Law firm of the year: Republic of Ireland
Mason Hayes & Curran
2017-18 saw a strong growth spurt from Mason Hayes & Curran, with a series of lateral hires on top of its organic promotions, underlining the confidence of the Dublin stalwart. With offices in London, New York and San Francisco, Mason Hayes & Curran has successfully captured a slew of corporate tech work from household-name brands, while a succession of cross-border deals for global corporations have cemented the firm’s transactional reputation. There are workplace initiatives aplenty, particularly around flexible working, currently in pilot stage but due for roll-out in 2019. Its strong client delivery model underpinned the management of the complex sale of a substantial residential loan portfolio for Permanent TSB. The judges commented: ‘It seems like they are getting a lot right. There are good stories to tell across the piece, including diversity and in the innovation space - where they gave concrete examples.’
Highly commended: A&L Goodbody
One of the best-known Irish firms in Europe, A&L Goodbody continued to go from strength to strength in 2017-18. It consistently tops the tables for M&A, advised on 60 per cent of the top commercial property deals in 2018 and acted on 70 per cent of all financial loan portfolio transactions. The firm established a gender diversity committee in 2018 to focus on the gender split of partners.
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