Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith


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Practice Areas

Walkers' Insolvency & Dispute Resolution practice in Ireland is led by partner Gavin Smith, who has been practicing exclusively in that arena for over 19 years.

Gavin has acted for insolvency practitioners, companies and creditors in many recent high profile insolvency matters. In particular, he has extensive experience in advising banks and other security holders in relation to distressed loan situations, the enforcement options and remedies available and in the implementation of the preferred option(s), as well as acting for appointed Receivers.

Gavin has also wide experience in liquidations and examinerships as well as advising on formal and informal restructurings and reorganisations.

In addition, Gavin also has extensive experience in a wide range of litigation and dispute resolution matters with particular emphasis on financial services litigation, financial services regulatory investigations and disputes, high value claims in contract and tort, shareholder and investment disputes, securities litigation and insider dealing proceedings, professional negligence, judicial review proceedings, pension scheme disputes and policy disputes in insurance and reinsurance contracts. 

He has significant experience in relation to Irish High Court, Commercial Court and Supreme Court proceedings and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as arbitration and mediation.

Admitted In:

BCL (European Legal Studies), University College Dublin
LLM (Securities Regulation, Banking and Insolvency) University College London
Law Society of Ireland

2021 Chambers Europe Guide - Band 3 (Restructuring/Insolvency) - Gavin Smith frequently acts for insolvency practitioners on liquidation processes. One client praises Smith's ability to find solutions, highlighting his "very good technical research into very complicated issues."

2020 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer (Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring) - "Gavin Smith is very knowledgeable, commercial, practical restructuring lawyer who focuses on resolving key issues to get results. He always makes himself available and is good at working through complexities that arise."

2020 Chambers Global - Band 3 (Restructuring / Insolvency)

2020 IFLR 1000 - Leading Lawyer and Highly Regarded

2019 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer

2019 - IFLR1000 - Highly Regarded

2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer: "Proactive and creative"

2018 Chambers Europe Guide - (Restructuring / Insolvency) A Notable Practitioner. "Sources report that Gavin Smith of Walkers is 'very responsive, very hard-working, creative in meeting clients' needs and collaborative in terms of coming up with a strategy and then implementing it.' One client notes: 'He is very pragmatic and has a common-sense approach to litigation,' adding: 'He is very smart, strategic and tactical. He is also likeable and deals with people on a very personal level'."

2018 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded

2017 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer: "Gavin Smith is ‘particularly knowledgeable about the examinership process’."

2017 IFLR 1000 - Leading Lawyer

2016 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer

2015 Chambers Global - A Notable Practitioner. "...bringing more than 13 years of insolvency experience to his new firm. Sources recognise his knowledge and experience of the field."

​2014 Chambers Global - A Notable Practitioner. "Clients describe Gavin Smith, as 'someone who consistently surprises me with the extent to which he goes the extra mile. He works around the clock and is very diligent'."

2014 Legal 500 – "Gavin Smith is ‘superb’"

2013 Chambers Global – "responsive and diligent. He works hard to bring things to the right conclusion".

2013 Legal 500 – "…recommended for energy, responsiveness and good quality work".

2012 Chambers Global - "Commentators are impressed with him saying 'he is solid and sensible and handles himself and difficult situations well".

Member of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland

Member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association