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Keith has considerable experience in dealing with complex commercial litigation, dispute resolution and investigations. He also has particular expertise in managing large scale discovery and data management exercises.

Keith has acted in complex disputes across a range of areas including corporate disputes, financial services litigation, aviation disputes, real estate, energy, and technology disputes. 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.

Relevant Experience

  • Acting for BNY Mellon in the successful resolution of Commercial Court proceedings claiming €380 million
  • Acting for ExxonMobil Corporation in successful Commercial Court proceedings
  • Acting for DHL in successfully defending High Court proceedings (inclulding an injunction application) brought by a former global software provider
  • Acting for Aer Lingus plc in its successful defence of several High Court proceedings brought by another large airline operator
  • Acting for an international airline in challenging and successfully lifting mareva injunctions which had been secured on one of its assets
  • Advising a Big Four accounting firm on various disputes and risk issues
  • Acting for Hibernia REIT in various sets of proceedings which successfully resolved a dispute arising from the proposed redevelopment of its Harcourt Square site
  • Acting for Davy Real Estate in various sets of Commercial Court proceedings which successfully resolved disputes regarding ownership of assets and dilapidations liabilities
  • 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 the trustees of the Omega Pharma pension scheme in securing a landmark Commercial Court judgment


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Dublin 2
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  • 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