Press release

4 Oct 2021 Dublin, IE

EY Ireland launches new law practice – EY Law Ireland

DUBLIN, 04 October 2021: EY Ireland today announces the launch of EY Law Ireland, an integrated legal offering that represents a unique proposition for the Irish market.

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  • EY launches new legal offering specialising in Digital, Tech and Commercial, Corporate M&A, Employment and Real Estate in the Irish market
  • New practice is differentiated by its multidisciplinary offering, global scale and depth of local industry expertise
  • EY becomes Ireland’s only global and multidisciplinary professional services firm to offer a law firm as part of its client offering

Dublin, 04 October 2021: EY Ireland today announces the launch of EY Law Ireland, an integrated legal offering that represents a unique proposition for the Irish market. The new practice is headed up by Alan Murphy who brings 30 years’ experience to the role, and offers EY clients access to an even broader end-to-end service.  EY Law Ireland will offer multidisciplinary expertise from multiple jurisdictions across the EY network which is made up of over 150 countries worldwide.

EY Law is a service which is already available to clients in 92 countries in the EY global network and will expand on and seamlessly integrate with the firm’s already expansive service offering of Tax, Strategy and Transactions, Assurance (Audit) and Consulting. By launching EY Law Ireland, EY becomes Ireland’s only global and multidisciplinary professional services firm to offer a law firm as an integral part of its client offering.

EY Law Ireland will initially specialise in Digital, Tech and Commercial, Corporate M&A, Employment and Real Estate, with EY having recently recruited three experienced Associate Partners with over 50 years’ collective experience – Mairead Finlay (Real Estate), Deirdre Malone (Employment) and Adam Synnott (Corporate M&A). Further expert equity partner, Associate Partner and additional senior talent will join EY Law Ireland in early 2022 to form what will be a market leading Digital, Tech and Commercial Law team, with a number of senior hires due to start in the next month, further building out the practice’s diverse and sector-experienced team.

Alan Murphy joins EY from Eversheds Sutherland Ireland where he most recently held the position of Managing Partner, served as Chair of the firm’s European offices and was a member of its Global Board. Alan is also ranked as an Eminent Practitioner in Chambers Europe and has been a been a recommended individual since 2006.

Commenting on Alan’s appointment, Frank O’Keeffe, Managing Partner, EY Ireland said:

“Introducing EY Law Ireland to the market is a natural next step for us as a firm. Not only do we have incredibly successful EY Law operations elsewhere in our global network, but this new proposition aligns closely with our exciting new strategy that is all about serving our clients seamlessly where they need us most. With Irish organisations facing an increasingly complex legal and regulatory environment, we want to be at the forefront when it comes to helping our clients to navigate their existing and emerging business issues.”

“We are excited to bring what we believe is a truly differentiated service offering to the Irish market and no one is better placed to lead our new offering than Alan. His extensive leadership experience both globally and locally will be key to our success as we build out our EY Law practice in Ireland over the coming months and years ahead.”

Alan Murphy, Head of Law, EY Ireland added:

“I am thrilled to have joined EY and to be leading the build out of EY Law Ireland. I strongly believe it represents a unique proposition for the Irish market. It is differentiated by its multi-disciplinary offering, its global scale and its depth of local industry expertise. This really is unlike anything else available in the Irish market. EY law Ireland will seamlessly connect the right people in the right places with technology-driven workflows and senior legal advisory services, integrating our new legal offering into our entire business proposition for clients.”

“As we build out the practice, my initial focus will be on working closely with clients and my counterparts from other markets across the EY network, while also actively recruiting more senior roles with relevant sectoral experience to build out an exceptional team of legal professionals who can meet the needs of our clients, now and into the future.”

EY Law Ireland is a fully regulated legal practice within the EY Ireland firm and is registered with the Law Society of Ireland.

EY employs 3,400 people on the island of Ireland, with offices in Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Galway, Limerick and Belfast. The firm recently announced its intention to create over 800 jobs across the island of Ireland before the end of its current financial year (30 June 2022). EY is actively recruiting candidates to fill a variety of roles across its core areas of tax, audit, corporate finance and consulting, as well as in new growth areas including law, business transformation, cyber risk and preparedness, organisational and workforce design, global tax planning, sustainability, strategy, digital and emerging technology and data analytics among other areas. 

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For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Olive Stephens

Director of Communications, EY

Mob: +353 87 7601642

Email: olive.stephens@ie.ey.com

Pia Phelan

Senior Communications Manager, EY

Mob: + 353 87 932 7702

Email: pia.phelan@ie.ey.com

Notes to editors
  • EY Law is made up of over 3,500 legal professionals globally and operates across 92 countries.
  • EY currently employs 3,400 people on the island of Ireland, with offices in Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Galway, Limerick and Belfast.
  • EY’s headcount will be over 4,200 across the island by the end of the firm’s current financial year (30 June 2022).
  • EY Law Ireland is a fully regulated legal practice within the EY Ireland firm and is registered with the Law Society of Ireland.
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