Pat McInerney, Partner, heads our public sector and commercial litigation services, specialising in litigation and dispute resolution, public administration, regulation and compliance, procurement, data, intellectual property, employment law and defamation.
Practising in the commercial litigation non-jury area, he specialises in dispute resolution, including defamation, inter-company and employment disputes and complex litigation. He has significant experience with commercial disputes, injunctions, specific performance actions and property disputes in acting for public sector, financial institutions, corporate and individual clients in both the Circuit and Superior Courts. He is a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution, having successfully handled a variety of mediations and arbitrations. Pat also brings his experience to bear in dealing with professional indemnity issues, acting in negligence cases involving architects, engineers, solicitors and insurance brokers.
He has particular expertise in the public administrative and regulatory law spheres, having acted for public sector clients for many years. He advises on all aspects of regulatory law and compliance, public administrative law, statutory interpretation, corporate governance defamation litigation, ethics, freedom of information and data protection issues. Pat advises on fair procedures and due process and has represented State and semi-State clients in both initiating and defending judicial review actions. He has gained particular experience in the drafting of statutory instruments on behalf of public sector clients and frequently advises on such matters. He has represented such clients in various statutory fora in conducting investigations, prosecutions and appeal hearings.
Pat also frequently advises public bodies on procurement issues. He regularly advises state bodies on tendering processes, including tendering options available, Expressions of Interest (EOI) and Request For Tender (RFT) documentation, framework agreements and contract documentation, as well as the implementation of proper procedures throughout the tendering process, in accordance with the relevant European Directives and national implementing statutory instruments.
Due to his previous lecturing experience in the University of Limerick and National University of Ireland, Galway, Pat works closely with these, and other third level institutions, in forging greater links between the firm and academia and is involved in a number of joint projects which seek to develop and enhance the commonalities which already exist.
Recent Work Highlights
- Acted for a State institution in a landmark Commercial Court procurement matter. This was the first case to come before the Irish courts pursuant to Reg. 32 of S.I. no. 284 of 2016, European Union (Award of Public Authority Contracts) Regulations, 2016
- Acted in the first case to come before the High Court Strategic Infrastructure Development List, involving a planning dispute, for a statutory body as a notice party
- Successfully resolved a significant dispute with a statutory body involved in the accreditation of certain programmes within our client’s third level educational institution. This matter would have had extremely significant consequences for our client had the accreditation not been forthcoming, as it would have put several of its programme offerings in jeopardy
- Advising Limerick 2030 DAC on all aspects of the procurement process for the provision of various services for the transformational Opera site in Limerick
- Representing a third level educational institution in a complex defamation dispute before the High Court in connection with issues that arose during the placement of students on work experience in Asia as part of their degree programmes. This case raises very interesting issues of law in respect of the allegation of defamation and the possible defences available, duties owed by a third level provider to its students on placement, the nature of the legal relationship between a third level institution and placement providers as well as issues of jurisdiction and conflict of laws
- Successfully defended long-running injunctive proceedings before the High Court on behalf of a corporate client pursuant to section 160 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 in respect of the proposed harvesting of kelp in Bantry Bay, Co. Cork
- Advising a corporate entity both prior to and during a successful mediation with a third level institution. This is in relation to intellectual property rights arising out of a technological transfer agreement between the client and third level institution, protecting the client’s various patents and the exploitation of same via the third level institution into the future
- Successfully defended judicial review proceedings for Greyhound Racing Ireland brought by an applicant in the High Court and subsequently Court of Appeal, challenging the issuance of an exclusion order by our client pursuant to section 47 of the Greyhound Industry Act 1958, as amended
- Providing advices to a high profile national association on the possibility of a minority oppression action pursuant to section 212 of the Companies Act, 2014 (as amended).
- Lectured for a number of years for the Schools of Law in the University of Limerick and NUI Galway
- Member of the Law Society of Ireland
- Member of Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL)
- Member of Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA)
- Member of the New York State Bar
- Member of the New York State Bar Association
- Member of the Society of Legal Scholars
- Member of the Irish Society of Comparative Law
- External Examiner/Moderator, Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
- University of Limerick, LLB
- University of Limerick, LLM
- University College Cork, PhD (in progress)
- Ingenium Smart Choice Leadership Programme, Certificate in Leadership
- Admitted as an Attorney and Counselor at Law, New York
- Admitted to the Law Society of Ireland.
- “The Irish Law on Adverse Possession: Pro Adverse Possessor or Paper Owner? A Moral or Public Policy Objective? –A Comparative Analysis”, Conveyancing and Property Law Journal (2008) 13(2) CPLJ
- “The Purchase Money Resulting Trust – Sufficient to Cater for the Property Rights of Cohabitants in Ireland? – Ireland and England Compared”, Conveyancing and Property Law Journal (2008) 13(4) CPLJ
- “Do We Need a Jury? – Composition and Function of the Jury and the Trend away from Jury Trials in Serious Criminal Cases”, Irish Criminal Law Journal (2009) 19(1) I.C.L.J. 9
- “Negligently Inflicted Psychological Harm and the ‘Sudden Shock’ Requirement – A Comparative Analysis”, Electronic Journal of Comparative Law (2009) 13(3)
- “Equality of Arms” between the Suspect Interrogated in Garda Custody and the Gardai? – Encroachments on the Right to Silence, the Proposed Safeguards for the Suspect and the Consequent Implications for Garda Accountability?", Judicial Studies Institute Journal  10(1) JSIJ
- “Reliance on Legal Advice to Remain Silent: Enough to Disallow Adverse Inference Provisions? Recent English Court of Appeal Approach”, (2011) 56 First Law Criminal Law Online Service
- “The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination from Early Origins to Judges’ Rules: Challenging the Orthodox View”, The International Journal of Evidence & Proof (2014) 18(2) JSIJ.
- Public Sector
- Not-For-Profit and Charities
- Financial Services
- Food, Beverage and Agribusiness
- Investing in Ireland
- Healthcare, Pharma and Life Science
- Construction and Engineering
- Hospitality and Leisure
- Real Estate
- Retail and Manufacturing
- Technology, Media and Telecom
- Transport, Energy and Natural Resources