internationally recognised as a full-service law firm handling work of a quality and scale that places it among the leading firms in the insurance market, employment and healthcare sectors. CKT’s dynamic team of lawyers have a strong reputation of providing strategic legal advice and superb service in litigation and dispute resolution, healthcare and medical law, insurance, commercial, employment, residential and commercial property, and child and family law.

Practice Areas:

■ Alternative Dispute Resolution

■ Child & Family Law

■ Commercial

■ Commercial and Residential Conveyancing

■ Data Protection & GDPR

■ Employment

■ Healthcare

■ Litigation

■ Maritime Law

■ Medical Negligence

■ Probate and Private Client

■ Professional Negligence

■ Real Estate/Property

Main Areas of Practice:

Dispute Resolution - Healthcare Litigation:

CKT has one of Ireland’s largest healthcare teams and an unsurpassed reputation in the provision of top-class legal services to healthcare clients including the HSE and Tusla - The Child and Family Agency, hospitals, doctors, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, clinics and their indemnifiers. CKT also represents healthcare indemnity organisations, as well as the State Claims Agency. We have a deep understanding of all the legal issues that arise for healthcare clients, as well as a complete knowledge of the real challenges faced by healthcare providers, hospitals, and clinicians. The team actively pursue all avenues of dispute resolution available and advise clients on choosing the method most appropriate to them and the particular matter. Resolving disputes quickly and effectively is central to how we approach any matter. The dispute resolution partners are all CEDR Accredited Mediators.

Insurance/Insurance - Dispute Resolution:

CKT provides legal services to insurance and reinsurance companies in the Irish and UK markets. The firm represents leading domestic Irish insurers and intermediaries, for whom the firm undertakes both contentious and non-contentious work. CKT has a proven track record of finding solutions using alternative dispute mechanisms such as mediation, conciliation and arbitration where appropriate. The firm assists and supports clients in the investigation of circumstances which are likely to lead to claims and provide and/or advise on coverage options. The firm ensures no case proceeds to trial or hearing without having first considered alternative methods to resolve even the most contentious of disputes. The firm’s mediators are one of the most sought-after in the country for contentious disputes.

Real Estate/Property:

CKT’s property and commercial conveyancing team, headed by Deborah Moore, offers clients the innovation, experience, technical expertise, clarity of advice and commitment to get their deals done efficiently and effectively. The team handle transactions for leading builders, developers, banks, investors, landlords, tenants and businesses. CKT is ideally placed to advise on a range of complex transactions with specialist property capability and excellent skills in finance. The firm advises on development and planning, projects and construction, large loans, mezzanine, loan workouts, distressed debt acquisition (including loan-to-own strategies), investment, corporate occupation, tax, finance, securitisation, structuring and joint ventures, and complex real estate mergers and acquisitions.


CKT’s commercial law team works in partnership with business, to ensure the team has a thorough understanding of the client organisation and its objectives. Through this understanding and service promise the team has developed long term working relationships with a broad and diverse client base including the Health Service Executive. The team focus on understanding the importance of cost certainty and providing value. The commercial team combine exceptional transactional skills with specialist expertise including employment and benefits, environmental and intellectual property. This enables the team to handle the numerous issues that can arise in a single corporate transaction.


CKT is a recognised leader in employment law in Ireland. The firm prides itself on the ability to listen and understand its clients’ requirements, and to deliver that service in a timely and cost-effective way. As advisors to state bodies, schools, universities, large corporations and small companies, the firm ensures advice is tailor-made to each individual business’ requirements. While most clients are employers, the firm also represents high-level employees and offers an understanding that allows it to see both sides of every situation. CKT’s employment law team are involved in advising at all stages, from recruitment of employees through to termination. Clients appreciate that the team’s in-depth working knowledge of their business and advice in non-contentious work significantly limits client’s exposure to contentious issues in the workplace. Each member of the employment team is a CEDR Accredited Mediator, and strives to find a practical solution to the most complex of workplace issues. The firm is a regular contributor to Legal Island, a multi-award winning workplace compliance company, frequently providing expert analysis of topical and landmark Judgments.

Child & Family Law:

CKT’s child and family law team, headed by Denise Kirwan, has specialised knowledge in the area of child care and family law. With one of the largest child care legal teams in Ireland, the team comprises of highly experienced solicitor advocates who advise and represent several public bodies on all matters relating to child care, juvenile justice, wardship, mental health issues, capacity and statutory duties and responsibilities. The team advises on regulatory issues, risk management, Codes of Conduct and bring prosecutions on behalf of TUSLA – The Child and Family Agency, and others. The team appears in courts nationwide including District Court, Circuit Court and High Court dealing with complex and sensitive child care cases. The team also delivers extensive client training to TUSLA - The Child and Family Agency and has delivered lectures to the Law Society of Ireland, social workers, Bessborough family support service, Arbour House Addiction Services, HSE and other national counselling services.