Joe Kelly


A&L Goodbody
North Wall Quay
Dublin 1

Tel: +353 1 649 2429
Fax: +353 1 649 2000


Joe Kelly is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. He has developed a strong litigation practice in the Commercial Court and leads the Specialist Corporate Criminal Offences group.


In his approach to resolving disputes Joe deploys a variety of dispute resolution methods, including litigation in the Commercial Court, mediation, arbitration and expert determination. Joe has developed an extensive white collar practice over the past 15 years and has advised and advises/represents clients caught up in regulatory investigations and/or prosecutions brought in the criminal courts.

Joe’s court background, and contacts in the leisure industry, have also seen him develop a boutique practice with Máire Conneely in the Firm’s Leisure and Gaming Groups. With John Cahir, Joe heads up the Firm’s Gaming and Betting Group and is the only Irish member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, one of the leading international organisations in this sector.

Market Recommendations

Joe has been recommended in a number of legal directories including being listed as a leading lawyer in The International Who’s Who Legal of Investigations 2014. He is also listed as one of just two Irish representatives in The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers 2013. Other directory comments include: “Joe is praised by sources for his mediation and arbitration skills. He is impressive, calm, masterly and knowledgeable” (Chambers Global 2014). “Joe is an impressive straight-talker” (Legal 500 2014). “Commentators are quick to highlight Joe’s skill in arbitration and mediation” (Chambers Global 2013). “Joe is a great strategist.” (Who’s Who Legal, 2013). He is also applauded “as a practical and polished practitioner” (Chambers Global 2012); “Joe is particularly recommended for his deep experience and insight” (The Legal 500 2012); and “for his outstanding abilities as a mediator” (Chambers Global 2011). He is also recommended in PLC Which Lawyer?, in the area of dispute resolution and Who’s Who Legal.

Our Betting and Gaming Group is one of the leading specialists on Irish gaming, betting and lotteries law, combining expertise from across the Firm to give co-ordinated and specialised legal advice to “bricks and mortar” casinos, online casinos, betting exchanges, lotteries, bookmakers and suppliers of software and gaming equipment to the industry. We also advise the Banking and Financial Services sector on all aspects of gaming law. The team has a strong national and international client base based on the following four key elements to our practice:

  • Land Based Casinos: in the establishment and operation of their business.
  • Online Gaming and Betting: Advice on the application of the Betting Acts and Gaming and Lotteries Acts and on compliance with relevant Irish laws. We also advise on fraud & corporate offences and sanctions which may arise under Irish law.
  • Irish Operations & International Schemes: Assisting international companies seeking to invest in Ireland and working with lawyers in other jurisdictions on trans-jurisdictional gaming issues.
  • Lottery Licences and Promotions: Preparation of lottery licence applications, advice on the structure of promotions and review of copy material for promotions which may fall within the ambit of the Gaming and Lotteries Acts.
  • Commercial Agreements: Advice on a variety of commercial agreements which focus on gaming and lotteries, including the sale of international sportsbooks, casino and poker operations, software licences and maintenance agreements, website hosting and development agreements, confidentiality and consultancy agreements.

We also have a leisure & licensing practice group which works closely with our gaming & betting clients. Joe Kelly and Maire Conneely, key members of the team – are also regular contributors to international conferences and dialogue on Gaming, Lotteries and Betting sectors and are the only Irish members of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), one of the leading international organisations in this area.

A&L Goodbody has a reputation for providing legal advice of the highest quality available in Ireland, and internationally.

Our primary office is in Dublin. Together with our office in Belfast, we advise clients on an “all Ireland” basis. We advise on the most challenging and complex assignments, for national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and Government.

Our approach combines excellence of legal advice with commercial thinking. We consistently invest in and develop our business for the benefit of our clients.

We regard our people as our greatest asset and the embodiment of the Firm’s culture & values.

Founded in 1901 by Alfred and Lewis Goodbody, we are proud of our history and continue to maintain the values, principles and passion that have been the hallmarks of our Firm for more than 100 years.

Our ambition is to be consistently recognised by each of our clients as their best advisors. This is supported by the collaborative approach to our work, which we believe sets us apart.

Joe Kelly of A&L Goodbody, based in Dublin, wins the admiration of peers for his negotiation skills, and for his role in shaping the Irish market. He co-heads the firm’s gaming and betting group and is a member of the IMGL.
Chambers Global, 2014