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Health and Social Care

Ireland’s healthcare sector is facing significant challenges, yet its future is exciting, encompassing extensive public and private sector involvement in the provision of health and social services.  

As one of Ireland’s dedicated specialist healthcare teams, we have been at the forefront of the development of Healthcare Law, including child protection, health and social care law and mental health law in Ireland for the last 30 years. 

We pride ourselves on being a responsive, premier team who have a strong reputation in the market for providing immediate and practical advice, and who are passionate about achieving results for our clients.

Ranked as a top tier firm for Healthcare Law by Legal 500, we have the extensive knowledge and experience required to advise on a range of issues including regulatory compliance, risk management, consent, confidentiality, data protection, dealing with vulnerable patients, information law, medical law, clinical governance and medical defense litigation. 

We also have niche expertise advising on public administrative law, mental health and disability law, and have led a number of landmark cases which have shaped the development of Healthcare law in Ireland. 

When required, we draw on the expertise of our colleagues in other key practice areas including commercial transactions, employment law, pharmaceutical law and life sciences to provide and support a coordinated, multidisciplinary “end to end” service for healthcare providers and consumers.

Our clients include public and private hospitals, nursing homes, residential care facilities, primary care centres, regulatory and professional representative bodies, service providers, pharmacies, sports clinics and we are one of the leading advisers to the HSE. 

Our Services 

Emergency advice
Mental health law and capacity
Medical law
Reputation management
Inquiries and investigations
Confidentiality and information governance
Inquests
Healthcare regulation 
Child care law  

KEY CONTACT
Sinéad Kearney skearney@byrnewallace.com +353 1 691 5406 +353 1 691 5010
THE TEAM      
Olive Doyle odoyle@byrnewallace.com +353 1 691 5665 +353 1 691 5010
Ciara Farrell cfarrell@byrnewallace.com +353 1 691 5410 +353 1 691 5010
Diego Gallagher dgallagher@byrnewallace.com +353 1 691 5629 +353 1 691 5010
Patrick McClean pmcclean@byrnewallace.com +353 1 691 5390 +353 1 691 5010
Eoghan Wallace ewallace@byrnewallace.com +353 1 691 5669 +353 1 691 5010
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