Mícheál O Dowd – Principal 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

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

Reconstituting title for high value development sites in Cork City and County


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.


Tel: 021 4824226



Deirdre Costello – BA LLB Solicitor

Deirdre Costello joined the firm in 2014 having qualified in 2009. Deirdre is an experienced litigator having worked previously as an associate Solicitor for leading law firms in Dublin and Limerick. She holds a Diploma in Family Law and a Certificate in Commercial Contracts from the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland.

Deirdre manages the litigation department in O’Dowd Solicitors and is particularly experienced in personal injury litigation where she brings almost 15 years of experience of working on complex and high value claims. Deirdre also advises on Commercial contracts and agreements.

Deirdre particularly prides herself in her attention to detail and in bringing cases to trial in businesslike and proactive manner.


Recent projects

Advising on and preparing for trial high value medical negligence actions

Managing complex cases involving physical and psychological harm



Tel: 021 4824426


Regina Forrest- BCL Solicitor

Regina Forrest graduated from University College Cork in 2000 with a BCL. She was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2005 and recently completed a Diploma in Notarial Law.

Regina has extensive experience as a Conveyancing Solicitor and can offer legal and practical advice in respect of all Conveyancing matters to include residential, Commercial, Farm transfers and leases. Regina manages the residential conveyancing and probate files in the office.

Regina has over 15 years of experience in advising clients on all matters in relation to Wills, Administration of Estates, and Powers of Attorney.



Tel: 021 4824426


Susan Fitzharris – Legal Executive / Office Manager

Prior to joining O’Dowd Solicitors in March 2018, Susan worked in retail management for a prestigious English Heritage company in the UK, gaining invaluable experience in communication, organisation and administration.

Susan assists Mícheál O’Dowd within the Firm and is very knowledgeable in the areas of conveyancing, personal injury litigation, wills and family law.


Tel: 021 4824426