Rory Fitzgerald is a solicitor with over ten years' experience practising in the UK and Ireland. He also has substantial international media experience. The combination of these skills led him to develop additional expertise in legal communications. You can find out more about his work here:
Rory's primary professional work as a solicitor has seen him advise global companies, government departments and individuals. He has worked as a lawyer in Dublin, London, Brussels and Melbourne. He has broad litigation, regulatory, commercial and in-house expertise. He has worked on many high profile cases and major transactions. He was recently the solicitor for the successful appellant in the 2017 UK Supreme Court case, R v Platt. He currently works as Deputy General Counsel with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Rory trained as a solicitor in Dublin and Brussels with leading Irish law firm, McCann FitzGerald. This excellent training saw him gain experience in complex international transactions and litigation. He also gained experience in banking and financial services and was seconded to the Irish Department of Justice to draft complex financial services legislation.
Rory reluctantly declined an offer to practise with McCann FitzGerald after qualification in order to explore opportunities internationally. This led him to work in the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law in the University of Melbourne, Australia. This work later led to an offer to work with the United Nations, prosecuting war crimes. However, commitments in Ireland saw him develop his career as a civil and criminal litigator there. Amongst other notable cases, he successfully overturned the wrongful murder conviction of a vulnerable defendant. He also acted for major insurers and banks in complex commercial matters.
While working as a solicitor, Rory simultaneously developed his interest in journalism. His journalistic work soon appeared in major international publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Irish Times and Newsday. His work was referenced by the BBC, CNN and many other media outlets. He primarily covered legal, economic and political affairs.
This combination of strong legal and media experience saw him join the leading law firm Matheson in 2013 in a unique capacity, as both a lawyer and communications expert. Here he was closely involved in very significant international legal, media and policy issues. He also worked on a major financial services research project with the Economist Intelligence Unit in London.
He moved to the UK in 2015 to advance his wife’s medical career. Rory began working as a criminal prosecutor and civil litigator in England. He worked on a number of complex and high profile cases. He also gained valuable in-house experience, advising on a wide range of regulatory issues. He continues to make media contributions and to advise on both the legal and public relations aspects of cases.
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