Legal: BLM Expand Dublin Office as Brexit Shambles Reaches Endgame

As Brexit reaches its final shambolic conclusion later this year many companies will breathe a sigh of relief. An uncertain legal landscape is always an expensive place to navigate. Whatever the eventual deal agreed, it would be wise to incoporate certain parts of any large company within the EU, so that important regulations, landmark judgements and fundamental accounting/tax procedures can be compliant.

BLM, leading insurance risk and commercial law specialist, is expanding its Dublin office with additional office space and plans to recruit an additional 10 lawyers and support staff to its team.

Acting on behalf of a number of leading insurance companies in Ireland, BLM’s Dublin office is led by partner Gavin Campbell who commented on the expansion, “It’s an exciting time for BLM following a successful year of business growth for the firm and this expansion reflects the confidence we have in our business model. With the expertise provided by 13 offices across Ireland and the UK, coupled with the local knowledge of regional teams, we’re confident the markets we serve are providing sustainable opportunities and demand for our services to continue to grow.”

BLM is an award-winning firm for defendant insurance litigation in both the private and public sectors. The firm also benefits from being a founder member of international network, Global Insurance Law Connect. BLM developed an all-Ireland capacity in 2014 when it combined with long-standing firm Campbell Fitzpatrick Solicitors and now boasts offices in Dublin, Belfast and Derry.

Gavin continued, “We have built on the strong foundations set by our core team, led by Rhona McGrath, Nessa O’Roarty and Anne Staunton. And in the coming months we look forward to increasing our capacity with hires across key strategic areas.”

The firm’s Ireland team specialises in cases dealing with insurance fraud, catastrophic injury, health and safety, employers’ and public liability, motor, product liability and professional and medical negligence. BLM employs 110 people in Ireland currently, and with this latest expansion the total number of BLM employees by the end of 2019 will be 120.

Matthew Harrington, senior partner at BLM concluded, “Our increasing presence across the island of Ireland will further support us as we service insurance businesses that may relocate to Ireland in order to retain an EU-presence after Brexit.

“Evidence of this likely trend has already started showing with announcements from some of the UK’s leading organisations that they are relocating or expanding their Irish presence. Concern over the inability to represent EU clients has resulted in nearly 2,000 UK solicitors having already registered in Ireland since the 2016 referendum and we predict this to continue as firms move to maintain a tangible presence in the EU. Our focus now is to seek those talented legal professionals who want to join our already experienced teams, with the aim of growing our Irish operations over the coming year,” he said.

BLM’s insurance customers include 15 of the top 20 UK insurers, along with leading brokers, Managing General Agents, loss adjusters and other intermediaries.

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