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

Keith has over twenty years’ 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 and potential precedent-setting impact and often result in follow-on litigation.

Relevant Experience

  • Acting for the Irish State in the defence of litigation arising from the circa €3 billion recapitalisation of the Permanent TSB banking group.
  • Acting for BNY Mellon in its defence of an action brought by the liquidators of the Dynamic Decisions group of funds claiming €380 million.
  • Acting for a large financial services client in significant follow-on litigation arising from a Central Bank of Ireland investigation.
  • Acting for a number of airlines and aircraft leasing companies in international commercial disputes.
  • Acting for various energy generators, suppliers and traders in commercial disputes and challenges to the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities.
  • Acting for several private equity and institutional clients in commercial real estate disputes, including disputes relating to breaches of lease covenants, statutory tenancy claims and dilapidations.
  • Acting for Bank of Ireland in various court actions.
  • Advising a Big Four accounting firm on various disputes and risk issues.
  • Advising various clients in investigations by the Central Bank of Ireland under both its administrative sanctions procedure and fitness and probity regime.
  • Advising clients in inquiries by the Irish Data Protection Commission on various aspects of the General Data Protection Regulation and associated legislation.


+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 – business acumen, direct access without delegation, subject matter expertise.”

The Legal 500, 2022

Keith Smith is “insightful and reassuring” during complex situations.”

Chambers Europe, 2022

“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