The key objective of Reilly & Co is not to be “all things to all men” and on that basis, we offer our clients the same expertise and niche service found within the commercial department of a medium or large sized law firm, but without all the formality and high expense that goes with it.  This objective has been achieved by our business structure, our transparent approach to fees, and having the experience to identify key legal and commercial issues quickly and efficiently, and to provide practical solutions delivered in plain and simple English.In addition, if you have a query that relates to our non-core legal areas, we have a trusted network of outside sources both in and outside Ireland that we can introduce you to, and who share our philosophy on service and fees.


  • B.A. (Hons), University College Cork; Post Graduate Diploma, C.P.E., College of Law, Guildford, Surrey, UK; Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law, Guildford, Surrey, UK, Post Graduate Diploma in Commercial Intellectual Property (Commendation), Nottingham Law School, Nottingham, UK.
  • Dual qualified in Ireland as well as England & Wales.
  • Visting Lecturer and Tutor for the Irish Law Society on Business Law, Intellectual Property and IT Law, as well as on Professional Ethics, Professional Practice, Conduct and Management.
  • Provides Career Development Courses for the Law Society on Business and E-commerce.
  • Member of IT @Cork, Cork Open Coffee, LinkedIn, Twitter (@commtechlaw), Irish Law Society, UK Law Society, Southern Law Association, Society of Computers and Law.


  • Paul Davidson Taylor, Commercial Law Firm, South East of England
  • Whitman Breed Abbot & Morgan (later merged with another US firm, Winston & Strawn), West End, London
  • DMH Stallard, London, a Top 100 UK Law firm
  • PJ O’ Driscolls, Bandon, Co Cork

Recent Experience

  • Advising one of Ireland’s leading BPO outsourcing companies on their various Public and Private Sector outsourcing contracts
  • Drafting a bespoke plain English software Licence and Maintenance agreement for a specialist software developer within the Irish pharmaceutical sector
  • Advising one of Ireland’s leading hotel groups on their Website Development and Maintenance agreement
  • Advising one of Ireland’s leading construction companies on their new accounting Software Licence and Maintenance package
  • Successfully defending a number of pre-litigation alleged Breach of Contract claims
  • Advising one of Ireland’s largest telecommunications company’s on Irish and UK law on:
    • Terms and Conditions of Business
    • Data Protection issues
    • Direct Marketing queries
    • Contract queries from their sales staff
    • Limitations and exclusions of liability
    • Contract negotiations generally
  • Advising a large Irish business on a suitable Workplace Web Use Policy and various other Employment related queries
  • Achieving successful debt collection settlements for a number of commercial clients, and without the need for expensive litigation
  • Successfully defending two high profile Trademark Infringement claims
  • Advising on an Exhaustion of Trademark issue
  • Advising on two professional services Asset Sales
  • Advising on the purchase of a company in the UK for a large Irish Corporate Group to include the production of an executive style Legal Due Diligence Report
  • Advising on the Share Sale of small renewable energy company
  • Advising a software provider on it’s On-Line Terms and Conditions
  • Advising various clients on their various Redundancy and Unfair Dismissal concerns
  • Advising the developer of software for the aviation industry on it’s Software Licence and Maintenance agreements as well as on a Software Development agreement with a company based in India
  • Providing and advising on various Confidentiality Agreements
  • Providing and advising on various Consultancy Agreements
  • Advising a large Cork hotel on a Film Location Agreement
  • Advising on various Contracts of Employment
  • Advising a large Cork business on an Infringement of their IP rights contained within their database to include a “Cease and Desist” letter
  • Advising on a Patent Licence agreement for a large Irish company
  • Advising on a Joint Co-Operation Agreement concerning the exploitation of shared IP (know-how and patents) between two large Irish companies
Winglet Media Ltd

As a company working within the commercial aviation industry we are required to provide a highly accurate, robust and innovative service to our clients. Reilly & Co share these attributes and have always exceeded our expectations with their commercial legal work which is why we would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone.

Premiere Global Services

Our company provides value added in the telecom sector, so we deal closely with data protection, internet and telecommunication areas. I have had many experiences with attorneys and have worked in this environment and what makes the difference between David Reilly and other attorneys is that he takes time to familiarise himself with the business, its technology, and the business case. This enables him to bring a high level of commercial skill to drafting contracts and negotiating agreements, putting our company in the best possible legal positions. Other qualities I’ve appreciated are the fact that he provides prompt and pragmatic advice, and his fees are reasonable.


As a large outsourcing company based in Cork, we have worked with David on numerous and varied commercial law and contract legal issues over the years, and have found him to be an invaluable legal advisor, particularly in the area of commercial contracts.

The Discovery Partnership

I have been involved in a number of projects with David and have found him to be very pragmatic, with excellent commercial awareness and the quality of his advice is of the highest standard. He will explore every avenue to ensure the best possible result for his client and he has a very keen sense of customer awareness. As business advisors we deal with start up operations SMEs and for those in need of sound commercial legal advice we always recommend them to Reilly & Co.

Veronica Murphy, Associate Partner The Discovery Partnership
Pixel Lab

David has worked effectively as part of our team, bringing applied commercial law experience and in-depth knowledge of complex, niche issues around technology commercialisation. David is very pro-active, focuses on what is important and takes a practical, plain English-speaking approach to getting things done.

Dee’s Wholefoods

I have hired David as our commercial solicitor on many occasions. Forming a new limited company and entering into Dragons Den can be a stressful time but David explained every step of the way in lay mans terms. His attention to detail is very impressive and he always stays at least one step ahead of the other side by anticipating their moves and this was evident in hammering out the final details of the Shareholders Agreement when he ensured that what I wanted for my company was protected at all times. He has also acted for me in relation to intellectual property law matters and his advice has ensured that I stay a step ahead also. He will answer emails in a prompt manner and when he says a document will be ready, it is ready. I would have no hesitation in recommending David’s work and in fact I have already recommended him to friends who are extremely happy with his work with great results.

Deirdre Collins Dee's Wholefoods
Chaos Management

David lives in the real world, and provides pragmatic and commercial legal advice and at a fee rate that also lives in the real world.

Nexus Technologies

I initially used David and Reilly & Co on a legal issue we had with a large Software vendor in the US, and having saved us a large amount of money we always use Reilly & Co for all our IT legal contracts from then on.

J. Barter Travel Group

We were referred to Reilly & Co by one of their current clients who spoke highly of the firm and during our initial meeting I could see why. David Reilly helped us through the evaluation and negotiation of commercial contracts for the development of our in-depth new website and was always available to discuss any aspect of the agreement – we are delighted with the result.

Tom Randles, Financial Controller J. Barter Travel Group
Murrion Software

Working with Reilly & Co relieves a lot of unnecessary worry in dealing with legal requirements for commercial software. Working in person, phone or email, David Reilly is clear and friendly and certainly knowledgeable when explaining good business practice and recommendations and makes it all seem quite easy. It’s a pleasure to recommend David’s legal expertise to others and it would do your business well to speak with him.

Fender Guitars

As a lawyer for a global manufacturing and consumer goods company, I demand only the best from my legal service providers. In my experience, David is in the top echelon of commercial and contract lawyers I have worked with. He is responsive, persistent, cost-effective and deeply committed to helping his clients. I recommend David with confidence and enthusiasm, and would use him again if afforded the opportunity.

Lee Holtry, USA Senior Legal Counsel Fender Guitars