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).

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 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 receives high praise for the ‘clarity and commerciality of his advice and approach.’ 
He has an impressive depth of knowledge in insolvency and restructuring matters.”
Chambers Global, 2015

Doug Smith is ‘great at litigation, strong on paperwork and on the detail, and a definite safe pair of hands.’ 
Chambers Global, 2014

“This well-reputed firm is renowned for its insolvency expertise. Doug Smith wins praise for his strength on complex contentious files. He is described as being ‘strategically excellent. His advice is comprehensive, prompt and complete.'” 
Chambers Europe, 2013

Doug Smith is ranked as a Leading Individual in Chambers Europe, 2020

Doug Smith is ranked as a Leading Individual in Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

Doug Smith

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