Bird & Bird has appointed Deirdre Kilroy and Anna Morgan as the first two partners to join their new Dublin office.

Data, IP and technology specialists Dadera and Anna will work at Bird & Bird’s offices in George’s Dock, near Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock Technical Center. London’s Bird & Bird headquarters officially opens on 13 June.

Deirdre Kilroy joins with Irish law firm Matheson, where she was a partner in the technology and innovation team.

She has more than 20 years of experience in technology, data privacy and intellectual property law, especially for clients in the data and technology, life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors.

Anna Morgan joins the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), where she has been Deputy Commissioner and Head of Legal Affairs for the past five years.

Prior to that, she worked as a private practitioner for 10 years, specializing in data protection and commercial and regulatory courts.

Anna is a renowned expert in the field of data protection, regularly speaks at international conferences, and lectures on this topic.

She was the lead rapporteur on the EDPB’s Transparency Guidelines under the GDPR, and led the DPC’s work on child data protection.

A holistic proposal

Working closely with Bird & Bird’s existing partners across the network, this specialist will provide clients with a holistic offering – combining Ireland’s leading local knowledge with the global expertise of the firm’s international team.

Together with Deirdre and Anna, Roger Bickerstaff (Technology and Communication) and Sally Shortos (Life Sciences and Health) will work closely with the new team on site to fully immerse them in the international Bird & Bird network and support projected rapid growth office.

Partner Stuart Cairns, co-head of international projects and procurement, and Francine Cunningham, director of regulatory and public relations practice in Brussels, will also spend time at the new Dublin office, serving Irish clients.

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