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James Sherwin

Managing Partner Sherwin O'Riordan solicitors

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  • Ireland

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  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law (Corporate)
74 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
Dublin Ireland

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James Sherwin is the managing partner of Sherwin O’ Riordan.

James advises client companies on issues ranging from incorporation, shareholder structures, financing, leasing and contracting to mergers, acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts. He has been involved in multi-million euro mergers and acquisitions of manufacturing, service and financial organisations - participating in every aspect of the transaction from negotiation and structuring through to closing.

James applies his extensive experience on incorporation, dissolution, shareholder agreements and employment agreements when advising companies, its officers, directors and shareholders. He has written extensively on the issues that can arise in shareholders agreements and on the importance and potential pitfalls associated with employee shareholders agreements.

He deals with the many issues surrounding minority shareholder rights (on both sides) and has substantial expertise in regard to non-compete agreements, restrictive covenants and resolving shareholder disputes.

He advises international corporate investors and multi-national corporations on a wide variety of transactions involving business collaborations and exclusive supply and distribution arrangements in this jurisdiction. He has significant experience in forming joint ventures and regularly advises technology and start-up companies on IP protection and all rounds and stages of investment. He has also developed expertise in confidentiality agreements, share structures, ownership and transfer of proprietary information and developments and related legal fields.

He has a BA from Trinity College Dublin (1991) and qualified as a solicitor in Ireland in 1996. 


  • Law Society of Ireland
  • Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
  • Small Firms Association
  • Irish Corporate Law Forum
  • Institute of Directors in Ireland

Practice Areas

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Property and Real Estate
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment Law

Firm Description

Our law firm provides practical, focused, value based solutions to businesses and private individuals. We specialise in four key business areas – Commercial & Corporate, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law and Commercial Property. Our lawyers specialise in one specific area and so our advice is both to the point and practical. 

We base our advice on the principle that our clients need us to tell them how they can use the law to deal with their issue and help them achieve their objective.

We are instructed by many leading businesses in Ireland and we are the preferred legal advisor to the members of the Small Firms Association in Ireland which has over 800 corporate members. 

Corporate & Business

We advise companies and individuals from a wide variety of sectors on joint ventures, acquisitions and affiliations, as well as assist them in the negotiation and drafting of the associated agreements. We also advise them in the negotiation and drafting of employment and personnel services agreements.

We provide guidance on regulatory matters, complex litigation, innovative structures and corporate transactions, and liability prevention advice.

Employment Law

SOR is one of the leading Employment Law firms in Ireland and advises on all aspects of the employer/employee relationship. The team have appeared in all Employment Law forums including the Labour Relations Commission, Labour Court, Employment Appeals Tribunal, Circuit Court, High Court and Equality Tribunal.  In general, we conduct most of our own advocacy and only instruct Counsel where necessary, therefore reducing legal fees. 

Commercial Property

We represent property developers, corporations, investment funds, healthcare institutions, restaurants, hotels, landlords, tenants, financial institutions and borrowers in straightforward and more complex property transactions. We represent a wide variety of property companies, investors, inward investment corporations and commercial clients in fields such as high-tech, bio-tech, manufacturing, construction, hospitality, health care, and national retailing.

Commercial Litigation

Our litigation team act for self-insured retail firms, as well as insurance companies, in claims involving defamation, personal injuries and false imprisonment in both High Court and Circuit Court claims.