Public Administrative Law

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Public Administrative Law2019-01-14T14:32:12+00:00

Tailored experienced advice to public bodies on all aspects of public administrative law

We have developed considerable experience in dealing with issues relating to public administrative law. We act for a number of public and regulatory bodies advising on their statutory functions and remit as well as acting for private clients advising on both contentious and non-contentious issues.

Increased transparency in recent years in the decision making process of government, state bodies, tribunals and regulatory bodies has led to an increase in private organisations and individuals challenging those decisions. We have considerable experience in dealing with public administrative law processes as well as advising on judicial review and other proceedings.


  • Functions, powers and obligations of state and regulatory bodies
  • Fair procedures
  • Drafting legislation
  • Application of primary and secondary legislation
  • Challenging decisions made by the State and public bodies
  • Standards in public office
  • Judicial review
  • Litigation and statutory compensation schemes
  • Confidentiality requirements and conflicts of interest
  • Freedom of information

Contact one of our Public Administrative Law team

Donal Creaton


T: +353 61 445573

Harry Fehily

Managing Partner

T: +353 61 445512

Caitlín Love

Assistant Solicitor

T: +353 61 445584

Pat McInerney


T: +353 1 6344631

Tríona Walsh

Associate Solicitor

T: +353 61 445567
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
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
Holmes O’Malley Sexton’s ‘very strong team of litigators’ includes Harry Fehily, whose 2016 caseload included trade mark litigation and various judicial reviews. Practice head Robert Kennedy and Donal Creaton focus on defending insurance claims.
Dispute Resolution, Legal 500 EMEA 2017
Finalist - Public Sector Team of the Year 2014, 2015 and 2016
Irish Law Awards
Holmes O’Malley Sexton has a vibrant public sector client base which includes The University of Limerick, the Tralee Institute of Technology, Shannon Foynes Port Company, and Limerick City Council. Managing partner Harry Fehily ‘takes a very proactive approach’. Donal Creaton also… key contact...
Public Sector, Legal 500 EMEA 2014
Limerick’s Holmes O’Malley Sexton provides ‘client-driven solutions’; ‘service comes first and fees are a secondary concern’. The firm has a broad dispute resolution practice led by Harry Fehily. Clients include the University of Limerick.
Dispute Resolution, Legal 500 EMEA 2014
“Holmes O'Malley Sexton has a strong record of advising public sector clients in commercial property matters. Associate Sandra Egan is a key contact.”
Real Estate, Legal 500 EMEA 2015
“At Holmes O'Malley Sexton, Donal Creaton advises the HSE on childcare law. The firm also has a strong record of advising clients in the university sector.”
Public Sector, Legal 500 EMEA 2015
“Holmes O’Malley Sexton advises local authorities and individuals on real estate sales. It advised Shannon Airport Authority on the real estate aspects of a business sale. Harry Fehily is the key contact.”
Real Estate, Legal 500 EMEA 2016
“Holmes O’Malley Sexton’s clients include state and semi-state bodies. The Irish Greyhound Board is a key client, as are various universities.”
Public Sector, Legal 500 EMEA 2016

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