While Ireland’s competitive legal market has enjoyed a buoyant period post-Covid, fresh challenges have emerged to challenge this optimism. Ireland has not been insulated from the overheated recruitment market and is as alive as global peers to reversals wrought by the cost-of-living crisis, the war in Ukraine and a slowing of deals as concerns over interest rates and inflation continue to gather pace.
However, Declan Black, Mason Hayes & Curran’s managing partner, predicts high single-digit revenue growth for the 2022 calendar year, even as it comes on the back of a 2021 banner year for much of the Irish market at large. ‘Corporate transactions are down from the 2021 peak and that has spread through the western world,’ he says. ‘Valuations have tumbled amid concerns over interest rates and inflation. Deals have slowed down.’ That said, he points to real estate, financial services, contentious, regulatory and data regulatory as areas of sustained growth.