Technology and Innovation

The Practice

Our Team

Our Technology & Innovation team is the largest legal team in Ireland dedicated to specialist data protection, IT and intellectual property law. Our practice is market leading in our key focus areas and we are continually investing in building our range of skills and resources so as to meet the specialist requirements of our clients.

Our Clients

We have a large body of domestic and international clients who share a common purpose – they expect highly commercial, responsive and solution-focused advice from a team of partners and associates offering a premier level of experience and expertise within the Irish market. Lawyers from our Technology & Innovation Group are especially active in our International practice where we enjoy a particularly rich heritage. We have been privileged to advise many US technology companies establishing and scaling their businesses from a base within Ireland. We also advise these clients in relation to ongoing legal compliance in key areas such as data protection and export control.  Our client base also includes some of Ireland’s largest and fastest growing domestic technology companies.

Arthur Cox Dawn Raid Response Unit

The regulation of business is growing internationally with the aim of ensuring the protection of consumers’ interests and a level playing field for businesses. However, the enforcement of regulation also brings challenges for businesses. Unannounced inspections, also known as “dawn raids”, are an important enforcement tool at the disposal of regulators, but can cause significant disruption to businesses. Understanding the purpose of unannounced inspections, how they are conducted and the extent of your rights and obligations during an inspection will help you better manage inspections and ensure your interests are protected. Learn more about the Dawn Raid Response Unit here.


Our expertise reflects the broad spectrum of our clients’ needs as they continue to evolve. Reflecting this focus, we have built our team to offer strength in depth across four core areas:

Intellectual Property

Licensing and transfers of intellectual property rights (including tax effective international IP structures); IP enforcement strategies and actions; resolving IP disputes; advising on high value IP commercialisation projects and other innovative IP exploitation models;

Privacy, Data Protection & Information Management

Advising on EU data protection strategies for multinationals, data breach response incidents, cyber-liability issues, responding to and defending enforcement actions taken by the Data Protection Commission, advising on practical means of complying with data protection legislation.

Technology Contracts & Disputes

Advising on cloud deployment strategies and contracts, high value IT procurements and outsourcings, mediating and litigating IT disputes and compliance with regulatory standards.

Technology Transactions

Advising technology companies pursuing an aggressive growth strategy from Ireland including advising on fundraisings through to exit, joint ventures, strategic partnerships etc.

Within the above areas, we collaborate with lawyers from across the firm. In particular, we work closely with colleagues from our Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate, Tax, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Media & Entertainment and Employment groups so as to ensure we can, at short notice, customise our teams to meet our clients’ immediate and long term legal requirements.

In addition to the above core focus areas, we have built up unrivalled expertise in niche areas requiring highly specialist industry knowledge and legal expertise. For example, lawyers within the Technology & Innovation team lead the firm’s market leading practices in the areas of Betting/Gaming, Export Control, and Electronic Payments and distributed ledger technology and tokenization/crypto-currencies.

Technology Northern Ireland Practice