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Keith specialises in complex commercial litigation, dispute resolution and investigations often with multinational aspects.

Keith has considerable experience of dealing with complex disputes across a range of areas including corporate and shareholder disputes, financial services litigation, as well as disputes in the aviation, energy, real estate and technology sectors. He also advises clients in regulatory investigations many of which involve significant reputational issues.

Relevant Experience

  • Acting for BNY Mellon in its defence of an action claiming €380 million.
  • Acting for ExxonMobil Corporation in Irish Commercial Court proceedings with a former service provider.
  • Acting for DHL in successfully defending proceedings  brought by a former global software provider.
  • Acting for Aer Lingus plc in its successful defence of several cases brought by another large airline operator.
  • Acting for PNC Bank in its defence of an action brought by the liquidators of the Weavering group of Cayman hedge funds claiming circa €400 million.
  • Representing the Irish State in the successful defence of litigation arising from the recapitalisation and restructuring of the Permanent TSB banking group.
  • Acting for an international energy trading company in its judicial review of the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities.
  • Acting for daa plc, the operator of Dublin Airport, in a series of disputes relating to its €320m development of a second runway.
  • Advising a Big Four accounting firm on various disputes and risk issues.
  • Advising various clients in relation to investigations by the Central Bank of Ireland under both its administrative sanctions procedure and fitness and probity regime.


+353 1 920 1137

Ten Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2
D02 T380

  • LL.M, 1998, University College Dublin
  • BCL, 1997, University College Cork
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 2002
  • Member of Law Society of Ireland
  • Member of the International Bar Association

“Keith Smith is a key strategic advisor. Pragmatic, commercial and pitches advice well to in-house teams. Does not over-complicate matters. Willing to make difficult calls. Available.”

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East and Africa, 2021

Keith Smith “is strategic in his advice and certainly someone I would recommend for a tricky situation.”

Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2021

Keith Smith “is willing to give advice immediately, which can be valuable in situations where we are seeking urgent assistance.”

Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2021

Keith is “a clear thinker and communicator. His client dedication and quality of advice is second to none and is resourceful in terms of finding solutions to issues.”

Client Choice Award Winner 2017