Our team is one of the largest in Ireland. While every dispute presents unique challenges, our approach is consistent: the involvement of an experienced partner to ensure the delivery of a high quality, solution-focused service tailored to achieve our clients’ particular commercial objectives.

We advise clients on choosing the method of dispute resolution most appropriate to their needs with the objective of resolving disputes quickly and effectively with as little business disruption as possible. We use our experience, expertise and significant resources to help our clients resolve disputes in a manner consistent with their commercial aims, whether through litigation, mediation or arbitration.

Focusing upon results, our services encompass pre-dispute advice through to managing complex and large scale litigation. 

Our talented team provides services in areas including the following:

  • arbitration
  • alternative dispute resolution
  • banking litigation
  • bankruptcy
  • commercial disputes
  • corporate restructuring and insolvency
  • employment and industrial relations
  • environment
  • family law
  • financial litigation
  • insurance
  • intellectual property and technology licensing

Experience

  • We are acting in a high value international share purchase agreement dispute being administered by the ICC International Court of Arbitration with its seat in Miami.
  • We act for Chevron (Ireland) Atlantic Limited, Chevron Products UK Limited and other large international oil companies in litigation matters before the Irish Courts.
  • We acted in proceedings in the Commercial Division of the High Court involving a dispute regarding the awarding of a petroleum-sharing contract in respect of valuable North African oil fields.
  • We act for a listed global food business in respect of matters before the Irish Courts.
  • We acted in a number of successful procurement challenges against a large hospital services group heard in the Commercial Division of the High Court.
  • We acted for Motorola Limited in defence of information technology proceedings in the Commercial Division of the High Court.
  • We advise a significant Investment Manager in respect of a number of high value financial services litigation claims and, in particular, we have provided advices in relation to the Irish element of a US claim for in excess of €2 billion.
  • We advise Starbucks Corporation in the protection and enforcement of its IP rights and related actions.
  • We act for a large number of insurers including Liberty Insurance, SMDF and a syndicate of insurers led by Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality AG in defence of professional negligence proceedings.
  • We advise a major global manufacturer of confectionery, pet food, and other food products in relation to the protection and enforcement of its IP rights and act for that client in High Court proceedings.
  • We act for EBS Limited, Bank of Ireland and Dunbar Assets Ireland (formerly Zurich Bank) in both the defence and prosecution of High Court proceedings.
  • We acted in a complex and high value construction dispute involving the National Aquatic Centre.
  • We acted for the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (an organisation established by the Northern Ireland Minister for Tourism, Enterprise, Trade and Investment to promote tourism in Northern Ireland) in recent High Court litigation.
  • We advise a range of clients in respect of insurance and re-insurance issues and have acted in a number of related arbitrations.
Head of Practice
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Michael Kavanagh

Chairman and Partner
Litigation and Dispute Resolution

mkavanagh@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1524


More from our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team

Awards &
Recommendations

Recommended for Dispute Resolution.

Chambers Global 2017
Awards &
Recommendations

Recommended for Dispute Resolution.

Chambers Europe 2016
Awards &
Recommendations

LK Shields Solicitors provides ‘sound commercial advice’.

Legal 500 2016
Awards &
Recommendations

Recommended for Dispute Resolution.

Chambers Global 2016
Awards &
Recommendations

Recommended for Dispute Resolution.

Legal 500 2015
Awards &
Recommendations

"The team has extensive knowledge of regulations and manages cases very well, offering 24/7 availability.”

Chambers Europe 2015
Awards &
Recommendations

Recommended for Dispute Resolution.

Chambers Global 2015
Awards &
Recommendations

"The team is efficient and very prudent about costs. You get the same quality but better client care and more competitive fees than at many other firms."

Chambers Europe 2014
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"The lawyers are very practical and know which areas to focus on."

Chambers Europe 2014
Awards &
Recommendations

"The team wins particular plaudits for its client-oriented ethos and proactive, responsive approach."

Chambers Europe 2013
Awards &
Recommendations

"The Dispute Resolution practice includes excellent litigator Michael Kavanagh and Jill Callanan who provides a superb level of service.”

The Legal 500 2013
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Michael Kavanagh

Chairman and Partner

mkavanagh@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1524

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Edmund Butler

Consultant

ebutler@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1539

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Aoife Bradley

Partner

abradley@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1583

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Jennifer Clarke

Partner

jclarke@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1504

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Jill Callanan

Partner

jcallanan@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1551

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Ciarán Markey

Partner

cmarkey@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1540

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Susan Battye

Partner

sbattye@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 638 5839

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Rachel Murphy

Partner

rmurphy@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 638 5802

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Shane Neville

Partner

sneville@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 638 5853

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Jennifer O’Neill

Consultant

joneill@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1527

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Amy Bradley

Partner

amybradley@lkshields.ie
+353 1 638 5864

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