What the team is known for Market-leading corporate insurance group with formidable experience in complex Irish and cross-border mandates, dealing with legislative issues and the legal aspects of mergers and policy transfers. Also maintains a strong contentious practice, acting on regulatory disputes, indemnity claims and professional negligence cases. Client range spans insurers as well as insureds, particularly from the financial services and healthcare sectors. Handles licensing and product liability mandates.
Strengths"The partners are exemplary: they are always available, very proactive and deal with issues as if you are the only client," one source states.
The firm provides "a good litigation service" and the lawyers are "confident and driven," reports one client.
Work highlights Advised XL Group on the insurance law aspects of the re-domestication of its parent company from Ireland to Bermuda.
Represented the Carlyle Group in its acquisition of AA Ireland for over EUR156 millon.
Insurance department head James Grennan is lauded by clients as "a market-leading expert with unparalleled knowledge" and "a heavy hitter in the insurance landscape." He is held in high esteem for both his knowledge and experience in this field. He boasts notable expertise in a range of domestic and cross-border insurance matters, including regulatory issues, policy transfers and re-domiciling mandates.
Interviewees praise the firm's head of commercial dispute resolution, Liam Kennedy, as "extremely highly regarded" as a mediator and an "excellent litigator in the professional services area." They also state that he is "very thorough," highlighting his "vast experience and fantastic skill set" and "clear and detailed written advice." He advises insurance companies and insureds on regulatory contravention matters and product liability disputes.
Laura Mulleady is held in high regard as an "impressive operator" by market commentators. One client highlights that she is "very pragmatic and gets things done promptly and efficiently." She is experienced handling both domestic and cross-border insurance matters, including the regulatory aspects of acquisitions and other transactions, as well as the transfer of portfolios.
Cliona Christle focuses her practice on insurance disputes related to healthcare and medical matters, including liability and medical negligence litigation. Sources describe her as "very good with clients" and praise her "huge experience."
Sustainable mass housing
Shane was an early and significant proponent of research through architectural design, with a particular strength in urban regeneration and transitioning cities to more sustainable futures. He has conducted research projects encompassing affordable and sustainable mass housing models, transit-oriented urban design, mixed used development typologies, and approaches to normalise the accommodation of ageing populations in their existing neighbourhoods.
As Dean of MADA, Shane has forged a dynamic blend of practice-based research, cross faculty and institutional research initiatives, and a forward-focused studio-learning model.
Shane is highly awarded as a designer, has been published in numerous journals of architecture, has completed more than 50 master’s and doctoral supervisions, and has curated various architecture exhibitions, including co-direction of the Australian pavilion at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale.
In 2012 he won the Australian Institute of Architects’ Neville Quarry Architecture Education Prize for his enduring contribution to architecture practice and education. He is a member of the Victorian Government’s Design Review Panel and was an advisor to the current metropolitan planning strategy, Plan Melbourne.