Coonan Cawley

Our Services

Our firm of Legal and Tax professionals provides legal advice of the highest calibre. At Coonan Cawley Solictors we consider quality of advice to be of paramount importance.

Conveyance / Real Estate

Our Conveyance / Real Estate team is made up of highly experienced individuals, some of whom have been practising in the field for more than 20 years. We advise our clients in all aspects of commercial and residential property.

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House Purchase

We advise our clients in relation to all the legal formalities associating with buying your new property. We assist in all formalities such as legal costs, stamp duty and registration fees. Whether you are purchasing a new-build home or second hand property, we can assist in all areas.

House Sale

We assist in all aspects of legal formalities associated with selling your property. We suggest that you seek our advice before a buyer is found in order to allow us to receive early instructions and anticipate the requirements of the Purchaser’s Solicitors. We ensure to make the process as smooth as possible and will co-operate and liaise with the Auctioneer or Estate Agent appointed to help ease the stress associated with moving house by anticipating the difficulties in advance, where there is time to solve the problem and help avoid last minute panic.

Commercial Property

Our Conveyance / Real Estate team have extensive experience advising a range of clients in the acquisition, management and disposal of property interests, whether for direct use or investments purposes. Our expertise spans all sectors, with particular emphasis on office, retail and industrial. Clients include individuals and syndicates, private and public corporates, ICAVs, institutional investors and asset managers, state and semi-state bodies active in the acquisition and disposal of single and portfolio assets.

Landlord and Tenant

Acting for both landlords and tenants alike, our Conveyance / Real Estate team advises on all aspects of commercial property leasing and in all sectors of the market. We have extensive experience advising in the acquisition, disposal and variation of leasehold interests together with management of the ongoing landlord and tenant relationship (rent reviews, consent applications, service charges and dilapidations disputes). Our Conveyance / Real Estate team routinely advise on complex high-value leasing transactions.

Residential Development

We continue to act for a number of established property developers in addition to new and emerging developers of residential property. We provide advice from the site assembly through to completed unit sales. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sector, our dedicated Conveyance / Real Estate team understands and meets the needs of the modern property developer by providing an efficient and streamlined service.

Commercial Development

We advise our clients in respect of commercial, residential and mixed-use developments to include: site acquisitions, planning and environmental issues, construction finance, development agreements, joint venture arrangements, drafting and negotiating building contracts, professional appointments and third party collateral warranties, management company set up and agreements, drafting scheme documentation, acting in the letting and disposal of completed units and on a pre-sale or letting basis.

Sports Law

Coonan Cawley has advised some of the leading sports people in the country. Andrew Coonan, Partner has vast experience and knowledge in the area of sports law in Ireland, particularly in relation to equestrian sports due to his previous profession as an amateur jockey. It is the mix of legal knowledge and actual understanding of the sport person’s mind that sets the firm apart in terms of the service it can offer. We understand that top sports people have to concentrate on their chosen field and therefore, need people they can trust.

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The firm has extensive expertise and experience in acting for sporting clubs and organisations, both on a local and national level. We provide sold advise and strong representation to ensure that clubs and societies operate within the law while still dealing with and resolving issues.

  • Formation and structure planning
  • Club funding
  • Drafting club rules and constitution
  • Charitable tax status application
  • Disciplinary procedures and representation
  • Governance and Compliance
  • Employment Contracts
  • Licensing
  • Capital Grant Applications
  • Health & Safety Issues (including personal injuries, third party claims, civil liability and duties of coaches & staff)
  • Child protection (ethic and code of conduct)


  • Contract negotiations
  • Sponsorship agreements
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Exclusivity agreements
  • Disciplinary representation
  • Advice on Anti-doping rules (IADR)
  • IADR infraction representation
  • IADR appeals
  • WADA prohibited substances
  • Match / Race fixing representation and defense
  • Product endorsements
  • Naming rights
  • Sports injury compensation
  • Online personality protection
  • Anti-Corruption and Sports betting
  • Arbitration and Conflict resolution

Equestrian Law

Coonan Cawley have provided specialist advice in the area of equestrian law for the past 20 years. Andrew Coonan, Partner has a strong background and has represented various individuals and organisations across the country. Coonan Cawley also acts for the Irish Jockeys Association and advises on all areas of the racing and equestrian industries. It is this wealth of actual experience combined with expert knowledge of the law that has made the firm the leading provider of specialist advice in this area. Whether the issue is a technical injury to a horse or rider, vice misrepresentation, disciplinary or rules infraction, the firm not only possesses expert legal knowledge but is equipped to understand the issues and terminology and react quickly.

