Corporate Social Responsibility

Business to Arts

LK Shields are members of Business to Arts, which is a membership-based, charitable organisation that brokers, enables and supports creative partnerships between businesses, individuals and the arts.

They team their business members up with arts organisations and artists to develop solutions in areas such as sponsorship, commissioning, brand development, training, leadership development, internal and external communications and events.

One of our Partners, Jeanne Kelly, is also a member of the board. 

Frontline Defenders

LK Shields acted for Irish charity Front Line Defenders on a pro-bono basis in the transition of their activities from operating under the terms of a trust deed to operating through an Irish company.

Emmet Scully, Managing Partner, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work for such a worthy cause.  Front Line Defenders has grown to be able to support human rights defenders across the world.  We gladly donated our expertise at LK Shields to assist with the transition of Front Line Defenders to its new vehicle and we wish Front Line Defenders the greatest success in growing their reach and charitable endeavours into the future.”

Front Line Defenders was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk (HRDs), people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  Front Line Defenders addresses the protection needs identified by HRDs themselves.

Go Green

The Firm has initiated a “Go Green” campaign in the office which culminated in a firm-wide efiling project that has dramatically reduced the amount of paper used in the office. In addition, we actively manage our recycling efforts and run a ‘lights out’ when not use in policy which applies to all electrical devices and lights in all offices and boardrooms.

Calcutta Run

LK Shields are long time supporters of the Calcutta Run and send a team of runners to participate every year.

This year, all our runners successfully crossed the finish line and raised money for a very worthy cause by collecting sponsorship on the day and by organising a number of fundraising events.

The team, led by Muireann Granville, organised a cake sale, BBQ and raffle with all proceeds going to the Peter McVerry Trust and the Hope Foundation. 

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Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services

LK Shields supports our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services who provide specialist care for people with a wide range of needs from rehabilitation to end of life care. Care is provided both on-site in Harold’s Cross Hospice and Blackrock Hospice as well as in the local community to over 1,500 individuals every year. 

This year, the Firm also took part in Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning, the main annual fundraising event to raise much needed funds for local hospice services.


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Haven Partnership

LK Shields has worked with Haven since their inaugural trip to Haiti which took place in 2009, one year before the massive earthquake which devastated the country. Gerry Halpenny, partner and head of M&A, participated in the first week long building project. For the last number of years we have sent at least one volunteer to Haiti to participate in the annual Build Week. Saadi Siddiky from our EU, Competition and Regulated Markets team travelled to Haiti in April 2017.

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Druid Theatre

LK Shields are delighted to be a corporate supporter of the Druid Theatre.

The Druid Theatre Company was founded in Galway in 1975 by Garry Hynes, Marie Mullen and Mick Lally.

From its Galway home, it has been at the forefront of the development of Irish theatre and has toured nationally and internationally. 

The company first success outside of Ireland was at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Druid then quickly gained an international reputation with productions such as At the Black Pig’s Dyke (1992), Conversations on a Homecoming (1985), and Bailegangaire (1985) featuring Siobhan McKenna in one of her finest dramatic performances.

In 1996 Druid premiered Martin McDonagh’s debut work The Beauty Queen of Leenane, in a co-production with the Royal Court Theatre.

LK Shields Hugh Garvey Memorial Award 2019

The winner of the annual LK Shields Hugh Garvey Memorial Award for Intellectual Property Law was announced on Saturday 9 February at a ceremony at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Cathal Hester, an associate solicitor based in our Galway office, awarded worthy winner Alison O'Brien with her prize.

The Memorial Award is in honour of LK Shields former Managing Partner, Hugh Garvey, who sadly passed away in 2016. 

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