Lawyer

 

Rory is enrolled as a solicitor in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

 

He currently practises in both Ireland and England where he has acted in several high-profile cases, including, most recently, the 2017 UK Supreme Court case of R (Isle of Wight Council) v Platt

 

He specialises in civil and criminal litigation, but has broad commercial, regulatory and in-house experience.

 

Skills

  

Maltin PR   General Counsel & Consultant (2018 to date)

 

As General Counsel with this leading London legal public relations firm, I provide day to day legal and commercial advice to internal clients.

As a Consultant with the firm, I provide PR advice and draft technical legal material for clients on a variety of legal topics. 

 

 

Legal Consultant   UK and Ireland   

Solicitor & Consultant   2018 to date

 

As a Legal Consultant and Solicitor, I hold a number of positions. 

 

As the founding Partner of LawBriefs Ireland, I am establishing Ireland’s first online Irish law firm. in collaboration with  Lawbite, which has developed the necessary apps, systems and software. 

I am assisting a leading Turkish energy law firm, Kilinc Law & Consulting, to develop its London and EU presence

 

I have worked as an advisor to clients with operations in the US, China, Brazil and the Netherlands. This work involves managing litigation and advising on international commercial and partnership agreements.

Isle of Wight Council   Isle of Wight, England  (2016 to August 2018)

 

As a solicitor with the Isle of Wight Council, I prosecute criminal cases and conduct civil litigation. Prosecutions typically involve breaches of consumer, health and safety, trading standards, planning or food safety laws. I also manage complex cases involving fraud, counterfeiting and copyright infringement. I also provide in-house advice on a wide range of legal compliance and regulatory issues.

 

As well as running cases in the High Court and Crown Court, my role involves advocacy in the Magistrates’ Court. I am in regular liaison with the police, the CPS, elected representatives, social services and national government departments. 

 

In 2017, I acted in the high-profile UK Supreme Court case, the Isle of Wight Council v Platt.

 

I was awarded the council’s “inspirational employee” award in 2016.

 

Matheson   Dublin and London (2013 - 2015)

 

As the Communications Manager in this leading law firm, I held a unique Professional Support Lawyer role. Matheson has a strong international focus, with offices in Dublin, New York, London and Silicon Valley. Much of my work was therefore internationally focused.

I worked closely with the Economist Intelligence Unit in London, on a major report on legal and policy issues relevant to European investment funds domiciles. I drafted articles and analysis of the latest legal developments on a wide range of topics. I dealt with a number of very high profile international legal and policy issues.

 

Legal Consultant   Ireland  (2009 - 2013)

 

As a legal consultant, I worked primarily on cases involving the fallout from the financial crisis in Ireland, advising both commercial lenders and borrowers. 

 

GJ Moloney Solicitors   Cork, Ireland (2007 - 2009)

 

As an associate solicitor in this Cork city firm, I handled a significant volume litigation. I advised leading Irish and international banks and insurance companies on a broad range of commercial issues and acted for them in litigation. 

 

PJ O’Driscoll Solicitors   Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland (2004 - 2007)

 

Here I managed a large and varied caseload. This involved commercial and property issues, defamation, medical negligence and employment disputes. I also ran a wide variety of criminal defence cases, including the successful appeal of a wrongful murder conviction.

 

 

Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law   University of Melbourne, Australia (2004)

 

As a legal researcher attached to the University of Melbourne, I wrote academic reports on international military and humanitarian law. These related to Australia’s involvement in the Solomon Islands and Iraq. As a result of this work, I was in 2008 offered a position as Legal Officer with the United Nations.

 

 

McCann FitzGerald Solicitors   Dublin & Brussels (2000 - 2003)

 

During my training with this leading Irish law firm, I worked in the firm’s litigation, banking and finance and competition law departments. In the litigation department, I worked with teams specialising in media law and commercial litigation. 

 

I was seconded to the Irish Department of Justice and was closely involved in drafting complex financial services legislation. I worked in the firm’s Brussels office  gaining experience in competition law and telecoms regulation. Upon qualification as a solicitor in 2003, I was offered a permanent position in the firm’s banking department, but chose to travel and pursue opportunities internationally.

 

 

Rory's 
legal CV
in brief

Civil litigation

Criminal law

Regulatory law

Public law

In-house advisory

Legal drafting

Legal communications

Education

 

·      Enrolled as a solicitor in England and Wales; the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

 

·     Honours degree in Law and European Studies from the University of Limerick. This course combined a law degree with the study of politics, international relations and German.

 

·     Studied German and EU law at the Bayernische Universität Wurzburg, Germany.

 

·    Studied Professional Legal Practise Courses at the Law Society of Ireland, Dublin.

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