Our litigation department are adept at evaluating and monitoring risk on an ongoing basis. We develop strategies that focus on promptly achieving the commercial objectives of our clients. We deliver such objectives efficiently, cost effectively and in a swift manner utilising ADR / mediation and other means of resolving high value complex disputes.


Our experienced dispute resolution team have significant experience in resolving all types of disputes and have particular expertise dealing with the following:

• Arbitration

• Aviation Disputes

• Complex Commercial Disputes litigation

• Construction litigation

• Cyber Security / Incident litigation

• Defamation/ Media Law/ Reputation Management / Privacy

• Environmental / Waste related Disputes

• Financial Services Disputes

• Insurance Coverage / Declinature actions / Policy Interpretation

• Impact upon landing claims (Airlines)

• Judicial Review and Administrative Law

• Landlord and Tenant Disputes

• Multi-Jurisdictional Disputes

• Public Procurement Disputes

• Professional Negligence

• Regulatory Investigations and Prosecutions / Corporate Crime Defence

• Shareholder Disputes

• Tax Litigation / Defending Tax Prosecutions


Some examples of our experience include:

  • Advised an aggrieved tenderer in a challenge against the HSE involving a €40 million contract.
  • Resolved a number of hard fought, highly contentious, multi-million shareholder disputes, including a high value shareholder dispute for a company valued at €60 million.
  • Defended a number of high profile prosecutions of breaches of tax / company law and environmental / waste law.
  • Advised in relation to and successfully resolved a highly contentious partnership dispute.
  • Obtained the release from a €3 million personal guarantee connected to a major regional building developer.
  • Persuaded the High Court to affix one third contributory negligence to the client of a solicitor in a high value professional negligence matter.
  • Successfully challenged an Insurer’s refusal to provide indemnity cover for a €1 million claim.
  • Represented an Irish leasing company in High Court proceedings in relation to the filing of non-consensual international interests on the International Registry.
  • Represented an Irish technical service provider in a complex contractual dispute with a European airline.
  • Advised a number of international lessors in respect of a number of high value multi-jurisdictional disputes.
  • Brought the first application in Ireland under section 14 of the Defamation Act 2009 and successfully challenged certain meanings claimed by the Plaintiff.
  • Advised the publisher in the Supreme Court case of McDonagh v Sunday Newspapers Limited in which the court delivered a judgment on the correct and appropriate test for assessing damages in defamation cases.
  • Advised the publisher in the landmark privacy case of Hickey v Sunday Newspapers Limited.
  • Advised journalists in the high profile case of Cornec v Morrice in successfully maintaining the protection of journalistic sources where testimony is sought by a request for foreign judicial assistance. This case confirmed the special status of journalistic privilege in Ireland.
  • Two thirds of all non-fiction books for sale in Ireland are legally reviewed prior to publication by Partner, Kieran Kelly.
  • The Firm acts for the publishers of the largest and most successful media publishers in the country including: The Sunday Independent, Irish Independent, Irish Daily Star, The Sunday World, Hot Press magazine, Iconic Newspaper Group, Virgin Media TV and book publishers such as Penguin Ireland, Gill Books, Hachette Ireland, Merrion Press and Atlantic Books.
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‘David Curran is a master tactician and has an unparalleled technical understanding of insurance policy wording and is the right person for the work that we have. Claire O’Hagan is an excellent solicitor and her attention to detail is vital given the complexities of the cases that we are involved in.’

Legal 500 EMEA 2024

‘Eoin Cunneen is very service minded and effective person, able to handle complex matters in a practical manner.’

Legal 500 EMEA 2024

'The Team at FOD provide a personal and focused service to their clients. They are attuned to the needs of the clients as they ensure they develop a strong knowledge of the client’s own business and circumstances, which allows them to provide practical and timely advice to their clients on all matters pertaining to the legal issues that are affecting them. This personal, timely and focused service, serves their clients well in the fast-moving corporate world we live in today.’

Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“David Curran is one of the leading practitioners in this space according to peers who emphasise his comprehensive understanding of the market coupled with his excellent evaluation, judgement and perseverance.”

Who’s Who Legal 2022

‘Pragmatic approach to problem solving. Appropriate billing. Went to great lengths to understand our business and nothing was 'too much trouble’.'

Legal 500 EMEA

Eoin's negotiation skills and ability to deal with state bodies is unparalleled in terms of its efficiency and he has vast experience of dealing with such matters. That experience, coupled with excellent knowledge of the law, is something that can be seen throughout the FOD firm. There is superb attention to detail and a proper, personal service that never forgets the client’s needs as the critical and vital consideration at all times.’

Legal 500 EMEA 2022

'Eoin Cunneen is a top litigator with a sharp strategic sense and an efficient collaborative spirit which makes him a great asset in matters involving several jurisdictions.’

Legal 500 EMEA 2022

‘Stand out performers that I know are Eoin Cunneen of FOD. He provides an excellent and high-quality service to his clients, which is solution-focused at all times. That focus on solutions to problems, the ability to move frommanaging any critical or difficult situation to getting to a position of resolving the matter is critical for clients. Eoin is also an excellent manager of legal issues, especially in relation to corporate litigation, regulatory matters, including criminal investigations and prosecutions.

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