Saoirse O'Reilly practices commercial litigation and arbitration with a focus on resolving complex high-value disputes for multinational corporations and high net worth individuals, often with a cross-border dimension. She has particular experience advising on contentious contractual disputes and disputes with a fraud or investigatory angle.
Saoirse's recent experience includes acting as lead associate advising a German hotel operator in four connected LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration) arbitrations in disputes against a prominent international hotel franchisor. The disputes related to the termination of a series of franchise agreements and involved questions of implied terms, repudiatory breach of contract, contractual interpretation, suppression and maximization of revenues, revenue generation methods and metrics, and waiver and estoppel.
Saoirse is currently acting for a private offshore bank in relation to claims valued at over £400m threatened by a liquidator of English companies, arising from an alleged international scam based on missing trader intercompany fraud, raising issues of liability for fraud, dishonest assistance, fraudulent trading, and breach of fiduciary duties. Saoirse is also acting for American Industrial Partners in connection with disputes relating to the acquisition of an aluminium smelter in France.
Saoirse has also acted for the liquidators of the BHS Group of Companies on their high-profile investigation into one of the largest retail collapses in the United Kingdom and Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation in claims connected to the dissemination of information, fraud, and harassment.
In 2020, Saoirse spent time seconded to Boeing Defence UK working with the litigation team advising on a range of contractual disputes and general commercial matters.
- BPP Law School, London (Legal Practice Course with distinction 2016); Trinity College Dublin (LL.B. with first class honours 2014); University of Sydney (International exchange in law with first class honours 2013)
- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales