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TR&I’s Legal Eagles Featured in GC Powerlist

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TR&I’s Contracts Office were recently featured as part of The Legal 500 GC Powerlist Ireland 2018, a round-up of 500 of the country’s top in house legal counsel sponsored by McCann Fitzgerald. Contracts Office was bestowed the honour of featuring the list due to several recent successes in the negotiation of research contracts as well as continued commitment to excellence in the provision of legal advice and the processing of contracts.  New and challenging research areas have required an expansion of the Contracts Office team’s skills and expertise in negotiating contracts concerning VAT, export controls, state aid regulations, international funding requirements, clinical research and research integrity.   

Recently Contracts Office successfully negotiated a research partnership agreement with Huawei Technologies.  The agreement will facilitate new research cooperation with Trinity College focusing on video intelligence and how the emerging area of artificial intelligence will impact society and the partnership is also supported by the Huawei R&D team in Dublin. 

The College, in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco was successful in securing funding amounting to €177m from The Atlantic Philanthropies for the Global Brain Health Institute, the largest single philanthropic donation in Irish history.  Heather Murphy, former legal counsel at Contracts Office, successfully negotiated all necessary contractual documentation for this initiative.  

Contracts Manager Mary Tracey initiated the National Contract Legal Group (NCLG) which ensures communication is open between all the College's sister academic institutions. 

Also featured in GC Powerlist Public Sector category were COMREG and Bord na Mona. 

This will be the first in a series of articles about the work of the Contracts Office.  

October 24th 2018