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Michael Murphy


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Michael Murphy is a Partner in our litigation department and joined the firm in 2009.

He practises in the non-jury area with particular emphasis on professional indemnity, having experience in negligence cases involving architects, engineers, solicitors and insurance brokers, as well as claims against directors and officers. He has considerable experience of assessing liability and quantum issues, including the ‘no transaction’ principle. He advises insurers on coverage matters, particularly for regulated professions, advising on the solicitors’ Minimum Terms and Conditions, surveyors’ RICS Minimum Terms and accountants’ CARB Minimum Approved Policy Wording. He specialises in delivering efficient and, where necessary, innovative solutions, particularly in relation to challenging financial lines claims.

Dealing with personal injuries litigation in relation to both public liability and employers’ liability claims, Michael has significant expertise in advising clients on complex liability and quantum issues in such cases. He also frequently resolves cases without the input of counsel where appropriate. In both the non-jury and personal injury spheres he has particular experience in dealing with litigation against construction companies and health service providers.

Michael has experience with commercial disputes, personal injury actions in the Circuit and Superior Courts, alternative dispute resolution (including mediation and arbitration) and cases before the Commercial Court. He has dealt with Judicial Review cases and injunctions. He has also dealt with cyber claims, including the misappropriation of significant sums of money from professionals by cyber criminals, and has achieved excellent results, such as the recovery of a substantial amount which was frozen in the bank of another Member State. Michael also advises on the GDPR, including compliance strategies, risk minimisation and litigation arising from data breaches.

Michael acts for international and domestic insurance companies, loss adjusters, financial institutions, statutory bodies, construction companies, SME’s, large corporates and private clients.

  • Member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association (PNLA)
  • Delivers tutorials to PPC1 students on Civil Litigation, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place
  • Leading industry speaker at national and international conferences upon a diverse array of topics including professional negligence, commercial litigation, insurance, data protection and cyber security risks.
  • University College Cork, BCL
  • University College Cork, LLM(A)
  • Admitted to the Law Society of Ireland
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
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'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

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