Barry St. J. Galvin – B.C.L., Notary Public, Managing Partner
Barry St J. Galvin studied at University College Cork, University College Dublin and the King’s Inns. He graduated with a Bachelor of Law Degree in 1965. He was called to the Irish Bar in 1966 and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1969 having practised as a barrister in the interim.
On joining the firm, Barry engaged in general practice but specialising in Banking, and Commercial Law. Additionally, he was appointed to many criminal defence cases, having joined the free legal aid panel. In 1983 Barry was appointed State Solicitor for Cork City, a position he held until 2013 when he retired on statutory age grounds.
Between 1989 and 1995 Barry served on a number of Committees for the Law Society of Ireland including serving as vice-chairman of the Compensation Fund Committee and chairman of the Professional Purposes Committee, the Registrars Committee and the Anti-Money Laundering Committee.
Between 1996 and 2003 he held the statutory position of Bureau Legal Officer of the Criminal Assets Bureau He was significantly involved in the preparation of the legislation and in establishing the operational procedures on the foundation of that agency. As part of that role he was appointed an Inspector of Taxes. During his time at the Criminal Assets Bureau he was appointed Receiver by the High Court in a number of prominent cases.
Barry has advised various international governments in the areas of confiscation/forfeiture/tax laws/money laundering to include Bulgaria and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In November 2007 he was engaged by the President of Seychelles to review the criminal justice system and submit a report. In 2008 he was appointed a State Counsel at the office of the Attorney General with particular responsibility for the work of the Seychelles Financial Intelligence Unit and other matters such as bank compliance on which he is consulted.
Barry is widely regarded as one of the Country’s leading experts on the law and practice of banking, criminal law and asset forfeiture. Most recently, Barry was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the AIB Private Banking Irish Law Awards.
Areas of practice include:
Banking: Realisation of securities; advising on strategies to maximise recovery in cases of impaired loans with particular emphasis on cases where borrowers actively seek to conceal assets or put them out of reach of creditors; acting for receivers appointed by banks; advising on compliance and customer due diligence, generally and in specific cases; advising and acting for individuals and companies facing recovery procedures by financial institutions and others.
Commercial: Advising on and acting in cases involving asset forfeiture by statutory bodies; advising on and preparing shareholders agreements; acting for purchasers and vendors in M & A cases; advising and acting in all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency;
Sporting Law: Advising and acting in formation and re-organisation of sporting bodies, drafting Club Constitutions, advising and acting in disputes arising between members and in competitions; acting on behalf of individuals to enforce their rights arising from sporting events at governing body level and in the Courts;
Barry is admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales.