Rebecca Ryan



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Rebecca Ryan is a partner in the Healthcare Group in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department at Matheson. She has over 18 years' litigation experience in Ireland and the UK in professional negligence, clinical malpractice, product liability, diseases litigation and personal injury.

Rebecca is a leading healthcare lawyer and predominantly advises clinical practitioners and their indemnity bodies on the defence of high value and complex medical malpractice claims in the superior courts.  Rebecca also appears before the Medical Council regarding regulatory proceedings, at Inquests, and other tribunals of inquiry held by bodies such as the Health Service Executive and the Health Information and Quality Authority. Rebecca  also provides general healthcare advice to healthcare professionals and the healthcare sector generally. Rebecca is an accomplished advocate with a keen interest in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. She advised on one of the first clinical negligence mediations to take place in Ireland.

Prior to joining Matheson, Rebecca qualified as a solicitor with UK law firm Russell Jones and Walker, practising in all areas of personal injury and disease litigation to include asbestos related claims, repetitive strain injury, vibration white finger and dermatitis. Rebecca lectures to the industry and the Law Society of Ireland on healthcare related topics and is a regular contributor to leading healthcare journals.

Rebecca is a member of the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland.

Experience Highlights
  • defending a medical practitioner in recent High Court proceedings involving the administration of chemotherapy treatment to a child patient resulting in brain damage, which settled for a seven figure sum
  • acting for medical practitioners in the defence of obstetric cases resulting in birth defects and cerebral palsy
  • advising and mediating a complex fatal injuries claim involving novel claims for loss of chance, loss of inheritance and loss of earnings by the plaintiff and the statutory dependents
  • advising healthcare organisations on issues such as retention of medical records, requests and access to records under the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Acts, clinical performance, ethical issues, risk management and setting up healthcare facilities in this jurisdiction
  • advising and representing medical practitioners during The Commission of Investigation in to Leas Cross Nursing Home
  • advising a medical practitioner regarding a HIQA Inquiry in to Radiological Services provided in a Mid West Region Hospital
  • advising a medical practitioner in relation to a HSE Inquiry in to the provision of mental health service provided at a nursing home
  • defending medical practitioners on multiple charges of professional misconduct before the Irish Medical Council
  • defending High Court proceedings initiated against cosmetic and therapeutic clinics
  • advising on the regulations pertaining to the dispensing of medicinal products in Ireland
  • advising and defending dental practitioners in relation to High Court proceedings
  • advising on all aspects of taxation of legal costs before the Taxing Master of the High Court

Rising Star
Euromoney Expert Guide 2016

Rebecca Ryan is recommended.
European Legal 500 2017

Sources state that Rebecca Ryan "is hugely proactive and really effective in an urgent timeframe" and "deals with healthcare professionals exceptionally, putting people at ease". 
Chambers Europe 2016

Rising Star
Euromoney Expert Guide 2015

Rebecca Ryan is "excellent – she’s always positive and available, and incredibly quick to respond to any query."
Chambers Europe 2015

Rebecca Ryan is a talented adviser on medical professional discipline matters.
Chambers Europe 2014

Rebecca is ranked as "up and coming".
Chambers Global 2013


Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales (non-practising)
Sheffield Hallam University (LLB Hons)

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