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We currently provide full-service legal services to over thirty Irish public sector and semi-State bodies nationally. Our public sector client base spans a broad range of sectors including regulation, education, finance, tax, transport and the environment.

Several our public sector clients have been represented by Holmes since their establishment, which is testament to our commercial and experienced advice in this area.

Experts in statutory interpretation, a core part of our engagement is ensuring public sector bodies act intra vires their statutory powers when discharging their public function. This includes advising such bodies on all aspects of their day-to-day legal administrative functions as well as advising on matters of interpretation of general public law, including the Constitution of Ireland and the transposition of European Communities Law in the area. Specific examples include freedom of information law, Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations, Law Enforcement Directive, public procurement and data protection law.

Members of the team also advise on the full range of dispute resolution and investigative processes within the context of public administrative law, including judicial review, public inquiries, statutory appeals and tribunal processes.

Our Public and Administrative Law Services

Meet the Team

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The team's wide-ranging client base includes educational institutions, regulatory bodies, local authorities, and other state and semi-state bodies. Practice head(s): Harry Fehily; Pat McInerney; Donal Creaton

Donal Creaton

Public Sector | Legal 500 EMEA 2021

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The team's wide-ranging client base includes educational institutions, regulatory bodies, local authorities, and other state and semi-state bodies. Practice head(s): Harry Fehily; Pat McInerney; Donal Creaton

Harry Fehily

Public Sector | Legal 500 EMEA 2021

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The team's wide-ranging client base includes educational institutions, regulatory bodies, local authorities, and other state and semi-state bodies. Practice head(s): Harry Fehily; Pat McInerney; Donal Creaton

Pat McInerney

Public Sector | Legal 500 EMEA 2021

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‘Pat McInerney has a willingness to see the issue from our perspective rather than as a purely legal matter.’

Pat McInerney

Public Sector | Legal 500 EMEA 2021

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With a 'good knowledge of public sector activities', Holmes is particularly experienced in acting for public sector clients in judicial review proceedings, as well as regularly advising on public procurement matters.

Public Sector | Legal 500 EMEA 2021

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Good knowledge of public sector activities. Designated partner as a one-stop shop for all our needs.’

Public Sector | Legal 500 EMEA 2021

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‘The practice provide sound legal advice at the earliest stage, which helps formulate the approach to issues that arise and decide whether to negotiate a resolution at an early stage and avoid costly litigation or proceed to prosecute/defend any action.’

Public Sector | Legal 500 EMEA 2021