Data Protection and Cyber Risk

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Data Protection and Cyber Risk2019-08-07T11:47:31+01:00

With the right protection, data can be a valuable asset to your business.

Our data protection and cyber risk solicitors deal with all aspects of data protection law to include advising on the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the effects of same on clients, both in the public and private sectors. We advise and assist clients on mitigating commercial risk by implementing the necessary structural frameworks in line with the GDPR from the outset, in order that their businesses are compliant with their ongoing obligations from 25 May 2018.

Working with boards of public and private companies and public sector bodies our specialist solicitors advise on combating the risks associated with cyber-crime, and other potential data breaches, and mitigating loss in the event of a data breach. Together with our financial lines solicitors we work closely with our clients’ cyber security insurers so as to ensure our clients’ businesses are fully protected. We deal with data breach litigation and have advised clients upon contractual indemnity issues, valuation of claims and related insurance requirements.


  • Providing business and sector specific advice on the legislative requirements of the GDPR;
  • Tailoring data protection policies and notices in line with the GDPR;
  • Advising on obligations in relation to data protection audits and data protection impact assessments;
  • Advising on the requirements and effects of cross-border data transfers;
  • Direct marketing issues under data protection law;
  • Advising on various data subject requests including data access requests, data erasure requests, data rectification requests and freedom of information requests;
  • Advising on the risks associated with cyber-crime and other potential data breaches and mitigating loss in the event of a data breach;
  • Advising on cyber-security insurance policies and potential coverage issues;
  • Advising on the adequacy of director and officer insurance policies.

Contact one of our Data Protection and Cyber Risk team

Harry Fehily

Managing Partner

T: +353 61 445512
E: [email protected]

George Kennedy


T: +353 61 445516
E: [email protected]

Caitlín Love


T: +353 61 445584
E: [email protected]

Pat McInerney


T: +353 61 445556
E: [email protected]

Michael Murphy


T: +353 61 445551
E: [email protected]

Rachael O’Toole


T: +353 1 6768928
E: [email protected]


Please contact us and one of our experienced solicitors will be in touch shortly.

Harry Fehily maintains a solid reputation in the dispute resolution market. He advises on wide-ranging topics including insurance claims, commercial disputes over the early termination of contracts and the defence of regulatory enforcement actions. Clients appreciate his availability and insight, one of them stating: “He is a person in whom we have great trust.” “He is an effective and measured litigator who is very experienced,” say market commentators.
Dispute Resolution – Chambers Global 2020
Up and Coming: One source explains that Michael Murphy is “very much a specialist in professional indemnity,” adding that he is “very much up to speed with the emerging risks and concerns for clients, and understands the legalities around those.”He frequently handles cases involving the construction industry.
Insurance: Dispute Resolution – Chambers Europe 2020
The team enters the rankings following market plaudits for its insurance defence practice. Particularly noted for its expertise in professional indemnity and negligence cases, frequently pertaining to the construction, accounting and legal sectors. Also experienced in personal injury claims, often relating to road traffic accidents. Strengths Interviewees say: “They are good at analysing the issues, negotiating and acting in court.”
Insurance: Dispute Resolution – Chambers Europe 2020
‘They have the scale required so that the team do not disappear just when you need them to work on another client. Sandra Egan has been very thorough in chasing down at times difficult issues and counterparts. George Kennedy has always been available to talk about stuff when required and help on broader commercial advice. I also see a firm, especially managing partner Harry Fehily, committed to supporting pro bono work and not-for-profit organisations and the broader Limerick environment.’
Legal 500 EMEA 2020
Holmes O'Malley Sexton has particular expertise in the education sector, where the team represents a number of universities, but also acts for a range of state and semi-state bodies and statutory corporations. The practice has advised on judicial review proceedings, disputes in the public sector, complaints and investigations, and public procurement issues. Based in the firm's Limerick and Dublin offices, managing partner Harry Fehily has extensive experience of judicial reviews and regulatory investigations, while Pat McInerney regularly acts for public bodies in litigation, including professional negligence, defamation, breach of contract and property-related cases.
Public Sector – Legal 500 EMEA 2020
Holmes O'Malley Sexton regularly acts for Limerick public sector entities such as Limerick University and also has expertise in the regulatory sphere. Practice head Harry Fehily is acting for the Irish Greyhound Board in respect of the first successful prosecution under section 20 of the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011.
Public Sector, Legal 500 EMEA 2018
Holmes O'Malley Sexton is well known in the insurance defence sector, where practice head Robert Kennedy and Harry Fehily provide ‘an excellent turnaround service’. Fehily was also active in a number of defamation claims. Donal Creaton has ‘excellent knowledge of the courts process’. All named partners are based in Limerick.
Dispute Resolution, Legal 500 EMEA 2018
Winner of Best Employer: Talent Development and Workplace Wellness Award 2017
Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards
Holmes O’Malley Sexton’s Limerick office acts for local public bodies such as the University of Limerick and also provides regulatory advice to the Private Security Authority. Practice head Harry Fehily delivers advice in an ‘efficient and perceptive way’.
Public Sector, Legal 500 EMEA 2017
Next Generation Lawyer: George Kennedy
Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Legal 500 EMEA 2017
Holmes O’Malley Sexton shows the ability to ‘simplify rather than complicate legal issues’. Recent work includes a number of multimillion-euro M&A deals, as well as advising NVMdurance on a series A funding round. The ‘very solution-driven’ George Kennedy heads the practice from Dublin, with some colleagues being based in Limerick.
Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Legal 500 EMEA 2017

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