Claire McLoughlin



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Claire is a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department in Matheson and co-head of the firm's Regulatory and Investigations group.

Since joining the Regulatory and Investigations Group in 2010, Claire has advised a wide variety of clients on contentious matters, with a particular focus on the areas of financial services disputes, contractual disputes and corporate offences. Claire has also been involved in a number of judicial review proceedings, acting both for and against statutory bodies.

Claire is highly experienced in advising clients on all aspects of High Court, Commercial Court and Supreme Court litigation. The majority of Claire’s cases consist of High Court and Commercial Court litigation matters. In this regard, Claire has developed experience in case management, disclosure and discovery requirements including privilege and confidentiality issues, the instruction of experts and preliminary issues / modular trials procedure. From a practical perspective, Claire has particular expertise in co-ordinating and managing large scale discovery exercises.

Arising from this litigation Claire has also gained experience in advising on related regulatory enquiries, Irish and EU financial services law and multi-jurisdictional litigation.

Claire also has experience in providing advice to financial institutions on various compliance issues, in particular conducting internal investigations and complying with regulatory and reporting obligations arising out of fraud-related criminal offences. Claire recently successfully defended a leading international asset management company before the High Court in respect of a mis-selling claim.

Claire was the chairperson for Society of Young Solicitors Ireland from 2012 to 2013. She is a member of the International Young Lawyers Network of the American Bar Association. And Claire is a tutor of Civil Litigation on the Law Society Professional Practice Course I.

Experience Highlights
  • Banking & Financial Services Litigation (Commercial & High Court) Representative experience includes: (i) member of the team acting for one of the world’s largest banks in defending multi-million dollar claims made in multiple fund and related investor Commercial Court proceedings arising out of the Madoff US fraud, and advising on related regulatory enquiries and multi-jurisdictional litigation; (ii) recently advised a financial institution in defending High Court proceedings in relation to allegations of “mis-selling” by customers; and (iii) acting for an international bank on high-value Commercial Court funds litigation.
  • Banking & Financial Services Regulatory Disputes – Advising clients in dealing with financial services regulatory authorities, including (i) acting for a proposed acquirer in its successful appeal before the Irish Financial Services Appeals Tribunal of the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) opposition to its proposed acquisition and (ii) advising on complaints before the Financial Services Ombudsman.
  • Ongoing advice to financial institutions on various compliance issues, in particular conducting internal investigations, and complying with regulatory and reporting obligations.
  • Large scale litigation - Member of the team advising a large multinational corporation in relation to an action taken by 491 ex-employees.
  • Disclosure of Documents – Claire provides ongoing advice to various clients on all aspects of disclosure, including discovery. Representative experience includes advising a leading multinational technology company on discovery issues as part of its defence of trade mark infringement proceedings in the Commercial Court.

Diploma in French Legal Studies, University of Poitiers, France (2004)
National University of Ireland, Galway, Bachelor of Corporate Law International (2005)
National University of Ireland, Galway, LLB (2006)
Diploma in Finance Law, Law Society of Ireland (2009)
Admitted as a Solicitor, Ireland (February 2010)

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