Law firm to open first overseas office

Law firm Browne Jacobson is set to open its first overseas office in Dublin this month.

The office will initially focus on developing a market leading integrated end to end TMT practice focusing on Digital Transformation, Data and IP.

Two of the four founding partners Jeanne Kelly and Ciaran Markey will be permanently based in the Dublin office with head of the firm’s commercial and technology group Declan Cushley and London head of technology and outsourcing Anthony Nagle dividing their attention between London and Dublin.

The firm has also appointed senior associate Darragh Killeen with two further associates joining in the summer.

The firm, which has offices in Birmingham, Exeter, London, Manchester and Nottingham, has also appointed Mike Rebeiro as the firm’s TMT and Digital Transformation Consultant.

Rebeiro was until recently head of TMT at Macfarlanes and before that spent his career at Norton Rose where he was head of their global TMT group. He will be working closely with Anthony Nagle as the firm roll outs and embeds its digital transformation ambitions across all its target market groups.

Browne Jacobson’s commercial and technology group has extensive experience advising both public and private sector clients on large scale, business critical IT projects, international patent litigation cases and complex, multi-jurisdictional data protection and privacy issues.

The team has also built a reputation for its innovative approach to delivering legal services to tech start-ups following the launch of its Grow’ programme back in 2017 which is tailored specifically for high-growth companies at any stage of the startup journey.

The firm currently works with over 100 high-growth businesses across a broad range of sectors.

Richard Medd, managing partner at Browne Jacobson, said : “Legal services are becoming more international, and many of our clients who are doing business in and through Ireland expect seamless cross-border services.

“We are committed to establishing a strong presence in Ireland and the opening of an office in Dublin with leading Irish based experts is therefore an exciting and logical next step for the firm.

“Having an office in the heart of the city presents us with an important strategic opportunity to better connect with our domestic and international clients and offer the level of service and expertise, particularly regarding IP, technology and privacy, that they have come to expect.”