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Expertise

Michael Byrne is a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. He has extensive experience of dealing with commercial disputes including, in particular, in the areas of Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) and Public Law.

In the area of technology litigation, Michael acts for a range of international companies within the TMT sector. This includes contractual disputes and terminations, as well as advising Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on requests for take-downs of online material on the basis of alleged defamation, breach of privacy or other alleged breaches. He also frequently advises on contentious data-related court applications, including Norwich Pharmacal orders, and on the enforcement of foreign court orders requiring the disclosure of data. In addition, Michael advises companies within the TMT sector in connection with their dealings with regulators and assists them in statutory appeals, as well as defending against regulatory actions and enforcements. He is recommended by the European Legal 500 in the areas of both Dispute Resolution and Media and Entertainment.

In the area of Public Law, Michael acts for State and semi-state bodies in connection with regulatory and administrative law disputes. This includes advising State and semi-state bodies on compliance with their own governing statues, regulations, bye-laws and industry codes, together with dealing with enforcement actions. He regularly advises in relation to judicial review proceedings and “case stated” applications to the High Court for the purposes of clarifying the application of relevant laws. He is listed by the European Legal 500 as a “Leading Individual” for Ireland in the area of Public Law.

Separately, Michael has a wider consumer law and products advisory practice, covering the advertising and labelling of products as well as product recalls and product liability litigation. 

Michael is a leading member of the firm’s Germany Group, which focusses on clients based in Germany and the wider DACH region. He is an active member of the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce and the European Chamber of Ireland.

Michael serves as Honorary Treasurer of the Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland (CLAI).

 

Experience Highlights 
  • Advises a major multinational technology company in relation to contractual and licensing disputes with business partners throughout the EMEA region.
  • Advises a major multinational technology company in relation to dealing with “Norwich Pharmacal” orders and take-down requests received.
  • Advises an international social media company in relation to claims relating to alleged defamatory content.
  • Advises an international telecommunications company in relation to regulatory and contractual disputes.
  • Advises a State regulatory body in relation to all aspects of its operations.
  • Advises a national professional regulatory body in relation to disciplinary procedures and hearings.
  • Advising a State body with respect to compliance with fair procedures in its administrative processes
  • Representing a State body in connection with the judicial review of its procedures.
  • Represented an international pharmaceutical company in connection with the successful defence of product liability claims relating to benzodiazepenes.
  • Represented an international telecommunications company in the successful defence of a multi-million euro breach of contract claim.
Accolades

Michael Byrne is "strong".
The Legal 500 2021 

Michael Byrne is recommended.
European Legal 500 2020

Michael Byrne is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2020

Michael Byrne is "calm, measured and reassuring".
Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Chambers Global 2020

Named a Litigation Future Leader by Who’s Who Legal 2019

Named as a Benchmark Litigation Star for Ireland in the 2020 edition of Benchmark Litigation.

Michael Byrne is recommended.
European Legal 500 2019

Michael Byrne is a "very good litigator”.
Chambers Global & Europe 2018

Michael Byrne is recommended.
European Legal 500 2017

Michael Byrne has "a complete command of the legal issues".
European Legal 500 2017

Michael Byrne is described by interviewees as a "very shrewd and astute litigator".
Chambers Global & Europe 2017

Education 

Qualified as a solicitor of Supreme Court of England and Wales (non-practising)

Qualified as a solicitor in Ireland

University of Regensburg, Germany (LLM)

Trinity College Dublin (Bachelor in Law and German)