Ciaran Desmond

Ciaran Desmond CDS



• Domestic and international corporate acquisition, mergers and reorganisations
• Credit finance and NAMA business cases
• Bank restructuring
• Debt resolution
• Corporate dispute resolution
• Inward investment and tax investments
• Property development
• Pension structure advice


Ciaran is the Principal of CDS Law & Tax and is a qualified solicitor, chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor.

Ciaran’s expertise includes extensive experience in the structuring of domestic and international corporate acquisitions, mergers and reorganisations, inward investment, tax investments and property development. In addition to this Ciaran is highly skilled in the areas of cross border tax planning, pension structure advice, Credit Finance / NAMA business cases, bank restructuring, debt resolution, dispute resolution and providing high net worth individuals with both tax and corporate advice.

Ciaran has also advised in dispute resolution in the corporate sector having, in the recent past, advised on a number of difficult disaster recovery cases for corporates (including a major fire event) and contentious family related corporate commercial disputes.

Ciaran has been the advisor in a number of leading taxation cases in Ireland including two successful Supreme Court decisions against the Revenue and was also involved in the noteworthy decision in the High Court case of Quigley V. Harris. Ciaran continues to be involved in leading tax revenue, judicial review, audit and investigation cases, and currently has a number of cases pending for clients in the High Court as well as in the new Tax Appeals Commission.


• BCL, University College Cork
• LLB, University College Cork


• Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland 1986, Law Society of Ireland
• Fellow of the Irish Taxation Institute
• Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
• Recently retired member of the Council of the Irish Taxation Institute after 12 years of participation
• An active member of the tax administration committee of the Irish Taxation Institute


• Advisor in Harris V. Revenue Commissioners.
• Advisor in the H William decision on interest deductibility at the Supreme Court.
• Ciaran was involved in the noteworthy decision in the High Court case of Quigley V. Harris.


• Three-time author of FINAK.
• Regular lecturer for the Irish Taxation Institute and Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
• Presented the annual Finance Act tour for the Institute of Taxation in Ireland.
• Regular speaker at the Irish Tax Institute flagship Annual Tax conference.
• Annual presenter of the budget for local Cork CPA members.

Contact Ciaran Desmond

   021 235 5810


Our People

Ciaran Desmond


Jennifer Downing

Solicitor | Head of Property

Aoife Garrett

Solicitor | Head of Commercial

Darren Fitzgerald


Louise Lonergan

Solicitor and Chartered Tax Advisor

Tommy Walsh

Chartered Tax Advisor