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Padraic Brennan

Partner, Galway Office

Padraic is a Partner, practising in the firm’s Dispute Resolution team with an emphasis on medical negligence defence litigation, healthcare law and administrative law. He has represented the (former) Western Health Board/Health Service Executive on healthcare, medico-legal/ethical, child protection, disability and special needs issues. Padraic also represented the interests of the (former) WHB at the Lindsay Tribunal and the Organ Retention Inquiry.

He has twenty three 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 over 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

Padraic Brennan is a rigorous thinker of strength, with an equal capacity to listen and valued shared input.
– The Legal 500 (2023)
very knowledgeable and approachable. Extensive experience which is evident in his strategic thinking and advocacy skills.
– The Legal 500 (2022)
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)