Julie Murphy-O'Connor



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Julie Murphy-O'Connor is "very personable and incisive, and a formidable litigator".

Chambers Global & Europe


Julie is a partner in Matheson’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department and Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency Law Group.

Julie has over 15 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial litigation, corporate restructuring and insolvency law matters. She advises companies, shareholders, directors, financial institutions, NAMA, creditor groups, liquidators, receivers and examiners.

Her practice includes large scale Commercial Court disputes for leading companies and financial institutions. Julie is a strong advocate of alternative dispute resolution, which provides the means to resolve disputes in a cost-effective, time-efficient, confidential and creative manner.

The Irish Minister for Agriculture recently appointed her as a non-executive director of Coillte, the Irish state forestry company. She is a Council member of the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners and currently chairs its Educational Committee.

Julie is a regular contributor to Irish and international publications, including Bankers Law Journal and International Corporate Rescue. She lectures on insolvency law and directors duties at the Law Society of Ireland and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences. She is co-author of the Law Society's Insolvency Manual and the CLAI Practitioners' Guide to the Commercial Court in Ireland.

Experience Highlights

Julie has advised:

  • financial institutions in connection with commercial court cases, mediations and settlements involving both defaulting borrowers and guarantee claims as well as negligence claims, including judgments against investors in the old Bank of Ireland headquarters
  • the receiver in defending proceedings arising out of the high-profile receivership and restructuring of the Crosbie Group
  • financial institutions in relation to restructuring options and consensual work outs for trading corporate borrowers, including debt for equity swaps and other consensual debt restructurings using formal insolvency processes
  • financial institutions in relation to complex tax schemes in the hotel and nursing home industries involving the enforcement of security against investors, promoters, operators, including Clarion Hotel, Sligo and Radisson Hotel Limerick, Milford Nursing Home, Enniscrone Nursing Home
  • financial institutions in relation to many personal and company receiverships including the Brennan Hotel Group and Cordil Construction
  • financial institutions, companies, directors and shareholders in relation to examinerships, including defending a shareholder petition to appoint an examiner to Brogans Bakery Limited
  • directors and shareholders of companies on corporate governance and compliance issues and on matters relating to the Director of Corporate Enforcement, restriction proceedings, Section 205 proceedings and shareholder disputes and advising in relation to personal insolvency and voluntary schemes of arrangement and advising financial institutions in relation to the issue of shadow directorships
  • in connection with section 201 restructurings/schemes of arrangement, including International Marketing Services Group plc, the takeover by HRE of Depfa, and the merger of IAWS Group plc and Hiestand to create Aryzta

Julie Murphy O'Connor is named a Highly Regarded Individual.
IFLR1000 2018

“Excellent technical knowledge with consummate client relationship.”
IFLR1000 2018

Julie Murphy-O'Connor is recommended.
European Legal 500 2017

Julie Murphy-O'Connor has "in-depth knowledge".
European Legal 500 2017

Julie Murphy-O'Connor provides "excellent service and is highly competent in terms of insolvency and litigation advice".
IFLR1000 2017

Julie Murphy-O'Connor is named a leading lawyer.
IFLR1000 2017

Sources say Julie Murphy-O’Connor "is extremely efficient and responsive, and really commits to the project at all hours. She makes things easy, finds resolutions and has a great ability to engage.
Chambers Europe 2016

Julie Murphy-O’Connor is named a leading lawyer.
IFLR1000 2016

Insolvency and Restructuring expert
2015 Women in Business Law

Julie Murphy-O’Connor is recommended.
European Legal 500 2015

According to clients, Julie Murphy-O'Connor’s "key characteristics are how she always looks at a commercial outcome to a problem to ensure that our position can't be weakened, and the speed of her response to our enquiries".
Chambers Global & Europe 2015

Julie Murphy-O'Connor is named a leading lawyer.
IFLR1000 2015

Insolvency and Restructuring expert
Who's Who Legal 100 2014

Insolvency and Restructuring expert
2014 Women in Business Law

Julie Murphy-O’Connor is "outstanding".
European Legal 500 2014

According to clients, Julie Murphy-O'Connor is "very personable and incisive, and a formidable litigator".
Chambers Global & Europe 2014

Julie Murphy-O'Connor is well liked. One client remarked: "Of the new crop of insolvency lawyers, I would say Julie is one of the smartest".
IFLR1000 2014

Julie Murphy-O'Connor is a firm favourite with clients, who say: "She always comes back with a quick reply and is client-focused, driven and very commercial".
Chambers Global 2013

Julie Murphy-O'Connor, is described as "technically highly proficient yet pragmatic and commercial, which is unusual and a very valuable combination of talents".
IFLR1000 2013

Julie Murphy-O’Connor is "decisive".
European Legal 500 2013

Julie is also recognised as a leading lawyer in IFLR1000.


Qualified as a solicitor in Ireland
Academy of Private International Law, the Netherlands
Leiden University, the Netherlands (Erasmus)
Trinity College Dublin (LLB)

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