• Padraic Brennan



    Padraic practises in the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department with an emphasis on Healthcare. Padraic has represented the (former) Western Health Board/Health Service Executive on healthcare, medico-legal/ethical, child protection, disability and special needs issues. He also represented the interests of the (former) WHB at the Lindsay Tribunal and the Organ Retention Inquiry. 

    He has twenty years experience in defending medical negligence claims on behalf of the State Claims Agency, Irish Public Bodies and St Paul’s/Travelers. He has acted in a large number of cases including catastrophic birth injury cases, cases involving alleged misdiagnosis of cancer and acquired brain injuries. He has represented various healthcare institutions at coroners inquests, frequently without the assistance of counsel.

    Padraic also has significant experience gained over a long number of years in representing healthcare institutions on medico-legal matters including the refusal to accept blood transfusions, the right to die, the right to refuse medical treatment, consent/informed consent issues, capacity to make informed decisions on healthcare options, and the care of patients with eating disorders refusing treatment.

    Padraic has been a legal adviser to NUI Galway for approximately twenty years, in particular, in the areas of employment law, administrative law, freedom of information, data protection, and corporate governance.

    He also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Law in NUI Galway.


    National University of Ireland, Galway (BA) 


    Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland.


    • "very knowledgeable and approachable. Extensive experience which is evident in his strategic thinking and advocacy skills."- The Legal 500 (2022)
    • "has extensive experience which is evident in his strategic thinking and advocacy skills." - Chambers Europe (2022)
    • "great interpersonal skills" - Chambers Europe (2021)
    • "experienced problem solver in litigation"  - The Legal 500 (2021)
    • Padraic is recognised for exceptional standing in the legal community for his work in the areas of Healthcare and Life Sciences and Public Sector in The Legal 500
    • "Padraic Brennan possesses a steely strength and patient wisdom that generate well-informed, sensible, and confident decisions by his clients." - The Legal 500 (2020)
    • "Padraic Brennan is well established and highly regarded in the healthcare industry. He is very comprehensive, responsive, and excellent in dealing with witnesses and experts. Padraic has built a great rapport with his clients and colleagues which has assisted him in achieving excellent results on a consistent basis" - The Legal 500 (2020)

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