Head of our London Office and also a partner within the Commercial Litigation Insurance team which is described by Legal 500 as "second to none" with Sharon being personally commended for her ability to respond creatively to complex issues. Sharon joined Matheson in 1989 and became a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in 2000.
Sharon has been the lead partner in some of the most significant commercial litigation before the Irish courts in the last ten years, including defending a major financial institution in a multi-billion, multi-jurisdictional dispute arising from investment in Bernard L. Madoff's business. Sharon and her team delivered a significant win for their client in July 2018, when the Supreme Court, in a landmark ruling, upheld the High Court and Court of Appeal decision to dismiss a $2.9 billion claim on an interlocutory motion, on the basis that the assignment of a claim to a party who had no pre-existing interest in the claim is trafficking in litigation, and contrary to public policy . Sharon also achieved the dismissal, on a preliminary legal issue, of a claim worth $5 billion, having recognised the Plaintiff had compromised its claim in full by settling separate proceedings in the US with the bankruptcy trustee of Bernard Madoff.
Other significant matters include a win in the Court of Appeal which reduced the largest defamation award in the Irish state of €10m to €250k and Sharon's long running subrogation action where she is acting for insurers in the largest property damage dispute to come before the Irish courts in relation to the liability of hydro-electrical dam operators for flood damages to adjoining landowners. This case is awaiting judgment from the Supreme Court.
Sharon advises a wide range of clients on insurance issues including drafting and interpretation of policy wordings, complex coverage advice and disputes and defence of large complex claims. Sharon also advises on regulatory issues for insurers and supports commercial transactions for insurers buying and selling their businesses.
Sharon is Co-Chair of the Insurance Committee of the IBA and Co-Chair of the Litigation Leaders Forum. Sharon is a council member of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.
Lawyer of the Year – Benchmark Litigation 2019 Europe Awards
Sharon Daly is a "formidable opponent, her name alone carries force" – Chambers Europe 2019
Sharon Daly is an "exceptional operator" – Insurance: European Legal 500 2019
Sharon Daly "uses a common-sense approach to solving any issues and is open to finding novel solutions" – Dispute Resolution: European Legal 500 2019
Sharon Daly is named a leading individual – Dispute Resolution: European Legal 500 2019