New partner and of counsel at Dentons

New partner and of counsel at Dentons

Ciara FitzGerald

Global law firm Dentons has announced a double appointment to its Dublin office, with Ciara FitzGerald joining as a disputes partner and Lesley Caplin joining as of counsel.

Ms FitzGerald is the ninth partner appointed to the office this year, joining Colm OhUiginn, David McGuinness, Michael McDonald, Ciaran O’Boyle, Karyn Harty, Siobhan Carlin, Matthew Cahill and Niamh Keogh.

Joining the firm from McCann FitzGerald, she brings a broad range of expertise in complex commercial disputes and administrative law. She has significant experience in fraud and asset recovery and multi-jurisdictional disputes, as well as property litigation and banking disputes and regulation.

Ms Caplin also joins from McCann FitzGerald. She is a commercial litigator and an expert media defence practitioner with many years’ experience of managing civil jury actions where she has been involved in some seminal cases, and advisory work for media clients.

Paul Jarvis, UK, Ireland and Middle East CEO at Dentons, said: “Ciara is a mainstay of the Commercial Court and Lesley has advised on some of Ireland’s most complex commercial disputes.

“Their arrival adds to the bench strength of senior talent that we now have in Dublin and is in line with our new five-year strategy to be the premium international law firm in Dublin.”

Eavan Saunders, Ireland managing partner, said: “Ciara and Lesley’s recruitment accelerates the development of our disputes practice, joining up with standout senior practitioners Karyn Harty and Gareth Steen.

“We now offer clients a premium disputes practice centred on complex mandates often with a cross-border element, focussing on Commercial Court disputes, regulatory and investigations, fraud, high-end insolvency. restructuring and media defence.

“I’m immensely proud that in just over two years we have established one of the top corporate teams in Dublin while becoming one of the go-to firms for international disputes.”

Louisa Caswell, UK head of disputes, added: “Ciara and Lesley will undoubtedly build on the stellar work of our A-list contentious team in Dublin.

“They will also be excellent additions to the firm’s global disputes team as we cement our position as the go-to firm for complex domestic and cross-border disputes for Dentons’ growing corporate client base.”

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