• Brian Hunt



    Brian Hunt is the head of RDJ’s Financial Services Regulatory practice, focusing on all aspects of regulatory risk, regulatory strategy and the management of relationships with regulatory authorities in Ireland and other jurisdictions. An experienced regulatory specialist, he advises a broad range of clients on Central Bank of Ireland authorisation and licensing matters, regulatory inspections, investigations, dawn raids, whistleblowing and the implementation of regulatory remediation actions.

    Brian also advises on all aspects of compliance with the various Central Bank of Ireland Codes and the Central Bank’s skilled persons report process, as well as all aspects of regulatory enforcement, including the administrative sanctions procedures.

    Brian has a track record of advising commercial entities in respect of the defence of regulatory breaches, enforcement actions, as well as criminal prosecutions. He also advises clients in relation to reputation risk management in respect of regulatory matters.

    Having previously advised regulatory authorities in a number of sectors (communications, energy, transport etc), Brian advises clients in a number of other heavily regulated sectors including healthcare. Some of his relevant experience includes advising a private health insurer on the implementation of Central Bank of Ireland requirements; advising individual nursing homes on their compliance with regulatory requirements; advising a pharmacy sector industry representative body on reforms within the sector; and drafting the Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Bill to introduce a requirement for medical general practitioners to hold insurance.

    His practice includes advising a range of public bodies on the exercise of their statutory powers and functions. Uniquely, Brian has also drafted many pieces of legislation for a range of clients, including members of the Dáil and Seanad, regulatory authorities, and has assisted trade associations and other clients in the development of proposed legislation. Brian drafted legislation to reform the Seanad at the request of the Government-appointed Working Group on Seanad Reform, Chaired by Michael McDowell S.C.

    Prior to joining RDJ, Brian served as Head of Regulatory Affairs at Zurich Insurance plc, a Dublin-based non-life insurance entity with 12 branches around Europe, having an annual turnover of approximately €8bn. Before that he worked at another top-tier law firm. Brian has also spent a period of time on secondment at the Department of the Taoiseach. He was selected as the Inaugural Parliamentary Fellow at the Houses of the Oireachtas.


    Nottingham Trent University (BA (Hons) Business and Law)
    University of Dublin, Trinity College (M.Litt.)
    University College Dublin (Dip. Int. Arb.)
    Honourable Society of the Kings Inns (B.L.)
    University of Dublin, Trinity College (Ph.D.)


    Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland.
    Previously called to the Bar of Ireland.


    Murdoch & Hunt's Dictionary of Irish Law (6th ed., Dublin, 2016)
    The Role of the Houses of the Oireachtas in the Scrutiny of Legislation (Dublin, 2010)
    Irish Statute Book - A Guide to Irish Legislation (Dublin, 2007)
    Specialist contributor on a yearly basis (2002 – 2011) of chapter entitled “Legislation” to Byrne & Binchy, Annual Review of Irish Law (Roundhall)


    "There’s a depth of knowledge and a commitment to comprehensively understanding the brief. They use time well. Brian Hunt led much of the work and is both deeply knowledgeable and articulate" - The Legal 500 (2022)

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