Julie Murphy-O'Connor

Matheson LLP - Ireland



+353 1 232 2192

Highly regarded

Women Leaders


Bar admissions:




Practice areas:

Restructuring and insolvency

Julie Murphy-O’Connor specialises in commercial litigation and insolvency. She is co-head of the Commercial Litigation Group at Matheson.  Her practice encompasses cross border disputes, multi-party litigation, financial services disputes, corporate restructuring and insolvency, company and shareholder disputes, commercial contract disputes and contentious regulatory matters. She is also an accredited mediator.

Diversity is a core value at Matheson and building a diverse and inclusive workplace is a key strategic business priority for the firm. Our Commitment is the roadmap for the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy with the initial focus on the core areas of multiculturalism and social mobility; gender; generational; family and working parents; disability and LGBTQ+. The firm has successfully established a range of initiatives under each of the pillars and these awards further highlight the strength and depth of expertise across Matheson’s many practice areas. Julie is a member of the Firm’s Agile Working Committee.

To find out more about D&I at Matheson, visit here.

Julie’s recent work includes representing a domestic pillar bank in connection with a coverage dispute against its insurers in respect of over $600m fraud of an employee trader in a US subsidiary arising under the fidelity section of a bankers blanket bond policy; representing various Opel entities in relation to the defence of complex, high-value, multi-party litigation arising from an extensive fire in Douglas Village Shopping Centre carpark and in the joint investigation process which involves over 25 independent expert witnesses representing an extensive number of parties;  representing a media organisation in relation to multiple civil claims arising from a corporate investigation by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement followed by the appointment of  High Court Inspectors to investigate certain matters including a data interrogation that took place in 2014; representing the minority shareholder and CEO of an Irish cinema group in a shareholder dispute and commercial court proceedings and advising KPMG as receiver and Goldman Sachs as lender in connection with the recent sale of Aut Even private Hospital to UPMC.

  • Restructuring and insolvency

  • Council Member Irish Commercial Mediation Association – 2019 – present
  • Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners (Council member and Chair of its educational sub-committee 2011 - 2014)
  • INSOL Europe
  • Non-executive director of Irish semi-state company, Coillte, and Chair of its Remuneration Committee

  • Trinity College Dublin, LLB - 1995
  • Leiden University, the Netherlands, Erasmus - 1994
  • Stagiaire Council of Europe - 1995-1996
  • Law Society of Ireland – Admitted as a solicitor in 1999
  • Centre of Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) - Accredited Mediator 2020