Barry St. J. Galvin

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.

Michael O'Brien

Michael O’Brien – Partner

Michael was articled with the Firm  and qualified in 1982. He was appointed a Partner to the firm in 1992. Michael has worked in the litigation department of the firm since he qualified and has primarily worked in Civil Litigation. For 20 years Michael was retained as Defence Solicitor for two leading Insurance Companies. Michael specialises in dispute resolution and general litigation including personal injury* litigation, property damage claims, arbitration, mediation, boundary and neighbour disputes, insurance and employment disputes. He has considerable experience in settling claims through negotiations and mediation.

Donnchadha Murphy

Donnchadha Murphy – B.C.L., Partner

Donnchadha Murphy graduated from University College Cork with a BCL honours degree in 1997. Donnchadha was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2001 having completed his training with the Cork firm Philip Wm. Bass & Co.

In 2002 Donnchadha joined the firm specialising in Banking Law, Commercial Litigation, Debt Recovery, Corporate Law and Commercial Conveyancing. In 2006 he was promoted to a Partner in our firm and is now the head of the Firm’s Banking and Insolvency Department.

Donnchadha advises on all aspects of banking law and practice, particularly advising on letters of loan offer and the putting in place of all forms of bank security, participation agreements and syndicated loan facilities. Donnchadha advises lenders in relation to obtaining judgments and the enforcement of same to include garnishee applications and charging orders over shares.

Donnchadha acts on behalf of a number of Receivers and Liquidators and advises on all aspects of company, property and insolvency law to include instituting proceedings against Directors under the Companies Acts, seeking injunctions to obtain possession of secured assets and advising in the sale of mixed property portfolios.

Donnchadha acts on behalf of individuals and corporate bodies in relation to commercial disputes of various natures to include dealing with arbitrations, mediations and litigation in the High Court, Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Donnchadha also advises parties before Disciplinary Tribunals.

Donnchadha advises clients on all aspects of Company Law, more particularly in connection with the drafting and negotiation of share purchase and shareholders agreements.

Donnchadha is admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales.

Aisling Maloney

Aisling Maloney – B.COMM., Partner

Aisling is a First Class Honours graduate of University College Cork, where she obtained a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in economics. Aisling was awarded the John Busteed Memorial Prize in Economics by University College Cork in 2005 and was also awarded the Company Law Prize by the Law Society of Ireland in 2007 for achieving the highest overall mark in Company Law, in the 2006 sittings of the FE1 Examinations.

Aisling was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in February 2010, having completed her training with the firm. Since qualification, Aisling has practised predominantly in the areas of Banking Law, Company Law, Contract Law and Conveyancing.

Throughout her time in our Banking, Insolvency and Property Departments, Aisling has gained immeasurable knowledge and experience in acting for Financial Institutions with regards to restructures, security reviews, perfection of compromised security and in the enforcement and realisation of that security. Aisling advises Receivers and Asset Management Teams on all aspects of insolvency and property law and regularly acts in the acquisition and disposal of commercial, retail and residential property for both private and commercial clients.

Aisling was made a Partner in the firm in 2015.

Aisling is admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales.

John O’Brien

John O’Brien – B.A., Partner

John graduated from UCC in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics.

John was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in February 2008 having completed his traineeship with the firm

Since qualification, John has practiced predominantly in the areas of Banking Law, Licensing Law and Litigation and has gained experience in the Circuit Court, High Court / Commercial Court, Court of Civil Appeal and the Supreme Court.

John has extensive experience in the enforcement of Judgments to include the registration of Judgment Mortgages, the Appointment of Receivers by way of equitable execution and Garnishee proceedings. John also has experience of Instalment Orders through the District Court. John has also dealt with Well Charging / Order for sale applications using the Special Summons procedure in the High Court.

John has acted in the review of security and in the drafting of Deeds of Appointment for Receivers and thereafter acted for Receivers in the discharge of their duties.

John has also acted for Court Appointed Liquidators in a number of cases before the High Court and is a member of the Law Society of Ireland.

*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.