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Pat McInerney


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Pat McInerney is a Partner in our corporate and commercial and litigation departments.

Pat specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution, public administrative law, regulation and defamation.

Pat practises in the commercial litigation non-jury area. He specialises in dispute resolution, including defamation, inter-company and employment disputes and complex litigation. He has significant experience with commercial disputes, injunctions, specific performance actions and property disputes in acting for public sector, financial institutions, corporate and individual clients in both the Circuit and Superior Courts. He is a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution, having successfully handled a variety of mediations and arbitrations. Pat also brings his experience to bear in dealing with professional indemnity issues, acting in negligence cases involving architects, engineers, solicitors and insurance brokers.

He has particular expertise in the public administrative and regulatory law spheres, having acted for public sector clients for many years. He advises on all aspects of regulatory law and compliance, public administrative law, statutory interpretation, corporate governance defamation litigation, ethics, freedom of information and data protection issues. Pat advises on fair procedures and due process and has represented State and semi-State clients in both initiating and defending judicial review actions. He has gained particular experience in the drafting of statutory instruments on behalf of public sector clients and frequently advises in respect of such matters. He has represented such clients in various statutory fora in conducting investigations, prosecutions and appeal hearings.

Pat also frequently advises public bodies on procurement issues. He regularly advises state bodies on tendering processes, including tendering options available, Expressions of Interest (EOI) and Request For Tender (RFT) documentation, framework agreements and contract documentation, as well as the implementation of proper procedures throughout the tendering process.

Due to his previous lecturing experience in the University of Limerick and National University of Ireland, Galway, Pat works closely with these, and other third level institutions, in forging greater links between the firm and academia and is involved in a number of joint projects which seek to develop and enhance the commonalities which already exist.

Pat acts for State, semi-State and statutory bodies, institutional clients, international and domestic insurance companies, financial institutions, corporate and private clients

  • Pat has lectured for a number of years for the Schools of Law in the University of Limerick and NUI Galway
  • Member, New York State Bar
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Society of Legal Scholars
  • Member, Irish Society of Comparative Law
  • External Examiner/Moderator, Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • University of Limerick  LL.B
  • University of Limerick  LL.M
  • PhD (in progress), University College Cork
  • Admitted as an Attorney and Counselor at Law, New York
  • 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
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
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 - Public Sector Team of the Year 2014, 2015 and 2016
Irish Law Awards
Winner of Munster Law Firm of the Year 2012, 2014 and 2015
Irish Law Awards

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