Saoirse O'Reilly's practice concentrates on international commercial litigation and arbitration. She has been recognized as a "key lawyer" in these fields by The Legal 500, which describes her as "a rising star," "a first-class senior associate," and "incredibly hard working and precise."
Saoirse advises international corporations, private equity firms, and ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) on high-stakes contractual disputes involving warranties, guarantees, and contractual negotiations and terminations.
Recent representative matters include, successfully advising an international hotel group in a series of arbitrations against a prominent hotel franchisor arising from a €300 million hotel portfolio divestment; defending a claim against an offshore bank in excess of £415 million, relating to an alleged carousel fraud; advising a U.S.-based private equity firm in a battle over Europe's largest aluminium smelter; and acting for the owner of a football club in a multimillion pound claim arising from the aborted sale of the club.
Saoirse routinely acts for clients in the aerospace sector and has spent time seconded to the litigation team at Boeing, where she worked on a range of contractual disputes and commercial matters. She is currently acting for an aviation company in a dispute regarding a performance guarantee valued at more than £50 million.
Saoirse works closely with the Firm's business restructuring & reorganization team, advising on contentious matters, such as the high-profile investigation into the retail collapse of the BHS Group.
The Legal 500 identifies Saoirse as "a great lawyer," "a pleasure to work with," and "completely hands on and anticipates the best points and how to deconstruct them."
- 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
Recognized in The Legal 500 as a "key lawyer" in Dispute Resolution for "Commercial Litigation: Premium" and for "International Arbitration"