Tom Hayes



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Tom Hayes is "a leading name in the area".

Chambers Europe


Tom Hayes is a partner and head of the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department at Matheson. He is also head of the firm’s Healthcare Law Group.

Tom has extensive experience as a professional disciplinary lawyer, for many years leading a team of solicitors in the investigation and prosecution of cases on behalf of a large healthcare regulatory body in the UK. Areas covered have included poor clinical performance, misconduct and large scale fraud. He now regularly defends medical and dental practitioners before their regulatory bodies where issues concerning their performance and conduct arise.

He is an accomplished advocate and has presented numerous applications concerning the interim suspension of practitioners where public protection and the reputation of the profession has been in issue. He has also represented and defended clients on a number of unrelated specialist list applications where complex issues regarding training and entry requirements to the healthcare profession and its specialities have been considered in the context of European legislation.

He has worked extensively with clients on managing high volume case loads and tailoring legal services to meet their particular needs and requirements. Over the years he has developed strategies to ensure cases are dealt with efficiently and cost effectively with an emphasis on minimising legal spend.

During his career he has developed a detailed understanding of the healthcare sector and now uses that experience in his role as Chair of the Clinical Governance Committee of the Royal Donnybrook Hospital. Tom has lectured extensively on healthcare related topics concerning risk management and governance generally. He has also been involved in the training of Professional Conduct Committee members and expert witnesses with an emphasis on raising standards in professional regulation.

His speaking topics have included:

  • the role of the Human Rights Act and Natural Justice where regulatory bodies are concerned
  • the role of the expert in disciplinary proceedings
  • reducing medication errors
  • risk management and nurse led discharge
  • learning lessons from untoward incidents in the healthcare sector
  • professional accountability, delegation and supervision in healthcare
  • what could possibly go wrong?  Legal risks of clinical practice
  • litigation tactics and the growth of mediation

Tom is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) and The Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL).


Recognised for Healthcare Law
Best Lawyers Ireland 2018 edition

Tom Hayes is named a leading lawyer.
European Legal 500 2017

"Tom Hayes' work is always of a high standard".
Chambers Europe 2017

It’s very clear that the firm, and particularly Tom go out of their way to help out, outside of legal work, giving time to workshops, training and conferences. They’re very much on the pulse of things.
Chambers Europe 2016

Tom Hayes has a "strategic way of thinking and tactical approach to cases. He is three steps ahead and the clarity of his advice is exceptional". 
Chambers Europe 2016

Tom Hayes is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2016

Tom Hayes is recommended. 
European Legal 500 2016

Tom Hayes has a leading reputation as a healthcare litigator.
Chambers Europe 2015

Tom Hayes is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2015

Tom Hayes heads the healthcare group and is "a leading name in the area".
Chambers Europe 2014

Tom Hayes is "enthusiastic and proactive".
European Legal 500 2014 

Tom Hayes "is clear and thorough, and takes on board what we have to say. We always come out of meetings satisfied we have dealt with the case and will get the right result".
Chambers Europe 2013

Tom Hayes is recommended.
European Legal 500 2013


Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales (non-practising)
VIC and NSW Australia (non-practising)
Member of Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
BA (Hons) Law and Politics

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