About Emma

Emma is a partner and heads up our litigation & dispute resolution team. Emma specialises in contractual and commercial dispute resolution and advises commercial clients and financial institutions in that area. Emma has considerable expertise in professional negligence claims and advises insurers and commercial clients in this area. Emma regularly advises major financial institutions and their insurers on complex disputes in retail, corporate, and wealth banking divisions.

Allied to her litigation practice, Emma is a recognised expert in the area of legal project management and works with financial institutions on large scale litigation and investigative regulatory projects.  

Emma was selected as the International Client Choice Awards winner for Litigation in Ireland for 2019. Established in 2005, Client Choice recognises those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide. The criteria for the awards focus on the ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond other players in the market. Nominations can only be made by senior corporate counsel.

Relevant Experience

  • Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) acting for ODCE in its application to the High Court to investigate the affairs of Independent News and Media plc 

  • A National utility provider in a multi million euro arbitration in a dispute concerning the development and implementation of the provision of its utility service 

  • Acting for one of Ireland's largest financial institutions in relation its ongoing review of the Central Bank of Ireland's industry wide review of tracker mortgage accounts

  • A large internationally networked outsourcing services provider - advice and representation in relation to defining the status of an Account Sale Agreement in the context of a Notice of Intention to cease issued against it by Central Bank Ireland pursuant to Section 45 of the Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Act 2013   

  • A foreign bank in relation to a cross jurisdictional challenge on negligence claim flowing from the financing of a leisure sector development

  • A large Netherlands company in relation to a dispute regarding an Arbitral Final Award issued in Rotterdam; acting in the enforcement of final award in Irish Courts
  • A large financial Institution - advice and coordination of a team transitioned to assist in the Tracker Mortgage Examination, the most significant supervisory review ever undertaken in the context of Central Bank’s consumer protection mandate
Emma Keegan stands out particularly to me. Extremely commercial. Always takes time for clients. Willing to really engage and understand the goals of clients.
Legal 500 2024
Emma Keegan is very client-driven and her response rate to all queries is exceptional.
Chambers and Partners 2024
Emma Keegan is a formidable commercial litigator with extensive expertise in financial service litigation. Emma is unrivalled in the market for her ability to manage large scale commercial litigation. Emma’s commercial acumen is crucial to our relationship with Beauchamps. Sharon Delaney is a strategically tactical litigator with acute commercial awareness necessary to meet our needs.
Legal 500 2022
Emma Keegan is a very talented lawyer and knowledgeable in her practice area. She understands our business and provides innovative solutions to issues that arise for us.
Legal 500 2022
Emma Keegan is an exceptional lawyer both technically and commercially, she really understands our business.
Chambers & Partners 2022
Emma Keegan has delivered hands on personal service to our organisation from the inception of the working relationship. Making herself personally available to troubleshoot complex issues and to work collaboratively to form efficiencies in the day-to-day case management. This means that the service provided by Beauchamps is client-specific and targets our particular needs rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.
Legal 500 2021
Emma Keegan is our trusted adviser – she always takes the necessary steps to truly understand our business and she and her team are always ahead of potential issues or challenges we might face. This gives us time to work together on solutions.
Legal 500 2021
Emma Keegan has installed in her team a great ability to communicate and explain. They are superbly trained and nothing is too much trouble for them. I can’t say enough good things about them.
Legal 500 2021
Emma Keegan is very approachable and client focused.
Legal 500 2021
A pleasure to deal with. Very experienced, with a continuing ability to deliver excellent results.
Legal 500 2021
She keeps the concerns of the client at the forefront of her mind.
Chambers & Partners 2021
Gives rounded solutions that target what we are looking for.
Chambers & Partners 2021
Able to connect to a problem and engage with the other side to reach a commercial resolution.
Chambers & Partners 2020
Extremely driven and a real safe pair of hands.
Chambers & Partners 2019
In the financial services area, she is the go-to person - a very trusted adviser.
Chambers & Partners 2017
Immediately spots the risks and tactics of a case" and is "very good at managing the case's strategy.
Chambers & Partners 2016
Doesn't dance around the subject - she gets straight to the point and is solution-focused, always looking for the commercial angle to a case.
Chambers & Partners 2015