Brick Court lures Cleary associate back to the bar

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton associate Robert O’Donoghue has defected back to the bar, joining Brick Court Chambers.

O’Donoghue, who leaves Cleary after eight years to join Brick Court’s competition and EU litigation team, said that the more senior he became in the law firm, the more his job became a management role, which was not the reason why he became a lawyer.

“I want to be able to get stuck into litigation cases as that’s the buzz for me, not managing people,” explained O’Donoghue.

O’Donoghue, who starts at Brick Court in August, also feels that with Direct Access to the Bar, which allow clients to go straight to a barrister, it makes approaching the bar more cost effective than going through law firms.

He said: “Many of my clients are cost conscience and going directly to the bar will be a lot more efficient for them, and save them money.”

Brussels partner Maurits Dolmans from Cleary Gottlieb said: “It’s been a real pleasure having him among us and I’m sure he will flourish at the bar. Competition litigation is expanding, so I’m sure we will have many occasions to work with him again.”