Partners

Matthew Austin - Partner

Matthew is a partner in the Commercial & Business team at Hayes solicitors. Matthew has considerable expertise in the reconciliation of commercial disputes and is particularly experienced in cases before the Commercial Court. Matthew has acted in a significant number of high value commercial disputes on behalf of both Plaintiffs and Defendants. His considerable experience of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms includes acting in a number of successful mediations to resolve large commercial claims.

Matthew advises a number of Irish and international clients on a wide range of commercial matters, including contract law, intellectual property law and data protection law.

Matthew has a specialist interest in professional regulatory matters, particularly with regard to the veterinary profession, and has extensive experience in defending complaints before the Fitness to Practise Committee of the Veterinary Council of Ireland. He also advises widely in the defence of civil and criminal matters in the professional sphere.

Expertise

Matthew is a partner in the Commercial & Business team at Hayes solicitors. Matthew has considerable expertise in the reconciliation of commercial disputes and is particularly experienced in cases before the Commercial Court. Matthew has acted in a significant number of high value commercial disputes on behalf of both Plaintiffs and Defendants. His considerable experience of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms includes acting in a number of successful mediations to resolve large commercial claims.

Matthew advises a number of Irish and international clients on a wide range of commercial matters, including contract law, intellectual property law and data protection law.

Matthew has a specialist interest in professional regulatory matters, particularly with regard to the veterinary profession, and has extensive experience in defending complaints before the Fitness to Practise Committee of the Veterinary Council of Ireland. He also advises widely in the defence of civil and criminal matters in the professional sphere.

Experience

  • Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution - Matthew advises both on the prosecution and defence of high value commercial claims.
  • Professional Negligence - Advising vets and their indemnifiers concerning a wide range of issues including civil, criminal and regulatory matters. In particular Matthew advises in relation to all stages of the professional disciplinary process before the Veterinary Council of Ireland.
  • Data Protection - Advises a wide range of domestic and international clients in relation to their obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation and E-Privacy law.
  • IP/ Copyright - Matthew advises a number of clients in relation to copyright matters, including online and digital copyright.
  • Charity sector - Matthew advises a number of charities, including the Irish Cancer Society, on a range of issues including commercial agreements covering its retailing and fundraising activities.

Qualifications/Education

  • Diploma in Intellectual Property and Information Technology, Law Society of Ireland
  • Professional qualification as a solicitor (Professional and Advanced Course), Law Society of Ireland, 2009
  • Bachelor of Laws Degree, Trinity College Dublin.

Memberships

  • Law Society of Ireland
  • Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
  • Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland.

Other

  • Matthew has lectured on subjects such as the Irish legal system, the role of the expert witness in civil litigation and business formation
  • Matthew also presents periodically to professionals including vets, accountants, architects and fellow lawyers on a wide range of issues concerning their professional responsibilities
  • Matthew frequently delivers talks to clients, fellow lawyers and industry associations on data protection
  • Matthew has written articles which have been published by Parchment, the Irish Law Times and Legal 500.