Sharon Daly heads up 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 multi-billion, multi-jurisdictional disputes 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 is also 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.
Sharon advises a wide range of clients on insurance issues including drafting and interpretation of policy wordings, complex coverage advice and disputes, 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 vice 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 and is the chair of its remuneration committee.
Sharon was recently awarded the "Best in Insurance and Reinsurance Award" at the Euromoney Europe Women in Business Law event.
Recognised by Intelligent Insurer as one of their Influential Women in Re/Insurance 2017
Recognised for Insurance Law and Litigation - Best Lawyers Ireland 2018 edition
Sharon Daly is an "excellent negotiator" - European Legal 500 2018
Sharon Daly is "a very good strategic thinker. She really cares and always want to get the best result for her client. She's formidable and superb in hard-fought commercial litigation." - Chambers Global & Europe 2018