Pictured above are (L-R): Partner, Deirdre Crowley; Partner and Cork Office Lead, Gráinne Callanan; and Managing Partner, Michael Jackson
Matheson has announced that data privacy and employment law specialist Deirdre Crowley has joined the firm’s Cork office as partner. As part of the appointment, Deirdre’s existing team has also joined Matheson, bringing the total number of Matheson Cork-based employees to 13. These appointments, combined with future growth ambitions in the region, will see Matheson move to a new larger office location in early 2020.
The appointment of Deirdre and her team comes one year on from the opening of the Matheson Cork office. Matheson was the first of the largest Irish law firms to establish an office in the Munster region in addition to its Dublin office. These developments are in response to the increasing demand for legal services from the firm’s multinational and domestic clients located in Munster, in particular across the ICT, life sciences, med-tech, financial services and cyber security industries.
This appointment will further enhance Matheson’s market-leading practice in data privacy and employment law, specifically across the technology, energy, retail, construction, healthcare, manufacturing and recruitment sectors. Matheson clients in Cork and the wider Munster region will have direct access to Deirdre’s experience in these areas, as well as the firm’s established expertise in Dublin. The strength of Matheson’s presence in Cork is also a key pillar of the firm’s talent acquisition strategy. This has been a significant driver in attracting experienced business lawyers who are already based in the Munster region or looking to settle in Cork from other locations.
As part of the announcement, Matheson has confirmed that it will relocate from City Gate, Mahon to a larger city centre location in early 2020. This move is to facilitate ongoing and future growth of the firm in the region.
Commenting on the expansion and continued growth of the firm in Cork, Michael Jackson, Managing Partner at Matheson stated; “We are delighted to welcome Deirdre and her colleagues to Matheson. Her experience and expertise in areas aligned to our own business and client needs are a significant addition to our service offering in Cork. Host to many of the world’s leading multinationals and internationally focused Irish companies, Cork and the Munster region are known as a location to do business. Cork is set to become the fastest-growing city in the State over the next 20 years, and with provision for growth included under the Government of Ireland 2040 plan combined with ongoing private sector investment, we see significant potential in the region.”
“We established our Cork office last year, and the appointment of Deirdre and her colleagues coupled with the planned move to a new location in the city centre, is not only a significant milestone, but also a signal of the success of our strategy to date. Gráinne Callanan and the Matheson Cork team have been instrumental in driving this strategy, fostering growth and strengthening our existing ties with the business community in the region”.
Gráinne Callanan, partner and Cork Office Lead, commented; “It has been a very busy first year for our Cork office, engaging with existing and new clients, and establishing our full time presence in the region. We are delighted to welcome Deirdre and her colleagues to the team and are excited by the expertise and experience they add to the Matheson offering. Looking to the future, we are enthusiastic about the move to our new offices and the opportunities this will bring.”