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Specialist areas include:

  • Livery agreements
  • Stallion syndication agreements
  • Racing syndicate agreements
  • Sponsorship agreements
  • Naming rights
  • Equine finance agreements and shareholders agreements
  • Professional negligence actions (vets, farriers etc.)
  • Stud purchases / sales / leases
  • Misrepresentation disputes
  • Disciplinary appeals
  • Insurance disputes
  • Doping appeals
  • Turf Club appeals
  • Sports mediation

Company and Business Law

At Coonan Cawley we work with Boards, Shareholders, Organisations, Senior Leadership Teams and other key stakeholders on corporate governance and compliance issues across an extensive range of client industries and sectors.

We advise in relation to business acquisitions, finance and equity fundraising and restructuring of corporate entities.

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Commercial Contracts

Our team provides practical, solutions orientated advice on a broad range of commercial contracts for various industries such as retail and leisure, technology, manufacturing and FMGS. We understand the importance of the day to day contracts which underpin your business and regardless of the size or complexity of the project, our team will be available to provide clear, practical advice, giving you the reassurance and security that our experience brings.

Commercial Litigation

Our team recognises the commercial realities for our clients and believe in taking a commercial approach to the dispute resolution. We appreciate the litigation may not always be a satisfactory option for clients and we have considerable experience in the areas of mediation and arbitration. When litigation is necessary to protect a client’s interest or advance their commercial requirements, we are pro-active and fully resource a case to achieve the best outcome. We give dedicated attention to a particular case, including ion an urgent basis, where injunctive proceedings may be necessary.

Competition Law

We advise clients on all aspects of competition law pertaining to their commercial agreements and practices, and those of their competitors. In addition, we have considerable experience in seeking Irish merger clearance from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) in relation to notifiable transactions. Engaging with the CCPC at every stage of the merger clearance, our team ensures that our clients’ interests are properly represented throughout the process.

Banking Law

We advise in all aspects of Banking Law and finance transactions. We act for many leading banks, financial institutions and corporate borrowers providing a full range of banking law services from corporate lending to restructuring and recovery. Our expertise of acting not only for arranging banks and lenders but also for borrowers in relation to a wide range of industrial and financial sectors means we are able to anticipate and address the requirements of all parties to a transaction. We recognise the need to marry technical expertise with business sense and focus on giving legal advice in a commercial context, identifying solutions and getting the deal done.

Corporate Governance

Effective and comprehensive corporate governance structures are now essential to the operation of a successful business. Our team advise senior management, board of directors and shareholders of public and private companies on their continuing obligations and in the development of effective corporate governance structures.

Charities & Not for Profit

Coonan Cawley has a long history of acting for many of Ireland’s well-established charities, as well as those more recently formed. Our team advises on all charity legislation including the Charities Act 2009, the Lobbying Act 2015, the Governance Code and the Triple Lock standard. We help our clients to achieve the highest levels of corporate governance and transparency and provide a host of legal services in this area.

Employment Law

Employment law has become a rapidly expanding and important area of law. Our team believe that it is essential, for both employers and employees, that the correct contractual and policy documents are in place, with full regard to the array of employee rights and entitlements. Our highly experienced team provides to both employers and employees with legal advice on dismissals, redundancies and other employment issues. We represent clients in cases before the Labour Court, the Labour Relations Commission, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (now the Workplace Relations Commission) and the Equality Tribunal. Our experience also includes representing clients in relation to bullying and harassment cases.

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Specialist areas include:

  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Wrongful Dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Equality Issues
  • Policy and Procedure
  • Transfer of Undertakings Regulations
  • Data Protection
  • Contracts

Personal Injury

Our team are highly experienced handling personal injury actions. We advise our clients in this area by ensuring that personal injury claimants achieve the best possible outcome that the law will permit.

If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing, our dedicated litigation team will advise and represent you through the entire process. We will take detailed instructions from you and will prepare and lodge necessary applications or court proceedings and ensure that our well rounded and excellent services is provided throughout.

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Specialist areas include:

  • Road Traffic Accidents
  • Work Place Accidents
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Fatal Claims
  • Injuries caused by dangerous or defective products
  • Spinal and Acquired brain injury claims
  • Claims arising through working in the horse industry or participation in horse-related sports
  • Abuse claims

Data Protection

We advise our clients in the area of data protection in Ireland and confer responsibilities on data controllers and processors. There are strict requirements of compliance under the Data Protection Acts for both data processors and controllers to ensure that the rules of data protection are followed in collecting, storing and processing data in a secure environment.

Our team can deal with all aspects of data protection compliance from initial queries to the full implementation of data protection policies for firms and companies. A privacy policy will apply to all personal data including employee data; third party data and customer data.

