Interview: David Phelan, Hayes Solicitors

29 May 2016 | 11.57 am

Interview: David Phelan, Hayes Solicitors

'We don’t seek the limelight'

29 May 2016 | 11.57 am

David Phelan (pictured), Managing Partner of Hayes Solicitors, is head of the commercial business law team and has expertise in advising on general corporate and commercial matters, especially in the manufacturing and retail sectors. He also advises on regulatory matters, competition law and intellectual property right issues.

How has trading been for the firm in 2015/16?

  • Client demand has grown for our services in every part of the firm.
  • Increasing number of examples where clients recognise the integrated service we can offer across different practice areas. Extended advisory relationship with clients into new areas.
  • Strategic investment in developing our bank lending expertise, made just over a year ago, has been successful.
  • Client retention and staff loyalty have stayed high despite increasingly competitive market conditions.
  • Attracted new clients and secured re-appointment to key legal advisory panels.
  • Continued growth in international matters, particularly in UK referrals.


Your website lists 14 Practice Areas in the firm. Which departments have you been devoting more resources to?

  • We expanded our Banking & Financial Services capability last year with the arrival of a new team led by new partner Michael Hanley.
  • Banking is part of an integrated service offering including other key practice areas including Commercial & Business, Property, Insolvency & Restructuring.
  • Enhanced Banking & Financial Services capability reflects the growth of bank lending activity.


Hayes’ activities span many areas. In what practice areas do you have market-leading expertise?

  • At Hayes we are proud of the firm’s long-standing reputation for providing high quality commercial legal advice across the board. Demand for our services reflects this market status.
  • Commercial advisory and litigation work are widely recognised as Hayes strengths, along with our media law and healthcare expertise.
  • We don’t seek the limelight but are pleased to have played our part in significant client successes in the Commercial Property and Employment law practice areas this year.
  • Regulatory law – advising both regulatory bodies and clients in highly regulated sectors – is an established and growing area for Hayes.


  • Click here to view 2016 Survey of Commercial Law Firms in Ireland published in Business Plus magazine

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