Mícheál O Dowd – Managing Partner BCL LLM

Mícheál O Dowd graduated from UCC with a BCL in 2004 and LLM in 2006 and established the firm of O’Dowd Solicitors soon after qualifying as a Solicitor in 2009.

Before becoming a solicitor Mícheál worked in the area of IT Law for University College Cork and as a consultant on Data Privacy for the Irish Counsel for Civil Liberties.

Mícheál has a first class honours masters degree in Data Protection Law, and has regularly lectured Data Protection and Cybercrime in University College Cork to undergraduate and postgraduate students. During the implementation phase of the GDPR he worked extensively with a number of large public bodies in ensuring compliance with the Regulation, and continues to advise in this area.

As well as working on Privacy and Data Protection matters, Mícheál specialises in complex conveyancing matters and in advising Residential and Commercial property developers. He is also a Registered Trademark Agent. When is not in the office Micheal will be found working on his farm in East Cork.

Recent projects – Data Protection

Advising numerous public bodies on GPDR compliance, including the implementation of data sharing agreements across the public sector

Advising on the implementation of numerous Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) across the public and private sector concerning datasets of in excess of 1m people.

Advising numerous organisations on dealing with complex Data Subject Access Requests (DSARs), and in dealing with the Data Protection Commission

Dealing with Data Breaches and advising on reporting requirements to inviduduals and the Commission.

Recent Projects – Property

Manages the sale of a number of residential and mixed housing developments in Cork and Kerry.

Reconsituted title for high value development sites in Cork City and County.

Managed the sale of a large development of Social Housing Units to Cork City Council.

Published Works

Cyber Law in Ireland, International Encyclopaedia of Laws, Kluwer Law International, With Prof. Maeve McDonagh, 2015

The Privacy Implications of a National Identity Management System (Available Here: Identity Management)

Ireland Country Report, Privacy and Human Rights, Electronic Privacy Information Centre, Washington DC, 2004.


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