Michael Finn



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Michael is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department at Matheson.

Michael’s practice focuses on complex domestic and international disputes, including commercial disputes, contentious intellectual property matters, product liability, procurement challenges, regulatory disputes and prosecutions and judicial review proceedings to challenge regulatory and administrative decisions.  Michael’s clients encompass a wide range of sectors, including technology, life sciences, food and drink, retail, entertainment and others.

Michael has over 16 years' experience across the entire spectrum of Alternative Dispute Resolution of commercial disputes, from initial claim risk assessments and devising settlement strategies through to mediation, conciliation and arbitration.

Michael also co-leads the Life Sciences Group.  He advises clients in relation to the regulation of medicinal products and medical devices in Ireland, and has built up a strong expertise in navigating clients through interactions with regulators and payors. He also advises on the regulatory aspects of acquisitions and divestitures and spin-offs of companies and assets.

Experience Highlights
  • Acting for a leading multinational technology company in the defence of trade mark infringement proceedings in the Commercial Court.
  • Acting for a leading entertainment company in the defence of copyright infringement proceedings.
  • Advising Aviva in relation to a subrogation claim against the ESB arising from flooding in Cork City in November 2009, which is under appeal to the Court of Appeal.
  • Representing clients in relation to High Court and Commercial Court proceedings, including leading procurement law and healthcare law cases.
  • Acting for multinational life sciences and medical device companies in a wide range of contentious issues, including the defence of product liability claims, reimbursement challenges, regulatory investigations and commercial disputes.
  • Advising a leading global medical devices manufacturer on regulatory issues and potential legal action following the withdrawal of ISO certificates by a notified body.
  • Advised multinational pharmaceutical companies on submissions to the legislature and stakeholders in relation to draft legislation.
  • Advising clients on reimbursement applications and price reviews of products supplied under the state-sponsored community drugs schemes.
  • Acting for medical practitioners in the defence of medical malpractice claims, including obstetrics claims resulting in birth defects and cerebral palsy; orthopaedic claims; cardiology claims and others.
  • Representing medical practitioners at inquiries conducted by regulatory bodies and the Health Service Executive.

Michael Finn is "pragmatic and knowledgeable".
European Legal 500 2018

"Versatility across multiple areas of the law, his knowledge of the industry and his ability to communicate in the same language as his clients."
Chambers Europe 2018

Michael Finn is recommended.
European Legal 500 2017

Clients say "He knows the relevant legislation inside out as well as knowing the non-legal industry landscape very well," adding "He is a very approachable and down-to-earth lawyer."
Chambers Europe 2017

Michael Finn is recommended.
European Legal 500 2016


University College Dublin and Universität Hannover, Germany BCL (European Legal Studies)

Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland (Hilary Term, 2007)

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