Carina Lawlor



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Carina Lawlor is "thorough, efficient, knowledgeable, and really motivated in her work".

Chambers Global & Europe


Carina Lawlor is a Partner in Matheson’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department and is Head of the Regulatory and Investigations Group.

Having trained with a London City firm, Carina has an international perspective. She has particular experience and specialist knowledge in administrative and public law, investigations and inquiries compliance, white–collar and business crime, banking and financial services disputes, and anti-corruption / bribery legislation. She also advises on crisis management and reputational issues. Her clients include regulators, international companies and a number of the world’s leading financial institutions.

Carina regularly advises on regulatory inquiries, in particular under the Central Bank’s enhanced regulatory enforcement regime. She has acted in numerous judicial review and other public law proceedings and advises on all aspects of administrative decision-making, fair procedures, data protection and privacy, and document disclosure issues.

Carina regularly contributes to legal publications and is the Irish chapter contributor to the International Comparative Legal Guide to Business Crime 2018; Getting the Deal Through: Anti-Corruption Regulation Guide 2017; Practical Law Company Cross Border Dispute Resolution Handbook 2017; the Law Business Research International Investigations Review 6th Edition and 7th Edition; and the Global Investigations Review. Carina also regularly gives presentations on topics in her areas of expertise, including data protection, document disclosure and retention issues, investigations and privilege.

Experience Highlights
  1. Banking & Financial Services Regulatory Disputes – Representative experience includes: (i) acting for a number of financial institutions across the industry in administrative sanctions investigations and skilled persons reports by the Central Bank under its enhanced regulatory enforcement regime; (ii) acting on a landmark appeal to the Irish Financial Services Appeal Tribunal regarding a decision of the Central Bank to refuse approval of a high value acquisition; and (iii) advising on complaints before the Financial Services Ombudsman.
  2. Banking & Financial Services Litigation – Representative cases include: (i) acting for a financial institution in defending numerous misselling complaints before the Financial Services Ombudsman and related High Court misselling claims; (ii) acting for an international bank on high-value Commercial Court funds litigation; (iii) acting for an international bank in a wealth management misselling case before the Commercial Court; (iv) acting for one of the world’s largest banks in claims before the Commercial Court arising out of the Madoff fraud, and advising on related multi-jurisdictional litigation; and (v) acting for an international bank on one of the first Commercial Court cases arising out of the sub-prime lending crisis.
  3. Business Crime and Anti-Corruption – Carina advises national and international clients on business crime and anti-corruption reporting and compliance, including the drafting of anti-corruption policies and contract terms, internal investigations, reporting obligations, and cooperation with law enforcement agencies. Representative experience includes: (i) advising financial institutions and international clients on reporting obligations to the Irish police under Section 19 of the Criminal Justice Act 2011; and (ii) advising on the investigatory powers of regulators in the context of a multi-jurisdiction investigation.
  4. Disclosure of Documents – Carina provides ongoing advice to various clients on all aspects of disclosure, including discovery, privilege, freedom of information requests, data subject access requests, mutual legal assistance requests, statutory requests from regulators and law enforcement, court orders and search warrants regarding the taking of evidence. Representative experience includes: (i) acting for a major financial institution in defending a Supreme Court appeal by the Offshore Assets Group of the Revenue Commissioners in connection with its efforts to give extraterritorial effect to an Irish disclosure order; (ii) advising on a production order issued by the Criminal Assets Bureau; (iii) advising a number of major international financial institutions on non-party discovery orders; and (iv) advising on compliance with search and seizure and production orders issued by law enforcement agencies.
  5. Professional Regulatory and Representative Bodies – Carina provides ongoing advice to the professional body Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) and their regulatory arm, the Chartered Accountant’s Regulatory Board (CARB), in relation to oversight of regulatory and disciplinary procedures and various legislative and administrative law matters, including defending judicial review proceedings.
  6. Other Investigations and Inquires – Carina advises clients in relation to internal and external inquiries and appearances before parliamentary committees. Representative experience includes: (i) acting for an international construction company in connection with High Court and Supreme Court injunction and judicial review applications concerning a statutory investigation by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and currently defending follow-on ‘class-action’ plenary proceedings, which has to date involved a motion to contest jurisdiction and one of the first expedited appeals to the Court of Appeal; (ii) advising National Irish Bank on various aspects of the investigation by High Court Inspectors appointed under the Companies Acts and related disclosure issues arising out of investigations by the Director of Corporate Enforcement; and (iii) advising the Houses of the Oireachtas on the parliamentary inquiry into the conduct of Judge Brian Curtin.

Recognised for Criminal Defense and Regulatory Practice
Best Lawyers Ireland 2018 edition

Business Crime Defence Expert
Who's Who Legal 2017

Clients describe Carina Lawlor as "very thorough and efficient".
Chambers Global & Europe 2017

Carina Lawlor is described as an "anti-corruption expert".
Chambers Global 2016

Carina Lawlor "did some incredibly helpful advisory work for us".
Chambers Global 2016

Carina Lawlor is "calm under pressure".
European Legal 500 2015

Carina Lawlor is recommended.
European Legal 500 2015

Carina Lawlor is "thorough, efficient, knowledgeable, and really motivated in her work".
Chambers Global & Europe 2015

Carina Lawlor is described by clients as "one to look out for, a rising star". She is praised as "very quick to come back to you, very personable with clients and great on strategy".
Chambers Global & Europe 2014

Carina Lawlor is recognised as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers and is recommended for Criminal Defence and Regulatory Practice in the Best Lawyers International 2015 Directory.


College of Law, London (Legal Practice Course)
University of Oxford, Pembroke Colleges (BCL)
Trinity College Dublin (LLB)

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