Seán Barton

Seán Barton


Practice Areas


Seán is Head of the firm's Dispute Resolution & Litigation Group. He is a specialist in administrative and public law. He advises public bodies on their functions and on compliance matters under legislation including public office and official languages legislation and frequently acts for public authorities in the defence of judicial review proceedings.  He has a strong understanding of public sector processes and the corporate governance and legal risk management issues relating to public sector bodies.  He has also acted for public bodies in a range of investigations and enforcement actions, including prosecutions. He also acts in investigations and enforcement actions.

He advises several public authorities, including the Irish courts' rule-making authorities, on the preparation of primary and delegated legislation and the development of procedural rules. He has also advised and acted for foreign governments and public bodies involved in Irish litigation.

Seán acts regularly in substantial domestic and international commercial disputes, both in litigation before the Irish courts and in arbitrations under various institutional rules. He is frequently involved in Commercial Court litigation, especially in the regulatory sphere.

He supports our Corporate Finance and Insurance groups in evidence preparation for applications concerning transactions designed to avail of court-supervised corporate processes.

He has been involved in a number of expert groups interested in legal and procedural reform, reviewing matters such as judicial review procedure, restatements, and the implementation of EU measures in Irish court practice.  He has acted as Irish rapporteur for several EC Commission-led reviews on the operation of EU cross-border judicial co-operation measures. 

Recent Directory Comments

Sources recognise Seán Barton for his experience of corporate governance, administrative and public law cases, alongside his broader commercial disputes expertise. Clients state: "His technical expertise, accessibility and turnaround rate for very complex projects are of the very highest standard."  Chambers, 2016

Seán Barton is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’.  The Legal 500, 2015