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Ricky Kelly

Partner, Cork Office

Ricky leads RDJ’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection Practice. He adopts a commercial, practical and strategic approach to assisting clients effectively manage, respond to and recovery from cyber and data security incidents while also mitigating against potential future risks.

His experience includes the end-to-end management of Business Email Compromise, Ransomware, Corporate Network Compromise, Denial of Service, and Insider attacks together with Operations Incidents, Data Leaks and Payment Redirection Fraud.

He also regularly provides bespoke compliance training to organisations in relation to their implementation of and compliance with their Privacy, Data Protection and Information security obligations. This includes:

  • the development and implementation of appropriate policies, procedures and guidance documents
  • advising in relation to the processing of all categories of personal data
  • the review and introduction of new data processing activities and technologies together with the undertaking of risk, data protection impact and legitimate interest assessments
  • the preparation and review of agreements relating to the collection, processing, sharing, transfer (including international transfers), and disclosure of information and personal data
  • the sharing of personal data with and between public bodies
  • the exercise of Data Subject rights, complaints including complaints to regulatory authorities
  • advising in relation to audits and statutory investigations

Ricky is an active member of RDJ’s Dispute Resolution team has broad experience advising a range of foreign, national, multi-national and institutional clients in complex disputes. Ricky regularly represents clients before the various Civil Courts of Ireland including the Commercial High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.


University College Cork (BCL) (LLM) (Master’s Degree in law)
Waterford Institute of Technology (Higher Diploma in Legal and Business)
Law Society of Ireland (Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance)
PDP - Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection
BSI Group – Computer Forensics


Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland.
Admitted in England & Wales (non-practising)
Certified Data Protection Practitioner

Ricky provides numerous value adds to our business and customers
– The Legal 500 (2024)
showed total dedication and knowledge of the court system, judges and the best legal approach.
– The Legal 500
a brilliant legal mind. He has been compassionate, understanding and patient with us, and has always been available at the other end of the phone with sound, sensible advice.
– The Legal 500
Ricky Kelly’s expertise is brilliant, his mind is very sharp and accurate, and yet he still has a very down to earth approach and personal way about him
– The LEGAL 500