Debt Collection

Our team has extensive experience in obtaining judgment and, thereafter, taking the appropriate further steps to enforce recovery. We offer a no nonsense approach to debt recovery and primarily understand that a business could collapse waiting for the process to complete and that speed is the key. We have streamlined our procedures and systems to ensure that matters are constantly progressing.

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Specialist areas include:

  • Advising clients on debt recovery
  • Pre legal actions (Letters of Demand)
  • Obtaining Judgments
  • Enforcing Judgments
  • Sheriff’s orders
  • Judgment Mortgages
  • Orders for Sale
  • Bankruptcy / Liquidations
  • Examination of Company Directors
  • Review of Arrangements
  • Tracing
  • Attachment Orders
  • Liens
  • Retention of Goods

Family Law

We advise our clients through the legal issues and problems that may arise throughout the process and provide a strictly confidential service at Coonan Cawley. Where a marriage has broken down, it is important to regularise this situation and seek a separation at least in the short term and if at all possible it is better to avoid Court which can be expensive and drawn out. A court hearing will be heard in private and our team has the expertise to represent and take instructions from our client to achieve the best outcome possible in the breakdown of family situations.

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Specialist areas include:

  • Separation agreements
  • Judicial separation
  • Divorce
  • Guardianship
  • Custody
  • Maintenance
  • Matrimonial property
  • Protection / Barring / Safety Orders
  • Co-habitation agreements
  • Enforcement of maintenance orders outside Ireland
  • Relocation cases
  • Proper provision
  • Civil Partnerships

Medical Negligence

Coonan Cawley have experienced solicitors to consult about your medical negligence claims case. We enlist the help of experienced medical personnel to give expert and medical opinions on the circumstances of your claim. Bringing a case for medical negligence is often a difficult process, which in some situations can stop a patient from properly moving on from the harm which has been done. Strict time limits apply to medical negligence cases which means you must act quickly to avoid being statute barred. Our team encompasses the knowledge and experience to advise our clients in this area and to achieve the best outcome possible that the law permits.

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Specialist areas include:

  • Error or delay in diagnosis of illness or injury
  • Dental negligence
  • Failure to act on test results
  • Error in performance of a procedure or operation
  • Error in administering treatment or administering drugs
  • Surgical errors
  • Failure to fully communicate procedure risks
  • Inadequate follow up care
  • Cerebral Palsy Cases
  • Birth defects and birth mismanagement
  • Orthopaedic Negligence
  • Neonatal Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Laparoscopy or Keyhole Surgery
  • Obstetric or Gynaecological Injuries
  • Cancer Misdiagnosis
  • Joint / Hip / Knee Replacement
  • DePuy Hips
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery

Probate, Wills & Administration of estates

Coonan Cawley has experienced solicitors who can advise and assist in relation to the making of a Will and act in the administration of completed Wills. By applying a high level of attention to detail to the Wills and the wishes of the Testator / Testatrix, our team can administer the estate effectively.

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Specialist areas include:

  • Drafting of Wills and Codicils
  • Tax Planning (to include Capital Acquisition Tax, Capital Gains Tax,
  • Stamp Duty, Probate Tax, Discretionary Trust Tax)
  • Succession Law and Estate Planning
  • Extraction of Grants of Probate or Grants of Administration
  • Appointment of new Trustees
  • Creation of Settlement and Trusts
  • Variation of Trusts
  • Sales of Property under Probate
  • Probate Disputes
  • General advice in relation to benefits and gifts under Wills to all parties
  • Wills and capacity challenges


Our specialist team advises our clients in relation to all licensing needs to include the obtain and renew of Dance Licences, Restaurant Certs, Club Licenses and various other licences. Coonan Cawley has developed an expertise in this area over many years and we aim to make this application as smooth as possible for our clients.

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Specialist areas include:

  • Grant of new licences
  • Renewal and transfer of licences
  • Exemption Orders
  • Occasional Licences
  • New Retail Licences
  • Entertainment Licences
  • Restaurants and Hotels
  • Clubs
  • Wholesale dealers’ licences
  • Manufacturers’ licences
  • Wine retailers’ licences
  • Extinguishment of licence
  • Permitted hours of trading and endorsement licences
  • Forfeiture and suspension of licences
  • Ad interim transfers
  • Public dancing licences
  • Musing and singing licences

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Commercial Contracts

Our team provides practical, solutions orientated advice on a broad range of commercial contracts for various industries.

Charities & Not for Profit

Coonan Cawley has a long history of acting for many of Ireland’s well-established charities, as well as those more recently formed.

Conveyance (real estate)

Our team is made up of highly experienced individuals, some of whom have been practising in the field for more than 20 years.

Sports Law

Coonan Cawley has advised some of the leading sports people in the country, particularly in relation to equestrian sports.