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Dermot McEvoy, Partner

Dermot McEvoy

Partner

Practice areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction and engineering
  • Fraud and financial crime
  • International arbitration
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Real estate dispute resolution

Practice notes

Dermot is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution & Litigation Department.

Dermot McEvoy "has great knowledge and can give great commercial advice" - Chambers Europe

Dermot McEvoy "sees a commercial route through problems" and "he knows when to push on with things and when to wait." - Chambers Europe

"His thinking on matters is very practicable and he generally offers great advice." - Chambers Europe

"He has lost none of his enthusiasm for detail and for doing the job correctly." - Chambers Europe

He has a very strong legal mind as you would expect, but what sets him apart is his impressive ability to explore a number of different options to find the most appropriate solution to a problem." – Chambers Europe

Dermot McEvoy "is tenacious and doesn't give up" - Chambers Global 

"He takes the time to explain things," and clients describe him as "easy to talk to, not full of jargon." – Chambers Europe

‘Dermot McEvoy possesses an excellent focus on the needs of the client. Very proactive in addressing issues and in problem solving. Strong in litigation and in all ADR processes.' - Legal 500

Dermot McEvoy has "extensive experience in construction and property disputes" -Legal 500

‘Dermot McEvoy stands out. Great availability, very responsive, clear and honest advice, very personable, extremely well prepared, excellent communicator – a very strong performer all round.’ - Legal 500

‘I mainly deal with Dermot McEvoy whom I find readily available and whom (is) quick to provide advice following instruction with a clear path to resolution as applicable.’ - Legal 500

Other clients have commented:

  • “quick, positive, approachable and contactable at any time"  
  • "really knows his stuff and is well respected", “a great commercial litigator and a really honourable sort of guy." 
  • “efficient, on the ball and great to deal with,” while impressed peers say “he is top of our referrals list.” 
  • “client-focused and commercial lawyer who is always thinking ahead.” 

Dermot is a savvy disputes lawyer, who is an accredited mediator, and also has a wide experience as a practitioner in litigation and arbitration over the last 30 years’. Dermot brings commitment, energy, drive and innovation to his role as a disputes lawyer. Dermot also takes great pride on the leading reputation he has established within the Irish legal market; and his recognised ability to consistently deliver excellence through high quality legal services to his clients. Dermot sees strong communication as being at the core of ensuring he understands his clients’ needs, and delivers the service to meet those needs/goals.

Dermot focuses on advising clients in the specialist areas of construction & property disputes (across a wide range of issues from extensions of time, liquidated damages, to specific performance and related issues); and in general commercial disputes. As a commercial mediator and conciliator Dermot uses his skills to assist clients in resolving difficult and protracted commercial disputes and avoiding full trials in the courts/arbitrations.

  • Advising Ireland’s largest contractors on claims for extensions of time and final account disputes in Adjudications, mediations/conciliations and/or courts/arbitrations.
  • Advising an International Technology Company on Contentious Construction issues relating to the delay costs, variations and finalising claims on the final account.
  • Acting for Stena Line in a breach of contract dispute before the Commercial Court.
  • Acting for Dublin Port in various claims before the Commercial Court, including a claim for professional negligence and a separate claim for breach of contract.
  • Acting for Abtran in the defence of claims for breach of contract and/or breach of existing lease covenants in the Commercial Court with dilapidation and damages claims running to circa €10m.
  • Acting for Developer in securing specific performance of a contract for sale where the purchaser sought to rescind due to interference with Rights to Light - settled at mediation Dec 2019.
  • Advising Lorgan Leisure in asserting their statutory renewal rights for the Stillorgan Bowl in proceedings against a Kennedy Wilson Icav – defending an injunction in the Commercial Court and prosecuting the claim to a new tenancy in the Circuit Court.
  • Acting as mediator and conciliator in a number of different property and construction related disputes.
  • Acting for International chain of retail shops on various Landlord and Tenant issues.
  • Acting in two claims relating to enforcement of Performance Bond obligations following the collapse of large construction companies during construction phase of contract (on a Wind Farm and on a large residential housing development).  

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