Keith Smith

Keith Smith | Litigation and Dispute Resolution Lawyer | Arthur Cox
  • Keith Smith
  • +353 1 920 1137
  • Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, D02 T380, Ireland


Keith specialises in all aspects of commercial litigation and dispute resolution with a particular emphasis on corporate disputes, financial services and insurance litigation, commercial property disputes, pensions litigation, aviation disputes, and technology disputes. Keith has particular expertise in managing large scale discovery and data management exercises and co-chairs the firm’s Discovery and Data Management Unit. Keith also advises clients in non-contentious situations including on risk and due diligence issues in corporate transactions and in court applications required for various forms of corporate restructuring. Keith lectures on, and is the external examiner for, the Law Society of Ireland’s Diploma in Commercial Litigation course.


  • Acting for NAMA in several cases taken by it in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court with an aggregate value in excess of €150m.
  • Acting for ExxonMobil Corporation in several successful Commercial Court proceedings.
  • Acting for Congo Airways in its successful applications to lift a series of mareva injunctions secured on one of its passenger jets.
  • Acting for DHL in successfully defending High Court proceedings brought by a former global I.T. provider.
  • Acting for BNY Mellon in the successful resolution of Commercial Court proceedings claiming €380 million.
  • Acting for Aer Lingus plc in its successful defence of several High Court proceedings brought by another large airline operator.
  • Acting for the Fáilte Ireland in Commercial Court proceedings which successfully secured a multi-million euro trust asset.
  • Acting on behalf of the trustees of the Omega Pharma pension scheme in securing a landmark Commercial Court judgment.
  • Advising Kennedy Wilson on various property matters.
  • Advising Hibernia REIT on various issues arising from the proposed redevelopment of its Harcourt Square site.
  • Advising Chartered Land on various aspects of its transactions with Allianz/Hammerson.