Vincent Power, Partner - A&L Goodbody

Vincent Power

Dr Vincent Power is a Partner specialising in EU law, EU and Irish competition/antitrust law, regulatory law and transport law. He is Head of the Firm's EU, Competition & Procurement Group which is consistently ranked at the forefront of Irish law firms. He has been described as "outstanding, hugely experienced and arguably the top competition lawyer in Ireland".

Vincent has been involved in most of the leading competition, merger control, EU, cartel and State aid cases in Ireland for over 20 years including the major takeovers, investigations, court cases and studies. He has been involved in over 400 merger filings in Ireland and the EU. He has been involved in most of the cutting edge, ground breaking cases in Ireland. He advises both national and multinational clients as well as public and private bodies. Vincent counsels clients in almost every economic sector.

Market Recommendations

Vincent won the "Irish Commercial Lawyer of the Year" award at the Inaugural Irish Law Awards in 2012. He has been recommended by Chambers Global, PLC Which lawyer?, The Legal 500, European Legal Experts, Who's Who of Competition Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Global Competition Review and Who's Who in Irish Business. "Leading lawyer Vincent Power draws broad recognition for his extensive experience and his ability to find solutions for clients. He advises on many high-profile merger filings, cartel and state aid cases and high-profile takeovers" (Chambers Europe 2015); "Market leader Vincent Power…an outstanding competition specialist"; Vincent is ranked a "leading individual" (Legal 500 2015); "There for 25 years, Power is one of Ireland’s most experienced competition lawyers, bringing gravitas, charm and strategic vision to his work" (GCR Ireland Survey 2014); "One of the market's standout practitioners, combines superlative legal knowledge with a deep strategic mind; he is innovative in the way he gives advice" (Chambers Europe 2014); "EU expert Vincent Power provides practical, commercial advice..he is a noted problem-solver, his technical knowledge of EU and competition law is unrivalled" (Legal 500 2014); " of the market's finest practitioners. He wins plaudits for his superb technical ability and is lauded as a “calm and reasoned lawyer who has a good handle on the issues, works hard, knows the area and comes back quickly. He has a great depth of knowledge and is very attuned to the movement in his field”; "outstanding, hugely experienced and arguably the top competition lawyer in Ireland"; "Vincent has unparalleled knowledge, and an easygoing manner which belies his work rate"; "One of the market's most accomplished practitioners and is celebrated for his breadth of knowledge and excellent advice. He is able to link his technical advice to the commercial realities”; "an authority on competition law, equally adept at state aid and merger control"; "applauded for his analytical ability and strong understanding of commercial imperatives"; "gives clients practical, common-sense advice"; an "acknowledged guru" with an "encyclopaedic knowledge"; a "gifted lawyer"; "a potent force" and has a "great record in competition work". He is said to do "an incredible job" with "high levels of commitment to a case" and is "a charming lawyer".


  • BCL, University College Cork, 1984
  • BL, King’s Inns Dublin, 1987
  • LLM, University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College, 1985
  • PhD, University of Cambridge, 2002
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 1993

Professional activities

He is the author or editor of seven books including "Competition Law and Practice", "Irish Competition Law" and the award-winning "EC Shipping Law". He has been invited to speak on EU, competition and transport matters around the world. He has a Master's Degree and a Doctorate from Cambridge University and was the first ever Law graduate to be awarded the Distinguished Alumnus award from University College Cork where he graduated with a BCL. He is Adjunct Professor of Law at University College Cork and Visiting Professor of EU Law at Dalhousie University in Canada. He lectures at the Law Society of Ireland. He is a member of the board of directors of the Irish Centre for Europe Law at Trinity College Dublin and Portius, the international ports law body. He has chaired, been a member of and advised four governmental commissions or bodies. He is the former Chairperson of the Irish Society of European Law.

Vincent Power

Joined Firm: 1989

Partner Since: 1996

T: +353 1 649 2226

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one of Ireland’s most experienced competition lawyers

(GCR Ireland Survey 2014)