Specialist Insurance – Financial and Professional (FINPRO) Liability Lines - DAC Beachcroft
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Specialist Insurance – Financial and Professional (FINPRO) Liability Lines


The team is led by Noreen Howard, partner. Louise O’Reilly, legal director, Jane Kenneally, senior associate, Jackie Cunningham, associate, Rachel Lafferty, Kellie Daniels, solicitors and Caroline Doherty, legal executive, work closely with Noreen to advise local and London Market insurers on claims, policy wordings and interpretation, coverage disputes, potential third party liability and subrogation claims.


Our specialist insurance team in Dublin delivers a comprehensive service across all financial and profession (FINPRO) liability lines, encompassing claims handling, defence litigation, coverage advice and disputes.

The team advises local and London market insurers on claims, policy wordings and interpretation, coverage disputes, potential third party liability and subrogation claims across all FINPRO lines, to include:

  • Professional Indemnity / Errors and Omissions (E&O) – defence and coverage across all professions to include accountants, solicitors, construction professionals, financial advisors, estate agents and brokers
  • Directors and Officers (D&O) / Management Liability - defence and coverage
  • Financial Institutions (FI) – defence and coverage
  • Specialised Employment Practices Liability (EPL) Team - defending Workplace Relations Commission / High Court proceedings
  • Cyber Exposures and Data Risks
  • General Commercial Liability including Product Liability

We represent the interests of many leading financial lines insurers across all professions, Financial Institutions (FI), Employment Practices Liability (EPL) and Directors and Officers (D&O) lines of business.

We adopt a proactive approach to case management and work with all parties to find solutions through compromise, mediation or alternative dispute resolution and try to avoid becoming constrained by formal litigation.

Where litigation is unavoidable, we will make all efforts to minimise the impact and to deliver results swiftly. We adopt a rigorous approach to ensure that a commercial and practical approach to case management is taken in line with your strategic objectives. We help insurers to manage their budgets and reserves and always deliver a “no surprises” service on costs.


We have extensive experience advising insurers in relation to policy response, acting as coverage counsel, and defending coverage disputes before the Courts and at arbitration. We combine our extensive knowledge of the insurance market (both local and Lloyd’s) with our understanding of the nuanced Irish jurisdiction.

We adopt a pragmatic approach when advising insurers how best to navigate coverage issues in the ‘pro-insured’ Irish legal landscape. Our focus is always on providing insurers with concise, coherent, practical advice.

‘One client praises the team as being “incredibly technical and I would trust the most complex case with them. They have a very successful way of communicating.”.’

‘Clients also highlight Noreen Howard’s negotiations skills and her willingness "to go the extra mile."’Chambers and Partners Europe 2020 Edition, Insurance: Dispute Resolution — Ireland

‘Noreen Howard and Louise O’Reilly have commercial understanding and good reporting skills for insurer clients.’

‘They have a strong offering for PI and D&O claims. They have good coverage knowledge and willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Very good attention to detail and a collaborative approach to handling. A good, prompt service and responsive.’

‘Noreen Howard is very personable and client focused. She is able to manage multi party issues with apparent ease. She takes a collaborative approach to handling claims and works well with both Insurer and Insured clients.’ Legal 500 2020 Edition, Insurance, Ireland

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Our Lawyers - Louise OReilly

Louise O'Reilly

Partner Dublin

Louise is a Partner in the Professional Risks Department…

Our Lawyers - Rachel Lafferty

Rachel Lafferty

Senior Associate Dublin


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