Robert F. Browne

Robert F. Browne

Partner

IFSC, Dublin

Tel: +353 (0) 1 859 0100
Fax: +353 (0) 1 670 2988

Email: rbrowne@mckr.ie

Experience

Robert Browne is a Partner at McKeever Solicitors, qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a fluent French speaker and works through and advises French clients constantly. He is currently Joint Chairperson of the British Irish Commercial Bar Association (www.bicba.com).

He advises extensively on all aspects of Commercial and Insurance Litigation, Injunctions, Financial Services, Invoice Discounting litigation, Corporate and Private Client Litigation.

Another current focus is appearing before the Tax Appeals Commissioners defending Revenue claims for taxes including CGT etc.
In recent times he has been focused on litigating Hedge Fund losses.

He has extensive expertise in obtaining and defending injunctions for companies and individuals in the areas of employment law, trespass, banking and asset tracing. He has the experience and knowledge to be able to react immediately to the urgency of the situation and to know when an injunction is the appropriate remedy.

He has litigated regularly and extensively in the area of repudiation of Insurance Contracts where insurers refuse or fail to pay out valid claims made by their policy holders.

He also has extensive experience in receivership, insolvency and asset recovery matters.

He has appeared regularly in the Commercial Court.

He advises on all aspects of debt recovery and enforcement of judgements, including entitlement to recover mortgaged properties and where parties have attempted to put assets beyond reach of creditors or dissipated their assets with a view to avoiding their liabilities.

He has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending professional negligence claims, product liability, public liability and motor insurance claims. One key area which he is currently focused on is the insurance policy excess of Defendant companies whose insurers manage their claims. Such companies rarely get a say in how their claims are dealt with and yet they may be responsible for the first €10,000 of the claim.

He also has many years’ experience in personal injury work including medical negligence.

Robert has also dabbled in German, Spanish and Mandarin.

Professional Bodies

Law Society of Ireland

Dublin Solicitors' Bar Association

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Education

BA UCD

FCI ARB

Law Society of Ireland (M1990)

Languages

French

Recently Authored

Taxation of Spouses Contributory Old Age Pension

20 October 2017

The Tax Appeal Commission published a decision on 4th September 2017 that Section 14 of the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2007, mandating the increased pension to be paid directly to the spouse had the effect of bestowing the beneficial entitlement of the pension to the spouse.

Review of Time Limits on Tax Avoidance Matters

12 April 2017

The Supreme Court delivered a decision in the case of Droog v Revenue Commissioners on 6th October 2016, and held that the 4 year time limits for the process of Revenue “forming an opinion” under Section 811 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 applied.

General Data Protection Regulation Guidelines

12 December 2016

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has just released a guidance note on the General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR). This is the first in a series to assist organisations in their preparations towards full compliance with the GDPR when it comes into force on 25 May 2018.

Proper regulation of the processing of personal data is intended to help to bridge the so-called ‘trust gap’ between business and the consumer who entrusts personal data to it, with a resultant increase in electronic commerce as well as consumer business.

Concussion and the Law

6 December 2016

The issue of concussion and injury to the brain as a result of impact sustained through sport has become increasingly controversial in recent years.

The emergence of medical data linking mental health conditions such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), Alzheimer’s disease and depression to head trauma suffered during high impact sport has resulted in an increasing volume of litigation in which sport’s governing bodies are being held legally accountable for sport related brain injuries.

What is the duty of care of governing bodies to exposing participants to brain injuries?

European Account Preservation Order

26 October 2016

EU Regulation 655/2014 has been adopted by Ireland and creates a Mareva Injunction type relief across member states. In effect, it will make it more difficult for Debtor’s to put assets beyond reach of lawful Creditors.

New Rights for Individuals in upcoming Data Protection Reform

12 April 2016

The General Data Protection Regulation due to become law later this year will spur businesses to review their data policies and procedures to ensure that they comply with the requirements of the new regulation.

Is there a role for Body Worn Cameras in security monitoring?

5 February 2016

Have you ever had that funny feeling that you are being secretly watched? Is it legal for others to secretly keep watch and record our movements?

The answer to that is that it depends on where you are and what you are doing.

Repudiation of Insurance Contracts: New Reform of UK Law

12 November 2015

The UK Insurance Act of 2015 will come into effect in August 2016. It has updated the law relating to Insurance and has sought to strike more balance between Insurance Companies and Policy Holders. Hopefully the Irish legislature will sit up and take notice.

Repudiation of Insurance Contracts

9 June 2015

The duty of someone completing a proposal form for insurance is to volunteer information to an insurance company where the information would appear to a prudent insurer to be material to a decision whether to accept a risk, and on what terms.