Rowena is a litigation specialist with considerable experience in dealing with a broad range of complex disputes. She routinely attends before the Commercial Court and High Court and has previously advised clients attending before the Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis in Ireland (the Banking Inquiry) and the Financial Services Ombudsman. Rowena is an advocate of mediation and regularly advises clients through arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution.
Rowena's experience includes advising professionals, corporates, financial institutions, technology, and media clients. Rowena has a particular interest in cyber risk and data breach incidents and also advises clients on non-contentious data protection and privacy issues including in relation to the GDPR.
Rowena is a committee member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association Litigation Committee and a former legal advisor to the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee, Trinity College Dublin.
Recent experience includes providing strategic advice:
to a number of professionals in respect of professional negligence claims;
on a wide variety of contractual and financial disputes before the Commercial Court;
to a number of high profile clients in relation to substantial defamation and breach of privacy claims;
to a health facility in respect of a data breach of highly confidential sensitive information;
to a number of businesses in respect of Data Access Requests;
on brand protection, passing off, copyright and trademark infringement; and
in respect of the General Data Protection Regulation including audits, reviewing and amending policies and consents, data sharing and training programs.
According to one source, the lawyers are "very dedicated, all work is dealt with in a calm manner, even when under pressure, and they have a very hands-on approach with clients." Chambers and Partners Europe 2017 Edition, Dispute Resolution, Ireland
One client describes the team as "top-class" on the basis that "they understand us and our issues." Chambers and Partners Europe 2017 Edition, Dispute Resolution, Ireland
The firm's client service is frequently a point of praise, with one market observer mentioning that team members are "approachable, very quick to revert, efficient and keep to timelines." Another source appreciates the team's "interest and expertise in the client's activities and how they can support those activities." Chambers and Partners Europe 2018 Edition, Dispute Resolution, Ireland