The Firm has "an in-depth knowledge of litigation procedures" and "adopts a hands-on approach".


Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department has a wealth of expertise in all aspects of litigation, disputes, mediation and arbitration.

We understand the demands that disputes place on our client’s resources and focus. We actively listen to each of our clients and work hard to understand their specific objectives and agree a strategy to achieve those objectives.

We frequently act in commercial litigation, insurance, insolvency, procurement, pensions and employment related disputes. In addition, we advise regulators, insurers, financial institutions and individuals in respect of professional negligence and investigatory & disciplinary matters. Our domestic and international clients operate in the corporate, financial and regulatory sectors. The Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department has recognised expertise across all Court jurisdictions, with particular emphasis on High Court and Court of Appeal litigation.

We are active supporters of the use of mediation as a method of resolving disputes and a number of our partners are CEDR accredited mediators.

  • Contractual and commercial disputes
  • Landlord and tenant litigation
  • Insolvency litigation
  • Banking litigation
  • Defence of casualty, professional negligence and Directors & Officers insurance claims
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Judicial reviews
  • Procurement litigation
  • Planning disputes
  • Employment injunctions
  • Defamation claims
  • Judgment and possession proceedings
  • Product liability claims
  • Norwich Pharmacal orders
  • Debt collection
  • Pension disputes
  • Shareholder disputes, including minority oppression
    The “impressive” Killian O’Reilly of McDowell Purcell Solicitors (now Fieldfisher Ireland) is particularly noted for his activity on professional negligence litigation and insurance coverage disputes. Market sources state that he “has the underlying technical knowledge and experience, and is also well organised and keeps things moving at an efficient pace.” Clients view him as “a seasoned, reliable lawyer.”

    Mark Woodcock of McDowell Purcell Solicitors (now Fieldfisher Ireland) is an experienced practitioner with a strong reputation for advising banks and insolvency practitioners on receiverships, examinerships and liquidations. He is also well placed to assist with contentious matters, acting against defaulting borrowers and syndicated property companies. One client notes: “He is someone that I would trust to advise any directors or shareholders of distressed companies.” This source adds: “His manner is very approachable and friendly which helps to put people at ease.”

  • LEGAL 500 EMEA 2018
    McDowell Purcell (now Fieldfisher Ireland) has ‘an in-depth knowledge of litigation procedures’ and the practice is active in its key areas of personal injury and insolvency. Practice head Killian O’Reilly is ‘very experienced’, and Mark Woodcock and Susie Higgins ‘adopt a hands-on approach’.

    Killian O’Reilly is described by clients as “very knowledgeable, coming across as someone at the top of his game.” He heads the department’s commercial disputes team with a particular focus on contentious insurance matters. He recently acted for Ryanair on litigious labour law matters which also involved cross-border considerations.

    Mark Woodcock of McDowell Purcell Solicitors (now Fieldfisher Ireland) is “a fearsome litigator,” according to sources, who say that he offers the “perfect blend of sharp technical skill sets combined with a very tough negotiating style.”

  • LEGAL 500 EMEA 2017
    At McDowell Purcell (now Fieldfisher Ireland), practice head Killian O’Reilly is ‘highly experienced in dealing with the cut and thrust of personal injury litigation’, and Mark Woodcock is ‘a great negotiator of insolvency disputes’. The team is particularly well regarded for its regulatory work.

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