JWOD appoints Ciara Lehane as newest solicitor on litigation team

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Ciara Lehane as solicitor on the litigation team at JW O’Donovan. This new appointment comes as the firm experiences increased activity in defence litigation among our corporate clients.

Ciara joins our Litigation department, after spending three years practicing in the area of defence litigation at a leading Dublin firm. Ciara specialises in civil litigation and has significant experience dealing with the conduct of defence litigation on behalf of insurance companies in the areas of motor liability, employers’ liability, public liability and defamation actions. She is a fluent Irish speaker and is enrolled on Clár na Gaeilge (a register of fluent Irish speaking solicitors maintained by the Law Society of Ireland).

Speaking about her new role, Ciara said: “I’m delighted to join JWOD, at a time when business in Cork city and the surrounding region is thriving. The area of defence litigation is fast-moving, and I look forward to the opportunity of working with the experienced team at JWOD and with their valued clients.”

Welcoming Ciara to the team, Jerome O’Sullivan, Managing Partner of JWOD said: “As we continue to see growth in our litigation practice, it is a pleasure to welcome Ciara to the JWOD team. Ciara brings with her specialist knowledge in the area of defence litigation, which will be of considerable benefit to both our team and clients”.

JWOD advises on strategic acquisition of Irish food testing company

J.W. O’Donovan Partners John Sheehan, John Fuller, David Pearson and Ciara McDonnell recently advised on sale of a majority holding in Advanced Laboratory Testing to Mérieux NutriSciences, as Mérieux seeks to expand its footprint further in Europe.

Mérieux NutriSciences is a world leader in the field of Food Safety and Quality, while Advanced Laboratory Testing is a leading player in the food testing market, and was first established in Kildare, in 2013.

Mérieux’s acquisition of Advanced Laboratory Testing marks the company’s entry into the Irish food safety market. The announcement is a continuation of a trend seen in the last two years of companies based on mainland Europe purchasing entities in Ireland for the purpose of expansion.

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