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VR Retail

Recent Transaction - VR Retail is a high-tech start up focused on changing user experiences with forward thinking products in the outdoor garden space. To safeguard their activities and assets they looked to Sherwin O’Riordan to advise on IP protection, corporate structure, employment agreements, shareholders agreement and share classes, together with retail and affiliate supplier agreements. SOR have been working closely with VR Retail during the entire start-up phase which gives us an understanding of the complexity of their business, we were able to advise on the necessary documents and protections required while also allowing VR Retail to focus on what they do best, safe in the knowledge that the fundamental structures are in place - protecting what they have built and enabling them grow successfully.

James Sherwin (Partner) led the team which also included Patrick Waters and Rachael Connolly from our Corporate and Employment teams.

Shareholder Issue/Medical Device Industry

Recent Transaction - Advised a leading medical device supplier on the buyout of a dissident minority shareholder. The shareholder was also an employee and a director which created additional issues. We used the no-fault dismissal concept and advised our clients on the pricing of the excess payment in both in respect of share values and in respect of redundancy/termination payments.

The shareholder – who had offered little in the way of value to the company was successfully removed. Our client is now proceeding with its expansion plans unhindered. James Sherwin (Partner) led the team on the commercial transaction, while David O’Riordan (partner) advised the company on the employment issues and strategy.

Shareholder Issue/Nursing Home Industry

Recent Transaction - Sherwin O’Riordan advised one of Ireland’s leading nursing home operators on the buyout of its investors at the end of the term of the tax scheme. This included new fundraising to effect the buyout of the borrowers/tax investors pursuant to a put and call option agreement. However due to a variety of complexities which tend to arise at the end of these tax schemes, additional advice was required in relation to planning, commercial property, banking and the drafting of the buyer’s documentation. James Sherwin (Partner) and Helen O’Connell (Partner) led the team which also included Patrick Waters and Rachael Connolly from our Commercial Property and Banking and Finance teams.

Professional Negligence Issue/Private Client

Recent Transaction - Sherwin O’Riordan advised home owners in a High Court matter against their former solicitors and insurance broker for failing to act in a competent and timely fashion. The Plaintiffs were residing in the UK when their neighbour initiated High Court proceedings for nuisance, trespass and wrongful interference with his enjoyment of his property during renovation works on the Plaintiffs’ property. During mediation the Plaintiffs were offered full and final settlement of their action - a multi-million euro figure and were extremely happy with the outcome of this matter. Robert Dooney led the team.

Medical Negligence Issue/Private Client

Recent Transaction - At Sherwin O’Riordan, our litigation lawyers are often confronted with situations of varying degrees of complexity, and can distil what is often a complicated mass of information into clear, distinct facts from which to build a case for personal injury compensation. We are continuing to develop and expand our personal injury/healthcare department.

Our firm represented a Plaintiff in a complex medical negligence action in 2016; Thomas Hill-v- Health Service Executive [2016] IEHC 746. The Plaintiff was successful in his negligence claim against the HSE for significant disability caused by the accidental tear of his ureter while removing a kidney stone in 1998.  Through dedication and diligence Sherwin O’ Riordan’s litigation team delivered an effective and successful case that ultimately resulted in considerable damages being awarded to our client.  The judge acknowledged that the ongoing chronic pain and psychological problems Mr. Hill continues to suffer entitled him to substantial damages. The Plaintiff was awarded €701,000, which included over €400,000 for lost earning to date and in the future, in addition to €250,000 general damages. This was a landmark case representing the epitome of legal and medical complexity and we were happy to be able to litigate this case successfully for the Plaintiff.

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"We simply cannot fault the service we receive from SOR. They have specialist solicitors in each area where we need advice and we’ve had contact with 4 different partners during the last 14 months, and the experience has been the same each time. Really really good."

Justin Cahill, Chairman, CMC Platform Financials

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