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Ciara Downes, Solicitor, is a corporate and commercial advisor. She joined the firm in 2019 as a trainee solicitor and qualified as a solicitor in 2022.

Since joining the firm, Ciara has gained expansive knowledge and experience in the areas of corporate and commercial law.

Ciara provides wide-ranging advice on all aspects of corporate and commercial law including share and asset sales and acquisitions, equity investments and group structuring.

Working with start-up companies on a variety of corporate matters including company formation, company secretarial matters, shareholder agreements, funding arrangements, and broader commercial contracts, Ciara’s wide-ranging expertise enables her to utilise her broad commercial understanding for the benefit of corporate clients in diverse sectors.

Recent Work Highlights

  • Advised Thoroughbred Syndicate Management Limited, a leading racing syndicate in Ireland who received an investment of over €500,000. 
  • Advised the sellers of Limerick based Sullivans Insurances, a general insurance broker in the sale of the business to the rapidly expanding international insurance firm, PIB Group. 
  • Advised BHSL Group on their acquisition of Glan Agua Limited, a leading water utilities company in the UK and Ireland.
  • Advised Citylink on the acquisition of Go Bus, including bus routes and employee integration.
  • Advised Ellab A/S on its expansion into the Irish market, including the acquisitions of Autocal Ireland Limited and Calx Instrumentation Services Limited, leading validation solutions providers to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.
  • Advised Renatus Capital Partners on their investment in Allied Imports Limited and Tipperary Crystal.
  • Advised H&MV Engineering Limited through the equity investment in the company by Exponent, a UK private equity firm.
  • Advised the shareholders of ActionPoint Technology Group on the acquisition of ICT Project Management Limited and advised the sellers on the subsequent acquisition of ActionPoint by Viatel.
  • Advised the shareholders of Limerick Packaging on the sale of the company to Zeus Packaging.
  • Advised the sellers of a number of insurance brokers on the sale of the companies to Aston Lark, Innovu Insurance and PIB Insurance.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Law Society of Ireland. 
  • Chairperson of Sixmilebridge Youth Club. 


  • University of Limerick, LLB. 
  • Admitted to the Law Society of Ireland. 
  • Mediator Academy, Foundation Level Certificate in Commercial Mediation.
Very responsive, professional, and excellent service overall. Personable, experienced team. Practical solutions. The business is progressive with heavy investment in technology to underpin a great customer experience.

Commercial, Corporate and M&A | Legal 500 EMEA 2023

The corporate team is highly flexible and responsive, has assisted us with a major acquisition as well as several transactions and company secretarial projects. The team are strong on commercial, practical and legal knowledge.

Commercial, Corporate and M&A | Legal 500 EMEA 2023

The team are always available, proactive, responsive and personable. Great experience across the team, and a hunger and determination to hit milestones and deadlines. They stay until the work is done.

Commercial, Corporate and M&A | Legal 500 EMEA 2023

Awards, Membership and Recognition

Law Society Badge
Sixmilebridge Youth Club