Ciarán specialises in Commercial Litigation and ADR with particular expertise in acting in contract, IT, property, insurance, telecommunications and IP disputes.

Ciarán acts for a diverse range of clients including multi-nationals, financial institutions, government organisations, insurers and re-insurers.

Ciarán has acted in a number of complex high value disputes before the Commercial Court and in several mediations and arbitrations.

Ciarán is a member of the Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland and the Irish Commercial Mediation Association and he regularly contributes to in-house and external publications: Byrne, Markey, ‘ISPs Face Cost of Implementing System to Deal With Copyright Infringers’, Bloomberg BNA World Communications Regulation Report, Vol. 10, No. 8, August 2015, 35-36.


  • Advising a leading international technology company in risk management strategies relating to broadband networks operating in Ireland.
  • Advising a major global manufacturer of confectionary, pet food and other food products in relation to the protection of its IP rights and acting in related dispute resolution processes.
  • Acting for Chevron (Ireland) Atlantic Limited, Chevron Products UK Limited and other large international oil companies in litigation matters before the Irish Courts.
  • Acted for a large corporate entity in protecting its intellectual property rights through the obtaining of injunctive relief in the High Court and subsequent resolution of the dispute.
  • Acted for Motorola in substantial Commercial Court Litigation in relation to the provision of wireless broadband networks.
  • Acting for a government organisation in high value commercial disputes being heard in the High Court.
  • Acted for Liberty Insurance Limited in ground breaking applications before the High Court and Court of Appeal concerning the legality of After the Event (ATE) Insurance.
  • Acting for a major financial institution in the prosecution of claims in the High Court against professionals including solicitors and valuers.
  • Defending solicitors and other professionals on instructions from their professional indemnifiers.
  • Advising on policy and cover disputes in insurance contracts.
  • Acted for a borrower in Commercial Court litigation brought against a major financial institution.
  • Acting for parties in mediations.

Contact Ciarán

+ 353 1 637 1540

More about Ciarán Markey

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Clients note his strategic approach to disputes, with one source describing him as "tactically very good" and praising his ability "to see the overall picture".

Chambers Europe 2017
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Clients praise Ciarán Markey for the outcomes he is able to achieve on professional indemnity insurance claims.

Chambers Europe 2016
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"He is an excellent litigator - and I am impressed with the way he deals with complex cases."

Chambers Europe 2015
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Ciarán Markey is appreciated for his detailed, proactive and prompt approach. He has a tremendous work ethic and always seeks the most commercial solution.

Chambers Europe 2014
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Chambers Europe 2016

LK Shields have again been ranked across a variety of practice areas including dispute resolution, M&A, banking and...

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Litigation Funding Declared Illegal

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ISPs Face the Cost of Implementing a Graduated Response System to Deal with Copyright Infringers

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Record Industry to Enforce Three Strikes Rule for Online Copyright Infringement

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ATE Insurance – Court of Appeal Judgment

  • Admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland
    Law Society of Ireland
  • LL.M.
    Trinity College Dublin
  • BCL
    (Law with French Law) University College Dublin
  • DEJF
    Universite Paris X, Nanterre, Paris