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Aoife Skehan

Senior Associate Solicitor

T: +353 61 445546
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Aoife Skehan is a Senior Associate Solicitor in our litigation department and joined the firm in 2008 having completed her training and worked with a large Dublin-based practice.

Aoife practises in the non-jury area with particular emphasis on professional negligence defence litigation, acting in financial lines claims involving architects, engineers, solicitors, insurance brokers and contractors. She has considerable experience in construction disputes, environmental risk disputes, assessing liability and quantum, and advising insurers on coverage and indemnity matters, particularly for regulated professions such as solicitors, surveyors and accountants.

She is experienced in commercial disputes, defence of personal injury actions in the Circuit and Superior Courts, alternative dispute resolution (including mediation and arbitration) and in representing clients before the Commercial Court. Aoife acts for a number of international and domestic insurance companies, loss adjusters, financial institutions, statutory bodies, large corporates and private clients.

  • Member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association (PNLA)
  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Member of the British Irish Commercial Bar Association
  • Member of the Irish Environmental Law Association
  • Member of the Construction Bar Association of Ireland
  • National University of Ireland Galway, B.Corp.Law, LLB
  • University College Cork, LLM
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales
  • Admitted to the Law Society of Ireland
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
Holmes O'Malley Sexton's insurance practice, which is based in the firm's Limerick office, is led by Robert Kennedy. The firm has substantial experience of defending clients against insurance claims, having acted for a number of prominent insurers. Other key contacts include Donal Creaton, Michael Murphy, Anna Owens and Pat McInerney.
Insurance – Legal 500 EMEA 2020
Insurance litigation, defamation and environmental disputes are key areas of strength at Holmes O'Malley Sexton, which is also increasingly active in contentious construction matters. The team, which is based across the firm's offices in Dublin and Limerick, also regularly handles litigation in the public sector, including judicial review proceedings and regulatory matters for healthcare and education entities. Managing partner Harry Fehily is active in a range of commercial disputes and also strong for mediation. Other key contacts include new partners Michael Murphy, who specialises in financial services and insurance litigation, with additional expertise in data protection matters, and Pat McInerney, who regularly acts for public sector bodies.
Dispute Resolution – Legal 500 EMEA 2020
Harry Fehily is Holmes O’Malley Sexton’s managing partner has noted experience of professional negligence claims and insurance defence, where he represents both insurers and professional bodies. He regularly acts on financial lines claims.
Dispute Resolution, Chambers Global 2018
“Harry Fehily is Holmes O’Malley Sexton’s managing partner and has noted experience of professional negligence claims and insurance defence, where he represents both insurers and professional bodies. He regularly acts on financial lines claims.”
Dispute Resolution, Chambers Europe 2018
Harry Fehily is the managing partner of Holmes O’Malley Sexton. He boasts particular experience handling disputes related to professional negligence claims, often within the construction sector. He wins praise from market commentators for his strength in this field and is noted as “a practical lawyer” with “a very good mind.”
Insurance Dispute Resolution, Chambers Europe 2018
At Holmes O'Malley Sexton, Limerick-based head of practice Robert Kennedy focuses on defending personal injury claims with a particular emphasis on catastrophic injury cases. The team is also active in the PI space.
Insurance, 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
Winner of Munster Law Firm of the Year 2012, 2014 and 2015
Irish Law Awards

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