Gavin Woods

Gavin Woods | Litigation Lawyer | Media Lawyer | Arthur Cox
  • Gavin Woods
  • +353 1 920 1136
  • Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, D02 T380, Ireland


Gavin is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department.  Gavin is an experienced litigator advising clients before the Irish Courts particularly through the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Gavin advises a broad range of clients including Irish and international corporates, financial institutions, property companies, aviation companies, large retailers, third level institutions, statutory bodies and local authorities.

Gavin’s practice has a particular focus advising clients on intellectual property disputes (trademark and copyright infringement and breach of confidential information) working with the firm’s Technology and Innovation team and reputation management issues including data privacy, defamation, brand protection and internet related disputes.

Gavin advises a number of multinational companies and has worked with many law firms in other jurisdictions on a range of multi-jurisdictional disputes including international arbitrations before international arbitral institutions such as the ICC.

Gavin is currently President of Arbitration Ireland which is a unique association comprising members from the leading solicitor firms, the Bar and other bodies and persons actively involved in the practice of international arbitration in Ireland.

Gavin also advises on a broad range of commercial disputes including financial services litigation, commercial fraud and property disputes.

Gavin has spoken at conferences in Ireland, continental Europe and the US on IP litigation, defamation, international arbitration and mediation.  He is also a Hong Kong qualified solicitor having worked for a leading law firm there.

Gavin also works with the Public Interest Law Alliance in respect of its Pro Bono Referral Scheme as part of the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme.


  • Acting in defence of passing off proceedings for Paddy Power in the Commercial Court for alleged unlawful use of image rights.
  • Acting for a leading news organisation in successfully resisting an injunction application in the Commercial Court by a competitor for alleged breach of intellectual property rights with respect to the digital edition of an Irish edition of its newspaper.
  • Advising clients including corporates, media and social media companies on media and internet related disputes including: internet defamation; the protection of reputation and brand; Norwich Pharmacal Orders; and, defamation actions generally.
  • Acting for an Irish multinational in commercial dispute with its joint venture partner before the ICC in Paris.
  • Advising a leading Irish property company on a range of litigation issues including a successful appeal to the Supreme Court on the termination of a commercial lease.
  • Acting for KBC Bank in relation to recovery of loan facilities in excess of €25 million arising as a result of breaches by related borrowers and their professional advisors.
  • Advising Vodafone Ireland in civil proceedings before the Commercial Court against a former employee and service providers for fraud.
  • Advising Oracle in Commercial Court proceedings related to the provision of a major IT project to a leading Irish financial institution. These proceedings were successfully resolved through mediation.