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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
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
Finalist - Litigation Case of the Year 2014, 2015 and 2016
Irish Law Awards
Finalist - Banking, Finance and Insolvency Team of the Year 2014 and 2015
Irish Law Awards
Finalist - Alternative Dispute Resolution Team of the Year 2015
Irish Law Awards
Winner of Munster Law Firm of the Year 2012, 2014 and 2015
Irish Law Awards

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