With more than a quarter of a century of experience dealing with insurance and dispute resolution matters, our team has amassed the skills and depth of resources to deal efficiently and cost-effectively with insurance-related matters.

Our insurance offering comprises a diverse range of services from claims-handling, where claims are made against insured businesses, professionals and individuals, to providing advice on policy interpretation and acting in related coverage disputes.

Handling claims against professionals (such as solicitors, architects, engineers, valuers, insurance brokers, accountants and company directors) and other businesses is an important focal point for our team.

Our primary objective in all professional indemnity and insurance claims is to provide our clients with the most economic outcome possible. This is achieved by providing our insurer clients with early risk-assessment and coverage reports. In cases where the insurer is obliged to provide cover to an insured party and we believe that the insured party is liable to the claimant, we have repeatedly demonstrated our ability to strategically compromise claims using mediation and other dispute resolution mechanisms, as well as making use of available court procedures such as lodgments (payments into court), tenders and Calderbank offers as appropriate.

For those claims that cannot be resolved at an early stage, we have repeatedly demonstrated that our team has the tactical and technical expertise and experience necessary to achieve successful outcomes in even the most complex of claims.


  • Professional indemnity claims involving solicitors, architects, engineers, valuers, insurance brokers, accountants, financial institutions and financial advisors
  • Claims under directors and officers liability policies (D&O)
  • Advising insurers on fraud and financial irregularity cases
  • Employer-liability claims (from bullying and harassment claims to personal injury claims)
  • Product liability
  • Public liability
  • Commercial and residential property damage
  • Business interruption insurance
  • Advising on regulatory provisions affecting the interpretation and effect of insurance policies (with particular experience in advising the insurers of solicitors in Ireland on the minimum policy requirements pursuant to law)
  • Acting on behalf of insurers in coverage arbitrations
  • Advising in matters involving multiple insurers and co-insurance
  • Financial services related litigation Trustee and pensions litigation
Head of Practice
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Michael Kavanagh

Chairman and Partner

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"Comprehensive knowledge of regulatory matters, used to get a case over the line in a very efficient manner".

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"Great legal arguments and common-sense solutions”.

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“We get excellent advice. It is pragmatic and understanding of our needs”.

Chambers Europe 2014
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"LK Shields Solicitors has a well-established professional indemnity defence practice".

Legal 500 2014
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Michael Kavanagh

Chairman and Partner

+ 353 1 637 1524

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Aoife Bradley


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Jennifer Clarke


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Ciarán Markey


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Rachel Murphy


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Shane Neville


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Amy Bradley


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