Limerick man appointed partner in prestigious Irish law firm

Stephen Cowhey with Vanessa Byrne and Michael Doran, co-heads of real estate at Mason Hayes and Curran. Photo: Conor McCabe.

A LIMERICK man has been appointed as a partner in one of Ireland’s most prominent law firms.

Stephen Cowhey from Raheen has been promoted to partner at law firm Mason Hayes and Curran’s real estate team.

The firm explained that Mr Cowhey supports clients as they acquire, develop, finance, operate, and sell real estate projects. Having worked on some of the largest renewable transactions in Ireland, the firm says, Stephen has significant expertise in advising both project developers and funders.

The Limerick man attended St Nessan’s National School in Mungret, followed by Crescent College Comprehensive in Dooradoyle. A graduate of the University of Limerick, he has been with the firm since 2018.

He recently advised SSE on its joint venture with Bord Na Móna for the development of wind farms across eight of Bord Na Móna’s repurposed bogs. These projects aim to develop up to 800MW of new renewable energy, enough to provide power to over 450,000 homes.

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The Limerick man said that his promotion would help him work with clients to help Ireland meet its sustainability targets.

“Sustainability and the energy transition is critically important, so I am proud to work with clients to help Ireland meet our climate targets,” he said.

“Advising on the property elements of major energy projects such as wind, solar, and storage is a core area of my practice. Ensuring that the right property structure is implemented from the start means that projects are future-proofed for investment and sale.

“I am also engaged in helping clients on emerging energy technology projects such as the development of hydrogen-ready power plants,” he added.

Vanessa Byrne, partner and co-head of real estate at Mason Hayes and Curran said that “Stephen brings a wealth of specialised knowledge across all areas of real estate, with a particular focus on renewable energy. His deep understanding of the complexities and market forces in this field makes Stephen an invaluable asset to our team and to our clients.”

Ms Byrne added that “his appointment further underscores our commitment to foster the best legal talent to navigate the current dynamic legal environment”.