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Pat McInerney


T: +353 61 445556
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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
‘An outstanding practice of long standing. The practice does not interact with clients as solely customers of a solution, process or transaction but as partners with whom the firm participates in mutual long-term benefit and pride. Harry Fehily is totally committed to the best interest of his client. Pat McInerney is a generalist of no limit because his good sense knows no boundaries. Sandra Egan makes complex aggressive transactions in acquisition and business transfer look simple. Caitriona Leahy is always well ahead of the client’s responses and delivery is her strong focus.’
Real Estate – Legal 500 EMEA 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
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

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