David is a Dispute Resolution Partner and head of the Immigration Group (Ireland). He is recognised nationally and internationally as one of Ireland’s foremost immigration law specialists.

David’s expertise in commercial litigation encompasses environmental law, anti-trust, business tort litigation, corporate law and shareholder actions, IP and IT litigation. He has worked extensively with leisure, life science and shipping companies and also financial institutions.

David’s team blends creativity and business pragmatism to solve their clients’ Irish immigration and mobility challenges. With efficient case management and a depth of knowledge, David’s team assist clients with inbound Irish immigration issues including employment permits, entry visas and business travel.

Recent Experience includes advising:

  • David is the lead partner in the defence of a billion Euro professional negligence action brought by the Administrators of Quinn Insurance Limited – the largest claim of its type to ever come before the Irish Courts. It is anticipated to involve the largest ever e-discovery exercises in Irish litigation
  • Susquehanna International Group on two connected sets of proceedings
  • Bank of Ireland in a high profile contentious facility related proceeding

Representative Clients include: PwC ROI, EY, ROI, Susquehanna, Geodis, Bank of Ireland, Live Nation, a number of high profile software developers.


"David provides immigration support to major multinational employers in Ireland."
Legal 500 EMEA, 2023

"David is an experienced practitioner in professional negligence and commercial disputes."
Legal 500 EMEA, 2023

"David is recommended as a 'Key Lawyer.'"
Legal 500 EMEA, 2022-2023

"David Cantrell is a key name in professional negligence."
Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

"David is hugely experienced in insurance disputes, notably professional negligence and commercial cases...also an expert in immigration law."
Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

“David has a particular specialism in immigration law…one of the standout partners that I work with…brings a strategic perspective coupled with a comprehensive grasp of details. He has strong technical knowledge and use this to ensure that the focus is on the most critical issues.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

“David is very approachable and calm. He thinks through and sticks with our agreed strategy despite the many moving elements.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

Professional Memberships

A founding member of the European Immigration Lawyers Group, Cicero International League of Lawyers. 

  • Admitted as a solicitor in 1988
  • B.C.L. (1983), University College Dublin