Karyn is described by Chambers Europe 2020 as “the pre-eminent media lawyer” in Ireland and is recognized by Legal 500 and Media Law International as a leading lawyer in media and entertainment. Karyn leads our team of media defence specialists, which handles a range of media related disputes and advisory work for broadcasters, publishers and digital media. Despite a brief foray into plaintiff work in the early 2000s, our media team has for several years focused entirely on defence work, including defamation, privacy, contempt of court, on-line content disputes, MLATs, source protection and regulatory compliance. We are at our best in complex disputes, where the team provides heft, in-depth expertise and a really strategic approach, as well as skilled negotiation. Karyn also often provides ‘drop everything’ pre-publication advisory services to news providers and broadcasters, including ITN, the BBC, the Guardian and the New York Times, and has been a regular contributor to the Media Law Resource Center conferences (www.medialaw.org).
Karyn is a well-known commercial litigator, with involvement in several high profile Commercial Court actions through her career and works closely with clients to understand their strategic priorities and achieve the best outcome possible, including providing trusted crisis management advice and steering investigations. Reflecting her expertise in cross border disputes, Karyn is a member of the steering committee of the International Fraud Group and co-chairs the annual Forum on the International Enforcement of Judgments and Awards (www.fieja.com). Karyn often works closely with executive and non-executive directors of organisations through tricky regulatory situations, such as INM Group Limited in which she is the lead adviser on the on-going Companies Act Inspection and related regulatory investigations arising from protected disclosures by two executive directors.
Passionate about innovation and diversity, Karyn is the partner responsible for McCann FitzGerald’s Legal Technology Solutions Division, a pioneering model for the management of complex data review, project services and flexible resourcing, and is a regular speaker at international conferences on technology assisted review and the use of artificial intelligence systems for data review. She is the author of the chapter on Discovery in the Law Society of Ireland Civil Litigation Manual 4th ed (Oxford University Press) and chairs the EU Developments Committee of the International Working Group of the Sedona Conference, which develops best practice guidelines relating to all aspects of data law.
Karyn is a CEDR accredited mediator and sits as a lay member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.