The Team

Maree Gallagher Associates (MGA) is a highly specialised niche law firm providing expert  legal & technical advice to the food, animal feed, pharmaceutical and consumer product  sectors.MGA has a global network of food law experts who work with us on a consultancy basis.

The MGA Team

MAREE GALLAGHER

Principal, Maree Gallagher Associates

Maree has over 17 years experience assisting businesses navigate regulatory pitfalls of getting product to market in Europe. She is an Irish qualified solicitor specialising in EU and Irish regulatory law. Her main areas of expertise include food, agri, consumer products and life sciences. Widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading food lawyers, Maree’s experience covers a very wide spectrum from product composition to labelling and marketing. She also represents businesses facing enforcement action and she acts as a strategic and public affairs adviser in her specialist areas.

Maree has been centrally involved in managing many major crises for clients. She has become one of Europe’s leading crisis management experts and has been highly recommended by clients for her work in helping to minimise the damage to brand equity and ensure that the incident is managed calmly and effectively. She has a global network of experts who assist her in this work. She advises on preparing concise, workable crisis management plans and provides Crisis & Issue Management Training to all types of businesses.

Based between Dublin and Brussels, Maree was elected as a member of the Council (board) of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce in February 2012 and is a member of the Food Safety Consultative Council of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. She is also Of Counsel to the international law firm Maples and Calder where she leads the food, agri and life sciences practice

FIONA LAWLOR

Consultant

Fiona joined MGA from the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) where she  worked as Regulatory Affairs Manager for Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII).

Fiona was responsible for briefing member companies on pertinent legislative developments in the areas of general food safety and labelling. She has extensive experience in lobbying and represented the Irish food and drink industry on a number of
national committees and working groups.

Prior to her years in IBEC, Fiona worked as a Technical Executive in the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Fiona graduated from University College Dublin with a BSc in Chemistry and University of Aberdeen with an MSc in Human Nutrition. She has returned to UCD where she is currently studying for her PhD.

CLIODHNA McDONOUGH

Consultant

Cliodhna qualified as a Barrister at-Law at the King’s Inns Dublin in 2007, having received an Honours Degree in Human Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics in 2000 from Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Cliodhna also obtained an Honours Masters Degree in Scientific Regulatory Affairs (Food) from the University of Ulster in 2004.

Cliodhna has a wealth of specialist scientific and regulatory knowledge of food and pharmaceutical law issues. She has previously worked for a global pharmaceutical company as a clinical dietician and in a major Dublin based legal firm in their health and life sciences department. Cliodhna has experience advising both European and USA based food, dairy and pharmaceutical companies on specific regulatory matters regarding the research and development, manufacture, marketing and distribution of pharmaceutical, biotech and
food products. In addition she has many years experience practising as a senior clinical dietician in several hospitals within Ireland.

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