Doug Smith

Doug Smith is a Partner and head of the Firm’s Corporate Recovery Law Group. He has a broad range of experience in the area of commercial law and specialist knowledge of corporate restructuring law and insolvency law. He represents companies in financial difficulty, creditors of companies in financial difficulty, insolvency/restructuring office holders and the executives of companies in financial difficulty. He is involved in most of the significant Irish restructuring and insolvency cases in one capacity or another. He has also been involved in cross-border restructurings and insolvencies.

Admitted as a solicitor in 1997
B.A. (1990) & LL. B (1993) University College, Galway

Member of the International Bar Association (IBA – section on insolvency restructuring and creditors’ rights), INSOL, the UK Insolvency Lawyers’ Association and the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners (ISIP). Doug is a member of the Company Law Advisory Group, a statutory body advising the Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation on the review and development of company law in Ireland.

Achievements and Endorsements
Doug is a regular lecturer and tutor on corporate restructuring and insolvency law matters with the Law Society of Ireland. He has spoken at conferences organised by professional bodies and other organisations including the IBA. He is co-author of the Law Society of Ireland’s insolvency manual.

“Doug was extremely approachable and knowledgeable of the matters we were considering together for the common client…practical and commercial with a wealth of experience to draw on. A very knowledgeable insolvency solicitor.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

“The group has a solid reputation in the market thanks in part to the presence of senior figure Doug Smith. He and the team continue to land some significant engagements.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

“He is great to work with, very approachable and commercial,
Chambers Europe, 2022

“Doug is extremely experienced in this area.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

“Experienced, commercial and easily accessible.
Chambers Europe, 2021

“Doug Smith is a great legal thinker. He considers every aspect of a case and anticipates any problems before they arise. He has a wide and deep knowledge of insolvency law…approachable, practical and commercial with a wealth of experience to draw on.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

“Very knowledgeable”
Chambers Europe, 2020

“Doug is engaging and easy to work with”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2019

“Doug is fully direct, pleasant, good with clients, and we have always found him to be very good, experienced and knowledgeable.”
Chambers Europe, 2019

“Very knowledgeable practice head Doug Smith”
Legal 500, 2018

“Doug is an established practitioner with a keen eye for detail”
Chambers Europe, 2018

“Doug is approachable, practical and commercial, with a wealth of experience to draw on”

Chambers Europe, 2017

“Leading restructuring adviser Doug Smith”
Legal 500, 2017

Clients say Doug Smith is “very commercial and a great strategist in contentious insolvency issues.”
Chambers Europe, 2016

Doug Smith is ranked as a Leading Individual in Chambers Europe, 2022

Doug Smith is recommended in the Hall of Fame in The Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

Doug Smith

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