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DLA Piper hires partners from William Fry and Dillon Eustace

04 Sep 2019 / corporate law Print

DLA Piper hires from Dillon Eustace and William Fry

Four new partners have been appointed at DLA Piper’s Dublin office. The appointees will join teams in the key practice areas of finance and projects, intellectual property and technology, tax, and real estate.

The new partners will be joined by three legal directors, as part of the firm’s ongoing expansion in Ireland.

Kate Curneen will join DLA Piper’s finance and projects practice from Dillon Eustace, where she has been a partner since 2016.

Kate specialises in real estate, leveraged, structured and asset finance. She has been involved in a number of significant bank deleveraging transactions and also regularly advises on regulatory matters in the credit and lending sphere.

Technology and IP

John Magee joins DLA Piper's IP practice from William Fry, where he has been a partner since 2016, specialising in technology, data privacy, data breach and cybersecurity.

John has extensive experience advising clients in both commercial and technology law, including licensing, outsourcing, e-commerce, data protection and privacy, cybersecurity, cloud computing and intellectual property. 

Sean Murray specialises in tax and also joins the firm from Dillon Eustace, where he has been a partner since 2008.

Sean advises on financial services tax matters, including investment management, structured finance, real estate, banking, capital markets, and private equity.


Graham Quinn joins to establish DLA Piper’s real estate practice in Ireland from William Fry, where he has been a partner since 2016. He advises on all aspects of commercial property law, including acquisitions and disposals, commercial leasing, and real estate finance. 

In addition, DLA Piper has hired three new legal directors: IP lawyer Treena Dunlea-Peatross (from Bird & Bird, London), corporate lawyer Caroline Kearns (from Norton Rose Fulbright, London), and finance and projects lawyer Liam Mills (from William Fry). 

These latest hires bring DLA Piper's Dublin office to 11 partners.

Country managing partner for DLA Piper David Carthy (pictured) says: "Multinationals and Irish companies doing business internationally demand a truly global law firm in Ireland, and one with a truly global mind-set.


“Clients are enthusiastic about our innovative approach to legal services. This has helped us differentiate ourselves from existing Irish law firms, which in turn, has helped us win new client relationships, attract talent and build a full-service team, with more strategic hires planned in the coming months."

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